Canon UVgel technology powers business growth for EMEA print businesses

Users of the Océ Colorado 1640 printer from across Europe are reporting the positive impact of Canon UVgel technology within their businesses, benefiting from dramatically increased productivity and expanded applications capability.

There are over 400 placements of the Océ Colorado 1640 in EMEA

Canon customer BBF produces high quality self-adhesive graphics with the Océ Colorado 1640

A year after the 64 inch roll-to-roll printer began shipping commercially in EMEA, the technology has been positively embraced by hundreds of print businesses, with over 400 placements in EMEA. Customer usage data from across the EMEA installed base shows that print service providers (PSPs) are using the printer’s capabilities to diversify and access new opportunities, by increasing overall productivity to handle growing output volumes, working with challenging heat-sensitive media, eliminating waiting time between print and finishing, and reducing the need for additional lamination.

Two-thirds of all output from Océ Colorado 1640 printers in the market is being printed at 40 m2 per hour across a diverse range of substrates, and the applications mix is growing, with over 40% of all output produced across EMEA being self-adhesive applications.

Unparalleled productivity

With printing speeds significantly faster than prevailing eco-solvent and latex technologies, productivity was expected to be a key driver for many graphics producers to invest in Canon UVgel technology and customer feedback reinforces the positive impact of this increased productivity on their day-to-day business.

German self-adhesive graphics and labels specialist, Siepro, has installed seven Océ Colorado 1640 printers, replacing eco-solvent technologies which could not support the company’s growth. Director Michael Hiemann explains: “Within four years of our first roll-to-roll investment we had a line-up of 20 printers but still struggled to keep up with demand. With almost 10% monthly volume growth and same-day delivery for many online jobs, we needed a different scale of productivity. With Canon UVgel technology we can produce highest quality output at 40m2 per hour, compared with 6 m2 with eco-solvent, and then go straight to finishing, with no delay for drying or outgassing. We now have only 12 printers but ten times more productivity than before. We’re printing 2500 m2 a day on a range of self-adhesive materials, with absolute quality and colour consistency from the start of the roll to the finish.”

Improved performance, reduced costs

French customer, Armony, designs, produces and installs signage, retail decoration and point-of-sale graphics for clients including major supermarket and DIY chains. The company has replaced three eco-solvent devices with two Océ Colorado 1640 printers, having seen immediate quality and productivity benefits from Canon UVgel technology compared with its previous solutions.

Production Manager, Franck Boehm comments: “While the initial capital outlay was higher than our previous equipment, we quickly saw how the Océ Colorado 1640 improves performance and reduces our production costs across a range of media, from self-adhesive vinyls to banner materials. In the past it was necessary to laminate 90% of our output, which added media and labour costs and lengthened job turnaround. The durability of Canon UVgel ink means that we now only laminate about 10% of our work, mainly floor graphics and a few applications with a long lifespan. For these jobs, the instant-dry properties of Canon UVgel ink mean we can laminate immediately, rather than waiting 24 hours as we did with eco-solvent prints. This increased productivity is matched by superb quality. Our installers and clients regularly comment on the crispness and visual impact of the UVgel prints, the vivid colours and the performance of the graphics once installed, for example in resisting fingerprints.”

Capacity under pressure

Madrid-based out-of-home media specialist, BBF, invested in two Océ Colorado 1640 printers, enabling the business to offer a fully managed service from production of graphics to installation. Director Carlos de la Cruz Pontvianne comments: “Seeing the Océ Colorado 1640 was a turning point in our philosophy towards print. We saw beautiful rich colours, zero dot gain, high resolution, uniformity across the print and from print to print, no banding, no media distortion and precise colour reproduction - all critical factors for our client base. The fact that we can produce the finest quality prints at 40 m2 per hour, and with absolute consistency across two separate printers, gives us the capacity we need to deliver for our clients, even under pressure.”

Wouter Derichs, Marketing Director Wide Format at Canon Europe, comments: “When we introduced Canon UVgel technology to the market in 2017, we were extremely confident of its potential to transform our customers’ businesses and put an end to their production compromises of the past. Now, with a year’s worth of real customer data at our disposal, and positive anecdotal feedback from hundreds of customers, it’s clear that the Océ Colorado 1640 is delivering dramatic productivity gains, optimising performance with challenging media and helping PSPs to pursue valuable new growth strategies.”