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Canon Middle East is extending its Océ VarioPrint i-Series portfolio with the launch of the Océ VarioPrint i200, a 200 page-per-minute (ppm) sheetfed inkjet press for customers with lower volume requirements.
Along with the release of the Océ VarioPrint i200 model, Canon is introducing the option of MICR inks to users of the VarioPrint i-Series. Both i-Series models now also feature new paper feeding options to enable PSPs to run tabs and pre-punched stocks. This added media flexibility is also available to existing VarioPrint i300 users as an upgrade.  The new press is designed to bridge the volume gap between the Canon imagePRESS C10000VP toner press at 100 ppm and the Océ VarioPrint i300 at 300 ppm.  Customers choosing the VarioPrint i200 have the option to upgrade to the VarioPrint i300 if higher print volumes warrant it.
The introduction of Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR) to both models of the VarioPrint i-Series opens possibilities for print service providers (PSPs) producing financial security applications.  Documents printed with this magnetic ink require special readers to decode the magnetic signals, making it suitable in financial documents to prevent and detect fraud.
“When we originally launched the Océ VarioPrint i300, we brought unprecedented innovation to the inkjet space and introduced a technology built around the evolving needs of our production print customers,” says Shadi Bakhour, B2B business unit director, Canon Middle East. “Now, we are not only bringing this technology to a wider customer base but also helping PSPs to expand into even more application areas and exciting new markets with the introduction of MICR inks. Importantly, by giving customers upgrade paths, we can maximise their capabilities and production efficiencies today while also protecting their investments long-term.”
The new Océ VarioPrint i200 has been available for customer installations in EMEA from June 2017.