Ricoh has introduced the Pro C7500, the successor to its Pro C7200/x five-colour sheet-fed toner press. The new machine builds on the extended colour capability and offers improved media flexibility plus control software and DFE enhancements.

The Pro C7500 is compatible with the extended toner range of its predecessor, which was launched in 2018. These include white, clear, invisible red, gold and silver toners. The new press features new built-in neon colour profiles that can automatically add neon yellow and neon pink to the standard CMYK set in order expand the colour gamut.

The press employs an elastic intermediate transfer belt that enhances printing on rough or uneven textured media. It can handle a wide range of weights from 40 to 470gsm (compared to the maximum recommended weight of 360gsm for the C7200/x) and has been strengthened to support duplex-printed long sheets up to 1030mm, allowing for additional applications such as light packaging, greeting cards and wedding stationery.

It is also equipped with the brand-new Ricoh Graphic Communications Operating System (GC OS). The newly developed engine controller is said to bring efficiencies in device use, plus ‘intuitive and simple’ operation of machine settings. Remote access, via a web browser from a PC or tablet, supports streamlined operation in environments where print operators are required to perform numerous tasks. New functions can be added via software updates.

New too is a DFE developed in collaboration with Fiery, claimed to drive operational effectiveness. Additional printing efficiencies and labour-saving functions have also been introduced to reduce time spent on maintenance and to support real-time troubleshooting; these include quick and simple changeover of complete units for special colours and improved operator-replaceable units to speed routine maintenance.

Simon Isaacs, national director, Ricoh UK Graphic Communications Group, said, ‘The launch of the new Ricoh Pro C7500 is a testament to the innovation our teams continue to deliver within the print industry. Through a robust development phase, we have been able to evolve our existing proven technologies to tackle some of the key print industry challenges. This next-generation press will unlock new creative and versatile print production capabilities and will empower our clients to optimise their business efficiency and enhance their return on investment.’