03 Apr 2020

Canon imagePROGRAF Models Receive Five-Star Rating from Bertl

Canon Imageprograf Ipf8300

Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, has received a five-star "Exceptional" rating for its new 44-inch imagePROGRAF iPF8300, 24-inch imagePROGRAF iPF6350 and the iPF6300 large format printers, from industry analysts BERTL Inc. Launched in March 2010, the new imagePROGRAF models received the highest possible rating from BERTL by delivering outstanding quality across its 11 rating categories including five-star ratings in image quality, price and security.

"The five-star rating from BERTL, Inc., recognizes the significant investment Canon has made in developing technologies that make the new imagePROGRAF models an ideal solution for the photography, graphic arts and photography markets," said Jim Rosetta, vice president and general manger, Imaging Systems Group, Canon U.S.A. "The new imagePROGRAF iPF8300, iPF6350 and iPF6300 large-format printers have demonstrated the image quality, value and functionality that customers require to advance their businesses and meet the most exacting customer standards."

To deliver improved overall image quality, the new Canon imagePROGRAF models feature a revolutionary 12-Color LUCIA EX pigment ink set increasing the achievable color gamut by approximately 20 percent from the previous imagePROGRAF ink set. Additionally, to better meet the needs of the professional print market, the new models feature a reinforced mechanical structure to enable precise ink placement for improved text and line accuracy, making the new devices a powerful proofing solution.

To fully capitalize on the dynamic color range of the new LUCIA EX ink set, each new imagePROGRAF model employs two advanced one-inch print heads, each featuring 2,560 nozzles per color and outputting a super-fine four picoliter (pl) droplet at a full 2400x1200 dots-per-inch resolution (dpi) to reproduce details with extraordinary accuracy and clarity. Paired with enhanced plug-ins and new, High-Precision Printing Modes, the new imagePROGRAF models provide an extremely high level of photographic and proofing-quality prints.

The new imagePROGRAF iPF8300, iPF6350 and iPF6300 are compliant with U.S. ENERGY STAR energy-saving standards and RoHS compliance standards. To learn more about Canon's full line of ENERGY-STAR qualified and certified products and other environmental initiatives, please visit www.usa.canon.com.

BERTL, an independent analyst firm and testing lab, reviews current product lines and new product introductions bestowing the five-star rating to devices that deliver extraordinary performance throughout the testing process. BERTL's testing criteria addresses 11 categories: Build Quality, Network Administration, Security, Workflow, Finish, Ease of Use, Media Handling, Printing, Image Quality, Features, and Price.

HP Bolsters Large Format Portfolio to Create New Opportunities for Copy Shops and Design Professionals

Hp Designjet Z5200

HP today announced an expanded large format portfolio to help low-volume print service providers (PSPs) and technical design professionals lower costs, increase productivity and win new business with easy-to-manage, in-house large format printing capabilities.

The new solutions are designed for entry-level large format commercial printing applications as well as architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), geographic information systems (GIS), and mechanical computer-aided design (MCAD) technical applications.


Highlights include:

The HP Designjet Z5200 PostScript® Printer, a simple and productive entry-level large format system that offers easy, affordable and high-quality printing in-house

A new 24-inch model of the HP Designjet T770 Printer series that includes an easy-to-access top-loading roll, large memory for processing files and fast speeds

The HP Designjet 111 Printer, HP's most affordable and compact large format printer, which delivers high-quality, cost-effective prints for entry-level technical professionals

"HP recognises that customers need to expand their printing capabilities and turn around projects quickly to give them a competitive advantage and help capture new business opportunities," said Santiago Morera, vice president and general manager, Designjet Solutions, HP. "The additions to our large format portfolio address those needs by offering lower costs, higher productivity and easier operation - combined with our hallmark quality and reliability."


