Market Offerings: Manufacturers Provide Sampling of the Leading Light Production Printers

As part of our state of the industry report for April, we have assembled a number of the more popular printing devices that office technology dealerships can provide to their customer base. Manufacturers including Ricoh, Xerox and Canon have multiple offerings to fit the various black-and-white and color requirements, providing speeds and substrate requirements that address the comprehensive needs of this space.


RICOH Pro C7100X series.

Committed to delivering customer experience excellence, Ricoh offers a variety of light production devices via its dealer channel. The 80-90 ppm RICOH Pro C7100X series can help customers achieve graphic greatness with impressive affordability and powerful five-color options. Leveraging white, clear, neon pink, neon yellow and UV security red toners, the C7100X series helps applications stand out in a world constantly vying for audience attention.

The RICOH Pro C9100 series also prints at speeds in the 130-ppm range and volumes up to 1 million pages per month. This series differentiates itself with support for media up to 400 gsm and oversized output pair with a variety of finishing options to make it a great addition to print operations looking to think outside the box.

The RICOH Pro C5200 series, meanwhile, provides extensive substrate support and robust finishing options at 65-80 ppm in a right-size, right-cost package. Meanwhile, the monochrome RICOH Pro 8200 series can produce stunning 1200×4800 dpi output at sizes up to 27.5 inches while delivering fast turnarounds at high volumes thanks to 136 ppm speed and monthly volumes up to one million pages.


The Xerox Versant 180.

Digital presses have become easier to use and advanced systems are increasingly available through indirect channels, providing partners an excellent market opportunity, according to James Morrissey, vice president, Document Technology Partners, U.S. Channels Unit, Xerox Corporation. Customers who are looking for faster print speeds, higher image quality, tighter registration, wider media latitude and finishing flexibility benefit from light/entry-level production presses and high-end printers.

Xerox dealers successfully sell xerographic presses to corporate in-plants and small- and medium-sized commercial printers whose primary goal is production printing, but still need traditional office features such as copying and scanning. These devices enable them to meet production print requirements at an entry-level price point.

Dealers can also target enterprise and departmental environments that are inside commercial accounts and need walk-up scanning and departmental functions as well as production capabilities, such as ad agencies, marketing departments and law offices.

Xerox C60 and C70 line.

Xerox’s leading light production device is the Versant 180 press. It delivers high-end press capabilities at an entry-level price point, along with the traditional scanning and copying. With options for higher performance, dual stackers and multiple binding and finishing, the Versant 180 press gives print businesses competitive differentiation and new applications. The biggest differentiator that Xerox has with the Versant 180 is the throughput stock. That is what Xerox is winning production specialists in the field with, according to Morrissey.

In addition, the Xerox Color C60/C70 printer provides application versatility, superb image quality and is flexible enough to grow with a business.


The Canon C650.

The Canon lineup has been engineered to deliver production printing excellence for the business advantage of its users. Based on valued feedback from end-users and dealer channels, as well as advances made to technology, Canon continuously refines its product offerings. As a result, the imagePRESS C650 digital color press—the latest portfolio addition—combines durability, productivity and versatility with affordability for very light-volume production and demanding office users. By combining print volumes of routine enterprise work with the capability to produce previously outsourced high-quality marketing collateral on one device, the imagePRESS C650 can help alleviate budget and cost concerns, enabling businesses to keep more print jobs in-house.

In addition, the imagePRESS C850/C750 digital color production presses offer end users outstanding quality, productivity and versatility in a compact, scalable footprint. These models are well positioned for small-to-medium commercial, franchise, in-plant, transactional and quick printers with high-quality print output needs at speeds up to 75 ipm and 85 ipm, respectively, for monthly volumes up to 400,000/500,000 letter-size images.

Plus, long known for rock-solid reliability, the latest generation of Canon’s light- to mid-volume monochrome production presses again raised the bar: the varioPRINT 140 series, and the latest PRISMAsync operation management capabilities—recipient of the 2018 BLI PRO Award—can help enhance throughput and reduce labor costs as print service providers strive to be more efficient and profitable.

Stay tuned for more light production printing offerings in the coming weeks.

Erik Cagle
About the Author
Erik Cagle is the editorial director of ENX Magazine. He is an author, writer and editor who spent 18 years covering the commercial printing industry.