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imagePROGRAF iPF6400

Product Highlights

  • 12-Color 24-inch Printer

Technical Specifications

The imagePROGRAF iPF6400, 24-inch large format printer was designed for professionals in the graphic, fine art, photography and proofing markets that seek the highest possible standards for quality-control and image reproduction. An incredibly large color spectrum is produced by the 12-Color LUCIA EX pigment ink set, which also provides better scratch resistance and smoother gradations. The new Multi-sensor included with this printer provides improved color density detection and allows for a full calibration to be completed within 15 minutes, with the ability to use non-Canon branded media. A new Color Calibration Management System allows for color calibration targets to be created using the iPF6450 with optional spectrophotometer and shared across all new iPFX400 12-color printers, and the included software allows for all printers on the network to be monitored from one central location. The printer supports ink tank sizes of 130ml and for the first time, 300ml, and the new sub-ink tank keeps some ink in reserve to allow for tanks to be changed without interrupting a print. In highest print mode, the order of ink application and layering is optimized to maintain the highest print quality with fewer passes, making this mode twice as fast compared to previous models.
To expand printing options and capabilities, the iPF6400 printer comes bundled with a Print Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Digital Photo Professional, and Microsoft Office. The enhanced Print Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop includes a new Adjustment Pattern Setting which allows for multiples of an image to be printed at once with different color values implemented and displayed. Gallery wraps for canvas prints can now be created using the new Gallery Wrap Feature. To improve versatility, the iPF6400 has a media configuration tool which allows customers to not only utilize existing Canon-branded media, but also with third party media. Designed for efficiency, reliability, and above all quality, the iPF6400 is the professional’s answer to superior quality large format prints.
LUCIA EX Ink Set
Canon’s LUCIA EX Ink set is designed for dramatic photographic expression and detailed color reproduction for exacting proofing applications. This 12-Color ink set offers a brilliant range of vibrant colors, smooth gradations and transitions, with incredibly fine details. This specially formulated ink also offers better scratch resistance, superb black reproduction and exceptional color stability compared to its predecessor. Combined with the printer’s technologies, the LUCIA EX inks have the ability to satisfy the demanding needs of the Photographic, Fine Art, Proofing and Graphics professionals.
The LUCIA EX Ink system excels in reproducing colors in the blue, red, purple, yellow and green spectral ranges, providing an exceptionally large color gamut. Vibrant, rich colors with unsurpassed detail and crisp, clean monotone images make this ink set essential for incredible photo quality output.
Color Calibration Management System

The Color Calibration Management Console is included for the centralized management of networked printers in a system from one easy to use software tool. This unique feature enables color calibration targets created using the iPF6450 printer with optional spectrophotometer to be linked across the entire line of new 12 color imagePROGRAF devices. A printer’s administrator can monitor and manage each printer in a remote location. Linking color calibration targets among multiple printers allows color calibration for custom media to be performed on printers not equipped with a Spectrophotometer Unit.

Multi-Sensor

This printer includes an upgraded, built-in color densitometer that’s designed to offer even more precise calibration and color matching. Using a three-color LED and a newly developed condenser lens the sensor enables accurate recalibration of the device, allowing users to maintain a low average printer-to-printer color difference. Automatic color calibration is finished quickly after a few simple steps on the printer’s operation panel. A single color calibration performed with one type of media can be applied to media in all printing modes.

High Speed Printing with Fewer Passes

In highest print mode, the order of ink application and layering is optimized to maintain the highest print quality with fewer passes, making this mode twice as fast compared to previous models. In high and standard print modes, print density within a single pass of the heads is optimized to reduce unevenness and support fewer passes as well.

Tint and Tone Adjustments

The tint and tone controls over the four monochromatic shades allow a user to create even more expressive blacks with smoother gradations – especially in dark areas. Found in both the Printer Driver and Print Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, the new tone control in the monochrome photo mode includes adjustments for:

  • Soft Tone
  • Middle Tone
  • Medium Hard Tone
  • Hard Tone
  • Strong Hard Tone
A tint control has also been added to the Print Plug-in for Photoshop. This new option gives users the ability to affect the white space on an image. By adding monochromatic ink to an images’ white space, the user can improve gloss control in a black and white image, allowing them greater control on how their final printed output will appear.
Large Ink Tank Capacity

The iPF6400 supports 130 ml ink tank sizes, and offers an option for large 300 ml ink tanks. Ink tank replacement becomes less frequent and users with higher printing volumes can enjoy greater productivity.

Sub Ink Tank System

An ink tank system designed for uninterrupted printing even during tank replacement that has already been featured on the current 44 and 60 inch models, is now available for the first time on a 24 inch, 12-Color iPF printer. The iPF6400 keeps some ink in reserve in its sub ink tanks so that even when the tanks themselves run out of ink, printing can continue without interruption and the tanks can be replaced on the fly.

Gigabit Ethernet Support

Fast data transfer will help exceptionally high measures of productivity.

