Canon has added another five large-format printers to its imagePrograf range. The 24in, 44in and 60in eight-colour and 12-colour devices use Luci EX inks, making Canon the only company to use a singular inkset across an entire large-format range.
The ink set provides a wider colour gamut, more expressive blacks, better scratch resistance and a more stable colour for optimum image quality to ensure absolute consistency between devices. The ‘hot swap’ technology gives the ability to replace ink whilst printing, providing uninterrupted production and reduced down time.
The 12-colour, 24in PF6400 and iPF6450 are replacing the iPF6300 and iPF6350 models. There’s a new optional spectrophotometer with the iPF6450; and a Calibration Link allows the spectrophotometer to provide a unified solution to all the 12-colour large format printers launched by Canon in 2012. Needing only to be installed on the iPF6450 at one location, users can centrally control the colour management of multiple imagePrograf units installed in other sites.
The new 44in iPF8400 12-colour printer replaces the iPF8300 and comes with an increased internal HDD of 250GB and a faster throughput. Also launching are the 60in 12-colour iPF9400 and the eight-colour iPF9400S models.
The iPF9400S’s improved internal technology means fewer passes are needed when printing for fast production (approximately 1.5 times faster than the previous iPF9000S). The iPF9400S comes with bright colour reproduction and an updated print head ink sequence, to enable the printer to increase speed while printing - making it ideal for poster production.
Canon has also developed the Photoshop Plug-In to include a layout function with automated size adjustment, ideal for gallery wraps. In addition, the accounting, media configuration and calibration software, which is bundled with the new models, has been upgraded to give users the flexibility and usability to create, monitor and deliver all of their printing jobs to exact specifications.
- Note: Canon has announced its intention to launch, via its subsidiary Canon Europa, a voluntary and conditional public takeover bid in cash for IRIS Group to boost their cooperation in developing a range of technology solutions for customers in the business environment.