New features of the Canon imagePRESS C850 series strengthen customer application possibilities

Canon has extended the capabilities of its imagePRESS C850 series of cutsheet toner presses with the addition of an automated duplex feeder for banner sheets, plus improved workflow solutions.

The imagePRESS C850 series introduces the
POD Deck Lite XL-A1 long sheet feeder

The capability to print banner sheets has been a popular attribute of the Canon imagePRESS C850 series since its launch. The addition of automated duplex feeding for long sheets fully unlocks the commercial potential of this feature, enabling customers to confidently promote the advantages of this media format and differentiate their product offering.

The new POD Deck Lite XL-A1 long sheet feeder enables automated duplex feeding of 1,000 banner sheets (up to 762mm). This makes it possible for print service providers (PSPs) and in-house print rooms to produce extended runs of document, book and high-quality graphic arts applications that take advantage of the longer sheet, such as A4 landscape folds, extended book covers, tri-fold brochures, long postcards, direct mailings and so on.

The imagePRESS C850 series is specifically designed to deliver the versatility and media flexibility needed in a busy, multi-application production environment, with a front-loading media tray to help operators switch seamlessly between standard formats and long sheets.

PRISMASync v6.0 controller
Supporting customers seeking high colour consistency for quality graphic arts applications, the introduction of version 6.0 of Canon’s own PRISMAsync controller increases the speed of colour calibration by a factor of three by using one halftone rather than three, while fully automating colour validation tests such as Fogra and IDEAlliance. The improved controller also connects with third party JDF/JMF workflows for further production efficiencies.

New Fiery solutions for imagePRESS C850 series
To enhance print production efficiencies and offer a more versatile solution, Canon partner EFI has launched the embedded Fiery Digital Front End (DFE) EFI G200 and introduced additional software updates with the new external DFE EFI H300, both supporting the new long sheet feeder. These new solutions will enhance performance of the Canon imagePRESS C850 series for high quality colour applications, improve paper management, reduce downtime and boost productivity.

Wayne Barlow, Head of Graphics & Communications Business Group, Canon UK, comments: “Quality, productivity and applications versatility are our bywords for the continuous development of our digital production solutions. With these latest enhancements to media feeding and workflow, we are ensuring that imagePRESS C850 series customers can take full advantage of the many opportunities to diversify their offering with new products, while further improving colour consistency, productivity and operational efficiency.”

Print quality and press reliability have been key factors in the success of the imagePRESS C850 product family to date, supported by innovative features such as the R-VCSEL red laser technology which delivers 2,400 x 2,400 dpi resolution, and the Compact Registration Module for precise front-to-back registration with automatic skew correction and precision image placement.

Barlow concludes: “There’s no doubt that consistent quality and precise colour management is vital if PSPs are to have the confidence to expand their product portfolio and sell these capabilities to their customers. We are working consistently, through our own R&D teams and in tandem with our partners, to help customers realise the full potential of their hardware investments, extend their capabilities and find new routes to business growth.”