Ricoh announces development of new industrial print head using thin film PZT actuator

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Ricoh announces development of new industrial print head using thin film PZT actuator

Ricoh Europe, London, 23 May 2016 – Ricoh has today announced its development of a new inkjet print head for industrial applications using its thin film (PZT) piezo actuator*1. The new head will be on show at Ricoh’s stand in Hall 8a at Drupa from 30 May – 10 June.

This head is driven by the high-stiffness actuator manufactured using Ricoh’s unique Sol-Gel process*2. This enables the application of high quality multi-drop control*3 as featured in the proven RICOH GH print head series. The original highly integrated design utilises RICOH’s MEMS*4 technology to realise 600dpi resolution with 1,280 nozzles configured in 4 x 300dpi rows. The ink paths are isolated to enable a single head to jet up to four ink colours.

Ricoh has a long and rich heritage in the world of inkjet technology dating back over 30 years. This experience enables Ricoh to bring a wide variety of inkjet printing systems to market, whilst also supporting partners in diverse industrial and specialty markets from Wide Format Graphics to 3D Printing and from Textile to Digital Enhancements and many more.

Ricoh will introduce the new print head through its own its inkjet printers and promote the adoption of this thin film PZT and MEMS technology to a wider range of industrial partners in order to meet increasing market demands.

*1 A kind of piezoelectric transducers that creates mechanical deformation by the application of a voltage, used for jetting ink drops.
*2 A method for producing solid material from the solution of raw materials.
*3 A technology used for shading expression, making dot sizes variable by merging ink drops in flight.
*4 Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems: a general term for miniaturized electro-mechanical devices or technology.

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| Ricoh at drupa 2016 |
Ricoh will bring a broad variety of products and services to drupa 2016, capabilities that will enable print service providers to accelerate their business transformation. Solutions on display will educate visitors about new opportunities and routes to greater productivity and profitability for forward-thinking print professionals. Ricoh will also be bringing the Pro VC60000 to the show. The world’s largest printing trade fair is scheduled for 31 May to 10 June at the Messe Duesseldorf, Germany, and Ricoh will again be located in Hall 8a.

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company that has been transforming the way people work for more than 80 years. Under its corporate tagline – imagine. change. – Ricoh continues to empower companies and individuals with services and technologies that inspire innovation, enhance sustainability and boost business growth. These include document management systems, IT services, production print solutions, visual communications systems, digital cameras, and industrial systems.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in approximately 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2016, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,209 billion yen (approx. 19.6 billion USD)

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