31 May 2021
Canon Production Printing Australia have announced the ColorStream 8000 series of continuous feed inkjet printers, setting a new standard for high volume production environments.
An addition to the market-leading ColorStream family, the new flagship represents the next stage in the evolution of the platform with its combined advances in productivity, print quality and application flexibility.
Built on a decade of continuous innovation in response to customer feedback, the ColorStream 8000 series has been designed to meet the current and future production challenges of corporate and public sector in-plants, print and communication service (transactional and direct mail) providers and specialised commercial printers, such as those producing books, manuals or pharmaceutical leaflets.
The series features new 1,200dpi printheads that yield a stunning and consistent print quality – even at the highest speed – from the first print to the last, reproducing smoother gradients, homogeneous tints and sharper detail, and minimising typical inkjet technology artefacts.
The ColorStream 8000 series also uses a new water-based pigment ink set with latex polymer, which delivers a very wide colour gamut that meets Fogra process standards, perfect droplet formation, and deep black and vibrant colours on uncoated paper without any pre-treatment.
Craig Nethercott, Managing Director, Canon Production Printing Oceania comments, “the 8000 series features advanced technology that takes the ColorStream to a new level of quality, efficiency and productivity.
“We now have the ability to produce more in less time, broaden application reach, explore new markets and grow profit streams.”
The ColorStream comprises two models, 8133 and 8160, representing the maximum print speed of each (133m/min and 160m/min). With print speeds of up to 2,152 A4 images/min (15 – 70 million A4 images per month), the ColorStream 8000 series is set to easily handle production peaks and reduce run and labour costs by consolidating volumes from offset and continuous feed toner presses onto the ColorStream.
Mr Nethercott continues, “the productivity of the series is further improved by the fact that everything that could be automated has been, making the series exceptionally easy to operate and freeing up operator time for other value-added activities. The many automated tasks add to the remarkable uptime (over 90%) of the ColorStream 8000 series, giving users a reliable solution they can really trust.”
The Proactive Maintenance available with the ColorStream 8000 series offers additional peace of mind in production planning by delivering predictive maintenance, enabling targeted machine downtimes for service and avoiding unpredicted downtimes during production.
Mr Nethercott adds, “in a fast-moving market, finding new applications can be crucial to staying competitive. The ColorStream 8000 series features an improved print quality and the ability to print on a wide variety of uncoated, recycled and inkjet treated papers from 40gsm to 160gsm as standard (and selected papers up to 220gsm). So now, print and communication service providers can now proactively respond to the challenges of today’s market and provide high quality promotional applications next to transactional, direct mail and book (mono and full colour) applications.
“This capability is enhanced by the design of the press’s paper path, which, with a maximum print width of 560mm, gives impositioning freedom to create outstanding promotional pieces and maximise book formats.”
First ColorStream 8000 series customer
DATEV eG is the third largest provider of business software in Germany, one of the largest European IT service providers and the first Canon customer to install a ColorStream 8000 series printer.
The cooperative of tax consulting professionals supports a total of 2.5 million companies, self-employed persons, municipalities, associations and institutions, and manages the complete production of customers' business documents as a full-service provider.
Operating a high-performance, modern and highly secure Digital & Print Solution Centre (DPSC) in Nuremberg, it produces, on average, more than 1.1 billion pages per year, ranging from promotional and informative mailings to invoices and reminders to high-quality account statements and insurance policies.
Based on customer demand for the fastest ColorStream version, the ColorStream 8160 will be available from the date of launch, 25 of May, while the ColorStream 8133 will follow early in the second half of 2021. Both models will be available in mono and full-colour configurations.
Customers can see the new ColorStream 8000 series by requesting a virtual demo.