Canon and Océ launch jointly developed products

Ralf Schlozer
Sep 9, 2011

On September the 8th Canon and Océ launched at the Océ headquarters in Venlo two jointly developed products: the imageRUNNER ADVANCE C9000S PRO and the VarioPrint DP. They follow the first example of the cooperation, the imagePRESS 7010VPS, which was introduced in March this year. The imagePRESS 7010VPS combines Canon hardware with an Océ PRISMA Sync controller.

The imageRUNNER ADVANCE C9000S PRO launch now follows the example of the first product and consists of the Canon hardware with a similar name, hooked up with Océ’s PRISMA Sync controller. It is targeted to cover the light production colour market.

Although the second product serves the less glamorous black & white market (which is nevertheless a very sizeable market), it is the more interesting one. The VarioPrint DP line combines a new take on toner imaging with the first between Canon and Océ jointly developed set of hardware.

The new VarioPrint DP line of light to mid production cut-sheet black & white MFPs is based on a clean sheet new design. Océ contributes the engine and feed paper decks, while scanner and all finishing options are from Canon. The finishing options are the same as on the imagePRESS devices and the same choice and modularity will be available. Needless to say the VarioPrint DP line features a PRISMA Sync controller, which is now the standard for new Océ production devices.

More surprises follow under hood with Océ’s DirectPRESS imaging technology. It is a toner based technology, which creates the toner image not by light (the base of all electrophotographic devices), but by directly applying an electrical charge: Accordingly no laser or LED-bar and no photoconductor is used, which according to Océ improves stability and reproducibility of the prints, while avoiding ozone emission. After having had the CPS 700/800/900 seven colour printers and MFPs in the portfolio for several years this is Océ’s second take on this imaging technology. However this time the product is a black & white engine operating at a much higher speed than what was achieved previously. Other new concepts introduced in the DP line are a heat recycling concept and a power management system, which allows using the printer at standard voltage power outlets.

The VarioPrint DP line is positioned above the imageRUNNER ADVANCE 8000 PRO series of MFPs from Canon in terms of price, robustness and productivity, but below Canon’s imagePRESS mono series. The VarioPrint DP line consists of four models, the 95, 105, 120 and 135, roughly indicating the speed in A4 images per minute (which in reality can differ slightly depending on the paper size used). The VarioPrint DP and the imageRUNNER ADVANCE C9000S PRO are available immediately in Europe and both products will be sold by Canon and Océ. Other geographies will follow later.

More details on both products and Océ’s DirectPress imaging technology will follow in an upcoming InfoTrends analysis.

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