Canon’s new entry-level imagePROGRAF large-format 5-Color 24-inch TA-20 and 36-inch TA-30 printers are aimed at small businesses and first-time large-format print users.
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“In order to evolve in the competitive large-format inkjet market, it is important for companies to develop productive, user-friendly solutions intended to meet customer and market demands,” says Shinichi Yoshida executive vice president and GM, Canon U.S.A. “With the new TA Series, users now have access to a printer complete with a full set of ink and software suite for a streamlined customer experience that is ready right out of the box.”
Epson says the multi-purpose imagePROGRAF TA Series is great for posters, technical documents and designs. “These new devices provide users the ability to print on water resistant media for outdoor signage by utilizing Canon’s high yield TD pigment ink. Unlike printers that use dye ink, the TA Series uses pigment ink that can produce posters that can be used for up to 6 months outdoors— no lamination needed when using Canon’s water resistant media. With the ability to print borderless on all paper sizes, these models help eliminate the need for manual cutting. With wireless capabilities, users can print from anywhere in the office.”
The TA printers include Canon’s free poster creation software, PosterArtist Lite, allowing customers to design and print posters. The devices also come standard with a layout software enabling users to easily nest images minimizing paper waste and can print directly from Microsoft Office3.
“With the ability to print a 24 x 36 inch document or poster in as fast as 27 seconds on plain paper using Fast (Q5) mode4, Canon’s technology gets the job done,” Epson says. “The series’ air-feeding system offers end users high quality, consistent printing which is designed to help increase productivity by helping the paper to remain straight to reduce wrinkles and paper jams.”
Designed for small businesses and home offices, the TA-20 and TA-30 devices are compact, quiet printers created to fit into small office spaces and cause less disruption in the workplace. The two models feature a cost-efficient economy print mode, which allows for 40% less ink usage than standard mode. Additionally, Canon provides an on-the-fly ink tank technology that gives users the ability to replace ink during printing, helping to reduce the amount of media and ink wasted.
Features include instructional videos to help entry-level users get the greatest value from their device. Users are able to access these informational videos by scanning the QR code displayed on the printer’s operation panel on their smart phone.
The new imagePROGRAF TA Series is now available in the US. No word at this stage on local availability.