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Ricoh notches half a million sales of 5th Gen printhead

More than 500,000 RICOH MH5420/5421 Series printheads, Ricoh’s fifth generation of printheads, have been sold to global developers looking to drive revenue across all industrial sectors, the company said.


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Screen Shot 2022 12 04 at 9.55.04 pmRicoh’s MH5420/5421 Series printheads are compatible with a broad range of inks from water-based to UV, solvent and oil. 

Technology manufacturers use them for a wide range of applications - including signage, textiles, labels and industrial décor - as well as for developments in printed electronics, 3D, pharmaceuticals and DNA printing. “Extensive technical and integration support for waveform design and jetting optimisation is core to the product offering,” Ricoh said in a press release.

Agfa’s head of materials technology centre, Dr Karin Vercauteren, highlighted the printhead’s wide viscosity range, its stable piezo technology that supports a long lifetime, and its small footprint that facilitates integration. “In addition, the open platform allows us to tune the waveform for particular inks and applications and achieve outstanding print quality,” she said.

Durst uses MH5420/5421 Series technology, in conjunction with proprietary data electronics and automated matching algorithms, in many water-based and UV inks applications and as an integral part of its modular machine systems. 

According to Durst Group technology officer, Georg Grossrubatcher, the reliability and robustness of the printheads helps meet demand from industrial clients for high machine availability and print quality consistency. “We can meet these expectations only with reliable printhead partners who consistently drive their inkjet technology forward and keep an open ear for optimisation requirements in close innovation partnerships."

Doug Edwards, EFI Inkjet CTO, added: “The Ricoh printhead compatibility with EFI inks offers the highest versatility available, allowing EFI to address many application segments.” He also valued the ability to deliver the highest print quality at production speeds while offering best in class ROI and Ricoh’s technical support in enabling EFI to bring products to market faster. 

The printhead’s consistency with different inks was a key capability for d.gen, Inc.’s signage and textile printers. Chris Kang, COO: “It matches many different types of inks including pigment, so the end users can choose the right ink types for their unique applications.” 

Graham Kennedy, director Industrial Print Solutions, Graphic Communications, Ricoh Europe said: “The robustness, reliability and performance of Ricoh’s MH5420/5421 Series printheads, our fifth generation of printheads, have allowed these, and many other, global partners to develop and launch new systems that have achieved sales of  tens of billions. They have confidence in Ricoh’s technology. And the versatility of the printheads has also supported innovation in a wide range of sectors enabling acceleration of development while minimising the risk in time and cost.”

Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group products and services reach customers in approximately 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ended March 2022, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,758 billion yen (approx. 14.5 billion USD).