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Ricoh is launching its first line of smart MFPs running "Always Current Technology", promising machines which are always up-to-date with the latest developments. The Ricoh IM C Intelligent A3 Multifunction Series is the brand's first launch including this platfoirm - to be followed by other MFPs supporting its "Always Current Technology" platform. This feature guarantees users the constant availability of the latest updates of products, software and applications that can be downloaded directly to the machines and installed in the process, with, if necessary, the help of a remote support service ( "Ricoh Intelligence Support"). 13 models of this new range are concerned by these new features.
From a functionality and performance point of view, these IM C series A3 Color MFPs offer speeds ranging from 20 to 60 ppm. The touch-screen interface has been improved and redesigned taking into account customer feedback: customization, simple maintenance and installation update will now be possible. Control from a smartphone via a dedicated app, as well as access to an innovative cloud service, Ricoh Smart Integration are also available. Finally, data security is not forgotten: the machines are equipped with an internal encryption system.
"The strong message of this new range is that they are in line with our customers' new ways of working. Our new range of smart multifunctions can adapt to these new emerging needs." says Alison Bigorie, Product Marketing Manager at Ricoh France. "Ricoh is really fighting against planned obsolescence: feature updates are available every six months, which means that in four years, the features of these MFPs will have evolved with technological progress to provide the best quality in an eco-friendly approach in line with the market. We called this "Dynamic Workplace Intelligence" to represent the way we work with our customers and to meet all their ever-changing needs."
Ricoh unveiled a new cloud-connected MFP and several other monochrome devices that are intended to give Ricoh users a simpler, lower-cost user experience. The launch of these five A4 devices underlines Ricoh's desire to diversify its product portfolio to meet the specific needs of customers.
The new RICOH MP C501SP features a print speed of 50 ppm, an internal finisher and a 10.1-inch control panel for easy access to the RICOH Cloud Workflow Solutions application portal. The device is also compatible with Mopria and NFC technologies.
This new printing system is designed for office use, supports large volumes - and can act as a collaboration center for a workgroup.
The Color range is complemented by RICOH SP 3710SF, SP 3710DN *, SP 330SFN and SP 330DN black and white models, which deliver 34ppm, high uptime and economy options.
"No two work environments are exactly alike. That’s why having the tools to serve a wide variety of customer needs is so crucial,” said Mike Hunter, Director, Product Marketing, Ricoh USA, Inc. “With the unveiling of the RICOH MP C501SP, SP 3710SF, SP 3710DN, SP 330SFN and SP 330DN, we’re empowering our dealers and our customers to mix and match from a broad pool of benefits and capabilities to fit their needs. Whether your business wants to produce specialty applications quickly or just needs an intuitive, affordable printer, we have you covered – and we have the expertise and solutions around those devices to bring them into your workflows for even greater benefits.”
To meet security requirements, Ricoh has integrated security tools such as data encryption, unused network port locking, and user authentication into the MP C501SP.
Ricoh has announced that the company has reached an agreement to buy ColorGATE Digital Output Solutions GmbH, a leading software provider in the printing industry with a specific competence in color management. This acquisition is designed to strengthen Ricoh’s growing industrial printing business. The transfer of shares is scheduled to complete on November 30, 2018.
Founded in 1997, ColorGATE based in Hannover, Germany, has been supporting the printing industry for over 20 years by providing software for the wide format and industrial printing sectors. With its extensive customer base ColorGATE is the European leader in industrial printing software. It has unique color management technology to support printing and decorating a wide variety of materials used for packaging, floor and wall coverings as well as textiles and signage. It is a leading provider of performance-optimized color management and workflow software to standardize and automate growing digital print markets including décor and textiles.
In February this year, Ricoh announced its growth strategy plan, “RICOH Ignite,” which sets out its intention to reinforce its value offering by expanding its printing technology portfolio. The investment in ColorGATE is the latest part of this plan.
To enhance its industrial printing business, Ricoh recently established a “Global IP Technology Center” and a “Global IP Marketing Center”. Significantly, both are located in Europe, which is increasingly the center of incubation for industrial printing markets. This allows access to cutting-edge technology and enables increased responsiveness to market needs. The centers aim to drive marketing, strategic planning and development of business and products with Ricoh’s alliance partners worldwide.
Peter Williams, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Commercial and Industrial Printing Business Group, Ricoh, says: “By combining ColorGATE’s proprietary software technology with our own industrial printers, Ricoh will provide solutions covering the whole printing workflow from Pre-Press to Post-Press. This acquisition will enable ColorGATE to expand its industrial printing business and global presence as together we become better able to support our customers to accelerate their transition from analogue to digital based production.”
Thomas Kirschner, Co-founder of ColorGATE who will continue to serve as CEO, comments: “We are delighted to have been selected by Ricoh to contribute to this strong future growth strategy whilst we continue to serve our established customer base, OEM partners and reseller channel.”
Increase revenue, reduce operating costs and thereby grow: the new range of Ricoh Pro C9200 Graphic Arts edition sheet-fed digital color printers could be the new heavyweight champion for printshops - and among pre-press operators.
