Cheque-Mates Selects Ricoh in Digital Printing Refresh
Sydney, August 24, 2022 – Ricoh, a leading provider of smart workplace technology, today announced it has been chosen by leading trade-only print production and communication company Cheque-Mates to supply a new high-capacity digital printer.
The Ricoh Pro C9210 digital cut-sheet press can deliver high-quality colour prints at up to 135ppm on a variety of media types up to 600 µm thick and delivers a print resolution of 2400 x 4800 dpi.
Cheque-Mates, a business within The Lamson Group, has been in business since 1990 and operates as a trade partner to the print industry. The Ricoh purchase is the first time the company has sourced a printer from a supplier other than Fujifilm or HP in its early days.
The Ricoh purchase was part of a digital refresh program that began in July, 2021. At that time research was undertaken to determine what alternatives were available in the broader market that could potentially meet the company’s print requirements.
“The technology selection process is very important for our business as we are ultimately investing on behalf of our channel partners. Our technology needs to deliver as we have a lot of companies in the trade relying on us. We spent a significant amount of time carefully assessing equipment from a variety of vendors before creating a shortlist of three which included Konica Minolta, Fujifilm, and Ricoh,” says Rodney Frost, Group. CEO, The Lamson Paragon Group of Companies.
Multiple demonstrations were then arranged in the showroom of each vendor during which printer performance, raster image processors and outputs were examined. Once this had been completed a decision was made to invest in the Ricoh Pro C9210.
“We were very impressed with the quality of the engineering of the machine together with the consistency of the output,” says Frost. “During the testing process the Ricoh printer did not experience a single paper jam which is remarkable. Our industry is spoilt by the options that we have in machinery at present, however the Ricoh Pro C9210 stood out for our needs.”
The decision to purchase the Ricoh printer was made in late December 2021 and it was installed and fully operational by March, 2022.
Frost says the new Ricoh printer is being used on a diverse range of jobs with print runs anywhere between 50 and 50,000 sheets.
“We are also achieving productivity improvements because of the significantly improved uptime. The rated speed in a brochure isn’t always necessarily what you see come to fruition as actual production output,” says Frost. “Jobs can be completed more quickly which means we can achieve improved output volumes and faster results for our partners.”
Frost says it is likely Cheque-Mates will invest in additional Ricoh equipment in the future to keep up with client demands. “With the experience that we have enjoyed with Ricoh, we have a strategic partner for the long-term,” says Frost.
Mark Moro, National Sales Manager for Ricoh Graphic Communications, added, “Cheque-Mates is one of Australia’s leading trade-only print and communications providers with an outstanding reputation of exceeding the exacting needs of other printers, print managers and agencies. We are delighted to have Cheque-Mates join the growing list of Australia’s leading print providers that have made the switch to Ricoh as their preferred print partner.
“The Pro C9210 has again demonstrated that it is the platform of choice to meet the digital print needs of Australia’s preeminent printers. The feedback we receive is that the Pro C9210 offers an unmatched combination of outstanding print quality, productivity, ease of use, flexibility and reliability that enables these printers to support print business momentum. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with Cheques-Mates.”
Ricoh is empowering digital workplaces using innovative technologies and services that enable individuals to work smarter from anywhere.
With cultivated knowledge and organisational capabilities nurtured over its 85-year history, Ricoh is a leading provider of digital services, information management, and print and imaging solutions designed to support digital transformation and optimize business performance.
Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group has major operations throughout the world and its products and services now reach customers in approximately 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ended March 2022, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,758 billion yen (approx. 14.5 billion USD).
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