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Ricoh and EFI Introduce Fiery-Enhanced Versatile Color Solutions

Press release from the issuing company

Feb. 6 -- Ricoh Corporation, the leading provider of digital office equipment, and EFI, the world leader in color digital print servers, superwide format printers and inks, and print management solutions, today announced the availability of the Ricoh Aficio(R) MP C2500/C3000/C3500/C4500 EFI Series, an enhanced suite of versatile, color multifunction products (MFPs) equipped with the industry-leading EFI Fiery(R) color digital print controller. EFI Fiery technology innovation delivers increased productivity, brilliant, consistent color, "Out of the Box" robust security and enhanced flexibility, enabling users to maximize the performance and productivity of these high-speed Ricoh devices. Designed to expedite the printing process, the Series delivers up to 25, 30, 35, or 40 pages per minute (ppm) for color output, and up to 25, 30, 35, or 45 ppm for black-and-white documents. In-house color printing capability is a significant business advantage; therefore, the EFI Series integrates Fiery ColorWise(R), the EFI in-RIP color management system. Fiery ColorWise delivers consistent color across applications, computer platforms, color spaces, and color file formats, allowing users to easily achieve undeviating, professional-level color. In addition, the optional EFI Spot-On enables users to match specific colors, while the Auto Trapping option offers advanced methods for layering graphics and printing on colored backgrounds. Knowing that time is of the essence to any organization, the MP C2500/C3000/ C3500/C4500 EFI Series helps users better manage document workflow with the Fiery Command WorkStation(R) (CWS) utility. Serving as a virtual window into the MFP systems, CWS provides a real-time status report on all jobs being processed through the Ricoh devices. As for the systems' versatility, it can be further extended with the utility's optional Fiery(R) Impose application, an in-RIP imposition tool that allows last-minute revisions that can be made directly on the printing device. Businesses can also eliminate errors and improve efficiencies due to the Fiery Driver, which provides an easy-to-use graphics user interface and templates that enable one- click printing of complex documents. Furthermore, PDF, PostScript, EPS, TIFF and font files can be directly downloaded to the Fiery, accelerating throughput capabilities. "Fusing EFI's Fiery Technology with Ricoh's high-speed multi-function color printing device allows us to deliver an ideal document management solution that not only enhances workflow proficiency, but provides businesses with a valuable, competitive advantage," said Ron Potesky, vice president of Corporate Product Marketing, Ricoh Corporation. "The exciting launch of the Ricoh EFI Series and the recent announcement of Ricoh purchasing IBM's InfoPrint Solutions certainly support our partner's objective of becoming a leading global provider of output and print solutions," said Jim Kano, vice president, Worldwide OEM Sales, EFI. "The new EFI Series, featuring industry-leading embedded Fiery technology, continues the long history of EFI and Ricoh working together to provide increasingly innovative, high-value solutions for Ricoh customers - this time in creative and office environments - to ensure their increased productivity, efficiency and cost-savings." To simplify installation for IT managers, the Aficio MP C2500/C3000/C3500/C4500 EFI Series features Fiery(R) Netwise, a tool that allows these devices to connect to virtually any network, operating system or computer. Helping the IT department better comply with security standards, the Series also includes User Authentication, Secure Printing, and Data Encryption, to control access to system functions or restrict color usage and limit access to sensitive information. Secure Erase is standard and overwrites the Fiery hard disk three times to remove all traces of job data, while the optional DataOverwriteSecurity System (DOSS) protects information by automatically overwriting data on the MFP hard drive after each copy and fax job. The suggested retail price of the Aficio MP C2500/C3000/C3500/C4500 EFI Series is $15,250, $17,050, $18,995 and $22,250, respectively. For more information, visit www.ricoh-usa.com.