Missionary Society Adds Trio of Digital DevicesApril 2014 By Bob Neubauer
The new device offers some great productivity enhancements too.
“I don’t ever have to stop the machine to load paper,” Cooke remarks.
He likes the printer’s ability to use a variety of stocks, up to 350 gsm.
“It doesn’t slow down,” he remarks. “It runs just as fast doing that as it does if you run 20 lb. bond.”
He has also had success running 50 lb. offset sheets.
“I ran 8,800 sheets duplexed without one misfeed, without one problem, without one wrinkle,” he proclaims. “It went off without a hitch.”
Though Ricoh doesn’t recommend using offset paper on its printers, it’s a cost-saving measure for this donor-funded organization.
“The reality is, we’re trying to save money here,” Cooke notes. “We’re a non-profit. The digital papers happen to be more expensive. It’s to our advantage to be able to run [offset] stocks through there too.” Especially since the in-plant buys them in bulk for its offset operation.
The in-plant got the new Ricoh Pro C751EX to replace a Konica Minolta CPP 500.
“We did it for color redundancy,” Cooke explains. “The quality is there, the versatility is there to do everything the 901 does.”
At 75-ppm, it’s a little slower than the C901s, but the quality is just as good, with a resolution of 1,200x4,800-dpi. The Ricoh Pro 8100EX also boasts stellar quality.
“It’s just been a blessing,” Cooke says. “It’s a workhorse machine.”
All three devices came with EFI Fiery front ends, which Cooke saw as necessary to provide the processing speeds and high image quality the in-plant needs.
“Without the Fiery, we’d be fighting a lot more problems,” he says.