Canon’s new Arizona 2300 Series of UV-curable flatbed printers is designed to help users speed up production, improve operational efficiencies and fuel growth opportunities through its new applications. Featuring a true stationary flatbed table structure, the series is built around new Arizona Flow technology, a unique vacuum technique that supports a zone-less, multi-origin table layout. Flow technology offers up to 20% more productivity, said the OEM, as it requires less masking and taping, and is supported by easy-to-use, three-sided pneumatic registration pins to better secure the substrate in place on the table. The pneumatic registration pins allow users to print from edge to edge on the substrate, to align substrates to either the left or the right edge of the table, or both. Users can also easily and accurately print double-sided, as well as print on odd-shaped, heavy, smooth or pre-cut media without the use of a jig. No operator time is required for taping the media down, resulting in faster changeovers between jobs, shorter set-up times, and hassle-free job switching. Flow technology also enables printing on unusual and more challenging media – including canvas, wood and glass – or even the printing of large images tiled over multiple large boards. As a result of these features, customers can expect to reduce waste, improve turnaround times and reduce labour. Print speeds of up to 1,001 square feet per hour help to streamline and improve productivity, while its automated maintenance system offers hands-free printhead maintenance and reduces downtime by restoring nozzle function in as little as 24 seconds (including white ink, which can be difficult to maintain). Plus, its high-resolution camera alignment system enables easy, quick and precise printhead alignment and flatbed table mapping.
With Arizona Xpert, the Arizona 2300 Series offers self-learning capabilities so users can create—and then repeat—complex, multi-layered projects. This software is equipped with machine learning capabilities to help customers when they want to print a similar application, saving them set-up time and automating the production process. The Arizona 2300 offers UV-LED curing “for 40% less energy consumption than our traditional curing systems, and has been safety certified for the North American market by TÜV and DGUV.” The new printer uses less than .74 ml of ink per square foot on average, including maintenance. The optimal ink droplet size is used across each print for low ink consumption, and the series’ UV inks have been UL Greenguard Gold certified, making prints safe for use in schools and hospitals. An air filtration option is also available to maintain a healthy working environment for customers with less than ideal surroundings.