BRAMPTON, ON., November 8, 2019 – Canon Canada Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, proudly accepted eight 2019 PrintAction Canadian Printing Awards on Thursday. Now in its 14th year, PrintAction’s Canadian Printing Awards celebrates the creativity and innovation of Canada’s print industry in four distinct segments: Printing, Print Design, Technological Innovation and Environmental Innovation.
Canon Canada received gold awards in the following categories:
Canon Canada received silver awards in the following categories:
“Canon is committed to helping print service providers increase their productivity and efficiency and expand into new markets all while reducing costs and minimizing their environmental footprint,” says Nobuhiko Kitajima, president and CEO of Canon Canada. “We are thankful for this industry recognition and support, and look forward to introducing even more innovative solutions in the future.”
Canon Canada accepted the following accolades at the 2019 PrintAction Canadian Printing Awards Gala in Toronto.
Self-Promotion, printing industry supplier
Gold Award – Dimensional Toronto Map
A run-of-the-mill technical print application – a city map – got new life through dimensional printing. Dimensional printing uses multiple layers of ink to create depth and texture; the accurate dot placement inherent to the Océ Arizona Series of flatbed printers made it ideal for this application. Designing dimensional prints can be time consuming and expensive, and require unique design skills. Océ Touchstone technology with the ONYX Thrive RIP allows users to easily produce textured, dimensional printing on an Océ Arizona 1200, 1300 or 2200 Series printer with virtually no additional effort. The textured files were designed on free Océ Extensions for Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. The resulting PDFs were RIP’ed through a special ONYX driver, and locked batch files were printed – unattended – on the Océ Arizona 1280 GT.
Most Progressive Printing Process, digital toner
Gold Award – imagePRESS C910 Series
In recent years, the print industry has seen a growing trend: overall size of print jobs decreasing, number of print jobs increasing. In order to run these types of jobs on an offset press, print service providers needed to invest in larger digital devices that have faster printer speeds and support larger press sheet sizes. The imagePRESS C910 Series is the Third Generation of Canon’s light production colour digital press platform aimed at the print-for-pay and commercial print markets. It increases the number of possible print applications producible using a digital printing device. Thirty-two overlapping Red-VCSEL lasers produce exceptional offset-like print quality. It prints paper sizes larger than standard sheet sizes for digital printing, up to 13” x 30” for duplex and 13” x 51.2” for simplex. It also supports auto-duplexing on all device-supported weights of up to 350 gsm on coated and uncoated covers.
Most Progressive Printing Process, wide format roll inkjet
Gold Award – Océ Colorado 1650 UVgel Printer
The Océ Colorado 1650 further enhances the groundbreaking Océ Colorado Series of roll-to-roll printers. It uses a new ink formulation (UVgel 460 inks) that delivers the same outstanding quality and vibrant colours as the Océ Colorado 1640, but now with even greater levels of flexibility. This improves the performance on applications where more ink stretch is required, such as self-adhesive vinyl and soft-signage textiles. Another new innovative technology, Océ FLXfinish, offers users a choice between glossy or matte finish without the need to change ink or media. Océ FLXfinish enables the production of razor-sharp images on absorbent media, including economical plain paper and uncoated media. The new features also enable users to handle peak periods with fast output speed, instant-dry printing and multiple media rolls as well as improve profitability with low running costs thanks to reduced ink usage.
Most Progressive Printing Process, software or IT
Gold Award – Océ Arizona Xpert
Océ Arizona Xpert is an innovative software solution that simplifies and automates complex jobs, including multilayered and duplex applications, so that print files are ready in an instant. Introduced with the new Océ Arizona 1300 Series, this intuitive software stores the print-ready file, enabling similar future jobs to be prepared more quickly and easily by the customer time after time for long-term production efficiencies. Each tool provided within the Arizona Xpert engine – including Design Xpert and Recipe Xpert, to name just two –delivers a unique benefit. Design Xpert, for example, makes the creation of complex, multilayered jobs easy and intuitive. Once the design of the layers is defined, similar jobs can be processed automatically. Recipe Xpert stores pre-press and print settings of any created application in a recipe, and then re-uses these recipes to create the same applications with different images, instantly and error free.
