Canon takes the wraps off new ProStream 1800

Canon Production Printing Australia has launched its new ProStream 1800 continuous feed inkjet printer, the newest model in its ProStream 1000 series.

With increased speeds of up to 133m/min, the company said the new printer boasts the highest resolution and print quality of any digital printing press at that speed, making it suitable for commercial printers who want to achieve ultimate performance.

The new ProStream 1800 has been designed to push the boundaries of commercial print to meet changing customer demands. Combining new inkjet innovations with offset printing techniques, the press strikes a balance between high productivity, superior print quality, flexibility and media versatility.

The company said it now allows commercial printers to expand their offering by migrating higher volume jobs from offset to digital inkjet, in addition to boosting production levels, slashing turnaround times and increasing profit margins across a wide range of applications, including premium and high volume direct mail, books, catalogues and magazines.

With the higher web speed of 133m/min (66 per cent faster than the ProStream 1000), the ProStream 1800 produces up to 107,500 A4 images or 11,300 B2 sheets 4/4 per hour while maintaining print quality.

The ProStream 1800 can also achieve high levels of print quality across a huge range of media, including standard offset coated, uncoated and inkjet optimised papers from 40gsm to 300gsm, as well as print calendars, posters and point of sale applications with the ability to print up to 556mm wide and 1,524mm long.

The press eliminates the need to stop production to switch between different format lengths to ensure a seamless changeover – providing additional flexibility and ease-of-use for operators.

The press’s air floatation drying system dries all jobs evenly. By not coming into contact with the paper, the system protects the print image to ensure an optimal result and to preserve the gloss and paper surface.

Artificial intelligence linked to a sensor continuously makes adjustments to the drying system during the print run to ensure quality. It also maintains the optimal web temperature, reducing energy consumption.

The ProStream 1800 uses native 1,200dpi piezo drop-on-demand print heads and proprietary polymer pigment inks with Canon ColorGrip to ensure colour consistency. Canon’s Inline Quality Control, a high-performance camera system, is also included.

Canon Production Printing Oceania managing director Craig Nethercott said, “At Canon, we share our customers’ passion for print and understand that, as their businesses are having to adapt to changing market requirements, our technology needs to evolve too.

“With the launch of the new ProStream 1800, we can support customers who are looking to grow their production volumes without compromising quality or speed. The new press marks an extension of the successful ProStream technology that was launched in 2017. Building on our strong installed base, we are excited to be offering a new proposition for customers that want ultimate performance.”

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