Canon U.S.A. Inc. announced the launch of the new Arizona 135 GT UV flatbed printer. The Arizona 135 GT uses VariaDot grayscale printing technology, which uses drop size selection techniques to deliver photo-realistic images. With the ability to handle substrates of up to 49.2 x 98.4 inches (125 x 250 cm) in size and up to 2.0 inches (50.8 mm) thick and to print at speeds of up to 368 ft²/hour (34.2 m²/hour).
The productivity of the Arizona 135 GT is enhanced by its functionality, including nesting, batching of complex jobs, step and repeat, mirroring and re-assignment of print modes, says Canon. The Arizona 135 GT incorporates a number of service features to maximize availability: Automated Maintenance System provides hands-free printhead maintenance and selectively restores nozzle function in seconds, while On Remote Service allows the user to authorize remote assistance by experienced service technicians.
Thanks to Arizona flatbed technology and its UV-LED curing, a range of applications are achievable on rigid or flexible media with standard or porous surfaces, including glass, aluminum and other metals, canvas, wood, MDF, cardstock, ceramic tiles and plastics. The optional Arizona Static Suppression Upgrade Kit also enables the Arizona 135 GT to print on hard plastic materials, such as acrylic, polycarbonate and styrene, while the Arizona Classic high-pressure vacuum system provides media hold-down during printing, even for warped rigid media.
The Arizona 135 GT comes with Arizona Xpert prepress software, enabling the design and production of high-value applications. Including ready-made recipes for applications, the software allows users to exchange recipes directly with customers, so that designers can preview the end product with a virtual 3D view within the Arizona Xpert Extensions.
The Arizona 135 GT’s VariaDot technology uses variable drop sizes from 6 to 42 picoliters. The device’s environmental credentials also include the use of UL GREENGUARD Gold certified inks for indoor applications, such as in schools, hospitals and retail stores. Additionally, the Arizona 135 GT features low-energy consumption as a result of its Instant-On functionality and minimal warm-up time, thanks to its LED lamps. Other energy-saving features include its standard voltage power supply, energy-efficient curing process and power-efficient vacuum pumps.
“The Arizona has become renowned for its image quality, productivity, reliability and application versatility, winning multiple awards and resulting in over 7,500 installations worldwide,” said Shinichi Yoshida, executive vice president and general manager, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “In bringing the Arizona 135 GT to market, we’re looking to make the ideal flatbed platform for printing multiple applications on both rigid and flexible media available to any interested party. As the newest member of the fifth generation of Arizona printers, the Arizona 135 GT offers users the same core technology and benefits of its mid-volume siblings at an attractive investment level and we’re confident that it will again prove to be as popular with customers as its predecessors.”
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