Canon is set to unveil a new flagship cut sheet toner press at the Canon Expo in Paris during October.
The C10000VP press succeeds the C7100VP which was first introduced in 2006 as the most productive press in the Canon portfolio. It is a 100ppm press, four colour only, and uses a VCSEL laser to give 2400 x 2400dpi imaging.
The specification was drawn up from extensive market research among Canon’s users and on industry reports which indicate that the fastest growing segment of the production print market is that for 90ppm machines, both in terms of unit placements and in terms of pages printed.
Demand for this type of press is growing at more than 30% a year, while Canon’s own Building Your Future report indicates that the industry’s customers want their suppliers to offer that latest technologies and applications says Canon’s product marketing managerAdrian Campomanes “They are looking for a very high quality product,” he says. “They are looking for a fast turnaround to meet tighter deadlines. This is about giving printers the right level of productivity with a press that can deliver right first time jobs and better quality output.”
The introduction of the C10000VP follows that of the light production C800 which was launched a year ago. More than 2,000 have been sold in Europe to date says Canon. The new press uses the same CV toner, provided as a uniform shape and encased in a polymer which melts easily to allow the toner to fuse at a lower temperature. It also provides control over gloss levels that are obtained.
The new machine has a second fusing unit to extend the range of materials that can be printed and those that can be printed at full speed. It will print up to 350gsm papers, up to 250gsm at full speed. It will also print on papers down to 60gsm. There will be a choice of the new EFI Fiery FS200 DFE or Canon’s own Prismasync front end.
There is an onboard spectrophotometer to both calibrate the machine and ensure consistency both through the job and on repeat jobs. A second transfer belt is reckoned to improve registration, by reducing the risk of pages becoming skewed.
The press allows Canon to catch up with the most recent Xerox Color 1000i, Ricoh C9100 and Konica Minolta C1100 presses which have been launched over the last year. These are using similar VCSEL imaging units and smaller toner particles.
The C10000VP is offered with a range of options, including document scanner, internal punch, stitching or perfect binding.
“We have been listening to the market,” says Campomanes. “The big part of the market has a focus on quality and performance.”
The first units will be shipped to a limited number of customers this year, with full commercial sales coming next year. The first UK installation takes place in October. Canon will also be selling through suitably qualified dealers.
The Canon C10000VP is the first 100ppm machine from the Japanese company and its first truly new production colour engine since the C7000VP was introduced in 2006. Canon's research identifies this sector as the fastest growing, both in terms of pages printed and machines placed.