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Canon launches next generation imagePROGRAF range




Canon UK, has announced the launch of the 24" Canon imagePROGRAF iPF650 and iPF655 and the 36" Canon imagePROGRAF iPF750 and iPF755 Large Format Printers (LFPs) for the Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Geographic Information System (GIS) markets.

The Canon imagePROGRAF iPF650 and iPF655 boast some of the fastest speeds in their class with an A1 output in just 30 seconds. Similarly the larger Canon imagePROGRAF iPF750 and iPF755 can produce A0 sheets in just 48 seconds. Major advances in productivity, quality and usability have been achieved whilst reducing the total cost of ownership and increasing customers' return on investment. Canon's unique features are standard on all four new models and provide time and cost savings - "Hot Swap" ink tanks enable operators to change inks on the fly, while borderless printing reduces finishing time. These features can also be combined with an independent cutter for faster, more accurate cutting and a Gigabit Ethernet connection to accelerate file transfers.

The new range also maintain top-line accuracy and quality, with all devices capable of producing minimum line widths as low as 0.02mm and accuracy of +/- 0.1%2, combined with Canon's five colour reactive inks and a new magenta for a wider red colour gamut. Understanding the importance of tracking and managing costs, Canon has designed new accounting software to track the cost per print to help manage expenditure whilst Canon's eMaintenance software tool (as used on Canon Office and Professional products) helps customers monitor machine performance, track the lifetime of parts and order consumables.

Canon has also improved its intuitive operator panel with operator friendly features, as well as adding features to store media settings, detect media mismatches (on the iPF655 & iPF755) and a print timer to track the length of time each print takes. As part of a new stylish compact design, a simple front-loading and delivery system can automatically stack up to 20 A1 or A0 prints for effective use even in the smallest office environments.

Equipped with an 80Gb built-in hard drive (iPF655 & iPF755), and an economy mode to save on printing costs, the new products also come with HP-GL/2 compatibility, including palette and pen settings. This allows integration within existing CAD and GIS environments, as well as being compatible with the leading CAD software and systems to ensure a smooth replacement of older machines.

Shane Burchett, LFP Product Professional, Canon UK says: "Canon invests more than 9% of its annual revenue back into research and development. Nothing stands still and whilst the existing imagePROGRAF printers were the best in class for a considerable time, we are delighted to introduce the next generation of our product portfolio. We looked into what was important to our customers and have made significant improvements in areas such as productivity, usability and quality to ensure Canon stays ahead in the CAD and GIS large format printer markets."

Further information about Canon UK Ltd is available at: www.canon.co.uk