Canon Releases New Printers


Canon has unveiled four new models in its imagePROGRAF lineup, including the 91.44cm (36″) iPF785 and iPF780 models and the 60.96cm (24″) iPF685 and iPF680 models.

These devices offer faster printing speeds and lower operation costs compared to their predecessors, as well as upgraded software for an enhanced user experience particularly in mobile and cloud based printing applications.

Designed for a variety of industries that print maps, technical drawings, renderings, site and facilities management plans, signs and posters, the 91.44cm devices boast print speeds of up to 21 seconds for an Arch D 60.96cm x 91.44cm (24” x 36”) print and now support 300ml ink tanks, helping to lower the cost-per-print. A sub-ink tank system allows users to deplete all of the ink in the tank before replacing them, as well as to replace empty ink tanks without needing to stop the printer, increasing productivity during continuous print runs. In addition, the iPF785 and iPF685 models come equipped with a 320GB internal hard drive for enhanced file processing, personal mailbox space and job storage for up to 500 print jobs.

‘The new imagePROGRAF models introduce powerful new features that can help save time, cut costs and ensure that print jobs move along seamlessly for outstanding productivity,’ said Junichi Yoshitake, senior vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon USA. ‘These versatile devices can print numerous applications, including computer-aided design, architecture, engineering and construction, as well as signs and posters and are excellent companions for industries ranging from manufacturing and government to education.’

These new imagePROGRAF models are designed for maximum versatility and performance, ideal for businesses that need to print documents quickly while retaining high image quality. In their fastest modes, the iPF785 and iPF780 printers can produce an Arch D sized print 60.96cm x 91.44cm (24” x 36”) in approximately 21 seconds and Arch E sized print 84.07cm x 118.87cm (33.1” x 46.8”) in approximately 41 seconds. The iPF685 and iPF680 printers have output speeds of up to 25 seconds for Arch D prints and 48 seconds for Arch E prints. The 60.96cm (24-inch) printers now also come standard with a Flat Stacker/Basket that can neatly stack up to 50.80 x 60.96cm x 91.44cm (20, 24 x 36 inch) plain paper prints.  

Canon’s Direct Print and Share 2.0 software is a downloadable cloud portal solution for expanding printing workflows. This software empowers users to view, share and print a variety of files, including PDF, TIFF, JPEG and HP-GL/2 formats, from virtually anywhere. Users can use the new ‘Shortcut Print’ feature to drag and drop files they wish to print into hot folders on their desktops, helping to streamline their workflow process.

These devices are compatible with Canon’s new imagePROGRAF Print Utility mobile app, which helps facilitate wireless printing from a compatible iPad device. The app allows users to perform a number of actions, including previewing their PDF file, number of copies, orientation, and quality before sending the job to any of the compatible imagePROGRAF printers sharing the same network.

These imagePROGRAF devices come with a five-colour dye/pigment reactive ink system, including a newly formulated magenta ink that helps produce more vivid reds and yellows. Canon inks provide outstanding adhesion to media, are scratch- and marker-resistant, and help produce crisp and legible text. These devices include Canon’s high-density PF-04 print head, which uses 15360 nozzles to lay down ink.

Users have more control over their workflow with access to editing functions such as invert, mirror, and black and white point adjustments. Custom presets help users control the scanner and increase control over printer settings.

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