HP Designjet Z5200 PostScript® Printer simplifies large format printing

Designed specifically for copy shops and quick printers interested in entering the large format market, the HP Designjet Z5200 PostScript® Printer offers a simple, affordable device for a broad range of high-quality applications, including posters, point-of-purchase (POP) displays, maps, light boxes and canvas prints. To streamline the printing process, advanced HP technology eliminates and automates many of the steps involved with traditional large format printing. In addition, the new HP Instant Printing Pro solution simplifies and accelerates the entire printing workflow with fast, easy file preparation and automatic nesting, preview, orientation and crop marks.

The HP Designjet Z5200 PostScript® Printer also includes an embedded spectrophotometer for automatic calibration and media profiling to help those without extensive colour management experience ensure colour accuracy and consistency across projects.  Additionally, HP Universal Bond Paper and HP Bright White Inkjet Paper with ColorPRO Technology provide noticeably superior print quality compared to competitive untreated bond papers for high-quality output at a much lower cost.

New entry-level printing solutions for technical professionals

From winning bids and developing plans to interacting with peers and clients, digital information sharing is essential to how AEC/GIS/CAD professionals operate. HP's large format printers and multi-format devices now make it easy to turn digital designs into documents and then digitize them back into the design-and-make process, helping shorten project cycles.

The new HP printers offer smaller footprints and intuitive ease-of-use features to allow small technical teams, individual professionals and students to benefit from in-house large format printing.

Adding to the proven HP Designjet T770 Printer series, which includes a 44-inch device, the new 24-inch model allows small teams to increase productivity with a printer that is fast, reliable and easy to use. The HP Designjet T770 Printer's top-loading roll makes it simple to load and swap media, and its expandable memory allows the printer to handle bigger jobs as business grows. It also features built-in networking for easy sharing and the ability to print without opening applications.

Available in a tray or roll-fed option, the HP Designjet 111 Printer is an ideal entry-level printer for technical CAD applications, large format posters and presentations. Designed for AEC students and professionals, construction offices, universities and technical instruction environments, the HP Designjet 111 Printer is affordable at any budget with the ability to create posters or presentations for less than $1.(1) As the smallest HP large format printer available,(2) measuring only 1 metre (3.3 feet) wide, it also fits easily into small offices.

More information about the HP Designjet portfolio is available at www.hp.com/go/designjet

FUJIFILM Dimatix launches second in the line of Spectra Polaris 512 jet printheads

Spectra Polaris Pq 512

FUJIFILM Dimatix launched the latest addition to its Spectra brand of general-purpose, binary, drop-on-demand inkjet printheads with the introduction of the new Polaris PQ-512/35 AAA. It joins a 15-picoliter model introduced earlier.

The Q-Class platform has enabled FUJIFILM Dimatix to develop new families of high-performance printheads and jetting assemblies that deliver the largest range of drop sizes, broadest ink compatibility, and higher packing density than previously possible. Shared physical features allow printer designs to be easily migrated across different model types and printing applications. The Polaris PQ-512/35 AAA further expands upon Q-Class with a 512-jet design, new spot size capability, and aqueous ink support.

Employing a durable metal nozzle plate and utilizing the binary operating capability of Dimatix' VersaDropTM jetting technology, the Spectra Polaris PQ-512/35 AAA printhead delivers adjustable ink drop sizes of 35 to 80 picoliters from 512 individually addressable inkjet nozzles. Remarkable jet straightness is achieved at continuous frequencies up to 30 kHz with an 8 meters/second drop velocity.

The new Spectra Polaris 512/35 AAA printhead is equipped with a flexible, fluid interface allowing single or two-color operation. As an AAA designated printhead, the new Polaris now supports aqueous ink formulations in addition to UV-curable, and aggressive organic solvents, making it suitable for a growing range of commercial and industrial printing applications such as wide-format graphics, textiles, ceramics, labels and secondary packaging at resolutions to 800 dpi.

