Canon announces UVgel Colorado

Canon has released details of a new wide format printer, the Océ Colorado 1640, the first to use its new UVGel technology.

The Canon Océ Colorado 1640 is a 1.6m wide roll to roll printer using UVgel inks.

It’s a 1.6m wide roll-to-roll printer. Productivity ranges from 40 sqm/hr through to 159 sqm/hr. It takes two media rolls so that users can switch quickly from one to the other.

The UVgel ink is instantly ‘pinned’ on contact with the substrate, minimising ink spread and coalescence on the media. This in turn allows more ink to be deposited in each pass for faster print speeds. Canon says that it should also result in very sharp dots for higher image quality.

In addition, it should also reduce ink consumption by as much as 40 percent, though in truth that’s a meaningless figure until we know how much the inks actually cost.

The curing is via an LED system that unlike most printers is independent of the print carriage. This allows more passes of the LED unit for the final curing. The use of LED curing also allows the use of thin and heat-sensitive media.

Canon has built an acoustic monitoring system in to the printheads to continuously check for blocked nozzles.

The printer itself will be launched at the Fespa show in Hamburg this May.


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