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  • Ricoh’s new digital sheet-fed printers

    Ricoh’s Pro C9200 Series Graphic Arts Edition.

    Ricoh Australia released a new series of digital sheet fed colour press printers to the local market.

    The Ricoh Pro C7200 and C7200x series, and the Ricoh Pro C9200 series are aimed at commercial printers, graphic arts and print service providers.

    The five-colour Ricoh Pro C7200x series, Graphic Arts Edition, has been designed and engineered for graphic arts applications.  The four-colour Ricoh Pro C7200 series helps enterprise print rooms to reduce operational costs.

    Upgrades to the Ricoh Pro C7100/C7100x series platform include improved colour stability thanks to auto calibration with inline sensors, and improved registration with real-time auto adjustment function.

    Ricoh Pro C7210X Graphic Arts Edition.

     The Pro C7200x series introduces Invisible Red toner.  The recently launched Neon Pink toner, as well as White, Clear and Neon Yellow toners complete a range of colour options. These options allow designers to add impact to printed artwork with embellishing touches, gamut extension and eye catching colour for various prints such as point of sale material.

    ‘Striking results’: Henryk Kraszewski, Ricoh Australia.

    “The enhancements in the Ricoh Pro C7200, Pro C7200x Graphic Arts Edition and RICOH Pro C9200 series, Graphic Arts Edition, support customer demands for greater complexity, faster turnaround times and varied run lengths,” says Henryk Kraszewski, senior product & marketing manager, commercial and industrial print, Ricoh Australi

    “At the same time, they provide users with great value performance through supporting higher quality, on demand production of a wider range of product offerings and printing on a broad range of substrates, including synthetics, carbonless paper, coated and uncoated stock, and improved envelope printing support.”  

    For further information, visit: http://www.ricoh.com

     

     

  • FESPA Berlin – Nessan Cleary’s in-depth report

    Messe Berlin, site of Fespa 2018.

    Fespa has always been about wide format printing but this year’s show saw high volume printers mixed with industrial textile printers and even corrugated printing.

    Conventional wisdom has it that large format printing is mainly about sign making and display graphics but wide format inkjet technology is pushing beyond this, which was abundantly clear at this year’s main Fespa event in Berlin, Germany. Of course, there was still plenty of sign making in evidence, but there was a renewed focus on taking this to high volume industrial markets, including corrugated printing, and alongside noticeably more clothing and home furnishings solutions.

    There was a growing use of robotics for automated loading and unloading of substrates. Most robots are designed for industrial applications so they offer long life with little maintenance, which makes for a very flexible and cost-effective solution, even taking into account the cost of integrating the control systems to synchronise the loading with the printing. Canon, for example, demonstrated a robot next to an Arizona flatbed loading media to the printer and then unloading it direct to an Océ ProCut cutting table. The system was developed with a Dutch customer, Van Vliet Printing, but is relatively easy to interface with the Arizona.

    This robot on the Canon stand loads media to the Arizona flatbed, and then unloads it to the cutting table.

    Fespa set aside one hall for corrugated printing, with the main attraction being the Fujifilm stand with an Onset X3 complete with robot for automated unloading. Ashley Playford, national sales manager for Fujifilm Australia says that a big advantage of using robots is that they can handle different stack heights regardless of how thick the material is. There’s a choice of robots depending on what each customer is trying to achieve.

    From left: Ashley Playford, national sales manager Fujifilm Australia, and Graham Blackall, ANZ technical sales specialist, with the Fujifilm Acuity Ultra.

    Naturally, several vendors used the show to launch new printers, mainly 3.2m wide machines aimed at the production end of the market. Fujifilm showed off its brand new superwide rollfed printer, the Acuity Ultra, with a choice of 3.2m and 5m widths. It can print on up to three rolls simultaneously, with independent spindles so that the rolls can hold different amounts of media. It can produce up to 236 sqm/hr. It uses greyscale Kyocera printheads with 3, 7 and 14 picolitre drop sizes and maximum resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi, with the prints on the stand demonstrating exceptional image quality for a superwide printer. Graham Blackall, ANZ technical sales specialist for Fujifilm, says: “There’s a lot of high volume machines in the market but the market is becoming more discerning about quality now and just being ‘good enough’ is no longer good enough.”

