“So, here I am in the Canon Solutions America booth with Randy Parr who’s, believe it or not, we’ve met before, at the ISA show. I was moderating a panel and you were talking about, I guess wide-format printing, because that’s your thing. And, we are here with Canon Inc, CSA. Can I call it CSA at this point? Canon Solutions America a.k.a. CSA has a really cool display going. They’re calling it ‘The APP Room’. APP. Obviously, it’s right there. So Randy, why don’t you tell us a little bit about the concept behind this and then some of the executions and applications that you’re showing here.” Well, the APP Room, it stands for application, and really, when you think about printing today with digital technology, you could do so much more than just graphics. If you think of the people that will buy the graphics, you know, they are looking for cool, unique, new marketing approaches, and using our technology, we wanted to demonstrate just some of the range of products and creative ideas that you can actually get across with our equipment. So, the APP room came about, and you know with previous shows, we might have had a bit of a hodge-podge of different applications, and there was nothing cohesive about it. So, the APP room allowed us to demonstrate in sort of like a pseudo-bar, like neighborhood bar, of all the different applications that could be produced on our equipment.
“Which is quite genius because there’s so many different things that are actually printed in bars and restaurants, so very caught up. Now, I actually had a preview of this, but I don’t want to ruin it for the people at home. This frosting glass then, let’s start here. While you’re talking, I’m going to zoom in so people understand that this is raised.” Right. So, this is a combination of different printing approaches. We’ve printed on the second surface of a piece of pure acrylic to produce the colored glass, and on the front surface, the first surface, we’ve actually overprinted to produce a textured-leaded effect that raised the wirings.
“Wait. I’m lost already. So, you printed on the glass, you printed on this acrylic to make it look like glass, and then you printed on top of that.” Yes. To make the leaded fluorescence between the glass and raise the type, printed white over top of that.
“Wait. How do you just raise? You’re freaking me out.” That’s the benefit of a stationary flatbed printer is the dot placement accuracy is so high that we can put ink on top of ink on top of ink. Much like a 3D printer produces a shape, we use UV ink to create texture. "And how high can you go?" You know, because UV ink is a dangerous substance when it is not cured, we limit it to 2 mm or less. "Okay. If that's 2 mm or less, that's pretty high of a substrate. Very cool." But, because we're doing it in layers, really we're raising the printer up as it goes. So, we're really never too far away from the actual print. "You guys are sneaky. I like it. Print technology. It's a technology folks." Well, you know, we want to make sure that, you know, the equipment that we do have out there, that our customers are able to realize and capture new opportunities, and so we're always cooking up new applications back at our dental facility, and this is one of them that everybody gets excited about. "Yes. This is amazing. Okay. So, here I am at the APP room, my application bar, and here's my welcome window. And now, let's go into the bar. There's people in here and there's a lot more people in here, but I came during lunch, so hopefully that wouldn't be so crowded, but it's starting to get a little crowded in here." So, the first thing you met with here is our shoe rack, come in sort of thing for our brochures, but it’s made out of a corrugate type of board by Convert.
“Is it Convert?” Yes, it is.
“We love Convert.” Yes. It works really well, prints great, and with our Océ ProCut digital cutter, we were able to cut out the shapes and basically make a disposable display stand.
“Recyclable. It’s converted. Recyclable by primer.” Yes, it is. But, I mean, we’re not going to try to carefully take it home, you know. It’s for one time use.
“Beautiful. What’s this thing on the floor? Game? That’s a drinking game.” It’s a popular summer pastime, you know, a bagel game. We even print at the bags.
“No way. Is this on your new fabric print, dye-sublimation?” Yes. Dye-sublimation, Teleios Grande G5 Printer that we just launched last week. So, we produced bags.
“This is pretty clear.” Yes. It’s a direct-to-fabric printer.
“It’s amazing. We’ll go look at that after we see the APP room, if that’s okay.” Yes. Absolutely.
“I got one. I scored. Okay, so that’s the game. I got the name of it, but a lot of people –” Bagel.
“Bagel. Many people know this. It’s a drinking game. And you did the whole thing?” Yes. It’s manufactured out of a floorboard.
“Very cool. So, we have canvass on the wall.” That’s a printed canvass. We’ve got some window screens that we’ve done on vinyl.
“It’s a cling? So, which printer prints the clings?” We’ve done that on the Arizona on the roll option.
“And the bagel?” The bagel board, it’s also done on the Arizona and then cut on the Océ ProCut and the bags –
“Is that a canvass?” This is a canvass, and it’s printed on the ColorWave 700.
“Okay. Very cool.” Now this is, once again, textured printing. You saw that on the stained glass. This is the door. It’s a texture of the whole louvers and everything, but it’s actually a door.
“Wait. It’s a real door that you printed?” A real door. Yes.
“Right. Very cool. I guess that one, that’s the Arizona too, right?” That’s the Arizona, as well.
“That I know, because it’s big.” Yes. We can print up the 2-inch thick items. So, the tabletop, the door, what have you.
“And, what’s more signage. Very cool.” You know, back in the bar theme, you know, we got posters down on the ColorWave, as well. We’ve got some fabric backlits, also down on the Arizona.
“Fabric backlits. That is pretty cool. Look at that reflection. I mean, it’s probably hard to see. Definitely, you can’t see it on the video, but there’s a reflection here and I can see the leaves on the trees in that. That’s pretty incredible. I can’t believe I’m even asking this question. How many dots per inch is this thing?” It’s a variable drop size so it’s really hard to equate that to a fixed-drops size printer, but if you were to create a fixed-drop or fixed-dot size, it would be equivalent to 1440.
“Wow, awesome.” Then, of course back to the Arizona, printing on wood. Everybody likes custom stuff, especially around Christmas time. So, you can imagine making gift boxes for your best customers.
“Okay. That’s genius. That’s a great vertical market, too.” Yes. There’s a lot of wine connoisseurs. Think of cigar boxes.
“Okay, you heard it here first, people. That’s a good one.” Traditional packaging done digitally. We presented these to a group of people from AICC that came on a tour one day and we had the attendee list and we put in the names in each individual box, put the person’s name on it. Half an hour was consumed on that.
“Wow. You can personalize from the Arizona? Is that the Arizona?” Yes, using digital work flows.
“Amazing.” You know, once again, the beer stuff, labels. Six-pack.
“Let’s talk about this sign for a moment.” Okay. This is, once again, just like you saw, the stained glass window, this is exactly the same approach, where we’re printing on a low-glare flexi on the back side to give the color and on the top surface, we printed the textile leathering and the grail.
“It is, and it’s totally raised. Very cool.” Because we can control the height of that grail. We can make it match the compliance requirements of that particular area.
“Amazing. I’ve seen the guitar at Canon Expo. That was really cool. This booth is amazing. Is there anything else specifically that is different?” This is another nice application of the ColorWave. The shelf strips.
“Very cool.” We can frankly sell really fast – It’s a very high-speed printer. It’ll do 1 foot per second.
“I guess that’s fast.” It’s pretty fast. Yes.
“So, how many presses does it take to screw and light that belt? How many presses would it take to do everything in this room?” Maybe 3. You know, an Arizona, a couple different ColorWaves and a Cutter.
“And a Cutter, of course. Alright, I’m going to turn off the video and then we’ll go to the dicep. Thank you so much.”