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This Week in Imaging: Thoughts on OKI’s New A3 Color MFP; HP PageWide XL Wide-Format Printers; Canon Enhances MFP Security; More

With its innovative marketing and products, we’re big fans of OKI and its products. Plus, we’ve recently speculated that the company will eventually move away from the use of third-party platforms, control panels, and controllers in lieu of home-brewed solutions. Indeed, both OKI Data Americas and OKI Europe recently introduced the new MC873 A3 color […]

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Ricoh Brings ‘Big-Business Power’ to Small Offices with New Desktop A4 Printer, MFPs

April 16, 2015 – Ricoh Americas reports that it’s releasing a new desktop A4 family, consisting of a printer and two MFPs, that it is says brings “big-business power and reliability” to small and home offices. While Ricoh is best-known as a provider of “big copy” machines, and not well-know in the small or home office […]

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Ricoh Signs Up with Mimaki USA to Distribute Mimaki’s Flatbed Printers

April 9, 2015 – Ricoh Americas reports that it’s signed an agreement with Mimaki USA to distribute the Mimaki JFX200-2513 and Mimaki JFX500-2131 large-format flatbed color inkjet printers. The two printers will now available for purchase through Ricoh sales channels. With this latest reseller agreement, Ricoh syas its continues to expand its hardware and software […]

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This Week in Imaging: HP Prepares for Split; Fastest 3D Printing Ever?; Epson, Canon Add Personal Document Scanners; More

News this week is that Hewlett-Packard has revamped its channel-partner programs in order to help its resellers and distributors transition through the impending split of the company. The split makes sense, as it will enable a more effective focus on marketing,  administration and support, and it makes sense that HP kept the PC and printing […]

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Ricoh’s mindSHIFT Launches Cloud Servers in Amazon’s Web Services Market

March 18, 2015 – Ricoh Americas reports that mindSHIFT Technologies has launched mindSHIFT Managed Servers in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) market. mindSHIFT is an IT outsourcing and cloud-services provider, serving small and mid-size businesses that Ricoh acquired in January 2014 (see story here). Ricoh says this latest addition to the mindSHIFT public-cloud portfolio will […]

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This Week in Imaging: In-Depth with HP JetIntelligence Toner Carts, New LaserJets; More

We attended Hewlett-Packard’s Color LaserJet/JetIntelligence press event held this week in New York City’s Soho district and came away relieved and impressed: relieved that HP has finally updated its popular toner-based LaserJet line with the introduction of new from-the-ground-up designs, and impressed with the new JetIntelligence toner cartridges, as well as with the LaserJets’ upgraded […]

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New Ricoh A3 MFPs Feature Mobile Print, ICE Integration, Start at $12,250

March 11, 2015 – Ricoh Americas is releasing three new black-and-white A3 (11″x17″) MFPs for small offices and workgroups, the Ricoh MP 4054 ($12,250 MSRP), MP 5054 ($14,725 MSRP), and MP 6054 ($18,925 MSRP), all of which provide printing from mobile devices, and cloud-based document management. The new MFPs, which print at 40, 50 and 60 […]

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MT Business Technologies Recognized as Ricoh’s Largest Independent U.S. Dealer

February 9, 2015 – At its annual dealer conference last week in Las Vegas, Ricoh Corporation recognized MT Business Technologies of Mansfield, Ohio, as its largest largest independent dealer in the United States for the second year in a row. The RFG consists of the Ricoh, Savin, and Lanier product lines, all manufactured by Ricoh. Ricoh Senior […]

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This Week in Imaging: More on the Production-Print Market; Sharp Seeks Help from Lenders; New High-Volume Toshiba MFPs

Last week, we discussed the state of the production-printing industry as it relates to inkjet technology (see here). This week, we have some interesting news from International Data Corporation (IDC), which reports that the worldwide production-printing market enjoyed double-digit gains in fourth-quarter 2014. The sweet spot in the production-print market appears to be color, with […]

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Worldwide Production-Print Market Enjoys Double-Digit Growth in Fourth-Quarter 2014

March 4, 2015 – The worldwide production-print market enjoyed double-digit year-over-year shipment growth in the fourth quarter of 2014 (4Q14). Unit shipments grew 17.1 percent to approximately 11,650 units (printers and MFPs) and shipment value increased 4.5 percent to nearly $1.4 billion in the same time period, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly […]

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This Week in Imaging: The Case for Inkjet-Production Print, and New Offerings from Canon, Xerox, Kodak

We’ve long extolled the value of ink-on-paper and proposed that some “old school” production-print shops may be willing to transition to ink-on-paper technology and skip right over toner-based imaging due to all of its inherent weaknesses in terms of hardware cost, energy consumption, image permanence, and the nuances of image quality. On the other hand, […]

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Ricoh Five-Color Pro C7100X Production Printer Now Available

February 26, 2015 – Ricoh Americas reports that its new Pro C7100X series, its latest cut-sheet production printer series that offers users a fifth color toner station, is now shipping. Designed for for small and mid-size commercial and production printers, the Pro C7100X series can print jobs that use clear or white ink, for printing […]

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Ricoh Sets up New Company to Sell Office Products in the Middle East

February 25, 2015 – Ricoh Company of Japan reports that it’s set up a new company in Middle East as part of its to expand in key emerging markets globally. Ricoh’s head office in the Middle East will be based in Dubai and will support the entire region. The company will trade as Ricoh Middle […]

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New Ricoh Desktop A4 Printer SP 4510DN, SP 4510SF MFP Start at $725

February 25, 2015 – Ricoh Americas Corporation is launching two new A4 desktop devices, the Ricoh SP 4510SF black-and-white MFP ($1,099 MSRP) with print, copy, fax and color scan, and the Riroch SP 4510DN black-and-white printer ($725 MSRP), both rated at up to 42 ppm, and which use Ricoh’s new LED printing toner-based technology. The SP […]

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Two New Fleet-Management Solutions from Ricoh, Device Manager NX Pro, Device Manager NX Enterprise

February 25, 2015 – Ricoh Americas is introducing two new fleet-management software solutions, Ricoh Device Manager NX Pro and Device Manager NX Enterprise, that it says automate the tracking, analysis and configuration of Ricoh and non-Ricoh printer/MFP fleets across multiple offices and geographies, while also reporting on items such as paper and power consumption. The […]

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This Week in Imaging: Latest Financials from Konica Minolta, Epson, Ricoh, Sharp, Xerox; HP is Business-Inkjet Leader; More

Of note in this busy week of news is the generally good financial results from Japanese vendors for printers and MFPs, as these companies continue to report encouraging earnings and sales increases. It’s important to note, however, that while printer and MFP sales have been higher for many of these companies in Asia and other […]

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Ricoh Introduces ‘Legal MFP’ Optimized for Streamlining Legal Document Processes, Adds iCONECT-XERA Support

February 3, 2015 – Ricoh Americas is introducing a new offering that, when combined with select Ricoh MFPs, creates a ‘Legal MFP” that provides more efficient document workflows for the legal sector, integrating directly with third-party document-management systems for the legal sector. The firm is currently previewing its Legal MFP at the LegalTech conference currently […]

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Ricoh Earnings up 20.6 Percent, Posts Sales Gains for Office and Production Printing

February 2, 2014 – Ricoh Company of Japan has reported financial results for the nine months of its fiscal year (April 1 – December 30, 2014). Net sales for the period were ¥1,629.8 billion, an increase of 3.0 percent, while profit was ¥52.3 billion, an increase of 20.6 percent, both year-over-year. Ricoh notes that, due to […]

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