Ricoh is hoping to appeal to smaller commercial printers with the just launched Pro C5300 sheetfed press.
The new machine has replaced the C5200, which found its place in inplants and small copy shops, but lacked some of the finesse that provides the appeal to commercial printers. This made the Ricoh Pro C7200 series machines the entry point for print for pay markets, leaving a gap that Ricoh now hopes to fill.
The toner press has a 2400x4800dpi VCSEL diode for imaging, a duty cycle of 450,000, a monthly volume of 150,000, maximum throughput of 80ppm and the ability to cope with substrates to 360gsm, non carbon papers, textured media and envelopes.
To increase the appeal to printers, there is a new paper pass control system improving front to back registration and gloss control unit to match the reflectance of the media. “These are features that make this Pro C5300 much more suitable for commercial print market,” says a Ricoh spokesman.
The paper is fed from a large capacity feeder holding 2,500 sheets and optional trays to reach a maximum of 8,550 sheets in all. It will cope with a banner length sheet with an additional sheet guide tray.
Finishing options include Plockmatic booklet maker with fore edge trimmer, or GBC StreamPunch. There is a choice of Efi Fiery DFEs, managed through a touch panel. New toner and downloadable material profiles with automatic colour calibration helps achieve a consistent colour quality.
“The Pro C5300 colour sheetfed press is an evolution of Ricoh's tried and tested technology and has been developed to support responsive print production for small to medium volume demands,” says Eef de Ridder, vice president, Commercial and Industrial Printing Group, Ricoh Europe. “Encompassing all the successful operational elements of its predecessor while adding new capabilities results in a system that offers great usability, flexibility, and productivity.”
The new machine will be available throughout Europe from May.