Star product: Canon imagePress V1000

Simon Eccles
Wednesday, August 31, 2022

A do-it-all ‘Swiss Army knife’ toner press with Canon’s next-generation technology.

A compact four-colour SRA3-format double-sided digital toner press
A compact four-colour SRA3-format double-sided digital toner press

What does it do?

This latest addition to Canon’s imagePress line of toner production presses slots into the mid-range between its entry-level C910 series and top-end C10010VP and majors on versatility. At the launch event Canon dubbed it a “Swiss Army knife for print”. Because of its new productivity and automation technologies, Canon regards it as a next-generation imagePress. 

When was it launched and what markets is it aimed at?

The launch was in April and the target markets include a range of PSPs including commercial printers, in-house printers and public organisations. Carlotta Basile, product marketing manager, Canon UK & Ireland, says the V1000 is built for productivity without compromising quality, so users can turn jobs around quickly. 

How does it work?

It’s a very compact four-colour SRA3-format double-sided digital toner press with an official speed of 100 A4ppm and a target throughput of 75,000 to 600,000 pages a month. It is Energy Star certified and has received the EPEAT Gold rating for “green electronics”.

It can copy, scan, impose and store colour documents up to A3, with a first copy time of 20 seconds – the scanner auto feed takes weights from 38-220gsm. Speeds are consistent for paper weights between 54 to 400gsm. Envelopes can be fed as well as auto-duplexing banner sheets up to 1,300mm long.

Canon stresses that the V1000 is not merely a faster C910 or slower C10010VP. “The fixing unit, for example, is a new feature of the device and is a result of many years of developments and innovation,” says Basile. “The cooling unit is built directly into this machine, whereas it is currently an add-on option for the imagePress C910 and C10010. The V1000 also differs in terms of paper capabilities to reflect changing and evolving customer needs and features extensive media-handling capabilities.”

The V1000 has newly integrated POD-Surf fixing technology, which controls the temperature of the fixing belt for a consistent print speed. This allows the device to support a broad range of media weights and types, from synthetic to magnetic media, Canon says. 

New sheet transfer technology creates an optimal transport path for each sheet, as the positions of the secondary transfer roller and back-up sheet are varied depending on the weight of the media. There’s a paper deck double-feeding detector kit and operator attention light.

A new two-stage registration correction system includes front-to-back registration. The new integral cooling system helps minimise waste through warping, sticking during weight changes on the fly, or bricking if a job is left standing. A built-in spectrophotometer handles single-button calibration internally.

Finishing options include: collating; grouping; offsetting; stapling; saddle stitching; hole punching (multiple patterns); document insertion; folding (C, Z, half, double parallel, accordion-Z); and trimming.

Canon says that productivity isn’t purely down to speed, but production efficiencies throughout. The Canon Prisma or EFI controllers manage incoming jobs to support pre-production, while feeding and finishing equipment do their bits too. 

What’s the USP? 

Basile says that the main USP is the combination of technology for reliable productivity and media handling and well as the general versatility and small footprint. “While the imagePress V1000 is the smallest device in the range, it delivers unrivalled quality,” says Basile. “USPs include POD-Surf technology, which provides rated speed on all media weights and the ability to print up to a 1.3m auto duplex banner, allowing for more creative jobs.”

How easy is it to use?

“It features some great applications that can deliver prints in minutes,” says Basile. “This is due to the printer’s inline sensor, which automatically completes DFE calibration, profile creation, and colour verification, making it easier to preadjust colour tone, so printers can take on a wider variety of jobs.”

What training and support is offered?

“We work collaboratively with our customers to ensure that users are fully trained and that our service team is available not only for installation, but for ongoing support throughout the life of the press,” says Basile. 

What does it cost?

It’s dependent on the modular specification, but prices start at around £65,000. There’s a range of contract options depending on customer requirements.

Are there any installations?

Not yet, says Basile, but coming soon. “We’ve had a great response to the launch and across EMEA, we already have a number of orders and prospective installations.” 


SPECIFICATIONS

Canon imagePress V1000

Colours CMYK

Resolution 2,400x2,400dpi

Throughput 100 A4ppm (at all weights)

Sheet size A4 up to SRA3, or 1,300mm banner

Auto-duplexing Up to 1,300mm sheets

Paper capacity online Up to 11,100 sheets

Paper capacities Two 550 plus two multi-drawer decks (1,500, 1,500 and 2,000 each)

Paper weights 54-400gsm

Scan speed Seven A4 images/min

DFE Canon Prisma or EFI Fiery

Price £65,000 for typical configuration

Contact Canon UK 0844 892 0810 www.canon.co.uk


ALTERNATIVES

Konica Minolta AccurioPress C7100

The latest version of KM’s 100ppm mid-range press packs more automation, better registration and more finishing options.

Colours CMYK

Resolution 2,400x3,600 equivalent dpi

Throughput 100 A4ppm

Paper weights 52–400gsm

Max sheet sizes 330.2x487.7mm, 330.2x900mm (max duplex), 330.2x1,300mm (max simplex)

Price From around £50,000

Contact Konica Minolta Europe 07793 758571 www.konicaminolta.eu

Ricoh Pro C7210

The Pro C7210 is marginally slower than rivals, but resolution is higher. It can auto-duplex long sheets up to 700mm and simplex up to 1,252mm. 

Colours CMYK

Resolution 2,400x4,800dpi

Throughput 95 A4ppm

Paper weights 52-360gsm

Max sheet sizes A3 or 3,323x1,252mm with banner tray option 

Contact Ricoh 01784 416900 www.ricoh.co.uk

Xerox Versant 4100

Xerox emphasises automation with its Versant range. Intended volumes are up to 250,000 pages per month. 

Colours CMYK

Resolution 2,400x2,400dpi

Throughput 100 A4ppm (80ppm for 301-400gsm)

Paper weights 52 to 400gsm

Max sheet sizes Up to 330x488mm or banners up to 330x1,200mm

Price Around £55,000

Contact Xerox UK 0330 123 3245 www.xerox.co.uk

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