Academic journal article Library Technology Reports

Canon Microprinter 60 Microform Reader/printer

Academic journal article Library Technology Reports

Canon Microprinter 60 Microform Reader/printer

Article excerpt

Manufacturer: Canon Micrographics, Canon U.S.A., Inc. One Canon Plaza, Lake Success, NY 11042 (516) 488-6700

Prices
  Main unit with fiche carrier but no lens    $2,950.00
    24X to 35X zoom with prism                   850.00
    17X to 47X zoom (no prism)                   550.00
    23.5X, 41X, or 47X fixed
      magnification with prism                   400.00
    29X, 33X, or 35.5X fixed
      magnification (no prism)                   225.00
  Toner cartridge                                126.00
  Automatic exposure control                      95.00
  Border erasure                                 190.00
  16mm film carrier (not tested)                1,230.00

Cost per copy (for materials only & assuming no spoilage)

$.08 per print, approximately.

This figure was calculated by LTR on the basis of the average yield of four cartridges--one negative/positive on the Microprinter 90 (972 prints), one positive/positive on the Microprinter 90 (2,755 prints), one negative/ positive on the Microprinter 60 (1,505 prints), and one positive/positive on the Microprinter 60 (1,673 prints). A negative test fiche and a positive test fiche with 12 percent information coverage were used throughout, as applicable. Because both machines use the same cartridges and have exactly the same print engine and AE System, we averaged the print yields for all four cartridges tested (1,726) and divided the cost of the cartridge ($126.00) by this amount. The cost of plain bond paper was calculated at the rate of $.01 per sheet.

DESCRIPTION

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

This is a desk-top reader/printer intended primarily for use with COM fiches. Two film transports are available: a fiche carrier, and a carrier for 16mm film wound on open reels. Since the roll film carrier does not accept 35mm film, it was not considered suitable for use in a library, and was not tested.

The machine can make positive prints from either positive or negative film, but a different toner cartridge must be installed for each. Changing cartridges does not take longer than about a minute. An indicator light informs the operator which type of cartridge is in the machine. If both cartridges are used, a storage place must be provided for the cartridge not being used.

There are two zoom lenses and six fixed-magnification lenses. The zoom lenses offer magnifications of 24X to 35X, and 17X to 47X. The fixed lenses offer magnifications of 23.5X, 29X, 33X, 35.5X, 41X, and 47X.

The 24X to 35X zoom and the 23.5X, 41X, and 47X fixed lenses include prisms which provide for 360 degree rotation of the image on the screen.

The fiche carrier does not rotate, so if a lens without a prism is used, the image can only be rotated by rotating the fiche in the carrier.

Corner marks on the screen define the area to be printed. This area is 8-1/2" high x 11" wide, corresponding to the aspect ratio of computer output microfiches. As a consequence, a source document image, which would normally be projected on the screen at 11" high x 8-1/2" wide, would have to be rotated 90 degrees before printing (see figure 2). Alternatively, the zoom lens could be used to reduce the height of the image 8-1/2" high on the screen, and the undersized image can be printed.

The 23.5X lens assembly includes a prism which allows a full-size 8-1/2" x 11" print to be made from a source document fiche by rotating the screen image 900. (See figure 2.)

The paper is loaded into a cassette on the right side of the machine, and the prints are ejected out the front. The toner cartridge is also loaded on the right side. (See figures 3 and 4.)

To save energy, the machine may be put into a "reader-only" mode until one wishes to make prints.

The machine is advertised as a desk-top machine, but there is available a work station. The work station is 27-1/2" high, somewhat lower than the usual table or desk, so the work station puts the screen in a position which is more comfortable for the user, especially one that wears bifocals. …

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