Canon launches next generation print platform – Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE

REIGATE, 21 September, 2009 – Canon UK, world leader in digital imaging technology announces the launch of Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE, its new advanced multifunctional print (MFP) platform. The new print platform will see the introduction of a completely new range of MFPs for the office and light production markets.

  • Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE is a groundbreaking platform for improved efficiency, security, cost savings and lower environmental impact
  • New range of devices have a new platform and controller offering hundreds of enhancements from previous iR platform, taking on board customer and partner insight
  • Seamless integration into common office systems creates the ultimate digital office

The new range of office devices – the imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5000 series (30/35/45/51ppm) and C7000 series (55/65ppm) – have been designed to address the increasing demands of today’s business environment. Suitable for organisations of all sizes, from SMEs to large corporates, the devices help companies become more efficient through easier integration into their document workflows as well as achieving lower operating costs, improved document security and a lower environmental impact.

Trevor Dodsworth, Head of Product Marketing, Canon Business Solutions, Canon UK and Ireland comments, “Documents are the lifeblood of any organisation.  Companies of all sizes use documents to communicate ideas, share creativity, back-up work, or formalise contracts. The imageRUNNER ADVANCE range are true multi-role devices that recognise the importance of documents in business. Through advanced print, processing, publishing and communication, imageRUNNER ADVANCE enhances our customers’ business processes and integrates seamlessly with existing systems to create a truly digital office.”

Building on the success of Canon’s award-winning iR-range and including feedback and insight gained from customers and partners, the next generation of colour MFPs boast hundreds of enhancements. For example, a new advanced controller delivers improved performance through faster processing. Further enhancements to Canon’s industry-first MEAP technology and partnership alliances with leading software providers such as Adobe, Microsoft and NTWare, ensure that integration with common office systems is straightforward, contributing significantly to improved operating efficiency and security.

imageRUNNER ADVANCE automates paper-intensive document processes and streamlines document-based communications to help workforces become more productive. The new platform also enables users to scan paper documents quickly and to a multitude of destinations. Incorporating a number of new file formats based on user needs including Adobe® PDF, Adobe® PDFA1b, Office Open XML and Reader Extensions makes it easy for users to effortlessly work with hardcopy documents, mark-up and apply notes, insert annotations or save documents for long term archival.

The large, high-quality colour TFT LCD touch screen user interface, which is built in to each imageRUNNER ADVANCE device, enables organisations to customise screen options for individuals. Users can personalise and speed-up access to the most relevant functions for their specific role through automated one-touch workflows.

“Canon continually looks to produce innovative devices that enhance the way our customers do business,” continues Dodsworth. “The imageRUNNER ADVANCE platform is an evolution in office print and document management technology. Improved design and functionality as well as alliances with expert partners combine to create a brand new architecture, achieving advanced performance and device management, outstanding image quality, and enhanced usability.”

The imageRUNNER ADVANCE range also offers improved document security and will comply with the industry’s most stringent security standards. Organisations can adopt a portfolio of security measures to meet their specific requirements. Device security can be achieved through employee ID cards and my print anywhere printing as well as hard-disk removal. While critical business data can be protected through a Document Scan Lock Kit which provides a secure watermark to printed documents, and an Adobe® LiveCycle Rights Management policy server which provides controlled access to scanned PDF documents.

imageRUNNER ADVANCE has also been designed with the environment in mind. Every event in the life of a device and the documents it produces has been considered. The range offers the industry’s highest levels of energy efficiency, for example, with an overall reduction in carbon emissions of up to 50 percent. The new range also uses bio plastic in a number of exterior parts and is Energy Star and ROHS compliant.

Canon has also developed a new version of iW360 - its powerful suite of software solutions - for the imageRUNNER ADVANCE platform. The new iW Desktop enables the user to collaborate more with the device making it easier than ever before to create professional-looking documents.

In addition to the imageRUNNER ADVANCE C7000 series and C5000 series Canon has launched the imageRUNNER ADVANCE C9000 PRO Series. These light production devices are aimed at professional print service providers with lower volume production requirements than imagePRESS customers.

The imageRUNNER ADVANCE range will begin to be rolled out across Europe in Q4 2009.

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