Scalable production centre for photo service
nexlab™6 new product introduction16/09/2014
The switch from Silver Halide to dry was progressing slower than expected a few years ago. Although total cost of ownership for many users of traditional labs is higher, operators had been reluctant to make the logical move due to uncertainty of economics. The advantage with the new DNP nexlab™6: the change comes at a very low investment. Due to its stringent modularity, DNP offers you the basic edition as an affordable operating terminal, powerful production center software and connected printers. Not a square meter of footprint, a remarkably low investment, and full flexibility in how to set it up in your premises. This way nexlab™6 is the ideal setup for high productivity photo centers in school and event photography as well as in retail.
Coming with state-of-the-art minilab functions, the nexlab™6 is designed for intuitive operation. Simple yet powerful controls and software layout enable the operators to manage their photo service. A large variety of standard and creative photo products that include standard prints from 10x15 to 20x30cm enlargements, ID pictures, collages, calendars, greeting cards and much more are supported as well as burning CD-ROM and DVD. Depending on optional output devices, also large format prints such as poster and canvas are possible.* With the new DNP DS80DX duplex printer as an optional output device, double-sided prints up to 20x30cm, greeting cards, calendars and photobooks in several formats can be produced onsite. An ever-expanding range of further peripherals is being integrated.*
Efficient order management to a variety of output devices is at the heart of this production center, of course including management of reprints. A device dashboard shows the status of the output devices, colour-coded controls enable an overview at first glance. Print/Pass feature, pre-judge print (PJP) workflow and image editing are supported, same as the multi-product attribution of individual images and entire orders.
nexlab™6 will make the operators’ life simple and reduce their total cost of ownership. Whether it is used to produce hundreds or thousands of photos per hour, one will be able to process souvenir photos at superior quality. Being scalable, it can steer a battery of standard-format printers or one can add a portrait printer and even optional large format* or duplex printers for additional revenues. The system will be ready for the daily tough assignment, at a space-saving footprint.
A key element to the savings: with a DNP dye sublimation system, service and support comes at much better cost than you’re used to from traditional or even inkjet minilabs, and daily maintenance basically consists of turning it on in the morning and changing consumables when required. Dye sublimation comes with significant advantages over both Silver Halide and inkjet systems.
The low required investment & low fixed costs of the nexlab™6 ensure one produces good profits for the business. With significant savings on maintenance fees, capital costs, energy & water consumption as well as waste disposal, one will feel the difference to an expensive traditional system. Furthermore, the easy operation means the staff can spend more time with the customers.
The great photo quality with 300dpi and unique smooth gradation produced by DNP’s dye sublimation printers will bring a smile on customers’ faces.
Photo service is one of the key sources of revenue, whether in retail or in event photography. High system uptime therefore is of imminent importance for our customers. With a fleet of dye-sublimation printers and reliable software, the advantages are on their side. Due to redundancy of the printers, they will practically be ensured against downtime. And the best news is: this even costs less in maintenance!
Bring photo service to a more ecological era. Through the intelligent new nexlab™6 operating software make it easy for the staff to operate it efficiently with minimal training. The nexlab™6 production center is fit for the job, provides significant changes to your business and produces vibrant photos and more, in a more eco-friendly way. It’s time to change, isn’t it?
What makes nexlab™6 so special?
The DNP nexlab™6 is a powerful production centre that allows for a variety of photo services, and it comes at a low basic investment. Other than minilabs offered in the market, you can place the terminal on a desk and place your printers and other output devices wherever it suits you. This comes at a very attractive price, but it also means that the system is fit for numerous applications, be it in retail, in school photography or at evening events. The architecture of the nexlab™6 software is flexible for integration of duplex printers, large format printers*, as well as additional output devices. This enables the operator to offer a large variety of photo products onsite.
Does nexlab™6 come with furniture?
No. A fully flexible system, nexlab™6 can be combined with a variety of printers and output devices. To keep costs down for a profitable investment of our customers, we did not design scalable furniture, as we believe that requirements truly differ from one setup to the other. nexlab™6 will be a great production centre for event and school photography services, where a setup does not match with over-the-counter services in retail locations. Through the open architecture, it is equally well designed for both. Together with their partners, DNP will give good recommendations for suitable setups of every nexlab™6 installation.
How about service?
Through a one-to-many configuration, standard format printers ensure redundant operations and thereby stand for reliable uptime. In the rare case that a printer needs servicing, the others can take over. This way your system is always functional and your shop can stay open at all times. The warranty procedure covers back-to-base return.
For issues with the operating unit, our friendly support hotline is happy to search for instant solutions with you, and in case a repair is required we and a number of our distribution partners stock swap units for your comfort. You find the local contact details to our hotline at www.dnpphoto.eu/en/support-contact.
Which products can you offer with nexlab™6?
The standard format printers DS-RX1, DS40 and the new DS620 offer formats from 10x15, 13x18, 15x20cm. DS40 & DS620 also offer 11.5x15 and 15x23cm formats. The 8-inch portrait printer DS80 offers enlargements up to 20x30cm. Besides consumer photos, you have the opportunity to offer ID photos, photo calendars, collages, index prints and greeting cards. Archiving on CD-ROM or DVD is a great product. But as a most flexible production centre, nexlab™6 can do much more. You are able to integrate a large format printer* for canvas and poster products. With DNP’s new duplex printer DS80DX you can produce double-sided prints for photobook in various sizes, calendar and greeting cards (of course with gorgeous templates prepared in the software). Further to the above, DNP’s development teams are working on integrating further interesting onsite and lab products.
How can I upload pictures to the nexlab™6?
The customary options in retail are through consumer-facing order terminals or the direct insertion by shop staff in the nexstation operating terminal. With the basic model, we provide a unit for over-the-counter service where the operator has full control of the process. DNP offer optional DS-Terminal order stations for consumers in retail. They can insert their media card or disc into the DVD-R slot, or even transfer images directly from their smartphone.
*Nexlab™6 supports large format printers EPSON 7880 and 7890 as well as Canon iPF6400 and 6450.
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