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Ricoh Asia Pacific Announces the Launch of Next Generation Continuous Feed Inkjet Platform for Graphics Communications Market

Singapore – October 2, 2014 – Ricoh Asia Pacific today announced its newest continuous feed platform, the RICOH Pro VC60000, marking a milestone in the evolution of its production print inkjet portfolio. The new system, coupled with Ricoh’s software offerings, enables a more rapid shift from offset to digital as commercial printers focus on data-driven applications and workflows requiring high performance colour inkjet presses with vibrant print quality and increased media flexibility.  The RICOH Pro VC60000, capable of producing more than 100,000 A4 images per hour, provides a function-rich total solution for customers new to digital colour, and for those already using digital print but wanting to consolidate and streamline their operations. 
The RICOH Pro VC60000 uses Ricoh’s next generation drop-on-demand print heads and high density pigment inks, resulting from its 25 years of experience in developing core inkjet technologies. These new print heads are capable of physical resolutions up to 1200 by 1200 dots per inch. Utilizing the RICOH Pro VC60000’s dynamic variable drop technology, customers can produce near-offset quality documents. With the optional undercoat unit, commercial printers can run a variety of offset coated gloss stocks with output quality comparable to what they expect from offset devices. An optional inline protector coating unit provides scratch and scuff resistance to protect critical documents.   
The RICOH Pro VC60000 is important to help the offset printing community transition to becoming more efficient. Its print quality will provide customers with the ability to shift jobs to digital that haven’t been profitable on offset. It aims to help commercial printers, in-plants and service bureaus to compress run lengths and operate more cost-effectively, while maintaining high quality at a throughput that wasn’t viable until today. This will change many printers’ perceptions of inkjet quality for the better.
“With more than 70 billion impressions to date, Ricoh’s InfoPrint 5000 family, the first continuous feed drop-on-demand inkjet solution for high-volume production, has led the market for six years running,” said Nobuaki Majima, Managing Director of Ricoh Asia Pacific & China. “We were the first to deliver AFP, PostScript, and PDF native to the control unit; and the first to provide customers a suite of ink management tools. The RICOH Pro VC60000, developed by the industry’s most experienced inkjet production team, complements our current portfolio and leads the way into the future of production print in Asia Pacific and China region. Ricoh’s ongoing commitment to innovation means that commercial print and corporate clients can confidently select from our broad and ever-expanding portfolio of products, services, and solutions to support the profitable growth of their businesses.”
Based on open standard architectures, the RICOH Pro VC60000 uses a new Ricoh state-of-the-art Digital Front End (DFE) that provides native support for PDF, PDF/VT and AFP together with JDF and advanced colour management support.  This high performance DFE is optimized for complex data-driven graphic communications, and provides an easy-to-use operator interface and advanced workflow management, leveraging Ricoh’s extensive experience in mission-critical variable data processing. Ricoh’s software, solutions, and strategic partner offerings complement the RICOH Pro VC60000 and include an unrivaled suite of tools and utilities that give customers several options to increase their efficiency and productivity.
With its modular architecture, the RICOH Pro VC60000 supports a variety of configuration options to give customers the flexibility to meet their needs. The new platform is highly scalable and has been designed with future enhancements and field upgrades in mind to protect customers’ investments in hardware, software, and infrastructure as their business grows and requirements change.