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Canon USA imagePrograf Pro Printers

Canon imagePrograf Pro large-format inkjet printers now include the 11-color plus chroma optimizer 44-inch Pro-4000 printer and 24-inch Pro-2000. Both are targeted at the fine art and photographic markets. The eight-color, 60-inch Pro-6000S and 44-inch Pro-4000S models are geared for creating posters and signage.

For photographers, the Pro-4000 and Pro-2000 are 11-color plus chroma optimizer printers built to complement Canon’s pro DSLRs not only in appearance but also in their ability to create high-res imagery. The printers are also marked by the Canon red line that’s found on EF L-series lenses.

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Canon imagePrograf Pro-2000

Their Lucia Pro 11-color plus chroma optimizer ink system was developed for increased color gamut, reduced bronzing, improved scratch resistance, better clarity, gloss uniformity and shadow reproduction. It also produces increased black optical density.

Also, the printers have a wider printhead with anti-clogging technology. This results in improved efficiency plus reduced cleaning cycles and ink wastage. The printhead also permits a more compact printer.

Additionally, all models employ a calibration multi-sensor to help ensure color consistency from the first to last print. And a redesigned mechanical platform with a uniform, rigid frame reduces vibrations for more accurate ink ejection.

Furthermore, a multifunction roll system lets operators load glossy media in one roll and matte in the other. Other features are: a 3.5-inch, color touch LCD; USB drive print capabilities; mobile connectivity; and Wi-Fi.

The printers have the following SRPs: Pro-4000, $5,995; $6,995 with optional multifunction roll system. Pro-2000, $2,995; $3,795 with multifunction roll system. Pro-6000S, $9,995 with multifunction roll system standard. Pro-4000S, $4,995; $5,995 with multifunction roll system. usa.canon.com

Fujifilm Has Its Largest Presence at drupa 2016

Fujifilm occupied a nearly 22,000-square-foot booth in Hall 8b at drupa 2016. Additionally, it manned a smaller booth in Hall 1 to support its Heidelberg partnership. drupa was held in Dusseldorf, Germany, May 31 to June 10, 2016.

Consequently, under the slogan “Value from Innovation,” Fujifilm had its largest drupa presence ever. It showcased technologies and solutions that add value to print operations in five zones. These include commercial, wide format and packaging sectors, plus Fujifilm inkjet technology and print applications zones.

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Fujifilm Acuity LED 1600 II

Most noteworthy, a key element to Fujifilm’s presence was its inkjet technologies, which combine UV and water-based ink, piezo-electric printheads, and software and systems integration expertise. Plus, the potential to expand the application of inkjet technologies and digital printing to different substrates and potential new business fields was also demonstrated in the Fujifilm inkjet technology zone.

In the wide-format zone was a range of solutions for wide- and superwide-format print production. Leading the mid-range portfolio was the Acuity F flatbed production printer, built to deliver high-quality prints at up to 1,668 square feet per hour. It is available in six or seven channel versions.

Another printer on display was the Acuity LED 1600 II roll-fed inkjet printer, which uses Fujifilm Dimatix printheads and Uvijet inks to produce a wide color gamut and smooth tonal gradations.

Additionally, the print applications zone showcased creative printed materials produced using Fujifilm solutions. Fujifilm exhibited print samples from Japanese brand owners using a range of printing methods, including next-gen digital inkjet presses, wide-format printers and traditional offset and flexo printing systems. fujifilmusa.com

ISAG Inks Distribution Agreement with ZBE Inc.

Imaging Solutions AG, Swiss manufacturer of systems to produce photo books and photo products, inked a distribution agreement with ZBE Inc. of Carpinteria, California. ISAG expanded its portfolio with Chromira digital photo printers, including the new flagship Chromira 5x ProLab.

The printer is engineered to print high photo quality on any RA4 process compatible materials, whether in small-format prints, large posters, canvas, book pages for lay-flat binding or book covers in small and large formats. Furthermore, it can print sizes ranging from 3×5 inches to 30 inches by 35 feet from one roll of 30-inch media.

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ZBE Chromira 5x ProLab

Automated order management includes a nesting function to increase efficiency. Mixed format jobs are cut by the integrated XY sectional and automatically sorted, trayed and ready to bag.

The production process is said to optimize throughput time and reduce working, operating and energy costs, with a speed of 24 inches per minute. As a result of its modular and compact design, the total production footprint is 28 square feet.

Consequently, the two companies now offer complete solutions for the production of lay-flat photo books, photographic book covers, photo posters, canvas prints and other photo products and services for portrait photography, wedding photography, advertising photography, art photography and event photography. zbe.com

Epson 64-inch SureColor SC-S80600 Production Solvent Printer Available

The new Epson SureColor S-series 64-inch production, roll-to-roll, solvent printer line is now shipping. It includes the flagship SC-S80600 for the fine art reproduction, signage and vehicle graphics markets.

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Epson SureColor S80600

The SureColor S80600 features a Dual-Array PrecisionCore TFP printhead and enhanced media feeding system designed to produce high-quality output. It uses Epson UltraChrome GS3 solvent inks, including a new GS3 red ink and optional white or metallic silver inks, to produce an “expansive color gamut, high gloss levels and best-in-class photographic output quality.”

In addition, a copy of ONYXGamaPrint Pro is included with the SC-S80600, providing free profile installation of media types. In addition, the UltraChrome GS3 inks now allow for same-day lamination, six hours after completing a print job.

The SureColor S80600 has an SRP of $24,995 and comes with an Epson Preferred limited warranty, a one-year program that includes toll-free advanced telephone access Monday through Friday and next-business-day on-site service. epson.com

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