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Ricoh launches new industrial inkjet print head for high resolution label, packaging and wide format graphic printing

Ricoh Europe, London, 17 May 2016 – Ricoh has announced the launch of a new industrial inkjet print head designed for a range of printing applications such as labels, packaging and wide format graphics.  

The Ricoh MH5220 will be on display at drupa in Dusseldorf, Germany, from 31 May through to 10 June alongside Ricoh’s full range of industrial print heads. The MH5220 print head will be commercially available from Summer 2016.

In the industrial printing market for labels, packaging and wide format graphics, there is an increasing demand to meet a variety of customer needs such as smaller lot sizes and shorter delivery times, as well as finer image quality. This has resulted in the rapid digitisation of industrial printing to deliver greater flexibility and productivity.

Ricoh will introduce the MH5220 print head – which offers high resolution printing – to support its industrial partners in meeting market demands, while continuing to expand its industrial inkjet business.    Key characteristics of the new RICOH MH5220 print head

  • With 1,280 nozzles configured in 4 x 320 nozzles, the head achieves high-resolution without granular appearance of dots and is also capable of printing 1,200 dpi resolution with multiple print heads in a staggered configuration
  • Multi-drop capability (whereby drops are ejected in rapid succession, then merge in flight before reaching the media surface) allows the creation of a range of drop sizes from 2.5 ~9pl
  • Robust stainless steel construction, resulting in excellent durability and extended service life
  • Built-in heater, capable of jetting of high-viscosity inks
  • Compatible with UV durable Ink for label printing

Ricoh’s innovation in the Inkjet Business
Ricoh has a long and rich heritage in the world of inkjet technology dating back over 30 years, which enables it to support a wide variety of inkjet printing systems. Ricoh also support partners in diverse industrial and specialty markets from wide format graphics to additive manufacturing and textile to digital enhancements.

Key specification of the new Ricoh MH5220 print head 
MethodPiston pusher with metallic diaphragm plate
Print width54.1mm (2.1")
Number of nozzles1,280 (4 x 320 channels), staggered
Nozzle spacing1/150" (0.1693mm) /
Nozzle spacing (Row to row distance)A : 0.93mm B : 9.31mm
Compatible inkUV
Total print head dimensions89mm(W), 64.2mm(D), 24.7mm(H) 
3.5" x 2.5" x 1"  (No cable) 
Max. number of colour inks2 colours
Operating temperature rangeUp to 60℃
Temperature controlIntegrated heater and thermistor
Life100 billion actuations per nozzle
Jetting frequency30kHz
Drop volume2.5pl (single drop)、2.5~ 9pl  (multi drop)
Viscosity range10~12mPa・s
Surface tension28~35mN/m
Gray scale4 levels
Ink portYes
Alignment pin directionFront (standard)
Separately sold partsMH5220 dedicated cable
Results obtained from continuous jetting test using standard Ricoh test ink

Specifications are subject to change without prior notice due to the manufacturer's continuous development program

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