Canon has launched two 44 inch large format printers, the imagePROGRAF iPF810 and imagePROGRAF iPF820. The company says both are five-ink dye and pigment printers that combine fast output production speeds with efficient ink usage and a low total cost of ownership.
The printers are capable of reproducing A1 prints in 24 seconds and A0 prints in 47 seconds, according to Canon. In addition, they can reproduce fine line widths down to 0.02mm, with a range accuracy of 0.1 per cent, a factor that is crucial in the CAD / GIS markets where precision in building plans, maps and technical designs is critical.
Both devices are geared towards the CAD/GIS production and print-for-pay environments where fast, cost effective, reliable printing is the requirement and an ideal solution for companies who are not equipped with their own LFP capability.
Canon says other businesses to benefit from the new printers will include large corporate CAD and GIS companies and local governments with multiple users who need fast, high capacity printers for fast turnaround to produce large amounts of documents.
Steve Brown, production printing systems marketing manager, business imaging solutions group, Canon Australia says, “The iPF810 and iPF820 series can compete at the top end of the market on speed, accuracy and price, all of which are vital components in the CAD/GIS production market. We have made serious inroads into the market share of some of the traditionally established players in the last five years.”
The major difference between the printers is the iPF820 is equipped with a dual roll capability with auto switching, enabling it to handle large print runs with different types and sizes of media. The iPF810, on the other hand, has an optional take-up unit for fast consecutive printing and enabling unmanned printing.
Both printers are capable of borderless printing, which removes the need for edge trimming. Hot swap ink tanks in 330ml and 700ml capacity enable the user to switch ink cartridge units without interrupting the print run.
An 80GB hard drive also provides the capacity to store repeat jobs to queue print jobs to the devices and dedicate up to 30 different mailboxes to individual clients, jobs or users. For security, files can be selected not to save, or safely deleted from the hard drive.
The printers will be available this month with a list price for the iPF810 of $10,995 and the iPF820 at $14,295.