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 user 2005-05-15 at 10:43:00 am Views: 57
  • #9770

    Ricoh Multifunction Printers Push Laser Color Farther
    Into the Office

    The line of eight new machines blurs the line between
    copiers, workgroup laser printers, scanners, and fax machines in a single
    network-attached unit.

    Ricoh Corporation, a manufacturer of digital office
    equipment, has introduced eight new color workgroup printer/scanner/fax/copier
    devices in its Aficio product line.

    “Ricoh has been a leader in combining the proven technology of black and
    white with the convenience of color in affordable and easy-to-use devices,” said
    Hede Nonaka, vice president of marketing, Ricoh Corporation, in a statement. “We
    expect the adoption of color and the deployment of next generation devices to
    continue as businesses realize its affordability and competitive advantage.”

    These devices continue to blur the line between copiers, workgroup laser
    printers, scanners, and fax machines, merging these functions that formerly each
    required a stand-alone device into a single network-attached unit.

    The Aficio products that were introduced today include an entry-level
    machine, the Aficio 3224C, that provides built-in functions such as Scan-
    to-Email/Folder/FTP, among others. The 3224C, designed to be an easily
    administered device, comes with software utilities designed to simplify the
    tasks of monitoring system performance and managing network settings. The
    midrange Aficio 3228C/3235C/3245C units use a new toner, Polyester
    Polymerization (PxP) Color Toner, that the company says is finer and more
    uniform, reducing the amount of dust around the image to make it sharper and

    This series of machines also provides access control via Windows
    authentication in addition to the user codes provided on Ricoh devices. With
    Windows Authentication users input a valid user name and password to access the
    printing, faxing and scanning functionality on the system. The series also
    offers LDAP Authentication to protect data stored on registered LDAP servers.
    This series of devices also support a variety of encryption algorithms to
    protect sensitive data from unauthorized access and tampering when files are
    sent across the network or Internet.

    The Aficio 3260C updates the features of Ricoh’s B2C multifunction printer
    line with color and output speeds of 45 pages per minute (ppm) in color and 60
    ppm in black and white. The 3260C comes standard with copying, scanning, and
    printing capabilities, and can be optionally configured with document finishers
    and additional paper capacity.

    The Aficio Color 5560 shares many features with the 3260C and adds support
    for greater color management. It can be configured with either the EFI Fiery
    E-7000 or E-8000 print controller. Like the Aficio 3260C, the Aficio Color 5560
    includes a 100-sheet automatic reversing document feeder, trayless duplexing
    unit, and 3,400-sheet paper capacity. Multiple document finishing options are

    The high-end Aficio CL7200 and the Aficio CL7300 intended for production
    printing environments where security is an issue. Both use Ricoh’s new Polyester
    Polymerization Color Toner. The systems support many print languages, including
    Adobe PS3, PCL 5c, PCL6, and RPCS. They offer connectivity options including
    wireless and Gigabit Ethernet and paper capacity of up to 3,100 sheets and two
    separate finishing options including a booklet finisher, hole punch and
    stapling, the machines. An optional image scanner provides scan-to-email;
    scan-to-folder, scan-to-FTP, TWAIN scanning, and scan-to-print capabilities.