Today Ricoh announced three new light production digital color products, including two multi-function devices (the Pro C651EX and Pro C751EX) and a printer (the Pro C751). The Ricoh Pro C751 has a top speed of 75-ppm and a maximum monthly volume of 180,000 A4/letter color impressions per month. It is available in printer and multi-function versions (these are designated EX). The Pro C651EX has a top speed of 65 ppm. It is available only as an MFP. The products will begin shipping late this summer. Pricing has not yet been finalized.
Ricoh stressed that the new products are ‘clean-sheet’ designs and are not slowed-down C901s. They do, however, build on some characteristics of the C901 such as the use of chemical toner and Adobe PDF Print Engine.Â
In this video I discuss a set of print samples from Graph Expo 2010 and explain how they relate to the following trends:
Formats larger than 12 x 18
Cut-sheet color products using chemical toner
Effects that go beyond CMYK
High-speed color inkjet printing on coated paper
Color inkjet envelope printing
I hope you enjoy the video. If you have comments or questions, please let me know. If you have innovative samples you’d like me to see, please send them to: Jim Hamilton, InfoTrends, 97 Libbey Industrial Parkway, Suite 300, Weymouth, MA, 02189
Fuji Xerox announced two new production color digital print models today: the 100-ppm Color 1000 Press and the 80-ppm Color 800 Press. (See the Fuji Xerox press release.) Several things stand out in this news:
The products use Xerox’s EA chemical toner — This is Xerox’s first high-end production color product using chemical toners (Nuvera EA already does so), whichÂ has important implications for lower running cost. Fuji Xerox referred to the toner as “Emulsion Aggregation-Eco Toner, or EA-Eco Toner.”
Clear toner is an option for the Color Press 1000 — Though it is not specifically stated in the release, the availability of a clear toner for a glossy finish or watermark printing implies that there is room for more than four color stations in the 1000. This would be a first for Xerox’s production color products.
The Fuji Xerox products will have a staggered launch — Fuji Xerox says that the Color 1000 Press will launch on January 29, 2010 and the Color 800 Press will launch sometime in the spring of 2010. Xerox Corporation has not yet announced these products and provided the following statement when approached by InfoTrends: “Fuji Xerox’s announcement of its launch plans for the Xerox Color 1000 Press and the Xerox Color 800 PressÂ is the first phase of a global plan to bring this new product to market. Launch plans for these new presses are being finalized for the rest of the world. We will have more information to share in the first half of 2010. Xerox’s current high-end digital color portfolio remains intact throughout North America, Europe and other geographies.”