Canon Breaths Fire Into Specialty Print Systems - Page 2

By Patricia Fusco
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Poster Child for High Quality Prints
Canon also showcased the industry's fastest 24-inch pigment ink printer, designed to offer breakthrough wide format output speeds combined with superior image and archival quality. The introduction of the imagePROGRAF W6200 greatly expands the company's wide format product portfolio and establishes a new market category for the imaging industry.

Using Canon's singular bi-directional head, MicroFine Droplet Technology and pigment ink solution, Canon's imagePROGRAF W6200 is able to rapidly produce highly detailed, photo-quality archival prints and proofs up to 24 inches wide. The printer produced A1-sized prints in less than five minutes in standard 600x1200 dpi mode. It also comes equipped with Canon's graphic PS-level 3 compatible raster image processor (RIP) software and retails at less than $3500.

Canon plans to market the new W6200 printer as a high-speed, high quality and cost-effective proofing, signage and poster solution for multiple environments, including print for pay and photo retail operations. With the increasing use of high-quality digital imaging solutions by photo retailers, Canon expects wide adoption of the printer for multiple professional applications. From in-house production and proofing at ad agencies, graphic and design studios, pre-press operations and commercial point of purchase to informational and display signage for retail and entertainment establishments.

At approximately three feet long and four feet tall, the small footprint of the imagePROGRAF W6200 keeps the amount of valuable retail floor space it uses to a minimum and can itself serve as an eye-catching point-of-sale device, promoting impulse buys, novelty applications and customized decorations for celebrations such as birthdays, anniversaries, promotion and retirement parties and even company award ceremonies.

Canon creates posters in under five minutes. The imagePROGRAF W6200 printer's extra-large, bi-directional print head streamlines the workflow and speeds the output, printing A1 size media (slightly larger than 24x36 inch) in a bout 1.5 minutes in draft (300x1200 dpi) mode, 4.5 minutes in standard (600x1200 dpi) mode and seven minutes in high (1200x1200 dpi) mode. What's more, the print head is user replaceable, ensuring that printer downtime is held to minutes — not hours or days waiting for a service call.

Utilizing Canons's MicroFine Droplet Technology to consistently deliver uniform 8-picolliter ink droplets, an extra-large, six color, bi-directional print head with 1280 nozzles per color (for a total of 7680 nozzles) produces brilliant graphics in record time.

Canon imagePROGRAF W6200 PrinterThe printer employs a new straight paper path design, wherein roll media is fed from the back and printed out to the front and cut sheets are fed from the front. The paper path can be switched manually between roll media and cut sheet media. The imagePROGRAF W6200 also features adjustable head heights to accommodate a variety of Canon specialty media compatible with the unit. A pull out media exit guide supports rigid media so it comes out flat. The media exit guide stores conveniently in the main unit when it is not needed. The printer is capable of full-bleed printing on compatible roll-media such as heavy coated paper, photo semi-glossy paper, photo glossy paper and flame resistant cloth.

Offered as Canon's latest pigment ink engine — for greater archival longevity — the imagePROGRAF W6200 printer features six individual 130 ml ink tanks that can be replaced as needed, even mid-job. Despite its heavyweight printing capabilities, the imagePROGRAF W6200 weighs in at about 110 pounds, has a space-saving foldaway basket and a lower profile, which makes access to the roll holder and the LCD panel easier.

The W6200 printer is a multi-platform system supporting Windows 95/98/ME, Windows NT 4.0/2000/XP and Macintosh OS 8, 9 and OS X (10.2). The printer also fully supports the most popular network protocols (including TCP/IP, AppleTalk and IPX/SPX) and ships with a 10/100 BASE-T/TX Ethernet network interface and a USB 2.0 high-speed interface. An optional Firewire/IEEE1394 board is available. The Canon imagePROGRAF W6200 printer begins shipping in mid February and will list for $3,495.

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This article was originally published on February 10, 2004
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