Canon Aims to Cement Market Leadership in Color Production-Print Market with New imagePress C850

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Canon U.S.A. is announcing its new imagePress C850 series, which consists of two color production printers, the imagePRESS C850 and C750 , which it says provide “exceptionally vibrant and consistent image quality on a wide variety of media.” It also says the new production printers incorporate a variety of new features and technology to help meet the requirements of commercial printers, in-plant operations, franchise printers, and other print-service providers.

The imagePRESS C850 Series follows up on Canon’s imagePRESS C800 Series, which was responsible for Canon’s market leadership in the 301,000- to 999,000-page color duty cycle segment in the U.S. market for seven consecutive quarters, from fourth-quarter 2014 to second-quarter 2016, according to market-research firm InfoTrends’ Quarterly Tracker.

The imagePRESS C850 Series is designed to provide offset-like image quality through Canon’s Gloss Optimization technology, enabling the printers to match the gloss of the toner image to that of the media used, in addition to a 32-beam R-VCSEL red laser to help produce images at 2,400 x 2,400 dpi. With a number of screen patterns to choose from, the press now offers a new 190 lpi (lines per inch) dot screen for more flexibility. By using CV Toner and an Advanced Image Transfer Belt, the printers are said to print high-quality, consistent output on a variety of media, including textured stocks. With these features, says the firm, the printers provide color consistency for predictable quality output, a necessity of print providers who run repetitive jobs.

The imagePRESS C850 and C750, which will be available next month, operate at print speeds of up to 85 and 75 ppm (letter-size),  respectively, in color and black-and-white.

Paper-feeding features air separation and double-sheet detection intended to reduce paper jams. A new option is the Booklet Trimmer-F1, which can help save time with a larger trim waste bin and continuous run capability with on-the-fly trim waste removal.

Media Versatility and In-Line Document Finishing

The imagePRESS C850 Series supports a variety of in-line document-finishing options to help expand the offerings of print-service providers, including the ability to stack, fold, saddle-stitch, staple, perfect-bind, and ring-bind documents. A new option for this series will be the Multi-Function Professional Puncher-A11 for die punching on a wider range of media sizes and weights for letter-size media and larger, oblong bound books. Using Canon’s unique die set, this new finishing module can professionally crease documents in-line to produce folded applications, including saddle-stitch booklets, with less paper cracking on the spine of the document. The printers now also support automatic duplex printing of up to 30″ long sheets, which is useful for short-run production of six-panel brochures, posters, and dust jackets.

Streamlined Workflows

With the imagePRESS C850 Series, print professionals have the option to select a digital front end (DFE). Among these options is Canon’s PRISMAsync Color Print Server for imagePRESS, the first DFE-embedded Idealliance G7 Certified System, with unique productivity features such as the Job Scheduler and Remote Manager for up to eight hours plan-ahead production. Now further enhanced with the new Version 5 platform, PRISMAsync features extended color-correction tool sets, configuration flexibility and embedded JDF/JMF workflow connectivity. Also available is the imagePRESS Server F200 or imagePRESS Server G100, built on EFI’s Fiery FS150 platform, all of which Canon’s says provide fast processing, “superb image quality” and streamlined, automated workflows for sheet-fed digital production-printing systems.

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