New Canon SE Series imagePROGRAF Large-Format Printers Start at $2,495
Canon U.S.A. is introducing large-format inkjet color printers designed for the poster and infographics markets, the SE Series imagePROGRAF family. Consisting of the six-color 44″ iPF8400SE Printer and 24″ iPF6400SE Printer, Canon says the SE Series offers a cost-effective, easy-to-use solution for on-the-spot in-house printing in retail, education, and government.
Canon says its newly developed six-color ink system utilizes its LUCIA EX ink to help achieve vibrant color reproduction required for output such as retail posters. Featuring the traditional cyan, magenta, yellow, black, and matte black inks, along with red ink, users can expand the color gamut beyond Canon’s imagePROGRAF eight-color models in the yellow-to-red regions to help produce more vibrant output. Through Canon’s unique inkjet-nozzle design, one print head delivers six colors through six channels, helping to deliver outstanding output from 15,360 individual ink nozzles. The LUCIA EX pigment-based ink system also helps to provide outstanding durable colors and scratch resistance for posters, point-of-purchase (POP) materials, and other applications.
According to Canon, the new SE Series also boasts a variety of features designed for efficiency and ease-of-use. Using the fast printing mode, the iPF SE Series can print an A1/D-size poster on coated paper in approximately one minute. The printers’ compact body design offers a small footprint for easy positioning, and the hot-swap ink tanks, which, through the use of a sub-ink tank system, allow the inks to be changed while a print job is in progress without stopping the print job. For added user convenience, an operator-assistance function can be set up on the printer to provide messages that notify the user of needed routine services to help limit interruptions during print jobs.
Affordability and Cost-Savings Benefits
Cost-saving features include low-ink consumption via the Economy Printing mode. In this mode, overall color density is reduced to help cut ink consumption by up to 50 percent compared to Standard mode. Large ink tanks, an additional cost-saving feature of the SE Series, are available to help contribute to a lower total cost of operation. (The iPF6400SE printer has an option for 300ml ink tanks, which is more than double the amount of the 130ml tanks, The iPF8400SE printer can use both 330ml or 700ml ink tanks.) The Canon Printer Driver provides a free layout (nesting) feature, allowing for various print jobs to be placed on one sheet of media.
Canon imagePROGRAF models are available through authorized Canon dealers and Premier Partner Resellers. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) is $2,495 for the iPF6400SE printer and $4,495 for iPF8400SE the printer.
To help simplify printing, the SE Series includes several workflow solutions. PosterArtist Lite, allows for the fast and easy creation of posters. With PosterArtist Lite, users can benefit from pre-designed templates, royalty-free images, clipart, backgrounds, frames, text graphics, an image-correction function that automatically corrects image colors, and a Cut Out function to remove selected areas of an image. A full version of PosterArtist is available for purchase, and includes additional pre-designed materials and advanced features such as Auto Design, Variable Printing, Design Check, Ambient Light Correction, and Advanced Image Editing.
The Canon Printer Driver includes a new poster-print setting to help users create vivid and eye-catching posters. Direct Print & Share (requires Google Cloud account) provides users cloud-based sharing capabilities, and several other management tools to help enhance set up and efficiency such as Accounting Manager, which tracks users’ printing cost. There’s also a Media Configuration Tool for quick and easy update of media information. Operating applications such as Print Plug-in for Microsoft Office Suite are also included.
Canon also announced the addition of a new Heavyweight Coated Paper HG, 145gsm, for its large-format printer media lineup. This new media transitions Canon’s heavyweight coated offering from 140gsm to 145gsm, and is said to be excellent for the SE Series printers.