An integral mounting bezel designed with precision registration points enables drop-in alignment – a unique repairable feature allows each 256-channel jet module to be exchanged and accurately registered in the field without the need for special tools or recalibration. Each 256-channel jet module is also dual-ported to facilitate ink flushing and recirculation. Heaters and temperature sensors allow precise control of ink viscosity at jetting temperatures up to 60oC.

"Our new Polaris PQ-512/35 AAA printhead with aqueous capability and shared physical features provides further evidence of the power of the Q-Class platform. Its flexibility to easily migrate across many printer models and applications, a long-service life and simplified field maintenance will make it a natural choice of forward thinking developers." said Marc Torrey, Vice President, Marketing, FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc.

Epson Achieves 98% Pantone Colour Coverage on Stylus Pro 7900 and 9900 Wide Format Inkjet Printer Series

Epson Strylus Pro 9900

Seiko Epson Corporation today announces that its wide format inkjet printer Epson Stylus Pro 7900 and 9900 series have achieved 98%  coverage of the PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM, as evaluated and certified by Pantone, LLC. Epson's award-winning wide format inkjet printers have long been received as the industry standard in various graphics applications, and the attainment of this exceptionally high PANTONE coverage provides further proof of Epson's leadership in this field.

PANTONE is the definitive international reference for selecting, specifying, matching and controlling ink colours. With the ability to achieve 98% coverage of PANTONE colours, industry professionals using Epson printers have a great deal of freedom when producing designs, proofs and final images. It also enables designers to accurately reproduce corporate and brand colours and use a wide variety of PANTONE spot colours for eye catching packaging.

The combination of Epson's Micro Piezo TFP inkjet technology with its 10-colour UltraChrome HDR (high dynamic range) ink set provides the outstanding performance required by graphic designers and print professionals. In addition to Cyan, Light Cyan, Vivid Magenta, Vivid Light Magenta, Yellow, Matte or photo Black, Black, Light Black and Light Light Black, Epson's UltraChrome HDR inks include Orange and Green which significantly increases the range of colours that can be achieved, especially bright green to yellow, and yellow to red.

The Stylus Pro printers' ability to achieve the widest colour gamut enables high-quality images with great subtlety and exceptionally smooth gradations. The unique three-level black ink technology significantly improves the overall grey balance while enhancing the mid-tone and highlight detail, which in turn gives a smoother tonal range. The high-density pigments ensure strong vibrant colours and accurate neutral and dark tones.

"This PANTONE certification highlights the superb accuracy of the Epson Stylus Pro printers' coupled with the extremely wide colour gamut of the UltraChrome inks and gives the design and print industry the highest level of confidence when working on projects that demand accurate colour representation," says Duncan Ferguson, Director of Pro-Graphics and New Business Development for Epson Europe.

The 24-inch Stylus Pro 7900 and 44-inch Stylus Pro 9900 series are available from Epson certified dealers worldwide. For more details, please contact your local Epson sales representative.

Automation first for the Inca Onset S20 at FESPA Munich

Inca Onset S20

Inca Digital demonstrates enhanced productivity for the Inca Onset S20

Fujifilm will demonstrate the productivity benefits of Inca’s automation on the high-performance, wide-format Inca Onset S20 UV printer for the first time publicly at FESPA Munich (from 22-26th June 2010 on the Fujifilm booth B1/220)

The Inca Onset S20 is designed for high volume, cost-effective printing on a wide variety of materials up to 3.14m x 1.6m and 50mm thick at speeds of up to 275 sq m/hr. As print times on this Onset can be as little as 48 seconds, minimum handling time and maximum productivity is ensured by adding automation.

Inca’s versatile automation system gives users the ability to operate in manual, semi- or three-quarter automation from the same configuration.  By adding automation to the Inca Onset S20 companies can boost productivity by up to 36% when compared with manual handling. A variety of sheet sizes can be pre-positioned during the printing process, ready for the handling system to remove printed sheets swiftly and load the next. In addition, the automation system can handle up to three sheets at a time, and has the precision to accommodate double sided print accurately.

