Ricoh has gained Fogra Validation Printing System (VPS) certification for accuracy and consistency for its Pro VC70000 inkjet web press, making it according to Ricoh the only currently available machine of its type to hold this certification.

The Fogra VPS testing, which was carried out on samples produced at Ricoh’s Customer Experience Centre in Telford, assesses conformity to the ISO 12647-8 standard for the production of hardcopy validation prints from digital data. While not explicitly a digital colour print standard, this is considered to be the most relevant of the ISO 12647 family of print standards. It considers a range of criteria including colour accuracy, light fastness and compliance with PDF/X standards, allowing for substrate base colour and gloss.

Fogra approved the Pro VC70000 in two different printing conditions: Fogra 59, an updated Exchange Colour Space for large gamut printers, and Fogra 51, for ISO 12647-2:2013, an offset standard for printing on premium coated papers. The 12-month certification cover’s Ricoh’s colour accuracy and consistency according to Fogra PSD (Process Standard Digital) specifications detailed in ISO/TS 15311-2. It follows certifications for Ricoh’s Pro C9200, C7200 and C5300 sheet-fed toner presses.

Pro VC70000 user Christian Haneke, Innovation & Solutions manager at Sattler Premium Print in Germany, commented, ‘We are delighted that our Pro VC70000 is now Fogra certified. It allows us to continue our expansion into the commercial print market and produce jobs in inkjet that would previously only have been possible with toner or offset.’

Clive Stringer, director Continuous Feed, High End Software, Graphic Communications Group, Ricoh Europe, added, ‘The Fogra certification confirms the high quality results delivered by the Ricoh Pro VC70000. It gives our clients confidence in its ability to produce repeatedly excellent print consistently with which they can drive their businesses forward.’