Canon targets commercial with Prostream 1800
Canon Production Printing Australia is launching the new ProStream 1800 continuous feed inkjet printer, the newest model in its ProStream 1000 series, and aimed squarely at commercial printers.
With the higher web speed of 133m/min (66 per cent faster than the ProStream 1000), the ProStream 1800 produces up to 107,500 A4 images or 11,300 B2 sheets 4/4 per hour.
The ProStream 1800 uses native 1,200dpi piezo drop-on-demand print heads and proprietary polymer pigment inks with Canon ColorGrip to ensure colour consistency. Canon’s Inline Quality Control, a high-performance camera system, also provides automatic print quality assurance, so operators can spend less time on quality control.
It will print across a range of media, including standard offset coated, uncoated and inkjet optimised papers from 40gsm to 300gsm. It can handle a variety of applications, such as calendars, posters and point of sale, with the ability to print up to 556mm wide and 1524mm long.
There is no need to stop production to switch between different format lengths to ensure a seamless changeover – providing additional flexibility and ease-of-use for operators.
Craig Nethercott, managing director, Canon Production Printing Oceania, said, “At Canon, we share our customers’ passion for print and understand that, as their businesses are having to adapt to changing market requirements, our technology needs to evolve too. With the launch of the new ProStream 1800, we can support customers who are looking to grow their production volumes without compromising quality or speed. The new press marks an extension of the successful ProStream technology that was launched in 2017. Building on our strong installed base, we are excited to be offering a new proposition for customers that want ultimate performance.”
According to Canon the new ProStream 1800 has been designed to push the boundaries of commercial print to meet changing customer demands. Combining new inkjet innovations with proven offset printing techniques, it says the press strikes a balance between high productivity, superior print quality, flexibility, and media versatility.
Canon says commercial printers can now expand their offering by migrating higher volume jobs from offset to digital inkjet, boosting production levels, slashing turnaround times and increasing profit margins across a wide range of applications, including premium and high volume direct mail, books, catalogues, and magazines.
The air floatation drying system dries all jobs evenly, enabling print on a wide range of paper without compromising the high standards of the finished output. By not coming into contact with the paper, the system protects the print image to ensure an optimal result and to preserve the gloss and paper surface. Artificial intelligence linked to a sensor continuously makes adjustments to the drying system during the print run to ensure the best quality. It also maintains the optimal web temperature, reducing energy consumption.
The new ProStream can be seen at the European Customer Experience Centre via virtual demo.