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Production Inkjet: The Time is Now! Read Now

Over the past two decades, the technology has evolved from low resolution suitable for overprinting to a standalone printing technology capable of high resolution, high speed, vibrant color, support for a wide range of substrates, and cost models suitable for most types of printing. To understand if high-speed inkjet printing can provide operational efficiency and enhanced product differentiation that can grow a business’ bottom line, due diligence is required at every vector.

What’s New in Clear and White Toner Printing Read Now

Differentiating yourself in a crowded marketplace has never been easier thanks to the RICOH Pro C7100X Series and it’s 5th Color capabilities for White and Clear Toner. This affordable and innovative digital printing system empowers you to explore new creative applications and experiment with brilliant substrates that demand attention and deliver results. This article, authored by Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc. showcases the many opportunities and applications that your company can use to stand out when printing on the RICOH Pro C7100X Series and Mohawk’s extensive collection of digital papers.

Key Growth Applications for Digital Printing Read Now

Digital print volume is driven by application demand which changes over time due to growth in usage, electronic replacement, and moves to shorter runs. Understanding what applications are expected to grow and why is essential for print service providers in business planning and making equipment purchasing decisions.

The Value of Accurate Registration for Production Digital Printing Read Now

Accurate registration is a requirement for any print application. In the past when accurate registration has been required, printers traditionally gravitated toward offset printing. As technology has advanced digital printing can now offer near offset quality and just as accurate registration as offset. In this study sponsored by Ricoh, InfoTrends explores the technology that enables this.

Game-Changers for the Printing Industry: 3D Printing Read Now

Just when you think you've got a handle on where communication trends are heading, new game-changers surface with the potential to dramatically shake things up. InfoTrends has created a series of documents to explore the explosive, innovative changes that are occurring in today’s market. These forces are game-changers that might ultimately prompt you to rethink and retool your business models. This document covers 3D printing. Once considered to be science fiction, the ability to conduct 3D printing—produce objects on demand at a relatively low cost—has become a reality. This technology is only expected to pick up steam as we move through 2014 and beyond. McKinsey & Company estimates that 3D printing and additive manufacturing is one of the top ten disruptive technologies for the next decade, with a potential global economic impact of between $200 and $600 billion. Now might be the time to take a look at 3D printing and consider where it might fit in your business model.

Game-Changers for the Printing Industry: Wearable Technologies Read Now

Just when you think you've got a handle on where communication trends are heading, new game-changers surface with the potential to dramatically shake things up. InfoTrends has created a series of documents to explore the explosive, innovative changes that are occurring in today’s market. These forces are game-changers that might ultimately prompt you to rethink and retool your business models. This document covers wearable technologies. Wearable technologies, or wearables, are generating a lot of buzz among consumers. Wearables represent a wide range of products including fitness trackers, smart glasses, smart watches, clothing with embedded sensors, tattoos, and even ingestible pills that gather data while traveling through the human digestive tract. While the wearable market is still young, it is poised for growth as the products continue to improve and become more mainstream. Wearables are a disruptive technology that service providers cannot afford to ignore.

The Science of Tuning Color on Toner-Based Copiers/Printers Read Now

Originally published in the 2014 TAGA Proceedings, Ricoh's production color expert Kirk Szymanski walks you through the steps and nuances of tuning color on toner-based copiers and printers to achieve optimized color and image quality.

BDS Road Map - 2014: It's Time to Embrace Change! Read Now

Embracing change is vital to your business’ ongoing success. The tools that businesses and consumers use to communicate are ever-changing. While print remains a core communications tool that is not going away, the ways in which it is used and produced are changing. Customers’ expectations are changing too—they expect providers to deliver more value. In 2014, dynamic businesses will meet these changes head-on, prepare to address the risks that the changes bring, and have the fortitude to adjust their business models to thrive and succeed. Success will require exploring new target markets, emerging technologies, new competitors, and print as well as non-print media alternatives.

Making the Investment in Wide Format Read Now

Digital wide format printing is a specialized industry sector that offers a solid growth opportunity for printing organizations. Digital wide format is growing, while many other print market segments are either flat or in decline. Adding wide format printing devices can be a profitable new offering for print service providers to support existing customers and attract new ones.

Resolution - Facts, Figures and Myths Read Now

This article, written by Ricoh's Director of Production Solutions and Color, discusses the facts, and dispels some of the myths related to resolution and digital, toner based printers.