Andi Smart Print Solutions, a printing company located in Maastricht, the Netherlands, has a 90-year history. Many of Andi’s customers operate globally and thus need to print such documents as manuals in multiple languages, often in short runs, for which only the language of the text needs to be changed. Andi had been struggling to provide this kind of work efficiently with conventional offset printing equipment.
As a result, Andi, which has very high standards for print quality, introduced digital printing presses from Canon and Océ to improve the productivity of their printing operations. Our digital printing presses enable companies to respond efficiently to a wide range of customer printing needs, such as short-run production, quick turnaround and variable-data printing that makes possible the output of content that varies by sheet—all of which are difficult to provide with offset printing.
The Asahi Shimbun Company is developing a new business using the variable-data printing capabilities of Océ continuous feed presses
Sheet-fed press manufacturing at an Océ factory in Venlo, the Netherlands
Commercial printing is a vast industry, covering a wide range of printed materials—from books, newspapers and magazines to such promotional materials as sales catalogs, flyers, direct mail and the statements, invoices and other documents that are crucial to running a business. For decades, offset printing, which involves the laborious process of creating printing plates, has been the dominant technology. However, digital printing does not require printing plates—an advantage that continues to drive increased demand. Digital printing also offers such benefits as variable-data printing, which enables users to change the content of individual sheets in a print job. Such flexibility gives businesses the ability to serve customers who need short-run production and quick turnaround.
Océ, who joined the Canon Group in 2010, is a leading provider of digital printing presses, producing systems that realize both high productivity and outstanding reliability. As “One Canon,” Canon and Océ offer products and services for both office and commercial printing while continuing to expand our lineup of printing presses. For the graphic arts market, which has strict quality standards for the printing of such media as catalogs and promotional materials, we launched the Océ ProStream 1000 continuous feed inkjet press in 2017. This inkjet printing press is capable of high-speed printing on offset coated paper that rivals the quality and productivity of traditional offset printing.
Océ’s Development Division in Poing, Germany, conducts R&D into continuous feed presses and ink (above)
Canon’s production method, which includes individual unit assembly, employed at an Océ production site (below)
For printing companies, digital printing provides numerous advantages over conventional offset printing. These include centralized workflow management that streamlines the entire process from the receipt of orders to the editing of print data and process control and coordination of such post-press processes as binding. Canon and Océ’s PRISMA workflow management software enables seamless schedule management of multiple presses and allocation of printing jobs, increasing the productivity of short-run production significantly.
To help printing companies experience the advantages of digital printing firsthand, Canon and Océ opened Customer Experience Centers in the Netherlands, Germany, the United States and Japan. Equipped with our latest commercial printing presses, these facilities allow printing companies to conduct tests with the paper and data that they commonly use to see the high-quality results our digital equipment and software provide. We also offer support for the implementation of digital printing systems, including hands-on training for operators.
Canon and Océ’s innovation in digital printing technology extends beyond paper-printed material. Our UV curable flatbed printers can print on wood, metal and glass surfaces. What’s more, we are actively pursuing R&D with plans to enter the vast package printing market.
The tomb of the 19th Dynasty pharaoh Seti I is the largest and deepest in the Valley of the Kings. Until an NPO-initiated reconstruction plan began in 2016, the inner walls and pillars embellished with reliefs were in disarray from tomb robbery and neglect. First, 3D photographs and scans were taken of the interior of the tomb. Based on those images, full color prints and molds were made with Océ’s UV-ink-based elevated printing technology. This enabled the faithful reproduction of reliefs up to 15 mm thick, and a 2 mm relief skin of the pharaoh’s sarcophagus.