Canon Enters the Label Market

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Leveraging its “Inkjet DNA” Canon is entering the packaging market.  The first inkjet entry is into the labels market with the launch of the Océ LabelStream 4000 series press. This press has many of the same characteristics of the inkjet presses Canon produces for the production printing markets.  The clean solid design of this label press is a hallmark of Océ branded products and these products are renowned for their uptime and reliability. The press is very fast with speeds ranging from 157 to 210 fpm (48 to 64 mpm). And the image quality is top tier with 720 x 600 dpi resolution plus three grey levels.

Canon Oce LabelStream

But Canon just didn’t create a new digital color UV inkjet label press. They have done their homework, chose excellent partners and created a product that delivers on a complete set of features needed by label producers to have a tailored single-pass label conversion line for every requirement. Features include

  • High opacity white inks (2 options 80% and 65% opacity)
  • Foil and lamination modules
  • Up to 10 additional flexo stations
  • Inline die cutting module
  • Web widths of 13” or 16” (330 mm and 410 mm)
  • Wide range of standard label stocks including PET, PE, PP, PVC, BOPP, paper, carton, metalized film at 40-450 microns standard and up to 600 microns extended.

Customers have three configuration options

  • Digital standalone press
  • Digital press with inline finishing
  • Full digital hybrid press

The press was designed and brought to market in just two years. Critical to delivering such a compelling product in such a short time were the two major partners:  FFEI and Edale.  Known for highly innovative and advanced product solutions FFEI is a leading integrator and manufacturer of digital inkjet systems. And Edale are experts in flexographic printing and finishing for label packaging. Add in Canon’s global service organization and commitment to the market you have a compelling offering.

The productivity of the Océ LabelStream 4000 is significantly higher than the leading toner-based presses and inkjet provides a running cost advantage as well. The press can output 10,000 to 18,000 square feet per hour (950-1,672 square meters per hour) depending on speed and web widths selected. Running costs are anticipated to be on the order of 20% less than toner based products. Target applications include beauty and personal care, beverages, beer and spirits, household, industrial, pharmaceutical and promotional.

Canon label press postioning

Pricing or the most basic configuration starts at €650K and goes up to €1.5 million with all the “bells and whistles”. Shipments begin at the end of this year in Europe and next year in North America.

All indications from Canon are that they see the packaging market as a good fit for their Inkjet DNA and so I expect we’ll see additional products targeting other packaging applications in the near future as well.

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