Building on the successful Ricoh ProTM C9100 technology platform, the Pro C9200 series offers enhanced image quality and excellent color management. Its new Auto Color Diagnostics feature ensures consistency and stability by detecting and adjusting subtle tonal variations during the run. These new machines can handle a wider set of media and include better support for long sheets: up to 1030 mm in duplex mode and 1260 mm in simplex. Heavy paper weights do not scare them either: up to 450 g / m2.
On the productivity side, the new Ricoh presses offer print speeds that climb to 115 ppm or even 135 ppm onto A4. Production is streamlined, thanks to options allowing a great versatility in applications. The new intuitive 17-inch control panel improves usability. Continuous operation is optimized, with better management of completed work. Its many user-replaceable components and easy-to-refill toner ensure optimum machine uptime.
A range of digital options is available to provide excellent integration of Ricoh's Fiery E-45, E-85 EF and TotalFlow R-62 DFE servers and controllers with various prepress workflow solutions, including Kodak Prinergy and Agfa's Apogee. The IPDS protocol is available as an option for AFP data flow printing environments.
"No other single-sheet digital color printer has the same performance as the Ricoh Pro C9200," said Eef de Ridder, director of commercial printing for Ricoh Europe's commercial and industrial printing group. "All these advances have been developed to flexibly support higher quality, on demand production of a wider range of services, printing on a broad choice of substrate types that includes synthetics, carbonless paper, coated and uncoated stock and envelopes. They help PSPs maximise production uptime and expand capabilities to more efficiently, cost effectively and profitably answer broadening market demands."
The Ricoh Pro C9200 Series will be available throughout the EMEA region from June. It will be presented at a series of events across Europe this summer under the banner "Art of the New 2018".
Optimized costs, enhanced color rendering and a wider variety of formats, enhanced adaptability: the new Ricoh Pro C7200X range is primarily intended for graphical arts professionals seeking to combine print quality and productivity.
With five colors instead of four (CMYK plus white), the C7200X range allows, besides the production of higher-quality creative works, to varnish, to print in fluorescent yellow, or pink or to provide a means of securing documents thanks to an invisible, UV reactive toner.
The ProTM C7200 process presses offer particularly high resolution, up to 2400 x 4800 dpi. Banner formats can be up to 700 mm long double-sided and 1260 mm in simplex - and there are many binding options: the machines can deliver a very wide range of jobs.
The machines in the range are suitable for most workflows and are compatible with many controllers and print servers. "These new systems meet the needs of the market, which has to deal with ever more complex jobs, ever shorter lead times and variable run lengths," explains Eef De Ridder, Commercial & Industrial Printing Group Director, Ricoh Europe.
The Ricoh MP C307SP and C407SP intelligent A4 color multifunction printers have been through all the DataMaster Lab tests and evaluations. We are pleased to announce that they have obtained the very good rating of 4.5/5 stars.
This range replaces the Ricoh MPC 306 and MP C406.
These intelligent A4 multifunctions are of a compact design, the size of a large desktop machine - and have the wide range of funcctions expected of an intelligent MFP.
They are very productive machines: the measured speed in duplex mode is close to that in simplex (single-sided) - and they delivered the shortest First Copy Out Time (FCOT) so far measured in the DataMaster Lab for a machine in this market segment - around 9 seconds. The time to come back from standby is reasonable (3 seconds), as opposed to start up from cold, which takes at least 1 minute 37!
The environmental caracteristics of the machines are pretty good. The TEC is low (1100 Wh per week), electrical consumption in stand-by is just 1.3W, and they have a Gold Epeat Certificate.
More details on these machines usability, functions, print quality and flexibility are available on DMO from Printer-Benchmark.com.
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Ricoh is renewing its range of monochrome production printers with the release of five new products. In the USA, the Ricoh Pro 8210 and Pro 8220 printers and the Ricoh Pro 8200s, Pro 8210s and Pro 8220s MFPs are already on the market.
They replace the Pro 8110E, Pro 8120E and MFP Pro 8100s, Pro 8110s and Pro 8120s released in 2013. The new machines' release for the European market is scheduled for Spring 2017.
The look of the machines remains the same. Ricoh has made a slight change in color with a darker shade of gray. They are still equipped with a 10.4-inch vertical control panel, and print at speeds ranging from 111 ppm to 135 ppm. But this new range is more compact and lightweight than the previous one.
The machines of the new range are more flexible, with better media management, the by-pass now handling stocks between 52 and 256 gsm. The machines have the same 1.86 GHz Intel Celeron P4505 processor, but have a larger capacity hard drive (640 GB as standard). They also feature a new optional EFI Fiery EB-34 controller.
On the finishing side, this range is equipped with large finishing modules offering stapling, multiple perforation, folding (two-, three- or "engineer" fold), trimming or brochures.
On the connectivity and compatibility side, these machines have Wi-Fi and (optional) Bluetooth and are compatible with Mac OS, Windows, Linux, Unix, Citrix, IBM and Novell systems and platforms. Printing and mobile scanning (for the MFPs) is also possible from the Ricoh Smart Device Print & Scan application.
Finally, the smaller environmental footprint of this new range over the previous generation is also worth highlighting.
You will be able to find all these machines on the DMO comparison portal as soon as they arrive on the European market.
Ricoh has just announced the release of a new series of color production printers, the Pro C5200s series. This is made up of the Ricoh Pro C5200s and the Pro C5210s. They will replace the Pro C5100s and Pro C5110s, released in 2013.
