The Ricoh Pro™ VC70000: Extended Gamut Inkjet Ink Technology
Wednesday, February 06, 2019
Press release from the issuing company
The Ricoh Pro VC70000, the newest addition to Ricoh’s continuous feed family, has been developed with groundbreaking ink and drying technology.
Applied with our state of the art piezo drop on-demand print heads, the new extended gamut ink enables progressive commercial printers and direct mailers to print directly on a variety of offset papers without the need for pre-treatment or post-treatment.
This opens up a broad range of cost-effective application possibilities and enables professional printing businesses to offer a wider variety of services, traditionally reserved for analogue print, in a highly flexible and responsive way.
Old vs new
General Aqueous Pigment Inkjet Inks comprise 80% water and the remaining 20% is made up of colourants, synthetic polymers that deliver performance enhancements such as dry rub durability and gloss, filament modifiers, humectants, sequestrants, surfactants, penetrants, conductivity modifiers, pH buffers, biocide, and corrosion inhibitors.
However, one of the challenges for aqueous ink is how to print on offset coated substrates given penetration and adhesion issues.
Ricoh’s new inkjet ink technology differs because the inks contain no more than 65% water.
The ink is denser, with more colourants, and uses less water to deliver higher optical density and faster drying times. It also supports the new RAPID (Radially Accelerated Performance Increased Drying) dryer in combatting curling and cockling of the paper and issues with intercolour bleeding.
This mix supports light and water fastness similar to the offset printing process for indoor applications.
Perceived 2400 dpi visual resolution
As a result, with the new ink there is:
Pro™ VC60000 compatible
The Pro VC70000 is ideally suited to the production of direct mail, books, brochures, postcards, inserts, coupon books, education material including books and course packs, as well as critical communications documents. It prints at speeds up to 150 metres per minute, producing nearly 12,000 duplex B2 sheets per hour.
For more information, visit www.ricoh-europe.com.
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