Canon has launched its new ProStream 1800 Continuous-Feed Inkjet Printer, the newest model in its ProStream 1000 series. With increased web speeds of up to 436 feet per minute, the new printer has “the highest resolution and print quality of any digital printing press at that speed, making it the ideal solution for commercial printers who want to achieve ultimate performance,” said the OEM. Combining new inkjet innovations with proven offset printing techniques, the press “strikes a unique balance” between high productivity, superior print quality, flexibility and media versatility. “Commercial printers can now expand their services by migrating higher volume jobs from offset to digital inkjet. Boost production levels, slash turnaround times and increase profit margins across a wide range of applications – including premium and high-volume direct mail, books, catalogues and magazines,” Canon pointed out.
With the higher web speed of 436 feet per minute (66% faster than the ProStream 1000), the ProStream 1800 can produce up to 115,000 letter-size or 210,000 6” x 9” impressions per hour while maintaining superior print quality. It can achieve a high level of print quality across a huge range of media – including standard offset coated, uncoated and inkjet-optimized papers from 40 gsm to 300 gsm. Users can print calendars, posters and point-of-sale applications with the ability to print up to 22” wide and 60” long. The technology can also eliminate the need to stop production to switch between different format lengths to ensure seamless changeovers. The 1800’s air floatation drying system dries all jobs evenly, so users can effectively print on a wide range of paper without compromising the high standards of the finished output. By not coming into contact with the paper, the system protects the print image to ensure an optimal result and to preserve the gloss and paper surface. Artificial intelligence linked to a sensor continuously makes adjustments to the drying system during the print run to ensure the best quality. The new press also maintains the optimal web temperature, thus reducing operator interventions.