Wide Format Technology Update -The New Canon TM Series Wide Format Technical Series
Having just completed one of our most successful quarters ever, I can confidently say that one of the main reasons for our sales success in Q4 was the new Canon TM Series printers and MFP systems. This series was introduced by Canon to replace the very successful 78x series which had anchored the Canon iPF wide format line for the last number of years. The 78x series was overdue to be replaced and the resellers were anxiously waiting for the TM units to be introduced. Our sales success in Q4 was not surprising, as the resellers had finally reduced their inventory of 78x series, the TM units were available in good supply and Canon provided an excellent series of product promotions aimed at the reseller channel.
With the sales foundation fully in place, lets take a closer look under the hood of the TM Series model offerings and feature set. There are three models available ranging from a single 24” model and two 36” models; all single roll units. The two 36” units (TM 300 and TM 305) are differentiated by upgraded stacking capability and direct USB support on the TM 305. Canon engineers took the time to focus on blending the finest of features from the newly developed PRO and TX Series printers and MFP units in their design of the TM Series. For instance, the TM series shares these important features between the PRO and TX:
- Upgraded frame design – a sturdy frame allows dots to be placed more accurately.
- The amazing Canon PF-06 print head with over 15,000 nozzles that generates a 5 picolitre dot.
- Pigment based Canon Lucia ink.
- Direct USB support (on TM 305).
- Enhanced security features.
- Tremendously simple media loading.
- Canon Software Suite: Canon has invested in the simplification of printing.
A new feature in the TM Series that I believe will make a major difference in a competitive sense is the inclusion of noise cancelling technology which makes the TM Series 60% quieter than previous models. During our first product demonstration, I didn’t realize the TM was printing it was so incredibly quiet. This will offer the opportunity to place the TM Series directly into workgroups, small offices and trailers without offending the staff.
The TM has been worth the wait and completes the major upgrade of the entire Canon wide format product line within a 2-year period. It is very clear to see the vision that Canon has provided to the market with these three strong product lines.
The increased image quality, high reliability, small footprint, ease of use, low cost of operation and the most amazing software utilities (included free of charge) redefine what is possible for a large format printer. Whether the application is mapping GIS, poster printing, graphic arts, fine art reproduction, technical and AEC printing or standard office environments the Canon Wide Format solutions group has a model to fit.
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