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How to Choose the Right Set of Production Printers for Your Business

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Despite the move towards a “paperless office,” there are industries or businesses that still rely on printers for their everyday operations. For businesses that need high-volume printing, professional-grade graphics and advanced document-finishing options, a production printer remains a necessary tool.

A production printer is a high-volume professional printing machine that provides professional-quality color prints. It offers high resolution graphics, ranging from 2400 x 1200 dpi for color copies to 9600 x 9600 dpi interpolated with 8-bit color depth for black and white prints. If you’re in the market for a production printer that provides exceptional prints done on a tight deadline, you may want to ask these questions first:

  • Are you printing for your internal needs or for external clients?
  • How many pages does your company expect to print each month?
  • Will buying the printer be more cost-effective than outsourcing your printing needs?
  • Which model will yield the best value for your money?
  • What types of materials are you printing—reports, brochures, catalogs, or large format documents?

Choosing the right printer for your business depends on your needs. Having a clear understanding of your printing requirements will help you narrow down a printer type.

What are the key features to look for?

It’s important to know the key features that will help you obtain your desired results. Let’s look at the following:

1. Print Speed

Print speed is one of the most vital specifications to look at when choosing the right printer. Production printers generally start out around 60 pages-per-minute (ppm) and go up to 130 ppm. Faster means better when it comes to giving your business an edge for high-volume jobs.

2. Paper Capacity

On specifications sheets, you will see paper capacity listed as either ‘tray’ or ‘cassette’. It will tell you how many sheets, as well as the sizes of paper, the tray or cassette can accommodate.

3. Graphics

The quality of the final product is critical. A resolution of 2400 x 2400 dpi is standard and color management should be available.

4. Ink and Toner

It’s important to know how many pages you can expect to get out of each ink or toner cartridge. You might be offered an option to choose high-yield capacity cartridges over standard ones. It’s best to factor in the cost of the ink or toner over the operational lifespan of the printer.

5. Printer Cost

The cost of production printers varies greatly depending on its specific features. Specialty models offer services such as the ability to print on carbonless paper or transparencies, produce saddle-stitched booklets and ring-bound materials, and lots of other finishing options. Entry-level production printers usually start at around $7000 and go up $25000 for specialty models.

Rabbit Office Automation (ROA) offers a wide variety of Ricoh Production Printers that enable our clients to produce high-volume, professional-quality printing in-house.

From oversized media to synthetics, lightweight paper to heavy stacks, more choices mean more ways to easily and efficiently produce projects in-house.

If your business requires high quality, reliable, and versatile printing, Ricoh’s next-generation production printers open up more print-on-demand opportunities for your business. Talk to our experts today to know your best options.