Canon has launched the Océ Colorado 1650 roll-to-roll printer to expand the application capabilities of its growing UVgel wide-format family.
Like the the 2017-launched Colorado 1640, the 1650 is a four-colour, 1.6m-wide device which makes use of Canon’s UVgel ink technology.
However, it runs a new more flexible variation of UVgel (UVgel 460) that increases the inkset's 'stretchability' from the 1640's 15% to 85% on the new machine, which opens up additional applications such as soft signage, vinyls, and canvasses.
As well as a new inkset, the 1650 also features a new curing system, FLXfinish LED, which enables users to automatically switch between matt and gloss finish, without changing inks or substrate, to suit high quality indoor and high impact indoor/outdoor applications respectively.
Canon Europe large-format graphics EMEA sales and marketing director Wouter Derichs said: “We carefully listened to feedback from the market after the release of the 1640 and perceived four key pillars on which to build – productivity, automation, cost of ownership and media versatility.
“It was clear that we needed to expand the range of applications on the Colorado and we are very pleased to be able to offer that increased flexibility. Customers who have trialled the new machine have been very pleased with the added value of the FLXfinish, as well as being astonished by the consistency of colour and dimension in the print.
“Our ambition across Fespa is to get as many leads as we can, building relationships with new partners and prospects as well as existing customers. We want to show how our machines can help clients fuel emotion in print and increase their profits.”
The Océ Colorado 1650 offers the same productivity and image quality as the 1640 - 159sqm/hr and 1,800dpi - and will be sold alongside it's older sibling, which has notched up more than 800 installations. According to Canon, the 1640, which will continue to run the UVgel 356 inkset, will be targeted at users that focus on floor graphics, posters, signage and vehicle graphics, whereas the 1650 will be recommended to users that require a higher level of flexibility.
Derichs said that despite the four-colour configuration of the Colorado's, its UVgel inks can achieve the same colour range as rival technologies that require additional inks and spot colours, minimising ink wastage and cost of ownership.
Prices are set to vary depending on individual configurations, though Derichs suggested the 1650 would enter the market at a similar price point to when its predecessor was announced two years ago.
The new machine is available to order as of now, with shipping set to commence in mid-June.
Canon is exhibiting at hall B5, stand E30 in Messe Munich for the rest of the week.