Canon goes big with three launches

Jo Francis
Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Canon has taken the wraps off three new products under its ‘Make it Big’ theme at Fespa.

Canon's Fespa stand on the eve of the show
Canon's Fespa stand on the eve of the show

The manufacturer (3.2-A30) is showcasing the creative possibility of easily mixing matte and gloss in one print with the new FLXfinish+ UVgel technology.

“It looks like a spot varnish, but it’s using the curing properties of UVgel,” explained Mathew Faulkner, director of marketing & innovation, wide-format printing business Canon Europe.

“By using a longer or shorter cure, customers can produce unique matte and gloss finishes – really precisely and at the same time.”

FLXfinish+ is available immediately and existing users of the Colorado 1630 and 1650 printers can upgrade for a small fee.

Also new is the fastest printer yet in Canon’s Arizona range, the Arizona 6100 Mark II. The flatbed prints at up to 220sqm/hr and is targeted at users handling volumes of up to 300,000sqm/year.

Sister device the Arizona 6100 XTHF Mark II is for applications involving tricky materials including porous cardboard and warped substrates. Its High-Flow technology delivers 15x the suction power of the Arizona XTS.

Canon has also brought its Prisma print production workflow into the world of wide-format with the new Prisma XL Suite. Features includes automation through storing job ‘recipes’, a remote monitoring app to keep printers running 24/7, and cloud-based customer support.

Faulkner said that Canon’s ‘Make it Big’ theme for the show had three themes: “Make it Eye-Catching by using print to stand out, create sales and deliver value; Make it Smart through integration and with print at the heart of an omni-channel workflow’; and Make it Grow with new and emerging applications.”

Faulkner said an example was wallpaper, a growing market for Colorado customers that had now reached one million square metres/year “and that’s just scratching the surface”.

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