Ricoh has made its official entry into the direct-to-garment (DTG) printing industry with the release of the Ricoh Ri 3000 and Ri 6000 Printers. “As AnaJet, we led the industry in establishing the trend of direct-to-garment printing.” said Karl Tipre, CEO of AnaJet. “In January of 2016, AnaJet became a Ricoh company – and we immediately began work to bring together the best of AnaJet garment innovation and Ricoh engineering and performance excellence. The culmination of our efforts is the brand new Ri 3000 and Ri 6000 Printers that will represent a new standard for the industry.” The new printers “deliver blazing-quick print speeds, industrial-grade reliability and showroom quality prints,” Ricoh added. Eliminating timely and costly set-up and colour separation processes traditionally found in screen printing by printing directly onto garments, this new generation of printers simplifies the entire apparel-printing process into three steps – design, print and cure. The technology can process custom one-off prints or high quantity orders for t-shirts, hoodies, hats, socks and much more.
The Ricoh Ri 6000 is capable of printing a full-colour 12” x 10” graphic on a light garment in less than 27 seconds. Manufactured under Ricoh’s ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified factory in California, the Ri 3000 and Ri 6000 Printers feature Ricoh MH2420 industrial-grade piezo-electric printheads that are rated at 100 billion actuations. A new 7” colour touchpanel can display to preview, organize and print high-definition photo prints and CMYK designs. The printers will be available through AnaJet later this month and will be available internationally later in the year, said the OEM.