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Ricoh has launched two new direct-to-garment (DTG) printers at Fespa and secured its first sale. The two new machines, the Ricoh Ri 3000 and Ri 6000, are based on the Anajet mPower series, but with a number of enhancements. They will be commercially available from Q3 of this year, with price yet to be set.
AnaJet international technical support specialist Marica Mody highlighted a variety of improvements on the previous AnaJet series, including an upgraded ink circulation system for white channels to improve ink flow and increase performance.
Mody said: “Screen printing, sublimation, transfer papers are huge markets that are  successful, but none of them can do what DTG can do.”
The two new machines both have a printable area of 350x450mm but the Ri 3000 uses three Ricoh MH 2420 inkjet heads and the Ri 6000 uses six. In terms of speed, at 600dpi the Ri 6000 can print a 300x250mm area on a light garment in around 27 seconds, while the Ri 3000 takes 51 seconds. Both machines use AnaJet’s AnaRip software.
The machines also use AnaJet’s DTG water-based pigment inks, running CMYK plus double white. They can print on a wide variety of garment types, including t-shirts, cloth bags, hoodies, sweatshirts and socks.