    It uses conventional UV curing rather than LED, but has an innovative water-cooling system on the vacuum table so that it can still print to heat-sensitive materials. Blackall says that the printer can handle textiles, with soft signage becoming an emerging market, and that it can also print to mesh materials. There are eight colour channels including CMYK plus light cyan and light magenta, as well as two whites. The ink is a new, high-quality, low film weight Uvijet GS Fujifilm ink that is said to be suitable for interior graphic display work.

    EFI introduced its new 3.2m wide Vutek H-series platform. It’s a hybrid designed around a roll to roll chassis and with tables for rigid media. However, there is a new linear drive magnetic carriage that should offer a more precise transport mechanism for boards than the belt and pulley system that most hybrids use. There’s automated table and carriage alignment and fully automated printhead maintenance as well as built-in diagnostic systems for dealing to help with servicing, both remote and on-site.

    There are two versions, both using Ricoh Gen5 printheads with three different drop sizes of 7, 14 and 21 picolitres. The H3 series have three heads per colour and can produce 74 boards per hour, while the H5 have five heads per colour and print 109bph.

    Agfa announced a new hybrid 3.3m wide printer, the Jeti Tauro H3300 LED, which takes boards up to 3.3 x 2.44m or roll media up to 600mm in diameter. There’s a choice of two inksets: the general purpose Annuvia 1551, and Anuvia 1250, for absorbent media, such as paper and cardboard. Strangely, the company opted to show a tiny lego model rather than the actual printer!

    Mutoh answered customer demands by showing off its first true flatbed printer, the PerformanceJet 2508UF, which takes boards up to 1250 x 2540 mm and can handle media up to 100 mm thick and up to 50 Kg/ sqm in weight. The bed is split into different vacuum zones. This is a UV LED printer that can be configured with either two sets of CMYK or CMYK plus white and varnish. It uses four greyscale printheads but can be field-upgraded to six heads, for dual CMYK plus white and varnish.

    Mutoh also showed off a new 1.62m wide roll-to-roll device, the ValueJet 1638UR. Resolution is up to 1400 x 1400 dpi and it takes Mutoh’s new US11 UV LED ink that’s designed to work with a very wide range of substrates. It prints CMYK plus white and clear ink.

    Latex reinvented

    HP used the Fespa show to launch its first rigid latex printer, the R2000, complete with HP’s first latex white ink. The R2000 is a hybrid device, taking both roll-fed and rigid media up to 2.5m wide media and 50mm thick, and rolls up to 100kg. It has a wide platen, with 14 automatic independent vacuum chambers to hold boards in place. It uses a belt system to pull the media through the printer but has an optical sensor that watches as the media advances and can correct the movement of that media. It can print at up to 88 sqm/hr or 49 sqm/hr in six-pass mode.

    HP launched its R2000 hybrid, capable of printing to rigid materials.

    The latex ink has been completely redesigned to work with rigid materials as well as flexibles. It cures at a lower temperature which allows this printer to work with more heat sensitive materials than HP’s previous latex printers. HP has had to take out the scratch resistance built into its roll-fed inks to improve the jetting so there’s a new Latex Overcoat to help protect prints.

    HP has used the HDNA printheads from its PageWide presses, which have twice the number of nozzles with the extra row of nozzles used to recirculate the ink within the head. This is essential for printing with white ink as the heavier particles can settle in the bottom of the tanks or clog the heads.

    Ricoh is also working on a new latex printer, showing a prototype of a new roll-fed model at Fespa, which should be available towards the end of this year. Unlike Ricoh’s previous latex printer, which was built on a Mimaki chassis, this has been developed entirely by Ricoh. Angelo Mandelli, wide format product manager for Ricoh Europe, says that it can print at 40 sqm/hr in six pass mode on banner materials and at 25 sqm/hr for production quality on vinyl. It prints CMYK plus white for now but Mandelli says that Ricoh will probably add orange and green to expand the colour gamut.

    Ricoh is clearly making a much more decisive play for the wide format market, showing also a new flatbed printer, the Ricoh Pro T7210, which is mainly aimed at industrial printing markets. It takes media up to 2.1 × 3.2 metres, and up to 110mm thick. It’s capable of 50sqm/hr in Standard mode, which doubles to 100 sqm/hr in the high-speed mode. Resolution is 1200 dpi and the ink is Ricoh’s own LED UV-curable ink with a choice of four, five or six colours with the full inkset including CMYK plus white and a clear ink or varnish as well as a primer. 

