Canon has released its new Colorado M-series, a modular 1.6 m roll-to-roll printer with two speed configurations and Canon UVgel white ink, boosting the printer’s top-notch productivity and substantially expanding the range of applications that customers can create.
Retaining Colorado’s industrial build quality, the new M-series design is based on a single platform that can be configured to customers’ needs and grow with their business, with easy in-field upgrades. The scalable series includes two base models (M3 and M5) offering a choice of output speeds with the option to upgrade from one model to the other. The M3 has a cruising speed of 29 m²/hr and maximum print speed of 111 m²/hr while the M5 has a cruising speed of and 40 m²/hr and maximum print speed of 159 m²/hr. Both printers can be easily upgraded to ‘W’ versions for white ink (M3W and M5W).
The introduction of a hassle-free white UVgel ink maximises the scope for customers to benefit from UVgel’s renowned performance advantages for a full spectrum of premium graphics and décor applications including labels, window graphics and wallpaper. With this addition, and new media detection sensor technology for easy media handling, Colorado M-series customers can expand their typical product offering using heavy structured, transparent, coloured, reflective and magnetic materials.
The unique gel formulation of Canon UVgel ink translates to fast build-up of dense and opaque white images in fewer passes than with conventional printing technologies, and printed output maintains its original whiteness over time. UVgel’s particular properties also eliminate many of the production, nozzle-cleaning and maintenance issues commonly associated with white ink, offering smooth, error-free printing, minimising ink usage and waste, and maximising productivity.
Customers can also choose the popular FLXfinish+ option with their Colorado M-series printer, allowing them to add matte, gloss or mixed matte and gloss on the same print, without additional varnish. High-volume customers can automate the print-to-finish process with a UVgel Print Factory or UVgel Wallpaper Factory configuration, which seamlessly integrates the Colorado M-series printer with cutting, rewinding, taping or sheet stacking to manage volumes of at least 50,000 m² per year with minimal operator time.
Canon UVgel ink delivers pin-sharp image quality and consistent colour, while its instant drying properties enable immediate cutting and finishing, coupled with its ultra-durability which removes the need for lamination. Like previous Colorado models, the M-series is designed to handle the workload of multiple legacy roll-to-roll printers, with industrial-grade round-the-clock reliability and unattended printing with minimal operator intervention. The new M-series Colorado printers are supported by PRISMAguide XL, the easy and powerful makeready software which results in effortless production runs with consistently high quality.
Compared to other ink technologies such as latex or eco-solvent inks, UVgel technology consumes up to 40% less ink to build up the same image quality and colour intensity. The low-heat, energy-efficient LED curing system and ‘instant-on’ operation results in reduced energy use compared to other technologies. Furthermore, with UVgel technology, customers can print on environmentally responsible materials such as PVC-free and paper-based media, even uncoated. This means the Colorado M-series printer fits perfectly in a sustainability-conscious organisation.
The Colorado M-series is designed with low total cost of ownership and rapid return on investment in mind, thanks to the lowest operating costs in its category, the ability to produce high-value applications and the unique modular upgrade options.
Craig Nethercott, Managing Director, Canon Production Printing Oceania, believes that the new modular Colorado M-series is the growth engine that businesses need to level up their capabilities and turn ideas into reality. The printer sets the highest bar for speed, quality, and all-round productivity, while customers can make smart, environmentally-responsible investments in graphics printing solutions that can evolve with them and help them tap into lucrative creative applications, products and markets.
Visitors to Visual Impact will be able to see the Colorado M on the Starleaton Stand C14 & C15 at Visual Impact which is being held at the Sydney Showground May 3-5.
The ink configuration on the Canon Colorado M