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Canon expands portfolio ahead of drupa 2024

The LabelStream LS2000 and varioPRINT iX1700 have been announced ahead of various events

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The Canon LabelStream LS2000 digital label press prints on substrates of up to 340mm wide

Canon has announced the expansion of its label printing portfolio along with a new B3 sheetfed inkjet press.

The two new machines will be previewed at Canon Expo in Yokohama, Japan, which takes place from October 19th to 20th, 2023.

The new LabelStream LS2000 is based on a new blend of innovative and proven Canon technologies and is the company’s first water-based inkjet label press.

The LS2000 print CMYK plus white on self-adhesive substrates with a new inkset designed to comply with food safety standards. 

Canon has developed the press as a solution for label converters looking for a reliable, productive, and flexible digital press that fulfils the demand for shorter print runs. 

The press has also come about due to the need for businesses to respond quickly to different products such as packaging, new sustainable developments, and ever-changing supply chains.

Canon has also given details about the press’ high-density, water-based polymer inks that have been specifically designed for Canon’s new printhead. White ink comes as standard with the machine meaning high-opacity white can be used for the undercoating of other inks.

Jennifer Kolloczek, EMEA planning, marketing & innovation senior director for Production Print at Canon Europe, says: “As our first water-based inkjet label press, the LabelStream LS2000 will offer converters the reliable productivity and speed needed to meet their customers’ demands and, thanks to its versatility and expected food safety compliance, will allow them to diversify their offering.”

Also announced by Canon is the varioPRINT iX1700, an expansion of its series of successful B3 sheetfed inkjet presses.

The new Canon varioPRINT iX1700 prints at up 170 A4 ipm or 73 B3 ipm

Capable of printing 170 A4 images per minute, the press brings together Canon’s expertise in inkjet and sheetfed printing from its research and development centres in Japan, Germany, and The Netherlands. 

Printhead maintenance and quality control have been automated in order to maximise productivity, while the printheads have been specifically engineered to ensure stable print operation.

Kolloczek adds: “We’re very much looking forward to adding this press to our production offering as our expanded portfolio will allow more print service providers to further streamline their production processes, improve the quality of their printed materials, and respond with greater speed and flexibility to the diverse needs of their customers. 

“For both commercial and in-house print service providers, the varioPRINT iX1700 will deliver these benefits and help printers to expand their services, generate more business, and remain competitive.”

The iX1700 targets print volumes between Canon’s toner-based flagship, the imagePRESS V1350, and the inkjet varioPRINT iX2100/2300 and completes the offering for heavy production environments.

The new press will become available in EMEA markets in 2025 with further details due to be released soon.

Both the iX1700 and LabelStream LS2000 will be on display at the Canon stand, Hall8A, Stand B41, at next year’s drupa in Dusseldorf next year.   

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