Despite Canon acquiring Oce, and Canon USA/Japan being one of forerunners in the digital print industry, It may very be the case that Oce’s engineering and technology has saved Canon from falling into the rat race with companies like Xerox and Konica Minolta.
Who would have thought that a rather small company in the Netherlands was holding on to technology that would revolutionize digital print. In both Black and white and color digital presses.
Oce’s Vario 140, a toner based, BW digital press without a fusing system, zero waste, and reported cases of over half a million sheets with no jamming or maintenance required. Unheard of.
The Vario Titan can run 336 impressions a minute and print the front and back of a sheet simultaneously with two independent marking engines.
Their i300, one of the first digital, color, inkjet presses to grace the industry, can literally give offset printing a run for its money.
And to compare to anything Canon has created in the past simply can’t be done.
The Canon C10000 is certainly a marvel, but no other company has branched out from the current technology of electrostatic transfer and a scorching hot fuser (except for perhaps HP and its Indigo).
A well played acquisition on Canon’s part. And a lucrative future in digital print, thanks to a group of humble engineers from the Netherlands.