Ricoh and Canon USA have rolled out high-end color solutions at this week’s ON DEMAND Digital Printing and Publishing Strategy Conference and Exposition in New York.
Ricoh is demonstrating its Aficio Color 6513 print, which the company says now has better image quality and throughput capability, as well as faster color printing speed and an optional editing feature. The RICOH Aficio Color 6513 is networked with the Fiery E-710 color print controller from Electronics For Imaging (EFI).
“It has always been our corporate strategy to offer one of the broadest and most comprehensive color product lines in the industry,” said Jim Ivy, president, Office Products Group, Ricoh, in a press announcement. “With this new Aficio 6513 model, Ricoh is able to offer increased flexibility and the best quality of any color product we’ve ever produced.”
Canon U.S.A. announced a new printing application exclusively for its imageCLASS C2100 and C LBP 460PS color laser printers using Teslin synthetic printing sheet by PPG Industries. The Teslin material is used to manufacture credit cards, drivers’ licenses, corporate and institutional ID cards and prepaid phone cards. The imageCLASS C2100 and C LBP 460PS printers, with their patented “S” toner technology, allow direct printing to the Teslin sheet and produce smoother, glossless, more natural color, according to Patrick Guinan, director, Business Development, Printer & MFP Division for Canon U.S.A.
“Canon is the only company with the ability to support color printing on Teslin TS 1000 material using machines of this class,” he said in a press announcement. “This application is very exciting for Canon because it will allow us to offer manufacturing customers a complete solution in a much smaller package and for far less than they are currently paying.”
PPG’s synthetic printing sheet, a single-layer uncoated film, is the most secure bonding sheet for toners, inks, adhesives, coatings and laminating films of all types, according to Ken Daye, global sales manager for the material. The lamination strength of the Teslin sheet is two- to six-times that of coated papers or other synthetic stocks. The material is also waterproof and durable, making it adaptable for maps, charts, menus, banners, presentation folders, trade show displays and many other printed materials.
“PPG’s strategy has been to develop products that are compatible with the rapidly growing digital imaging market,” said Daye. “The ability to effectively print with Teslin sheet on the imageCLASS C2100 and C LBP 460PS printers expands Canon’s and PPG’s mutual capabilities to address the versatile printing requirements of our customer base.”
The imageCLASS C2100 printer ranges in price from a manufacturers suggested retail price of US$6,850 for the base model to $13,495 for the imageCLASS C2100CS, which adds a copy station reader. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the C LBP 460PS is $2,815.