03 September 2017 Digital Printing Technologies

Canon boosts performance of mono print flagship

The Océ VP6000 Titan pushes digital print speeds to new levels, but demand may be shrinking.

Canon has developed a new version of its leading mono press the VarioPrint 6000. Since the first version in 2006, the company has continued to push the speed barrier. Now the VarioPrint Titan takes this to 328 A4 pages a minute and to 10 million pages a month.

This, as before, is achieved through the Gemini print engine concept, printing both sides of the sheet in a single pass without duplexing. This also enhances register because there is no distortion of the paper from one side to the other and has made the VP6000 family popular with book printers.

Canon is also aiming at transactional and implant operations with the high speed machine. In addition to the increase in production speed, the Titan extends the substrate footprint to 45gsm, with an optional handling feature. This can open opportunities in legal publishing where the high pagination of tomes in the sector means the lightest papers are preferred. Functionality is helped by changes to toner and fusing conditions. An MICR toner is included along with range of finishing options.

The chassis of the machine has also been bulked up to minimise vibrations and cope with the higher speeds. The VP6000 is offered with four speed and monthly volume options, starting at 182ppm. A temporary license will unlock the press to enable a user to run higher speeds to cope with seasonal peaks in demand. The Titan can be specified with up to eight additional paper trays in addition to the four standard bins, giving a total capacity of 24,000 sheets. PrismaSync software enables continuous running to a high capacity stacker.

The development shows Canon’s faith in the continuing demand for mono printing presses, or belief that as the demand shrinks it can gain market share at the expense of those not developing new models. Infotrends estimates there are 358 billion A4 mono pages produced in North America and Western Europe each year. But producers have an increasing choice of how to produce these.

Sales of continuous feed inkjet is taking the top off the high speed cut sheet sector and Canon, through Océ is a beneficiary of this move. While sales in its office products division, which includes office print, were largely stable in the first six months of the year, the company says that sales of high speed continuous feed printers exceeded those in 2016.

The company has also noted increased sales of its i300 cut sheet inkjet press, which while a colour machine, is also a high speed press. And it admits that demand for mono laser printing is contracting. Xerox has likewise referred to overall market decline trends as sales of its high speed mono machines drops.

There are also issues around declining print runs for commercial print, books especially, where the requirement from a production level cut sheet mono press is not necessarily high speed, but high versatility.

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