Technology Update- The Canon TX Series printers and MFP Systems
About a year ago, Canon USA released their new TX Series of
Wide Format inkjet printers and MFP Systems.
Canon has positioned the TX Series as a higher volume solution to
capture opportunities on the production side of the aqueous inkjet technical
documents market. There are two basic TX
Series models available, the TX 3000 and TX 4000. The difference in these
models is their supported print width, the 3000 being a 36” printer and the
4000 is a 44” printer. Both TX printers
are single roll units with the option of a second roll that is easily field
upgradable. In addition, Canon also
launched their new T36 scanner with these units for configuration as a full MFP
unit. So, the result is a very flexible
configurable higher volume lineup of 8 printer and MFP models. Fully loaded, the two-roll 4000 MFP unit
lists at $9,495.
Canon designed these models to fit a variety of technical
print markets including standard architecture, engineering, construction and
something they are calling “office document enlargements”. I believe this last
item is the ability for departmental workgroups to use the supplied MS Office
plug-in to produce large format timelines, PPT presentations and Excel graphs
and spreadsheets. For ease of
understanding lets just call the “office document enlargement market” (where do
they come up with these terms?) what it
really is…and that would be POSTER
So, the product was launched with great fanfare and special incentives
a year ago. Sales went well, despite limited inventory, but over the last six
months we have seen a very interesting trend emerge with the imagePROGRAF TX
Series. Sales of the product to
corporate America are increasing month over month and quarter over
quarter. What is the reason you may
ask??? Well for starters, there is
virtually nothing to not like about
this product, it’s got everything you would expect plus much more. I won’t bore you with a full list but some of
the more outstanding features of the TX Series include:
Fast print speeds – up to 3 D-size prints per
Increased print quality – new Canon high
density, high precision print head design with over 15,000 nozzles (Canon’s
head technology is by far superior to anything in the market) lays down 5
picoliter-size ink droplets at 2400 x 1200 dpi.
Optional second roll unit for up to 3,900 sq.
feet of uninterrupted printing. The roll units can also double as a take up
Automatic media loading- The printer detects the
roll and automatically feeds it through.
No manual feed required.
Direct USB thumb drive printing.
Enhanced security features including a
self-encrypting hard disk and secure disk and file erase.
TX Series stacker- increased flexibility and
document handling with mixed sized prints up to 100 sheets.
I could go on and on but for a sub 10k price point, the
Canon TX Series includes features that may not be available in units twice
their price. There are several other key
features that have emerged as the true drivers behind the growing success of
the TX Series and they are ….
Canon tried something new with the TX Series and that was to offer the product
with a 90-day warranty instead of the standard one- year. This move was based on requests from the
reseller channel to allow the service and support revenue stream to begin
earlier in the life cycle of the product allowing them to capture revenue
faster. Now this only works if the
product is reliable and what we are seeing in the field has shattered
expectations. The TX is truly exceeding
the metrics provided by the manufacturer. We know of placements doing 10-20k
per month without a problem.
New LUCIA TD Pigment Ink Set- The TX series features a
pigment-based ink set which produces fine text and lines on both inkjet and
non-inkjet plain paper. The addition of
the new LUCIA water resistant pigment-based set opens more usage for the option
to print posters, maps, signs and displays. This capitalizes on the trend that
the technical print market is experiencing which is the cross-over from
standard black and white technical prints to graphic arts or poster printing.
Canon software suite-
Newly developed for the TX Series are a series of industry leading software
utilities designed to help the users print, a trend Canon calls an “investment
in the simplification of printing”. The
included software suite includes Free Layout Plus, Poster Artist Lite, Direct
Print & Share, Accounting manager, Unified print drivers, AutoCAD optimized
print driver, Print Plug-in for MS Office, Apple AirPrint etc. A space limitation keeps me from a full
explanation of each of these utilities but please take a few moments to peruse Canon.com
and enter any of the above names into the search field. Or click this link for
a software suite list: https://cloud.azon.com/index.php/s/wYfgmx4gcRF2yXY.
Summary- Whether you are
currently invested in wide format sales and support, or just beginning the
process, the Canon TX Series is a product worthy of very strong consideration. From
the excellent print quality to the ease of service, the high-quality
scan/copy/print, low cost of operation, poster printing, media offerings,
pigment ink, and included software utilities the TX Series is the first truly
hybrid printer designed to help you capture the move from B/W technical to
Color technical, poster printing and beyond.