Ricoh Previewing New Pro C7100X Production Color-Printing Family, New Continuous-Feed Inkjet Pro VC60000 at Graph Expo
Ricoh Americas is previewing the new Ricoh Pro C7100X series, its latest production cut-sheet device family that provides a fifth color station. With the added station available for either white or clear ink, Ricoh says these high-speed, production color printers and MFPs enable commercial printers to expand their application portfolio. The Pro C7110X, which is rated at up to 90 ppm, will be on display in the Ricoh booth at the Graph Expo 14 trade show being held this weekend in Chicago, Illinois, September 28 – October 1, 2014.
Ricoh says the Pro C7100X series, which will be available in December 2014, is ideal for small and mid-size commercial printers who are looking to offer more competitive applications to their customers without going over budget. It says the new series delivers that capability at a lower price point than what is available today in this engine class.
“For too long, cost has been a barrier for small and mid-sized shops looking to expand their application portfolio,” said Tim Vellek, senior vice president of marketing for Ricoh Americas Corporation. “We surveyed our customers and they were very clear – they are looking for a more cost-effective, versatile route to delivering a broader range of output with effective color flexibility. And so we developed fifth-station solutions that addressed these needs. Now, they can enter new markets, deliver shorter runs and maintain the high quality their customers have come to expect, at a price point they can afford.”
Using fifth-station colors, the Pro C7100X prints at speeds of up to 80 ppm, and the RICOH Pro C7110x at speeds of up to 90 ppm, both when printing upon A4-size media. Maximum media size is 13″x19.2″, and maximum monthly volume is 240,000 pages (letter-size). Printing at 1,200 x 4,800 dpi resolution with VCSEL image quality on a wide variety of media ranging from tree-based paper to synthetics and envelopes, the Pro C7100X series supports paper weights of up to 360gsm in both simplex and duplex printing modes.
The Pro C7100X series also:
- Features an AC-transfer system and elastic fusing-belt technology to enhance output on a variety of heavily textured media such as vellum and linen.
- Uses Ricoh’s new vacuum-feed LCT with an option to enable over-size printing up to 27.5″ in length.
- Achieves tight sheet-to-sheet registration through a mechanical registration system that squares the sheet prior to imaging, and can be adjusted from the user interface.
- Incorporates a fusing-belt smoothing roller that helps address fuser burn on the fusing belt.
- Provides a media library that allows users to adjust and associate different parameters per substrate to help ensure good image quality and reliability.
- Includes a media-identification unit for automatically determine the appropriate settings for multiple media types not found in the media library.
- Comes backed by Ricoh’s TCRU program (Trained Customer Replaceable Units) that enables customers to replace more than a dozen parts for increased uptime.
- Includes a self-contained liquid-cooling system that keeps the developer at a constant temperature and minimizes disruptions in extended production-printing runs.
- Offers a complete suite of optional document-finishing solutions that result in collated, finished documents ready for distribution with no manual intervention. These options include in-ring bind, perfect bind, as well as new Plockmatic Bookletmakers and GBC Streampunch Ultra.
RICOH Pro VC60000
Ricoh Americas is also previewing its newest continuous-feed platform, the Ricoh Pro VC60000, which it says marks a milestone in the evolution of its production-print inkjet portfolio. It says the new system, combined with Ricoh’s software offerings, enables a more rapid shift from offset to digital as commercial printers focus on data-driven applications and workflows requiring high-performance color inkjet presses with vibrant print quality and increased media flexibility. The firm says the Pro VC60000, capable of producing more than 100,000 letter images per hour, provides a function-rich total solution for customers new to digital color, and for those already using digital-print solutions but wanting to consolidate and streamline their operations. Ricoh is also demonstrating the new system at its booth at Graph Expo 14.
The Pro VC60000, expected to begin shipping in early 2015, uses Ricoh’s next-generation drop-on-demand inkjet print heads and high-density pigment inks, developed from Ricoh’s 25 years of experience in developing core inkjet technologies. These new print heads are capable of physical resolutions up to 1,200 by 1,200 dpi. Using the Pro VC60000’s dynamic variable-drop technology, Ricoh says customers can print documents with near-offset-like image quality. With the optional undercoat unit, commercial printers can run a variety of offset coated gloss stocks with output quality comparable to what they expect from offset devices. An optional inline protector coating unit provides scratch-and-scuff resistance to protect critical documents.
“The RICOH Pro VC60000 is important for the industry because it’s going to help the offset-printing community transition to becoming more efficient. Its print quality will provide customers with the ability to shift jobs to digital that frankly haven’t been profitable on offset,” says Marco Boer, vice president at IT Strategies. “It will help commercial printers, in-plants and service bureaus to compress run lengths and operate more cost-effectively, while maintaining high quality at a throughput that wasn’t viable until today. This will change many printers’ perceptions of inkjet quality for the better.”
Based on open standard architectures, the Pro VC60000 uses a new Ricoh state-of-the-art Digital Front End (DFE) that provides native support for PDF, PDF/VT and AFP, together with JDF and advanced color-management support. Ricoh says the new DFE is optimized for complex data-driven graphic communications, and provides an easy-to-use operator interface and advanced workflow-management, leveraging Ricoh’s experience invariable-data processing. Ricoh’s software, solutions, and strategic partner offerings are also available for the Pro VC60000 and include a suite of tools and utilities that give customers several options to increase their efficiency and productivity. Examples include:
- Ricoh ProcessDirector
- RicohTotalFlow Path
- Ricoh TotalFlow BatchBuilder
Avanti MIS technology
- PTI Marketing Technologies
“With more than 70 billion impressions to date, Ricoh’s InfoPrint 5000 family, the first continuous-feed drop-on-demand inkjet solution for high-volume production, has led the market for six years running,” commented Tim Vellek, senior vice president of marketing for Ricoh Americas. “We were the first to deliver AFP, PostScript, and PDF native to the control unit; and the first to provide customers a suite of ink-management tools. The Ricoh Pro VC60000, developed by the industry’s most experienced inkjet production team, complements our current portfolio and leads the way into the future of production print. Ricoh’s ongoing commitment to innovation means that commercial print and corporate clients can confidently select from our broad and ever-expanding portfolio of products, services, and solutions to support the profitable growth of their businesses.”
Ricoh also says the new system’s platform is highly scalable and has been designed with future enhancements and field upgrades in mind to protect customers’ investments in hardware, software, and infrastructure as their business grows and requirements change.
For more information on Ricoh’s production-printing systems, visit Ricoh here.