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Wide-format

Canon starts a revolution with Océ Colorado 1640

Canon Europe has expanded its portfolio of solutions with the new Océ Colorado 1640, the first 64” roll-to-roll wide-format printer built on the manufacturer’s new Canon UVgel technology.

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Canon Europe will display its new Océ Colorado 1640 for the first time at FESPA 2017

The new machine is capable of running at speeds of up to 159sq m/hr on jobs such as billboards or outdoor banners, while it can also hit 40sq m/hr when operating in its highest quality mode, producing applications for indoor use.

Canon says productivity is further boosted by a dual-roll configuration, which enables the print service provider (PSP) to switch between two types and sizes of media on the fly, for fast production of mixed applications.

Mark Lawn, director, graphic and communications group at Canon Europe, adds: “Demand for wide-format graphic applications is booming, and graphics producers are keen to do more and seize opportunities to grow. Until now they have needed to make critical technology compromises between speed, quality and media choice. 

Demand for wide-format graphic applications is booming, and graphics producers are keen to do more and seize opportunities to grow

“Through the introduction of the Océ Colorado 1640 printer with UVgel technology, Canon is delivering the optimal balance of quality, productivity, automation, application range and operating cost. This new printer redefines the boundaries of roll-to-roll printing, enabling graphics producers to evolve by extending their capabilities and pursuing new revenue opportunities.”

Focusing on the added benefits of UVgel, Canon states that this technology has been developed to deliver, “unprecedented productivity, matched with excellent output quality on a broad range of media for optimum applications versatility”.

On the Océ Colorado 1640, Canon UVgel ink is instantly ‘pinned’ on contact with the substrate, which results in a controlled and positioned dot with minimal gain. 

For a wide range of signage and graphics businesses, UVgel technology holds the key to unlocking their full potential in terms of productivity and applications range, giving them a powerful platform for profitable expansion

Canon UVgel printheads incorporate continuous nozzle monitoring using acoustic sampling to detect and correct any underperforming nozzles, which Canon says helps to eliminate white lines, thus allowing for unattended printing and a noticeable reduction in wasted prints.

Lawn adds: “For a wide range of signage and graphics businesses, UVgel technology holds the key to unlocking their full potential in terms of productivity and applications range, giving them a powerful platform for profitable expansion.

“With the Océ Colorado 1640, Canon is bringing radical innovation to roll-to-roll printing, offering PSPs producing lower volumes an affordable step up to true production printing with rapid ROI. For PSPs already handling high volumes, it offers a uniquely versatile technology at an affordable price point.”

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