Yes, it's been some time since Ricoh updated the Ricoh MP cw2201. Covid19 has cramped a lot of the office equipment manufactures introductions for the last two years. Thus almost since years since the intro of the MP cw2201 the new IM cw2200 adds some new features and a few wrinkles that Surveyors will love. The I stands for Intelligent and the M for multi-functional!
Not only is the ink waterproof but it's also UV resistant, no longer will ink smear or run if the document gets wet. Unlike other plotters that use 5 colors, the Ricoh uses only four colors (cyan, magenta, yellow and black), which means it's less expensive to buy four cartridges rather than five. Simple stuff right?
GEL-Jet technology is really pretty cool and that's because even though the ink is liquid, it's leaving behind a dry toner particle. The liquid acts as a carrying agent for the toner. When the liquid carrying agent comes into contact with the paper the carrying agent evaporates and leaves behind the dry toner particle. Thus in my eyes you have the best of both worlds for ink and toner. The image is dry and won't smear nor run, and there is much less energy used with GEL-Jet printers over color laser printers. Thus the GEL-Jet typically uses 90% less power thus helping to reduce C02 emissions.
It wasn't until I worked with a competitors wide format plotter when I found out that wide format plotter could not scan or email a document to multiple scan locations (email or folder). Thus clients that need to scan documents to multiple locations in one pass can appreciate how the Ricoh IM cw2201 can save a tremendous amount of time scanning. I'll admit many users scan more than they copy. Can you imagine the time wasted to send the same drawing/plot to 5 users five times? geesh!
Scan Exit Technology
Every competitor to the Ricoh uses an outdated process for scanning documents except for the Ricoh. Let's say you need to scan 10 pages for a bid request, thus with the competitors you'll need to place one document a time in the scanner, then wait for the document to scan, then wait for the document to exit the scanner and then remove the scanned document before you insert the next document. I'm sorry but that's an outdated process that I call "one in and one out" and huge waste of time!
Our Ricoh IM cw2200 offers a document exit tray for scanned documents to stack in. The Ricoh process means you place the document in the feeder, when the document is scanned you then place each document that's next in line. When the scanning is complete, you grab the scanned pages from the stacker exit tray and remove the ten pages. Incredible time save!
Auto Firmware Updates
Firmware is everywhere and without firmware most if not all electronic devices will not work. Firmware is a set of software instructions that tells the hardware what to do. In the past firmware for printers, copiers, scanners had to be installed by a technician when the manufacturer needed to update a piece of hardware. If it ain't broke don't fix it was the code that manufacturers and dealers lived by. The reason for that is because each on site call costs the manufacturers money. Of course if the machine was not operating correctly one of the fixes could be installing the new firmware.
Auto updates eliminates the need for a tech to be on-site and ensures that of the manufacturers hardware can be updated via the internet quickly. Many of those updates are for security as well as hardware fixes. You can learn more here for firmware security.
There's my five reasons, however there are many more that would take too much time to list tonight The IM cw2200 is priced in the middle of the road for color 36" plotters that scan, copy and print. The IM cw 2200 can also be equipped with a dual roll feeder which makes it nice to print 36" documents along with an 18" roll of paper for check plots. If you're in New Jersey, feel free to reach out to me firstname.lastname@example.org, if out side for New Jersey give me a buzz also and I can put in touch with some great reps that can help.