Canon imagePROGRAF TX Series Uses Pigment Inks for Color AEC Drawings
The new Canon imagePROGRAF TX Series of wide-format inkjet printers is designed for architects, engineers, builders, and office professionals who want to produce higher volumes of color drawings on uncoated paper with lower running costs. The small-footprint devices are built for speed, stability, and usability in small offices.
Unlike previous 5-color models that used 4 colors of aqueous dye inks in combination with a pigment black ink, the four printers in the TX Series use a new 5-color LUCIA TD pigment ink set for bright colors on plain paper. With the new TD printhead, the printers can output up to three D-sized prints per minute.
Other features include multiple security options, stacking capability up to 100 sheets, wireless printing capability, automatic roll loading, and an optional Mutifunction Roll Unit.
“With the announcement of Canon’s imagePROGRAF TX Series, we have brought to market what we consider to be the next standard of engineering in regards to large-format printing of technical documents,” said Toyotsugu Kuwamura, executive vice president and general manager of the Business Imaging Solutions Group of Canon U.S.A. “The ability of the TX series to print striking, resilient posters, banners, and technical documents make them at home in a variety of settings, whether it’s a construction company, architectural firm, or office environment.”
The TX series includes four models:
- imagePROGRAF TX-3000 (36 inches)
- imagePROGRAF TX-3000 MFP T36 (36 inches with T36-model scanner)
- image PROGRAF TX 4000 (44 inches)
- imagePROGRAF TX 4000 MFP T36 (44 inches with T36-model scanner)
LUCIA TD Pigment Inks
All TX-Series printers use five colors (C, M, Y, Bk, MBk) of a brand-new LUCIA TD pigment ink to make high-quality prints on standard bond papers. The inks deliver a balanced combination of black density and bleed resistance and support accurate reproduction of lines and text and uniformity in the fill areas. Compared to the imagePROGRAF 830/840/850 series, the TX Series printers produce a wider color gamut on the uncoated inkjet papers typically used for drawings and documents.
The LUCIA TD pigment inks are also more weather-resistant than the dye inks used in the Canon imagePROGRAF 830/840/850 printers and earlier generations of Canon imagePROGRAF technical printers. Maps, drawings, and signs printed on Canon’s water-resistant matte polypropylene can withstand the outdoor conditions of a construction site.
To keep running costs low, you can choose from three ink tank sizes (160 ml, 330 ml, and 700 ml), depending on the colors you use most often. You can run tanks of different sizes and change them out as needed without interrupting an ongoing print job. A visual display shows whether the sub ink tanks are full, half-full, or almost empty.
The automatic paper loading system starts feeding the paper into the printer as soon as you load the roll on the printer.
With the optional Multifunction Roll Unit, you can load two 650-foot rolls of material (up to 6.7 inches in diameter) for more than 3,900 square feet of continuous printing. Or, you load two different widths of the same media type, and automatically switch between the two as needed. For long, uninterrupted print runs, you can set up the Multifunction Roll Unit to act as a take-up reel.
The standard, high-volume TX stacker can handle 100 A0-size sheets of 75 gsm, uncoated paper.
Ease of Use
You don’t need a computer to print PDF or JPEG files on an imagePROGRAF TX series printer. Simply insert a USB thumb drive and preview the job in the operation panel. In an office environment with a wireless network, you can send files wirelessly to the printer.
To minimize leaks of confidential information, the imagePROGRAF TX printers include strengthened security features such as an encrypted hard drive with IPSec support for secure storage. SSL/TSL and 802.1x authetnication support secure communications.
Compact, Uni-Body Construction
The robust chassis and unibody design of the TX series printers ensures the accuracy of ink-drop placement. The smaller footprint of the devices means even the 44-inch model can fit in smaller office spaces.
Free software that is available for the TX Series printers includes:
-Direct Print & Share (Canon’s cloud-portal file-sharing solution);
-Accounting Manager for tracking ink and media usage and costs per job
-PosterArtist Lite for creating professional-looking posters in four easy steps
-Optimized Module for printing directly from compatible AutoCAD software
-Print Plug-In for Microsoft Office for printing enlargements of Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint documents
-Media Configuration Tool for managing media information in the operation panel and printer driver.
For the multi-function printer (MFP) models, a new new 36-inch scanner is attached to the top of the printer. The scanner handle documents and boards or thick papers up to 0.08 inches thick and scan images in resolutions up to 1200 dpi.
Color documents are scanned at 6 inches per second and black-and-white documents can be scanned at 12 inches per second. You don’t have to stop a long print job in order to scan a document. Dual LEDs in the scanner reduce the appearance of scans or creases in the folds.
The 15.6-in. monitor included with the system enables you to view the scans and use the new SmartWorks software to make any necessary adjustments. With SmartWorks, you scan scan multi-page PDFs and enhance the look of the images. For example, you can de-skew the image, reset the white point and the black point, and sharpen or invert the image.
With the direct link to Canon’s Direct Print & Share software, you can scan and upload documents to the cloud and download and print them whenever you choose. Or, you can easily share the uploaded files with co-workers.
For more information about the Canon imagePROGRAF TX-3000, download this technical data sheet.
For more information about the Canon imagePROGRAF TX-4000, download this technical data sheet.