Canon UK, world leader in imaging solutions, has announced three new large format printers will go on sale in the UK and Ireland from this month for the Computer Aided Design (CAD), Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Print-for-Pay, and Production markets.
First displayed at the drupa exhibition in Germany in May this year, the Canon imagePROGRAF iPF810 and Canon imagePROGRAF iPF820 are the first 44’’, five- colour Large Format Printers in this range. The devices are capable of reproducing A1 prints in 24 seconds and A0 prints in 47 seconds, making them ideal for high volume printing in busy environments.
The Canon imagePROGRAF iPF605 is designed to deliver outstanding quality 24’’ prints, with up to 1,200 dpi resolution. All three printers use five-colour dye and pigment print heads that combine fast output production speeds with efficient ink usage and a low total cost of ownership, making them some of the most appealing printers in the sector, all at an affordable price.
In addition, all the new LFPs can reproduce fine line widths down to 0.02mm, with a range accuracy of 0.1%, a factor that is crucial in the CAD / GIS markets where precision in building plans, maps and technical designs is critical. The Canon imagePROGRAF range has been created to offer the quality line rendering and productivity needed for CAD and GIS usage, providing full support for specialist CAD file formats HP GL/2 and HP-RTL. HP-GL/2 and HP-RTL nesting is also available on the iPF810 & iPF820, which enables users to arrange files on the paper roll and combined with auto rotation of HP-GL/2 files from portrait to landscape ensures paper wastage is reduced to a minimum.
Shane Burchett, LFP Product Professional, Canon UK says: “The Canon imagePROGRAF iPF810 and Canon imagePROGRAF iPF820 can compete at the top end of the market on speed, accuracy and price, all of which are vital components in the CAD / GIS and Print-for-Pay and Production markets. In independent tests the Canon imagePROGRAF iPF820 has proved to be up to 50% more productive and use three times less ink in Economy Printing Mode than its nearest competitor.
“We have made serious inroads into the market share of some of the traditionally established players in the last five years. The latest figures from Infotrends show that we have increased total market share in Western European unit shipments across the technical large format segment between 24” and 59” sizes from 8.3% in 2006 to 16.1% in 2007 and we expect this to grow further throughout 2008 and into 2009. That is largely due to our aggressive product rollout over the last two years.
The Canon imagePROGRAF iPF820 is equipped with a dual roll capability with auto switching, enabling it to handle large print runs with different types and sizes of media simultaneously. The Canon imagePROGRAF iPF810, on the other hand, has an optional take-up unit for fast consecutive printing, enabling unmanned printing. All three printers, including the Canon imagePROGRAF iPF605, are capable of borderless printing – a feature unique to Canon – saving time in finishing by removing the need for edge trimming.
The Canon imagePROGRAF iPF810 and Canon imagePROGRAF iPF820 feature “hot swap” ink tanks in 330ml and 700ml capacity enabling the user to switch ink cartridge units during printing. On both printers, an 80Gb hard drive also provides the capacity to store print jobs on the devices and dedicate up to 30 different mailboxes to individual clients, jobs or users. For security, users can opt to not save or safely delete files from the hard drive, for additional peace of mind.
For more information please visit the Canon website