TRUMBULL, Conn., Sept. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Oce, a Canon Group company and an international leader in digital document management, today announced that Harland Clarke has installed two Oce JetStream® 2200 continuous feed inkjet printing solutions and Oce PRISMA® workflow software to further automate print production in their payment solutions and marketing services business units.
Harland Clarke has long been recognized as an industry leader in providing a broad range of products and services to its nearly 11,000 financial institution clients. Business checks remain an important business offering in the payment solutions portion of this industry.
Full-color, digital solution for single-pass check printing
Always seeking ways to better serve its clients and their account holders, Harland Clarke now offers full-color variable digital printing of customized checks from plain white stock. The technology of Oce's end-to-end inkjet printing solution makes this possible. This technological advancement replaces monochrome printing on pre-printed security check stock.
With the Oce JetStream 2200 production printing system, checks and other applications are printed in full color at high speed in a single-pass operation. This simplified process starts with white paper; adds full-color variable data with embedded security features, including digital pantographs and MICR lines — and ends with in-line finishing. The security features of the business checks meet or exceed U.S. banking requirements.
Oce JetStream and Oce PRISMA help position Harland Clarke for continued growth
While Harland Clarke's initial focus for the Oce solution was a greater level of automation in providing advanced printed check products to its customers, Harland Clarke intends to leverage the customization features of digital color printing to expand its product offerings in other areas of its business.
Brand image is top of mind with Harland Clarke's small business customers, and now it can add color logos and brand images to a broader range of marketing services printed products. "Going from a multi-pass to a single-pass printing environment helps us deliver a better solution to the market," said Brad Wheeless, Executive Vice President of Operations, Harland Clarke. "The increased automation equates to a higher level of service for our small business customers."
Integration initiative also part of strategy
Expansion into full color and new applications led to a related initiative to integrate and automate workflow processes across the company's business units and locations. "We were anxious into put in place a best-in-class, highly scalable platform that would keep pace with our growth expectations. Enterprise reach was one of the key features that led us to select the Oce PRISMA workflow software solution," said Wheeless.
Oce PRISMA software is an architected suite of tools that ensures effective, reliable workflow management from pre-press to finishing. It handles the rigorous demands and data rates of high-speed full-color printing and makes it easier to embed new applications with complex variable data into existing workflows.
Two industry leaders deliver better solutions – together
To help it continue delivering quality solutions to its valued customers, Harland Clarke sought an industry leader that would collaborate on leading-edge technology. In Oce, it found a partner with a similar culture and a shared commitment to listen to its customers and deliver ever-increasing value to help them succeed.
"We are excited about the collaborative way both companies operate," said Wheeless. "Oce's attributes are reflective of our own high standards, industry position, financial stability, subject matter expertise, and experience with MICR. It's been a very positive experience."
Comprehensive capabilities for customers' markets
"We believe in customizing solutions to meet the unique requirements of our customers. The development process between Oce and Harland Clarke is a perfect example of two industry leaders applying their technical expertise and pioneering spirit to deliver measurable results," said Guy Broadhurst, Vice President of Technology and Client Solutions, Oce North America, Production Printing Systems.
The Oce JetStream printer series, combined with Oce PRISMA software, delivers a comprehensive set of capabilities to serve highly competitive markets; these include:
- High-speed inkjet technology performs at up to 492 feet per minute
- Oce DigiDot® high-speed, piezo-electric inkjet print heads are engineered for maximum up-time and reliability
- Fully integrated MICR option for printing documents such as business checks
- New product flexibility developed in support of security features warranted for pre-printed secure applications
- Finishing commands to support variable perforating and finishing
- Pre-printed form replacement to minimize cost and warehousing
- Industry standard processes and controls for job pre-flighting and color management
- Full-color customization capability across a broad range of applications
- Media support from light-weight newspaper to glossy heavy-weight
- Automated workflow integrates with existing print environment and meets the rigorous demands of high-speed full-color printing
About Harland Clarke Corp.
Harland Clarke Corp. (www.harlandclarke.com) is a leading provider of best-in-class integrated payment solutions, marketing services and security solutions. It serves clients in multiple industries, including financial services, retail, healthcare, insurance, and telecommunications, and ranging in size from major corporate brands and trade groups to micro-businesses and individual consumers. Within its payment solutions business, Harland Clarke provides needed products and services to nearly 11,000 banks, credit unions and major investment firms. Harland Clarke Marketing Services' portfolio is expansive, with a dozen solutions designed to address the needs of banks and credit unions and their account holders through life cycle management. Harland Clarke delivers integrated marketing campaigns focused on acquisition, onboarding, engagement, retention, and cross-selling, utilizing extensive print, phone and email channels for campaign execution. Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, Harland Clarke employs nearly 4,300 people nationwide and operates manufacturing and contact center facilities in multiple states and communities. Harland Clarke is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Harland Clarke Holdings Corp., which also owns Harland Financial Solutions and Scantron.
Oce is one of the leading providers of document management and printing for professionals. The Oce offering includes office printing and copying systems, high speed digital production printers and wide format printing systems for both technical documentation and color display graphics. Oce is also a foremost supplier of document management outsourcing. Many of the Fortune Global 500 companies and leading commercial printers are Oce customers. The company was founded in 1877. With headquarters in Venlo, The Netherlands, Oce is active in over 100 countries and employs more than 20,000 people worldwide. Total revenues in financial 2010 amounted to approximately euro 2.7 billion. Oce is listed on Euronext in Amsterdam. For more information visit www.oce.com.
Oce North America is headquartered in Trumbull, CT, with additional business units in Chicago, IL and Boca Raton, FL. North America represents 34% of Oce's worldwide revenues, and employment is over 8,000. For more information about Oce North America, visit www.oceusa.com. Outside the U.S., consult http://global.oce.com.
Oce and Canon: Stronger together
In 2010 Oce joined the Canon Group of companies with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, to create the global leader in the printing industry. Canon develops, manufactures and markets a growing line-up of copying machines, printers, cameras, optical and other products that meet a diverse range of customer needs. The Canon Group comprises over 197,000 people worldwide. Global net sales in 2010 were more than US $45 billion. For more information visit www.canon.com.
About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranked fourth overall in the U.S. in 2010(1), with global revenues of more than US $45 billion and is listed as number five in the computer industry on Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies 2011 list. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. At Canon, we care because caring is essential to living together in harmony. Founded upon a corporate philosophy of Kyosei – "all people, regardless of race, religion or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future" – Canon U.S.A. supports a number of social, youth, educational and other programs, including environmental and recycling initiatives. Additional information about these programs can be found at www.usa.canon.com/kyosei. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss.
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