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The introduction of Canon UVgel technology, and its manifestation in the Océ Colorado 1640 printer, set new standards in large format roll-to-roll automation and productivity.

The introduction of Canon UVgel technology, and its manifestation in the Océ Colorado 1640 printer, set new standards in large format roll-to-roll automation and productivity. In developing UVgel, the objective was to harness the strengths of traditional roll-to-roll printing technologies?-?while eliminating their respective limitations and, ultimately, enable print service providers to be more productive and cost-effective with their large format roll-printing applications.

Print service providers around the globe have come to rely on this groundbreaking technology platform, and we seek to help them serve their customers in even more ways. Opening doors for new experiences with eye-catching smooth gloss or rich, velvety matte output?-?all at the push of a button. Our focus on helping print service providers resulted in a printer that allows you to expand your opportunities by giving you greater creative control over look and feel. With your own Océ Colorado Printer Series, you can give your customers what they need while improving your bottom line. Rely on instant-dry prints on a wide range of materials thanks to market-proven Canon UVgel technology, unattended production, and breakthrough productivity. Always meet challenging customer requests with ‘yes, of course.’

The gel advantage

Canon UVgel technology is at the heart of the Océ Colorado Printer Series?-? a unique print-then-cure process using UVgel inks and UV LED curing. These inks form an ultra-thin, extremely durable layer on top of the media.

The result:

– Excellent color gamut, color depth, and lightfastness
– Low-odor prints, important for indoor usage
– No drying time, so no waiting before finishing
– High printing speeds of up to 1,709 ft./hr.
– Low temperature, low energy
– UV LED curing, enabling usage of heat-sensitive media
– Robust prints on a wide range of media

Then there is the true gel advantage. The gel droplets remain stable on the media, with minimal dot gain, making it possible to deposit more ink in fewer passes. The result is more efficient ink usage. The Canon UVgel ink provides a durable, scratch-resistant layer that needs no further protection for most applications. For the application range of the Océ Colorado 1650 printer, the Canon UVgel 460 inks are developed to offer additional elasticity and flexibility. This provides even better performance when prints need to be folded, creased, wrapped, or stretched on a frame. It is ideal for applications such as floor decals in high traffic areas.

The finishing touch

Your applications can truly be seen for what they are if they have the right finish. Premium wallpaper can look more luxurious with a lovely deep matte finish. Photos reveal their true color depth and emotional impact with smooth, mirror-like gloss. With Océ FLXfinish technology, you can give any of your applications a gloss or matte finish without the need for special inks or media.

UVgel customers already appreciate a vibrant gloss finish across a wide range of applications. The matte option offers a brilliant new range of applications?-?even on porous media such as uncoated plain paper, the gel inks stay on top. As a result, the Océ Colorado 1650 printer can produce rich matte prints that offer a wide color gamut while maintaining crisp details.

Smart use of the Océ Colorado 1650 printer’s UV LED curing lights provides the basis for this flexibility. Full curing happens at the end of the printing process, but the stage is set for the finishing touch just after jetting the UVgel inks. For applications with a matte finish or when using porous media, a brief flash of UV light pins the UVgel droplets in place immediately after jetting, freezing the shape of every drop of ink. This results in a rough surface at the micro-level, providing the characteristic velvety-matte finish. For a glossy finish, the droplets get a little more time to settle into a smooth, even layer.

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