Sharp has launched two new Pro Series MFPs (multi-function printers), equipped with Fiery controllers and aimed at enabling entry level-light production printing at a reduced cost while offering improved quality and substrate flexibility.

The two new lines are the BP-90C70 and BP-90C80, which respectively offer up to 70 and 80ppm in colour or mono (the 90C70 runs at 75ppm in mono) on materials up to 220gsm. Heavier materials up to 360gsm are also supported, but not at these speeds. Production of full-bleed printed booklets and brochures is possible with optional trimming, stapling and hole-punching, page insertion and different folds. A range of paper types is also supported, including coated, uncoated and textured stock, from input through to finishing, with a maximum input capacity of 13,500 sheets.

Sharp has integrated Fiery Print Servers featuring the Fiery FS600 Pro platform, which can either be embedded into the BP-90C80 and BP-90C70 or installed externally. The Fiery technology offers Sharp users local and remote Mac and PC clients to edit, submit and preview jobs before printing without sacrificing speed. This includes advanced colour management to maintain colour consistency through profiling and troubleshooting for maximum accuracy.

Both models feature Sharp’s largest 15.4in integrated colour touchscreen. An updated status screen allows for advanced job queue visibility, while the embedded Fiery controller simplifies job programming with ‘easy-to-master’ colour tools, including Fiery JobExpert automation, which analyses each job and sets the appropriate print and colour settings to achieve the highest quality while optimising processing time.

The printers can be integrated into Microsoft Teams or Gmail through a native connector, meaning employees can easily print from and scan documents to their email, Teams channels and folders.

Ben Lake, senior product manager at Sharp Europe, said, ‘At Sharp, we look to provide solutions across a range of printing needs, and our latest additions to the series provide an opportunity for organisations to enter the world of entry-level light production printing, reducing costs and improving turnarounds. We’re proud to be among the first to bring the Fiery Server to the market, augmenting Sharp’s consistent quality with increased processing power.’

John Henze, VP of sales and marketing for Fiery, commented, ‘These Fiery DFEs help in-plants and print providers automate job management and accurately process jobs with less experienced staff while operating at peak performance and delivering the highest quality the first time and every time.’