Canon Shows Off Océ Facility, Debuts Monochrome Printer
IPG recently toured the Océ Customer Experience Center, now owned by Canon, and inspected a new monochrome device that combines Océ and Canon technology.April 2012 By Bob Neubauer
Nearly two and a half years after Canon Inc. agreed to buy Océ NV, the integration of the two companies is well underway. Delisted from the NYSE Euronext in February, Océ is now fully a part of Canon.
One of the assets Océ brought to the deal was its 18,000-square-foot Customer Experience Center, in Boca Raton, Fla. Recently, Canon invited IPG and a few other industry analysts to visit the facility and learn more about its plans.
Senior Director Dennis Amorosano noted that, despite the tsunami that hit Japan a year ago and the floods in Thailand, both of which impacted Canon's production operations, 2011 revenues in the company's Business Imaging Solutions Group increased 4 percent over 2010 levels.
Francis McMahon, VP of Océ Production Print Systems, added that PPS revenue grew 15 percent overall, with some segments, like inkjet, growing 59 percent. He said that Océ devices printed 64.6 billion pages in 2011, which is more than 20 percent of all digital pages printed that year.
"And we expect to capture more," he predicted. The company sees big potential in the book printing market.
After a tour of the impressive Customer Experience Center, which featured both Océ and Canon digital hardware and software solutions, Canon officials showed off a brand new monochrome mid-production digital press, the Océ VarioPrint DP 135. It combines Océ's print technology, engine and PRISMAsync controller with Canon scanning and finishing solutions.
Product Manager Brian Meyers noted that DirectPress technology does not use light, high temperatures or electrical charges to create an image. The multiple process steps used in traditional electrophotographic technologies have been replaced with a single, digital, no-variable process resulting in highly stable and consistent quality output.
He noted that the DP line produces no ozone emissions and utilizes Océ Heat–Xchange technology to recycle heat and reduce energy consumption. It transfers heat used to fuse toner onto paper from printed pages to new sheets entering the print path.
"It's genious in its simplicity," remarked Meyers.
Also, he added, Océ EnergyLogic technology matches the power requirements of a print job with the available power in the system, allowing the system to start printing quickly after a cold start.