“Production automation is important to our customers to ensure maximum productivity and cost-efficiency with minimal downtime in order to deliver the very best return on investment,” says Linda Bell, CEO, Inca Digital.

Production can be further streamlined with Inca’s Print Run Controller (PRC) software which manages the production of an individual print job incorporating a run of different elements or images, sizes or languages. It can also manage jobs where large numbers of images need to be output in varying quantities with variable elements to a large number of end users.

At FESPA the Inca Onset S20 will be printing with six-colour (CMYKLcLm) Fujifilm Uvijet Enhance ink set producing quality and variable finish effects (matt, satin, high gloss)  for a range of applications including display POS, exhibition graphics, backlit/frontlit displays and outdoor signage.

Oce NV Unveils CS6400 Mild-solvent Printers

Oce Logo

Océ, an international leader in digital document management and printing for professionals, today introduced the new Océ CS6400 Series of robust and reliable outdoor production printers. The Océ CS6400 Series enables users to grow their businesses by reducing job turn-around time while increasing customer satisfaction by delivering exceptional quality prints. The Océ CS6407 printer model will be shown on the Océ stand at the IPEX Exhibition in Birmingham, UK, 18-25 May 2010.

The Océ CS6400 Series uses mild-solvent inks and includes two models:  the 190 cm (74.8”) wide Océ CS6407 printer, and the 264 cm (104”) wide Océ CS6410 printer. Both models can be used in four-color mode or eight-color mode. Print speeds of up to 100 square meters (1075 ft2) per hour can be achieved.


High productivity printers with user-configurable color modes

Newly developed, high frequency print heads with multi-drop technology deliver prints at production print speeds. The eight print heads can be configured in two ways:  2 x 4 mode (C, M, Y, K), with four colors and two heads per color for maximum print speed; or 1 x 8 mode (C, M, Y, K, G, Lc, Lm, Lg), with eight colors and one head per color for superior print quality. The four-color mode reaches print speeds up to 100 square meters (1075 ft2) per hour. With the eight-color mode users can still print at speeds of up to 50 square meters (538 ft2) per hour.


Setting a new quality standard

The Océ CS6400 Series offers a perfect balance between high-speed printing and great print quality. Smart Pass Technology onboard every Océ CS6400 Series printer delivers smooth and band-free prints by optimizing pass-to-pass dot placement and alignment.

The four-color mode ensures excellent image density and is ideal for outdoor banner applications. The eight-color mode adds Light Gray, Gray, Light Magenta and Light Cyan ink for smooth transitions and exceptional overall image reproduction. The Gray and LightGray inks make it possible to print real gradations, light shadows and metallic textures.

With the speed, productivity and print quality of Océ CS6400 Series, users can produce rush jobs and manage peak volumes, while still meeting their clients’ high print quality demands and delivery requirements.

Océ IJC640 mild-solvent inks are tuned for the screen and sign industries.  The inks have an outstanding color gamut capable of producing saturated and brilliant colors, and offering excellent outdoor durability of up to three years.


Ink and media systems enable long print runs

Océ offers a full range of media for all kinds of applications on the Océ CS6400 Series. Users can visit the Océ Media Guide (www.mediaguide.oce.com) and find the right media for their printer and application, including matching Océ color profiles.

The Océ 6400 Series detects the thickness of the loaded media, and adjusts the printhead height automatically. In combination with the three-level pressure control system of the pinch rollers, media of up to 1 mm thick can be used.

Efficient 1.5 liter ink reservoirs and a sub-tank system provides for on-the-fly ink changes. These large capacity ink reservoirs reduce the need for frequent ink replacement, enabling productive, round-the-clock printing. In addition, the support of bulk media rolls with weights up to 120 kg (264 lbs.) gives users the ability to print long jobs on the same media.