Ricoh unveils Pro VC70000 digital inkjet printer and new inks

Ricoh Pro VC70000 digital inkjet printer.
Ricoh’s new Pro VC70000 continuous-feed digital inkjet printer.

Ricoh USA has announced the newest addition to its award-winning inkjet portfolio – the Ricoh Pro VC70000. Built to accelerate the transfer of offset print volumes to digital, the new continuous-feed platform empowers commercial printers to produce quality applications, such as high-end catalogues and magazines, traditionally printed by offset presses. Additionally, Ricoh-developed inks enable “up to 40% savings in paper costs while also expanding media support to offset-coated papers, untreated papers and more.” Commercial printers looking to acquire new technologies that help them stand out from the competition will benefit from these strategic advancements, said the OEM.

John Fulena.
John Fulena.

“We’re constantly hearing from customers that they’re looking for lower costs, higher quality and increased productivity. What we’re announcing delivers – and delivers big,” said John Fulena, Vice President, Commercial & Industrial Printing Business Group, Ricoh USA. “We’re confident this new platform and new inks are exactly what the industry has been waiting for, and will help commercial printers more quickly transfer to digital. It’s been talked about for years, and finally, the breakthrough is here.”

The Pro VC70000 joins the Ricoh Pro VC60000, Pro VC40000 and InfoPrint 5000 in Ricoh’s inkjet portfolio. A major feature is its new engine that increases drying capacity and prints at speeds up to 492 feet per minute, producing nearly 130,000 A4/letter impressions per hour. Piezo drop-on-demand printheads yield up to 1,200 x 1,200 dpi resolution on uncoated, offset-coated, inkjet treated or inkjet-coated papers. “Ultimately, the Pro VC70000 gives commercial printers the flexibility, lowered paper costs and productivity they’ve been seeking,” said Ricoh.

Initially available for the Pro VC70000, Ricoh’s new inkjet ink technology “rivals the output of offset inks with its media versatility and compatibility with gloss-coated stocks.” They’re designed to make the entire production system more versatile, more economical and less complicated, Ricoh added. In addition to a significant boost in colour gamut, these latest Ricoh inks take quality enhancements further by enabling operators to print faster on a wider variety of media – including standard offset coated and uncoated papers, all with improved make-ready times. The Pro VC70000 should be available in the Winter of 2018.

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