In 2010, Océ and Canon R&D combined forces bringing together customer input, research and technology. The results are now shown with the Océ VarioPrint i300, a solution addressing the “Zone of Disruption,” defined by InfoTrends as the opportunity that falls between sheetfed color electrophotography and continuous-feed inkjet.
To date, the machine has successfully been installed in four customer locations, including IWCO Direct, OneTouchPoint (CCI), Merrill Corp. and Progressive Impressions International (pii). In just over 45 days, these Canon Solutions America customers have produced well over five million pages total on the new inkjet press.
The Océ VarioPrint i300 prints up to 294 (letter) images-per-minute. It handles paper format sizes up to 13.9 inch x 19.7 inch (B3) and targets heavy production volumes of 1-10 million pages per month. The reliable high speed and quality inkjet production is powered by Océ iQuarius technologies, including iQuarius CMYK Inks, Sheet Entry Control, Precision Sheet Control, In-Line Quality Inspection and the iQuarius Drying System.
“A cutsheet inkjet revolution is imminent. It will follow the path of the high-speed continuous-feed color inkjet market with its first successes in transaction, direct mail and book applications,” said Jim Hamilton, InfoTrends. “Canon is in a great position to take advantage of this opportunity with the Océ VarioPrint i300 and capitalize on the high speed and volume capability, combined with integrated finishing and quality levels that will help it succeed in the transaction, direct mail, book and manual markets.”