Call Us Free: 800-886-2196

Global Commercial Printing Days

I was invited by Canon to speak at the Océ Global Commercial Printing Days in Poing, Munich Germany last week. While there I had the opportunity to tour their Customer Experience Center and “experience” their newest press introductions, the ImageStream and the InfiniStream.

The Océ ImageStream 3500 is an inkjet device with a  4/4 configuration and can print up to 160m/min using 1200 dpi printheads (1200 x 600 true dpi) on standard coated stocks. Again – standard coated offset papers can be used, without relying on a bonding agent or primer or special dryers.  Since paper has been one of the main gating factors to adoption of inkjet in many segments this is a major competitive factors. In addition, this press has been designed with a more compact footprint that is roughly 50 percent smaller than other production systems in its class. You can find more information on the Canon Germany website – I haven’t seen it hit the US site yet.

The Infinistream is not in my usual bailiwick but it is interesting to see Canon make such a strong move into packaging. Unlike the compact footprint of the ImageStream, the InfiniStream is a massive liquid toner device that will print 7 colors. The sample set shown in Poing was printed on standard offset carton board and the results were impressive. As I said, packaging is not really my area, however with current trends towards shorter run lengths, localization and even personalization in the packaging segment this would appear to be a very timely addition to the Canon portfolio.

In addition to spending time touring the facility, it was a pleasure to meet with print service providers from around the world who are evaluating the potential for inkjet printing to improve their business model. I presented an in-depth session on building the business case for inkjet which included a variety of worksheets that participants were able to take away and use immediately. Please contact me if you are interested in scheduling a session for your organization.

It’s good to be home!

Leave a Reply