Canon unveils imagePrograf TX Series

Canon imagePrograf TX-3000 MFP T36.
Canon imagePrograf TX-3000 MFP T36.

Canon U.S.A. continues to broaden its line-up of large-format devices with its new imagePrograf TX Series, designed for customers who have higher productivity needs for their technical documents. Consisting of four new devices (the imagePrograf TX-3000, TX-3000 MFP T36, TX-4000, and TX-4000 MFP T36), the TX series features major advances to the core technologies of Canon’s imagePrograf five-colour devices – including a new pigment ink, printhead and enhanced security capabilities, as well as a new 36-inch scanner for the MFP models. Ideal for production of inkjet technical documents, the TX Series features speeds as fast as 3 D-size drawings a minute, stacking capability up to 100 sheets, wireless printing capability, automatic roll loading, and an optional Multifunction Roll Unit for increased productivity. The imagePrograf TX Series will be available in the fourth quarter of 2017, said Canon.

“The option to choose 160ml, 330ml or 700ml inks gives the user the flexibility to choose the size that best fits their needs, which can help lower their total cost of ownership,” said the OEM. “The TX Series fulfills the growing demand to produce colour drawings on uncoated paper with a low running cost.” Using the Multifunction Roll Unit, 650-foot rolls (up to 6.7 inches in diameter) can be loaded into the printer for over 3,900 square feet of continuous printing, with the ability to load two different media types into the printer at once – making it a logical fit for high-volume environments.

Toyotsugu Kuwamura.
Toyotsugu Kuwamura.

“With the announcement of Canon’s imagePrograf TX Series, we’ve brought to market what we consider to be the next standard in engineering in regard to large-format printing of technical documents,” said Toyotsugu Kuwamura, Executive VP and GM, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A. “Offering increased productivity, usability and security, these new devices bring with them technological advancements to Canon’s celebrated imagePrograf devices. The ability of the TX Series to print striking, resilient posters, banners and technical documents, makes it at home in a variety of settings – whether it’s at a construction company, architectural firm, or in an office environment.”

The entire TX Series is ideal for a variety of markets – including architecture, engineering, construction, and office document enlargements. The product line-up includes two new Scan-to-Copy/File/Share systems – the imagePrograf TX-3000 MFP T36 and imagePrograf TX-4000 MFP T36 models. These systems offer an integrated MFP solution that features a new 36-inch scanner that can scan-to-copy in color in up to six inches per second – double the speed of the previous model, and scan up to 1,200 dpi to better capture the colour and details of large-format documents. The scanner is positioned directly over the top cover of the printer for easy access. The systems include new feature-laden SmartWorks software that allows users to scan to a multipage PDF, mark-up drawings and add text. To help further improve workflow efficiency, users can scan-to-copy and scan-to-file simultaneously. A large 15.6-inch monitor that allows users to easily view their scans and changes they’ve made to their documents, comes standard with the systems.

Canon imagePrograf TX-4000.
Canon imagePrograf TX-4000.

All devices in the imagePrograf TX Series have the option of adding a Multifunction Roll Unit for increased productivity. When used as a second roll, it enables users to load two different media widths of the same type, such as 30-inches and 36-inches, while the device via automatic roll switching, will select the correct roll depending on the width of the print file. The roll can also act as a take-up unit with bi-directional rewind, making it ideal for long uninterrupted runs. A high-capacity stacker comes standard with TX Series devices, and can hold up to 100 A0-sized sheets of paper.

For users handling confidential documents, especially in the CAD market, the TX Series features improved security capabilities from previous devices. An encrypted hard drive with IPSec support, as well as SSL/TLS and 802.1x authentication, provides operators with peace of mind to know that their privileged information is able to be kept more secure than in the past. Enhancements for increased usability include a new automated media loading process, making it so the user can simply place a roll of paper in the printer and then walk away while the paper feeds automatically, a 3.5 -inch colour LCD touch panel, direct USB drive print capabilities and mobile connectivity. Users can now print PDF and JPEG files directly from a USB thumb drive for fast and easy printing without the need for a computer. Additionally, Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11b/g/n) capability allows for smooth and easy connection to wireless LAN in office environments. Standard with all printers in the series is a variety of software – including PosterArtist Lite, Direct Print and Share, Accounting Manager, Canon Print Service, and Device Management Console.

 

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.