Stressing its commitment to the monochrome production-printer market, Canon U.S.A. today introduced the third generation of its varioPRINT DP product line with the release of the varioPRINT 140 Series. Consisting of models that print at up to 140 ipm, 130 ipm, and 115 ipm, the new systems are said to provide various new features, and will be available through Canon Authorized Dealers and Canon Solutions America later this month.
Positioned for small to mid-size commercial printers and in-plants, the varioPRINT 140 Series is designed for average monthly print volumes up to 800,000 letter-size images, and can handle peak volumes up to 2.2 million letter-size images per month. Enhancements to copy and scan capabilities in the new series address the document-scanning and digitization needs in markets such as legal, healthcare, and education.
Canon productivity tools for production planning and monitoring include:
- PRISMAsync Job Scheduler
- PRISMAsync Remote Manager
- PRISMAsync Remote Control app for smart devices
Downloadable to a smartphone or personal tablet, the new Remote Control app allows operators to receive real-time notifications of upcoming operator actions, such as loading media or adding consumables, as well as alerts when immediate actions are required. One or multiple PRISMAsync Print Server-driven digital presses can be monitored at a glance.
Improved copy and scan features are said to provide operators with a convenient method of document-scanning and digitization with book-copy mode, an easy copy screen, page numbering, and a smaller scan file size, making the device suitable for high-volume copy and scan environments.
The Microsoft Windows 10-based PRISMAsync Print Server driving the varioPRINT 140 Series is said to help streamline the print-job handling process with its visual press console and, in turn, helps reduce time spent training staff and manually managing the operation. It integrates with Canon’s PRISMA software suite of workflow essentials for production printing to improve total system performance and accelerate workflow.
For integration into other existing workflows, the JDF/JMF interface allows connectivity to third-party systems such as CIP4-compliant MIS or Web-to-Print solutions.
The varioPRINT 140 Series is said to produce offset-like, with sharp lines, halftone uniformity. and smooth gradations through its ScreenPoint Technology’s SuperCell rasterization. ScreenPoint Technology also allows the reproduction of color halftones and photographs as grayscale images with “excellent resolution, dense black fills, and precise fine lines without operator intervention.”
According to Canon, the digital nature of the varioPRINT 140 Series’ DirectPress Technology all but eliminates quality degradation. Working in a single, stable digital process that isn’t affected by light, static charge, temperature, humidity, developer, or toner mixtures DirectPress Technology is said to provide output consistency over time and from press-to-press.
Docoument in-line finishing and output options include stapling, saddle stitching, folding, die punching, inserting, ring binding and high-capacity stacking. For further specialized needs, the Series’ open Document Finishing Device (DFD) Interface enables in-line connectivity to third-party devices.
The varioPRINT 140 Series is equipped with new security features to help provide better control over unauthorized usage and enhanced observation of user activity. Security features include user authentication by role or via LDAP-based operator login, a configurable user interface, and extended audit logging.
Canon also states that the varioPRINT 140 produces no ozone emissions with virtually no toner waste, and says the varioPRINT 140 Series’ energy consumption is among the lowest per print when compared to other systems.
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