A new wide format printer by Canon has launched – the 1.5m-wide imagePrograf Pro-6000. It is the largest in its range to use 12 colors.
The new printer is mostly intended for advertisements, graphics and posters, and will become commercially available in September. It is an update on Canon’s Pro-6000S, launched alongside a number of new Arizona UV flatbed machines at last year’s Fespa Digital.
The 12-color Pro 6000 can print one A0 sheet in just more than 90 seconds, at a resolution of 2,400dpi. The printer can handle sheets of glossy, matte and fine art paper from 200mm to 1.5m at thicknesses of between 0.1mm and 0.8mm. Sheets are fed from Canon’s Multifunctional Roll System (MRS), which enables users to load glossy media in one roll and matte media in the other, without the requirement to manually switch the media.
Canon head of AEC and manufacturing Dominic Fahy said that the Pro-6000 will accompany the Pro-6000S as a 60-inch (1.5m) wide-format printer specifically aimed at the photo, fine art, proofing and graphics market segments.
The printer expands Canon’s current Pro Series range, which as it stands covers 17-inches to 60-inches, giving users the ability to own multiple sized printers all with the same printhead, ink and image processor, helping to ensure the same high quality across the line.
The ink system consists of CMY plus grey, red, blue, matte black, photo black, photo cyan, photo magenta, photo grey and a Chroma Optimizer ink, which, according to Fahy, dramatically improves the depth of black ink while reducing gloss differential.
The printer has an L-Coa Pro processing engine for high precision image reproduction and the processing of high resolution data, along with a sub-ink tank, which reduces downtime and minimizes ink costs by automatically enabling ink tank replacement during printing.