Canon Expo Displays Cutting Edge-Digital Printing Advancements
NEW YORK—September 11, 2015—Canon Expo 2015 took over the Jacob K. Javits Center here for three days this week, showcasing cutting-edge (and futuristic) Canon technology for an expected crowd of more than 10,000 by the time it wraps up today.
Held concurrently with the inaugural meeting of Canon Solutions America's thINK 2015 production inkjet users group, Canon Expo marked the first public showing of the long-awaited Océ VarioPrint i300 cutsheet inkjet printer, which drew large crowds. Also popular was the new 100-page-per-minute Canon imagePRESS C10000VP series, engineered to run a wide range of media types and weights up to 350 gsm and boasting a monthly duty cycle of up to 1.5 million letter images.
Taking place every five years, Canon Expo packed a diverse array of Canon technology into more than 100,000 square feet of exhibition space. The invitation-only event will make two more stops, in Paris and Tokyo this year, then move to Shanghai in 2016.
Fujio Mitarai, chairman and CEO of Canon Inc., helped cut the ribbon to open Canon Expo on Wednesday, then gave an inspiring keynote that evening for a packed auditorium. He recalled his early days working in New York (when no one had heard of Canon), then laid out his vision of Canon's future from a global perspective.
The expo itself featured a fascinating array of Canon technology—from medical imaging equipment to high-end motion picture cameras. The display of 8K screens was jaw-dropping in the crisp detail of the images. Also memorable was the indoor Yankees baseball stadium where a live game was being played. Canon cameras were scattered throughout the dugout and up in the stands, where attendees were free to use them to capture the action.
Elsewhere at Canon Expo, Canon showed off its security camera technology, an 8K camera motion picture system, a communication platform to connect offices virtually, advanced medical imaging systems, facial recognition systems and more. There were also numerous seminars featuring the likes of journalist and filmmaker Sebastian Junger, author of "The Perfect Storm."
But it was the sight of the Océ VarioPrint i300 cutsheet inkjet printer that most excited the graphic arts crowd. It was printing color pages at the expo, which came out dry, flat and ready for distribution. Able to print up to 294 letter images per minute and handle paper sizes up to 13.9x19.7˝, the inkjet press can produce heavy production volumes of up to 10 million pages per month. Canon expects the VarioPrint i300 to accelerate the migration of offset-printed pages to digital.
Thick crowds always surrounded the new imagePRESS C10000VP, as well. It boasts a new toner with a smoother surface to enable finer reproduction and minimize scratching. The model on display featured an in-line GBC scoring/creasing device, which impressed many of those checking out the machine.
Canon Expo 2015 featured so many intriguing sights and sounds, it's hard to capture it all in words. Here's a video to give you a better idea of what it was like:
Bob has served as editor of In-plant Impressions since October of 1994. Prior to that he served for three years as managing editor of Printing Impressions, a commercial printing publication. Mr. Neubauer is very active in the U.S. in-plant industry. He attends all the major in-plant conferences and has visited nearly 170 in-plant operations around the world. He has given presentations to numerous in-plant groups in the U.S., Canada and Australia, including the Association of College and University Printers and the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association. He also coordinates the annual In-Print contest, cosponsored by IPMA and In-plant Impressions.