The Océ VarioPrint i300 sheet-fed colour inkjet press has received the prestigious 2015 InterTech Technology Award from the Printing Industries of America. The model is a first-of-its-kind digital high-speed, sheetfed inkjet press designed to accelerate the printing industry’s transition from offset to high-volume digital output.
‘It is a true honour for Canon to be recognised for our innovative technology by the Printing Industries of America,’ said Junichi Yoshitake, senior vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A. Inc. ‘This award emphasises our commitment to offer solutions that help empower print providers to grow and deliver new services to their customers.’
‘The judges recognised that the Océ VarioPrint i300 will have a significant impact on its industry segment, opening up inkjet into the sheet-fed market,’ noted Mark Bohan, Printing Industries of America. ‘The press’s ability to control sheets and maintain print quality at such fast speed was impressive’.
Combining the reduced costs of inkjet with the media and application flexibility of sheet-fed production, the Océ VarioPrint i300 helps print providers to cost-effectively run monochrome and colour jobs on one engine, move mono applications to higher value, higher margin colour products and extend the cross over point for digital print versus offset, helping migrate more pages to digital print.
The Océ VarioPrint i300 will offer integrated end-to-end digital workflows built atop the PRISMAsync digital front end and PRISMA software platform, along with robust feeding and output capabilities, managed by full process quality controls for overall increased productivity.
Since 1978, the InterTech Technology Awards have annually showcased important and emerging technologies that are likely to have a significant impact on the graphic arts and related industries. An independent panel of judges selected the Océ VarioPrint i300 as one of 10 technologies that were deemed truly innovative and are expected to advance the performance of the industry.