Ricoh updates ProcessDirector workflow

Ricoh has updated its ProcessDirector workflow software to v3.6, which is mainly aimed at high volume digital printers where it can track jobs and manage print queues.

Ricoh’s ProcessDirector workflow software can now record the ink usage of its high speed inkjet presses.

Thus, version 3.6 gains a Pre-printed Forms Replacement feature that allows service providers to print jobs on plain paper that previously required pre-printed forms. It works by redefining AFP and PDF files, allowing content that was printed on the pre-printed form to be added to the data in the print file.

Eef de Ridder, director of Ricoh Europe’s Commercial Printing business, comments: “PSPs can now modify and eventually replace solutions that depend on inventories of pre-printed forms. For example, sheet fed applications running on pre-printed forms can be migrated easily to white paper on continuous feed, while maintaining production flexibility to produce short runs or reprints on sheet fed devices. Business logic within the workflow can dynamically select the most appropriate output method to help optimise device usage across the production floor. It can also help consolidate jobs into large print runs and reduce or eliminate inventories of pre-printed forms. Operator time and cost savings can be made too.”

The new v3.6 also gains the ability to record the amount and type of ink used by jobs printed on Ricoh’s VC60000 and VC40000 high speed inkjet systems. It reports ink usage for each of the colours for every job, and can update this with ink usage for reprints.





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