Rochester Institute of Technology to Certify Papers for Use with Canon’s Wide-Format Inkjet Printers

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Rochester Institute of Technology college campus.

Canon U.S.A. reports that, for the first time, it will join the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Printing Applications Laboratory, located in Rochester, New York, in offering a streamlined media-certification process for Canon’s imagePROGRAF wide-format color inkjet printer series. The collaboration will help photography, fine-art, and paper vendors determine and promote compatibility with the imagePROGRAF portfolio, including Canon’s just-announced imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 (see story here).

As part of this Canon Alliance Partner Program (CAPP), an initiative for third-party suppliers and vendors, RIT will test media with imagePROGRAF systems to confirm compatibility. The testing looks into both paper properties and print properties. A few of the attributes tested include grammage, caliper, opacity, registration, line raggedness, and optical density, among many others. Upon passing the test, vendors will receive a certification enabling them to advertise media compatibility with imagePROGRAF systems.

Canon imagePROGRAF iPF770 MFP L36

Canon imagePROGRAF iPF770 MFP L36

In addition to helping photographers identify high-quality media, Canon says the certification can also identify new possibilities for vendors, including the potential to expand their customer base, opportunities to be included in future imagePROGRAF portfolios, company presence on the Canon U.S.A. Web site, partnership with Canon for trade shows, and access to imagePROGRAF systems.

RIT’s Printing Applications Lab provides the print industry with empirical approaches to control and improve the quality of their products and expand industry professionals’ knowledge. RIT programs include media-certification programs, assistance with product development, and corporate-education programs.

For more information and to apply for the certification, visit Canon U.S.A. here.

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