Canon has launched its new Arizona 2300 series which comes complete with pneumatic registration pins on the bed for faster and easier set-up, and a print recipe software for speedier productivity. 


According to Canon the pneumatic registration pins allow you to align media to either the left or the right edge of the table – or even do both – and you can print 2-up, 4-up and 6-up. Turning the substrate over from front to back and from left to right on the flatbed enables perfect registration when printing double-sided, regardless of whether the substrate has dimensional imperfections. Really?


The company says its new printer series is built around Arizona FLOW technology, an airflow suction technique that combines a “zoneless, multi-origin table layout with easy-to-use pneumatic registration pins to better secure the substrate in place on the table.” Canon claims that this increases productivity by as much as 20% compared with previous generations of Arizona printers, as no operator time is required for masking the table or taping the media down, enabling faster changeover between jobs, shorter set-up times and hassle-free job switching. Apparently, the FLOW technology makes printing on unusual and more challenging media, such as cardboard, wood and glass, or even printing large images tiled over multiple large boards, easier than ever before.


The printer also comes with Arizona Xpert software that initiates a ‘self-learning’ capability. By all accounts, you can design – and then repeat – complex, multi-layered projects. The printer remembers the ‘recipe’ for the next time you want to print similar applications, saving you set-up time and automating the production process. Interesting.


There is also an Arizona Xpert version 2.1. With new features and ‘recipes’ to further enhance productivity, the software application is able to print intelligent outlines of the media onto the flatbed table for perfect positioning without taping or masking. This supports ‘recipes’ for print and cut workflows via integration with Canon’s ProCut software.  The software application also enables easy ‘recipe’ exchanges between print supplier and designer, so they can both see the end product with a 3D view in Adobe Creative Suite, which is a clever way of reducing the chance of design flaws.


A Roll Media Option allows for a vast range of roll media, including thin, heat-sensitive media up to 220cm. This allows you to easily switch between rigid and flexible media jobs with no machine preparation. Furthermore, Canon says an optional fully robotised workflow can be achieved with unattended overnight printing with its automated loading and unloading of boards system.


The printer also comes complete with an air filtration unit for a healthier working environment. 


Finally, the Arizona 2300 series can be equipped with Canon’s textured printing software, Touchstone, enabling applications, such as interior décor products including wallpaper and furniture panels, and functional applications such as braille, to be printed with elevated texture effects.

"Canon is calling this new 2300 printer a ‘game changer’ and yet every machine that hits the market these days claims to be another game changing device. I will need to be persuaded that pneumatic registration pins and print recipe software is enough to set the world on fire, so we will just have to wait and see how well the Arizona 2300 series does in the market."