Designed by Ricoh to help reduce printing costs, the Ricoh Pro C5200s series is designed for internal print centers, corporate printing departments, and commercial printers.
More compact, the Pro C5200 series has been adapted for a variety of environments, but run at the same speeds as the machines they replace. The Ricoh Pro C5210s has a print speed of 80 ppm onto A4/letter (color and monochrome) and 42 ppm onto A3/ledger. The Ricoh Pro C5200s has a speed of 65 ppm onto A4 and 34 ppm onto A3. These MFPs have a standard capacity of 3850 sheets and options to get to 8250 sheets.
There are lots of new features on these two machines. Two new Fiery EFI controllers (E-24B and E-44B) should help with print quality and color fidelity. Also the new finishing modules SR5070 and SR5080 offer stapling, folding, booklet creation or perforation.
Finally, the Ricoh Pro C5200s and C5210s are also equipped with the all-new intelligent control panel, the Ricoh Smart Operation Panel.
It is 10 inches in size and is available as an option, offering more applications for printing, scanning and e-mailing documents more easily and at lower cost.
Ricoh is rolling out its new line of multi-function A3 color printers. From 30 ppm to 60 ppm, nine models make up this series. The MP C3004SP, C3004ASP, C3504SP, C3504ASP, C4504SP and C4504ASP are already present on your DMO printer-benchmark portal.
For Ricoh, this range combines simplicity and intuitiveness - and makes the most of some new technologies. The series' features include a new smart control panel, based on the Android operating system. It is large - 10 inches - and tablet-style "touch and swipe" - purportedly powerful and easy to use. It is customizable: both format and content can be adapted to individual user preferences. The control panel can also be updated by installing new applications from the Ricoh website, allowing full customization and expanding the functions of the MFP. In addition, the control panel can even be customized to match the look of a company or brand. Finally, a full web browser is also integrated.
Ricoh is also emphasizing the connectivity and mobile features of the new ranges to demonstrate their contribution to improved business workflows. These MFPs can be used from smartphones and tablets using Bluetooth or NFC, using email or by accessing local folders. "Thanks to their intelligent connectivity, their customizable user interface and ability to integrate directly into a company's workflow, these intelligent multifunctions bring together several innovative Ricoh WorkStyle technologies" says Eric Gryson, CEO Ricoh Belgium / Luxembourg.
Finally, this new range also provides a human detection sensor (which allows the MFP to get going as soon as someone approaches), stapling without staples and banner printing.
The MP C5504SP, C5504ASP C6004SP and will also soon be available on Your DMO.
260,000 visitors from 188 countries (23 000 visitors per day on average) and 1837 exhibitors from 54 countries, all gathered in 19 huge halls: Drupa 2016 has once again been a great success.
Held every four years in Düsseldorf, Germany, Drupa is the largest event for the professional printin world. DataMaster was present at this key event.
This is the first of a series of articles on our team's feedback.
Hall 5, Stand C20: two new series of MFPs and two new duplicators were on display at Riso Kagaku Corporation. The Japanese manufacturer used the event to showcase these products based on their inkjet technology. The ComColor GD9630, probably the fastest MFP jet ink in the world (160ppm), and was on preview. This motor is also equipped with the new FS2000C EFI Fiery controller. The 120ppm FW5230 MFP, part of the FW ComColor series, was also on show.
In parallel, the SF9350 (monochrome) and ME9350E (color) duplicators were also on the stand. Finally, the presentation of the T1 (continuous-feed inkjet press) and T2 (inkjet digital printing press) concept was the icing on the cake.
The Xerox stand put on a good show. With a DJ and loud music the intent was a nightclub feel, a huge dais at the entrance booth served as a platform and led to the dance floor. The focus was really on the presentation of new Brenva HD. Later we will dedicate a special article on printing large sheet format. IGen digital presses, and the Versant 2100 and 80 were also present.
The star attraction of the Konica Minolta area was the AccurioJet KM-1, now availble for sale, and it was the first time to see the AccurioJet KM-C (C stands for carton or corrugated, and this will print onto 1.2 mm stock). We will be commenting on these machines in detail soon. On the digital press side, visitors had access to the latest machinery output on the market: bizhub Press 1250e, bizhub Press 1250eP, bizhub Pro 1100 and the bizhub 758 and bizhub 958 Pro.
Lastly for now, Ricoh made a huge splash with a lightshow onto the continuous-feed VC60000 press (see next article). In parallel, the latest digital presses from the manufacturer were accessible to visitors: Pro C9100 Series, Pro C7100 Series, Pro 8100 Serieso or the Pro 5100 series.
Ricoh has announced the release of its first industrial 3D printer, the Ricoh S5500P AM. It will be presented at the Formnext exhibition (dedicated to additive manufacturing technologies and tools), to be held in Frankfurt, Germany from 17 to 20 November 2015.
The Ricoh AM S5500P is a 3D printer designed to be fast for businesses to meet their specific innovation needs in the field of additive manufacturing. This is a printer compatible with PA6 and PP materials, which are extremely important for some manufacturers like those in the automotive sector.
