Ricoh Southern Africa has officially launched the new Ricoh Pro C9500 digital colour sheetfed press.

The flagship toner-based press is specially designed to facilitate the transition from analogue to digital printing or upgrade the Print on Demand-oriented digital capabilities for commercial specialists.

Enhancing operational and maintenance management, the newly developed Ricoh GC OS (Graphic Communications Operating System) engine controller features a larger user-friendly screen with an intuitive interface. It is compatible with external diagnostic systems and maintenance programs, allowing users to access the printer remotely from a PC or tablet, making it ideal for multi-skilled environments where operators perform various tasks.

The new Auto Color Diagnosis Unit is responsible for greater automation and operational efficiency, automating critical inspections in commercial printing, including quality, registration, and color fluctuation. This unit ensures improved inspection accuracy and offers automatic reprinting and purging functions for increased efficiency post-inspection. The setting procedure has also been simplified with seven detection levels to choose from.

The Ricoh Pro C9500 boasts several additional features and enhancements, including:

  • Enhanced media handling capabilities for paper ranging from 40gsm to 470gsm, with extended input and output options for media up to 1260mm.
  • A newly developed fusing system that allows media to pass smoothly through the fusing process, applying heat and pressure evenly to achieve high image quality on various substrates.
  • A new paper transfer unit for improved front-to-back registration.
  • An improved 21.5-inch operator panel that consolidates application operations in one place.
  • Powerful Digital Front End (DFE) options developed in collaboration with Fiery, supporting operational efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Speed upgrade of up to 135ppm through a productivity module that can be installed after initial setup.
  • Enhanced productivity with faster setup times, ensuring maximum uptime.
  • New finishing options, including the GBC StreamPunch Plus for inline creasing and perforating and the Plockmatic Crease Trimmer unit for top and bottom trimming and creasing.