Ricoh teases Z75 B2 inkjet

Ricoh has released more information on its upcoming sheetfed inkjet press, the Pro Z75, which takes B2 plus sheets measuring 585mm x 750mm and includes an automated perfecting unit. 

Ricoh’s Pro Z75 is a B2 sheetfed inkjet press.

Naturally it uses Ricoh printheads, with 1200×1200 dpi resolution with water-based inks. The Z75 can take uncoated media from 60-400gsm and offset coated substrates from 73-400gsm. Ricoh says that it will produce 4500 sph on one side in four colours and that this speed halves at 2250 sph for duplex printing. This is equivalent to 75 B2 ppm or 300 A4 ppm single sided, and 37.5 B2 ppm or 150 A4 ppm. For comparison, Xerox claims that its sheetfed Baltoro inkjet press, launched in 2019, will produce 302 duplex ipm on an A3 sheet.

Naturally it uses Ricoh printheads, and is able to print 1200×1200 dpi resolution at the above quoted speeds. It uses highly pigmented water-based inks. It has a cast iron and steel mainframe, and appears to have a long drying tunnel. Ricoh says that it can cope with a maximum duty cycle of 2.6M B2+ impressions/month, and an average range of 250K – 1.25M B2+ impressions/month. It uses an EFI front end. 

There’s no word on pricing, either for the press or its running costs, so it’s too early to draw any conclusions on how effective this press will truly be. Ricoh is planning to start beta testing with a US customer over the summer with commercial availability likely to be Q2 2022. A European launch is likely to require a separate beta test to account for the different substrates in use on this side of the Atlantic. 

For now, there are several existing competitors, including: Fujifilm’s Jetpress 750S, which is not as fast at the 1200 dpi resolution and lacks the automated perfector; HP’s B2 Indigo range, which uses liquid toner rather than inkjet; and Konica Minolta’s AccurioJet KM-1e, which uses UV rather than water-based inks. Prospective customers should also consider any of the various B2 offset presses, which are considerably faster and can also handle short run work if paired with a decent imposition and job management system. In the meantime, you can find more information on Ricoh’s production printers, but not the Z75, from

NB: The text was edited to change the speed comparison in the second paragraph from the Xerox iGen to Xerox Baltoro. 

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2 responses to “Ricoh teases Z75 B2 inkjet”

  1. Alex avatar

    Ricoh G6 print heads or new models?

    1. Nessan Cleary avatar
      Nessan Cleary

      Hi Alex,
      Ricoh haven’t discussed the printheads yet and there’s not enough information yet to draw any conclusions.

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