Canon today announces the launch of its updated ColorWave and PlotWave large format printer series. Comprising three ColorWave models (3600, 3800 and 9000) and five monochrome PlotWave models (3000, 3500, 5000, 5500 and 7500), the series has been designed to support and encourage creativity in all organisations at every stage of the design process - from the visualisation of ideas, through the developmental process to final designs. Built on trusted Canon technology, both upgraded series offer enhanced security benefits and improved ease of use. For creators looking to meet tight deadlines, protect their data and print right first time in any office or production environment, ColorWave and PlotWave printers offer the ideal solution.


Integrating optional finishing and scanning solutions, ColorWave and PlotWave printers now offer an all-in-one solution that makes the automated production of large format prints easier than ever. With a range of fully compatible stackers and folders, any printer in the series can be configured to meet specific requirements and easily produce finished documents – all on one printer. And users can now upgrade printers without the need to update finishing equipment; they can simply retrofit stackers or folders for a complete end-to-end, compact and productive solution.

Also compatible with both series are scanning solutions for every requirement – the Scanner Express, which can be integrated on top of the PlotWave and ColorWave printers for walk-up prints, and the Scanner Professional, a stand-alone production scanner for maximum quality and productivity that can be integrated with one or more printers.

From corporate workspaces, to copy shops and production environments, the printers in these series are designed as sustainable, compact and ergonomic solutions to fit any environment, while also operating quietly to minimise distractions. 


From R&D departments printing confidential prototypes, to building companies being able to retain plans confidentially to ensure that the actual buildings remain secure, companies need to have confidence that their data is protected. This updated portfolio offers that peace of mind – meeting the highest security standards.

With SMARTshield integrated printing security, the new printer series offers safe submission to protect data and user credentials when sending files to the printer. It provides safe storage, protecting print data from theft or accidental data leakage; authorisation to restrict access to confidential files, and hack prevention which ensures no one from outside the organisation can access the printer’s files. Whether print data is in submission, in storage, or being authorised – SMARTshield ensures that it remains secure.


The intuitive new ColorWave and PlotWave interface is easy to use and can be operated by anyone, whether or not a trained operator.

Using ClearConnect software, the printers provide a streamlined workflow for any individual print job or complex multi-file document set. By providing active operator warnings and accurate print previews, the software also enables users to make necessary corrections before hitting print, and to submit prints with ease, from any location or device.

The POWERsync controller also allows any of the ColorWave and PlotWave series to be easily integrated into a network running uniFLOW technology for secure printing and accounting.

Designed to save time and speed up the design process, Publisher Select, part of the ClearConnect software suite, eliminates misprints and wasted materials with a ‘what you see is what your print’ preview on your computer desktop. Improving productivity, the software offers dual printer support for a range of Canon’s large format printers and has the functionality to assign specialised media templates to print jobs or individual files within a multi-file print job.

Martijn Fransen, Strategy & Marketing Director, Technical Document Systems, Canon Production Printing, comments: “With our long heritage in the large format printing market, Canon is dedicated to continuously developing innovative technology to support our customers’ evolving needs and enable them to confidently print their concepts and designs right first time at a high quality. Customer feedback to date on the ColorWave and PlotWave series has been extremely positive, but with our updated portfolio we are offering an even more integrated and intuitive range of devices. With a new end-to-end solution, which integrates scanning, printing and finishing, and with enhanced ease-of-use and improved security features, we are providing our customers with the perfect all-in-one solution.”

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