"The launch of the Ricoh AM S5500P forms a landmark in the near 80-year history of Ricoh and it is also a key milestone in the evolution of the additive manufacturing industry. As a company committed to innovation and supporting businesses as they evolve throughout the digital age, we are excited to bring a fresh approach and introduce a powerful new product with comprehensive end-to-end services," said Peter Williams, Executive Vice President of Ricoh Europe.
The machine uses the additive manufacturing process, called SLS. Better known as 3D printing, additive manufacturing is a technique that converts a physical 3D model object by assembling successive layers of the same material. Capable of producing durable high-tech items, this printer can also make different types of parts simultaneously and large parts in one step.
Up to now, ricoh have been selling third-party machines. To develop the Ricoh AM S5500P, the manufacturer partnered with Aspect, Inc. This innovation allows Ricoh to open up the professional prototyping market. It will be available on the European market for mid-2016.
The Ricoh C4503(A)ZSP, C4503ZSP and C4503(A)SP range of multifunctions has been scrutinized, analyzed and assessed in the DataMaster lab. It was awarded an evaluation certificate with the excellent score of 4.5 / 5 Stars. The laboratory especially appreciated the very wide range of features and functions of these MFPs, the best in their market segment. In addition, the analyses demonstrated the overall flexibility of these machines. The only downside is that, despite the ability to print in 1200 x 1200 dpi, the print quality is only average.
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Ricoh recently announced the launch of a portfolio of software solutions to improve the productivity of production print operations. The TotalFlow portfolio includes TotalFlow Prep 4.0, TotalFlow Print Manager 4.0, TotalFlow Production Manager and TotalFlow Path 4.0. This range is available from November 2015 in the EMEA zone. "These software solutions will help operations work better, faster and smarter" said Graham Moore, Director of Business Development, Ricoh Europe.
Designed more for small and medium-size print service providers, TotaFlow Prep 4.0 is intended to be an intuitive tool for imposition, composition, document editing and creating worksheets. It can operate independently or be fully integrated with other production solutions such as Print Manager and Production Manager.
The print management software solution TotalFlow Print Manager 4.0 and print production workflow solution TotalFlow Manager 4.0 allow centralized management of digital printing operations. They can also automatically schedule print production depending on the printer capabilities, media type and workload. TotalFlow Production Manager 4.0 can transform PostScript or PCL flows into PDF.
The TotalFlow Path 4.0 platform can pool several printers. It intelligently connects solutions and commercial applications, enabling them to communicate during the production process. TotalFlow Path reduces errors and speeds turnaround time by reducing manual intervention.
According to Graham Moore, print profitability depends on the rapid execution of printing operations without interruptions. This technology automatically manages, continuously and effectively daily problems and keep the need for human intervention to a minimum.
Five compact monochrome A4 machines have been launched by Ricoh recently - three multifunctions (SP 3600SF/ SP 3610SF/ SP 4510SF) and two A4 black and white printers (SP 3600DN / SP 4510DN).
As well as printing with a resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi at 30 or 40 ppm (pretty fast given their small size), these machines have functions which we used to only see on A3 MFPs: secure printing, watermarks, file encryption, printing from USB keys and even SD cards.
An important new feature on these new machines is the dual head scanner on the feeder (SP 3610SF et SP 4510SF). This feature is becoming increasingly standard on A3 machines, but is still quite rare on A4 machines at this level, especially monochrome ones. The scan speeds are not as high as we see in A3 ranges of machine, or among the high-volume A4 devices some other manufacturers have placed on the market, but they provide an efficient means to scan on a machine which users will keep close by.
The full specs of these machines will be available on Your DMO very shortly.
Currently on show on the Ricoh stand at GRAPH EXPO 2014 in Chicago (and until October 1 2014), the Ricoh Pro C7110X prints at 90 pages per minute onto A4 (80 ppm for the C7100x) and offers a fifth color: options so far are white or clear toner. Available in December in North America, the new press is intended for volumes up to 240,000 A4 pages per month.
Ricoh is also launching in the high-volume production segment with the new Ricoh Pro C9100 and Pro C9110. In addition to their speed - respectively 110 and 130 ppm color A4, please note these devices can print onto media up to 400 g/m²!
All the technical specs on these machines + sales arguments in your language on Your DMO coming soon.
Ricoh will formally launch the six new monochrome A3 multifunctions shortly. The Ricoh MP 2554, MP 3054, MP 3554, MP 4054, MP 5054 and MP 6054 run at speeds of 25 to 60 ppm respectively.
These new products benefit from some of the improvements already made to the color range, such as the 220-sheet duplex document feeder with a dual head (single pass) scanner (available as standard on 40, 50 and 60 ppm models; not available on 25-35 ppm models) and even the tablet-feel 10.1 inch "Smart Operation" interface (as an option).
Reportedly, the neat no-staple stapler finishing unit found on the C2003SP MP and MP C2503SP will be an option on the MP 2554/3054/3554 models - which can alternatively have the usual more conventional finishing units.
On the faster (40 ppm up) models there will be a choice of five finishers (two different booklet makers, two conventional external finishing modules and an internal stapler).
Among the new features present in these products, we also note the availability of a second network card (as an option) to connect these products to two different networks simultaneously. Clearly this will be really useful for allowing visitors to print without giving them access to the company network. We look forward to checking out that firewall!
The full specs and pros and cons will be up on Your DMO just as soon as they are released to us!
