Ricoh has announced its first UV flatbed printer, the Ricoh Pro T7210, which has been designed for industrial decoration printing. It’s mainly aimed at printing to heavy rigid materials, including glass, wood, aluminium composite and metal.
It uses 12 of Ricoh’s own MH54 series printheads, with a choice of 600 or 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution. The ink is Ricoh’s own LED UV-curable ink. There’s a choice of four, five or six colours with the full inkset including CMYK plus white and a clear ink or varnish as well as a primer.
The printer has a maximum print size of 2.1 × 3.2 metres and can print to materials up to 110mm thick, though it’s not optimized for printing to curved objects. It’s capable of 50sqm/hr in Standard mode, which doubles to 100 sqm/hr in the high speed mode.
Graham Kennedy, head of Ricoh Europe’s Commercial and Industrial inkjet Printing division, says that this printer spearheads intentions in this area, adding: “Incorporating Ricoh’s own leading inkjet technology, it is designed to inspire user confidence. And provides new potential and value to a fast-evolving market sector.”
So far it’s been beta tested mainly at sites in Japan where uses have included furniture decoration, meaning drawer fronts, decorative glass and composite plates.
Ricoh will include SAI Print DX as the controller software. Kennedy says that it will be possible to connect with a wide range of other DFE’s.
The Ricoh Pro T7210 will make its European debut at the Viscom show in Italy and should be available in the European markets from the end of this year to early 2018. Pricing is likely to be in the region of €160k.