PosterArtist (Optional)

For those with more demanding poster creation needs, Canon’s optional PosterArtist offers advanced features such as Auto Design, Variable Data, and in-application image editing features, as well as additional templates, royalty-free photos, and clip art. The built-in weblink feature in PosterArtist Lite links users directly to the PosterArtist website for useful hints and tips, and even more free contents for download.

PosterArtist Lite
Canon’s included PosterArtist Lite poster creation software gives users the ability to quickly and easily create professional large format prints. Users simply follow the program’s four (4) easy steps to create posters that can be used in applications such as Office presentation, Trade shows, Retail Signage, and much, much more. The PosterArtist QuickCopy feature provides an easy solution for a CanoScan desktop scanner to be used as a copier, making letter-size flyers and documents into full-size posters with a touch of a button.
Visit www.usa.canon.com/posterartist for a free demo version to download.
Print Plug in for Microsoft Office

This utility makes it easy to print large-format documents created in Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. The Plug-in appears in a tool bar inside the Microsoft application and has an easy-to-follow “Wizard”. The Plug-in will bypass the printer driver to simplify the printing process. A few simple steps convert your 8.5″ x 11″ office document to poster size.

Accounting Manager
Tracks how much ink and media is being consumed when printing. Costs can be assigned to ink and paper to determine expenses based on “Cost of Goods”. The user can also input a variable cost that will be added to the total of the print cost. The data is exportable to a .csv format for Microsoft Excel so the data can be used for billing purposes.

Features Include:

  • Job Cost (ink, Media and variable cost inputted by user)
  • Ink Consumed per Job*
  • Media Consumed per Job
  • Job Completion time
  • And more
*Ink usage is estimate, and error tolerance is ±15%
Print Plug in for Digital Photo Professional

This export module allow users to directly process and print RAW image files from DPP. This plug-in bypasses the operating system’s dependent print driver, allowing processing of 16-bit RGB images directly, which dramatically increases gradations and as a result, overall image quality.

Features:

  • Full screen preview
  • More print quality selections
  • Categorized paper type view
  • Roll paper layout view
  • Bi-cubic enlargement
Media Configuration Tool

Recognizing the expanding array of media options for large format printers and to further improve the versatility of these new imagePROGRAF models, Canon has developed a Media Configuration Tool, which allows customers to not only utilize Canon-branded media, but provides the ability to make adjustments to printer settings to enhance the precision and quality of output achieved with third party media.

Settings that can be configured using media parameter adjustment features include:

  • Media weight and thickness
  • Ink drying
  • Automatic cutting settings
  • Borderless printing
  • Paper feed amount
  • Print-head height
  • Vacuum strength
  • Maximum ink usage
Gallery Wrap Feature

This creative tool can be accessed via Adobe Photoshop and allows users to easily create gallery wrap prints for framing, as well as creative options that will expand output possibilities.

  • Crop Marks: These lines are a guide for folding the paper for mounting.
  • Edge Lines: The area outside these lines is the area that gets folded around to the back of the canvas. (Not actually displayed or printed).
  • Blue Lines: The area within these lines is the area that appears on the front surface of the canvas when mounted. (not actually printed).
  • Canvas Thickness: This area becomes the sides of the canvas when mounted.
  • Amount of Extension: This is the region that is printed protruding excessively in order to prevent white areas appearing on the sides of the canvas.

 

You can choose the effect you would like on the canvas that would be wrapped on the frame.

  • Image: Wraps the image to the canvas sides.
  • Soft Image: Performs Gaussian filtering on the image on the canvas sides.
  • Reflection: Reflects the image on the canvas sides.
  • Soft Reflection: Reflects the image on the canvas sides and performs Gaussian filtering.
  • White, Black or Color Makes the canvas sides white, Black or a custom color.
Enhanced Print Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop
This export module allows 16-bit image processing, preserving the expanded color spectrum and high gradation of the file. The Print plug-in also reduces the possibility of incorrect settings, by providing an integrated interface for print settings in Photoshop and the printer driver, enabling efficient production.
The new Adjustment Pattern Setting feature allows for multiples of an image to be printed with different color settings in order to choose the color that most closely matches what you need.

The following new or enhanced features are provided in the Print Plug-In for Photoshop:

  • Adjustment Pattern Setting
  • Adobe CMM support
  • Proof printing support
  • Support for commercial profile creation tools
Fine Art
Fine Art Natural 230gsm 14mil
German Etching by Hahnemuhle 310gsm 18mil
Fine Art Bright White 230gsm 14mil
Fine Art Bright White 330gsm 20mil
Artistic Satin Canvas 350gsm 19mil
Artistic Matte Canvas 340gsm 21mil
Water Resistant Matte Canvas 400gsm 24mil
Fine Art Photo Rag by Hahnemuhle 188gsm 11.5mil
Fine Art Enhanced Velvet 255gsm 21mil
Premium Fine Art Bright White 305gsm  19mil
Premium Polished Rag 305gsm  17mil
Premium Fine Art Smooth 310gsm  16.5mil
Photo Paper Pro Premium Matte 210gsm 12mil
Photographic
Satin Photo Paper 170gsm 7mil
Satin Photo Paper 200gsm 8mil
Satin Photo Paper 240gsm 10mil
Glossy Photo Paper 170gsm 7mil
Glossy Photo Paper 200gsm 8mil
Glossy Photo Paper 240gsm 10mil
Premium RC Photo Matte 255gsm 10mil
Premium RC Photo Luster 255gsm 10mil
Premium Glossy Photographic Paper 2 280gsm 11mil
Premium Semi-Glossy Photographic Paper 2 280gsm 11mil
Sign / Banner / Display
Back Print Backlit Film 165gsm 5mil
Durable Matte Polypropylene Banner 130gsm 7mil
Roll-up Gloss Film 230gsm 7mil
Durable Backlit Film 250gsm 7mil
Adhesive Matte Vinyl 290gsm 11mil
Scrim Banner Vinyl 460gsm 14mil
Peel and Stick Repositionable Media 260gsm 11mil
Water Resistant Matte Polypropylene 115gsm 6mil
Water Resistant Adhesive Matte Vinyl 330gsm 13mil
Water Resistant Matte Banner Vinyl 480gsm 13.8mil
Technical Documents / CAD / GIS
Economy Bond Paper 75gsm 4mil
Premium Plain Paper (2 Rolls per box) 80gsm 4mil
High Resolution Coated Bond 120gsm 6mil
Heavyweight Coated Paper 140gsm 7mil
Heavyweight Coated Paper HG 145gsm 6mil
Double Matte Film 160gsm 5mil
Matte Coated Paper 90gsm 5mil
Matte Coated Paper 170gsm 8mil
Heavyweight Matte Coated Paper 230gsm 10mil
20lb Bond, 150ft 75gsm 4mil
20lb Bond, 300ft 75gsm 4mil
20lb Recycled Uncoated Bond, 150ft 75gsm 4mil
20lb Recycled Uncoated Bond, 300ft 75gsm 4mil
24lb Bond, 150ft 90gsm 4mil
24lb Bond, 300ft 90gsm 4mil
24lb Premium Coated Bond, 150ft 90gsm 4mil
24lb Premium Coated Bond, 300ft 90gsm 4mil
Main Unit Specs

Printer Type

12-Color 24-inch Printer

Number of Nozzles

Total: 30,720
All Colors: 2,560 nozzles each

Nozzle Pitch

1,200 dpi

Nozzle Recovery System

Non-firing nozzle detection and compensation

Print Resolution (Up to)

2,400 x 1,200 dpi (Max)

OS Compatibility

Windows® (XP/Vista 32/64bit/Windows 7 32/64bit)
Macintosh® (OSX)

Standard Interfaces

USB 2.0 High-Speed
10/100/1000 Base-T/TX

Ink Droplet Size

4 picoliter

Ink Capacity

130ml/300ml per color2

Ink Droplet Size

LUCIA EX Ink (Pigment based)

Color Set

Cyan, Photo Cyan, Magenta, Photo Magenta, Yellow, Black, Matte Black, Red, Green. Blue, Gray, Photo Gray

Buffer Ram

384 MB

Media Width

Cut Sheet: 8 – 24

Media Thickness

Top Loading Manual Feed: 0.07 – 0.8mm (3.2 – 31.4mil)
Front Loading Manual Feed: 0.5 – 1.5mm (19.6 – 59.0mil)
Roll: 0.07 – 0.8mm (3.2 – 31.4mil)

Maximum Roll Print Length

59 Feet (18 meters)3

Maximum Media Roll Diameter

5.9 (150mm)

Borderless Printing Width

10 (254 mm), B4 (257 mm), A3+ (329 mm), 14 (356 mm), 16 (407 mm), A2 (420 mm), A2+/17 (432 mm), B2 (515 mm), A1 (594 mm), 24 (610 mm)

Paper Feed Method

Roll Feed: One Roll, front output
Top Loading Manual Feed: One sheet, front output
Front Loading Manual Feed: One sheet, front output

Languages

GARO (Canon Proprietary)

Noise Level Approx

Operation: 47 dB (A) or less
Acoustic Power: Approx. 6.4 Bels or less

Physical Dimensions

39.4” (H) x 48.3” (W) x 27.6” (D)

Weight

Approximately 154 lbs. with stand

Power Source

AC-100-240V (50-60Hz)

Power Consumption

Maximum: 100W or less
Standby: 6W or less
Power Off: .5W or less (Compliant with Executive Order)

Operating Environment

Temperature: 59°-86° F (15°-30° C)
Relative Humidity – 10-80% (No Condensation)

User-replaceable items

Print Head (PF-05)
Maintenance Cartridge (MC-16)
Ink Tanks (PFI-106, PFI-206)

Software Included

Canon Printer Driver, Print Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop. Print Plug-in for Digital Photo Professional, PosterArtist Lite (PC Only), Printer Driver Extra Kit (Free Layout, Color imageRUNNER Enlargement Copy, Advanced Preview), Print Plug-in for Microsoft® Word/Excel/PowerPoint (PC only), Accounting Manager, Gallery Wrap Feature

Color Calibration Management Console Software

How to create and print posters using Canon PosterArtist Lite

Layout Plug-In (Gallery Wrap)

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