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NEWS AUGUST 30, 2000
Canon Brings Color to Wide-Format, High-Output Devices

BJ-W9000 offers printing of 92 square feet per hour

by David Nagel
Executive Producer
[email protected]

Canon has announced four new color output devices, including the CLC 5000 for high-end production color, the CLC 3100 for entry-level production environments, the Color imageRunner C2050 for the corporate office and the BJ-W9000 for wide format applications.

The CLC 5000 is a 50 PPM color laser copier and printer utilizing four drum technology and Canon's Finer Brighter toner. It has a print resolution equivalent to 800 x 400 DPI and recommended monthly volume maximum of 200,000 impressions. It incorporates all the new document finishing capabilities for the Canon CLC line, including booklet making and trimming of paper sizes up to 12" x 18", as well as Scan Once Print Many technology, stackless duplexing and paper handling capacity up to 5,350 sheets from a total of four available sources.

The optional Canon ColorPASS for the CLC 5000 provides network print capability. The unit will come standard at launch with a minimum or higher configuration of dual Intel Pentium 700 MHz processors, an 18.2 GB hard drive and 512 MB of RAM. Canon has once again partnered with Electronics for Imaging to develop the ColorPASS for the CLC 5000. The new ColorPASS is designed for production environments, focusing not only on performance but also on digital workflow, offering many document editing, job management, and finishing options necessary in CLC 5000 installations. It includes Fiery technologies such as Command Workstation, ColorWise 2 and DocBuilder Pro, along with new technologies, such as member printing and PowerForm.

The CLC 3100 is a 31 PPM color laser copier and printer also utilizing four drum technology, with a copy/print resolution of 400 x 400 DPI and recommended monthly volume maximum of 100,000 impressions. It supports up to 5,250 sheets and up to 110 pound index stock and full bleed output on 12" x 18" sheets. The optional Canon ColorPASS-Z90 and the new ColorPASS-Z70 provide network print capability for the CLC 3100.

The Color imageRunner C2050 is a 21 PPM color and black and white copier and printer. It outputs at 600 x 600 DPI with 256 gradations. The modular design of the Color imageRunner C2050 makes it possible for a customer to configure the device as a digital copier, printer or copier/printer. Capable of supporting up to 5,550 sheets, maximum paper sizes up to 12" x 18" and paper weight up to 80 pounds cover stock, the Color imageRunner C2050 can be configured with high-level document finishing options, including an 18-bin stapler/sorter, a three-bin finisher (which collates and performs multi-position stapling) or a saddle-stitch finisher allowing the production of booklets. Print configured versions of the Color imageRunner C2050 contain an internal color server and print controller developed by EFI with a 266 MHz processor, 6 GB hard drive and 160 MB of RAM.

The Canon BJ-W9000 wide format printer offers photographic quality output in all available modes at 1200 x 600 DPI. It uses a six-head color system (cyan, magenta, yellow, black, photo cyan, photo magenta) and offers Canon's Microfine Droplet Technology, capable of 8 picoliter dot size. Images up to 42" wide can be printed using a dual roll system and wide range of media choices. The BJ-W9000 has the capability to print up to 92 square feet per hour through a total of 3,072 nozzles. The imagePASS-W20 print controller for the BJ-W9000, developed by EFI, features an Intel Celeron processor at 433 MHz, a 20 GB hard disk, and 128 MB of RAM. With a built-in SCSI interface, the printer supports PostScript 3 through Windows, Macintosh and UNIX operating systems. Standard Command Workstation provides productivity and job control tools, including tiling, nesting, previewing, auto-scale, and paneling.

The CLC 5000 will be available in the first quarter of 2001 with a base retail price of $89,500. The CLC 3100 will be available Oct. 1 with a base retail price of $63,100. The Color imageRunner C2050 will be available in the first quarter of 2001. The BJ-W9000 will be available in the first quarter of 2001. Pricing was not available on the last two. For more information, visit http://www.canon.com.

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