Ricoh launches new digital printers

Ricoh is releasing  its Pro C7200 series and Pro C7200x series, Graphic Arts Edition, as well as the Ricoh Pro C9200 series, Graphic Arts Edition digital colour cut-sheet printers, with immediate availability in Australia.

Ricoh says the three printer series have been designed to further support commercial printers, graphic arts and print service providers through providing competitive differentiation and the opportunity to maximise revenue, reduce operational costs and aid business growth.

The five-colour Ricoh Pro C7200x series, Graphic Arts Edition, has been engineered for graphic arts applications while the four-colour Ricoh Pro C7200 series helps enterprise print rooms to reduce their operational costs.

Henryk Kraszewski, senior product and marketing manager, Commercial and Industrial Print, Ricoh Australia, says, “The new feature enhancements in the Ricoh Pro C7200, Pro C7200x Graphic Arts Edition and Ricoh Pro C9200 series, Graphic Arts Edition, support customer demands for greater complexity, faster turnaround times and varied run lengths.

"At the same time, they provide users with great value performance through supporting higher quality, on demand production of a wider range of product offerings and printing on a broad range of substrates, including synthetics, carbonless paper, coated and uncoated stock, and improved envelope printing support.  

“In addition, print service providers can now maximise production uptime and expand capabilities to more efficiently, cost effectively and profitably answer broadening market demands to support their digital transformation journey.  Ultimately, the end customer benefits from striking results delivered on time and within budget.”

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Ricoh says enhancements to the prior Pro C7100/C7100x series platform include improved colour stability thanks to auto calibration with new inline sensors, and improved registration with real-time auto adjustment function. The company says in addition, its fifth station offers wider scope for value added print applications with the new ability to print white toner plus CMYK in a single pass, further enhancing productivity and impact on metallic or coloured media.

The Pro C7200x series introduces Invisible Red toner, which Ricoh says is ideal for a range of entry level security applications. It is also available with the recently launched Neon Pink toner, as well as white, clear and neon yellow toners, which the company says can create a wide range of fifth colour options. Ricoh says these options allow designers to add additional impact to their printed artwork with embellishing touches, gamut extension for difficult to achieve colours or simply for solid eye catching colour for various prints such as point of sale material.

Ricoh adds productivity has also been improved with models printing at rated speed on all stock weights up to either 95ppm or 85ppm plus auto duplex long sheet production up to 700mm, and simplex up to 1260mm. Image quality is higher, with resolution increased to 2,400 x 4,800 dpi.  Productivity has also been boosted across a wide range of media which can now be printed at full rated speed on all media regardless of weight up to a maximum 360gsm.

The new models are said to deliver streamlined production with new and improved in-line feeding and finishing, with various options. Ricoh says it has added a new, intuitive 17-inch operation panel and synchronised LED paper path with onscreen guidance increases operator usability.

A range of print controller options are available, including the EFI Fiery E-35A (Ricoh Pro C7200sl only), EFI Fiery E-45A and E-85A Print Controllers, and GWNX (Pro C7200 series). Ricoh’s high performance TotalFlow Print Server R-62A print controller offers seamless integration with various pre-press workflow solutions including Prinergy from Kodak, Equios from Screen and Apogee from Agfa. Available as an option is IPDS support for AFP datastream printing environments.

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The Ricoh Pro C9200 series, Graphic Arts Edition is also said to offer improved image quality with real-time registration. Ricoh says it new auto colour diagnosis technology assures colour consistency and stability by detecting and adjusting subtle tone fluctuations while printing – as well as auto calibration – with new inline sensors.

For the C9200 presses, expanded media capability is delivered with long sheet capability of up to 1,030mm auto duplex 1,260mm simplex and increased media support for weights up to 470gsm. Productivity is increased with models printing at rated speed on all stock weights up to 115ppm (A4) or 135ppm (A4) while streamlined production is said to be enabled with inline options offering the versatility to produce a wide variety of applications. Ricoh says it has added a new, intuitive 17-inch operator panel, increasing usability and synchronised LED paper path with onscreen guidance

A range of print controller options are available, including the EFI Fiery E-45 and E-85, and Ricoh’s high performance TotalFlow Print Server R-62 print controller which is said to offer seamless integration with various pre-press workflow solutions including Prinergy from Kodak, Equios from Screen and Apogee from Agfa. Available as an option is IPDS support for AFP datastream printing environments.

Ricoh says the new Media Management Tool (MMT) enables easier operation when creating, adjusting and sharing media catalogues between printers, resulting in improved workflow and enhanced productivity in environments that consist of more than one device.

Ricoh says maximum uptime is further assured by expert operator training backed by Trained Customer Replaceable Units (TCRUs), and replenishable paper and toner on the fly.

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