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Canon has launched its new family of Océ Arizona 1300 flatbed printers to the sign and display market, looking to offer a more diverse range of applications.

A mid-range group of machines, the newest additions to Canon’s Arizona portfolio are aimed at customers who are ready to upgrade from their first flatbed or hybrid system to something that reaches mid-market requirements with higher productivity and print quality.

Boasting increased versatility across a range of media, such as canvas, wood, tile and glass, there are six variants of the Arizona 1300, starting with the Océ Arizona 1340 GT which runs a four-channel CMYK ink setup on a 1.25x2.5m flatbed.

All six Canon Océ Arizona 1300 printers are available to market as of Monday 4 February.

Canon UK head of graphics and communications Wayne Barlow said the 1300 series is “equipped with our latest productivity and ease of use innovations”.

“You can continually upgrade adding extra ink channels, including light and white UV inks, roll media, or our patented Touchstone software for creating textured graphics. It also benefits from automated maintenance and remote servicing.”

He added: “We have high ambitions for this product and an ongoing R&D programme, supported with market research.”

The 1300 series is split into two groups of three – the GT printers all run 1.25x2.5m flatbeds, while the larger XT printers run on 2.5x3.08m. Both groups comprise a four-channel 1340, a six-channel 1360 that runs CMYK plus two-channel white, or white and varnish, and a 1380 that builds on the six-channel version with the additions of light cyan and light magenta.

Produced at Canon’s Océ facility in Poing, Germany, all six models print at speeds up to 52.8sqm/hr, which Canon called ideal for companies producing up to 15,000sqm/year.

The machines use Arizona Xpert software to simplify and automate jobs including multi-layered and duplex work, and print files are stored to make the production of future similar jobs quicker and easier. They are also the first Canon flatbeds to use Océ remote service.

Fujifilm is also set to offer an OEM version of the Arizona 1300, which will be called the Acuity LED 40.