Canon will ignite visitors’ imaginations at FESPA 2020 (24th-27th March, Madrid, Spain) to show how they can fuel growth into new markets. At the Canon booth (hall 7, stand A60), signage and graphics producers will be motivated to boost operational efficiencies and drive business success with more creative applications.

Visitors will be inspired by a wide range of large format graphics applications, including indoor point-of-sale and point-of-purchase; display and packaging; interior décor including wall coverings; outdoor promotion such as banners, soft signage (backlit textile); and vehicle graphics (self-adhesive).

Demonstrating ultimate media flexibility to turn print into profit, Canon’s range of large format digital print and workflow solutions will be on display, including the successful Colorado roll-to-roll printer family and Arizona flatbed portfolio. Application experts will be on hand to show print service providers (PSPs) how print’s tactile qualities can maximise impact and how media selection enables creative applications.

With over 1,200 installations of the Colorado family, both the Colorado 1640 and 1650 models will be on show. Visitors will see first-hand how UVgel technology can help them handle larger production volumes with ease and give them the confidence to enter new markets such as soft signage, interior décor and vehicle graphics.

For customers looking to print double-sided applications with ease, the Colorado 1640 will be in a live automated, end-to-end, print and cut workflow with the Fotoba inline cutting solution. Visitors will see in real-time how large format roll-to-roll graphics such as wallpaper can be automatically fed from the Colorado onto the Fotoba inline finishing solution, with no need for an operator to turn the media manually, speeding up production for even faster delivery.

The Colorado 1650 will print a large variety of media such as soft signage, wallpaper and self-adhesive vinyls, demonstrating how FLXfinish technology gives users the choice of matte or gloss modes for each individual print on a wider range of media, for visually appealing, high margin work such as premium POS graphics and beautiful décor applications.

A second Colorado 1650 will be seen for the first time integrated with a Fotoba Jumbo Roll, feeding the printer and then automatically cutting the flexible media into customised sizes and lengths. With this ‘UVgel Wallpaper Factory’ production set-up, customers can say goodbye to manual operation and achieve full automation for maximum productivity. This solution will be displayed on the stand of Canon’s partner Fotoba (stand 7-A55).

The Colorado printers will be supported by ONYX 19 and Caldera 13 partner software.

Fuel flatbed profits and speed ahead

The Arizona 1360 GT flatbed printer, which recently won the 2020 iF Product Design Award, will also be in live production featuring a roll media option (RMO). It will showcase a range of interior décor output such as wood and glass, wall coverings and acoustic panels. Coupled with Arizona Xpert, an innovative solution that simplifies and automates complex work such as multi-layered and double-sided print jobs, customers will see it is now easier than ever to automate flatbed production, increase operational efficiencies and reduce waste.

Alongside ProCut, Canon’s solution that streamlines cutting of flatbed graphics, the Arizona models will be supported by partner software solutions from OneVision and ONYX 19, as well as other integrated cutting solutions from partner Zünd.

For visitors looking to take automation to the next level, there will be a video demonstration of a robotised workflow solution from partner Rolan Robotics. Applications can be seamlessly transferred from the Arizona flatbed printer to a Zünd cutter in a complete end-to-end automated process.

Through live application demos, customers can also discover how to add even more value to large format prints with personalisation and textured effects, for example using software tools like Touchstone to create textured furniture panels and wallpaper, or working with solutions from Canon partners such as the flatbed scanner from CRUSE that digitally scans 2D and 3D images of original materials such as floors, furniture, ceramics and mimics their patterns, textures or aesthetics for printing interior décor applications and fine art reproduction.

Wouter Derichs, Sales & Marketing Director, Large Format Graphics at Canon Europe, comments: “Our mission at FESPA 2020 is to spark visitors’ imaginations with more creative applications than ever before. We’re out to show how great ideas, supported by operational excellence and clever automation, can drive business growth by fueling new opportunities. Bringing together innovative digital wide format printing technology with intelligent software and a range of media, PSPs can truly add value for their customers, deliver incredible products and boost their margins. Canon at FESPA 2020 will put customers on the fast track to business growth.”