Canon USA launches varioPRINT iX-series for commercial printers

Offset quality, digital flexibility and inkjet productivity

New varioPRINT iX-Series Sheetfed Press Offers Offset Quality, Digital Flexibility and Inkjet Productivity

Aligning with the company’s mission to support its customers on their digital transformation journeys, Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging solutions, and its wholly owned subsidiary, Canon Solutions America, recently announced the launch of a new proposition for commercial printers, the varioPRINT iX-series. Built on the success of the varioPRINT i-series platform introduced in 2015, this advanced sheetfed inkjet press utilizes iQuariusiX technologies. These technologies combine the image quality of offset with the productivity and cost efficiency of production inkjet to support customers with production volumes of one to 10 million letter images a month.

Offering an average 94% uptime and virtually eliminating the need for daily calibration and maintenance, the varioPRINT iX-series streamlines productivity, and helps to improve overall running costs, differentiating itself from other market technologies. Through this press, customers can print up to 4,500 12-inch by 18-inch sheets each hour (or up to 312 letter images per minute) on a wide range of media, including offset coated paper ranging from 90 to 350gsm with native 1200 dpi processing. This feature allows customers to produce high volumes of commercial print applications, from marketing collateral and premium direct mail, to catalogs, magazines and books.

With more than 250 installations to date worldwide, the varioPRINT i-series has established Canon as a leader in sheetfed inkjet production printing for transactional applications, books and high-quality direct mail, and we plan to continue building on this success through the new varioPRINT iX-series.” said Shinichi Yoshida, executive vice president and general manager, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “This new press provides customers with advanced print quality, more media options and quick turnaround times in order to help them grow their print volumes, as well as manage flexibility and profitability of smaller, more diverse jobs.”

The latest iQuariusiX technologies of the new varioPRINT iX-series combines three key innovations,

A breakthrough drying system utilizing heat, humidification, and cooling protects paper and helps ensure robust prints on a wide media range – straight and ready for finishing. New proprietary polymer pigment, water-based inks and ColorGrip for high-quality, vibrant and robust color on a variety of media, including coated stock up to 350gsm. iQuariusiX quality control technologies for high-end image quality. Advanced nozzle uniformity control (NUC) technology uses an inline scanner to automatically check and align single nozzles during the production run to help eliminate streakiness. This also offers the capability of detection and auto-compensation of the nozzles during the job, thus reducing downtime and waste, and helping to ensure high image quality. Supporting (NUC) is Nozzle Activity Control (NAC) which controls the nozzle performance and automated correction, when needed, for maximum, stable quality without operator intervention or productivity loss.

Together, these innovations deliver a balance of excellent image quality, media and application versatility, reliable productivity and cost efficiency – all in a single inkjet press. Through the series’ improved media handling, and ability to handle short runs, switch jobs quickly, and produce finished documents with mixed media confidently, it meets demanding customer deadlines with ease, helping to further optimize quality and productivity.

Powered by a high-performance, media-driven workflow, the PRISMAsync print server optimizes productivity by automatically setting the appropriate printing parameters for the media selected, as well as enables advance scheduling of up to eight hours of production. Combined with PRISMA software, a completely automated and highly intuitive solution can be integrated into any existing workflow, covering multiple stages of production from creation and print management to finishing and delivery tracking.

The new varioPRINT iX-series inkjet press expects to be available for customer installation in Q3 2020.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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