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Ricoh launches new RICOH TH5241 industrial inkjet printhead

Latest addition to line-up uses a thin film piezo actuator

TOKYO, Japan, June 01, 2020 – Ricoh Company, Ltd., (Tokyo, Japan) today announced the global launch of a new industrial inkjet printhead, the RICOH TH5241.

The new printhead is the first Ricoh printhead that uses a thin film piezo actuator*1(PZT). It is part of the new RICOH TH industrial inkjet printhead series and joins the already successful line-up of RICOH MH/RICOH GH series printheads.

By using MEMS technology*2, Ricoh's unique design means the RICOH TH5241 is a compact printhead with 320 x 4 rows of 1,280 nozzles*3. In addition, high-definition printing of up to 1200 dpi can be achieved by jetting fine droplets. Also, ink paths for each nozzle row are isolated, enabling a single printhead to jet up to four ink colours. The printhead has compatibility with all ink types including UV, solvent, and aqueous and can be used for various industrial applications such as sign graphics, textiles and labels.

Ricoh launches new RICOH TH5241 industrial inkjet printhead
The RICOH TH5241 industrial inkjet printhead

In addition, as the printhead is compact yet combines durability with stable jetting, it can easily be used in different kinds of printing systems and will help customers easily develop their own printing systems.

In the industrial printing market, there is an increasing demand to meet a variety of customer needs for sign graphics and textiles such as smaller run sizes and shorter delivery times. This has resulted in the rapid digitalization of industrial printing which can deliver greater flexibility and productivity. It has also seen increasing demand for inkjet printheads that enable high-resolution printing and even higher productivity.

By introducing this new printhead, Ricoh will meet these market needs. Ricoh will support our customers' printer development programs and contribute to social issues by providing solutions for clothing, food and housing.

*1 A kind of piezoelectric transducer that creates mechanical deformation by the application of a voltage, used for jetting drops of ink.
*2 Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems: a general term for miniatured electro-mechanical devices or technology.
*3 There are two sets of 600npi with a staggered arrangement of 300npi nozzles per row.

Model nameRICOH TH5241
Number of nozzles1,280 staggered
Nozzle Resolution600npi (2 colours, 1 colour) 300npi (4 colours)
Jetting frequency
40kHz (2 levels)
24kHz (4 levels)
Drop volume3/6/12pl depending on ink
Compatible inkUV, Solvent, Aqueous
External printhead dimensions
Width: Approximately 52.7mm
Depth: Approximately 45.4mm
Height: Approximately 55.4mm
Start date of orderJune 1, 2020

Ricoh will exhibit the RICOH TH5241 at the JIVM2020 - JAPAN INKJET VIRTUAL MESSE, which will be held online from Monday, June 1, 2020 to Friday, July 31, 2020.

Outline of online exhibitions:

Name:               JIVM2020 - JAPAN INKJET VIRTUAL MESSE
Session:             From Monday, June 1 to Friday, July 31, 2020
Venue:              On-line (
Sponsored by:  Ohno Inkjet Consulting

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Introduction video to RICOH TH5241:

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Industrial Printing Business Group, Component Business Center

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