Large Format - Canon

What is Argos Ink Coverage tracking for Canon iPF?

Argos Advanced Tracking for Canon iPF printers can track all print and replot activity with ink density or item information from any iPF series Canon color plotter.

Learn more about Argos tracking for Canon iPF

Setting up Argos Ink Density tracking for Canon iPF:

To install, you will need the following:

  • A functioning Argos environment
  • Access to Argos Manager
  • IP address of your Canon iPF controller


  • Some models (TX and PRO series) will require some configuration in order to create the log files required for our integration.
  • After you've completed the connector setup, it is very important that you disable tracking on the windows/Mac queues for this printer in Argos Manager.  This is to avoid double-billing from the different tracking methods moving forward.

Configuring your printer in Argos Manager

  1. Open Argos Manager and select the Printers tab.
  2. Click the + button at the top right of the Printer Groups pane, hover over Integration, then click on the Canon imagePROGRAF option
  3. On the Canon imagePROGRAF tab, enter the hostname or IP address of the Canon controller.
  4. Select the radio button next to the preferred billing method, based on ink coverage or media usage (see below for more details).
  5. Click the License button to apply the license key (text should read Unlicense when key is applied). Check the box next to Enabled. Select the server on the LAN running the Argos Integration service from the Integration server: drop down list. Click OK to save the connector.

Tracking by Ink Coverage

  1. Select the radio button next to Charge based on how much ink each job uses. Highlight the first Ink Density entry (Basic line drawing) and click Edit…
  2. In the Add Mapping window, select the associated Argos media for Basic line drawing jobs from the drop down list. Click OK to save the mapping.
  3. Repeat steps 1 & 2 above for the remaining ink coverage ranges (Dense line drawing, Drawing or map with images & Full color, full bleed image). Once the mappings are complete, click OK.

Ink Coverage definitions

  • Basic line drawing is a typical CAD output (floor plans, elevations, etc.). 0-46 microliters per square foot.
  • Dense line drawing is a CAD document with a large amount of text or a large number of lines or other vectors. 48-186 microliters per square foot.
  • Drawing or map with images is a document that mixes lines, text, and large areas of color. 186-557 microliters per square foot.
  • Full color, full bleed image is a presentation board, poster, or other high-coverage document. Over 557 microliters per square foot.

Supported Models

Canon IPF Advanced Tracking is supported on the following series of printers:

  • iPF
  • TX
  • TM
  • TA
  • TZ
  • GP
  • PRO
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