Ricoh announces the Ricoh Pro C9100 series for the graphic arts sector - a new generation of durable high volume digital presses. They are especially suited for larger commercial printers seeking to start up or expand their hybrid digital and offset workflow and will easily integrate into existing operations. The new additions are productive from the first page out and deliver high volume, personalised print runs, with fast turnaround times.
With these new models, Ricoh is now delivering a more affordable digital colour production printer that has higher productivity, greater media handling capabilities and print quality than previously available in this class, breaking down previous cost barriers of entry for clients looking to enter the digital colour production space at these high speeds.
With speeds up to 130ppm, a maximum monthly volume of up to one million A4 sheets and a duty cycle of 1.75 million A4 sheets, the Pro C9100 series fills a void for customers who have demands for such turnaround performance. At the same time, for those who don't have the high monthly volumes needed to justify the cost of competing printers, the affordability of the Pro C9100 series means that these printers are no longer penalised for not meeting monthly print volumes. The digital print market is expanding rapidly and without a lower cost of entry for clients, they may be unable to compete with other providers that have larger budgets. This platform levels the playing field – not only from a cost perspective, but also for colour quality and an expanded feature set.
Peter Williams, Executive Vice President and Head of the Production Printing Business Group, Ricoh Europe, said "While technology led-change is driving a new future for the graphic arts market, the necessity to enhance client value and increase client satisfaction remains at the fore of every business. Alongside that, the need to drive profits is essential to ensure a stable business that can continue to support its clients into the future. We are really excited to launch the Ricoh ProTM 9100 series of digital production powerhouses to help our clients achieve these goals. They can invest in confidence in Ricoh's services and software, and our technology which was the number one choice for colour, digital cut sheet presses in Western Europe for 2013 . The Pro C9100 series gives clients options they have not had at this price point in the past, bringing positive disruption to a previously static market."
Print services providers seeking to expand the services they provide to clients will be able to quickly take on a wide range of new commercial applications with the Pro C9100 series capability to print onto uncoated, textured and coated media from 52gsm to 400gsm, duplex banner sheet printing up to 700mm and even speciality media such as super-gloss, magnet, metallic, transparent or synthetic. This allows them to quickly extend their expertise to include light packaging, direct mail, books, promotional materials, brochures and business cards.
Print quality is assured with the inclusion of Ricoh's enhanced Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) technology providing image quality up to 1200 x 4800 dpi. Productivity levels are high with print speeds up to 110ppm for the Pro C9100 and 130ppm for the Pro C9110. All speeds are maintained, regardless of paper weight, and productivity is further increased for A3 due to minimal processing adjustments, enabling 75ppm for A3 or 150 ppm A4 equivalent. Daily use is also optimised with the sturdy and durable design of the presses and the Operator Replaceable Units (ORUs) that enable trained users to increase uptime and performance. The expansion of Ricoh's unique media library allows users to adjust and associate different parameters per substrate to ensure image quality and reliability, including different ICC profiles for front and back of a sheet. The Pro C9100 series is available with either the EFI E-43 or the faster and more powerful E-83 print server. The Pro C9100 series is available in EMEA early in 2015.
Ricoh's continuing commitment to innovation means that commercial and corporate print clients can select the optimum blend from the company's fast expanding portfolio of production-oriented products and solutions to support the profitable evolution of their businesses. The introduction of the Pro C9100 series enhances the existing portfolio of colour cut sheet presses which, together with the Pro C7100X series, offer greater productivity and creativity to commercial and graphic art users. The recent launch of the Pro VC60000 extends the Ricoh range of continuous feed inkjet presses, and the hardware portfolio is completed by wide and large format printers, configured for graphics and for architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) requirements. Ricoh's software solutions deliver supreme connectivity and performance across the spectrum of workflow needs that professional production printers have, whether in mixed or digital only environments.
Ricoh Pro C9110 Series Features Summary
• Highly productive with print speeds up to 110 ppm for the Pro C9100 and 130ppm for the Pro C9110 based upon A4 (150ppm A4 equivalent when running A3)
• Media support up to 400gsm in both simplex and duplex at rated engine speed.
• Optimum image quality up to 1200 x 4800 dpi with Ricoh's Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) technology
• Both presses have a maximum standard sheet size of SRA3
• Duplex banner printing up to 700mm
• Maximum monthly volume of 1 million based on A4
• Duty cycle of 1.75 million A4
• Automatic image feedback system gives colour density correction of engine calibration
• Precise sheet-to-sheet and front-to-back registration is achieved with an enhanced mechanical registration system
• Reliable throughput of the wide range of supported media is ensured by the use of Ricoh's new vacuum feed technology.