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Ricoh launches next generation industrial inkjet printheads

New series compatible with wider range of inks for faster, quality printing

Ricoh Europe, London, 19 October 2016 – Print innovators can boost quality and speed of inkjet application, thanks to a new series of industrial printheads from Ricoh.

The Ricoh MH5420 series feature proprietary bonding technology for improved durability, and are compatible with a wider variety of fluids. The extended compatibility means users can print with water-based, solvent or UV inks – enabling them to extend their offering.

The Ricoh MH5421LVF and Ricoh MH5421F printheads enable highly stable jetting performance through the introduction of a new recirculating structure, reducing the risk of jetting failure caused by clogged ink. Other benefits to this include:

  • Increased reliability for single-pass systems to improve print quality and productivity
  • Increased reliability for systems with rapid setting ink, such as white or metallic materials
  • Removal of bubbles in the chamber to enable self-recovery from jetting failure

The first printhead in the series will be commercially available from January 2017.

Graham Kennedy, Head of Commercial Ink Jet Business, Ricoh Europe, said: “There is a rapidly growing demand in the industrial printing market across both mature and embryonic applications fuelled by a wide variety of customer needs.  Digitisation of industrial printing can deliver greater flexibility and productivity for these businesses, which is where Ricoh’s new MH5421 printhead series offers solutions to these needs.”

Number of nozzles                                 1,280, staggered
Resolutions                                       600dpi
Drop volume                         7/14/21pl (depending on the ink)
Ink                            Aqueous, Solvent, UV
Flow structure           -               ○             ○
Recommended ink viscosity     11mPa・s      6 mPa・s      11 mPa・s
Planned launch date    January 2017     February 2017      March 2017
mPa・s: Unit of viscosity (millipascal-second) - higher numbers mean higher viscosity 

Ricoh at Inprint 2016
Ricoh will showcase its latest inkjet technology innovations at the industrial print show, Inprint, which takes place at MiCo – Milano Congressi from 15-17 November. At stand E50 inkjet experts will demonstrate the company’s existing inkjet products and new technology. They will also discuss how customers can achieve their specific inkjet goals.

Ricoh’s inkjet business
Ricoh has a long and rich heritage in the world of inkjet technology. This dates back over 30 years and enables it to support a wide variety of inkjet printing systems. The company also supports partners in diverse industrial and specialty markets such as wide format graphics, 3D printing, textile and digital enhancements.

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Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in approximately 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ended March 2020, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,008 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

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