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The first of Canon Europe’s new range of wide-format printers to incorporate the new Canon UVgel technology was unveiled at Fespa in May.
Aimed at businesses that produce indoor and outdoor applications such as posters, banners, signage, POS, billboards, window graphics, and decals, the Océ Colorado 1640 is a 64in (1.6m) roll-to-roll wide-format printer built around Canon’s patented UVgel curable ink system.
It boasts a top speed of 159sqm/hr for billboards or outdoor banners – faster, Canon claims, than any other printer in this market segment – and a top speed for highest-quality, close-up indoor applications of 40sqm/hr.
The Océ Colorado is the first of Canon’s new line of roll-to-roll printers built around its UVgel technology, a new UV-curable ink that instantly gels on contact with the media, resulting in a precisely positioned dot with minimal gain and virtually no satellites. It contains no water so it significantly reduces media swelling.
The UVgel printheads feature patented continuous nozzle monitoring using acoustic sampling to detect and correct any underperforming nozzles, allowing the machine to operate unattended.
The movement of the low-temperature LED-UV curing system is independent of the printing carriage to ensure uniformity of curing, and the prints dry instantly, ready for immediate finishing or laminating. Canon said the technology cuts ink consumption by up to 40% compared with eco-solvent and latex printing.