Ricoh Boosts Mono Production Printer Range



Ricoh has announced the launch of a range of monochrome digital presses
to enhance its production printing portfolio.

The Ricoh Pro(tm) 8100S, Pro(tm) 8110S and Pro(tm) 8120S monochrome systems take advantage of Ricoh's award winning printing technologies and are ideal for inplants, print for pay operations, digital printers and data centres. The new presses focus on improving productivity and performance for the mono printing market.
 
Stephen Palmer, head of production printing for Ricoh UK and Ireland, says,
"While the demand for colour printing services continues to grow, a productive and versatile monochrome printing press remains an essential asset for a wide range of business critical applications such as the transactional printing of bills, invoices, statements, transpromotional materials and other variable data printing applications.
 
For CRDs, they are seeking to improve efficiencies and redirect more in-house print volumes through the print room.  As a result speed, quality and affordability are essential to meet the needs of their in-house clients.  For the print service provider managing outsourced accounts, quality and reliability is essential, alongside the ability to complete important jobs quickly."

 
Image quality, important for monochrome applications such as books, training material, technical manuals and invoices is supported through Ricoh's improved pulverised toner. The toner is developed with smaller, rounder particles for smoother output quality.  The inclusion of Ricoh's Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) technology provides a high resolution of 1200 x 4800 dpi from a 40-beam laser for better registration and more accurate fill for sharper text and smoother graphics. 
 
Output speeds are up to 95ppm, 110ppm and 135ppm for the Pro 8100S, 8110s and 8120S models respectively and they have duty cycles of up to three million.
 
For organisations seeking to digitise important business documents, the Pro 8100S, Pro 8110S and Pro 8120S also feature a One Pass Duplex Automated Document Feeder to scan colour and mono at market-leading speeds of up to 220 duplex images per minute.
 
The new range has also been developed using some of the advanced features from the Ricoh Pro C901 Graphic Arts + to provide flexibility and superior quality for a monochrome production press.  These include Ricoh's Media Library functionality. Users can choose from a wide choice of paper grades and envelopes, consistent with the Pro C901 Graphic Arts+ and the Ricoh Pro C751 series, ensuring a more seamless workflow and standardised paper stocks for both monochrome and colour platforms.

In addition Ricoh's Indirect Image Transfer Unit, delivers enhanced image quality and gradation when printing in greyscale.  Mechanical Registration has been further developed exclusively for the Pro 8100S, 8110S and 8120S to provide precise front to back registration alignment, compensating for any media expansion and contraction during the duplexing process.  This is important for business cards, post cards, glossy brochures or any other two sided document where registration is critical.
 
Also to complete the production of items such as books or manuals, the user does not need to transfer to offline finishing.  The Pro 8100S series supports a wide range of inline finishing options, with booklet making, ring binder and perfect binder solutions. These include the GBC StreamPunch and Plockmatic Bookletmaker which ensure efficient, effective and customisable inline finishing capabilities.
 
The Pro 8100S series has been designed to take full advantage of the Ricoh TotalFlow software solutions suite that includes notably makeready, print and workflow management. It can integrate seamlessly with a wide range of Ricoh production printing partner software, including NSI Output Manager for many enterprise requirements and PTI MarcomCentral for marketing asset management.
 
Palmer says,
"Despite the growing demand and wide range of products in the digital colour print production environment, there is still demand from print buyers for black and white printing. Ricoh is committed to continuing to support the market with innovative product developments that bring improved quality and productivity, enabling printing operations to continue to provide a wide range of cost-effective services to their clients that in turn help to increase their own profitability."
 
For more information on the new Pro 8100S black and white production systems and the rest of Ricoh's full line of products and solutions for production print environments, please visit www.ricoh.ie