Canon’s first roll-to-roll printer built on UVgel technology

The Océ Colorado 1640 printer, the first 64” roll-to-roll wide format printer built on the Canon UVgel technology, will have its first public presentation in EMEA at FESPA 2017.

The Océ Colorado 1640 is developed for businesses producing both indoor and outdoor applications, including posters, banners, signage, POS, billboards, window graphics, decals and bespoke wall coverings. With a top speed of 159 sqm/h for applications such as billboards or outdoor banners, the Océ Colorado 1640 operates at a speed of 40 sqm/h at the highest level of quality for close-up indoor applications.

UVgel is a low-heat process using LED curing, and the UVgel ink does not contain water.UVgel printheads incorporate patented continuous nozzle monitoring using acoustic sampling to detect and correct any underperforming nozzles.

According to Canon, UVgel minimizes media distortion and extends the range of printable substrates, including thin and heat-sensitive media, and the ink is instantly pinned on contact with the substrate. Canon also claims that the UVgel technology reduces ink consumption by as much as 40% compared with competitive technologies, because of a more efficient way of jetting ink, significantly reduced maintenance inks and by removing the need for optimisers.

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