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 user 2005-02-13 at 10:50:00 am Views: 49
  • #10223
    New Software from
    Canon U.S.A.

    Leverages the Power of Mid-Volume imageRUNNER Digital MFPs to
    Deliver Affordable and Complete High-Volume, Production Color

    Canon Introduces the New Clustering Kit-A1 Software for the Canon Color
    imageRUNNER C3220 – Networking Mid-Volume Devices to Serve As High-Speed Color
    Printing Solutions

    U.S.A., Inc., the nation’s market share brand leader in black-and-white and
    color laser copier/printer solutions(1), today introduced the new Canon
    Clustering Kit-A1 for the Color imageRUNNER C3220 – a powerful color production
    solution designed to support the pairing of two 32 page-per-minute(2) (ppm)
    Color imageRUNNER C3220(3) devices to appear as a ‘virtual’ single 64 ppm
    printer on the network.

    Created in
    response to the growing demand for a color solution that would enable users to
    better control workflow for increased productivity and improved
    return-on-investment (ROI), the Canon Clustering Kit-A1 manages jobs by
    communicating with a printer group comprised of two identically configured Color
    imageRUNNER C3220 devices to present a ‘virtual 64-ppm’ print solution. As users
    send print jobs to a pre-configured printer group, the Canon Clustering Kit-A1
    software dynamically manages job splitting and print workflow. The ‘virtual’
    solution appears to the end-user as a single printer with faster performance and
    automated error recovery across multiple engines.

    “For high-volume users who may be spending thousands of
    dollars monthly to outsource their color documents – this technology acts as an
    in-house color solution that is fast, reliable, affordable and in direct
    competition with other comparable high-volume devices,” said Sam Yoshida,
    director and general manager of Product Marketing for Canon U.S.A.’s Imaging
    Systems Group. “The Canon advantage is that – by automatically routing and
    managing jobs across multiple devices – we essentially offer the luxury of
    having two independent systems that can function as one to achieve full,
    concurrent, multifunctional high-volume output when needed.”

    The Canon
    Clustering Kit-A1 provides a complete workflow solution for organizations
    looking to improve efficiencies, reduce labor costs and gain more control over
    their print environment. By combining and controlling the workflow using the
    Canon Clustering Kit-A1, print jobs are expedited and engine usage is maximized.
    Jobs are sent to the fastest printer in a printer group, based on concurrent
    loads, as well as automatically redirected to other available printers if the
    first printer is experiencing an error. Users no longer have to sacrifice
    productivity when one device needs to be filled with paper or if it requires
    maintenance as the other device will still be available.

    The Canon
    Clustering Kit-A1 serves as a complete job management tool, featuring a
    friendly, intuitively designed user-interface allowing users to quickly access
    the system’s advanced features and tools for automated workflow. In addition to
    offering Job Splitting and Smart Job Routing features, the Canon Clustering
    Kit-A1 offers Hot Folder submission, which allows users to simply “drag and
    drop” jobs into color-coded folders with pre-specified parameters for automated
    job submittal, processing and finishing. A comprehensive set of Job Management
    Tools aid administrators and operators with job submission, status checks and
    editing capabilities.

    Color imageRUNNER C3220

    upon Canon’s highly successful Color imageRUNNER C3200 – a product that has set
    new standards for general office color since its initial introduction in 2003 –
    the Color imageRUNNER C3220 features a four-drum, single-pass engine that
    achieves speeds up to 32 pages-per-minute (ppm) for both color and monochrome
    output(4). With support for up to 2400 equivalent x 600-dpi output resolution
    and Canon’s third-generation of oil-less S toners, the C3220 produces crisp,
    eye-catching output. Extensive document-handling options, finishing capabilities
    and support for a variety of media allows users to create effective,
    attention-grabbing documents in-house at reduced cost.

    The Canon
    Color imageRUNNER C3220 also features the power of Canon’s innovative MEAP(TM)
    (Multifunctional Embedded Application Platform) development architecture, an
    industry unique, Canon-developed, Java-based platform for which embedded
    applications can be specifically written, installed and run on an imageRUNNER

    and Availability: Canon Clustering Kit-A1(5)

    Availability: February 2005 MSRP: $4,950.00