Ricoh has announced a new family of inkjet presses, the Pro V20000 series, which is designed for transactional printing like bills and statements as well as some direct mail and pharmaceutical leaflets.
There are three models, including one colour and two mono. The VC20000 is a CMYK device, running at 75mpm at resolution of 600 x 600 dpi, though it can also run at 600 x 300 dpi at 150mpm. There’s a mono version, the V20000 and a faster alternative, the V20100, with double the speed at 150mpm at 600dpi, which has a second set of printheads. The heads themselves come from Kyocera.
These printers are based on the mono K630i and colour N610i presses from Graph-Tech, which itself is owned by Domino. As such they are proven performers with many existing installations. This also means that they will be using Domino inks, even if it says Ricoh on the box.
They will work with a variety of papers including the lightweight materials required in the pharmaceutical industry but the main focus will be uncoated and inkjet treated media.
Tim Taylor, head of Continuous Feed Market for Ricoh’s Commercial and Industrial Printing Group, says: “The goal was to bring to market a range of machines that we believe will meet our customer’s needs for both monochrome applications – such as replacing our installed base of IP4000 toner printers – as well as providing an entry level colour option for those who want to migrate to a white paper solution.”
These presses have variable speed and pause features, which means they are particularly well suited to inline finishing options.
These are fairly compact devices at just 4.3 square metres. They round out Ricoh’s offering, which also includes the high volume VC60000 and the mid-range VC40000.
Ricoh will be hosting its own event later this month – The Art of the New – in Telford, where these new models will be shown off, which will be good news for those of you worried that between the Print Show and Ipex we just havn’t had enough print events recently.