Canon Technology

Partnering for the development of applications that will lead to a better world. 

The Common Good 

At the very heart of Canon’s philosophy is the belief that a deeply rooted concern for the individual’s needs, both in their free time and in their professional life, will help contribute to progress.

Technologies 

For this reason Canon’s broad yet highly consistent portfolio of advanced technologies, ranging from Visual Communication, to Information Interaction, to Mixed Reality and more, keeps evolving in line with what we expect the digital future to be. 

Patent Excellence 

A passion for detail, a constant search for quality, a worldwide R&D organisation that enables multidisciplinary research and cross-functional development all contribute to the continuing success of our consistently innovative group: over the past ten years, the Canon group has constantly enjoyed top ranking in terms of patent generation around the world, and is looking at expanding its worldwide R&D operations in order to stay ahead of the game.

Technology for New Business

Technology alone is not the key: the ability to further individual technology components by combining them with diverse contributions from various fields of research in order to develop tangible customer satisfaction is what has helped Canon stay successful thus far, and will keep driving our efforts in the years to come. 

Partners 

Partners are therefore a major driving force in Canon’s activities, as it is our belief that cooperation is the best means to ensure that every aspect of today’s multi-faceted reality is taken into consideration, and combines to generate a synergetic effect. 

Everyone aspires to making the most of life, both at home and at work and Canon believes that with mutual understanding, willingness to co-operate and the right combination of technologies you can.

Optical Technology

Optical Technology

The motive-force technology of Canon, a leader in the image field, is, of course, its optical technology. 

With its technologies to control images by applying the principles of light reflection and refraction, Canon designs optical systems to meet various applications by combining lenses. The design/application of the aspherical lens, fluorite lens and UD lens, and the development of the Vari-Angle Prism form bases for our image-related devices. 

While Canon, the top manufacturer of cameras, has successively developed new technology to capture images accurately and reproduce them with a high level of expression, it is also promoting a wide range of research and development toward the further evolution of optical technologies utilizing its accumulated know-how in fields from copying machines to laser printers and highly advanced steppers.

Electrophotography Technology

Electrophotography Technology

Electrophotography is the image-producing technology behind plain-paper fax machines, printers and copying machines. 

In the electrophotographic process, a photosensitive surface (light exposure reduces the surface's resistance) is uniformly charged with static electricity. When the surface is exposed to an optical image through light, a latent or invisible image is formed from the electrostatic charge. Toner, a fine powder, is spread over the surface. The toner adheres only to the charged areas, thereby making the latent image visible. Fusing the toner to the paper makes the image semi-permanent. 

The revolutionary NP System, a key imaging technology, now joins the long list of Canon contributions to electrophotography, which include the plain-paper copying machine, the world's first cartridge-type copying machine, the laser beam printer and the digital full-color printer. We will continue to make technological history in this field, as we now strive toward advances in output levels and image quality. 

Ultra Precision Technology

Ultra Precision Technology

The technological world at the micron (1 µm = 1/1,000 mm) and nanometer (1 nm = 1/1,000,000 mm) levels is imperceptible to the human eye.

The focus at these levels is on achieving advances in mechanical elements and in processing to maximize precision. Canon has been wholly involved in ultraprecision technologies applied in the lens and mirrors of cameras and business machines, automatic focusing mechanisms for cameras, ink jet nozzles for Bubble Jet print heads, large-scale integration of semiconductors, and numerous other domains. 

Set on achieving the ultimate in precision, we will continue research and development in the area of ultraprecision technologies, which are becoming indispensable to our society.

Production Technology

Production Technology

Canon has developed and is taking advantage of proprietary high-precision technologies in the fields of innovating environment, quality, cost, and delivery (EQCD) and achieving optimal production. 

Our technologies related to materials, processes, molds, mounting and analysis at the product design and production stages are the decisive element in ensuring the rapid and low-cost production of high-quality products. In order to improve productivity within a limited range of specifications. Specifically, we are developing jigs, tools and facilities at the production stage, improving production systems and methods, maintaining the production environment, and controlling facilities. 

We are able to offer high-performance products at reasonable prices, contributing to people's lives, because of the many innovations we have made in embodying developers' ideas in products and improving cost performance.

Software Application Technology

Software Application Technology

The determining factors in appraising digital cameras, copying machines, facsimile machines, printers and other high-technology equipment are the speed and quality of image output. 

The key technology is software applications, including image processing. 

At Canon, we are working to provide a better working environment through the development of new technologies, including those for image formatting, processing various signals, processing text and image information more efficiently and with higher precision, retrieving data to make systems more user friendly and interfacing with users. 

In particular, our technologies for handling digital images are positioned as an important breakthrough for creating new communication modes for the digital society of the future. Through R&D on diverse software applications, we are pushing ahead the potential of digital imaging to enable everyone to convey their ideas just as they are and to make them usable by anyone, anytime and anywhere.

System Integration Technology

System Integration Technology 

As network environments widen, system integration technologies are growing in importance. 

