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September 2015

Ricoh announced today the release of the RICOH THETA S, the newest model in the RICOH THETA series of spherical cameras that capture 360-degree scenes surrounding the user. Unveiled today in Berlin at IFA, the world’s largest consumer electronics show, the camera features extra-high resolution, fully spherical photos and videos in one simple shot, a live preview function and even greater compatibility with social media platforms. 

The RICOH THETA S, which retains the lightweight portability of the current model—the RICOH THETA m15—captures high-resolution spherical images of up to nearly 14 megapixels. It can also record spherical video in full HD (1920 x 1080*1 pixels at 30fps) with a maximum recording time of 25 minutes. The better quality images are enabled by an enlarged image sensor and fast F2.0 lenses to allow more light through Ricoh’s proprietary ultra-small twin-lens folded-optical system. 

Also, superior image processing technology and bulb mode for long exposures produce spherical still images with less visual static, even in low-light settings. 

Spherical images can be uploaded to theta360.com, shared via Facebook™, Twitter™ and Tumblr, and posted to Google Maps™, Google+™ and YouTube™360°Channel. The application program interface (API) for RICOH THETA S is based on Google-supported Open Spherical Camera API for compatibility with Google’s services.

Coinciding with the launch of the RICOH THETA S, Google Maps today introduced the new Google Street View app that allows you to capture and publish your photo spheres instantly to Google Maps for people all over the world to explore. The app also offers the ability to shoot photo spheres and to connect to spherical cameras. This new capability to connect to spherical cameras makes it easier than ever to create Google Street View experiences.

The new RICOH THETA S app for smartphones and tablets can be used to configure settings and instantly view spherical photos and video via wirelessly connected devices. An improved Wi-Fi® module transfers data four times faster than the current RICOH THETA model. 

The RICOH THETA S also boasts a fully updated design and user interface. Usability has been improved with an elegant but practical sure-grip black rubber coating and handy face-mounted LED mode indicator. Internal memory has been increased to 8GB.

The original RICOH THETA was launched in 2013 as the world’s first mass-produced camera to capture fully spherical images. Since then, the series has inspired a unique genre of visual creativity for capturing everyday scenes from an all-new perspective. 

The RICOH THETA S will go on sale at a base price of USD 349 (or equivalent) from late October in Europe (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland, Turkey, and the UK), North America (Canada, Mexico, and the United States), and Asia-Pacific (Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand). Ricoh Imaging will market the RICOH THETA S, which was developed and manufactured by Ricoh. 

Quotes from Ricoh, Ricoh Imaging and Google Maps

Wataru Ohtani, Ricoh’s Corporate Associate Vice President and General Manager of the New Business and Platform Development Center, said: “Ricoh pioneered the spherical camera market and thereby revolutionized how people view the world. This new model offers even higher image quality than before to satisfy both early adopters and people who enjoy communicating creatively through social media.” 

Noboru Akahane, Ricoh Imaging’s President and CEO, said: “We are delighted to offer users increased value and richer 360-degree experiences with our new RICOH THETA S. The model’s enhanced image quality and other exciting new features are sure to expand the scope of RICOH THETA fans in all-new fields.”

Charles Armstrong, Google Maps Product Manager, said: “The Street View app allows people all over the world to explore user contributions, Google’s own imagery, and their own published photo spheres through a seamless world map of landscapes, landmarks, business interiors and more. The RICOH THETA S is a great tool to create this imagery, and we hope it inspires people to contribute to the map.”

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Media Contact

Germany:
Matthias Wowtscherk / Annette Myska
Weber Shandwick München
Tel: 49-89-38-01-79-52/51
mwowtscherk@webershandwick.com / amyska@webershandwick.com 

Austria & Switzerland: 
Wolfgang Baus
RICOH IMAGING DEUTSCHLAND GmbH
Tel:  49-40-53-201-3315
wolfgang.baus@eu.ricoh-imaging.com 

BENELUX:
Evelyne Van Cleven
LVTPR
Tel: 32-2-474-14-70
ricoh-imaging@lvtpr.com 

France: 
Priscilla Jeambeaux / Guillaume Fau 
The Messengers 
Tel: 33-1-40-41-19-63
priscilla@themessengers.fr / guillaume@themessengers.fr 

UK & Ireland:
Naomi Barry
Escapade 
Tel: 44-118-920-7675
ricohimaginguk@escapadepr.com 

Japan: 
Dai Sawatake
Weber Shandwick Tokyo
Tel: 81-3-5427-7318
dsawatake@webershandwick.com 

Canada & US:
Barbara Hagin
Breakaway Communications
Tel: 408-832-7626
bhagin@breakawaycom.com

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companySep 3 - RICOH UNVEILS INDUSTRY’S MOST ADVANCED FULLY SPHERICAL PORTABLE CAMERA: RICOH THETA S  News pressrelease also available in pdf

August 2015

Although the new world of work is becoming increasingly mobile, workers often hit the wall when they need to print from smartphones and tablets.

