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Dramatic and Sustained Uptake of Technologies
One of the leading names not only in industrial print production but the printing industry as a whole is Canon. Mathew Faulkner, Applications Development Senior Manager, Graphics and Communications at Canon Europe, picks out a number of industrial trends that the company has noted in recent years.
“Looking at the evolution of the industrial print market over the last decade, we have seen dramatic and sustained uptake of both flatbed and roll-to-roll production technologies,” Faulkner said.
‘This has been driven by sign-makers’ and graphics producers’ desire to diversify and take advantage of the capabilities of digital inkjet technology to print on a growing range of flexible and rigid substrates. There has also been a shift from analogue to digital printing, especially for products that were traditionally screen printed.
“As print specifiers have increased their awareness of the advantages of digital production in terms of reducing print volumes and enabling on-demand delivery, greater design flexibility and customisation, demand for an increasingly diverse spectrum of speciality print applications has accelerated.
“From Canon’s perspective, since the launch of the Océ Arizona flatbed printer series a decade ago, our continuous innovation in flatbed technology has unleashed creativity for thousands of customers, enabling them to diversify into both functional and decorative industrial applications, from acoustic wall panels, furniture and flooring to glass and self-adhesive films.”
At FESPA 2017, Canon launched the Océ Colorado 1640 roll-to-roll printer with Canon UVgel technology. Faulkner said that since this roll-out, interest in UVgel has been “extremely high”, with hundreds of printers now installed at sites around the world.
Looking to build on this success at FESPA 2018 in May, Faulkner said Canon will once again be showing the Océ Colorado 1640, using the machine to produce a range of domestic and commercial décor applications, as well as self-adhesive labels.
Furthering its industrial focus Canon will also demonstrate the Océ Arizona 6170 flatbed printer in a robotised workflow for maximum production efficiency across a range of application.