Canon celebrates 1400 ColorStream installs

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Canon Production Print is celebrating 1400 installs of its high-speed inkjet ColorStream digital print system, a fair number of which are in Australia.

1400 installs: Canon ColorStream
1400 installs: Canon ColorStream

Richard Vaughan, general manager of Perth-based business services provider Zipform Digital, highlighted why quality was a deciding factor when the company invested in the ColorStream. 

Richard Vaughan, Zipform
Delivered on promise: Richard Vaughan, Zipform

“In 2012 we tested the market with all the inkjet web providers and selected the Colorstream technology. Our decision was based on a number of factors but the most contributing influence in our decision was trust, and we felt that Canon Production Printing could deliver on what it promised," Vaughan said.

“The print engines have been bullet-proof over these years and in particular the print head technology has proven to be highly available, stable and consistent. The print quality was ahead of its game in 2012 and today still provides us the quality that our customers expect in 2020.”

Canon Production Printing Australia says that with the ColorStream 6000, printers can be assured of 94 per cent uptime. Operators no longer have to intervene during production.

Vaughan said, “We have been able to migrate 100 per cent of our essential mail production to the Colorstream, reducing the requirement for toner-based print engines. Due to its considerable ability to print large volume work, we have been successful in migrating very high-volume jobs that were previously a mix of commercial print and variable overprint, particularly for government work. We also gang up small volume work to run after each other, it is a flexible technology."

Canon said its customers have also commented on the ease-of-use of the printer, reducing manual intervention and increasing production efficiencies. This was a key reason for investing in the ColorStream for Melbourne based printer, ABCorp.

Troy Croft, plant manager, ABCorp, said, “The ease of use and high uptime availability of the Colorstream 3900 units ensure consistently high productivity levels. The units are reliable and have little day to day maintenance requirements ensuring production time is maximised and operator input limited.”

Since its introduction in 2011, Canon Production Printing have built on a decade of experience with the series, comprising the ColorStream 3000, 3000Z and 6000 series. Canon Production Printing estimate printing volumes of 300 billion A4 pages have been produced across the globe, in a mix of printed output such as bank statements, direct mailings, pharmaceutical leaflets and books.

Canon says the system has proved to be popular in countries such as France, Germany, Italy, Australia, and the US, with 40 per cent of customers installing more than one device, with one German customer having 18 towers across three production sites.

Craig Nethercott, managing director, Canon Production Printing Oceania, said, “Since launching the ColorStream series, we have listened closely to the feedback of our customers and have continuously evolved the product series based on their needs. We are therefore encouraged to see that market demand for the ColorSteam series, now in its third generation, continues to be positive.

“By maintaining a close dialogue with our customers, we are able to ensure that we are meeting their requirements, with the highest reliability, productivity and quality.

“Each ColorStream can be tailored to a buyer’s needs – from speed and colour to custom inks and tailored inline finishing integration. There are so many optional upgrades to customise the ColorStream to specific customer requirements. We guarantee every buyer gets the right solution suited for their business needs to help them achieve growth.”

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