AnaJet, a Ricoh company, recently unveiled the new Ricoh Ri 1000 direct-to-garment (DTG) printer. The machine prints full colour graphics at 1200 x 1200dpi on garments of a diverse array of sizes, colours and materials. Quick-change magnetic platens, available in multiple styles and sizes up to 40.6 x 49.7 cm (16 x 19.6 inches), provide a variety of print options.
The printer was unveiled at the recent SGIA expo. These platens easily snap on and off the machine, so switching between different garment styles and sizes requires virtually no downtime. All Ricoh Ri 1000 platens are dressable, which provides hassle free loading, precision printing and garment protection. Additionally, the Ricoh Ri 1000 boasts durable steel construction, including a Ricoh-designed high-performance print engine and Ricoh print heads. The printer’s specialised carriage and table design help deliver high-accuracy images, even while printing at speeds up to 28 seconds for a full-colour 25.4 x 20.3cm (10 x 8-inch) CMYK graphic.
‘Ricoh and AnaJet understand our customers’ need to diversify revenue streams through new printing technology,’ said Karl Tipre, CEO, AnaJet, Inc. ‘With the Ricoh Ri 1000’s affordable price point, automatic maintenance features and built-in Interactive Operation Guide, capitalising on the garment market opportunity has never been so attainable. We’re proud of its speed, versatility, ease of use, and ability to deliver vibrant, high-resolution graphics. The Ricoh Ri 1000 is our most user-friendly, full-featured DTG machine yet.’
The Ricoh Ri 1000 was designed with ‘walk-up ready’ ease of use in mind. Automated maintenance sequences clean print heads and agitate white ink regularly, saving operators time and making the device easier to use and maintain. The machine continuously monitors its ink supply, air level and dampers, adjusting where necessary so it is virtually always ready to print. For those maintenance tasks that aren’t automated, the device’s 17.7cm (7 inch) touchscreen display includes a built-in Interactive Operation Guide, which provides alerts reminding users to perform manual maintenance tasks. This touchscreen also allows for intuitive job and workflow management.
International availability will be announced at a later date.