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SURVEY REVEALS MOVE TO ELECTRONIC PRINTING; XPLOR INTERNATIONAL CONDUCTS 1992 TECHNOLOGY DIRECTIONS SURVEY

 PALOS VERDES ESTATES, Calif., Dec. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- There is conclusive evidence that "new" graphics-capable electronic printers and computer-connectable duplicators are diverting work from ink-on- paper methods, according to a recent survey conducted by XPLOR International, the professional association for the electronic document systems industry. XPLOR's 1992 Technology Directions Survey is conducted annually to research the role of electronic document systems technology in today's multinational corporations.
 According to the survey of 254 electronic document systems professionals from corporate data centers and electronic service bureaus, 74 percent of member companies are moving from impact to non-impact printing, 53 percent report that central print volume is moving to remote printers, 47 percent are moving offset print jobs to non-impact printers, and 42 percent are moving central print volumes to office printers.
 The grand total of printers reported greatly increased from the previous year, largely because of 11,000 more low-speed (1-24 ppm) printers reported. This is significant because an increasing number of remote printers are becoming the responsibility of corporate electronic printers. The average number of printers reported for speed categories higher than 24 ppm is roughly equivalent to 1991.
 In addition to researching the current role of printing in an organization, XPLOR'S 1992 survey also conducted research into other areas of electronic document printing technology, including compound documents, color remote printing vs. alternate delivery options, standards, and document finishing and paper handling.
 The need for high speed spot color printers continues to be substantial, especially for billing, direct mail and policy printing, according to XPLOR'S survey. Currently there is a higher proportion of people who have a highlight color printer or who say they need it (21 percent) than last year (16 percent). Nearly one in five service bureaus currently use a highlight color printer. Although only 5 percent of user companies having a highlight color printer, 32 percent say they have an immediate need or need one within the next 12 months.
 In the area of remote printing, 90 percent of XPLOR members say that they want to provide solutions as closely as possible to the end users. Virtually all respondents (96 percent) agree that the ability to send any document to any printer is a worthwhile objective.
 With regards to standards, respondents reported that they are still uncertain about IBM's proposed System Application Architecture (SAA), which accommodates any printer under Advanced Function Printing (AFP). Forty percent (vs. 36 percent in 1991) of the respondents said they were committed to this architecture scheme. Without a widely accepted and implementable standard, users want everything, according to the survey, including AFP, XICS, and PostScript, among others.
 Finally, in the area of paper use and recycling, 60 percent of user companies have a program or pilot program to print fewer documents, and 74 percent have a recycling program in place. Data centers are using duplex printing more extensively with some 47 percent of the 845 million aggregate images printed by respondents monthly are duplexed, reducing paper by 23 percent.
 XPLOR International's 1992 Technology Directions Survey was conducted between June 1992 and October 1992, utilizing direct mail questionnaires. The research was conducted for XPLOR International by Michael Zeis of Blackstone Research Associates (Uxbridge, Mass.).
 XPLOR International, the Electronic Document Systems Association, provides forums, programs and services which enhance the use of electronic document systems to achieve organizational goals.
 XPLOR International is located at 2550 Via Tejon - Suite 3L, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. 90274-6809 USA. Telephone: 310-373-3633; Facsimile: 310-375-4240.
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