Danka adds Ricoh Printing Systems Digital Document Publisher 184 to print production portfolio

Danka, the leading vendor-independent provider of high-volume production printers and solutions, has announced the addition of the Ricoh Printing Systems (formerly Hitachi Printing Solutions) Digital Document Publisher (DDP) 184 to its European print production portfolio to target data centre printing applications.

From February, Danka will further boost its product portfolio for demanding production environments with the DDP 184, a robust, high-volume, centralised print system enabling high-speed duplex printing with spot colour. The DDP 184 meets the increasing need for data centres, Central Reprographics Departments (CRD) and print-for-pay businesses to produce direct mail or include one-to-one marketing messages on transactional output.

There are nearly 10,000 data centres in Europe, typically found in the financial services sector, insurance, utilities, telecoms, mail order and central and local Government. The data centre handles fluctuating volumes of output usually peaking at end of month print runs and recent Danka research highlighted that European private and public sector organisations could save around 2 billion over the next five years by converging data centre and CRD printing operations.

Graham Moore, Director of Marketing, Danka Europe, comments, The addition of the DDP 184 to our portfolio is significant for us as it underlines our dedication to providing Danka customers with market-leading solutions to meet the full range of production print requirements. As IT and marketing printing operations are increasingly brought together, modern production print facilities, especially data centres, need to produce more than the traditional output of invoices and statements, for instance booklets, fliers and direct mail. The result is that systems must offer variable, spot colour printing in addition to high volume production and fast throughput. Our adoption of the DDP 184 provides Danka customers with a compelling proposition to meet these needs.

Jim Nevin, European Marketing Manager, Ricoh Printing Systems Europe, adds, Danka has an impressive history of providing best-in-breed solutions and service to the production print environment, and we have full confidence that the DDP 184 will see high take-up through Danka. The system is unique in that it combines two 92 page per minute printer engines that print at 184 images per minute in duplex mode. With spot colour capability, long service intervals, and daily maintenance such as replacing toner and fuser units carried out by the user, the DDP 184 lends itself perfectly to data centre environment.

A summary of the key features of the DDP 184 follows:

- High speed duplex printing - two 92 ppm printer engines that print 184 images per minute in duplex mode
- Spot colour - by replacing one black toner with a spot colour toner for two-colour applications
- Production volume - two or three shift workloads have minimal impact on spares and consumables utilization; peak production runs well tolerated; on-board spooling allows multiple original print capacity that keeps the printer producing digital originals while processing input for next job; intelligent printer sharing boosts throughput
- Data stream conversion from AFP/IPDS, SCS, LCDS/Metacode to Adobe PostScript or PCL 
- Web browser interface for network management
- User software includes a printer driver, an installer, direct printing, a database print manager and DocXPLORER, to allow monitoring and controlling a cluster of RIPs
- Worklow controls that provide cluster printing features 
- Job archiving stores bitmaps for reprinting
- Forms management e-forms downloaded to the DDP 184 RIP
- Booklet printing on demand.

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