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Canon announces new budget-level Colorado 1630

Canon Production Printing Australia has announced the Colorado 1630, a new modular addition to their portfolio of 64” UVgel roll-to-roll printers. The industrial-grade printer is targeted at large format graphic providers such as sign makers, PSPs and in-house printers producing smaller volumes by giving them access to the  advantages of UVgel technology, at a lower investment level.

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Canon's new Colorado 1630 has many of the advantages of the 1650, but at a lower cost

The company says that the Colorado 1630 delivers print quality at 1,800 dpi and highly durable, odourless and instantly dry prints on a wide range of media. In its fastest print mode, for applications such as outdoor banners and billboards, the Colorado 1630 can attain a maximum print speed of 111 m²/hour.

The modular architecture of the Colorado 1630 allows customers to start with the base model, and depending on business needs, choose from a range of additional modules such as FLXfinish, easy-double sided printing or a second media roll. For example, if the printer is installed with one media roll but run lengths are increasing, a second media roll option can easily be  added.

Canon's Craig Nethercott

Craig Nethercott, Managing Director, Canon Production Printing Oceania, says, “Enabling our customers and partners to expand their application possibilities and grow their business is essential for us. In Australia we have seen some of the highest utilisation rates and volumes per machine on a global scale. However, increasingly we’ve seen the demand for a 1.6 m UVgel printer that can serve customers with lower volume requirements.

He adds: “We hope that, with the introduction of the Colorado 1630, more print service providers can benefit from a highly automated, robust and stable printer with a modular architecture that offers remarkable flexibility at an attractive investment level."

Further enhancing its efficiency, the precise media handling of the Colorado 1630 ensures near-perfect registration for double-sided printing. A ‘print side in’ option also allows customers to print on both the inside and outside of the roll for maximum media versatility. All options can be enabled remotely, without the need for a service visit.

Adding flexibility for a matte or gloss finish to each print, the optional FLXfinish module uses a unique LED curing technique designed to add visual impact to applications such as banners, wall coverings and point of sale materials without the need to change the inks or media. This technology also supports printing on porous substrates, such as uncoated papers and soft signage materials, further expanding new market opportunities.

The new versatile printer offers the same high productivity features, output quality and media versatility as the Colorado 1650. Using the same unique Canon UVgel 460 inks used by the Colorado 1650, the Colorado 1630 produces razor-sharp prints with a wide colour gamut, claims the company.

Reliable and easy-to-use, the new Colorado 1630 is a robust workhorse, built for maximum uptime and quick turnarounds. Operating costs are also minimised thanks to the efficiency of the printer, combined with reduced waste consumption.Users can benefit from uninterrupted production with on-the-fly ink replenishment which, combined with unprecedented automation for features such as nozzle monitoring, printhead maintenance and media feed winding, allows users to avoid unnecessary downtime.

Canon’s Remote Control app is now available to monitor all Colorado printers. This will allow users to check the printer status remotely, enabling 24/7 unattended printing. The Remote Control app sends alerts to the users’ mobile devices with printer status updates, warnings and errors, offering the reassurance that the printer is running smoothly to meet deadlines.