Today the market offers a variety of models in different price And technical segments. Therefore, you can experience some difficulties, choosing a large format printer that meets the requirements of your business.
If you are considering Canon devices for your organization, we decided to simplify your task a little and wrote a short guide on our devices for large-format printing.
Immediately We will make a reservation that this manual is not ultimatum, since most models of widescreen devices Canon is able to perform a variety of tasks. We just want to recommend the most optimal options for your activity.
Photo and art print
If you want to create or update a printers park at a photo studio, art lab or photo studio, you will most likely need printers with a wide range of color and monochrome printing capabilities. In this case, we recommend that you pay attention to the line of widescreen roll-type imagePROGRAF PRO printers.
In a nutshell, these printers differ not only in high productivity, ease of maintenance, but can boast of a pleasing appearance Some models are awarded with prestigious design award IF Design Awards). This may seem strange to many, but even such "semi-industrial" devices can work for the image of your business: a new customer will probably have a positive opinion about your company if he sees attractive devices outwardly.
But the main thing in These models are high quality printing. It is provided by 8- or 12-color systems of ink LUCIA PRO. They allow to achieve "photographic" quality of the print on A2 to 60 "(152 cm) paper due to pigments (basic and additional colors) included in the ink, as well as special technologies for finishing the image.
Comparison of the new print head with the previous model.
One such technology – Chroma Optimizer – allows to achieve a uniform glossy coating when printing on glossy paper. Chroma Optimizer aligns the angle of reflection on the surface of the print and provides a display of natural colors. As a result, we have rich and deep shades of black, and also eliminate unwanted bronzing of the print.
By the way, it's worth to look at widescreen imagePROGRAF devices not only for those who have long been working in the field of professional photo printing, but also for people who are professionally engaged Photography and design. The acceptable cost of printing equipment (relative to the cost of professional design and photo equipment) will allow individual entrepreneurs and small organizations to expand their business and discover new markets. And when we talk about cost, we mean not only the relatively compact imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 printer, but also the flagship solutions – imagePROGRAF PRO-4000 and PRO-6000S.
A bit About the characteristics. The younger model in the family, Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000, can be called a desktop option for professional photo printing. The compact dimensions of the device (~ 723 x 435 x 285 mm) and support for wireless connection do not puzzle over where to place it. The printer prints images on various types of paper up to A2 size. Like many older models, it is equipped with a 12-color ink system and ink droplet technology for high-precision printing.
The PRO line models inherited the distinctive style of the Canon EOS photo and video camera series . This continuity speaks of high standards of quality and modern technologies that are appreciated by enthusiasts and photography professionals around the world.
The imagePROGRAF iPF PRO-6000S flagship solution is capable of making "borderless" prints up to 60 "(1524 mm). In turn, the 44 "model iPF PRO-4000 is characterized by a progressive system of pigment ink LUCIA PRO. It provides not only high quality printing (with full transfer of all colors of the rainbow on color images and expressiveness of black and white prints), but also cost-effectiveness. This was made possible by the innovative inclusion of RGB and CMY inks.
An important factor for future owners will be increased reliability of devices. For example, Canon's print head uses a unique nozzle compensation system that allows you to maintain print quality with increased device life. But, perhaps, the main trump card and the news of the last few days is a two-year warranty, which Canon began to provide absolutely free of charge for graphic wide-format printers. Special conditions apply to the PRO series: imagePROGRAF PRO-2000, imagePROGRAF PRO-4000s, imagePROGRAF PRO-4000 and imagePROGRAF PRO-6000s.
These printers are optimized for working with popular graphics editors and most operating systems. Among the distinguishing features of the model is also worth mentioning the built-in hard disk capacity of 320 GB and the possibility of hot replacement ink tanks (without stopping the printing process).
CAD and GIS
The requirements of companies related to CAD / GIS, to printing devices are quite diverse, but they can still be classified.
If your business is somehow connected with the design and / or you often have to work with widescreen graphics (for example, with plans, Drawings and diagrams), but the tasks do not require full-color printing, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the devices Océ PlotWave 360, 500, 750 and 900.
Designed to work with technical documentation, these Large-format printers have been awarded several times For their characteristics, including the speed of printing (up to 10 documents in A0 format per minute). All Océ PlotWave models are easy to maintain and have proven to be fast and high-quality printing devices, a reliable investment from the point of view of organizing the printing process. The devices support printing on media up to 36 ".
To work with more advanced technical documentation, which includes not only black and white, but also color graphics (for example, 3D plans, visualization, etc.) in The most suitable for printing devices from Canon imagePROGRAF iPF510, 6XX, 7XX, 8XX series. And also: imagePROGRAF iPF6400SE, imagePROGRAF iPF8400SE.
Models provide users with all the advantages of monochrome analogs, but also allow you to work with color documents. 5- and 6-color ink systems and support for various paper sizes (from A2 to 44 ") indicate that the scope of these devices lies far beyond CAD / GIS.
However, if the scope of your work includes also the processing of technical documentation, real large-format "harvesters" – multifunctional devices with scanning and copying support will come to the rescue. In the Canon line-up, such devices include the MFP of the initial and mid-level imagePROGRAF iPF670 MFP L24 and imagePROGRAF iPF770 MFP L36, the integrated solutions imagePROGRAF MFP M40 Solution and imagePROGRAF iPF8400SE MFP Solution, as well as high-performance Océ PlotWave devices (models 345, 365, 450 and 550), as well as ColorWave 700.
The choice of printing devices for the advertising industry is really great. For the printing of advertising posters, signs or graphic exhibition materials in the range 24 "- 64" (60.96 – 162.56 cm), the above-mentioned color printers from the imagePROGRAF iPF and imagePROGRAF PRO rulers are suitable.
Tasks for printing on more complex flexible and hard surfaces will help solve the Océ Arizona flatbed printers. This solution is so scalable and versatile that it is suitable not only for the advertising industry, but also for …
Special and industrial printing
Océ Arizona large and small format UV printers, thanks to their technological features and wide customization capabilities, allow solving different tasks: from the production of signage to unique and individual printing on the products produced by your company. At the same time, prints can be made in the highest resolution at speeds up to 34.2 m² per hour.
In this material, we tried to make a brief overview of all the techniques for large-format printing produced by Canon. However, as you understand, in order to tell in all technical details about each line, it would take an article the size of a small section of Wikipedia. Nevertheless, we will definitely return to the topic of large-format printing in the future and try to explain in more detail the most technically interesting models, families and solutions.
Thank you for your attention.