Commercial printers preview the Ricoh Pro Z75 B2 sheetfed inkjet press

Ricoh’s newest inkjet innovation delivers expanded application range

352
Ricoh
RICOH Pro Z75 B2 sheetfed inkjet system

Ricoh recently unveiled a first look at its Ricoh Pro Z75, its highly anticipated B2 sheetfed inkjet system. The state-of-the-art, Ricoh-developed press with future-defining technology is built to help businesses reach new benchmarks for productivity, image quality, and operating costs.

Today’s commercial print environment is radically different from what it was just a year ago, as companies in this space evolve to be hyper-relevant in this constantly changing landscape. While the transition to digital has been progressing for years, printers are now looking to further accelerate that transition while uncovering new opportunities. The Ricoh Pro Z75 was developed from the ground up by Ricoh experts to empower printers to confidently pursue those opportunities, building on the company’s 40 plus years of inkjet experience and culture of transformational innovation, known as Henkaku.

In this new business climate, commercial printers are more than ever seeking to expand their application range and profitably meet the increasing demand for short runs. Media flexibility and competitive operational costs are key. Those seeking exceptional productivity, ease of use, and media versatility, across offset coated, uncoated, and inkjet treated stocks, with one of the lowest operational costs in its class, will benefit from the strategic design of the Ricoh Pro Z75.

Herman Verlind, owner of Dutch graphic media specialist Zalsman, said, “I am especially impressed by the technical design of the machine, while the print quality and production speed are at a very good level compared to the competition.”

The Ricoh B2 inkjet press is phenomenal. It is going to be a game-changer for the commercial print market,” said Bob Dahlke, Jr., principal, VISOgraphic from America. “Ricoh’s approach to bringing new innovation to market is to do it right. It has helped commercial printers more confidently and effectively migrate to digital. They care about delivering what our businesses need.”

The Ricoh Pro Z75 will harness Ricoh’s extremely efficient drying technology, auto-duplexing, reliable paper transport, and a new DFE controller architecture to bring class-leading levels of productivity and anticipated market-leading speeds. Offset image quality is achieved through Ricoh’s own printhead, aqueous ink, and dynamic drop size technology providing a solution.

Eef de Ridder, vice president, Commercial and Industrial Printing, Ricoh Europe, said, “We made it clear some time ago that we would not bring a B2 sheetfed product until it is right. Well, that time is almost here now. Our design engineers have synthesized an extraordinary platform: it combines high ink coverage with the lower cost of inkjet and efficient B2 duplex capability more than previously thought possible. I firmly believe the Ricoh Pro Z75 is the product that the market needs and will help hard-pressed commercial printers chart a course through choppy waters toward a more sustainable future in the new world of printing.”

More details on Ricoh’s Pro Z75 press will be revealed in early 2021, including launch timings.

For more information, visit www.Ricoh-europe.com/Proz75.

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.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

It is the right time to support our high-impact reporting and authoritative and technical information with some of the best correspondents in the industry. Readers can power Indian Printer and Publisher’s balanced industry journalism and help sustain us by subscribing.

– Naresh Khanna

Subscribe Now

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here