Ricoh production print sales forces in North America (and maybe other markets to follow) are distributing Xante's Impressia Digital Multi-Media Press with the Enterprise High Speed Feed System. The Impressia's engine is made by Ricoh, and can deliver 2400 dpi on a wide variety of stocks. So Ricoh already know the machine - and their customers will be able to benefit from the established strengths of Xante's feeder. They are highlighting its strengths as an envelope feeder but the machine also offers swift media changeovers.
Both companies are highlighting how this partnership has been easy and has already produced tangible results. Ricoh's benefit is the high-speed envelope feeder, and Xante's is that a company Ricoh's size will be marketing both the Impressia and Xante's iQueue workflow software.
Ricoh announced on 16th July that Ricoh Korea have concluded the acquisition of two IT service provision and maintenance companies.
FutureTech Limited and it's subsidiary FutureWare Limited have 160 staff over seven sites. The companies are involved in PC and server provision, support and maintenance, capitalizing on VMWare virtualisation.
This is a relatively small but strategic acquisition for Ricoh, intended to strengthen its presence in Korea and its ability to support local Managed Document Services offers.
EFI and Konica Minolta have just announced the launch of two new Fiery RIPs, the IC-308 and IC-415. They have been developped to run Konica Minolta's new bizhub PRESS C1060, C1070 and C1070P range of digital presses. The IC-308 supports SIG and EFI's web-to-print apps.
EFI also recently launched another Fiery RIP, the EB-32 DFE, which is intended to improve image quality and improve management of the new Ricoh monochrome production digital presses, the Pro 8100s, 8100EX, 8110s and 8120s. The EB-32 DFE includes Fiery Grayscale Calibration, which automatically measures and corrects tonal variances in monochrome images. People with Fiery RIPs on color presses connect this Digital Front End to the workflow manamgement systems in exactly the same way.
Both of these new Fiery RIPs are based on the Fiery FS1000Pro, which has numerous advanced features, high-quality imaging as well as tools which can improve automatic workflows and overall productivity.
Already available in Japan, these new A3 multifunctions from Ricoh, the MP C2003 and MP C2503 will soon be available in Europe and in North America.
Running at 20 and 25 ppm respectively at 1200 x 1200 dpi, the MP C2003 and MP C2503 have the following PDLs: PCL5c, PCL6, PDF direct and Media Print as standard with PostScript 3 and PictBridge as options. As standard they are fitted with 1.5GB RAM but can go up to 2 as an option. They all have a 250 GB disk.
These MFPs all support USB key and SD card printing and have the ID card copy function. With the OCR feature installed, they can scan to PDF text.
Ricoh are highlighting the reduced envoronmental impact of these machines - the electrical consumption is very low at 900 W/h per week. They support user quotas, and have an option for user authentication by means of an integrated card reader.
They can also be fitted with a stapleless stapler, punching together up to five sheets of 80 g/m² paper.
When the MP C2003 and MP C2503 are launched in the US, its likely they will have some additional functions such as Ricoh's ICE (Integrated Cloud Environment) which allows users to scan to web-based services.
The innovations and trends we saw in 2013 have included:
The Cloud : a profusion of systems for mobile printing, and for scanning to and printing from the cloud
Improvements in efficiency to reduce electrical consumption, in use and in stand-by mode
Increasingly advanced, embedded OCR systems
An MFP with erasable toner, and another with five colors including white or clear
Manufacturers 2013 Launches, brand by brand:
In 2013, Canon launched two new monochrome A4 MFPs, the imageRUNNER ADVANCE 400i and 500i. These new models have color interfaces, print controllers with the functionality of the A3 imageRUNNER ADVANCE range, including the ability to scan to PDF text or OOXML (PowerPoint) as standard.
The manufacturer also renewed its range of A3 monochrome devices with the launch of the imageRUNNER ADVANCE 4225i, 4235i, 4245i and 4251i.
HP has been busy on their A3 MFP range in 2013. The LaserJet Enterprise flow M830 (monochrome) and M880 (color) were the first to arrive, followed by the HP S900 series of high-volume MFP comprising one monochrome machine (S956N) and three color machines (S951dn, S952dn and S970dn).
HP also distinguished themselves in 2013 with their HP PageWide technology as presented on the Officejet Pro X576dw color A4 MFP. Inkjet technology allows this machine to be one of the fastest in its category.
For Konica Minolta, 2013 has been above all the year in which their INFO-Palette design has been applied to the entire A3 Office range, now all sporting the suffix “e”. All their color and monochrome A3 machines now have touch screens which support “touch and swipe.” The “e” versions launched in 2013 all have even lower Typical Electricity Consumption (TEC) than their predecessors. With appropriate options included, the whole range can scan directly to editable Office Open XML Word and Excel formats, in addition to the PowerPoint and PDF text formats which were already available on some of the previous models.
As regards Production Printing, watch this space for big news early in 2014!
Kyocera completely renewed its entire A3 multifunction range in 2013. They launched no less than fourteen new models running from 25 ppm to 80 ppm. These new machines have several new features. They support scanning to PDF text (on option or as standard depending on the model), are compatible with Apple AirPrint and have multi-touch tablet-type screens. Worth noting also: the new devices have substantially lower electrical consumption than their predecessors.
