Ricoh Pro TF6251 with enhanced application flexibility

All-in-one hybrid system supports versatile production of wider range of applications

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Ricoh Pro TF6251 with enhanced application flexibility

Print service providers can now benefit from highly flexible print production on roll-fed media, as well as rigid media, with the Ricoh Pro TF6251 hybrid flatbed UV printer.

Building on the Ricoh Pro TF6250, the all-in-one hybrid system supports the versatile production of a wider range of applications for sign and display, industrial, graphic arts, and interior decor. It also delivers high productivity with its 12 Ricoh inkjet print heads. On its compact 2.5m x 1.3m sized table, the print heads enable flatbed print speeds of up to 116 square meters per hour in four color draft mode. For roll print, speeds are up to 67 square meters per hour in four colour draft mode. Excellent image quality and exceptional reliability are also integral attributes.

The combination of tried and tested technology and leading inkjet capability offers a number of benefits for multidiscipline print operations. The Ricoh Pro TF6251 hybrid flatbed UV printer is a hybrid rigid and flexible solution that supports production of a wider range of applications from one device. The single system with a smaller footprint than two separate devices also offers energy consumption and ink savings. The printer offers a choice of two types of inks – the Ricoh DG130 versatile UV ink that offers high adhesion and Ricoh GP120 graphic art UV ink (for roll to roll only) that delivers high colour gamut for greater flexibility.

It also offers the ability to print on rigid board of up to 11cm depth to allow the expansion of services offered, and faster curing and lower energy using Ricoh LED lamps to save time and money. The device uses low print temperature to ensure the careful treatment of the printed substrate and offers low energy consumption for more environmentally conscious and cost-effective production. Greenguard certified inks support a sustainable approach through the Ricoh Pro TF6251 hybrid flatbed UV printer.

Operator productivity is maximized by the Ricoh Pro TF6251’s easy to operate, updated user interface. It allows last-minute adjustments and simplifies operation with capabilities such as auto material thickness detection.

Further efficiency is provided by ColorGATE Productionserver Select. Users benefit from consistent and predictable colour output and spot colour support for client satisfaction as well as from container and tiling functions and process automation. The Adobe PDF Print Engine is key to outstanding performance.

Graham Kennedy, director, Industrial Print, Commercial and Industrial Printing Group, Ricoh Europe, says, “Ricoh developed this flexible solution in response to clients’ production needs. It is a timely addition to our portfolio, particularly as operations strive to find ways during the pandemic to develop their services while remaining competitive and adaptable. The Pro TF6251 combines our market-leading inkjet head technology expertise with our proven flatbed and roll-fed capabilities to create a highly versatile and responsive solution. We believe it will open up a number of production possibilities for print operations that are looking to be increasingly creative with the services they deliver and the markets they serve.”

The Ricoh Pro TF6251 will be available from 1 January 2021 in Europe.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels 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. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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