Microboards Announces Inkjet Disc Printer

Microboards Announces CD-R / DVD-R Inkjet Printer

Print Factory Utilizes Hewlett Packard Inkjet Technology

Chanhassen, MN, October 29, 2002 — Microboards Technology has formed an alliance with HP's Specialty Printing System Operation (SPS) to develop a CD and DVD inkjet printer with the highest throughput on the market. Targeted at users with high volume, fast turnaround requirements, the printer is capable of 4800 x 1200 dpi print resolution, the highest available in CD and DVD printing.

Fully Integrated Automation
Microboards combined their patented autoloading system with HP's new inkjet printer engine to give users the highest output possible, both in image resolution and print speed.

Since Print Factory is an autoloading printer, no calibration of robotics or manual feeding of discs is required. Print Factory connects by USB or Parallel interface to the computer, and comes with label design software.

"We are pleased to be working with Microboards on bringing innovative products to market that take advantages of HP inkjet technology in CD/DVD printing applications", said Ron Firooz, Worldwide Sales Manager for HP's Specialty Printing Systems. "The CD Duplication system buyers are asking for solutions that improve their flexibility with short to medium run duplications and on-demand printing without sacrificing quality or cost. The alliance between Microboards' CD/DVD expertise and HP's inkjet technology delivers what this market is asking for."

"This new printer incorporates our rugged gravity-feeding system, which for years has been incorporated in several of our award-winning products", said Mitch Ackmann, President and COO of Microboards Technology. "We are very pleased to be able to integrate our CD and DVD expertise with HP's world-renowned inkjet technology."

Flexibility and Speed for Any Application 
While Print Factory was designed to fill a need in the high-volume arena, it also has the ability to print at 4800 x 1200 dpi on both DVD and CD media. With the included design software, users can enjoy its benefits whether making a few discs or a few hundred.

"We believe Print Factory does an excellent job of delivering speed and image quality while reducing the cost of printing," Firooz says. "HP's inkjet technology ensures high quality and durability for CD duplication applications that demand high uptime, durability and supplies availability."

Print Factory is capable of producing up to 200 discs per hour. In addition, Print Factory uses standard HP color and black ink cartridges. The cartridges have a very high yield at a competitive cost, which allows for printing costs of a few pennies per disc.

More Information and Availability 
Print Factory will make its debut October 30 - November 2 at the SGIA show in St. Louis Missouri. More information on Print Factory and Microboards' other products can be found at www.microboards.com. Print Factory will begin shipping in Mid-November.