Canon shows new Arizona flatbeds

By Sarah Cosgrove, Wednesday 09 March 2016

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Canon Europe is debuting three recently-released Océ Arizona UV flatbed printers this week at Fespa Digital and previewing a new range of large-format professional inkjet printers.

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Lensen with Océ Arizona 1280 GT

The Océ Arizona 1240, 1260 and 1280 models, launched in January, are aimed at the sign and display, specialty print, reprographics and photo lab sectors and print at up to 35m2/hr in express mode.

The 1280 XT and the 1280 GT are being shown publically for the first time in Europe on Canon’s stands (1- F100/F120) which also features a creative workshop staffed by design experts.

The new Arizonas borrow features from the 6100 series launched at Fespa last year. There are two bed sizes – 1.25x2.5m and 2.5x3.08m – and an additional roll-media option for flexible media up to 2.2m-wide.

The devices can be configured up to six colours (CMYK plus light cyan and light magenta), plus white and varnish.

Canon European product manager Ed Lensen said the addition of light cyan and light magenta “really helps to bring that little bit of extra print quality. It’s good for light gradients and skin tone and smooths out quarter tones.”

The 1280 XT features what Canon calls ‘CM squared’, double cyan and double magenta heads for sign and display production. The 1280 GT features CMYK, light cyan and magenta, white and varnish for photographic applications.

Meanwhile Canon is giving a sneak preview of its imagePrograf-2000 and imagePrograf Pro-4000 machines, aimed at photo and fine art printing, photographic studios and design houses, and the high-speed imagePrograf Pro-4000S and imagePrograf Pro-6000S for commercial printing of posters, banners and canvas.

The 610mm and 1.5m-wide printers are expected to be commercially available around June and feature a dual roll and the ability to print direct from a USB memory stick. The imagePrograf Pro series has a new precision 30.5mm-wide printhead and high-capacity ink tanks for fast, uninterrupted printing.

European product marketing manager Gary Vaughan said: “We’ve had quite a bit of interest in it, particularly from resellers. There are several technological changes and the new ink formulation is more in tune with the camera lens. The second roll can be used as a second printed roll or take-up unit.”

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