Ricoh Malaysia goes big with launch of first large format printers
By Digital News Asia August 22, 2014
- Pro L4160/ Pro L4130 models aim to complement commercial printing needs
- Expands business to high value added advertising and display applications
RICOH Malaysia Sdn Bhd adds to its portfolio of products, expanding its family of production printers with the launch of its very first roll-to-roll large format printer – the Ricoh Pro L4160 and Pro L4130.
According to chief operating officer Peter Wee, the Pro L4160 and Pro L4130 mark Ricoh’s first entry into large-format graphics designed to complement dynamic business needs, expanding its printing business to the 'streets' with high value added advertising and display applications.
With two models available, the Pro L4160 and Pro L4130 are both touted to deliver high print productivity and quality, supporting up to seven colours in various configurations, including orange, green and white inks in addition to CMYK.
These large format printers handle media sizes up to 63.8 inches (Pro L4160) or 54 inches (Pro L4130) wide.
Equipped with Ricoh’s latest generation of high quality multi-jetting Piezo inkjet print heads, the printers are able to produce varying drop sizes that result in smoother gradations and sharper details, especially with fine lines and small fonts.
With a low curing temperature, a wide range of heat-sensitive materials, such as PVC, tarpaulin, synthetic paper, coated paper, non-coated paper and textiles, can now be printed with the Pro L4160 and Pro L4130.
Additionally, both models sport new white ink technology and the ability to print three layers of ink in one pass.
A wide range of substrates are now supported including printing on transparent and dark materials – rendering it ideal for banners, signages, point-of-sales posters, vehicle wraps, wall coverings and more – with a print durability of up to two years.
The large format printers are designed to reduce impacts of printing through employing the use of environmentally friendly, fast drying, aqueous latex inks which lower emission levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
These inks are also free from hazardous air particles (HAPs), making the prints safe for indoor use. The new models also present an economical solution to businesses as it operates with lower power consumption, and is furnished with reusable eco-cases that house the ink packs, therefore eliminating the need to change ink cartridges.
“In light of the growing need for highly versatile and cost efficient commercial printers, it is our aspiration to continue developing products and solutions that are able to exceed our customers’ rising expectations.
“With the Pro L4160 and Pro L4130 trailblazing the way forward for Ricoh’s future of large format production printers, we are confident that we can help our customers expand their service offerings and increase the value that they in turn can offer to their own customers,” said Wee.
Ricoh will package the machine with ColorGate PS8 Print, an easy-to-use, integrated colour management solution, based on international colour standards including ISO, FOGRA and GRACol.
It consists of a comprehensive set of tools that helps precisely control and manage colour output on the RICOH Pro L4160/ Pro L4130.
Most importantly, it comes with an Ink Saver feature that reduces ink costs by up to 30%. Its technology uses special DeviceLink profiles to optimize colour composition, reducing the overall quantity of the ink used and thus, reducing the ink costs.
The Pro L4160 is available from RM95,000 while the Pro L4130 is priced from RM85,000 with pricing to vary depending on configurations.