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Ricoh has launched its new Pro 8200 series of mono digital printers as direct replacements for the Pro 8100 series. They will become commercially available from January 2017.
Speaking to PrintWeek at the event, Ricoh EMEA product manager Emma Pynaert said the 8200 series is an enhanced version of the 8100 series with some technical modifications. It takes heavier weights, has more media capabilities and can print at faster speeds.
According to Pynaert pricing has yet to be decided but she said prices would not be much higher than the 8100 machines, which start at around $61,503.
There are five models in the series, three with scanners – the 8200s, the 8210s and the 8220s – and two without scanners – the 8210 and the 8220. The 8200s runs at 96ppm; the 8210 and 8210s at 111ppm; and the 8220 and 8220s at 136ppm.  The new machines can print on a wider range of media weights, including textured stock, of 52gsm to 350gsm, and sheet sizes up to SRA3 at a maximum resolution of 1,200x4,800dpi.
A new high-capacity Plockmatic HCI3500 interposer can be attached to the end of the printers, allowing pre-printed covers to be inserted inline prior to binding. “I think the thing we are really focusing on the most is their productivity – they each have a duty cycle of around a million A4 pages per month, so we see them as reliable, durable devices,” said Ricoh marketing development manager John Blyth.
“We’re not positioning this as a revolution in production or mono printing. It’s building on the success and proven qualities of the 8100 series and enhancing them still further.”
Ricoh also used the day to announce plans for two new direct-to-garment (DTG) printers, after it acquired DTG print manufacturer AnaJet at the beginning of this year.