Riso is making a determined effort to enter the production print market under the Valezus brand name.
The is the new identity for the 320ppm printer that has previously been the T2 and for the T1 web press that is slated for launch at Drupa next year. The Valezus T2100 will be unveiled at the Print Show later this month.
This is a cut sheet duplex engined inkjet press delivering 320 A4 pages a minute. It prints at a resolution of 600x600dpi for black in both fine and standard modes while CMYK inks are printed at 300x300dpi in standards and 300x600dpi in fine mode. It takes paper from 148x210mm to a maximum of 330x465mm and up to 210gsm.
Riso has built its reputation on reliability and low cost mono printing. The ComColor series printers are frequently used in direct mail and mailing operations for short run letter jobs or as a machine to print letters which have misfed or have been damaged when printed on continuous feed machines.
Quality is not about trying to challenge litho quality but achieving pleasing colour on a limited range of materials. This is unlike the Canon i300 and now the Xerox Balsonaro, both of which are pitched at litho or toner replacement work and are both considerably larger than the Valezus.
Tatsuo Murakami, managing director of Rico UK, says: “The Valezus T2100 opens a world of new possibilities in cut sheet printing, and I am delighted that it will be debuted at the Print Show, where it will be a star attraction.
“In high volume printing applications, such as transactional printing at print service providers, in-house printing at financial institutions, insurance companies and government offices, speed, efficiency and accuracy is paramount. The Valezus T2100 takes production printing with inkjet to the next level.”
It will operate in both PDF and AFP/IPDS environments and comes with two high capacity feeder and stacker units each with 4,000 sheet capacity. This feature is not available until spring next year. The stacker is fitted with a jogger system and cart to move work to the next finishing step.
Riso’s ink is oil based, meaning there is no need for additional drying. But this also limits the materials that can be printed. However, the technology is not targeted at high quality work.
The next model in the Valezus range may be the T1, a 520mm wide continuous feed press that appeared in concept form at the Hunkeler Innovation Days. At the event it was shown as a 600dpi, 42m/minute press for transactional and book work.
By Gareth Ward