Ricoh delivers hundreds of production engines and more
Ricoh celebrated the fact that it has installed more than 650 high-speed inkjet production engines in 29 countries for an average of more than 20 engines per country at Hunkeler innovationdays 2017.
IDC also consistently names the company a global leader in high-speed inkjet, the company has developed and deployed more than 10 ink types, and also has five generations of control unit platform as it continues to evolve to meet changing market needs.
“The market is currently evolving at a rapid pace,” says Vaughan Patterson, product marketing operations manager for Production Print at Ricoh SA. “Ricoh’s production portfolio is consistently and constantly bringing enhancements to market that affect print speeds, quality, and capabilities to help customers deal with the changes affecting their own markets.”
Tri-Win Direct is a nation-wide direct marketing company in the United States that distributed 200 million direct mail pieces in 2015. It chose the Ricoh Pro VC60000 to get more power for its business.
Pondres is a leader of the Dutch data driven marketing and print market that used the Pro VC60000 to achieve a high quality multichannel offering for its clients.
Walter Digital is a German business that ordered the Pro VC60000 to support its mailings, point of sale-material, marketing collateral and manuals.
Urban Fulfillment Services (UFS) is the US’ largest minority owned business outsource services provider to the financial services industry and upgraded its print operations for better throughput and efficiency with multiple InfoPrint 5000s.
Ricoh has made three major recent improvements to its inkjet portfolio. They include the new VC40000 that offers speeds up to 120 metres-per-minute that means it can produce 100 000 A4 images an hour. It prints on papers from 40 to 250gsm and it has an optional fifth print head array for Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR), security inks, and other options.
The second major improvement are new features on the VC60000 that include printing at up to 100 metres-per-minute that supports further inline finishing options not optimised for the platform’s usual 120 to 150 metres-per-minute speed, which smooths production.
The third major improvement is actually a number of them combined into the InfoPrint 5000, such as the paper-saving mode that nearly eliminates white paper from the start of a print job. There are a number of new inks, digital front-end (DFE) enhancements, better JDF support, new colour management tools, and many more.
“Ricoh has a long history of innovation in this market,” says Patterson. “Ricoh was first to enter the high volume drop-on-demand market, the technicians in the labs continue to produce these innovative technologies and value-added solutions, and that’s why companies like IDC consistently name Ricoh a leader in MarketScape and other vendor assessments.”