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Canon U.S.A. Puts The Spotlight On Its Printing Solutions For The Technical Document Market At Annual IRgA Show


New imagePROGRAF 44-Inch Large Format Printer for the High-End Technical Documents Market Previewed, Along with Canon’s Latest Printer Offerings On Display in Las Vegas

Las Vegas, May 2008 – At the International Reprographics Association (IRgA) Annual Convention, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging and office solutions, will showcase its line of printers specifically geared toward the CAD (Computer Aided Design), AEC (Architectural, Engineering and Construction), GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and other technical documents markets. The Company will also preview a new high-end 44-inch imagePROGRAF large format printer at the show (Canon IRgA Booth #437).

In the past two years, Canon has expanded its presence in the technical documents market with a comprehensive line of printers and printing solutions. Products on display at IRgA include Canon’s award-winning imagePROGRAF iPF720, iPF605 and iPF8000S large format printers, as well as the imagePRESS C1 digital press.

“The large format and production printing markets have been growing tremendously over the past several years, especially in the technical documents markets,” said Tod Pike, senior vice president and general manager, Imaging Systems Group, Canon U.S.A. “Canon has been a major part of that growth with its imagePROGRAF and imagePRESS offerings, and we expect to continue to be a leading innovator in the market, as evidenced by the imagePROGRAF printer being previewed here at the show this week.”

Technology Preview: 44-inch High-End, Dual-Roll Color Production imagePROGRAF Printers1
Demonstrating its commitment to future innovation on the award-winning imagePROGRAF large format product line, Canon today provided show attendees with a preview of a new 44-inch high-end imagePROGRAF model scheduled for availability later this year. The prototype imagePROGRAF color production system on display will be running a dual-roll configuration, equipped with two different size rolls and the ability to print two full-density A1-sized (23.4-inch X 33.1-inch) plots in less than a minute. Specifically designed to fit the needs of the high-volume technical drawing printing market, the printer will be equipped with high-capacity ink cartridges for minimal user intervention.

Other products on display at Canon’s booth include:
# imagePROGRAF iPF720 Printer – The 36-inch imagePROGRAF iPF720 incorporates a built-in 80GB hard drive ideal for medium to large workgroup users who need to print large files or sets of files from multiple workstations.
# imagePROGRAF iPF605 Printer – Aimed at personal and small workgroup users producing large format technical drawings, the 24-inch imagePROGRAF iPF605 offers amazing printing speeds taking as little as 33 seconds* to complete an A1-sized full density color plot (33.1 x 23.4 inches).
# imagePROGRAF iPF8000S Printer – Demonstrating its photographic image quality and its production speed capability, the imagePROGRAF iPF8000S will be printing various graphic files used in GIS applications at the show. Ideal for graphic intensive environments, the iPF8000S produces archival quality prints at 1200 dots-per-inch (dpi).
# imagePRESS C1 Digital Press – For fast-paced creative production environments where the highest image quality is needed to preserve the full integrity of a graphical design concept from display to print, and where repeatable results are critical to the iterative design process, the Canon imagePRESS C1 is designed to offer the highest quality laser-based comprehensive color proof available in the market to date. With the imagePRESS C1, designers, marketing professionals and visual artists can benefit from low-cost, high-fidelity color reproduction throughout all stages of the concept creation and production process.
† IFI Patent Intelligence Press Release, January 2008
1 This device has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.
* Drawing size: 592 x 803mm (23.31 x 31.62 inches); plot file used: Cottage plan and elevation.dwg; paper type: Plain Paper; print mode: Draft (600dpi), Color (CAD); application; AutoCAD Lt2004; CPU: Pentium 4 3.2 GHz; RAM: 1 GB; OS: Windows XP SP2; Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed; Print speed (time taken to print one page) does not include data processing, data transfer, or preprinting operations.
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