Canon Rolls Out New Family of Color Inkjet Dye- and Pigment-Ink Card and Label Printers

This week, Canon U.S.A. entered the label- and card-printer market, rolling out a new family of speciality color inkjet printer at the CES trade show being held this week. The new printer family consists of new inkjet card printers, thermal re-transfer card printers, and dye- and pigment-ink inkjet label printers.

The new printers provide printing of security credential cards, encrypted ID cards, as well as durable labels and business cards, all on-demand. Canon notes that in a recent study conducted by Statistic Brain, the number of business cards printed in the United States can average more than 25 million a day, with a majority of those business cards printed offsite. Consequently, an in-house solution can help businesses save significantly, and can also help them reduce the amount of their outdated inventory, as well as ensure that confidential information is kept in-house.

New Inkjet Card Printers

Canon CX-G2400 Inkjet Card Printer

Designed for printing applications involving events, and in schools, hospitals, and retail businesses, the new Canon color inkjet card printers are said to provide customers with a high-quality, distinctive long-term or one-time use, paper-and-plastic hybrid printing. Canon says the new printers can be for printing event credentials, such as a trade show press passes, student and employee ID cards, business cards with or without imagery, product tags including SKU numbers, and membership-only wholesale club cards. Users can choose to include photos for facial recognition, and can create corporate envelopes and retail mailers in paper or plastic.

The inkjet card printers consist of a four-inch format printer – the CX-G6400 Inkjet Card Printer – and a two-inch format printer – the CX-G2400 Inkjet Card Printer. Canon rates them at print speeds of up to 100 business card-size prints per minute, and 45 credential-size prints per minute, on both paper and plastic cards, at 1,200 dpi resolution.

Both printer will be available in the first half of 2018 at MSRPs from $5,999 to $9,999.

Both printers feature:

  • Dye-based inkjet printing for color-critical graphic printing.
  • Business-card printing at up to 3,000 cards per hour.
  • 1,200 x 1,200 dpi resolution.
  • USB 2.0 port and Ethernet network interface.

The four-inch CX-G6400 features:

  • Print on cards up to four inches in size.
  • 400-card capacity.

Visit Canon here for more information and complete specifications.

The two-inch format CX-G2400 features:

  • Print on cards up to two inches in sizes.
  • 250-card capacity.

Visit Canon here for more information and complete specifications.

Thermal Re-Transfer ID Card Printer

Engineered with fast print speed and high-quality output in mind, the IX-R7000 Thermal Re-Transfer ID Card Printer allows printing of user ID cards to be encoded (compatible with PVC, PET and other materials). From driver’s licenses to student ID cards, Canon says the IX-R7000 Thermal Re-Transfer ID Card Printer is capable of providing security or authorization to employees, VIP members, or government agencies.

It also says that the IX-R7000’s print resolution of 600 dpi enables customers to print small, clear characters, and images. The printer can print up to 145 cards per hour, and features a card capacity of up to 250 cards. The IX-R7000 ID Card Printer includes the option to attach a security wire lock, preventing theft of cards and unauthorized use.

Unlike the other new printers, the IX-R7000 doesn’t use inkjet printing, but instead uses dye-sublimation printing. With dye-sublimation printing, the printer uses heat to transfer dye onto materials such as a plastic, card, paper, or fabric, and printed output typically provides near-photographic image quality.

The IX-R7000 features:

  • Two-sided printing.
  • 600 dpi resolution with 24-bit continuous-tone printing.
  • Prints 145 cards per hour in single-sided mode and 92 cards per hour in two-sided mode.
  • Optional magnetic and Contactless IC encoding units available.
  • USB 2.0 port, Ethernet network connectivity, and RS-232C connectivity.

More information is currently not available.

Inkjet Label Printers

Canon notes that investing in a color-label printer enables businesses to print-to-label in real-time, in-house, saving time and money, as well as enabling them to reduce inventory management costs while saving valuable office space where pre-printed labels were once stored.

The firm notes that, from color-coded cardboard box labels, to customizable coupons and wristbands, its new lineup of Canon Inkjet Label Printers provides “extreme durability,” and, in addition, text, QR and barcodes are consistently clearer on smaller label dimensions.

When the integrity and durability of the text is paramount, such as the font on a prescription bottle, the new pigment based LX-P1300 Inkjet Label Printer is most appropriate. For labels used with the purpose of producing vivid images, such as packing labels, the new Canon LX-D5500 and LX-D1300 Inkjet Label Printers feature an inkjet print head that uses dye-based inks for more vivid output.

For more information and complete specifications for the LX-D5500, visit Canon here; here for the LX-D1300; and here for the LX-P1300.

Canon U.S.A. is exhibiting the new printers at booth #16206 at the CES trade show currently being held in Las Vegas from January 09-12, 2018. The printers will be available through major re-sellers in the first half of 2018.

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