Both are five-ink dye and pigment printers that combine fast output production speeds with efficient ink usage and a low total cost of ownership, making them two of the most appealing printers in the sector.
The imagePROGRAF iPF810 and iPF820 are capable of reproducing A1 prints in 24 seconds and A0 prints in 47 seconds, significantly faster than some of their market leading rivals. In addition, they can reproduce fine line widths down to 0.02mm, with a range accuracy of 0.1%, a factor that is crucial in the CAD / GIS markets where precision in building plans, maps and technical designs is critical.
Both devices are geared towards the CAD/GIS Production and Print-For-Pay environments where fast, cost effective, reliable printing is the requirement and an ideal solution for companies who are not equipped with their own LFP capability.
Other businesses to benefit from the new printers will include large corporate CAD and GIS companies and local governments with multiple users who need fast, high capacity printers for fast turnaround to produce large amounts of documents.
Steve Brown, Production Printing Systems Marketing Manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon Australia, says: “The iPF810 and iPF820 series can compete at the top end of the market on speed, accuracy and price, all of which are vital components in the CAD/GIS production market. We have made serious inroads into the market share of some of the traditionally established players in the last five years.”
“The latest figures from worldwide research show that we have increased total market share in the technical large format segment between 24” and 59” sizes by a significant amount. That is largely due to our aggressive product rollout over the last two years. We are excited by this launch because of the potential these machines offer.”
The major difference between the printers is the iPF820 is equipped with a dual roll capability with auto switching, enabling it to handle large print runs with different types and sizes of media. The iPF810, on the other hand, has an optional take-up unit for fast consecutive printing and enabling unmanned printing.
Both printers are capable of borderless printing – a feature unique to Canon – saving time in finishing by removing the need for edge trimming. “Hot swap” ink tanks in 330ml and 700ml capacity enable the user to switch ink cartridge units on the fly, without interrupting the print run.
An 80GB hard drive also provides the capacity to store repeat jobs to queue print jobs to the devices and dedicate up to 30 different mailboxes to individual clients, jobs or users. For security, files can be selected not to save, or safely deleted from the hard drive, for additional peace of mind.
The products will be available in Australia from September 2008 with a list price for the iPF810 of AUD $10,995 and the iPF820 at AUD $14,295 inc. GST.