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A DV E R T I S E M E N T

Trends and Technology Options in
Large-Format Roll-to-Roll Printing
solvent, or conventional UV solutions. Canon's objective was to develop a
technology that offers:
* Industrial speed and end-to-end productivity, for growing volumes of
fast turnaround jobs.
* High output quality, suitable for a wide applications spectrum including
demanding indoor and décor applications.
* Maximum media versatility, to enable PSPs to produce multiple
applications using a single device.
Canon also focused on controlling total cost of ownership (TCO), to help
assure PSPs of rapid return on their capital investment and low ongoing
running costs. The result is Canon UVgel technology, and the Océ Colorado
Series - the first printer to feature UVgel technology.

WHAT IS CANON UVGEL TECHNOLOGY?

T

he large-format graphic arts market is dynamic and exciting. Change
is constant and occurring faster than ever before. Within this market
there are two undeniable trends:
1. Volumes are growing - More and more is being printed, and new
applications are continuously being developed. Research into wide-format
trends conducted by PRIMIR found 75 percent of respondents expected
their wide-format print volumes to increase in the coming 12 months. The top
three current applications were banners (84 percent), signs (80 percent),
and posters (79 percent).1 Looking at the wide-format sector as a whole,
InfoTrends expects print volumes to see a compound annual growth rate
of about 3 percent between 2015 and 2020. 2 This continued growth is the
result of increased adoption, new technologies, and expanding range of
applications, as well as more efficient workflow solutions.
2. Pressure on job turnaround - Turnaround times for customers
are becoming shorter and shorter. According to InfoTrends research, more
than 40 percent of wide-format print jobs need to be turned around within
24 hours. 3
Both these trends are expected to continue. This makes increased
productivity a key driver for large-format print service providers (PSPs) to
invest in technology. Market Analyst PRIMIR US comments: "Demand for
higher service levels drives investment in faster printers, with instant drying." 1

TECHNOLOGY OPTIONS
Current technologies have their own unique advantages, but also limitations.
For PSPs looking for the optimal combination of productivity, quality, and
media (and therefore applications) versatility, there is no single choice today.
The reality is that PSPs must compromise one attribute for another.
Productivity is one of the most important technology factors limiting
business growth for small-to medium-sized PSPs today. The fundamental
technical properties of evaporative latex and eco-solvent technologies mean
that, despite ongoing research and development efforts, it will be much more
difficult to fulfill growing productivity requirements of PSPs in the near future.
Having identified this technology gap, Canon created a more
comprehensive technology solution that would help put an end to the
compromises PSPs have to make today when choosing from latex, eco-

Canon UVgel technology comprises several specially developed elements
that combine to achieve a process that retains the advantages of current
printer technologies, while eliminating many of the compromises.
* Canon/Océ UVgel piezo-electric printhead, (with automated nozzle
compensation)
* Canon UVgel ink
* Low-heat media platen
* LED-curing concept
The ink, essentially a gel developed according to UV curing principles, is the
key to Canon UVgel technology.

KEY BENEFITS OF CANON UVGEL TECHNOLOGY
The gel ink enables this innovative, instant-dry, "print-then-cure" process.
The Canon UVgel technology concept delivers multiple productivity and
quality benefits:
* The solidified state of the pinned gel dot protects against coalescence
(merging) between individual ink drops, delivering optimal control over
the dot to prevent spread (dot gain).
* By controlling dot gain, much more ink can be deposited in fewer
passes, improving speed.
* Because LED curing is performed later than with existing technologies,
images have a more uniform, smoother surface.
* By eliminating the need for immediate curing, productivity is
substantially increased compared with conventional UV because curing
no longer limits print speed.
* Prints are instantly dry, requiring no evaporative drying process.
To learn more about Canon UVgel technology, visit the Canon Solutions
America booth #7016 at the upcoming Printing United show.

csa.canon.com
Sources: 1. PRIMIR Wide Format Inkjet Printing Trends, 2015; 2. IT Strategies WF Inkjet Graphics Summary,
2015; 3. Wide Format Critical Elements in the Communications mix, InfoTrends, 2013


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Big Picture - October 2019
Contents
Insight
Wide Angle
Upfront
Extreme Vinyl
Let’s Ride
Wrap Like a King Winners
The 2019 Women in Print Awards
R+D
Job Log
Big Picture - October 2019 - Intro
Big Picture - October 2019 - Big Picture - October 2019
Big Picture - October 2019 - Cover2
Big Picture - October 2019 - Contents
Big Picture - October 2019 - Insight
Big Picture - October 2019 - 3
Big Picture - October 2019 - Wide Angle
Big Picture - October 2019 - 5
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Big Picture - October 2019 - Upfront
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