Feb 17, 2015
About a year after Canon Solutions America (CSA) announced that it was exploring the idea of forming a user group for its production print customers, it has announced a name for the group and the date of its first event. The group is called the thINK Customer Community and its inaugural event, the thINK Customer Conference, will take place September 8th to 10th in New York. The thINK Customer Conference will overlap with Canon’s Expo (the once every four year showcase of Canon technologies).
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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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Oct 1, 2012
Last week, InfoTrends was invited by Océ to visit its continuous feed headquarters in Poing, Germany for a drupa follow-up event to see Océ’s InfiniStream product and hear about its strategy to enter the packaging space. Océ also took the opportunity to present a few product updates and they announced a new model in the Inkjet Wide Series. Key highlights include:
- New JetStream Model in the Wide Series; Océ Jetstream 5500 mono. The printer can produce up to 5,140 ipm (A4) with a web speed of 254m/min and a web width of 30 inch. The Jetstream 3300 mono and Jetstream 4300 mono are both upgradeable to the new 5500 mono.
- Océ announced a premium black pigment ink for the publication market. This new pigment ink allows them to obtain a higher density black, especially on standard uncoated paper, which is especially desired in book printing.
- Océ demonstrated a manroland book production line (manroland VFF-2) together with the JetStream 5500 mono. The line has been optimized for digital book block production, but is suitable for brochures and flyers as well. Additionally a newspaper production line (manroland VPF-211) for tabloid and broadsheet papers has been announced as well, but was not shown live.
- Océ InkControl is a new software development for pre-print estimation of ink consumption; as well as monitor and feedback actual consumption. This closes the loop as its existing TrueProof solution can only estimate ink consumption, not feedback actual results
- Océ talked about its alignment with the Canon organisation. Poing has become a Strategic Business Unit (SBU) that develops continuous feed products and delivers support for Canon’s regional sales headquarters, based in London (EMEA), New York (Americas), Singapore/China (Asia), Sydney (Oceania) and Tokyo (Japan)
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May 15, 2012
One of the more interesting drupa 2012 announcements took place not in DÃ¼sseldorf, but in Poing Germany. Canon Océ held an event with 20 or so press and analysts to introduce the new Océ InfiniStream technology. Although the prototype B2 lithographic liquid toner press looked like a finished product, Canon Océ executives stressed that theirs was a technology announcement, because they continue to refine the new platform. Nevertheless, substantial progress has been made toward productizing the technology, and Canon Océ says a full launch of the InfiniStream press can be expected within 12 to 18 months.
The Océ InfiniStream technology
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