New Large-Format imagePROGRAF iPF850/840/830 Printers, New Media Portfolio, from Canon

Canon imagePROGRAF IPF850 with High-Capacity Stacker

Canon imagePROGRAF IPF850 with High-Capacity Stacker

Canon U.S.A. is rolling out three new 44-inch, high-volume, large-format inkjet printers, the imagePROGRAF iPF850, iPF840 and iPF830, as well as a new imagePROGRAF media portfolio (see below). Designed for the technical-printing market (such as architecture, engineering, and construction [AEC], and computer aided design [CAD]), Canon says the new printers are appropriate for mid-size to large workgroups, with the five-color inkjet printers featuring 15,360 ink nozzles for producing intricate full-color renderings, technical drawings, and maps.

In addition to a two media roll system, featured in both the imagePROGRAF iPF850 and imagePROGRAF iPF840, the imagePROGRAF iPF850 features a high-capacity output stacker that can hold up to 100 sheets of different-size paper (up to A0 size). The stacker gathers newly printed documents to help prevent paper curling and allow users to quickly collect their just-printed documents.

Canon says the new large-format printers devices boast several design features to help workgroups improve workflow efficiency and save time. The two media-roll system featured in the imagePROGRAF iPF840 and iPF850 models enables automatic paper switching between rolls to allow for continuous, uninterrupted, high-production printing without the need for user intervention. The two-roll support feature can also simultaneously handle different media types and varying widths of paper up to 44 inches.

All three printers feature a 320-GB hard drive, a high-chroma magenta ink, and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, and print speeds are rated at up to 22 seconds (economy mode with the A1 paper size), as well as high-capacity 700ml ink tanks.

For scan-to-print capabilities, each model is also available as an MFP, with the ability to scan documents up to 2mm thick. The MFP model includes an M40 scanner, SmartWorks MFP software, a computer, touch-screen monitor, and MFP stand.

User-Friendly Software

The three new large-format printers are bundled with Canon’s PosterArtist Lite software and Direct Print & Share cloud-portal software, the latter of which includes a shortcut feature for batch printing, and allows files to be dragged and dropped into “hot folders” on the PC desktop. The printers are also compatible with the imagePROGRAF Print Utility app, which allows users to manage print jobs from mobile devices.  The mobile app also provides wireless printing from compatible Apple iPads. Canon’s PosterArtist Lite software provides royalty-free templates, backgrounds, clip art, and fonts for creating professional posters, signs and banners.

Several independent software vendors have also made their software compatible with these new imagePROGRAF printers. These include Onyx Graphics, SA International, System Development, and CADLink Technology. Onyx Graphics, a Canon Group Company, is dedicated to helping customers increase productivity, reduce costs, and gain a competitive edge with superior print and color quality. SAi provides professional-software solutions from design to production for the sign-making, digital-printing, screen-printing, and CNC machining industries. SDI services the oil and gas industries, as well as the aerospace and auto CAE/CAD industries, while CADlink Technology has been developing design and production software for over 20 years, with a worldwide distribution network.

The Canon imagePROGRAF iPF850, iPF840 and iPF830 printers are being shown publicly for the first time in the United States at the ESRI User Conference being held July 20-25. MSRP for the iPF850, iPF840 and iPF830 printers is $7,995, $6,495, and $5,495, respectively. The MFP M40 models MSRP are $11,995, $10,495, and $9,495, respectively. The printers, which are available through authorized Canon dealers, are currently available for ordering.

Longer Paper Rolls and Eco-Conscious Media Options

Canon U.S.A. also announced four new large-format media options for its imagePROGRAF family. For the first time, Canon will offer 20 lb. bond, 20 lb. recycled uncoated bond, 24 lb. bond, and 24 lb. premium coated bond paper in both 150-foot rolls and 300-foot rolls. It’s also offering these papers as 30-inch rolls.

Best suited for technical markets such as architecture, engineering, construction computer-aided design (CAD), and geographic information systems (GIS) markets, all four paper options are compatible with the new imagePROGRAF iPF850, iPF840 and iPF830 large-format inkjet printers.

Canon also reports that it’s now offering 300-foot rolls of large-format media. Twice as long as previously offered rolls, Canon says this new size offers great potential to improve workflows by increasing run time and allowing users to complete more tasks without having to stop and reload paper. With two, 42 inches-by-300-foot rolls, it says a user is now able to produce over 2,000 square feet of uninterrupted printing.

The new media options are now available via authorized Canon dealers.

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