Canon Adds Next-Generation imagePRESS C800 Digital Color Press Series for Commercial Printers

A loaded imagePRESS C700

A loaded imagePRESS C700

Canon U.S.A. today announced the new imagePRESS C800 Digital Color Press Series, which it says combines new and existing technology to help deliver the level of print quality, productivity and flexibility expected of the imagePRESS line, in a compact, scalable footprint. The series consists of two models, the imagePRESS C800 and imagePRESS C700, both designed for small to mid-size commercial, franchise, in-plant and quick printers, and is equipped to handle a variety of media options, including heavyweight coated stock, textured stock, and envelopes up to 13″x19″ in size.

The imagePRESS C800 Series incorporates technologies from Canon’s flagship imagePRESS C7011VP/S Digital Color Press Series, including:

  • Canon’s proprietary Gloss Optimization technology, which adjusts the level of toner’s gloss to that of the media used for results similar to that produced by offset printing.
  • Canon’s Advanced Image Transfer Belt, which Canon says increases toner-transfer efficiency on smooth as well as uneven media surfaces, affording these devices extended media-handling capabilities, which allows users to produce a broader range of print products.

“Vivid, Accurate and Consistent Image Quality”

An array of new features, including red laser R-VCSEL technology enables the imagePRESS C800 Digital Press Series to produce output at up to 2,400 x 2,400 dpi resolution. Canon says the systems’ new CV Toner and other innovative technologies allow users to enjoy color consistency for predictable quality output, which is crucial for repetitive jobs in print production.

Canon rates the imagePRESS C800 at up to 80 ppm and the imagePRESS C700 at up to 70 ppm. Of note is that the systems can auto-duplex-print jobs on all supported media weights, reducing the need for manual intervention even during demanding jobs.

“The new Canon imagePRESS C800 that we have been privileged to test has proven to be one of the finest machines that we have ever seen. It is fast, reliable, flexible, and consistent,” commented James La Maire, president of AJS Buisness Imaging Solutions . “We are extremely impressed with the uptime of this machine considering the variety and volume that we have produced during our testing. We have printed envelopes, booklets, business cards, brochures, labels, on a variety of stock. We really like the color on this machine both for its accuracy, detail, and consistency on a page and from page-to-page.”

The imagePRESS C800/C700 digital color presses are available in several scalable configurations that enable a white-paper-in, finished-paper-out operation. A variety of in-line finishing options permit users to produce a broad range of printed products including envelopes, folded pamphlets, saddle-stitched and square-folded brochures, postcards, business cards, presentation and training material, flyers, and perfect bound books.

Workflow Choices

The selection of state-of-the-art production digital front ends gives print professionals the choice of operation that best matches their production workflow:

  • Part of the PRISMA workflow suite geared towards highest productivity, Canon’s PRISMAsync production digital front end provides a single point of control for the entire print system, intuitive operation, advanced color-management controls and production-planning with Job Scheduler.
  • The imagePRESS Server F200 and imagePRESS Server G100 are the first digital front ends on the market based on Electronics for Imaging’s (EFI) new Fiery FS150 Pro platform. These new DFEs seamlessly integrate with the EFI MIS and Web-to-Print products, Canon’s Océ PRISMA workflow, and leading prepress workflow solutions – including Kodak Prinergy, Heidelberg Prinect, and Agfa :Apogee.

Both systems meet Energy Star power-consumption standards, and received an EPEAT Gold rating for eco-friendliness, and are also RoHS compliant. The imagePRESS C800 and imagePRESS C700 Digital Presses are scheduled to be available in September 2014 and start shipping to customers end of the month through Canon authorized dealers and Canon Solutions America at manufacturer’s suggested retail prices of $136,900 and $113,900, respectively for a typical configuration.

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