Yesterday, Canon U.S.A. announced its long-anticipated UVgel wide-format printer, the Océ Colorado 1640, a 64-inch roll-to-roll printer, that it will make it first public debut in the United States at the ISA International Sign Expo next month, and will be available in May.
Designed for large-format graphic-arts and print providers, the Océ Colorado 1640 is designed for producing indoor and outdoor graphics, including roll-to-roll signage and displays. According to Mal Baboyian, senior VP at Canon USA, the Océ Colorado 1640 is “the most important product introduction in [CSA’s] LFS in 25 years.”
The new Océ Colorado 1640 uses Canon’s recently announced UVgel technology. This technology combines a new UV-curable ink that’s said to instantly gel on contact with media. The new system also features an advanced “self-aware” piezo-electric inkjet print-head, an LED-based UV system that cures without adding any damaging heat to the media, and continuous, on-the-fly, print-head nozzle monitoring and performance compensation.
Other benefits of the UVgel technology are said to include:
- A large color gamut of solvent inks combined with the environmental benefits and safety profile of latex and UV inks.
- Ultra-thin ink dispersion with almost no discernible physical profile and the lowest ink-consumption rate that Canon says can provide up to a 40-percent reduction in printing costs compared to eco-solvent and latex.
- Non-toxic, durable, color-fast prints.
Canon says the new Océ Colorado 1640 is the fastest 64-inch printer on the market, with a top speed of 1710 square feet per hour, and delivers high quality, POP prints at 430 square feet per hour faster than any competing system in this segment. The new, technologically advanced UVgel ink instantly gels on contact with media resulting in precise dot gain and positional control, perfectly repeatable images, and instantly cured prints. The low-temperature LED-UV curing system moves independently from the printing carriage thus enabling uniform, post-print UV curing that further contributes to print speed and print quality.
The Océ Colorado 1640 features a heavy-duty drawer mechanism that holds up to two rolls of media at one time, each weighing up to 110 lbs. The two rolls can be of the same media type and size or different media, and once initialized, the print engine can switch jobs between rolls without operator assistance. If an unknown media is loaded, the printer will automatically measure its thickness and adjust the print gap accordingly. This ensures the best possible print quality and reduces the risk of print-head crashes. This information is then stored in the media library along with other media parameters so that the next time this type of media is loaded, the printer knows exactly how to handle it.
The UVgel print heads also incorporate patented continuous ink-nozzle monitoring to detect and correct any under-performing nozzles. During each and every printing pass, Canon’s nozzle-monitoring technology automatically checks all nozzles using acoustic sampling and is said to even detect whether nozzles are going to misfire before they actually do. In the event of nozzle failure, corrective maintenance is automatically performed.
Broad Application Range
According to Canon, the system produces a large color gamut, similar to that of solvent inks, but combines this with the environmental benefits and safety profile of latex and UV-cured systems. The result is said to be nearly odorless, VCL-free, durable, colorfast, high-quality prints even on the thinnest, most heat-sensitive media.
Built on a heavy frame for class-leading rigidity and equipped with industrial components, Canon states that the media-handling system uses an optical feedback loop that continuously monitors media advance. Using virtually invisible printed index marks at the edges of the media, the system measures media advances in real-time to automatically correct the subsequent step size as needed.
‘Lowest Operating Cost’
According to Canon, its unique UVgel technology features ink consumption much lower than that of competitive technologies, as much as 40 percent lower, and ink is said to be competitively priced with an MSRP of $58,000.
Canon’s new UVgel printing technology will be at the core of a family of new roll-to-roll printers, the first of which is the Océ Colorado 1640.
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