30 November 2015 Digital Printing Technologies

Riso delivers for short runs

Riso has created a simple inkjet plus wrapped envelope package as a low cost entry to direct mail.

The Riso ComColor X-1 could be the ideal machine for a direct mail operation needing either a back up for a larger inkjet press or else is handling small batch production where setting up a large line can be too time consuming and therefore expensive.

Users like Stralfors and Adare already use the Riso in this way with no discernible qualms about quality.

“It is a flexible and affordable way for people wanting to get into production print to do that,” says marketing manager Debbie Callaghan. “It is an affordable white paper solution.” It will work within a PDF or IPDS set up and sports full variable data printing.

The core inkjet technology can be tracked to Olympus in Japan, which has more recently sold the technology to Riso.

In the latest machines this is therefore a fourth generation of the inkjet heads, delivering a high speed and low cost offering, running at 150 A4 colour sheets a minute and using oil based pigment ink rather than dye aqueous inks that are the choice of other low cost inkjet systems.

In the X-1 version, Riso has combined the printer with an envelope wrapper to create a system for printing a complete mail piece in what amounts to the smallest possible footprint.

The control system will print and hold up to four simplex pages, folds these and wraps the envelope around the pages to deliver the completed mail letter.

“We have spent quite a lot of time making sure that we can meet the requirements of Mailmark and now have full approval from the Royal Mail,” says Callaghan. “The technology also lends itself to hybrid mail applications, mixing different jobs to achieve postal discounts.

“We are not going to replace high capacity mass mailing equipment, but we can replace hand inserting that many mailing houses still have.”

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Riso ComColor X-1

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“It is a flexible and affordable way for people wanting to get into production print to do that,” says marketing manager Debbie Callaghan.

“It is an affordable white paper solution.” It will work within a PDF or IPDS set up and sports full variable data printing.


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