Project Niagara comes to life as Océ VarioPrint i300

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Canon’s much talked about first high-speed sheet-fed inkjet press, formerly known under its development name Niagara, has officially been badged as the Océ VarioPrint i300. The announcement came during Canon’s recent attendance at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2015 in Lucerne, Switzerland.

The Océ VarioPrint i300 is designed to bridge the speed and capacity gap between conventional high-end toner-based cutsheet printers and entry-level continuous-feed inkjet presses – helping print service providers to consolidate sheet-fed black-and-white and colour workflows on to one production printing system.

Featuring patented ink and paper handling technologies, the Océ VarioPrint i300 is capable of printing on a wide range of media, including uncoated, coated and inkjet treated paper at speeds of up to 8,500 duplex A4 sheets or 3,800 duplex B3 sheets per hour. The architecture of the printer makes it compatible with the same finishing capabilities as the Océ VarioPrint 6000 series. Additionally, its integration with the Océ PRISMAproduction platform and Océ PRISMAsync digital front end unlocks a wide range of powerful digital workflow possibilities.

Peter Wolff, European Director, Commercial Printing Group, Canon Europe, says: “The Océ VarioPrint i300 is exciting not only because of the technology it features, but also because of the new opportunities it offers our customers.  It opens up opportunities to reduce inventories, eliminate waste and improve turnaround time for applications as diverse as books, statement printing, manuals and more in a way that has not previously been possible.”

The Océ VarioPrint i300 will be officially launched later in 2015.

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