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Canon bolsters book printing firms

World Book Day recently celebrated the power of printed words, and Canon has launched two new enhancing properties for the Océ ProStream 1000 that will benefit two new customers in the form of book publishers.

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The Océ ProStream 1000 has received new enhancements, and two book publishers have invested in the technology

The machine has been on the market for a year now and has the aim of allowing printers to make the move high-value work from offset to inkjet, without sacrificing the quality. Canon’s ongoing innovation has led to a new Inline Quality Control system, which enables Nozzle Activity Control and Colour Uniformity Control. Other improvements include sharpness for vectors, linear, inverse or micro text and edges.

The ProSteam has caught the eye of one book printing firm, which has become the first customer for this particular device in the Nordic region. Otava Bookprinting has operated for more than 125 years and is part of the Otava Group, a Finnish media house. It publishes 600 new titles annually.

We wanted a solution where there was no noticeable difference in quality between offset and digital and one that could integrate with our existing book finishing workflows

Marko Silventoinen, managing director for the firm, comments: “Traditionally we only produced books with offset, but, with changing customer trends, we were no longer able to predict book volumes and struggled to respond quickly to changing customer demands. We therefore decided to investigate the opportunities with a number of digital print technology providers.”

The Océ ProStream has also been implemented at another publishing house, Liber Digital. Looking to future-proof its business, the 60-year-old firm took the plunge with Canon. Luis Hedo, managing director of Liber explains: “We wanted a solution where there was no noticeable difference in quality between offset and digital and one that could integrate with our existing book finishing workflows. For us, a key requirement was ensuring that it could work with the same paper we use for offset.”

He adds: “Publishers are only concerned with superior quality, with the Océ ProStream 1000, they can’t tell the difference between offset and digital – the quality is exactly the same.”



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