    Paul Thompson, business development manager ANZ for DTG and visual display solutions at Ricoh Australia, says that much of the print industry, including large format, has become commoditised by focussing on price but that Ricoh is concentrating on adding value. He points out that Ricoh makes its own printheads and supplies heads to many other vendors, adding: “We see that inkjet is the future and that if we get it at the right quality and cost then it will make inroads in other areas.”

    An obvious example of this is the growing textiles market. Ricoh showed off a neat desktop direct to garment printer, the Ri100, which can print various items such as T-shirts, cloth bags, cushion covers and sweatshirts. It prints mainly to cotton, including blends of up to 50 percent cotton. There’s an option to include a separate heat press, the Ricoh Rh 100 Finisher, which has the same 399 x 698 mm footprint so that the printer can be stacked on top of it.

    Ricoh’s Ri100 – note the RH100 finishing unit underneath it.

    EFI Reggiani has developed a new six colour pigment ink with binder with CMYK plus red and blue for its printers, which are mainly used for home furnishing and fashion printing to materials with natural fibres such as cotton and linen. Giorgio Sala, EFI Reggiani’s ink application specialist, says: “We can eliminate the post treatment. In the drier we can fix the ink because the binder is inside the ink.” He adds: “The new ink is designed for Kyocera printheads, which all of our machines have, so we can use it with the existing machines.”

    Mimaki showed off a new version of the Tiger 1800, which was developed by its subsidiary La Meccanica and now gains a number of features typical to Mimaki printers, such as its MAPS nozzle redundancy technology as well as automated maintenance. It’s got Kyocera printheads, with the resolution raised from 600dpi to 1200 dpi.

    In conclusion, there’s a clear trend from this Fespa toward more industrialised printing for volume markets including display graphics as well as garments and home furnishings. There’s more automation, including the use of robots, as well as automatic maintenance to improve productivity, while at the same time most vendors have also improved image quality. The show itself felt extremely busy, with over 20000 visitors crammed into the halls over four days, proof that the market for wide format technology shows no sign of slowing down.

    Next year’s Fespa show takes place in Munich, Germany, from 14 – 17th May.

  • Workflow and inkjet star in latest ‘Xtraordinary’ Print21 magazine

    The latest issue of Print21 magazine is out now, featuring Fujifilm’s Onset X-series of flatbed inkjet presses, a deep dive into workflow, a profile of IVE boss Geoff Selig, and more.

    Print21 has hit the ground running at Yaffa Media with an issue packed full of news and features you can’t afford to miss. On the cover, Fujifilm’s powerhouse Onset X3 inkjet press wowed audiences at an open house for its customer Active Display Group with its lightning speed and stunning resolution. “We found print speed at high quality will ultimately enable us to become even more competitive in a challenging market,” said Stuart Gittus, general manager of operations at ADG.

    In a nine-page workflow special, Patrick Howard examines the new PDF 2.0 and XJDF standards, and asks what they mean for printers; the feature also looks at offerings from PrintIQ, Kodak, Ricoh, Esko, EFI, and Tharstern to help automate and streamline your workflow and prepress procedures.

    Carrying on the connectivity theme, Andy McCourt plugs in to how the industry is connecting to the world, socially, culturally and economically. “We are in effect primitives in a new culture,” he writes, and urges printers to seize the opportunities modernity has to offer.

    For this issue’s People in Print profile, Geoff Selig, executive chairman of IVE Group, one of Australia’s largest printers, shares his outline for improving the working lives of IVE employees. “It’s about having an open view and awareness around elements of inclusion,” he said.

    German press giant Heidelberg is taking the hard work out of operators’ hands, gradually moving towards a “push-to-stop” system where manual intervention only happens when it’s absolutely needed, as MD Richard Timson told Patrick Howard. “Most of our presses are completely under-utilised because there’s too much fog in between the processes. You don’t need to run a press seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. If you streamline some of these processes in this way you might be able to run a single shift and make as much money,” said Timson.

