WEST CALDWELL, N.J., June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Ricoh Americas Corporation, a leading provider of digital office equipment, today introduced the Priport DX 4640PD. As the world's first duplex digital express printer, the Priport DX 4640PD combines high-speed printing with outstanding image quality to improve output efficiency and lower costs for businesses with routinely long print runs. This reliable, user-friendly system sets a new standard for affordable, high-volume productivity.

The Priport DX 4640PD's duplex capability greatly increases the convenience and time-efficiency of printing two-sided documents. Traditional duplicators require a multiple-step process for double-sided printing. The paper feeding mechanism, designed exclusively for duplex printing, streamlines the process and eliminates the need for ink drying and paper realignment, reducing the time required for double-sided printing by 43 percent. The new main motor produces a maximum print speed for two-sided documents of 240 images per minute (ipm), almost doubling the output of traditional digital duplicators.

The main advantage digital duplicators provide as compared to printers is lower cost-per-prints (CPP) and higher speed. The Priport DX 4640PD's duplex printing capabilities lower the CPP significantly more than one-sided duplicators, thereby reducing a company's overhead over the long-term. The high speed output means less time wasted waiting for long print runs to be completed. Furthermore, the Priport DX 4640PD lowers an organization's use of consumables for large print large jobs, improving overall efficiency and, in turn, increasing profits.

The Priport DX 4640PD offers several other features including document storage and password protection security. The duplicator also is equipped with standard network connectivity and is compatible with Ricoh's @Remote System, which is an internet-based tool for remote management of networked printers and multifunction products.

"Traditionally, digital duplicators are known for their speed, exceptional cost performance and easy operation," said Ron Potesky, vice president of Corporate Product Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. "By developing the world's first duplex duplicator, Ricoh has significantly enhanced dual-sided printing speed, convenience and CPP, taking the digital duplicator market to the next level."

The suggested retail price for the Priport DX 4640PD's is $17,500. To learn more about Ricoh's full line of products, please visit http://www.ricoh-usa.com/

About Ricoh Americas Corporation

Ricoh Americas Corporation, headquartered in West Caldwell, N.J., is a subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd., the 71-year-old leading supplier of office automation equipment and electronics, with fiscal year 2006 sales in excess of $17 billion.

Ricoh Americas Corporation is a leading provider of document solutions. Ricoh's fully integrated hardware and software products help businesses share information efficiently and effectively by enabling customers to control the input, management and output of documents. Ricoh's line of document management devices include, color and black & white digital imaging systems, facsimile products, printers, scanners, digital duplicators and wide format engineering systems. Additionally, Ricoh offers a wide variety of document and printing solutions directly and through strategic alliances enhancing office productivity and document workflow. Ricoh's document management software enhances workgroup collaboration and offers secure storage, retrieval and sharing of critical information.

Ricoh Americas Corporation directly or through its subsidiaries markets and distributes products in North, Central and South America. For fiscal year 2006, Ricoh Corporation sales exceeded $3 billion.

Information about Ricoh's complete range of products and services can be accessed on the World Wide Web at http://www.ricoh-usa.com/.

All referenced product names are the trademarks of their respective companies.

Ricoh Priport DX 4640PD Specifications General Specifications Master Processing Digital/Printer controller built-in Printing Process Press Roller System Original Type Sheets, Book Original Size Maximum 11.8"x 17.0" Pixel Density Scanning: 600 dpi x 400 dpi Image Density 4 levels: Lighter, Normal, Dark, Very Dark Reproduction Ratio 6 Reduction and 5 Enlargement: 50%, 65%, 74%, 77%, 85%, 93%, 100%, 121%, 129%, 155%, 200% Zoom 50-200% Printing Area 10.8" x 16.6" Print Paper Size Maximum: 12.8" x 17.6" Print Paper Weight 13 lb. Bond- 110 lb. Index First Print Time Portrait: 12 seconds Printing Speed 60-135 sheets/minute for 8.5"x 11" and below (6 levels) 60-120 sheets/minute for 11" x 17" (5 levels) Paper Feed Table Capacity 1,000 sheets Paper Delivery Table Capacity 1,000 sheets Power Source 120V, 60Hz Maximum Recording Width General Features of Printer Controller CPU TX4955-300MHz RAM 128 MB Hard Disk Drive Option PDL RPCS Print Resolution 400 dpi x 400 dpi Fonts RCPC: Arial PS3: 136 Adobe PostScript fonts Host Interface Ethernet 100BaseTX USB 2.0 IEEE802.11b (Wireless LAN) Interface (Option) Parallel Port IEEE1284 (Option) Network Protocol TCP/IP, IPX/SPX, NetBEUI, AppleTalk MIB Support PrinterMIB Controller Options Extension HDD Type 1 For document storage Memory Unit Type C SDRAM Post Script 3 Board Type 2 Module type ROM DIMM IEE 802.11b I/F Unit Type 1 Protocol TCP/IP, NetBEUI, IPX/SPX, AppleTalk Data Transfer Speed Auto select from below speed 1 Mbps, 2Mbps, 5.5 Mbps, 11 Mbps Frequency Range 2412-2462 MHz (1-11 channels) Transmission Mode 802.11 ad-hoc, ad-hoc, and infrastructure mode IEEE 1284 Parallel Board Standard IEEE 1284 compliant Micro Centronics 36 pin cable CONTACT: Russell Marchetta Jennifer Kuhl Ricoh Americas Corporation Peppercom (973) 882-2075 (212) 931-6111 russell.marchetta@ricoh-usa.comjkuhl@peppercom.com

Ricoh Americas Corporation
CONTACT: Russell Marchetta of Ricoh Americas Corporation,
+1-973-882-2075, russell.marchetta@ricoh-usa.com; Jennifer Kuhl of Peppercom,
+1-212-931-6111, jkuhl@peppercom.com

Web site: http://www.ricoh-usa.com/
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Saw the system operate in Palm Desert and it is indeed impressive. Good solid area coverage with NEW Black ink, though colors are same/same. Not much larger box and no noisier. At $17500 for a 240 ipm box and a rapidly closing spread t'ween MA click charges on high speed MFP's vs DigitalDups at 100k/mo . . . I don't know. I think it's the right machine at the wrong time!
My thoughts also, I recommended Tohoku,Ricoh manufacturing a 4 color version of the TCII almost four years ago, heck if they can make a TCII, they can make a TC IV. I also though of just having a plate maker (master maker), this would keep the cost down on the hardware. They must be thinking of something else, I beleive ink technology may have put the final nail in the coffin for digital duplicators.
I agree with Art. Tohoku is never going to listen to good common sense. Ricoh has left digital duplicating technology on the vine to die in the USA. What we have now is what we got. Make the most of it, inkjet technology is on the rise - just take a look at HP's Edgeline and Riso's ComColor......

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