Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Ricoh Color Wide Format Scanner!

Hurray, Yipee and its about darn time!!! Those where my first thoughts when I heard of the planned launch of Ricoh's first Wide Fromat Color Scanner. Alas, that's as about excited as I'm going to get with this product.

For over 18 months we (sales) had been telling Ricoh that with their next gen wide format system we needed a color scan option. We saw the need in the field and where feeling some pressure from OCE and KIP. Ricoh introduced the W2400 and W3600 with NO Color Scan option. We were doomed.....

The attempt is now to offer alone color scanner. Here's a few sticking points, MSRP is $6,500, dealer cost is.... won't post it here, however the margins are slim, in fact after adding a sales base to the cost the sales base is higher than the MSRP! Go figure and what the heck were they thinking????? You also need a dedicated touch screen monitor and a dedicated server (ouch!), combine this with the fact that this scanner will not even work in the network if there is no connected Ricoh Wide Format System such as W2470, W2400, W3600 and 480W.

I do give them credit for finally, finally making a move and we may have some possibilities when we combine this with the W2470. But lets face it, if we're in a competitive deal and the customers needs color scanning we are at a PRICE disadvantage!

WEST CALDWELL, N.J., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Ricoh Americas Corporation, the leading provider of digital office equipment, today announced the availability of the Ricoh Wide Format Color Scanner. Designed to work with Ricoh's line of Wide Format products, the new Ricoh Wide Format Color Scanner handles both high-speed full color and monochrome scanning for businesses in large format printing environments.

The Ricoh Wide Format Color Scanner provides users with great image quality at rapid scanning speeds of 12 inches per second (ips) for monochrome scans and 0.6 ips for color scans. In addition to its fast scanning rates, the Wide Format Color Scanner cuts down on work processing time enabling operators to edit and crop images before sending the image to its final destination, either printed or electronically stored. The device also comes equipped with an All-Wheel Drive Paper Transport System that eliminates image distortion frequently caused by erroneous paper alignment and ensures that images are accurately reproduced.

The Ricoh Wide Format Color Scanner enhances workflow efficiency by combining multifunctional software flexibility with user-friendly controls. The scanner allows users to program and select job parameters through an intuitive LCD touch screen display and is paired with JETimage multifunction software allowing operators to create programmable icons to scan, copy, print, and track projects. The Ricoh Wide Format Color Scanner also allows for Scan-to-Net operability making it possible to scan documents directly to network storage.

When paired with the Ricoh Wide Format Printer and imaging software, the Ricoh Wide Format Color Scanner provides users with high-speed monochrome and full color scanning and printing for an array of original documents ranging from architectural drawings to oversized posters.
"The Ricoh Wide Format Color Scanner is a welcomed addition to our growing line of wide format devices that help businesses do their jobs more effectively and efficiently," said Jason Dizzine, director of Product Marketing Ricoh Americas Corporation. "Products such as this demonstrate Ricoh's continual commitment to streamlining the workflow process for businesses around the globe."

The Ricoh Wide Format Color Scanner is available at the suggested retail price of $6,500. For more information on all Ricoh products and solutions, please visit http://www10.aeccafe.com/goto.php?http://www.ricoh-usa.com.
About Ricoh Americas Corporation

Ricoh Americas Corporation, headquartered in West Caldwell, N.J., is a subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd., the 72-year-old leading supplier of office automation equipment and electronics, with fiscal year 2007 sales in excess of $22 billion, a 7.3 percent increase over the previous year.
Ricoh Americas Corporation is a leading provider of document solutions. Ricoh's fully integrated hardware and software products help businesses share information efficiently and effectively by enabling customers to control the input, management and output of documents.
Ricoh Americas Corporation directly or through its network of authorized dealers markets and distributes products in North, Central and South America.

Information about Ricoh's complete range of products and services can be accessed on the World Wide Web at http://www.ricoh-usa.com/.

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