Michael Poulin

InterTechThree Innovations Driving Inkjet into New Commercial Applications

Michael Poulin, Canon Solutions America, Inc.

New printing challenges demand a new, innovative approach. Designed for a commercial printing market, the Océ ProStream series from Canon Solutions America provides high-coverage, high-quality inkjet printing that takes continuous-feed inkjet technology beyond its current limits and deeper into the commercial printing and graphic arts mainstream. This is a press for commercial printers looking to enhance their applications and service offerings as well as transfer work from existing offset presses.

The ProStream is a web-fed inkjet production print engine that can print 22-inch (565 mm) width and was developed with the requirements of premium direct mail and high-quality commercial print applications in mind. It’s been designed from the ground up to combine the best technologies in digital and offset printing as well as fit into technology-driven progressive environments and business cases of innovative commercial printers and specialized direct mailers. It’s a tool that allows printers to provide more targeted content, shorter turnaround times, and better service.

The ProStream excels in demanding applications where existing printing technologies run into limitations: run lengths that are too short for offset to operate profitably, overall volumes that are beyond throughput levels of toner engines, and media latitude that is beyond that of existing inkjet presses. Printers can use the ProStream to take over low run lengths to free up offset presses to print more profitable long run jobs, add personalized content beyond monochrome imprinting, increase volumes in toner applications, and replace several toner engines for cost efficiency.In addition, the ProStream is one of the only production inkjet presses to print on commodity-grade offset glossmatte, silk, and dull papers by incorporating three new key innovations: ColorGrip application, polymer-based pigment ink, and a flotation dryer that keeps the paper web floating above rollers and mechanical parts. These advantages eliminate the need, cost, and extra steps of UV or other protective coatings.

The ProStream prints at 1200 x 1200 dots per inch at full rated speed and has among the highest print quality in its productivity class, allowing users to move work from unprofitable offset runs without compromise. With a rated uptime of a roll-to-roll system at 90 percent, customers can produce more jobs per day. In fact, customers can profitably run up to 35 million pages per month with one operator per shift.

The ProStream offers product cost savings thanks to its ability to run on commodity grade papers and use durable ink. It is easy to operate and has excellent uptime and reliability. The ProStream keeps the high-quality profitable work, such as marketing collateral like direct mail or catalogs, rolling off the press. This truly is an inkjet press that can serve the needs of the commercial print market.