Ricoh Americas, at PRINT 13, introduced several production systems, including a new monochrome press line, new entry-level colour engines, the company’s first full-color wide-format inkjet machine, InfoPrint 5000 enhancements, and a range of software upgrades.
New Ricoh hardware
The Ricoh Pro C5100S and Pro 5110S systems are entry-level production systems, first announced in May 2013, print and copy up to 65 pages per minute (ppm) and 80 ppm, respectively. The new systems are designed with a small footprint, while allowing for work to be collated and finished in line. Both models feature a new toner formulation that increases the printable colour gamut by 10 percent when compared to Ricoh’s other colour production printers, as well a lower fusing temperature, which allows for faster warm-up times and lower energy consumption.
The Pro C5100S and Pro 5110S include what Ricoh describes as a unique ac-transfer system and elastic fusing belt to work with a range of stocks, including textured media. The technology leverages Ricoh’s recently expanded media library and allow for saving more than 60 attributes.
For monochrome production, Ricoh’s new line of Pro C8100s/8110s/8120s multi-functional systems feature up to 220 IPM duplex colour scanning, 1,200 x 4,800-dpi resolution, and 40 gsm to 300 gsm media support. The line, first introduced in August 2013, features output speeds of up to 95, 110 and 135 ppm, and comes standard with scanning, printing, and copying functionality. All three models have a duty cycle specification of up to 3 million-per-month.
The InfoPrint 5000 colour inkjet system, which recently surpassing the milestone of printing 40-billion impressions worldwide, features new on-the-fly auto-splicing capability designed to increase throughput and reduce paper waste. The high-speed press also has new components, as part of a suite, to improve print quality and provide for higher density blacks.
The InfoPrint 5000 is also available with new configuration, including InfoPrint 5000 MP “H” Configuration, shown for the first time at PRINT 13, which becomes Ricoh’s InfoPrint 5000 GP platform in an H configuration. The InfoPrint 5000 MP line has now been upgraded to allow for printing in I, L, U, & H configurations. This also includes dual simplex printing capability so that customers can drive the two print engines printing separate applications, on two kinds of paper, at two different speeds. The InfoPrint 5000 GP platforms can now include an Extended Media Handling Option to work with heavier weight paper up to 250 gsm. InfoPrint 5000 systems are also now available with new page length capabilities to handle page lengths up to 54 inches, for multiple n-up signatures and longer form lengths.
For CAD-centric environments, the new Ricoh MP CW2200SP is described as the company’s first full-colour, multifunction, wide-format imaging system. The system – with an embedded SDK architecture – uses what Ricoh’s calls a simplified display and an animated step-by-step guide, including the ability to choose from multiple paper sizes, weights and paper feeds.
New Ricoh software
For cut-sheet printing, Ricoh also introduced TotalFlow 2.0 encompassing TotalFlow Prep, Print Manager, and Production Manager for workflow management, including functions for Web-to-print, personalization, document and job management, and multi-channel marketing.
Ricoh also introduced its new 1to1Create Marketing Services, which is a Cloud-based subscription service to help print providers offer multichannel, multi-touch marketing campaigns. This portal provides turnkey templates to create customizable PURL driven direct mail cards, e-mail blasts, tri-fold brochures, flyers, counter cards and specialty pieces. The 1to1 Create Portal is designed and delivered in partnership with PTI Marketing Technologies.
The new Critical Communications Solutions (CCS) Suite, first announced in early 2013, is described by Ricoh as an industry-first software portfolio for the production, tracking, reporting, compliance or customization of jobs. At PRINT 13, visitors were shown how to track jobs with barcodes when using a third-party table top inserter and camera with Ricoh’s TotalFlow DocEnhancer Verification Feature, which relies on Ricoh’s existing ProcessDirector and ProcessDirector Express software.
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