Ricoh has introduced a hybrid variant of its Pro TF6250 wide-format printer, the Pro TF6251, which adds roll media capability to the 2.5 x 1.3m flatbed model.

The roll media ability will bring extended applications flexibility to Ricoh’s flatbed platform, including those typically met via roll media in sign and display, industrial graphic arts and interior decor, supporting rolls up to 2.2m in width (2.19m printable width). A choice of UV ink types is offered to suit different applications: Ricoh DG130 offers high adhesion for a wide range of substrates that might be found in flatbed printing, while GP120 inks for roll applications only promise a wider colour gamut plus the necessary flexibility. Both are LED-cured.

Using 12 Ricoh printheads, flatbed output from the TF6251 is at up to 116sqm/hr, and roll-fed at up to 67sqm/hr (both figures for four-colour draft mode printing; higher quality options will be slower). An updated user interface is said to improve operator productivity, while colour and production management are provided by the ColorGate Production Server Select Rip software.

Graham Kennedy, director, Industrial Print, Commercial and Industrial Printing Group, Ricoh Europe, said, ‘Ricoh developed this flexible solution in response to clients’ production needs. It is a timely addition to our portfolio, particularly as operations strive to find ways during the pandemic to develop their services while remaining competitive and adaptable. The Pro TF6251 combines our market-leading inkjet head technology expertise with our proven flatbed and roll-fed capabilities to create a highly versatile and responsive solution. We believe it will open up a number of production possibilities for print operations that are looking to be increasingly creative with the services they deliver and the markets they serve.

The Ricoh Pro TF6251 will be available in Europe from 1 January 2021. It will be offered in two versions, with and without the roll-feed capability, and replaces the Pro TF650.