Canon launches its biggest flatbed

Canon has launched two new flatbed printers for the high-volume sign and display market, the largest additions to the Arizona fleet, and capable of faster speeds than ever.

The company says the six-colour Océ Arizona 6160 XTS and seven-colour Océ Arizona 6170 XTS aim to extend its flatbed technology to new applications and levels of productivity, quality, and usability to high volume rigid printers pushing out more than 30,000sqm a year.

Canon Australia flatbed category manager Dale Hawkins the new models can print at up to 155sqm an hour allow printers to grow their business to new levels.

“A great many Australian printers that started out with an Océ Arizona have since grown their business dramatically with Canon by their side,” he says.

“The speed, productivity, workflow and ease of use of the 6100 series is perfectly suited to high volume Australian printers who may have been impressed with Arizona print quality in the past, but need something more productive to handle the larger volumes.”

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The company says the series prints on odd-shaped, heavy, smooth or pre-cut rigid media and can handle multi-layer applications and double-sided prints, large prints tiled over multiple boards and edge-to-edge printing.

The series features a 2.5m x 3.05m vacuum flatbed table, to keep media and objects stationary during printing, with two independent printing zones, each with its own vacuum system allowing simultaneous printing and media loading and unloading, so one board can be staged and ready while the other is being printed – for non-stop production.

Canon says a single operator can service two printers at once, producing almost 50 boards an hour in production mode.

A newly designed Automated Printhead Maintenance System provides hands-free printhead cleaning in less than 25 seconds per colour.

Initial orders can be placed now, with a formal launch planned in September or October.

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