Starleaton has reported strong interest in the brand-new Canon Colorado M5W which debuted at Visual Impact Sydney following its release at the end of March. Some of that interest driven by the printer’s ability to handle label and packaging applications, as well as more typical large-format applications.
The M5W is the largest in Canon’s new M-series range of printers. The digital UV roll-to-roll machine can print to a very wide range of media from uncoated paper to synthetic substrates, and features both white ink and the ability to print gloss and matte in a single pass – and even on a single job – providing plenty of options for a diverse array of businesses.
Dale Hawkins, Senior Manager – Industrial for Starleaton, says visitors to the company’s stand at Visual Impact have been drawn to what he describes as an ‘exciting and productive’ machine.
“The versatility of the Colorado M Series means it’s equally proficient at delivering label products on self-adhesive vinyl, to packaging wrap on uncoated paper, to traditional signage and display applications,” he says.
“Drawing on Canon’s unique UVgel technology, and with the expanded capabilities made possible by white ink, this exciting machine can produce outstanding results on a diverse range of substrates, at speeds up to three times faster than competitive printers.”
The M5 ranges from 40 m² to 159 m² an hour and can be supplied as, or upgraded to, ‘W’ versions for white ink like the machine at the show.
“UV is perfect for printing to self-adhesive films and synthetics, but it’s also ideal for uncoated stocks,” Hawkins says, “and this range features new sensory technology, which utilises sensors both underneath and over the media path to enable successful production of difficult media from wallpapers, to textured stocks, coloured papers and more.
“The unique curing system on the Colorado M also means it can print gloss and matte finish on the same media, using the same inks, and even on different image areas on the same job, greatly expanding the range of creative options available to print service providers.”
Hawkins reports significant interest from businesses wanting to diversify into short-run labels and customised label or packaging solutions and, perhaps more surprisingly, from people like litho packaging printers looking to add wrap layers to their corrugated cartons and other packaging, to personalise or add quality.
“That just illustrates the versatility of the machine,” Hawkins says.
The Canon Colorado M Series on show at Visual Impact Sydney was sold off the stand to Kwik Kopy in Miller Street, Sydney.
Dale Hawkins, Senior Manager – Industrial for Starleaton, says the Colorado M Series is equally proficient at delivering label products on self-adhesive vinyl, to packaging wrap on uncoated paper