Canon announced the Océ ImageStream 3500, the manufacturer’s first full-color press from its Océ inkjet product range that can print on offset coated paper stocks.
Strengthening Canon’s position in the publishing and commercial printing markets, this latest development enables Print Service Providers (PSPs) to consistently produce the same high quality output across both offset and digital production lines – removing the need for two different types of paper.
Previously, high-quality inkjet printing has relied on treated paper or special add-ons such as bonding agents or primers to achieve optimum quality. With the Océ ImageStream 3500, which can run to up to 160m/min (525 ft/min) at 1200 x 600 dpi, with flexible droplet modulation for even higher perceived image resolution, PSPs now only require one type of paper stock, giving customers the freedom of choice between technologies, whether it is digital or conventional, depending on job requirements (run length, turnaround time, print window).
The Océ ImageStream 3500 produces the outstanding image quality required for high-end applications such as books, brochures, magazines and personalized catalogs. The machine’s new pigment inks provide finer edge sharpness, less fray and dot gain and increased optical density for a stronger contrast, resulting in razor sharp lines (or letters) and increased color vibrancy. Furthermore, the perceived color gamut on low cost standard papers is higher on pigment inks than on dye inks, providing additional production cost savings.
“With the development of the Océ ImageStream 3500, there has never been a more enticing and attractive proposition for commercial printers using offset technology to enter the digital printing market,” said Craig Nethercott, Commercial Print Group director, Canon UK. “The Océ ImageStream rivals the speed and image quality of offset technologies, such as conventional B2 presses, while harnessing the capabilities of digital printing technology for shorter runs, print-on-demand and variable data for personalisation.”
The Océ ImageStream 3500 will be available from the beginning of 2015.