Canon has announced a new printing technology, called UVgel, which it will feature in a new line of roll-to-roll printers.

Toyotsugu Kuwamura, executive vice president and general manager for Canon USA’s Business Imaging Solutions Group, says, “This new technology will power an upcoming generation of roll-to-roll printers that will help our customers increase their print production efficiency while lowering their operating costs, enabling them to profitably grow their business.”

The UVgel technology comprises a new UV curable ink from Canon that instantly gels on contact with the media. Canon says this results in precise dot placement and area control for consistent high-quality images at high speed. The company says other benefits include:

  • A large colour gamut of solvent inks combined with the environmental benefits and safety profile of latex and UV inks
  • Ultra-thin ink dispersion with almost no discernible physical profile and the lowest ink consumption rate can provide up to a 40 percent reduction in printing costs compared to eco-solvent and latex
  • Cost-effective, non-toxic, durable, colour fast, high-quality prints for almost any flexible media application
  • Continuous, on-the-fly, nozzle performance compensation facilitates confident unattended printing and reduced print waste

New hardware technology developments include piezoelectric printhead technology employing patented acoustic sampling technology that monitors nozzle performance on-the-fly during printing and an LED UV curing sub-system that operates independently from the printing system.

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