Canon Announces New Océ Arizona 1300 Series UV Flatbed Printers

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Canon U.S.A.today announced its new Océ Arizona 1300 series of mid-volume UV-ink flatbed printers, which will be available in the United States in March.

The latest in Canon’s line of Océ Arizona printers, the new Océ Arizona 1300 series is designed for the sign and graphics printing industry. The Océ Arizona 1300 series features optional light and white ink support, optically clear varnish and enhanced screening. It allows print providers with photographic or fine-art applications to print on a wide range of media, including odd-shaped, heavy, smooth or pre-cut media, and on unusual objects such as canvas, glass, and wood.

Customers can choose from three GT models (Océ Arizona 1340 GT, 1360 GT, 1380 GT) with a flatbed print area of 49.2 inches x 98.4 inches, or three larger 121.3 inches x 98.4 inchesXT models (Océ Arizona 1340 XT, 1360 XT, 1380 XT).

Shinichi Yoshida, executive vice president and general manager for Canon U.S.A., commented: “In the Océ Arizona 1300 series, exceptional print quality comes standard. The new Océ Arizona 1300 series can provide our flatbed customers with a solution to the same two challenges they consistently face – the need to boost productivity and to diversify their applications portfolio to help open up new business opportunities.”

Other features of note include integrated Océ Arizona Xpert self-learning technology and instant-on capability. For those who also purchases the Océ Touchstone software, users easily create textured prints, both transparent and opaque, that will even further help expand their applications capabilities and delight their customers.

Imagine > Print > Learn > Repeat

The integrated Océ Arizona Xpert technology allows the printer to learn from what the operator does. This is said to make it easy and extremely productive to help reproduce complex, multi-layered projects. Users just design them once with the intuitive user interface and print them. The printer will learn the “recipe” for the project, including transparencies and multi-sided printing, which can then be used over and over again.

Instant-On Printing

With instant-on printing, the Océ Arizona 1300 series printer is ready when the end-user is. The Océ Arizona 1300 series prints up to 568 square feet per hour and high-density prints up to 380 square feet per hour. The new LED UV curing system offers instant-on capability, allowing operators to start valuable rush jobs without waiting for the printer to warm up.

With the built-in Automated Maintenance System (AMS) for hands-free print-head maintenance, inkjet nozzle function for all colors can be selectively restored in seconds.

Ready for the Future

For customers with an evolving business or application range, the Océ Arizona 1300 series can be upgraded at any time such as by adding additional ink channels for up to a maximum of eight; the Roll Media Option; or a Static Suppression Upgrade Kit that provides active suppression of static electricity when printing on hard plastic materials such as acrylic, polycarbonate, and styrene. Also, the option to add light cyan and light magenta inks, plus Canon’s “brightest white ink ever” or optically clear varnish to the ink channels helps enable even higher quality photo and fine-art and high margin applications than before.

Low Maintenance

The Océ Arizona 1300 series printers are designed for the easy, reliable operation a busy print environment needs. Canon says that operators can easily make last-minute adjustments at the printer, such as nesting, batching of complex jobs, step and repeat, mirroring and re-assignment of print modes. Switching between rigid media jobs and roll to roll jobs can be done instantly at the push of a button with no extra tables to deal with. Media handling too is simple and efficient with the built-in pin registration system to easily align media on the flatbed table. The new IJC357 UV inks are Greenguard Gold certified, so the prints may be used in sensitive environments such as in schools and hospitals.

The Océ Arizona 1300 series is expected to be available in the United States beginning in March.

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