The Pro VC60000 is the web-fed inkjet press that Ricoh has been building with its own technology since the last drupa where it first privately discussed the idea even while it has continued to sell the web-fed Infoprint inkjet series based on a Screen engine. The Pro VC60000 was demonstrated running live and printing high quality color at the Hunkeler Innovationdays in February 2015. At Hunkeler the VC60000 press was shown printing on a variety of substrates with one coater before the print engines and a varnish coater after the printing that added outstanding gloss to color images to offset substrates. Having already installed a VC60000 at Finland based Hansaprint, Ricoh now has a beta testing site.
Benoit Chatelard, vice president, Production Printing, Ricoh Europe, addressing journalists at the media conference in Dusseldorf said, “By harnessing the power of digital print and data, and by creating innovative new technologies for multichannel production and communication environments, Ricoh is providing new ways for any print service provider to transform, optimize and grow their business.” Peter Williams, executive vice president and member of the board at Ricoh Europe, said that this year will see Ricoh’s ‘most impressive’ ever drupa.
Print production performance for this broad portfolio of production printers has been strengthened by a number of pre-drupa announcements by Ricoh. Visitors to the show will be able to see live demonstrations of the new aqueous resin (AR) latex inks for the Ricoh Pro L4100 large format printer. The increased finishing capabilities with the Watkiss PowerSquare 224 booklet maker running in-line with the Pro C9100 series, Pro C7100x series, and the Ricoh Pro 8100 series digital presses will be shown.
Packaging South Asia is the cooperating media partner for drupa 2016 which is scheduled to be held from 31 May to 10 June at Dusseldorf, Germany.