MELVILLE, NY, October 5, 2022 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is pleased to announce that it has received a Pinnacle InterTech Award from PRINTING United Alliance for the new Canon FLXfinish+ technology featured in its award-winning range of Colorado roll-to-roll large format printers, powered by Canon’s UVgel inks. FLXfinish+ is a UVgel feature that is designed to enable Print Service Providers to use only one ink set to produce matte prints, gloss prints and mixed matte and gloss on the same print, independent of the media – without a varnish or additional consumables.
“We are proud to win this Pinnacle InterTech award, which further demonstrates Canon’s commitment to delivering the best products and services possible to our customers,” said Shinichi “Sam” Yoshida, executive vice president and general manager of Canon U.S.A., Inc. “FLXfinish+ offers capabilities that can help a print service provider uniquely differentiate their business without increasing costs by offering customers matte and glossy finish on the same print.”
The Pinnacle InterTech Awards recognize significant new technologies that help improve or advance the printing industry with exceptional contributions in quality, capability, and productivity, and are predicted to have a major impact on the printing industry. Canon FLXfinish+, which in the opinion of the judges “represented a new revolutionary and unique feature of UVgel technology,” has been honored with a Pinnacle InterTech Award for 2022.
“This juried competition represents the best of the best among commercial hardware, software, consumables, and industrial and screen equipment, and judges are basing their decisions on objective criteria,” said Ray Weiss, director, Digital Print Programs, PRINTING United Alliance.
Combining the best aspects of alternative ink technologies in one, UVgel is designed to offer the color gamut and light fastness of eco-solvent, the fit-for-indoor use and quick drying time of latex and the productivity and low-temperature printing process of UV. And with customers benefitting from zero VOC emissions, zero hazardous air pollutants and a low average ink usage of .6ml/ft2 across the more than 2,500 UVgel engines installed worldwide, UVgel has already proved itself to be a sustainable and cost-efficient alternative for latex and eco-solvent technology.
“We’d like to thank PRINTING United Alliance for recognizing the innovative FLXfinish+ technology,” said Robert Reddy, senior vice president, Large Format Solutions, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “We hope this award shows how FLXfinish+ really breathes life into the prints.”
For more information and the full list of product specifications, visit http://usa.canon.com.
About PRINTING United Alliance
PRINTING United Alliance is the most comprehensive member-based printing and graphic arts association in the United States, comprised of the vast communities which it represents. The Alliance serves industry professionals across market segments with preeminent education, training, workshops, events, research, government and legislative representation, safety, and environmental sustainability guidance, as well as resources from a leading media company in the industry – NAPCO Media. Now a division of PRINTING United Alliance, Idealliance is a global leader in standards training and certification for printing and graphic arts operations across the entire industry supply chain.
PRINTING United Alliance also produces the PRINTING United Expo, the most influential days in printing. The expansive display of technology and supplies, education, programming, and services are showcased to the industry at large, and represents all market segments in one easily accessed place.
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 markets. With approximately $30.6 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), as of 2021 has ranked in the top-five overall in U.S. patents granted for 36 consecutive years† and was one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies in 2022. Canon U.S.A. was featured in Newsweek’s Most Loved Workplaces list for 2021, ranking among the top 100 companies for employee happiness and satisfaction at work. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. 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.
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† Number of patents for 2021 are based on figures released by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services. Figures for 2005 to 2020 are based on information issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
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