|Canon launches wide format flatbed printer for rigid media printing
The new Océ Arizona 6100 Series made its debut on the Canon stand at FESPA Digital in Munich. It is an entirely new Arizona series printer platform designed for sign and display print service providers who produce over 30,000m² of printed rigid media per year. Comprised of the six colour Océ Arizona 6160 XTS and the seven colour Océ Arizona 6170 XTS, the Océ Arizona 6100 Series extends the award-winning technology of the Arizona range to a new level of productivity and, for the first time, gives the high volume rigid printing market access to Arizona print quality, application versatility and ease of use.
With a focus on pure productivity, the Arizona 6100 Series has been optimised for the efficient and high speed production of rigid media applications. Designed as a dedicated flatbed system, the series features an extra large 2.5m x 3.05m vacuum table to keep media and objects stationary during printing for optimal print quality and rigid media application versatility. The true flatbed architecture supports the broadest range of rigid media applications, including printing on odd-shaped, heavy, smooth or pre-cut rigid media, the production of high value, multi-layer applications, double-sided prints in perfect register, large prints tiled over multiple boards with perfect geometry, and edge to edge printing without hassle or mess.
The flatbed table has two independent printing zones, each with its own vacuum system, for simultaneous printing and media loading/unloading, so that one board can be always staged and ready, while the other is being printed, enabling non-stop production. Alternatively, the two zones can be combined into one to enable 2.5m x 3.05m prints. Pneumatic registration pins ensure a quick, repeatable, easy loading of rigid media in perfect register every time. Together with a high-flow vacuum system for effective pull-down of even warped rigid media, it means that the operator needs only seconds to load even the largest boards in perfect register. With media loading this easy, a single operator can service two printers simultaneously, producing almost 50 boards per hour in production mode.
With almost 27,000 piezoelectric nozzles in a seven row printing carriage, the Arizona 6100 Series rapidly and reliably produces inkjet print output at speeds up to 155m² per hour. A newly designed Automated Printhead Maintenance System provides completely automated, hands-free printhead cleaning in less than 25 seconds per colour, making the vast array of nozzles available and ready to print at any time. Employing the award-winning Océ VariaDot printing technology as all other Arizona Series printers, the Océ Arizona 6100 Series also offers the same ‘near photographic’ print quality, while using light inks for reliable printing in even the fastest production modes. Finally, Active Pixel Placement Compensation, ensures that every pixel is adjusted to land exactly where intended for accurate, uniform print geometry over the entire flatbed.
The Océ Arizona 6100 Series printers are easily expandable with two additional available ink channels for white ink application support and future use. A hardware/software interface allows for easy integration with third-party automation and workflow systems.
“Delivering high speed without compromising on print quality, the Océ Arizona 6100 Series features new capabilities designed to ensure it is the most productive, most reliable and easiest to use Arizona printer ever,” said Duncan Smith, Director of Wide Format Group, Canon UK. “For a new group of customers who require high-volume rigid media printing capacity, it delivers award-winning print quality with the broad application range of a true flatbed architecture, enabling them to push the boundaries of their service offerings.”