Canon UK has announced the launch of three new innovative black and white light production models based on its imageRUNNER ADVANCE technology platform. The new models are designed for CRDs (Central or Corporate Reprographic Departments) and 'print-for-pay' environments.
The three new models in the imageRUNNER ADVANCE 8000 series (including the imageRUNNER ADVANCE 8085, 8095 and 8105, running at speeds of 85, 95 and 105 pages per minute respectively) address the needs of professional print service providers with lower volume production requirements than those of imagePRESS customers.
The imageRUNNER ADVANCE 8000 models deliver high productivity and image quality with a maximum image resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi. The new devices can handle paper stocks up to 256gsm (up to 220gsm duplex) and sheet sizes larger than SRA3, a notable improvement over their predecessor, the Canon iR7000 series. The new advanced models also offer improved finishing options, faster warm-up time and a Canon controller that enables genuine, Adobe PostScript Level 3 on all three new models. The printers can be fitted either with a Fiery-based imagePASS-U1 RIP, or an optional Canon Adobe PostScript or PCL (Printer Control Language) RIP, depending on the production environment.
The monochrome imageRUNNER ADVANCE series comes with the same broad range of finishing options as the colour imageRUNNER ADVANCE PRO series to support the growth in smaller but more complex print jobs. These options include professional punching, stapling up to 100 sheets, saddle stitching up to 20 sheets, booklet trimming and five types of folding (Z-fold, letter fold in, letter fold out, half fold and double parallel fold).
The devices have been assessed through Canon's Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) product design system to minimise the carbon emissions throughout its entire life from manufacture, logistics, delivery and energy consumption during use. Incorporating green technologies such as recycled plastics and bio plastics, the new series is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 30% over previous models. The monochrome imageRUNNER ADVANCE 8000 series is expected to ooffer the lowest Total Energy Consumption in its class (TEC, as defined by ENERGY STAR®)* and complies with the RoHS directive.
Trevor Dodsworth, Head of Product Marketing, Business to Business, Canon UK said, "Since the launch of the colour light production imageRUNNER ADVANCE PRO last autumn, we've seen exceptional demand for these machines with shipments passing the 250 mark across Europe within six weeks of the launch. Feedback from our customers is that these machines respond to their need for high productivity and quality print, but with lower capital outlay, reduced risk and more rapid return on investment.
"The scalability offered by the new devices is crucial to our customers, enabling them to increase their capabilities as their customer profile and work mix changes, or as digital volumes grow. It was therefore a natural move for Canon to introduce the new black and white models which will provide the same user benefits and will therefore, we believe, be a very attractive proposition for CRDs in particular."
The monochrome imageRUNNER ADVANCE series will be sold through Canon's direct sales as well as through its network of accredited dealers, with the ability to provide the quality of consultancy, service and after-sales support associated with the Canon brand.
In addition to the imageRUNNER ADVANCE 8000 series, Canon is also launching the imageRUNNER ADVANCE 6000 series offering output speeds of 55, 65 and 75 pages per minute.These deliver improved efficiency, security, integration and lower environmental impact, and will integrate seamlessly into existing IT and document workflows.
The imageRUNNER ADVANCE 8000 series will be available in the UK from June.
Further information about Canon UK Ltd is available at: www.canon.co.uk