Infotech Lead America: Canon, a provider of digital imaging solutions, has unveiled the FlatSpread FS-500, a new film hinge processor for its Canon DreamLabo 5000 Inkjet Production Photo Printer.
This new post-press machine will create a “FlatSpread” lay-flat style photo book.
The DreamLabo 5000 Printer can automatically produce full-bleed double-sided prints in a single pass in a variety of paper sizes and finishes. Canon says this feature is ideal for premium photo book production.
This new style of photo book is produced by binding DreamLabo 5000 double-sided prints (Canon Double-sided Glossy and Double-sided Luster paper) with an attached flexible film hinge.
Once completed and bound, the photo book will have widely flat and visible pages when open. Double-sided prints will allows the addition of many pages within the photo book, still keeping it slim.
The FS-500 will eliminate the need for exclusive, pre-hinged sheets, or mounting photos onto backing boards and help reduce material and labor costs. It will make more lay flat-options more affordable.
FS-500 users can optimize the width of hinge slit within 0.02 to 0.08 inch to control the “page-flatness” of Lay-flat photo books. Photo book sizes vary from 5×5 inches up to 12×18 inches.
The FS-500 can process an A4 (8.27 x 11.69 inches) size sheet in approximately 14 seconds. It includes a standard automatic sheet feeder with a 100 sheet capacity.
Launched in 2012, the Canon DreamLabo 5000 Inkjet Production Photo Printer offers the retail photo printing and high-end print-on-demand (POD) markets optimal performance and productivity.
Its integration of FINE (Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) print-head technology offers high photo and text quality. The printer offers an alternative to traditional silver halide processing technology, with the added advantages of inkjet printing.
Canon is targeting to become the No.1 player in the Inkjet printer category in India by 2015.Canon’s market share has jumped to 22 percent in Q3 2012. The company is aiming to reach 25 percent in 2013.Canon India targets revenues of Rs 2100 crore in 2012, registering 32 percent growth over last year.