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What does it do?
The Arizona 6100 series is Canon’s
opening assault on the high-
productivity UV flatbed market
dominated by the likes of EFI Vutek and
HP Scitex. Three years in the making,
the open architecture design,
2.5x3.05m machine is the first Arizona
to add lights to the CMYK ink set. The
6100 Series is available as either the six-
channel (CMYK, light cyan and light
magenta) 6160 XTS or the seven-
channel 6170 XTS, which includes an
additional single channel white.
When was it launched and what
market is it aimed at?
The 6100 series was officially launched
at Fespa, last year. It is aimed at wide
format printers looking to take a major
step up in terms of productivity and
automation, and also users of rival high-
end flatbeds that, until now, Canon
could not challenge. It means that
existing Arizona users who want to
move up to the next level of
productivity can stay with the Arizona
How does it work?
The 90kg print carriage houses six
grayscale printheads per channel (36 or
42 in total) featuring Océ’s VariaDot
technology. The carriage is supported
on a twin-beam system featuring glass
surfaces and air bearings, rather than
the single beam, cantilever design of its
For the first time it also features a
camera system for dimensional
characterisation to ensure faster
printhead alignment during
installation, but also timing alignment
across the entire table offering a five
times improvement on drop placement
over the rest of the Arizona portfolio.
All 6100 series machines have space
for eight channels in the carriage,
which means that the six-channel 6160
can be field-upgraded to run white.
Canon says that with inks there is
always a balance between vibrancy and
adhesion, because adhesion promoters
tend to dull the colours, and it says the
IJC inks are the next evolution of inks
and offer the best of both worlds.
Drying is via a conventional mercury
vapour UV curing system, which is the
next generation of the system
developed in existing Arizona models,
but which runs 30 per cent cooler.
How does it differ from previous
It is faster. The 6100 is two and a half
times as productive as the next fastest
Arizona, offering 155sqm/hr in express
mode, with a 100sqm/hr production
What is the USP of the product?
In terms of the Arizona range, speed; in
terms of rival machines, productivity.
Canon is pushing the machine’s
automation, from the fully automatic
printhead cleaning to the dual-vacuum
zone bed and pneumatic registration
pins, as its key selling point. The 6100
series is the first Arizona to feature an
automated maintenance system. The
vacuum-operated mechanism can deep
clean all seven heads in around two and
Pneumatic registration pins ensure
quick, repeatable, easy loading of rigid
media in perfect register every time.
Combined with a high-flow vacuum
system for effective pulldown of even
warped rigid media, it takes only
seconds to load the largest boards. The
high-pressure vacuum also exerts a
strong holding force on the media for
reliable hold-down during printing.
How easy is it to use?
Easy, thanks to the high level of
automation, says Canon.
What about support?
With over more than Océ Arizona
installs in Australia, Canon is a market
leader in signage and display, and offers
a nationwide, experienced and reliable
Océ Arizona 6100
Canon targets high-capacity flatbed
printers with new Arizona
Max sheet size
hr; Quality: 72sqm/hr
Choice of six or seven
channels: CMYK, light
cyan and light
magenta, with or
EFI VUTEK GS3250
Unlike the Arizona, this
3.2m-wide UV flatbed can also
print roll-to-roll. However,
while Canon lists the GS3250 as
its main competitor EFI says
that a number of machines in
its range, from the QS2Pro to
the GS3250 LX Pro with
Ultradrop and LED, could also
fit the bill.
Print width 3.2m
Speed Fast-5 production:
223sqm/hr; eight-colour plus
Colours Eight (CMYK, LC, LM, LY,
LB) plus white
Resolution 600dpi (24pl) or
HP SCITEX FB7600
Canon cites the FB7600 flatbed
as another rival, but in terms of
price, performance and
materials handling options in
some respects it is not a direct
competitor. Capable of 500sqm/
hr flat out, it’s a beast, but it is
restricted to boards up to 25mm
Max sheet size 1.65x3.2m
Speed From 90sqm/hr to
Colours CMYK plus LC, LM (and
optional white, orange and
black with Enhanced Color Pack)
FUJIFILM ACUIT Y F
The Acuity is Fujifilm’s OEM
version of the Arizona and
features the same specs.
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