Most Environmentally Progressive Technology Company
Gold Award – Canon Canada Inc.
Canon Canada’s focus on the environment and sustainability is a reflection of Canon’s Kyosei philosophy: all people – regardless of race, religion or culture – harmoniously living and working together into the future. The company’s commitment to the environment is reflected throughout the organization, its business practices and its employees. Canon Canada initiated numerous environmental projects in 2019, including expanding the Branch Out program; rewarding eco-conscious employees with green vehicle parking; setting and developing action plans to improve the facilities’ waste management; establishing an environmental committee; and beginning the process of banning the sale and distribution of single-use plastic water bottles and straws at all offices across the country. This year, the company’s Brampton Headquarters was awarded LEED® Gold Certification for New Construction and Major Renovations 2009. Additionally, Canon Canada was named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for 2019, and Branch Out was recognized by Canada’s Clean50 Top Project Awards.
Self-Promotion, printing industry supplier
Silver Award – Customized Activity Tables
Personalizing inexpensive items is a quick and easy way for customers to open up a new revenue stream. At Graphics Canada, Canon Canada customized four flat-pack coffee tables to demonstrate how easy the process can be. An unassembled tabletop, without any sanding or coating, was placed directly onto the Océ Arizona 1280 GT. Designed as a true flatbed printer, the Océ Arizona 1280 GT can print on almost anything rigid, regardless of mass, thickness (up to 2”), composition or shape, offering greater versatility for rigid printing than systems that move media through the printing path. For added protection and ease of cleaning, the pieces were finished with a clear epoxy pour. After curing for 72 hours, these four high-value, high-impact customized tabletops turned into showstoppers.
Most Progressive Printing Process, production inkjet
Silver Award – Océ ProStream™ 1000
Designed from the ground up, the Océ ProStream™ 1000 combines the best technologies in digital and offset printing. It features a revolutionary new engine design with the latest generation piezo drop-on-demand print head, Canon proprietary ColorGrip and a new polymer pigment ink set. At full speed, the Océ ProStream™ 1000 leverages 1200 dpi resolution with Océ multilevel drop-size modulation for smooth shadings, striking image details in dark tones and sharp fonts. Its web-fed inkjet technology excels in throughput (1,144 letter pages/minute, or 262 feet/minute web speed), process stability and uptime. The Océ ProStream™ 1000 prints on uncoated, inkjet-optimized, and matte, silk or gloss-coated standard offset stock.
Most Progressive Printing Process, wide format flatbed inkjet
Silver Award – Océ Arizona 1300 Series
The Océ Arizona 1300 Series is Canon/Océ’s newest entry in the mid-volume flatbed market segment (up to 15,000 m2/year or peak volume of 600m2/week). To maximize productive uptime, the Océ Arizona 1300 printers are the first Océ flatbed products to feature LED UV inks and LED curing, offering customers the scope to print as needed from standby mode without waiting for UV lamps to heat up. This helps reduce power consumption by up to 25 percent. Additionally, LED-curing lights do not produce ozone, a big advantage for the operator and the environment. The Arizona 1300 Series uses Océ IJC357 UV curable inks, designed specifically to work with UV-LED light system printers. The inks are UL GREENGUARD Gold certified, making them safe for sensitive indoor environments such as schools, hospitals and retail environments.
About Canon Canada Inc.
Headquartered in Brampton, Ontario, Canon Canada Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon USA, is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business and medical digital imaging solutions. Innovation and cutting-edge technology have been essential ingredients in Canon's success. Canon Canada Inc. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 per cent Canadian-based service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon Canada Inc. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility.
Canon Canada Inc.