Ricoh USA (Exton, Pennsylvania) has expanded its digital inkjet portfolio with the introduction of its new monochrome-only Ricoh Pro VC40000 model. Joining the full-colour Pro VC40000 family, this new B&W press brings added depth to an extremely diverse inkjet line. It empowers printers to produce high-volume monochrome applications much faster than the platform’s maximum performance at original launch, while driving down costs. At speeds of 180 m/minute (590 ft./minute) compared to the Pro VC40000’s 150 m/minute (492 ft/minute), users can now meet faster turnaround times and deliver increased throughput for black & white applications.
K-only print volumes continue to exceed 300 billion pages annually, said the OEM, with no sign of slowing. “At the same time, many K-only, toner-based, continuous-feed systems are approaching end of life, leaving many print providers looking for what comes next.” Seeing a customer need on the horizon based on countless conversations with print providers, Ricoh added that it worked closely with its allies to develop a solution. In addition to being backed by the company’s long-term, customer-centric approach and broad inkjet portfolio, the monochrome-only Ricoh Pro VC40000 model “delivers on the fast turnaround times and high image quality today’s customers demand while driving down operating cost, service costs and capital acquisition cost compared to full-colour offerings with comparable features.”
“When customers handle a lot of high-volume transactional and solicitation mail, or produce print using pre-printed shells which are common in many of the industries we serve, they often only need the one colour,” said Mike Herold, Director, Global Marketing, Inkjet Solutions, Commercial Printing Business Group, Ricoh. “Monochrome is a diverse market segment, but no matter what’s being printed, today’s customers expect fast turns and high image quality. The monochrome-only Pro VC40000 model prints at incredible speeds and reliably produces crisp, clear prints – helping to meet tight deadlines and exacting customer demands.”
Ricoh added that “the modern print buyer realizes that the industry is transforming and is looking for adaptive allies that can help them stay ahead of the curve, and deliver what their customers need – often before their customers realize it themselves! The Ricoh Pro VC40000 monochrome-only configuration addresses this transformation by accelerating tight turnaround times, even at high volumes. This new high-speed press prints up to 2,500 letter images per minute without sacrificing 600 x 600 dpi clarity.”