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December 2004
Canon 'Taking Control To the Next Level'

LAS VEGAS—The bright light city was host to more than 800 customers, vendors and media for Canon's Digital Solutions Forum 2004, an annual showcase and customer conference, which opened with the debut of a "New Day" advertising campaign and the introduction of 14 new products.

Unveiled was an assortment of new digital multifunction hardware, platform technologies and related software solutions, covering black-and-white and color print engines, networking and workflow capabilities, improved security features and a greater integration of Canon's MEAP (Multifunctional Embedded Application Platform) technology.

The company also announced its agreement with Ribstone Systems to develop the first vertical market applications using MEAP. Ribstone will develop new versions of MEAP software—including Image Printer, Scan-to-Print and Capture System—optimized for processing legal documents.

"Unlike others in the marketplace, we offer customers other ways to do business," contends Kinya Uchida, president and CEO of Canon Americas. "Canon customers face each new day with confidence."

"For us to announce this many products at once is a strong statement," adds Dennis Amorosano, director and general manager of the Integrated Solutions Div. "It really drives a competitive stance for us."

Announced were 14 new imageRUNNER models spanning mid- to production-level volume, and black-and-white and color technologies. Each of the new black-and-white imageRUNNER is equipped with Canon's third-generation imagePlatform (iP) controller architecture, designed to efficiently control device functionality.

The imageRUNNER 2270 (22 ppm), 2870 (28 ppm), 3570 (35 ppm) and 4570 (45 ppm) feature MEAP technology as standard. Basic models also are available, including the imageRUNNER 2230 (22 ppm), 2830 (28 ppm) and 3530 (35 ppm).

The 55 ppm imageRUNNER 5570 and the 65 ppm 6570 offer customized, Internet-enabled capabilities for high-volume environments. Targeting increased output, the 80 ppm imageRUNNER 8070, 90 ppm 9070 (a replacement for the 8500), 85 ppm imageRUNNER 85+ and 105 ppm imageRUNNER 105+ are designed to meet the productivity and budget requirements of mid-sized workgroups up to large corporate enterprises. With the exception of the 85+, each of these new black-and-white devices is equipped with MEAP technology.

Canon also unveiled the color-enabled imageRUNNER C5800. It operates at 58 ppm for black-and-white output and 16 ppm for office color, and incorporates Canon's Amorophorous Silicon (A-Si) drum technology.

The ColorPASS Z500E print controller brings color graphic printing solutions to its CLC 1100 Series devices. It features "Spot On" and "Auto Trapping" tools for color management and print accuracy.

The vendor also introduced a number of new software solutions, including Virtual Mailbox for document access and eCopy ShareScan OP (Open Platform) 2.0 for dealing with hard-copy documents.
 

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