Specialty imaging is a high-tech and potentially high-profit area of graphic arts, and Canon has many products which perfectly address the needs of high-production specialty imaging shops. Canon’s all-new imagePROGRAF S-Series of eight-colour large format printers boast up to a 40 percent increase in print speed as compared to their predecessors.
The imagePROGRAF iPF9000S and iPF8000S print at 60- and 44-inches respectively. Canon’s imagePROGRAF large format printers are already known for their fast print speeds, end-user replaceable print heads, and high-quality images, and now the S-series raises the bar on speed and performance. The S-series printers can render an A0-sized print (32.5” x 40.6”) in 4.9 minutes in Standard Mode on glossy photo paper. Adding to the printers’ productivity is the ink sub tank feature which allows operators to replace empty ink tanks on the fly without interrupting the printing process. The imagePROGRAF iPF9000S and iPF8000S will allow production printers to produce more quality prints per day and help increase productivity for print shops across the country.
“Our research indicates that the top feature print service providers—who already have wide format printers—consider in new equipment purchases is greater print speed,” said Tim Greene, the director of Wide Format Technologies at InfoTrends.
The new Canon imagePROGRAF S-series printers each feature a high-capacity 80 GB hard drive so printers can queue more print jobs without burdening networked computer systems. Another new feature of the imagePROGRAF S-series is media skew correction. The printer will detect when paper is not properly aligned and shift the media’s edge to correct alignment and ensure even prints, especially critical for labor-saving 4-sided borderless printing (up to 42” wide) to reliably print borderless printing with razor sharp precision. The printers also feature Kyuanos, a feature that allows operators to adjust print tones to various ambient light conditions to help provide favorable colour under various conditions.
“In today’s digital world, printers are pressured to turnaround print jobs faster than ever before. The imagePROGRAF S-series is Canon’s answer to those client demands, allowing printers to produce jobs faster with outstanding quality and consistency,” said Jim Rosetta, the vice president and general manager of Canon U.S.A.’s Imaging Systems Group.
The new imagePROGRAF S-series printers use a set of an eight-colour LUCIA pigment inks with Cyan, Photo Cyan, Magenta, Photo Magenta, Yellow, Black, Matte Black and Grey ink tones. Using a dual print head system, the S-series printers employ 30,720 nozzles—the same number as the other Graphic Arts models—but using an eight-colour ink set, the printers are able to employ up to 5,120 nozzles per colour – the most nozzles per colour in the industry.
The imagePROGRAF S-series’ newly developed eight-colour ink system symmetrically arranges the nozzles for Cyan, Photo Cyan, and Photo Magenta so that ink droplets of those three colours will be fired in the same sequence in both forward and reverse passes. The sequence of bi-directional printing for these three colours helps reduce subtle colour variations that can come with ink firing sequences. This system allows for faster printing with fewer passes, and better colour evenness.
With a maximum print resolution of 2400 x 1200 dpi, the new imagePROGRAF S-series is ideal for production print shops looking to produce posters, signage and display materials faster than ever before, as well as commercial printers, in-plant facilities, print-for-pays, tradeshow exhibit builders, and signage shops. The S-series still incorporates Canon’s advanced professional features such as built-in colour calibration for colour stability, automatic clogged nozzle detection and compensation for reliability; 330ml and 700ml selectable ink capacity sizes for versatility; and a large, backlit LCD panel for ease of use.
Canon’s new PosterArtist 2007 is available for purchase with imagePROGRAF large format printers. The Windows-only software includes an Auto Design feature, where users simply designate images to be incorporated into a poster, and PosterArtist 2007 will automatically arrange the images into a poster template to create professional-looking posters quickly and easily.
The imagePROGRAF iPF9000S and imagePROGRAF iPF8000S printers have been available through authorized Canadian Canon dealers since November 2007 with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $14,995 and $5,995 respectively. (USD)