Canon has launched its next generation of large format printers aimed at the CAD (Computer Aided Design) and GIS (Geographic Information System) markets, the 24in imagePROGRAF iPF650 and iPF655 and the 36in iPF750 and iPF755, which will replace Canon’s current imagePROGRAF range .
The iPF650 and iPF655 will print an A1 sheet in 30 seconds while the iPF750 and iPF755 can print an A0 sheet in 48 seconds. Canon claim that the new generation of iPF printers represent major advances in productivity, quality and usability, whilst reducing the total cost of ownership.
All four models feature Hot Swap ink tanks, which can be changed on the go, and borderless printing to save finishing time. An external cutter can be added for faster, more accurate cutting, along with a Gigabit Ethernet connection for quicker file transfers. Line accuracy is high, with Canon claiming a minimum line width of 0.02mm +/- 0.1%, while the five colour reactive inks give a wide colour gamut.
Canon’s new accounting software tracks the cost per print to help manage expenditure, whilst the eMaintenance software tool helps customers monitor machine performance, track the lifetime of parts and order consumables. The improved operator panel includes features to store media settings, detect media mismatches (on the iPF655 and iPF755) and track the time each print takes, while a simple front loading and delivery system can automatically stack up to 20 A0 or A1 prints.
The iPF655 and iPF755 come with an 80Gb built-in hard drive, while all four models feature an economy mode to save on printing costs. The new machines also come with HP-GL/2 compatibility, including palette and pen settings. This allows integration within existing CAD and GIS environments, as well as being compatible with the leading CAD software and systems to ensure a smooth replacement of older machines.
The iPF650 and iPF655 will be available from June 1st, while the iPF750 and iPF755 are available now.
by Anthony Morgan