A Decisive Game Changer for Book Printing
Book manufacturers typically face tough decisions when buying digital printing equipment. Toner technology is relatively fast (depending on the specific brand and model), but the run costs are high and downtime for service can be frequent and frustrating. Inkjet technology offers attractive running costs, speed, and uptime, but some models may have substrate restrictions and/or image quality limitations. The growth of on-demand book printing and an increase in the number of shorter print runs also needs to be part of the equation.
Now, comparing the options and weighing the pros and cons may no longer be necessary. After four years of development, Canon Solutions America launched the varioPRINT iX-series sheetfed inkjet press in April 2020, revolutionizing the book printing business experience and decisively tipping the scales to the future of printing with production inkjet.
A True Game Changer
Upon close inspection, calling the varioPRINT iX-series a “game changer” is no exaggeration. Featuring proprietary iQuariusiX technology advances in quality control, ink innovation, drying technology, and media handling, it offers some of the highest productivity and cost efficiency in the industry, with incredibly high speeds, an average uptime of 94 percent, and attractive savings in running costs and labor.
Of particular importance for book print providers is the varioPRINT iX-series’ ability to print on an epic media range while retaining razor-sharp details, outstanding color, and a perfectly flat finish. With up to 350 gsm on offset coated and uncoated paper, it consistently delivers stunning image quality that rivals or exceeds toner, no matter the media. Add the fact that the varioPRINT iX-series is sheetfed, enabling PSPs to print any number of books profitably, and the efficacy of true print on demand becomes reality.
Taking the Industry by Storm
Despite uncertainty about the future, market reaction to the varioPRINT iX-series has been overwhelmingly positive since the April launch. Our 2020 inventory sold in record time, and we are now taking orders for 2021. Forward-thinking PSPs are investing in this platform for their future based on the profit potential and return on investment of the varioPRINT iX-series, including John Mashia, president and COO of IMS Direct in upstate New York, who bought one shortly after it hit the market.
“We chose to invest in the Canon varioPRINT iX-series this year because it gives us the ability to run high-quality jobs—comparable to offset on an inkjet press—expanding our ability to support our customers,” Mashia says. “We’ve been able to displace multiple toner boxes and drive our overall costs down while increasing our efficiency.”
For book manufacturers weighing their business prospects, potential opportunities, and investment options going forward, assessing the game-changing Canon varioPRINT iX-series should be high on the list. The ROI is easy to calculate: More business. More profit.