Posts Tagged ‘Wilson’

  • 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.

  • 1st official digital print training workbooks launch

    NSW Department of Education & Communities reaches across the Tasman to Creative Family for Kiwi input and design in landmark industry education project.

    Responding to demands for a structured training course for digital printing, the NSW industry training advisory board (ITAB) has produced the first nine modules of a certificate course: ICP20310 Certificate in Printing and Graphic Arts (Digital Printing). A further set of modules will be produced by Innovation and Business Skills (IBSA) in time for next year’s PacPrint.

    The series of workbooks provides the foundation for progressive training in the area of digital printing. On the job training and assessment will give industry workers recognised skills and a defined career path in the digital production environment.

    This is the first time digital operatives can access the same type of training and recognition long enjoyed by offset and other types of professional printers.

    The first workbooks were launched by industry training executive, Max Wilson with Bob Snedden as project manager, last night (Thursday 20th) at David Leach’s wide format premises, Look Print, in Sydney. Wilson said the training resources were “outstanding and we want you [the industry] to have ownership.”

    Kathy Wilson, general manager, Ricoh Australia, commenting on behalf of the company’s input into the project, said the launch came at an appropriate time in the fast changing industry. She evoked the new Ricoh tagline  – Imagine Change – as a description of how the industry was rapidly evolving. “We are transitioning to the communications industry and if we don’t make the change all we’ll be selling is stuff,  which is not interesting and doesn’t make money,” she said.

    Of special note in the congratulations was the work performed by Margaret Fitzgerald of graphic design company, Creative Family of Christchurch (pictured with David Leach, Look Print). Recommended to the project steering committee by Joan Grace, formerly CEO PrintNZ, her company’ work was recognised as setting a benchmark for training resource design.

    The workbooks produced so far are:

    • Set up & produce basic digital print
    • Produce PDF files for online & screen display
    • Manage digital files
    • Troubleshooting digital files
    • Introduction to colour management
    • Use digital workflow
    • Use digital processes
    • Set up & produce specialised digital printing
    • Finish a digital product.

    Printers interested in obtaining copies of the resource can access them

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