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Canon Ends 2016 on a High Note with Industry Accolades From Buyers Laboratory LLC

Canon Sweeps Wide Format Category, Receives Winter 2017 “Pick” Awards for Various imagePROGRAF PRO Series Models, uniFLOW V5.4 and Therefore™ 2016 Solutions


MELVILLE, N.Y., December 21, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) has recognized Canon with  multiple industry honors for select products and solutions, including 2017 Wide Format Printer Line of the Year, awarding the current Canon imagePROGRAF lineup. In addition to this achievement, Canon celebrates various BLI “Pick” Awards distinguishing solutions such as Therefore™ 2016 and uniFLOW V5.4, and some of the latest models from the imagePROGRAF PRO Series, including the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-4000 and imagePROGRAF PRO-2000 large-format printers for the fine art and photography markets, as well as the imagePROGRAF PRO-6000S and imagePROGRAF PRO-4000S large-format printers for the production signage industry.

Once a year, BLI presents Line of the Year awards to those vendors whose product lines are determined to be the best overall in their category based on the collective test results of all models tested in BLI’s comprehensive two-month laboratory evaluation. Selections for “Pick” awards are made by BLI’s staff of technicians and editors after subjecting a number of devices from every major original equipment manufacturer to BLI's comprehensive lab tests in the last six months.

“With the expansion of the imagePROGRAF PRO Series of wide format printers, Canon has swept this year’s Annual ‘Pick’ and Line of the Year Awards in the Wide Format Printer Category,” said Joe Tischner, wide format analyst, Buyers Laboratory LLC. “From the imagePROGRAF PRO-4000 and imagePROGRAF PRO-2000 models, designed to provide the spectacular output quality that imaging professionals require, to the affordably priced imagePROGRAF PRO-6000S and imagePROGRAF PRO-4000S models for vibrant signage and displays, Canon has once again demonstrated its commitment to providing innovative solutions for the large-format industry.”

“We are proud that BLI has recognized the imagePROGRAF line of large-format printers for its high-quality, ease of use and brilliant results. In addition, the recognition of Therefore 2016 and uniFLOW v5.4 further reinforces our commitment to providing comprehensive business solutions and productivity-enhancing platforms designed to meet the needs of today’s demanding business landscape,” said Toyotsugu Kuwamura, executive vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc.

This year BLI awarded the following winter “Pick” honors to Canon:

2017 Wide-Format Printer Line of the Year: Canon imagePROGRAF Large -Format Printers   

Designed to serve customers and applications ranging from fine art and photography to production printing and technical documents, each imagePROGRAF large-format printer is configured to help meet the needs of the end user, as demonstrated by this year’s expansion of the current imagePROGRAF portfolio, with several models added to the imagePROGRAF PRO Series. Building upon the success of the imagePROGRAF PRO-1000, the 2016 expansion of the PRO Series included the 44-inch imagePROGRAF PRO-4000 and 24-inch imagePROGRAF PRO-2000 printers, two models designed to provide spectacular image quality for the fine art and photography markets. Canon also launched the 60-inch imagePROGRAF PRO-6000S and the 44-inch imagePROGRAF PRO-4000S printers, two affordably priced, eight-color large-format models designed to allow the production signage industry to economically create eye-catching posters and vivid displays.

Outstanding Information Management Platform: Therefore™ 2016

Therefore™ 2016 is an enterprise-class information management system designed to help users manage many types of content. With this solution, paper and electronic documents – including e-mails, spool files, images and even videos – can be stored, shared and processed in a user-friendly manner. Therefore™ 2016 can easily integrate into many existing IT environments and includes Web Forms enhancements, integrations with many popular electronic signature providers, like DocuSign®, enhanced reporting and PDF/A-3 advancements. The Therefore™ workflow engine makes automation of workflow processes for line of business applications simple, while its integration with Microsoft® Power BI1 provides customers with detailed workflow and business analytics for continuous process improvement. In addition, an intuitive user interface, flexible workflow design and a high-powered search engine allow for the capture, organization and access of content and business-critical information.

