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Canon imagePROGRAF iPF9000 - The world's first 12-ink printer that can produce images up to 60inches wide.
Canon UK, world leader in digital imaging technology, has today launched its first 60 large format printer, the imagePROGRAF iPF9000. Aimed primarily at the print-for-pay sector, including copy shops and professional print businesses, this new flagship device delivers best-in-class image quality at high speed, and incorporates a range of industry-leading technologies, including Canons new 12-colour pigment Lucia ink system.
The imagePROGRAF iPF9000 is a major addition to Canons portfolio of large format printers, which now runs from 17 all the way up to 60. Additionally, a 12-colour pigment ink system not only improves print quality but also media compatibility and colour range. This means that the imagePROGRAF iPF9000 now offers the widest colour gamut in its class, and provides accurate colour reproduction on a variety of media yet another example of Canons commitment to the large format printer market.
"In America, Wilhelm Imaging Research is currently testing the Lucia pigment-based inks that are provided with this product. A review of preliminary test data indicates that prints made with these inks and selected Canon photo and fine art papers will have WIR Display Permanence Ratings in excess of 100 years for colour images and significantly beyond that for monochrome. The pigmented inks also provide excellent short term colour drift behaviour which is critically important for colour managed workflows and for proofing applications," commented Anne Sharp, LFP Product Marketing Manager, Canon UK.
Utilising new, unique technology that induces productivity and accurate, high-quality output, the imagePROGRAF iPF9000 combines an industry-first, high-density twin print head utilising FINE (Full Photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) technology. Furthermore, a new high-speed controller, coupled with functions that automatically detect corresponding media and ink, results in increased output speed that does not compromise quality.
A key feature of the imagePROGRAF iPF9000 is the twin, high-density print head. It not only enhances printing speed, but also the durability of the device as it crams over 30,000 nozzles into two 1 print heads. Moreover, by incorporating FINE technology, 4-pl (picolitre) ink droplets ensure delicate colour gradation, high-definition expression and accuracy. The broad colour gamut is realised with the addition of red, green and blue inks, as well as two varieties of grey photo grey and grey that enables smooth colour gradation whilst realising a neutral and constant monochrome. In addition, the use of two types of black ink photo black and matte black guarantees extended media compatibility.
The launch of the imagePROGRAF iPF9000 proves our commitment to the market. Canon UK has grown 80% year on year within the LFP space and has used new products to fuel our evolution. With a target market share of 15%, to achieve by the end of 2006, the new large format portfolio that the imagePROGRAF iPF9000 heads-up is exceptionally significant. These printers unite market-leading technology and speed to produce best-in-class output and combined with Canons European strategy to provide customers with a real purchase option it really does have to be seen to be believed, commented Anne Sharp, LFP Product Marketing Manager, Canon UK.
The imagePROGRAF iPF9000 comes with Canons PosterArtist and Digital Photo Print Professional as standard, as well as print plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop and Canons own Digital Photo Professional software, which is supplied with its EOS range of cameras. It can be configured to an existing network and has been designed to ensure ease-of-use and effective print management.
The imagePROGRAF iPF9000 will be available in UK and Ireland from July, 2006.