In the meantime, the method of document making was also being investigated, including word processing programs, as a result of which the Océ researchers came into contact with digital processes instead of the usual analogue ones. This proved to be the beginning of a revolution: copiers became printers. Copiers were equipped with a laser scanning module, which replaced the analog exposure device. Moreover, a lot of new electronics were needed to convert digital text files into images: the controller.
Later, also digital copiers containing a scanner and a printer were to be developed. We are then writing 1996.
1995 High Speed Printers
A wish that Océ had cherished for some time was entering the market for printers with very high speeds and therefore also high volumes. It was given that opportunity in the spring of 1995 when the High Performance Printing division of Siemens could be acquired, that was specialized in this area and had, among other things, printers that could produce more than 1000 separate A4 pages per minute, such as bank statements or telephone bills. It turned out to be a perfect combination: this division fitted in seamlessly with the existing Océ activities and its integration within the Océ organization was virtually smooth.
Technologically, organizationally and financially a top-notch asset!
In the same period Océ also introduced its first digital printers/copiers for both the office and the drawing room market. These were undisputed high points in the history of the company, where for the first time they also praised the arrival of a new technological feat: a full color printer with a revolutionary 7-color technology, on which the Océ laboratories had been working for more than 10 years.
2002 The definitive breakthrough in color
Already after the acquisition of the plotter division of the French company Schlumberger in the late 1980s, Océ was able to gain further experience with the use of color in documents. First with pen plotters, later with thermal printers. Colored toners were also used in certain copiers. It soon became clear that working with analogue color copying machines was cumbersome, slow, unreliable and, above all, expensive. That is why Océ had already began developing a digital color printing system, with a totally different technological structure than was usual elsewhere. In the meantime, further experience has been gained in this market, also in the field of large format, with third-party products. Further investigations in the field of, for example, full-color inkjet printers were also continued with full force. The company’s own 7-color full-color printer was introduced to the market in 2001. This printer was later followed by products developed in collaboration with Konica-Minolta, and later with Canon. They were equipped with the superior color controller “PRISMA sync” from Océ.