Fogra certifies Ricoh Pro VC70000

Continuous feed inkjet system conforms to ISO 12647-8 standard

Fogra Ricoh Pro
The Ricoh Pro VC70000 has achieved Fogra certification.

The Ricoh Pro VC70000 is the only market available continuous feed inkjet press to hold prestigious Fogra validation printing system (VPS) certification. The recognition confirms compliance with the industry’s highest standards and delivers client confidence in its ability to produce excellent print consistently and repeatedly.

Fogra is the leading research centre for the printing industry. Fogra VPS stringent testing assesses if systems that produce a hard copy validation print, directly from digital data, conform to the ISO 12647-8 standard. It considers a broad range of criteria including proofing, substrate colour and gloss, color accuracy, light fastness, and compliance with the PDF/X standard.

Fogra approved the Ricoh Pro VC70000 for conforming to the ISO 12647-8 standard in two different printing conditions –

  • Fogra59 (updated Exchange Color Space for large color gamut printers).
  • Fogra51 (for ISO 12647-2:2013 printing on Premium Coated paper).

The recognition for the Ricoh Pro VC70000 follows Fogra certifications for the Ricoh Pro C9200, Ricoh Pro C7200 and Ricoh Pro C5300 color sheetfed presses.

Ricoh’s customer experience centre, in Telford, UK, received FograCert ProcessStandard Digital (PSD) printcheck digital certifications with the Ricoh Pro VC70000. The 12-month certification certifies Ricoh’s color accuracy capability and print run consistency according to Fogra PSD specifications – ISO/TS 15311-2.

Christian Haneke, Innovation and Solutions manager at Sattler Premium Print, comments, “We are delighted that our Pro VC70000 is now Fogra certified. It allows us to continue our expansion into the commercial print market and produce jobs in inkjet that would previously only have been possible with toner or offset.”

Clive Stringer, director Continuous Feed, high-end software, Graphic Communications Group, Ricoh Europe, adds, “The Fogra certification confirms the high-quality results delivered by the Ricoh Pro VC70000. It gives our clients confidence in its ability to produce repeatedly excellent print consistently with which they can drive their businesses forward. We are proud that it is the latest industry recognition of the system’s class-leading performance capabilities joining the Printing Industries of Americas (PIA) InterTech Technology Award and an EDP Award.”

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