System integration defines the interface, the connection of devices (peripheral equipment) to the host, by establishing hardware and software. Furthermore, these technologies provide a platform that allows devices to be used in network environments. 

Canon has developed technologies to skillfully use digital copying machines, laser beam printers and other advanced devices in offices. We have also been engaged in improving their connectivity to achieve seamless links among every system in offices, and developing control technologies for networks, and technologies that guarantee safety and reliability. Our plan is to create office environments that let anyone work with any device.

Bubble Jet Technology

Bubble Jet Technology 

Bubble Jet is the name of Canon's best-known proprietary technology. A micro-heater is built into each ink nozzle of a print head. 

Ink is heated by running an instantaneous electric current through the micro-heater, so that ink droplets jet out of the nozzle under the pressure of the heat. This technology has enabled us to offer much more affordable and high-quality printers than standard ink-jet printers using piezoelectric devices. The Canon Bubble Jet system is an unprecedented ink-jet printing method, born from the uncompromising desire of our engineers to create an ideal printer that makes everyone's dreams of imaging come true. 

Thanks to tireless efforts to establish high-speed, high-quality ink-jet printing, Canon has overcome diverse technological difficulties to open up a new world of photo-quality color graphics. And now, we add one more cutting edge--our MicroFine Droplet Technology- a new-generation Bubble Jet technology incorporated in the BJC8200 and some other series. 

The MicroFine Droplet Technology incorporates an affordable and ultraprecise nozzle-manufacturing process developed based on the optical engineering technologies for which Canon is renowned, coupled with a revolutionary principle of ink discharge. MicroFine Droplet Technology will widely extend the application range of the Bubble Jet system. 

Canon's state-of-the-art Bubble Jet technology continues to evolve. In the future, new advancements will ring in an age in which anyone can have the text and graphics they desire, no matter where they may be, with high speed and excellent image quality.

Device Technology

Device Technology 

Much like the role of the engine to a car, a device is a working component of equipment that renders basic capabilities to the equipment. 

Canon devices in the field of imaging technology span the range from input and processing systems to output and communications technologies. For example, Canon input devices have expanded from sensors utilized in the companyÍs facsimile machines, scanners, cameras and copiers, to advanced CMOS and X-ray Image Sensors. Applications for output devices include LCD Color Filters, which are realized through CanonÍs proprietary Bubble Jet printing technology. Additionally, the development of next-generation semiconductor wafers, the basis for these devices, will soon usher in their practical application. 

These innovations are human-centric devices, the final target of Canon's unique R&D activities in this area. Human-centric devices are those devices that are capable of handling image data, reported to account for about 80% of all information, in a more humanlike fashion to make conveying it all the more easier. 

In this way, Canon aims to facilitate greater freedom and control in helping people to create their own world of communication.

Information & Telecommunications Technology

Information & Telecommunications Technology

Information and telecommunications technology make it possible to transmit and receive a huge volume of multimedia information. 

Canon aims to develop new information and telecommunications technologies and create new products and systems by refining technologies in the image field, its strong point, with the key phrase of "high-quality image communication." Among the areas we are tackling are gigabit communications, a high-speed switching Optical HUB and mass-transmission technologies, all of which will be utilized as communication infrastructure technologies throughout the businesses and communities of tomorrow. 

Wireless systems will be used to make products more convenient, Bluetooth wireless technology will connect devices, and high-speed wireless LAN technologies will be developed. We are also promoting the development of applications for IMT-2000 next generation mobile telecommunication systems.

Environmental Technology

Environmental Technology 

Environmental conservation activities based upon our corporate philosophy Kyosei (living and working together for the common good) is the integral part of our management system. 

We believe the essence of environmental management at manufacturer is pursuit of maximum production efficiency, in order to manage environmental conservation being consistent with the economy. 

Therefore Canon has been very active in adopting eco-conscious technologies, which contribute to an establishment of self-sustainable society and economy. On top of acquisitions of ISO14000 series certified environmental management system, we have introduced LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) and are proactively developing various recycling technologies. Furthermore, our factories have initiated various environmental actions such as measures against the global warming issue, reinforcement of chemical substance inventory management to reduce usages and emissions, promotion of waste reduction initiatives and environmental information disclosure initiatives.

Next Generation Technology

Next Generation Technology 

Canon is relentless in pursuing technological advances for the betterment of society at large. 

Building on the technologies that made possible our cameras and electrophotography, we are further enhancing our image technologies by adding next-generation devices that will input/output, transmit, and store both image and video information. 

The key to achieving such devices is technologies with precision at the nano scale of 1/100,000 mm and 1/1,000,000 mm. The role played by these technologies will continue to grow in the network society, as well as in Japan, where the birth rate is declining even as the population of senior citizens rises. 

Canon is promoting research in this field with an emphasis on developing semiconductor lithography technologies to produce core devices to support the information network community, and to provide measuring/processing equipment for advanced medical treatment.