The great innovation of the year by Oki is without doubt the ES9541, a five-color LED printer, which is quite unique in its marketplace. The fifth color, which can be either white or clear, can help a printshop really differentiate itself by producing short series onto special materials (transfers, window stickers, colored papers etc) and by producing selective varnish finishes.
For Oki, 2013 was also characterized by reaping more benefits from its partnership with Toshiba. Both manufacturers brought out (under their own brands) a range of A4 color MFPs and a range of monochrome MFPs based on LED print engines by Oki and Toshiba’s “e-Bridge X” technology.
Ricoh renewed almost its entire A3 color MFP range in 2013, from the 30 ppm model (MP C3003) to the 80 pages per minute model (MP C8002). All of these can have scan to PDF as an option. Two new entry-level A3 color models are expected early in 2014.
On the Production side, the launch of the Pro C5100S / C5110S widens Ricoh’s appeal among in-house repro departments and print shops. The spearhead of the monochrome range was also replaced in 2013 with the arrival of the Pro 8100S, Pro 8110S and Pro 8120S (running at up to 135 ppm onto A4).
2013 was the year Sharp arrived in the light color production market with the launch of the MX-6500N et MX-7500N. These machines have multiple finisher options, can have an EFI controller and distinguish themselves by offering edge to edge printing – full bleed, inline.
Early in 2013, Sharp launched the MX-2640N, MX-3140N and MX-3640N to update its A3 color range – and followed this up with the launch of the MX-4140N, MX-4141N, MX-5140N and MX-5141N over the summer. They all have multi-touch screens and have WiFi as standard.
As well as Toshiba’s partnership with Oki (see Oki, above), 2013 was significant for Toshiba as they launched two significant innovations onto the monochrome market.
First a front A4-only paper tray, making for a smaller footprint for a machine which can still scan copy and print A3 (using the bypass), the e-Studio 2505.
2013 also heralded the EcoMFP. This all-new engine uses erasable toner allowing a sheet of paper to be used up to five times.
ConnectKey was Xerox’ buzzword in 2013. The renewal of their Office ranges turned on this new platform, which brings new security features, the remote interface and improved access to Cloud-based services, among other new features.
As regards Production machines, Xerox added the D136 to its light-production monochrome D Series range and launched the C75 and J75, two machines which both benefit from the SIQA (Simple Image Quality Adjustment) system which helps with duplex registration.
Ricoh Americas Corporation has announced the launch of a new series of monochrome MFPs aimed at SMEs: the MP 2553, MP 3053 and MP 3353. These machines are also available in Europe.
These A3 multifunction printers with print speeds of 25, 30 and 33 pages per minute respectively, are replacing the Ricoh MP 2352SP, MP 2852SP and MP 3352SP.
The MP 2553, MP 3053 and MP 3353 have an option for an embedded OCR process which can recognize up to 14 languages with output to PDF text.
In addition to the finishing options available (stapling, hole punching, etc.), in North America, Ricoh are offering an optional 10-inch multi-touch tablet-style customizable interface.
North American models also support Ricoh USA's Integrated Cloud Environment. This is a platform for scanning to some 15 different Cloud locations (Dropbox, Google Drive, Office 365...) of for printing from a mobile device using the 'Print Cloud' app.
Aivika, the developers of ScannerVision (aka Ricoh ScannerVision) are launching a document management app, Aivika One Lite on October 1st.
ScannerVision is a document capture app comparable to eCopy or AutoStore. The addition of this stablemate provides some document management features for the scanned and indexed output from ScannerVision - including full text search, full access control, and the option to "staple," or link related documents together. In addition to providing a preview of documents, the software provides some workflow features, and supports email alerting.
Aivika One Lite can stand alone, but is cheaper for existing ScannerVision users.
The full analysis of this Solution will be on your DMO Solutions shortly!
Ricoh has launched the MP C3003SP/MP C3503SP/MP C4503(A)SP/MP C5503(A)SP/MP C6003SP in Europe.
These machines do look rather like their predecessors, the Ricoh MP C3002/MP C3502/MP C4502/MP C5502, but there are significant new features to be found under the hood.
First of all, they all run SRA3 (320 by 450 mm, equivalent to 12 by 18 inch stock in N America). It allows for printing A3 (or Ledger) output right to the bleed giving ample margin for trimming. So these machines are suitable for marketing departments and design agencies etc - they handle the larger stocks required, plus they have an option for an E-22C Fiery RIP.
Another new feature is the scan to text PDF, aka searchable PDF. Many other MFPs in this segment of the market already provide scan to PDF text, which improves document workflow while obviating the need for OCR as a second step in a process.
Lastly, there's an all-new internal finishing option being launched with this new range of copiers. It supports 1- and 2-point stapling but can also be fitted with a hole punch - all without substantially increasing the overall size of the machine.
On April 29, we announced the launch of the latest departmental copiers from Ricoh in Japan, namely the MP C6502SP and MP C8002SP. Ricoh has now unveiled the Production versions of these machines in Japan, Europe and North America.
Named the Ricoh Pro C5110S (for the 80 ppm version) and the Pro C5100S (for the 65 ppm version), they have a vertical interface which users will find comfortable to use, and they can integrate with Ricoh TotalFlow.
Ricoh are launching a new formula of polymerised toner which extends the colorimetric range of the Pro C5110S and the C5100S. The fuser temperature has been lowered too, and this reduces the environmental impact of these machines as well as the warm-up times.
