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Ricoh continues inkjet revolution

Ricoh UK has moved to push the boundaries in the inkjet sector even further by announcing the development of a new ink technology that will soon be available on the market.

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Ricoh’s new ink has been designed for use on its Pro VC60000 continuous feed inkjet printing platform

The ink will serve as an additional option to current and future users of its Ricoh Pro VC60000 continuous feed inkjet printing platform. The manufacturer says that clients will feel the benefits of the ink immediately, due to its experience in printhead technology, waveforms and ink chemistry.

Eef de Ridder, director, commercial printing of the commercial and industrial printing group at Ricoh UK, comments: “Our clients have been very successful levering Ricoh’s production inkjet solutions in their businesses.  They have also continued to partner with us in developing new technology that will enhance the solutions they have invested in, and offer them clear growth paths for the future.”

Benefits of the new ink include the fact that it has been designed to print directly to traditional offset coated substrates, without the need for primers. Ricoh says that this will make the production system more flexible and economical, while at the same time less complicated.

Ricoh also highlighted how by enabling the latest in pigment ink innovations, its customers can expect “excellent durability, water fastness, and head reliability” that they have come accustomed to from using its current inks. The company also cites an improved colour gamut and how this will allow users to take on different types of work.

Our clients have been very successful levering Ricoh’s production inkjet solutions in their businesses

In addition, Ricoh says that the printing speed on coated substrates will increase to support higher production volumes, including offset to digital page migration. As a result, this will bring down time to market for applications and promotions.

Building on this, de Ridder adds: “The future of Ricoh’s business, and that of our clients’, is entwined in a shared opportunity to understand market requirements and the solutions required for business growth.  

“Ricoh’s new inks are an excellent example of innovation addressing real world business opportunities through improved colour, faster production speeds, and enabling the use of common paper types in the commercial print space.”

Inkjet is arguably one of the most forward-thinking sectors of the print industry, and pressure is on manufacturers in this sector to bring to market new kit that can help print service providers boost output. Ricoh has placed itself in an even stronger position with these new inks and can expect more business as a result.

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