Canon U.S.A., Inc. introduced its new UVgel printing technology at SGIA 2016. We at FLAAR Reports were invited to its launching presentation. And with the basic information we got, this unique technology will soon be featured in a new line of roll-to-roll printers that will offer a combination of productivity, image quality, application range, automation and low cost of operation.
It will offer a unique LED UV curing sub-system that operates independently from the printing system, ensuring identical jetting to curing timing for every droplet for uniformity across the printed image. This means one carriage for the printheads and one for curing.
Achieved without using any heat on the media it will make it easy to print on the thinnest, most heat-sensitive flexible media, it also simplifies the unattended printing system and reduces the print waste.
We are very excited to show this revolutionary new game-changing technology at SGIA. This new technology will power an upcoming generation of roll-to-roll printers that will help our customers increase their print production efficiency while lowering their operating costs, enabling them to profitably grow their business.
– Toyotsugu Kuwamura, executive vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon stands by to the main key elements and benefits of the UVgel technology:
- A radically new UV curable ink from Canon that instantly gels on contact with the media, resulting in precise dot placement and area control for consistent high-quality images at high speed
- The large color gamut of solvent inks combined with the environmental benefits and safety profile of latex and UV inks
- Ultra-thin ink dispersion with almost no discernible physical profile and the lowest ink consumption rate can provide up to a 40 percent reduction in printing costs compared to eco-solvent and latex
UVgel from Canon is for roll-to-roll, not flatbed. UVgel is to compete with HP latex, which is tough since HP has sold tens-of-thousands of latex printers. Plus latex is in its third generation ink and curing chemistry upgrades. UVgel is in beta-stage at present.
But we at FLAAR Reports will be impressed if UVgel is faster, uses significantly less electricity, and if UVgel from Canon can produce a better color gamut than normal UV-cured ink and a better color gamut than HP latex ink.
Source: Canon U.S.A., Inc presentation at SGIA Las Vegas, Nevada 2016