On March 1, Canon Solutions America will open a new media lab in Boca Raton, FL. Designed for live testing across inkjet and toner-based products, the lab is the first of its kind in North America and complements the company’s existing labs in Poing, Germany and Venlo, Netherlands.
The lab provides Canons Solutions America the capacity to work with more mills to test more sheets with more inks, much more quickly. Product teams can now simultaneously test several different types of ink and media, optimizing product performance and helping media partners bring products to market faster.
The addition of the Boca Raton media lab creates global synergy for testing a myriad of media products, according to John Crumbaugh, media and ink marketing executive, Production Print Solutions division of Canon Solutions America. “Our new Media Lab enables us to create a robust database on product performance, specifications, applications, and more - a tool we can reference across the organization to offer expert and immediate support to our customers,” Crumbaugh said.
“When a customer calls, we want to be able to quickly and effectively assess their needs and objectives and provide them a solution,” said Kris Albee, marketing director, Production Print Solutions division of Canon Solutions America. “Our collaboration with the mills in developing, testing and optimizing new products and formulations gives us the first-hand insight to do just that.”
Canon Solutions America’s international paper program has generated tremendous success in recent years, expanding its portfolio to include nearly 1,000 qualified media. The newest addition is a 45 lb. coated sheet for the educational book publishing market.Through its media lab in Poing, Germany, Canon Solutions America worked closely with CVG to optimize their product for Océ inkjet platforms equipment. The sheet is now available to North American customers through Gould Paper Corporation.
“This product’s arrival is a testament to the strong relationships we have with the mills,” said Albee. “It’s a high-performing sheet, and we’re really excited about its application. Canon Solutions America always had a strong presence in book printing, but this fills a need for the educational book segment specifically. Now, there’s virtually nothing in the book market that our customers can’t print, and print at high quality.”
Canon Solutions America recently invited its media partners to participate in an industry-first effort to develop a global, vendor-neutral inkjet media catalog. Each participating mill submitted media that best represent their capability with inkjet platforms, and each were given a section of the catalog in which to promote its company’s offering. The result is a best-in-class tool that allows the user to examine all of the paper products qualified for Océ inkjet platforms.
The new catalog will be available to both customers and mills in February. To allow for one-to-one comparison, each printed sample uses the same artwork - a collage of images that demonstrates print quality across shadow, facial tones, logo color, text, reverse print and more - which highlight the performance and unique value proposition of each sheet.