Ricoh are highlighting the integration of an alternating-current technology for toner transfer, the first time this has appeared in a Ricoh production printing device. According to the manufacturer, this means high-quality results can be obtained on highly textured media. Lastly, these new machines also have a media library function which lets users fine tune temperature and pressure settings for different types of paper right from the control panel.
These products have a good size/speed ratio, which should make digital press service providers, marketing companies and printshop managers take a close look at them.
Named the Ricoh MP C6502SP and MP C8002SP, these two multifunctions run at the same speed in monochrome as in color, that's 65 and 80 pages of A4 per minute, respectively. The MP C8002 is breaking new ground here - that's a speed record for a departmental machine: 80 ppm in color was hitherto the exclusive domain of the production machine.
Able to print, copy and scan, the MP C6502SP and MP C8002SP can also host a fax card as an option. These two machines use the PxP-EQ polymerized toner and also employ the "VCSEL" laser beam technology Ricoh first used on the C651/C751 series. This should guarantee improved image quality over the previous generation.
Another new feature that the manufacturer is highlighting is the fact that toner cartridges may be replaced while the machine is running. This is almost a defining feature of the "departmental" segment, and we are pleased to see a fast Ricoh copier now fully conforming to our definition. It is a feature that will be appreciated both by repro departments and workgroups alike.
Ricoh has just unveiled two Document Management Systems aimed respectively at logistics companies and the public sector. These Solutions have been developed in partnership with the software house Novadys Communication.
Documind Transport improves the tracking and management of delivery notes, which are critical in this sector. The Solution makes the handling of delivery notes simpler, quicker and cheaper, and improves reactivity in handling customer issues.
The Solution manages the scanning of customer orders in lots and stores them automatically in the customer folder.
Access to both delivery notes and orders is via a secure web interface. Documind Transport complies with both ISO9001 and SQAS (Safety and Quality Assessement System).
Ricoh developed the special connector which integrates paper documents straight from the screen of the Ricoh MFP into the Documind workflow system.
Documind Administration improves communication with the public and other stakeholders by improving the management of incoming and outgoing data.
The Solution automates the handling of correspondence both received and sent, call handling and both access to and searching for documents. These recurring tasks are a significant burden on most public sector organizations.
With the Ricoh-developed connector, incoming mail is scanned by date and then transferred to the relevant department. It becomes instantly possible to see which letters remain unanswered. In a similar fashion, tasks which have not been attended to within deadlines can cause email alerts to other users. Documind Administration provides complete tracability in the process of handling correspondence.
Ricoh's range of digital color production systems has been broadened by the launch of the Ricoh Pro C901 Graphics Arts + and the Ricoh Pro C901S Graphics Arts +. These presses incorporate the new E42 and E82 print servers from EFI.
Among several new features, we find a HyperRIP which increases performance by processing several pages of a job simultaneously, and XObject caching, which means the machines can print pdf files containing XObjects at speeds only variable data print jobs attained hitherto.
Productivity is substantially improved with a duty cycle raised to 700,000 pages, or 20 % up. Also, media up to 350 g/m² can be handled by these machines. Lastly, the Pro 901S Graphic Arts + also has a high-speed full color scanner, and the feeder allows different settings for different applications.
The new Ricoh MPC5502, an A3 color MFP running at up to 55ppm has been through the DataMaster productivity and quality tests.
The tests revealed an excellent level of productivity, particularly on A4 in duplex mode, for copying and printing.
Ricoh have just launched the new GELJET range in Europe, replacing the GelSprinter models.
The brand have taken the opportunity to review their designs and to make the most of the new Liquid Gel™ technology.
More environmentally friendly than laser, the new technology is based on a colored ink which dries on contact with paper, and large print heads.
The SG2100N and SG3110DN are already available on the European market. They will print on stocks up to 256 gsm, and have network and wireless options.
Ricoh is bringing a new print engine into the A3 color range, and replacing the MPC3001, 3501, 4501 and 5501. Ricoh is already launching the following new machines in North America and Europe: MPC3002
These four machines have the new look Ricoh has used on its recent A3 and A4 machines. Ricoh is grouping four different speeds with a single print engine: 30, 35, 45 and 55 ppm black and color.
At first glance they do not appear to have much in the way of new features compared to the preceding models, but as we work up the DataTechs for DMO we'll look into more depth.
What we note straight off though is that the single engine for all four machines offers the MPC3002 and MPC3502 technical specifications equivalent to the MPC4502 and MPC5502 (which was not the case down the preceding range).
The alliance between the Ricoh print engine and Infotec's AFP controller has given birth to a new 90/90 ppm digital press: the Ricoh Pro C900 AFP.
According to Ricoh, this press is "dedicated to the printing of sensitive transactional and promotional material (invoices, check letters, statements, reply coupons or personalised mailings, among others.
"It is specifically aimed at publishing environments such as:
- IT Centers and Publishing Centers: banks, insurers, telecoms and public services
- Service providers: direct mailing, routers
- Sales by correspondence companies
- Direct marketing firms."
Ricoh is also putting in place a program of operator-replaceable components, to give professional users the option to carry out certain maintenance jobs themselves (replacement of certain parts), thus avoiding the need to wait for a service visit, probably with the machine on standy-by.
