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
"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,