Canon Colorado 1650 UVgel ink approved for the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty program

Canon Europe has announced that 3M has recognized the superior quality of the Colorado 1650 printer and its UVgel 460 ink for approval under their 3M™ MCS™ Warranty program. This recognition provides assurance that applications printed on the Colorado 1650 printer in combination with UVgel 460 ink and 3M approved media will achieve the highest quality standards. Applications covered by the 3M MCS Warranty include vehicle graphics, signs and panels, floor graphics and more.

To qualify for approval, Colorado 1650 and its UVgel 460 inks, combined with various 3M media, successfully passed a series of rigorous tests performed under 3M’s strict evaluation conditions. Backed by thorough testing of ink, printer and media combinations, also including 3M’s detailed weathering technology, the 3M MCS Warranty gives print service providers and their customers peace of mind and confidence that their images will perform as expected over their intended lifetime. century of printed graphics.

Widely recognized as the defacto industry standard for the most comprehensive, comprehensive warranty for finished graphics, the 3M MCS Warranty provides no-participation protection for the expected life of the graphic, including protection against fading, cracking, peeling, blistering, discoloration and many other aspects of graphics performance.

The industry’s most productive 64-inch printer, Canon Colorado 1650 uses a unique UVgel ink technology, which incorporates all the best aspects of alternative ink technologies, such as color gamut and eco-solvent lightfastness, convenience for indoor use and fast drying time of latex and productivity and low temperature UV printing process. UVgel technology also enables unique options, such as the production of output material with a matte or glossy finish or even a combination of the two in one print.

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UVgel inks provide ultra-robust, odorless output materials that are fully certified for indoor use, while being highly durable for outdoor use. And with customers benefiting from zero VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions, zero hazardous air pollutants and a low average ink consumption of 6.4 ml/m2 across more than 2,500 UVgel machines installed worldwide, UVgel has already proven itself as sustainable and cost-effective alternative to latex and eco-solvent technologies.

Woonsik Shim, Vice President, Graphics and Personal Automotive Business, 3M Commercial Solutions Division, says, “At 3M, we pride ourselves on being able to provide graphics manufacturers with the widest selection of industry-leading printing solutions. Extending the warranty through our partnership with Canon reinforces our commitment to quality and the success of our customers, which in turn instills confidence in printed graphics.”

Jennifer Kolloczek, Senior Director of Planning, Marketing and Innovation Europe, Production Staff at Canon Europe, comments, “The way wide-format graphics and other applications are produced is being transformed by UVgel technology. By securing the 3M MCS Warranty, we have passed another key moment in our long-term strategy to continue the adoption of this unique printing technology. Working together with key industry partners such as 3M, we will continue our mission to provide print service providers in this exciting market with a wider choice of print technologies and demonstrate the significant benefits that UVgel could make to their business.”

Canon is seeing rapid growth in adoption of the Colorado platform and patented UVgel technology and, during 2020, invested in a new, state-of-the-art ink plant at its headquarters in Venlo, Netherlands, which is now fully operational and continuously expanding production capacity to keep pace with by demand.

Canon is currently preparing new labels and packaging to make the Colorado 1650 and its UVgel 460 ink ready for the 3M MCS Warranty starting January 1, 2023. At this time, customers will be able to register to apply for a 3M MCS Warranty Certificate for the Colorado 1650 and UVgel 460 ink.

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