Kochi-based Edathadan Digital Press and Bengaluru-based GK Vale are the two existing DreamLabo customers in the country.
Kazutada Kobayashi, president and CEO, Canon India, said, “The response for DreamLabo goes on to prove that photographs play an important role in people’s lives and they are keen to preserve their memories. We are aiming to capture 15% of the professional print album volume within the next three years. We plan to reach out to other regions in India to further expand our commercial photo printing business by end of this year.”
DreamLabo 5000 has aroused the photo printing industry by providing a high quality alternative to the traditional silver halide technology. Canon has further accentuated the productivity of the printer by launching, FlatSpread FS-500 the new film hinge processor. This, Canon says, will help in eliminating the need for exclusive, pre-hinged sheets and in reduction of material costs while providing more affordable lay flat options.
Puneet Datta, director of professional printing products, Canon India, said, “The demand for high-quality professional printing is on a tremendous rise. This unique technology combines high resolution and high printing speed to deliver superlative quality and exceptional productivity levels. We look forward to expanding our reach in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu with our customers’ support.”
Canon has also invested in skills development by setting up a training facility in Noida for professional printing division products. This dedicated training centre will house professional printers like DreamLabo 5000, OCE VP 6000, iPR1135 and iPRC 800 and others.
The retail price of DreamLabo 5000 in India is approximately Rs. 4.5 crore.
Features of the machine
The DreamLabo 5000 features a newly developed high-density print head, enabling over 300 mm wide printing output. Incorporating Canon’s FINE (Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) technology, the print head enables the printing of high-quality photos and detailed text to support a variety of high-value-added output, from premium photo albums, photo books, photo calendars, photo collages and other merchandise to high-quality POD items, such as bespoke brochures.
The wide print head delivers high-speed One-Pass printing, requiring only a single pass of the printing paper while the print head remains in a fixed position. When used in combination with the automatic Double-sided printing function, the DreamLabo 5000 is capable of printing approximately 1000 pages of A4 size content and 2300 pages of 4x6’ size content per hour. The system also attains high productivity by enabling paper and ink tank replacement during printing, supporting the extended operation time required for production printers.
DreamLabo 5000 uses a seven-colour dye-based ink system that delivers smooth gradation. Employing image processing technology that makes use of the full range of Canon’s unique inkjet printing colour gamut, the new printer enables the output of photo images with a level of colour representation which comprehensively surpasses that of conventional silver halide.