Three new Aficios confirm Ricoh's lead in multifunctional document production and management

Ricoh UK has launched the Aficio 2051/2060 and Aficio 2075 the latest additions to its leading range of multifunctional products (MFPs) for mid and high volume office workgroups and reprographic markets.

Designed for the heart of the organisation
Ricoh has designed the Aficio 2051 and Aficio 2060 for demanding offices, while the Aficio 2075 specifically aims at serving the reprographic environment.

All three models are complete, cost effective units, with extensive options far beyond the functions of basic printing, copying and scanning. These powerful platforms offer:
high speed,
precision output,
operational convenience, and
seamless integration with existing network structures.

They also support customised applications and advanced security features. In fact, Ricoh has designed them to form the heart of an organisation's document management workflow.

Exceeding customer expectations
With functionality beyond that normally expected from their class, all three units boast a record-breaking warm up time of a tight 30 seconds and true 1,200 x 1,200 dpi printing resolution. The Aficio 2051/2060 and Aficio 2075 offer copying and printing speeds of 51, 60, and 75 pages a minute respectively. And all three can scan both single and double-sided documents at 75 pages per minute. The maximum paper input capacity is 8,300 sheets.

Supporting dedicated software development
These MFPs are the first to feature Ricoh's new Embedded Software Architecture - a Java technology compatible platform that allows the design of customised key applications. In support, Ricoh launched a special Software Developer web portal in 2004. Subscribers have access to Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), Software Development Kits (SDKs) and other support tools and services for the development of dedicated software.

Professional finishes
All three MFPs offer a wealth of finishing capabilities, including:
standard cover and chapter sheet insertion,
output options of 50 and 100 sheet staplers and sorters,
a 60-page office booklet maker,
optional punching on all finishes,
a mailbox with 9 separate output trays, and
Ricoh's new Z-folder for automatic insertion of A4 output into A5 documents.

From February 2005, a professional 100-page booklet maker will complete the range of extensions, it will include:
optional square-back folding and trimming, and
an online high end punching unit.

Network efficiency
The Aficio 2051/2060 and Aficio 2075 connect to all major network environments. Users can configure them to handle a wide variety of mainframe print data streams and can easily scan and send documents to e-mail addresses using the network address book via LDAP. Distribution using personal or shared network folders (by SMB) or web publishing (by FTP) is straightforward as well.

The bundled software suite includes Web Image Monitor, which provides document management, central device configuration and user access management in a common web browser. Additionally, DeskTopBinder software provides a user-friendly portal for archiving, retrieval, and compilation of separate files into single documents. Numerous other software options include:

SAP R/3 host printing,
document management and job routing software, such as doc-Q-route and doc-Q-manager, and
Equitrac Office print and copy cost control.

Security built in
With security an increasingly sensitive issue for digital information networks, Ricoh has given document protection a high billing.
Users can encrypt all data communication to and from these new Aficio systems and handle them through secure network protocols.
Ricoh's Data Overwrite Security Unit automatically overwrites all temporary data on the hard disk beyond recovery upon job completion.
Users can also permanently erase all data when they move the machine or dispose of it.

Using the existing Windows authentication infrastructure, companies can assign different administrators to centrally manage access to specific machine functions or documents stored in the device. LDAP implementation prevents users sending documents to e-mail addresses other than those registered in the company address book. In addition, the Locked Print function holds confidential documents in memory until they are unlocked at the operation panel by entering an approved ID number.

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