Missionary Society Adds Trio of Digital DevicesApril 2014 By Bob Neubauer
When the Oblate Missionary Society Inc. (OMSI) installed a Ricoh Pro 900 digital color printer in 2008, the fund-raising arm of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate had no idea that it was the first installation in the country.
“We weren’t really aware that we were the guinea pigs,” laughs Dwight Cooke, prepress operator.
It was fast and the quality was good, but it also had more than a few bugs, requiring numerous service calls. Still, 15 million clicks later, the 20-employee in-plant decided to stick with Ricoh when it upgraded its digital printing operation recently with three new devices:
- A Ricoh Pro C901s Graphic Arts+ digital color printer, running 90 pages per minute (ppm).
- A Ricoh Pro C751EX digital color printer, with 75-ppm speeds.
- A Ricoh Pro 8100EX black-and-white printer, printing 135 ppm.
Cooke has been very happy with the new printers, especially the C901s. Compared to its predecessor, it requires far less maintenance, can print on a range of stock thicknesses without deviating from its 90-ppm speed and the quality of its 1,200x1,200-dpi output is superb.
“The registration from front to back has improved in a major way,” Cooke praises. He’s also pleased with the improvements resulting from Ricoh’s switch to oil-free fusing in the C901s. This and the use of more uniform toner particles have resulted in near-offset quality.
High quality printing is very important for OMSI and the international order of Catholic priests and brothers it serves. Over the years its fund-raising efforts have advanced from handwritten letters from priests to full-color materials printed on a five-color Komori press. Matching this quality in the short-run promotional pieces and thank-you mailings it sends to donors is crucial. Cooke feels the C901s has been up to the task.
These materials feature high-quality photos of the missions where donor contributions are being used. In the past, the in-plant printed shells on the Komori and added the personalized information digitally, but now the C901s can handle it all.