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Diving Into Technologies at OEM Events

Highlights from Canon, EFI, HP and Nur.

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In June, Canon held its Digital Solutions Forum 2007 in Chicago, with a focus on color production, workflow, and service. 'The Value Behind the Paper' was the theme carried throughout the event. As Tod Pike, senior vice president, Canon USA’s Imaging Systems Group, said in introducing the event, 'At this year's Digital Solutions Forum, we will show how our customers and partners are putting Canon technology and innovation to use to solve real business challenges.'

The exhibit floor offered a full range of Canon printers and solutions, as well as supporting technologies. In addition, hourly seminars were offered on topics ranging from 'What Printers Want-Help Your Customers Survive the Digital Print Revolution' to 'Success Strategies for Print Environment.'

In the large-format area, Canon's latest additions-the 24-in. imageProGraf iPF6100 and the 17-in. imageProGraf iPF5100-were formally introduced to the North American market (the iPF6100 had made an unannounced 'cameo' appearance at the PMA show, held this past spring).

Both rollfed printers offer a 12-color pigment inkset with Lucia inks (CMYKRBG photo c, photo m, photo k, gray, and photo gray). New ink formulations for black, matte black, gray, and photo gray are designed to reduce bronzing and provide better ink adhesion for improved scratch resistance. Canon reports that the company's L-COA (large-format printer common architecture) high-speed processor, which directs the printing process, has been enhanced to provide better ink-drop control for improved dot patterns and reduced dot graininess.

The printers feature a dual printhead design for a total of 30,720 nozzles (2560 nozzles per color, 6 colors per printhead), with an ink droplet size of 4-pl. The maximum resolution offered is 2400 x 1200 dpi, with maximum throughput speeds of 135 sq ft/hr at 1200 dpi. The printers also feature automatic clogged-nozzle detection and are equipped with the ability to recalibrate to factory settings to help ensure printing consistency and accuracy.

Additional features include: switching between regular and matte black ink, helping to eliminate wasted ink and time; borderless printing capabilities; and a large LCD panel. The maximum media thicknesses for the iPF6100 are as follows: top loading, 0.08-0.8 mm; front loading 0.5-1.5 mm; and roll feeding, 0.08-0.8 mm.