Canon introduced the new ProStream 3000 series - the next generation of its high-speed, web-fed inkjet presses for commercial print - at the Hunkeler Innovationdays trade show in Switzerland. The company has also announced new software to enhance the performance of its popular varioPRINT iX-series sheetfed inkjet press.
“Built on the established ProStream technology platform, the new ProStream 3000 series delivers consistent offset print quality at industrial speed on a wider selection of substrates including heavyweight paper, enabling ultra-fast digital production of a broader range of commercial print jobs,” said a Canon press release.
“This extended media capability makes it even easier for print businesses – including general commercial and online printers, book producers and photo product specialists – to migrate high-volume, high-value work from offset. With ProStream, customers can now reap the full end-to-end productivity benefits of inkjet production across the majority of applications, from direct mail and books, to postcards, posters and calendars."
Available in two models – the 80m/262ft per minute ProStream 3080 and the 133m/436ft per minute ProStream 3133 – the new press produces ProStream’s high print quality on web widths up to 558mm/22in and for page lengths up to 1524mm/60in. The new ProStream series can duplex print up to 1790 four-color A4 impressions per minute or 11300 B2 sheets per hour, equating to 62 million US letter/58 million A4 impressions per month, on a wide range of substrates and weights, including standard offset coated, uncoated and inkjet-optimized papers up to 300gsm, without the need to slow down significantly for heavier media weights.
| Craig Nethercott,
MD Canon PP Australia
“Customers worldwide have already embraced ProStream’s exceptional productivity for everything from high-margin books to premium direct mailing jobs, while benefiting from minimal waste and very high uptime,” said Craig Nethercott, managing director, Canon Production Printing Australia.
“With the launch of the new ProStream 3000 series, we’re building on this success to power our customers faster and further, delivering the speed, efficiency and media versatility they need to energize their growth.
"The scope to print virtually any job at full ProStream speed means that customers can now confidently migrate even more offset work to digital on-demand, reducing turnaround, slashing makeready time and waste, making today’s shrinking run lengths more profitable and meeting brand owners’ demands for shorter time to market.”
To find out more about the Canon ProStream 3000 series, visit here.
Canon pushes performance Of varioPRINT iX-series with new Software release
Canon's varioPRINT iX-series
“Since its launch in 2020, the Canon varioPRINT iX-series sheetfed inkjet press has proven its value as a high-quality, highly reliable production system for its users, with 275 global orders and installations and 30% of all varioPRINT iX users worldwide opting for a second press or more,” Canon said.
“In line with Canon’s focus on innovation through rigorous research and development, and in close collaboration with customers, Canon is launching a new release to the successful series, enabling the varioPRINT iX-series to deliver even higher performance in terms of image quality, efficiency and productivity.
“Canon is launching a new software release R4.3, which delivers an exceptional level of image quality, efficiency and productivity. It gives customers the ability to bring the advantages of short-run or personalized digital printing to even more applications, such as demanding premium direct mail and high-quality, image-rich books. This is achieved through a new, automatic image quality verification system, which scans every sheet to check the quality and dynamically makes system adjustments as needed.
“Other performance advances include the automatic customer media validation process (MVP) for the easy set-up of new media with the support of a wizard, as well as improved detection of potential multi-sheet feeds in the paper input module (PIM), which diverts detected sheets to the sentry bin. No operator intervention is required and production continues uninterrupted."
The update also brings workflow benefits with the Canon PRISMAsync controller, such as SMB hot-folder support, subset support via JDF, media handling for two-sided media with different front/back treatment and improved encrypted disk support.
The software-driven release is retrofittable to all varioPRINT iX devices and will be rolled out to customers starting in March 2023.
To find out more about the Canon varioPRINT iX-series, visit: https://anz.cpp.canon/products/varioprint-ix-series/