Since just before Christmas, Ricoh removed App2Me, the MFP scan-to-cloud suite, from their download pages. They will cease to support it from March 30th 2012.
In September last year, Google announced that they will be phasing out support for Google Desktop. App2Me integrates quite closely with Google Desktop, indeed depended on it, but with the cancelling of App2Me Ricoh loses integration with the other apps the App2Me widgets assured, such as Evernote.
An early scan-to-cloud product, Ricoh’s App2Me was launched at the end of 2009. The playful look and feel, coupled with the apparent ease of downloading and installing the widgets onto the MFP interface made it look very appealing. The dependence on Google apps was always going to be an issue – and the difficulty of developing the widgets in the Java environment meant there were simply too few of them for App2Me to fulfill expectations.
Ricoh is renewing its core A3 monochrome range and launching the new MP2352, 2852 and 3352 running at 23, 28 and 33 ppm.
The brand has signalled that this series has an all-new design which we are very likely to see again in future models.
Specifically: check out the color scanning capacity, up from 29 to 45 opm with an optional reversing feeder which keeps its capacity for up to 50 originals.
The system has clearly been upgraded by the 120 GB hard disk and the 1GB memory - and Ricoh now offers 500-sheet integrated finishing on new models.
Ricoh has launched three new digital color presses: the Pro C651 EX and C751 EX (scanner version) and Pro C751 (printer version). They run at a maximum of 65 and 75 pages per minute respectively.
According to Ricoh, these products are completely new, and are not slowed-down versions of the C901s, the manufacturer's top-of-the-range production digital machine. However Ricoh are certainly capitalizing on some of the technical innovations brought to the market in the C901s: notably, media management and better quality.
The three new machines will have to measure up to the competition, such as the Canon ImagePress C6000, the Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS C6000 / C7000, or the Xerox DCP 700.
Looking at all these releases in general terms, and beyond the usual technical, functional and aesthetic improvements, the brands are all putting a lot of effort into addressing security concerns, adding document management features and improving the environmental aspects of their equipment.
Ricoh has renewed the new MPC2050 and MPC2550 in Europe.
The brand has integrated the new MPC2051 and MPC2551, 20 and 25ppm respectively.
Rather few notable changes over the old models (MPC2050 and MPC2550), but Ricoh is emphasising the storage capacities, the document server features, environmental aspects and security.
We note the same 160GB HDD and 1.5GB RAM as on the recent MPC3001 and MPC3501.
The new digital production presses from Ricoh, the Pro C901 (printer version) and Pro C901 S (MFP version) recently launched by the brand are substantially different to the existing range, the Pro C 900 and C 900 S.
The technology has moved on. These new presses use Ricoh's new PxP polymerized toner, and as a result no oil is used in the fuser unit.
Three external print servers are available as options:
- 2 from Fiery: the E-41 and the E-81
- 1 from Creo: the C-81
Performance has been boosted: automatic duplex printing can now be done on media up to 300 gsm (rather than 220 gsm at present).
The brand is also highlighting the fact that production can run without intervention for some time with the output capacity of 10,250 sheets if both of the two high-capacity stackers are used with the print engine.
Ricoh has boradened its A4 color range with two new color multi-function devices - the MPC300 and the MPC400. With output at 30 and 40 ppm respectively, in both color and black, they have a capacity of 2300 sheets. Interestingly, they can use paper weights of up to 253 gsm in the bypass and 163 gsm for automatic duplex.
The scan speed for these A4 MFPs is 30 ipm in color and monochrome, and they can scan to today's required destination: the USB port which is fitted as standard on these machines.
Already available in the UK and in Germany, these machines will soon be available elsewhere in Europe.
Ricoh'sMPC2800, MPC3300, MPC4000 and MPC5000 are disappearing to make way for four new color MFPs: - MPC3001 : 30 / 30 ppm - MPC3501 : 35 / 35 ppm - MPC4501 : 45 / 45 ppm - MPC5501 : 55 / 55 ppm
On the design side, Ricoh is sticking to their current catalogue strategy with a print-from-USB or -SD function thanks to the ports on the front (available as options).
Note that the hard disk capacity for all four models is 160GB and RAM goes from 1.5 GB (C3001 and C3501) to 2 GB (C4501 and C5501) according to speed.
The bypass now takes up to 300gsm media, but only for simplex printing. Scanning speed for the two larger models is 67 opm.
On the productivity side, the launch represents an increase of 2 to 5 ppm depending on the machine.
Ricoh has replaced this year its SP C811DN : 2 new models named SP C820 and SP C821 producing respectively at 40 ppm and 50 ppm have been added to Ricoh printer range.
Warm-up time has decreased. Electrical consumption is now really low : 2.7W against 26W for SP C811.
Something new on SP C820 & SP C821 : 4 mailboxes which can receive 125 sheets each.
One year after launching the Pro 906EX, 1106EX and 1356EX, Ricoh has already replaced those B&W machines by the range Pro 7 : 907EX, 1107EX and 1357EX.
The new range owns (in option) either a RIP Fiery or a MicroPress controller which includes advanced scan functions specially dedicated to production jobs.
Moreover the in-line finishing is still impressive : ring binder, 6 types of folding, trimmer...