Canon has added to the capabilities of its imagePress C850 series of cutsheet toner presses with the addition of an automated duplex feeder for banner sheets, plus improved workflow solutions. The ability to print banner sheets has been a popular attribute of the C850 series since its launch. The addition of automated duplex feeding for long sheets “fully unlocks the commercial potential of this feature, enabling customers to confidently promote the advantages of this media format and differentiate their product offerings,” said the OEM. The new POD Deck Lite XL-A1 long-sheet feeder enables automated duplex feeding of 1,000 banner sheets (up to 762 mm). This makes it possible for printers and in-plants to produce extended runs of document, book and high-quality graphic arts applications that take advantage of the longer sheet – such as A4 landscape folds, extended book covers, tri-fold brochures, long postcards, direct mailings, and so on. Canon added that its imagePress C850 series is specifically designed to deliver the versatility and media flexibility needed in a busy, multi-application production environment, with a front-loading media tray to help operators switch seamlessly between standard formats and long sheets.
For customers seeking high colour consistency for quality graphic arts applications, the introduction of version 6.0 of Canon’s own PRISMAsync controller can increase the speed of colour calibration by up to three times by using one halftone rather than three, while fully automating colour validation tests such as Fogra and IDEAlliance. The improved controller also connects with third-party JDF/JMF workflows for further production efficiencies. To enhance print production efficiencies and offer a more versatile solution, Canon partner EFI has launched the embedded Fiery Digital Front End (DFE) EFI G200 and introduced additional software updates with the new external DFE EFI H300, both supporting the new long-sheet feeder. These new solutions will enhance performance of the C850 series for high quality colour applications, improve paper management, reduce downtime and boost productivity, said the OEM. “Print quality and press reliability have been key factors in the success of the imagePress C850 product family to date, supported by innovative features such as the R-VCSEL red laser technology which delivers 2,400 x 2,400 dpi resolution, and the Compact Registration Module for precise front-to-back registration with automatic skew correction and precision image placement,” Canon added.