    In the packaging world, digital printing is making its mark on labels with a surge in press purchases across inkjet, toner and Indigo. That’s not the only area digital is reshaping, though – the humble corrugated box is receiving a makeover thanks to massive inkjet presses from companies such as EFI and HP. Jake Nelson delves into how the digital world is impacting both sectors, one job at a time.

    All that plus installations, profiles, and important news from the coalface makes this issue of Print21 magazine your vital long-weekend read. Check it out today!

    To subscribe to our print edition, go here or email editor@print21.com.au.

  • Ricoh launches new DTG printer range

    Ricoh ri 100 printer with Ricoh Rh finisher option.

    Ricoh Australia says its new range of Direct-to-Garment (DTG) printers will enable users to rapidly produce high-quality applications on a variety of fabrics.

    “We continue to invest in the industrial print market’: Simon Lane, Ricoh Australia.

    “These new DTG printers enable printers to meet the needs of customers by delivering the high-quality output that comes as a result of the combination of Ricoh innovation and engineering,” says Simon Lane, country manager, commercial & industrial printing solutions, Ricoh Australia. “As businesses of all sizes grapple with the impact of digital disruption, we continue to invest in the industrial print market and make it easier for our customers to grow, improve, modernise and advance their businesses.”

     The Ri 100 entry-level all-in-one printer combines high-quality output at an affordable price and is designed for those with low-volume printing needs such as schools, small businesses, sports clubs and charity or promotional organisations. The DTG devices allow a business to produce on-demand promotional and personalised items such as light coloured T-shirts, cloth bags and sweatshirts on a wide range of blended materials with 50 per cent cotton or more.

    The Ri 100 incorporates Ricoh piezo-electric inkjet technology to deliver high-quality prints. The integrated variable drop size technology enables printing of detailed designs and photographs with smooth gradations at 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution.

    The new Ricoh DTG range also includes the Ricoh Ri 3000 and Ri 6000 printers, designed to meet the needs of established garment-printing businesses. Both can print a wide range of materials from 100 per cent cotton and 100 per cent light polyester to mixed cotton fabrics with up to 50/50 blends.

    Both units incorporate Ricoh’s piezo-electric printhead technology and include maintenance features such as an automatic ink circulation system for white channels that improves ink flow and increases performance. Print workflows are managed with a 18cm, touch-enabled operation panel. Ricoh’s closed-loop delivery system also reduces ink waste.

    For details, visit www.ricoh.com.au

  • Ricoh moves into MIS with multimillion-dollar investment

    Ricoh is making the move into print management information systems (MIS) after making a multimillion-dollar investment in Avanti Computer Systems Limited, a leading provider of MIS solutions for the print industry.

    Avanti, headquartered in Canada, provides print MIS software that helps commercial and in-plant printers streamline their workflow, resulting in greater productivity, customer satisfaction, and improved profit margins.

    With hundreds of installations throughout the commercial print and in-plant marketplace, Avanti will now be able to bring its MIS tools, including job costing, tracking and billing, scheduling, CRM, inventory management, warehouse and direct mail management, to an even broader global market.

    Ricoh says that Avanti’s core technologies are well positioned to complement its existing offering with advanced solutions for mixed environments with wide format, digital cut sheet, continuous forms, offset, and fulfillment and kitting operations. Ricoh is committed to providing printers with alternative solutions that support open industry standards and connections to key production print technologies across vendors.

    This represents the most recent investment by Ricoh to expand its reach across the print industry. Ricoh previously invested in PTI Marketing Technologies, a leading provider of marketing automation solutions for both enterprise users and print service providers. Ricoh says it is continuing to make these investments to further enhance the development of new management tools to help enterprises and commercial printers on their continued path toward efficiency and growth.

    “Avanti’s Print MIS capability is a perfect complement to our portfolio. In the same way we automate print workflow, Avanti automates the printer’s back office systems: inventory management, job pricing, estimating, and billing,” said Yasuhiko Hosoe, associate director and deputy general manager, Ricoh Production Printing Business Group, Ricoh Company. “The investment also speaks to our ‘imagine.change.’ initiative — by enabling commercial and in-plant printers to streamline their businesses and seek efficiencies to lower costs, and improve their bottom line.

