Canon Includes Workflow in POD System
Canon USA is going with the flow. The company is now offering integrated workflow software with its CLC3900 color production system.
The software, T/R's MicroPress X Series, integrates with Canon's CLC3900 high-volume printer. The CLC3900 is a 150,000 page per month, 39 ppm printer with 800 x 400 dpi resolution.
It joins a growing list of Canon print-on-demand (POD) systems that support the MicroPress workflow, including seven ImageRunner models and the CLC5000.
The MicroPress software, now at version 6.2, supports job scheduling, automatic splitting of B&W and color job pages, and improved performance over previous versions, according to T/R Systems officials.
They also promise RIP speed that's faster than earlier MicroPress software, calibration curve improvements and process spot color matching.
For workflow flexibility, MicroPress allows documents to be edited after they've been ripped, and then printed without re-ripping the document, says Martha Gerhan, director of marketing for T/R Systems in Norcross, Ga. This reduces steps in the process, simplifying workflow and speeding production. Web-based editing is also supported, she says.
Pairing Canon's CLC3900 with the MicroPress software results in a POD solution that's ideal for central reprographic departments, service bureaus and print-for-pay environments, Gerhan says.
It also provides Canon with a POD offering that bridges the gap between high-volume centralized printing and low-volume workgroup printing, she says.
Adding the software requires a connectivity kit, available from Canon dealers. The CLC3900 Connectivity Kit for MicroPress retails for $17,500, and is available now.
- Jeff Angus