Canon won two ‘Product of The Year’ awards
Canon has won two ‘Product of the Year’ awards in the ‘Digital Inks – UV’ and ‘Automation Equipment (print/post-print)’ categories in the annual competition hosted by the PRINTING United Alliance. Selected from over 200 entries across 85 categories, Canon’s UVgel 460 inks and the UVgel Wallpaper Factory have both been chosen for their customer benefits and innovation in the large format market.
Judged by a panel of industry experts, the PRINTING United Alliance annual Product of the Year competition showcases products that are integral to moving the printing industry forward.
Selected for the ‘Digital Ink – UV’ award, Canon UVgel 460 inks are a core component of the Colorado 1650 roll-to-roll large format printer. Canon UVgel inks utilise a unique, instantaneous ‘gelling’ action upon contact with the media for exceptional ink drop placement accuracy and consistent colour quality. The UVgel printing process does not rely on evaporation or heat, so prints are instantly ready, even on heat-sensitive media. UVgel inks are extremely resistant and durable, meaning no additional lamination is required, and their flexibility makes them ideal for long lasting applications such as vehicle wraps.
Winning the ‘Automation Equipment (print/post-print)’ category, the UVgel Wallpaper Factory is a fully integrated end-to-end solution enabling the digital mass-production of customised wall décor. Introduced in May 2020, the Wallpaper Factory seamlessly integrates the Colorado 1650 UVgel printer with the media handling and finishing capabilities of several Fotoba modules, including the Fotoba Jumbo Roll Loader, the Fotoba Cutter XLD170 WP and Fotoba Rewinder REW162, to achieve production efficiencies and 24/7 fully automated production. This new solution allows print service providers, print factories and interior décor specialists to diversify their business and enhance their offering with customised wallpaper. Dimensional stability and colour consistency are critical in wallpaper production to ensure a precise match from panel to panel. The benefit of UVgel inks is that they do not require heat to dry, so there is no media distortion with prints produced with the Colorado, resulting in a high quality finished product. When it comes to producing large volumes of multi-panel wallcoverings, UVgel technology offers maximum control of dot gain and delivers optimal colour consistency print after print, even when produced across multiple printers and at different times. Reprint orders with guaranteed colour consistency, an essential in the digital wallpaper printing market, are now easier than ever with UVgel technology. UVgel inks are odourless and certified GREENGUARD Gold by AgBB, and Type II by ASTM, so wallpapers printed on the Colorado are safe to use indoors. With the unique FLXfinish technology, a new approach to LED curing which enables both matte and gloss finishes without the need to change inks or media, print service providers can be assured of producing customised wallpaper with a velvety matte finish to stand out from the competition and fuel growth. Steve Ford, Managing Director, Production Printing Asia, Canon, said: “UVgel ink and FLXfinish technology are at the core of our unique roll-to-roll printer and is highly beneficial to our customers. With the wallpaper factory in partnership with Fotoba, we have developed a highly automated workflow solutions that enables our customer to print exceptional quality wallpaper in quicker turnaround times. Last year, the Colorado 1650 printer was awarded for its print quality, versatility and ease of use, and we are delighted to see that this year Canon’s UVgel inks and the UVgel Wallpaper Factory have been recognised as well.”