CANON CANADA STARTS NEW ERA OF LARGE FORMAT PRINTERS FOR THE TECHNICAL DOCUMENT AND GENERAL USE MARKETS
Rapidly Growing imagePROGRAF Line Also Secures Number-Two Overall Market Share Position For Canon
MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 12, 2009 With the popularity and use of its award-winning large format printer line continuing to grow, Canon Canada, Inc., a leader in digital imaging and office solutions, unveils four new large format printers – the 36-inch imagePROGRAF iPF755 and iPF750, and the 24-inch imagePROGRAF iPF655 and iPF650.
Canon imagePROGRAF iPF755
Specially designed to meet the demands of the Geographical Information System (GIS); Computer-Aided Design (CAD); Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC); Reprographics; and other Technical Document markets, these new, space-saving printers produce a diverse range of outputs from complex technical documents to spectacular full-colour posters, faster and easier than ever before.
“The introduction of these new models extends Canon’s ability to offer an effective, efficiently designed, top-tier, large format printing solution, while helping to increase productivity with many new, user-friendly features,” said Ian Macfarlane, Vice President and General Manager of the Consumer Imaging Group at Canon Canada Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc. “By offering versatile, compact models which maintain our highest image quality, we’re continuing to expand this highly successful and rapidly growing product line.”
imagePROGRAF Captures #2 Market Share
Canon began offering innovative large format models in 2006 with the rollout of the imagePROGRAF iPF line. Since then, Canon has built its lineup of imagePROGRAF printers to include more than 20 versatile models that address the various large format printing needs of engineers, graphic art designers, photographers, and professional printing services. Canon has quickly established itself as a major player in the large format market, capturing the number-two market share position in the wide format aqueous inkjet market above 24-inches wide, in 2008, according to InfoTrends, a leading worldwide market research and strategic consulting firm for the digital imaging and document solutions industry.
“Capturing the number-two overall market share position is a testament to Canon’s commitment in the large format printing market,” said Tim Greene, director, Wide Format & Jetting Technologies, InfoTrends. “With its dedication to large format printing, Canon has developed some of the most advanced large format devices available.”
New Model Features
The new, ENERGY STAR-certified models were developed to maximize productivity with limited user intervention by incorporating features such as media loading and ink replacement from the front of the machine, a new sub-ink tank system which ensures uninterrupted printing, and a new stackable media catch basketI that enables users to print continuously without removing each output as they finish. Combined with the new space-saving design, the capability to load media from the top of the device enables flush wall installation in almost any type of working environment.
Recognizing image-quality and productivity are always among the highest concerns, the new, five-colour imagePROGRAF iPF755, iPF750, iPF655, and iPF650 feature a new magenta ink for brighter reds and blues and utilize a new, super-high-density print head with redesigned nozzles that eject 4 picoliter droplets of ink, consistently producing up to 2400 x 1200 dots-per-inch (dpi) output with precise lines that are accurate to ±0.10%II and as fine as 0.02 mmIII. All new models are capable of printing a D/A1 colour line drawing in approximately 28 secondsIV, thanks in part to a standard gigabit network interface and a new, independently-driven, dual-blade cutter. The imagePROGRAF iPF755 and the iPF655 also ship with a built in 80GB hard drive to streamline workflow for a medium-sized networked environment or for those printing larger sized files with complex images.
In addition to several new features that improve productivity and maximize space, the new models come bundled with enhanced accounting functions that collect printer job log information such as client ID, ink and media consumption, media type and output size. Users will now be able to obtain estimated printing costs from this technology as an easy way to track in-house usage or for billing customers. A Print Plug-in for Microsoft Office also ships with all new models, enabling users of any skill level to create large format printouts of documents, images or illustrations that were created by Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint programs. Also included with the new imagePROGRAF iPF755, iPF750, iPF655 and iPF650 is a new version of the popular PosterArtist Lite, a simple poster creation software program. In addition to the features on the current version of PosterArtist Lite, the new version offers additional choices for basic design layout and WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) text editing that allows you see text at the correct size and font as you type.
Canon is also very focused on providing complete workflow solutions for the imagePROGRAF line. With this concept in mind, the imagePROGRAF Alliance Partner Program was designed to join forces with leading digital imaging and printing software developers to create workflows that enhance the capabilities of the imagePROGRAF devices and provide end-users more control. With the introduction of the new models, the following Alliance Partners have already completed software development and are compatible with the new devices:
- SA International
- PLP Digital Systems
These new printers represent a new era in large format printing. Now a typical workgroup environment can install a large format printer on their network without concern over space or technical knowledge of printing to one of these devices. They offer the compact design and ease of use that allows any type of user to produce beautiful and quality outputs at a fast speed.
The new Canon imagePROGRAF models will be available through Authorized Canon dealers and will have a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of CAD $6,626 for the iPF755, CAD $5,696 for the iPF750, CAD $4,239 for the iPF655, and CAD $3,309 for the iPF650. A full version of PosterArtist is also available for CAD $1,055.
About Canon Canada Inc.
Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the company employs 1,400 people at its offices nation-wide, servicing the Canadian market from coast to coast. Innovation and cutting-edge technology have been essential ingredients in Canon's success. Canon's leadership in imaging, optical and document management technology and solutions is based in large part on the thousands of patents the company has secured throughout its history. For the 16th consecutive year, Canon Inc. is among the top three US patent recipients.
The company’s comprehensive product line includes networked multifunction devices; digital copiers (colour and black and white); printers, scanners, image filing systems and facsimile machines; calculators, digital camcorders, digital and analogue cameras and lenses; semiconductor, broadcast and other specialized industrial products.
Canon supports programs that help preserve and protect the environment. The company instituted the Clean Earth Campaign in 1990, which assists various environmental and recycling initiatives. The Campaign has also supported leading environmental organizations, such as World Wildlife Fund - Canada and the Canon Envirothon.
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I Capacity up to 20 sheets
II Line accuracy after user adjustment and user the same environmental conditions. Applies to media for line drawing only.
III Theoretical value based on data resolution.
IV When printing in Draft Mode and on Plain Paper, including cutting time. Mechanical print time, does not include processing and file transfer time.
† Based on weekly patent counts issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office
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