Canon launches two new V-series production printers

Canon has expanded its ImagePress V series of dry toner production presses with two new models, the flagship V1350 and the entry-level V900 series, which join the V1000 that I’ve already covered earlier this year.

Canon’s ImagePress V1350 is a fast sheet-fed production press.

The V1350 has been designed for commercial print applications such as brochures, leaflets, high end mailings and cards. It appears to be a faster version of the V1000 and presumably shares most of the features from that press. As such it’s considerable faster than Canon’s existing toner-based printers, with a top speed of 135 pages per minute. It can handle monthly volumes of up to 2.4 million A4 pages with a lifetime of 72 million A4 pages. It takes SRA3 media from 60gsm to 500gsm. Resolution is 2400 x 2400 dpi.

It features a vacuum-feeding mechanism and a flatter paper transport path, coupled with an integrated cooling system on the fusing unit. Canon claims front to back registration of 0.5mm. The press has an in-line spectrophotometric sensor that allows it to make accurate colour adjustments when needed to prevent the colours drifting during long continuous print runs.

The second of these printers, the V900 series, will replace the C910. It is made up of three models, the V900, which can produce up to 90ppm, the V800 with a top speed of 80ppm and the V700, which can reach 70ppm. Regardless of speed, all three can handle monthly volumes of up to 500,000 A4-pages. 

They can take media from 52gsm plain and 70gsm coated to 350gsm thick media as well as embossed and synthetic paper. They can print sheets up to 762mm in an auto-duplex mode and single sided banners up to 1.3m long. It’s worth noting that these figures are all essentially the same as for the C910 that the V900 replaces. 

They use a vacuum to hold the sheets in place, with the force of the suction automatically adjusted according to paper weight to handle thicker media. Canon has also added feed rollers and strengthened the transport rollers to better handle thin, thick and short paper to avoid paper jams.

There’s an optional Duplex Colour Image Reader Unit that allows the press to make rapid pre-print adjustments to front and back registration that’s accurate to up to 0.8mm.. This will also manage colour gradation, colour density and secondary transfer voltage to maintain the expected quality even on textured media. This unit works by users feeding in printed adjustment charts through the Document feeder that comes with it and the V900 reads these charts and automatically makes the necessary adjustments.

Jennifer Kolloczek, European planning, marketing and innovation senior director for production print at Canon Europe, commented: “The additions of the V1350 and V900 to our ImagePress V series family will allow both commercial and in-house print service providers to work better, faster, and with greater scope to offer their customers more high-value print products. Built on powerful and proven patented technology and developed based on customer feedback, the ImagePress V series brings a fresh perspective to digital toner press design, making it a reliable solution for print service providers to produce a diverse range of jobs on a single press. The series offers more automated features, a broad range of feeding and finishing options, and easy workflow integration.”

She added: “Utilizing print management applications such as PrismaSync Remote Manager to remotely submit, monitor and manage jobs across one or more presses and PrismaAnalytics Dashboard to get insights, monitor and analyse Key Performance Indicators, users can boost profitability with optimised print performance and benefit from reduced manual intervention, less waste and increased productivity. And with more freedom in production, they can take on new print volumes, offer more support to customers and help grow their business.”

There are also further options available for all the V-series printers, including the Sensing Unit and Inspection Unit for further automation of quality control tasks. In addition, these printers can also work with the full range of existing finishing equipment available the Canon ImagePress range. 

The V1350 will be commercially available in the first half of 2023, and the V900 from December 2022. You can find further details from canon-europe.com.


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