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Canon unveils the game-changing new Arizona

Canon unveils the game-changing new Arizona
Building on its heritage in flatbed printing, Canon has launched the new Arizona 2300 series for the large format graphics market, which is designed to help users to speed up production, improve operational efficiencies and fuel growth opportunities through new applications.

 The new series offers varying ink channel options (40, 60 and 80) to support a diverse range of applications and encompasses three compact GTF models, the Arizona 2340 GTF, 2360 GTF, 2380 GTF, which offer a flatbed area of 1.25m x 2.5m, plus three large XTF models, the Arizona 2340 XTF, 2360 XTF, 2380 XTF, which have a flatbed area of 2.5m x 3.08m.

According to Canon, this latest incarnation of its evergreen Arizona printer series, revolutionises flatbed table architecture. It is built around Arizona FLOW technology, an airflow suction technique that combines a zoneless, multi-origin table layout with easy-to-use pneumatic registration pins to better secure the substrate in place. Accordingly, productivity is up by more than 20 percent compared with previous generations of Arizona printers, as there is no need to mask the table or tape media down, thus facilitating faster changeover between jobs, shorter set-up times and hassle-free job switching. The FLOW technology also makes printing on unusual and more challenging media, such as cardboard, wood and glass, easier than ever before as it is possible to print from edge to edge, reducing waste, enhancing output and opening up new application possibilities.

The pneumatic registration pins enable the alignment of media to either the left or the right edge of the table – or even to both –to facilitate printing two-up, four-up and six-up. Turning the substrate over from front to back and from left to right on the flatbed enables perfect registration when printing double-sided, regardless of whether the substrate has dimensional imperfections.

In addition, the automated maintenance system offers hands-free printhead maintenance and reduces downtime by restoring nozzle functionality in seconds, including for white ink, which is usually difficult to maintain.

With Arizona Xpert, the Arizona 2300 series has a self-learning capability, so users can easily design and then repeat complex, multi-layered projects, and now, Canon has introduced Xpert version 2.1, which offers new features and ‘recipes’ to further enhance productivity and also supports ‘recipes’ for print and cut workflows via integration with Canon’s ProCut software. It enables easy ‘recipe’ exchange between user and designer, so that all can see the end product with a 3D view in Adobe Creative Suite, thus reducing errors to the bare minimum.

The Arizona 2300 series uses LED-UV curing for 40 percent less energy consumption when compared to other flatbed printers hanks to its instant-on operation, the longevity of the lamp life and its connectivity to a regular power network. It also offers low ink consumption, using less than 8ml/m² of ink on average, including maintenance.

Manufactured in Germany, it has passed both the German TÜV (Technischer Überwachungsverein) and DGUV (Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung) assurance tests, which confirm that the product range is in line with health and safety regulations for minimising environmental impact and guaranteeing a safer working environment. Its UV inks are UL GREENGUARD Gold certified, so prints are suitable for use in schools, hotels, hospitals and other sensitive areas.

Additonally, an optional air filtration system is available to help users ensure a healthy working environment.

UK sign and print companies can see the Arizona 2380 XTF with Roll Media Option via online and live demos from Canon’s Customer Experience Centre in Birmingham.

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