By Darryl Danielli
Canon has expanded its imagePrograf family of large-format printers with two new stripped-down models targeted at inplant and entry-level commercial and franchise print poster applications.
The six-colour machines, the 609.6mm (20in) wide imagePrograf iPF6400SE and the 1,117mm (44in) wide imagePrograf iPF8400SE, are primarily targeted at the corporate, retail and hospitality inplant markets, but according to Canon they would also be suited to commercial and high-street printers looking to take their first steps into wide-format.
The two printers sit between the five-colour CAD models and the top-end eight- and 12-colour photo and production machines in the Canon portfolio and run the manufacturer’s six-colour Lucia-EX pigment-based inkset (CMYK, matt black and red). According to Canon, the new inks offer lower ink consumption combined with wide substrate compatibility and durable image life. The two machines also feature optional larger ink tanks for uninterrupted running, 300ml and 700ml respectively compared to the standard 130ml for the iPF6400SE and 330ml for the iPF8400SE. The tanks can also be changed on-the-fly thanks to a sub-ink tank. Both the 2,400x1,200dpi iPF6400SE and the iPF8400SE can produce an A1 poster on coated paper in 60 seconds in ‘Fast Economy’ mode or 105 seconds in ‘Standard’ mode.
The machines have a compact footprint, with the iPF6400SE being 20% smaller than the standard iPF6400 and iPF6400S models. They have also been designed to be operable by users with “little or no experience” and come bundled with PosterArtist Lite, a plug in for Microsoft Office and Photoshop and Direct Print & Share software for simplified printing and cloud-based sharing. However, they can also be run with higher end third-party RIPs.