Ricoh displays Ri 1000 Direct to Garment printer at FESPA 2019

Personalized and on-demand print technology

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Ricoh is displaying its newly launched Ri 1000 Direct to Garment (DTG) printer at its stand B4 K31 in FESPA, Munich. In response to the growing demand for easy to use, efficient and affordable garment decoration solutions, Ricoh’s latest innovation renders printers with fast and flexible production while delivering high image quality. It joins the Ri 100 and Ri 6000 in Ricoh’s rapidly expanding DTG portfolio of solutions.

Faster than the Ri 3000, the Ri 1000 delivers greater print quality with enhanced resolution of 1200 dpi x 1200 dpi and supports CMYK and white ink to ensure impressive results on fabrics of any color. The Ri 1000’s application flexibility is supported by a new pre-treatment liquid suitable for 100% light polyester and polycotton blends. This opens up greater opportunities for garments and textile products in a number of sectors including sports.

The ability of the printer to smoothly switch between multiple styles of platens up to 406.4 mm x 508 mm allows quick operation and production versatility. The Ri 1000’s magnetic mechanism enables the platens to easily snap on and off. This flexibility supports continuous production and a wide range of print capabilities from children’s sizes to super wide designs.

“The Ri 1000’s comprehensive functionality, production flexibility and versatility make it the ideal option for personalized garment printing and print-on-demand services,” says Graham Kennedy, head of Commercial Inkjet business, Commercial and Industrial Printing Group, Ricoh Europe. “It delivers the perfect combination of smart technology, fast print speeds and high output quality to enable creative print providers to capture genuine business growth opportunities. Its four Ricoh printheads, robust product design, and advanced features such as temperature and humidity sensors, and precise ink supply monitoring, assure consistently reliable high quality results.”

Minimal maintenance with customizable cleaning options maximizes production uptime. For the maintenance tasks that are not automated, the device’s 7-inch touchscreen display provides smart alerts notifying operators when to perform manual maintenance tasks.

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