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Ricoh SA announces two new direct-to-garment printers

Ricoh will make available two new direct-to-garment printers, the Ri 3000 and the Ri 6000.

The two devices give printers flexible and cost-effective digital systems traditionally serviced by analogue equipment.

Ricoh Ri 6000 direct-to-garment printer

‘The new direct-to-garment printers are ideal for promotional items like T-shirts, cloth bags, hoodies, sweatshirts, and socks,’ says Vaughan Patterson, product marketing operations manager for Production Print at Ricoh SA. ‘Both can print on a wide range of materials from 100% cotton and light polyester to mixed polyester and even 50/50 blends.’

Screen printers, specialist direct-to-garment printers, sign and display printers, commercial graphic arts printers, and entrepreneurs can create valuable products for many industries, as well as fashion, education, corporates, small and medium businesses, home decoration, youth groups, sports clubs, and charities.

‘One of the key benefits of the digital direct-to-garment devices is that it shortens traditional production processes in this environment,’ says Patterson. ‘It also integrates the process with the rest of the print workflows. Printers can get low volume, personalised jobs finished to high quality specifications on light and dark garments without limiting half tones, dumbing down their designs, and even using photographs. They get colourfast, machine-washable prints that stretch without cracking. And the ink is environmentally friendly.’

Both systems use Ricoh piezo-electric print head technology. The print heads are industrial grade and made of durable stainless steel. The AnaRIP software provides total control of print settings and expected ink costs.

The systems also include user-friendly maintenance features such as an automatic ink circulation system for white channels that improves ink flow and performance. It also incorporates the seven-inch touch-enabled panel.

The printers will be progressively available throughout Europe and South Africa from the third quarter of 2017.

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