May 29, 2014
At the Canon for Business 2014 event in Poing, Germany and at the FESPA trade show in Munich last week, Canon Océ showed strong signs of progress in a variety of areas related to digital color printing through a series of announcements:
- High-speed color inkjet printing on standard coated offset papers’ Announced but not shown in Poing was a new inkjet system that Canon Océ representatives say can print on a range of offset paper stocks, including coated ones, without the use of bonding agents or primers. The solution, according to Canon, can accomplish this due to its high resolution, small ink droplets, dryers, and a special aqueous pigment ink formulation. The Canon Océ ImageStream 3500 runs at up to 160 meters per minute (525 feet per minute) at 1,200 x 600 dot per inch resolution on a 750-millimeter (30-inch) web. (The device can also run at 1,200 x 1,200 dpi, though at half the speed of 1,200 x 600.) Canon expects the product to be available at the beginning of 2015. InfoTrends will learn more about this product soon (Canon hosted analysts, including InfoTrends’ Ralf SchlÅ‘zer, in Tokyo last week), but for now, it’s intriguing to consider that a vendor has come up with a solution to address standard coated offset papers without inkjet treatments of any kind. (See Ralf Schlozer’s blog on the ImageStream 3500.)
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Jun 26, 2012
As part of the industry analyst trip I wrote about previously, Canon brought us to a manufacturing plant in Suzhou, China (in Jiangsu province near Shanghai). The site produces all of the imageRUNNER Advance units sold worldwide as well as the feeding and finishing devices associated with the series. Founded in September of 2001, this site produced its first imageRUNNER in 2002. It now has around 8,600 employees, of which 6,000 or so work on its massive production floor. The site is jointly controlled by Canon, Inc. (66.5%), Canon Finetech, Inc. (23.5%), and Canon (China) Co. Ltd. (10%). It cost approximately $67 million to build and in 2011 accounted for $1.44 billion in sales (this figure represents an internal transfer).
Why Suzhou? Canon chose to build its plant in Suzhou for two reasons: (1) easy access to component manufacturers and (2) the region’s large base of technology-savvy workers. Canon’s goal was to create an environmentally-friendly and technologically-advanced plant capable of top-level quality production using a quality control philosophy based in part on upstream parts management.
Canon facility in Suzhou, China
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Sep 2, 2010
Canon Expo 2010 is taking place this week (September 1st through 3rd) at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. It’s a huge, once-every-five-year event that Canon puts on for customers, partners, and dealers. It will go on the road to Tokyo and Paris later this year and there will also be one in Shanghai in 2011.
What I found to be particularly interesting about this event is that Canon highlights possible product directions in its technology demonstrations. The Expo covers all of Canon’s product areas and had some fascinating areas dedicated to Canon consumer and medical imaging technologies, but they are a topic for another day. The focus of this blog will be the production digital print developments at Canon Expo. Read more »
Apr 20, 2010
Lurking in the background as ON DEMAND 2010 opens are some very big questions about the economy, what the new combined Canon/Océ will look like, and whether any European visitors will make it to the show because of the volcano ash, but there is also some very big cut-sheet digital printing product news. Three new cut-sheet digital printing announcements are sure to be highlights of this year’s show: Read more »
Oct 9, 2009
Sometimes when marketing professionals name new products, they shout them from the page by putting the name in ALL CAPS. Writing something in all capitals, whether in an e-mail or in print, has the effect of drawing attention to that word. That’s fair from a marketing perspective, but I suspect I speak for the press and analyst community when I say that this is annoying, and therefore I avoid using the all caps versions whenever possible.
The latest product to take advantage of this trend is Canon’s imageRUNNER ADVANCE (capitalized as the company proposes). The name “imageRUNNER” didn’t bother me so much because it combined capitals and lower case letters. Now that Canon has decided to maintain the old imageRUNNER branding with the new platform, it has added Advance (all in caps) to the name. The written shorthand for imageRUNNER is iR. Does that make the Advance products iRA? Writers will likely move to that contraction in an effort to avoid all of the shouting capitals. Read more »
Sep 23, 2009
Yesterday at Canon’s Integrated Solutions Showcase in Las Vegas the company announced a new product platform called imageRUNNER ADVANCE. The product line includes eight color-capable models with a top monochrome speed of 75 images per minute and a top color speed of 70 images per minute. The imageRUNNER ADVANCE models are expected to be available for customer delivery in the fourth quarter of 2009 through Canon authorized dealers and Canon Business Solutions. The top of the line imageRUNNER ADVANCE C9075 PRO has a list price of $50,000, which includes the print engine and its image reader and document feeder. I’ll be writing an analysis on this for InfoTrends in the coming days, but I thought you might like a look at the new device in two configurations.
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