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Canon Solutions America - 6/21/2010

New Océ Arizona 550 XT Extra-Large UV Flatbed Printer

Océ, an international leader in digital document management and printing for professionals, today announced 
the new Océ Arizona® 550 XT UV flatbed printer with an extra-large flatbed table for oversized rigid media or 
objects. It includes a Production Mode print speed nearly twice that of the Océ Arizona 350 XT printer. The 
Océ Arizona 550 XT printer will make its debut in the international Océ booth at the FESPA exhibition in Munich, 
22-26 June 2010. It is expected to be available for order in the U.S. starting in late Q3-2010.

The Océ Arizona 550 XT printer is the next generation model in the award-winning Océ Arizona Series of UV 
flatbed printers. It uses UV curable inks and Océ VariaDotTM imaging technology to deliver near-photographic 
image quality for nearly any application. Designed as a true flatbed system, it can print on a wide variety of 
oversized rigid substrates up to 98.4 by 120 inches and offers a flexible media printing option for roll-based 
media up to 86.6 inches wide. 

Exceptional image quality, productivity and ink economy with Océ VariaDot imaging technology
The Océ Arizona 550 XT printer uses Océ VariaDot imaging technology that enables a printhead to produce ink 
droplets of variable size resulting in variable sized dots on the printed media. The ability to jet small droplets 
produces sharp images with smoother gradients and quartertones. The ability to jet larger droplets produces dense, 
uniform solids. The result is near-photographic image quality with sharpness only before seen at resolutions of 
1,440 dpi or higher. Print providers will never have to refuse a job because of their clients’ expectations for high 
quality output when using the Océ Arizona 550 XT printer.

In addition to superior image quality, Océ VariaDot imaging technology requires only four color inks to achieve 
the best image quality in the industry. The use of only four colors and of variable-sized droplets results in 
significantly lower ink consumption – up to 50 percent less – than six color printers with fixed droplet inkjet 
technology. 
 
Production print speeds
The Océ Arizona 550 XT printer features a Production print mode of up to 462 square feet per hour on rigid 
media without sacrificing any of the award-winning print quality for which the Océ Arizona Series is famous. 
With this productivity, print providers can confidently take on peak demand and rush jobs. It reduces the risk 
for businesses wanting to make the transition from analog to digital printing by providing all the print quality they 
need at production speeds. 

Ideal for banner and outdoor work
An Express print mode is also available with print speeds of up to 709 square feet per hour, nearly three times 
higher than the fastest print speed available on the previously-released Océ Arizona 350 XT printer. Express 
Mode prints have all the sharpness and color density of other print modes and are ideal for banner and outdoor 
work.

Extra large versatility
Nearly 110 four- by eight-foot boards can be produced in a single eight-hour shift on the Océ Arizona 550 XT 
printer using Production print speeds, making it a great solution for typical sign and display work that would 
otherwise go to the screen press. The extra width of the Océ Arizona 550 XT printer enables it to be used in a 
continuous imaging mode for rigid media up to 49.2 by 98.4 inches, or a standard four- by eight-foot board. 
Two rigid boards of this size can be mounted on separate vacuum areas of the flatbed table. While one board is 
being printed, the operator can change the other. Since the printer never has to stop printing for a media change, 
users can significantly increase their net print production on boards of this size. 

Print providers can offer innovative products and services to their customers
By using the extra-large flatbed and the white ink capabilities of the Océ Arizona 550 XT printer, print providers 
can innovate the products and services they offer for higher-value print applications. Print providers can print 
on irregularly shaped objects or non-square media, heavy substrates such as glass, or materials that have an 
uneven surface such as wood. This is an important advantage over competitive rigid-capable printers that use 
belt or friction-based media feed systems, as they can often only print on square-cornered, lightweight materials 
of uniform thickness. The true flatbed architecture enables printing on anything that is reasonably flat up to two 
inches thick. Print providers can add value to a metal cookie box, a DVD, a piece of furniture, a pane or 
architectural glass, a sheet of painted aluminum, wood, medium density fiberboard (MDF), or even a full-sized 
garage door. The Océ Arizona 550 XT printer offers unparalleled versatility for those print providers that are 
serious about innovation and higher margin printing applications. 

Costs a third less than comparable systems
Like all Océ Arizona printers, the Océ Arizona 550 XT model was designed using a cost-efficient engineering 
approach that makes it much more affordable than comparable systems. Print providers can own this high quality, 
high capacity printer for about 30% to 40% less than comparable, competitive UV flatbed systems. That reduces 
capital outlay for small- and medium-sized businesses and enables them to acquire the best-in-class print quality 
and application versatility. 
 
Available options
A Roll Media Option is available giving print providers the ability to print onto flexible media including vinyl, self-
adhesive vinyl, scrim banner, paper and blue backed paper without compromising the rigid printing workflow. 
Print providers can use this system to expand into more exotic applications that command premium prices, from 
parts templates for manufacturing; CD covers and wallpaper, to fast food menus and fabric, and anything 
needed for sign and display.

The Océ Arizona 550 XT printer includes a White Ink Option that enables under-printing for non-white media or 
objects, over-printing for backlit applications on transparent media and printing white as a spot color. Under-printing 
white ink provides a base for non-white surfaces upon which color can be added, giving print providers the ability 
to expand their range of offerings to include specialty applications. Over-printing white ink provides a diffusion layer 
for backlit applications that will be viewed from the unprinted side, enabling print providers to produce high quality 
backlit images for point-of-purchase applications. The ability to also print white ink as a spot color enables white 
features of images to be highlighted for greater effect. Using white ink to its full effect will have a very positive 
impact on the margins that print providers can demand of their customers.

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