Ricoh will begin shipping its new light production Pro C5200 early in March. The machine replaces the Pro C5100 as the entry level of the company’s production print range and introduces features that have previously been available on the higher volume Pro C7100 and Pro C9100. These include integrated Plockmatic booklet making and GBC punching technology.
Most will be attracted by the 1,260mm sheet length, thanks to a new feeder that enables this machine to run a longer sheet than either of the larger machines. It will also handle a wider range of materials than the Pro C5100, including textured stocks. It will handle material to 360gsm.
The intended market is the smaller commercial printer, says Ricoh UK’s Gareth Parker with a rated duty cycle between 10,000-100,000 sheets a month with a 60:40 split of colour and mono pages. Commercial printers will have a choice of two Fiery Rips, which an embedded Rip option is available for inplant customers. “We believe that commercial print customers will be wanting one of the two Fiery options because of they will need the professional colour management and other features,” he says.
The C5200 uses a 1,200x4,800dpi VCSEL laser imaging giving a step up in image quality over the machine being replaced. There are two models, the C5200s rated at 60ppm and the C5210s producing 85ppm. Paper bins can hold up to 8,250 sheets.
Benoit Chatelard, vice president of production printing at Ricoh Europe, says: “With the Ricoh Pro5200s series we can help production printing operations extend their capabilities. Extensive media choice and a range of finishing options previously available only with Ricoh's higher specified presses enable them to offer fast turnaround short run creative services including envelopes and longer sheets for trifold and quadfold options.”
The Pro C5100 was the first of the second generation Ricoh production digital presses to reach the market, followed by the Pro C7100 and Pro C9100 presses. It is reasonable to suppose that Ricoh will upgrade the more productive machines in due course, but details are not currently available.
Meanwhile in Japan, company president and CEO Zenji Miura has resigned these roles and will be replaced by Yoshinori Yamashita with a pledge to tackle “the decline in the growth of office printing”. Shiro Kondo has also resigned his executive position though remains chairman and board member.