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The 44in Canon imagePROGRAF iPF820 has been awarded an accolade by the Buyers Laboratory Inc (BLI) for its multi-purpose printing capabilities.

The accolade was awarded to Canon as part of BLI’s latest ‘Pick’ selection.

Last year, Canon’s 24in image PROGRAF iPF6100 was also awarded the Spring BLI 2008 ‘Pick’ award.

According to Canon, the PROGRAF iPF820 received the award due to its ability to meet the needs of both the technical and graphic arts markets. It is also able to switch easily between different types of paper and accommodates both sheet and roll media.

Some of the other features that were commended included its Free Layout function and borderless printing as well as Canon’s Print Plug-In for Microsoft Word.

LFP product manager, Vishal Gohel said: “Over the last five years, we have made significant inroads into the large format printer market against some of the longer established players. It’s a fantastic testament to Canon’s leading technology and strength in the market that BLI recognised this with another ‘Pick’ award.”

He said Canon’s customers had a variety of “different requirements for their large format printing”.

“We are committed to expanding our porfolio of large format printers and grow its market share over the next year and this award from BLI shows that we are steadily moving in that direction,” said Gohel.

According to Canon, the imagePROGRAF iPF820 uses five-colour dye and pigment printheads combining fast output production speeds with efficient ink usage and a low total cost of ownership. It was launched last year.

BLI European Lab and Research Manager, David Sweetnam said the device displayed “very good print quality across a wide-range of applications, from maps and architectural plans to high quality photographs.”

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Award :

● From Buyer’s Laboratory Inc (BLI) for its multi-purpose printing capabilities.

● The accolade was awarded as part of BLI’s latest ‘Pick’ selection

● Canon’s iPF 6100 also received the Spring BLI 2008 ‘Pick’ Award