Ricoh is replacing its Pro 8200 monochrome series of sheetfed production printers with a new Pro 8300 series, which are really more of a refinement rather than a completely new design.
There are five printers altogether in this series. The base Pro 8300s is a compact model aimed at office and education markets and runs at 96ppm. There are also two faster models that are designed for CRDs, print shops and commercial printers, the 8310s, which can produce 110ppm, and the 8320s, which prints 136ppm, all assuming A4 pages. These all include a scanner, with the remaining two models being versions of the 8310 and 8320 without the scanner, which are mainly aimed at transactional and commercial printers.
All of these can handle one million pages per month, and are built to print 60 million pages over a standard five year contract. These new machines have been designed to handle peaks in production – up to 4 million pages per month in the case of the Pro 8320 – though not on a regular basis.
However Ricoh’s main reason for updating the monochrome series was to improve its finishing capabilities, and to have a more modular platform to share those finishing options.
Thus there’s a new booklet maker for the faster models that can handle up to 30 sheets at 80gsm at one time plus a new cover interposer with air assist supporting coated media up to 350gsm. There are also two shift trays with a stack capacity of 4500 sheets, new trimming and long sheet handling peripherals designed to support versatile green button production. Ricoh believes that these options will help it address applications such as books, brochures and manuals.
The 8300 has a small finisher and a shift sort output tray. Unfortunately there’s no backwards compatibility for any of these finishing options with the older printers, which lack the firmware capability.
The new models have also gained Ricoh’s latest VCSEL (Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser) imaging engine, which has an improved resolution up from 1200 x 4800 dpi in the older series to 2400 x 4800 dpi in these latest machines, which should lead to smoother lines and gradations.
These printers can take slightly heavier media, up from 300gsm to 350gsm. Ricoh has also standardised the rollers used in order to handle carbonless media, which can release oils that would otherwise damage the rollers.
All the presses in the series use an EFI controller, which can be set along with the other control from a 17ins colour touch screen. Users can also use a tablet for remote operation.
Eef de Ridder, vice president of Commercial Printing for Ricoh Europe, commented: “Designed with the core elements of simple operation, ease of set-up and reliable streamlined workflow, they are tailored to deliver high quality results that perfectly meet the needs of these key market sectors.”
The Ricoh Pro 8300 series of presses will be available across Europe later this month. You can find further details from ricoh.co.uk.