    Patrick Bolan, president and CEO of Avanti.

    “This strategic move, like our investment in PTI, further demonstrates our commitment to help companies imagine the changes that they can make to automate and improve their businesses, and most importantly, their customers’ experiences,” he said.

    Patrick Bolan (pictured), president and CEO of Avanti, said: “At Avanti, our priority has always been to invest in our people and our technology, which in turn, provides our customers with innovative, effective and award-winning software solutions.

    “This strategic investment by Ricoh means that we can accelerate product development and expand into new markets, and most importantly, ensure that both current and future customers have options when choosing a Print MIS system,” he said.

  • Ricoh sets print management sights on top end

    Ricoh Australia is setting its print management sights on the Northern Territory, with the acquisition of Darwin-based print solutions provider, DPS Business Centre (DPS).

    DPS has a long history as a key Ricoh dealer for the top end, providing loca organisations with the technology company’s end-to-end print solutions. The acquisition of the business bolsters Ricoh’s document management focus in Australia.

    For Les Richardson (pictured), Ricoh Australia’s managing director, the move to take on a greater footprint in the Northern Territory comes at a time when the region’s market looks set to expand.

    “We believe that the Northern Territory will be one of the strongest growth areas in Australia over the next 10 years,” said Richardson. “When the opportunity arose, it was a simple decision to acquire DPS – through them we have had a successful and long standing relationship with the Territory.

    “This acquisition offers an excellent opportunity to expand our consulting and document management solutions to Australia’s top end,” he said.

    The acquisition of DPS comes as Ricoh Australia is working to substantially broaden its print and document management standing in the local market, with the company embracing the ‘print-as-a-service’ model as a rapidly growing alternative to the traditional ‘print-as-a-product’ model.

    Around eight years ago Ricoh won a contract with Woolworths to manage the retail and grocery giant’s internal print operations. Since then, the company has signed up around 15 large companies in Australia for whom it provides some sort of document and workflow management service.

    Earlier this year, Brian Nelson, Ricoh’s national manager for its Managed Document Services division, told Print21 that the world of managed document services is now much more than just printing.

    “There’s a difference between MDS [managed document services] and MPS [managed print service],” says Nelson. “MPS is a forerunner to what a lot of the companies have been offering in the marketplace. MDS is about cost control and reducing C02 footprint, looking at workflow in the business environment. It’s not purely about managing print, but what organisations are doing with documents from digital to printed.”

    Now that Ricoh has been flexing its MDS muscle in the local market for more than a few years, the company is branching out into all sorts of management services, most of which are linked to MDS. Now, with the acquisition of DPS in Darwin, the company is working to working to increase its national footprint, as well as its range of services.

  • Go carbon-free with Ricoh Australia

    The future could be carbon-free for Ricoh Australia customers that engage with the company on a rental or finance basis, with Ricoh now offering customers the ability to print and copy totally carbon neutral.

    Under this arrangement and for the duration of the applicable lease, rental or hire purchase agreement, Ricoh Australia will offset the GHG emissions generated.   The company’s latest range of cut-sheet production printers, multifunction devices and printers are eligible for this service.

     

    Ricoh Australia is also proud to announce it itself as a carboNZero certified organisation, the first imaging technology services based organisation in Australia to achieve this status.

    “This achievement is the latest in Ricoh’s long history of sustainability milestones and reflects our passionate commitment to the environment,” said Les Richardson (pictured), managing director, Ricoh Australia. “We are dedicated to doing our part toward a more sustainable society and through this initiative we can help our customers with their own sustainability goals.”

    The new carbon neutral printing service will also include an automated meter reading service and participation in Ricoh’s Consumable Recycling Programme.

    Ricoh Australia’s approach to carbon neutral print services has already drawn highly positive reaction from customers. Leading organisations, including RMIT have already signed up for the service.

    Neil Sigamoney, deputy director, Procurement, at RMIT said: “RMIT University is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and providing a safe and ‘green’ university for students and staff.

    “The University has a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 25 per cent by 2020, based on a 2007 baseline. Our partnership with Ricoh Australia will help us reduce greenhouse gas emissions and foster a ‘think green’ culture within the University community,” he said.

