CEIF 2016 Product Spotlight—Canon DreamLabo 5000

Canon DreamLabo 5000

Canon DreamLabo 5000

The Canon DreamLabo 5000 is Canon’s first inkjet production photo printer. It uses a new FINE high-density print head technology to produce the best quality photo prints. The system realiSes color representation rivaling that of conventional silver halide processing, thus delivering high-speed printing of high-quality photos and detailed text to support a variety of value-added output from photo merchandise to high-quality POD (Print on Demand) offerings.

The printer also uses seven dye-based inks, which means that in addition to CMYK the DreamLabo 5000 uses photo cyan, photo magenta and gray dye-based inks to reproduce wider ranging shades and achieve more precise color control. These seven dye-based inks deliver color and B&W photos with extra smooth gradations. Thanks to gray ink, stable color reproduction and less color cast can be realised.

The printer’s best comes out with Canon’s paper which absorbs ink more quickly and less deeply than regular photo paper. This quick, shallow ink fixation results in higher ink density and more vivid color expression that can maintain its quality for about 300 years.

In its quest for greater speed and efficiency compared to traditional inkjet printing, Canon has developed accelerated one-pass photo printing. This feature uses seven fixed line print heads and 2400dpi high-density jets that rapidly eject large quantities of ink to print in a single pass. It produce 8-inch x 10-inch photos at a rate of 1,180 copies per hour.

The DreamLabo 5000 printer features automatic double-sided printing, which is especially convenient when printing photo albums and on-demand two-sided documents. It requires about 72 seconds to print a 20 page 8.27-inch x 11.69-inch photo album or one hour to print 50 such photo albums. In addition, accurate print position control is realised by reading the registration mark with the built-in high resolution scanner.

Another feature of the printer is that it automatically feeds paper from a second roll when the first roll is used up. The empty roll can be replaced during printing without interrupting the print job or workflow. Roll paper of widths between 5inches (127mm) and 12 inches (305mm) are supported. An optional paper deck may be added giving an additional two paper magazines, bringing the total to four. This will give you longer printing sessions (up to 3,066.67 feet length) or printing of up to four different sizes without changing rolls.

The printer’s double ink tank system helps prevent downtime by allowing ink tanks to be changed even while printing. The ink is piped from the main ink tank to a buffer tank, then into the printhead. Printing can continue even when the main ink tank is empty and can be changed without interrupting the print job or workflow.

It features a double sorting system enhances work efficiency by allowing output to be sorted by job order or paper size. For example, print jobs using paper less than 6-inch (152mm) wide can automatically be output to the smaller 10-bin sorter, while larger paper is output to the larger 10-bin sorter. A standard double automatic cutter automatically cuts both sides of every photo with speed and precision during the printing process. The manual cutting process can therefore be skipped for greater convenience and efficiency.

The DreamLabo 5000 incorporates an easy-maintenance design that enables users to perform periodic maintenance procedures, such as the user replacement of expendable parts. The DreamLabo 5000 ink jet process eliminates the need to dispose of processing chemistries or come in direct contact with chemicals. Moreover, the inks in the system have no irritating odour, which contributes to a comfortable operating environment.

Various image enhancement functions automatically analyse the image and make suitable adjustments depending on the type of scene. This dramatically reduces the time and effort required to manually adjust brightness in specific areas, correct a color cast, face complexion or red eye, optimally adjust the image based on type of scene, etc. Canon can customise colour output to match that of another printer or meet other specific customer requirements.

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