Canon has previewed the Canon varioPrint iX1700, a new 170 A4 images per minute, sheetfed inkjet press.

The new press targets print volumes between Canon’s toner-based flagship, the imagePress V1350, and the inkjet varioPrint iX2100/3200 and completes the offering for heavy production environments.

The varioPrint iX1700 features a high-definition 2400 x 1200 dpi printhead and a new set of inks. The new water-based polymer inks contain highly saturated pigments and produce a wide colour gamut. Ink is jetted onto the media after the conditioning liquid, which anchors the pigments to the substrate in a very thin layer.

As a result, the printed output shows high-colour reproduction and the natural texture of the substrate is preserved. The registration correction mechanism simultaneously corrects paper skew and horizontal misalignment.

The press prints at high speeds of up to 170 A4 images per minute or 73 B3 images per minute.

To maximize productivity, printhead maintenance and quality control have been automated, and the printheads feature a mechanism that keeps the ink circulating along a precise flow path to the tips of all nozzles, enabling stable print operation.

Thanks to the composition of the new inks, plus an air feeding system that ensures reliable paper feeding, the varioPrint iX1700 can handle a wide variety of media.

For ease of use, operators and service engineers have access from the front of the varioPrint iX1700 and a window gives a clear view into the status of the engine.

The PRrismasync digital front end offers tight integration into the Canon PRISMA suite of production workflow software as well as interoperability with many other production workflows