Outstanding Output Management Platform: uniFLOW V5.4

As an integrated single platform software solution, uniFLOW V5.4 is designed to provide improved scanning and mobile printing, office print and device management, and enhanced print room integration for a wider range of products. Expanding upon the print and scan management capabilities of previous versions, V5.4 is now available as an option for secure workflow-enabled scanning via the Canon imageFORMULA ScanFront Network Scanners, with extended Secure Print support for the Océ ColorWave and Océ PlotWave Large Format Printers as well as deep integration with Océ PRISMAdirect® for print room document make ready and production workflow management.  uniFLOW's added secure print support for non-Canon office printers and MFPs extends uniFLOW's capabilities in support of mixed fleet environments.

Outstanding Professional Photo and Fine Art Wide Format Printer Series:
Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-4000/PRO-2000 Series                     

Designed to provide outstanding image quality for the fine art and photography markets, the imagePROGRAF PRO-4000 and imagePROGRAF PRO-2000 large-format printers feature the LUCIA PRO 11-color plus Chroma Optimizer ink system, an increased color gamut, reduced bronzing, improved scratch resistance, greater image clarity, gloss uniformity, excellent shadow reproduction and increased black optical density. A wider print head (1.28-inch wide) ejects 12-color ink from a total of 18,432 nozzles (increased from 15,360 in previous models) and offers anti-clogging technology for improved efficiency and reduced cleaning cycles, helping to limit wasted ink. This print head allows for a more compact printer design as only one print head is installed in each PRO Series printer. Additionally, the models are designed to maintain high print quality with a multi-sensor that calibrates the printer, helping to ensure color consistency from the first print to the last, and  also feature a redesigned high-precision mechanical platform, providing a uniform, rigid frame to reduce vibrations during printing and provide a more accurate ink ejection. The models also feature effortless media feeding capabilities, allowing photographers to worry less about blemished prints due to fingerprints.

Outstanding Poster and Indoor Signage Wide-Format:
Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-6000S/PRO-4000S Series                

Ideal for the production signage market, the 60-inch imagePROGRAF PRO-6000S and 44-inch imagePROGRAF PRO-4000S large-format printers are designed to exceed speed and color consistency expectations. Featuring the new 1.28-inch wide integrated compact print head, LUCIA PRO ink set, high-precision mechanical platform and the L-COA PRO high-speed image processing engine, these models achieve a balance between high-speed printing and outstanding print quality. For increased versatility, a Multifunction Roll System comes standard -on the 60-inch 8-color model and is currently an option for all 44-inch and 24-inch PRO Series models. When used as a dual roll, the Multifunction Roll System enables users to load a glossy media in one roll and a matte media in the other to seamlessly print to both rolls without needing to switch media or black inks. The Multifunction Roll unit will automatically send the job to the correct media, automating the process and providing increased ease of use. The roll can also act as a take-up unit with bi-directional rewind, allowing for long, uninterrupted print runs.

For more information about Canon U.S.A., visit www.usa.canon.com.

About Buyers Laboratory LLC
Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) is the world's leading independent provider of analytical information and services to the digital imaging and document management industry. For over 50 years, buyers have relied on BLI to help them differentiate products’ strengths and weaknesses  and make the best purchasing decisions, while industry sales, marketing and product professionals have turned to BLI for insightful competitive intelligence and valued guidance on product development, competitive positioning and sales channel and marketing support. Using BLI’s web-based bliQ and Solutions Center services, 40,000 professionals worldwide create extensive side-by-side comparisons of hardware and software solutions for over 15,000 products globally, including comprehensive specifications and the performance results and ratings from BLI’s unparalleled Lab, Solutions and Environmental Test Reports, the result of months of hands-on evaluation in its US and UK labs. The services, also available via mobile devices, include a comprehensive library of BLI’s test reports, an image gallery, hard to find manufacturers’ literature and valuable tools for configuring products, calculating total cost of ownership (TCO) and annual power usage. BLI also offers consulting and private, for-hire testing services that help manufacturers develop and market better products and consumables. For more information on Buyers Laboratory LLC, please call 973-797-2100, visit www.buyerslab.com, or e-mail info@buyerslab.com.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean (excluding Mexico) markets. With approximately $31 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2015† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies in 2016. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. In 2014, the Canon Americas Headquarters secured LEED® Gold certification, a recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA. For media inquiries, please contact pr@cusa.canon.com.

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imagePROGRAF Lineup Wins Line of the Year Award in the Wide Format Printer Category