Ricoh’s inkjet innovation to aim high at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2019

Hunkeler at Messe Lucerne 25-28 February 2019

The Hunkeler Innovationdays 2019 is scheduled to be held in Switzerland.

Ricoh will present patent pending technology designed to tweak Print Service Providers’ (PSPs) production at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2019. The event is scheduled to take place between 25-28 February 2019 at Messe Lucerne, Switzerland. The Ricoh ProT VC70000 continuous feed inkjet press will make its worldwide public debut at the event.

At the largest specialist continuous feed event, Ricoh will present the Pro VC70000’s patent pending dryer technology designed for greater ink coverage and to eliminate cockling. It prints 12,000 sheets an hour and assures fast, consistent and high quality print. It uses new Ricoh-developed inks that support traditional offset coated substrates. The latter capability will be highlighted with a wealth of offset coated paper applications including a 225 mm square sewn and bound photobook printed on 150 gsm media as well as direct mailers and leaflets.

The compact Ricoh ProT V20000 will showcase flexible and responsive mono continuous feed inkjet production. It enables PSPs to produce applications ranging from pharmaceutical leaflets to transactional print such as bills, statements and policy documents as well as books and direct mail.

The Ricoh ProT C9200 digital press boasts of colour sheet fed productivity and reduced operational costs. Built on the Ricoh ProTM C9100 technology platform, it offers increased image quality with outstanding registration to empower business growth.

To support efficient and streamlined continuous feed and sheet fed production, Ricoh will also present new additions to its software portfolio and highlight the capabilities of Ricoh’s TotalFlow BatchBuilder and Ricoh’s ProcessDirector.

Eef De Ridder, vice president of Commercial Printing, Commercial and Industrial Printing Group, Ricoh Europe, says, “Our continuous feed production platform is growing fast and we are delighted to be able to give visitors to Hunkeler Innovationdays 2019 a first look at all the exciting technologies featured in our Pro VC70000 system. The combination of Ricoh proprietary technologies, including the unique dryer and new inks. It supports offset substrates and opens up a whole new world of production possibilities.”

Ricoh will join other print manufacturers on the ‘Successful With Automation’ panel discussion during the ‘Partner Conference’ and is proud to again sponsor the DOXNET lectures and networking event.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

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