    Ricoh Australia achieved carboNZero certification after being verified under the internationally accredited carboNZero programme. The process required the independent auditing of Ricoh Australia’s existing greenhouse gas footprint and emissions reduction activities.

    Quality accredited carbon credits have been purchased and cancelled to neutralise the organisation’s unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions it has not been able to reduce in the first year of the programme.

    Ricoh Australia had previously pioneered programmes that set industry benchmarks for sustainability. This included developing a waste management programme – in line with their ‘Zero Waste to Landfill Policy’ – of recycling end-of-life machines and service parts to achieve up to a 98 per cent resource recovery rate.

    The company also recently launched its eco billboard in North Sydney, powered entirely by solar energy.   Future initiatives include the building of a 5 star green star distribution centre in Eastern Creek in Sydney where Ricoh plan to increase recycling and remanufacturing activities.

     

  • Ricoh unveils ‘mystery’ PacPrint launch

    Ricoh has unveiled the identity of its rumoured ‘mystery’ launch at PacPrint13, with the company releasing two new digital presses at the trade show in Melbourne this month, the Ricoh Pro C5110S and the Ricoh Pro C5100S digital colour cut sheet production systems.

    Ricoh had previously alluded to a new product launch at PacPrint, but until now it had remained unnamed. Now, the company says it will unveil its new machines at its stand #3300 at the trade show on 21 May.

    The new light production machines, which made their global debut at Grafitalia in Milan, Italy, on 7 May, have been designed for in-plant rooms, print-for-pay businesses, commercial printers or marketing and advertising agencies looking for high quality in-house print capability or digital and quick printers.

    Reaching output speeds in both colour and mono up to 80ppm (Ricoh Pro C5110S) and 65ppm (Ricoh Pro C5100S) they are ideal for the production of on-demand prestigious marketing material, collateral or client mailings.

    “The new additions join the Ricoh Pro C901 Graphic Arts +, the Pro C751EX and Pro C651EX digital colour production systems,” says Dave Gully, Ricoh Australia’s product and strategy manager, Production and Wide Format. “Both models, also on show at PacPrint13, are unique in their small footprint, making them ideal where space is limited, and both feature a new toner formulation and broad media handling. 

    “This series is a flexible, affordable solution that offers near-offset high quality output and is the third series to be added to our range of colour production digital printers,” he says.

    Ricoh’s newly developed toner formulation has upped its print production colour gamut by 10 per cent for the Pro C5110S and Pro C5100S. The toner has also been developed to fuse at a lower temperature – minimizing power consumption. This in turn also ensures a quicker warm-up time for increased productivity.

    The Pro C5110S and Pro C5100S are also the first Ricoh digital production printers to feature enhanced toner transfer technology which delivers high quality print results on heavily textured stock – suitable for direct mail and marketing applications.

    “We anticipate significant traction with the Pro C5110S Series in the graphics and CRD markets, given the current market size in this segment in Australia,” says Kathy Wilson, general manager, Production and Business Solutions. “This series is specifically designed to cater to the requirements of these markets.”

    The machines are also designed to tap into the growing signage and display market with the ability to print banners up to 1260mm in length through the advanced settings. The new models also come with a wide range of compatible finishing options such as folding, booklet making and punching, including the Ricoh SR4100 Booklet Finisher.

    Ricoh has also ensured the new systems are optimised for productivity and improved uptime. LED indicators and synchronised animated instructions act as a helpful guide for operators should they need to intervene during a print run. These new systems also have a number of Operator Replaceable Units, enabling clients to make necessary replacements quickly in-house. On-the-fly toner replenishment will also help to maintain productivity.

    “The new series’ ability to process smaller, diverse job types quickly with maximum uptime was a key design goal for the Ricoh Pro C5110S and Ricoh Pro C5100S digital colour production systems, and is essential to meet client needs in today’s dynamic printing environment,” says Gully.

  • Heidelberg and Ricoh Linoprint partnership makes its way down under

    The global Linoprint partnership between Heidelberg and Ricoh announced at drupa last year has finally made its way down under, with the Linoprint Digital Press range and the Prinect Digital Print Manager systems now available to local printers in the one package. 

    Heidelberg and Ricoh teamed up to revamp the Linoprint brand in early 2012, with the German offset press giant taking on Ricoh’s digital print technology and splicing it with its own Prinect Digital Print Manager software.

