Solutions launched on the stand include a roll-to-roll latex printer, and a flatbed UV printer, which it is showing along  and a new direct to garment printer.

Henryk Kraszewski, senior product manager at Ricoh, says, "Ricoh has built its graphic arts business on its digital cutsheet printers, whihc are all on the stand. The company is now leveraging that technology to new print applications, which we can see on the booth today. These include the new latex roll-to-roll printer,m the new UV flatbed printer, and the new Ri1000 direct to garment printer."

According to Kraszewski, the Pro L5160 roll-to-roll latex printer boasts a number of key features including print speed of up to 46.7 square metres per hour; image quality; an option for high-opacity white; support for a variety of permeable and impermeable substrates; low-temperature curing; and environmentally-friendly operation.

“This new device leverages Ricoh’s forty-five-plus years of innovation, research and development in inkjet technology. It’s a Ricoh-designed product that uses Ricoh industrial inkjet heads and Ricoh’s aqueous resin – latex – ink technology,” he says. With the new inks cured and scratch resitant as soon as the come out of the printer, and odourless and free from any harmful solvents the printer will have wide appeal.

Also appealing is its ability to print white ink. This will enable new applications and a wider range of colour effects.

The Ricoh printheads are stainless steel for long life, their credibility shown by the fact that many inkjet printing systems manufacturers use the Ricoh heads themselves.

Also launched on the Ricoh stand is the two new flatbed UV printers: the 2.5m by 1.3m Pro TF6250, with Ricoh also  haviung a bigger model, the 2.1m by 3.2m T7210.

“Similar to the Pro L5160, our new flatbed range are Ricoh-designed models that use Ricoh industrial inkjet heads and Ricoh UV ink technology,” says Kraszewski.

Ricoh’s new flatbeds can print on almost any material up to 110mm thick, according to Kraszewski, including wood, MDF, corflute, acrylic, glass, steel, aluminium, PETC, PC, and PVC. They can each operate at speeds up to 116 square metres per hour, and have a versatile ink configuration supporting CMYK plus white, clear, and primer.

“Our flatbeds also offer easy setup and automatic maintenance, and safety features that protect operators while the machines are running,” adds Kraszewski.

On the stand is the Ricoh Pro C9200, which it describes as a robust four-colour digital cut-sheet press that will handle up to a million prints per month. It prints on a wide array of substrates up to 600μm thick, as large as 330 x 1260mm, with what Ricoh calls outstanding registration and image quality. It is being shown along with the Ricoh Pro C7210X, a versatile five-colour digital cut-sheet press, that Ricoh says enables printers to go beyond CMYK. Five optional colours add real value to print jobs, and substrate and finishing flexibility means printers can offer their customers more options. Printers looking for additional revenue streams at minimal cost will be interested in the Ri 100, which Ricoh describes as the most affordable, most compact, easiest-to-use, safest, and first all-in-one direct to garment printer in the industry.

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