    Now, just over a year later, the press range is available in Australia. Under the agreement Heidelberg in Australia is selling the digital printing systems for short runs from Ricoh under the names Heidelberg Linoprint C901, Linoprint C751 and Linoprint C651.

    Heidelberg’s workflow software, Prinect Digital Print Manager, is now being shipped packaged with the Linoprint presses. Heidelberg claims that Prinect is the only software package on the market that can manage the entire workflow between digital and offset printing platforms including colour management.

    Richard Timson (pictured), Heidelberg Australia’s managing director, said the companies had devised a joint strategy to, “ensure our customers are supported in the way they are accustomed. This is a Heidelberg solution and as such it meets the high standards of the Heidelberg brand,”

    “This is a unique opportunity for true digital print integration into the offset workflow. It’s not about adding another machine that is independent to the workflow. Rather it is about print shops benefitting from workflow management advances which will turn the focus back to printing profitably by utilising the right press for the right job,” he said.

    For Timson, the Prinect technology combined with Ricoh’s digital print technology represents a bridge between digital and offset printing processes for offset printers who want to adopt a hybrid approach to their business.

    “In basic terms it allows offset printers to seamlessly integrate a quality digital print workflow into their operation enhancing their offer to customers,” said Timson. “From a productivity perspective, when Prinect Digital Print Manager is integrated into an existing Prinect Workflow, it becomes a one-of-a-kind hybrid workflow that allows the customer to change easily and rapidly between offset and digital printing at any time.”

    Kathy Wilson, general manager of Business Solutions and Production at Ricoh Australia said, “With this partnership the market has two extremely strong, well-regarded global businesses working side by side and that’s a very positive message to customers. We are very pleased to be working with Heidelberg in Australia on this solution.”

    Wilson, who saw Heidelberg’s Prinect Digital Print Manager in action at drupa, said it was “very impressive to see how this unique software manages the workflow across both digital and offset printing platforms and the benefits were immediately obvious”.

    While the Heidelberg Linoprint C901, Linoprint C751 and Linoprint C651 are now available in Australia with the Prinect workflow system, Heidelberg says there are slight variations to the offer for the New Zealand market.

    Heidelberg is encouraging customers in NZ to contact their appropriate Heidelberg account manager for specific details.

  • Free training for Ricoh services

    Ricoh Australia is offering free training for customers taking on its EFI PrintSmith print MIS software and its web-to-print solution, Digital StoreFront, until the end of September.

    The company says that the free training equates to a saving of up to $4,000 for customers buying either of the software suites, which are designed to help print businesses accurately track productivity, costs and profits, and to easily sell products over the internet to customers.

    According to Kathy Wilson (pictured), Ricoh Australia’s general manager for business solutions and production, the two service platforms provide a powerful combination for businesses looking to maximise their profits and customer-base. She says that making the training readily available and free for customers would help them quickly acquire a depth of understanding of, and benefit from, the products that might otherwise take longer to establish and blossom.

    “The reason why we looked at training as a value-based offer is that, while there are many solutions out there, training is usually webinar-based. We offer onsite face-to-face training,” she says. “This type of training allows for a customised, hands-on experience where customers can go at their own pace. We’ve always put an emphasis on the importance of training. The return you get to that time and investment in technology is enormous.”

    EFI PrintSmith is a complete print shop management system that offers users powerful estimating, point-of-sale, account management, production management, receivables and sales analysis tools. Wilson says it is a crucial tool for printers to develop a more profitable workflow and business.

    “PrintSmith helps them get a handle on which jobs and which customers are profitable,” she says. “We think they’re particularly relevant when people are tyring to get a good handle on where their costs are, and how to make their businesses profitable, and PrintSmith lets their businesses to that.”

    Digital StoreFront is another essential tool in today’s market, allowing print businesses to set up a web-to-print platform that allows users to create a unique online customer shopping experience in which they can preview, approve and order everything online – a plus for customer development, according to Wilson.

    “Digital StoreFront is an option to make it easy for people to do business with their customers,” she says. “And help them form tighter relationships with them, which makes it more difficult for customers to just switch off. It allows jobs and services to be held in a catalogue form.”

    Offer ends 30 September. Click here to find out more.