That’s why Ricoh today expanded the options for mobile-minded organizations with Ricoh HotSpot Express, an easy, affordable way for companies to turn on mobile printing for employees, partners and guests.

With HotSpot Express, authorized mobile workers and guests can print content from their mobile device to any network printer through a mobile app, email, Web print portal or Windows application. Since HotSpot Express is an on-premise solution, print jobs never go beyond the firewall.

“Today’s workers expect their information in the right place at the right time to make time-sensitive decisions, so it doesn’t cut it when the critical information you need to share is trapped in your phone,” said John Brophy, Vice President, Product Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Paper documents are still relevant collaboration tools, and that means workers need to be able to print on demand. Successful organizations need to provide their employees with this level of information mobility today.”

HotSpot Express powered by PrinterOn® is the latest Ricoh offering in the HotSpot mobile printing family. An ideal solution for organizations with basic mobile printing requirements, HotSpot Express can be easily upgraded as needs change to HotSpot Enterprise for more functionality with features such as cluster server support for scalability, advanced mobile device management software integration, Oracle ERP printing and API access for custom workflow integrations. HotSpot Printer/HotSpot MFP is also available and uses the public cloud to move information from workers’ devices to printers. 

Following a quick download, organizations can use an intuitive Web interface to deploy HotSpot Express immediately across multiple users, networks and locations with little or no IT intervention. Organizations can employ the same printing workflows and security controls they always have, integrating it with LDAP directory services, mobile device management solutions and print management systems. For additional security, organizations can require passwords for guests to use HotSpot Express and for anyone to release documents from the printer.

HotSpot Express supports iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry, Kindle and Nook devices. Pricing starts at $1,500 for five print devices.

For details on Ricoh’s full line of products, services and solutions, please visit www.ricoh-usa.com.

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyAug 26 - RICOH ADDS NEW OPTION FOR ENDING MOBILE WORKERS’ PRINTING FRUSTRATIONS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced that Action Mailers Inc, a leading direct marketing and mail production provider, has expanded its relationship with Ricoh by adding the InfoPrint 5000 GP full color continuous feed inkjet system to its print portfolio in order to transform their direct mail operations with increased production capacity and overall productivity. The selection complements Action Mailers’ recent installation of an InfoPrint 5000 MP monochrome system and reflects their continued investment in Ricoh’s platforms.  


Established in 1972, Action Mailers has grown into a major direct mail production facility in the Philadelphia area with more than 150 employees, all while remaining family owned. The company is a full service provider focusing on the non-profit segment and has been working with Ricoh to improve its mail operations using the InfoPrint 5000 MP to manage the printing of its full array of black and white mailers. In addition to monochrome printing, they also sought a solution that would allow them to increase productivity and color output capacity while decreasing project time and remaining competitive. The company continued its migration to inkjet and selected Ricoh’s InfoPrint 5000 GP full color system due to its ability to leverage efficiencies, flexibility in accommodating their current mix of applications, and ability to help them expand.     


“Because we are a family-run business, even as we grow, we maintain personal relationships with many of our customers,” said Bob Kolva, Director of Data and Imaging Operations, Action Mailers. “The time and investment Ricoh delivers made them an easy choice to work with from the beginning. To date, the InfoPrint 5000 platform has met and exceeded our expectations for lowering costs, increasing performance and delivering quality output to our customers. So when it came time to try utilizing color inkjet to expand our business and decrease costs, it didn’t take a lot of convincing for us to add the InfoPrint 5000 GP to our portfolio. We are confident that we’ll be seeing returns on our investment for years to come.”   


Ricoh’s InfoPrint 5000 GP platform offers Action Mailers scalability, and higher-impact direct mail applications with full color. It supports a wide range of ink types, paper stocks and file formats, along with support for process and spot colors and International Color Consortium (ICC)–based color management. For Action Mailers, the InfoPrint 5000’s PANTONE PLUS and G7 certification afford the company a wider gamut of colors in a consistent manner. Available with one of the longest-lasting printheads available on the market, the InfoPrint 5000 series saves Action Mailers time and money by reducing the frequency with which they need to be replaced.    


“Like so many of our customer relationships, we have come to see Action Mailers as a partner, not just a client. By allowing us to work with them to grow their direct mail business over the recent years, they have helped us to understand the unique challenges of their industry and grow our own product lines as a result,” said John Fulena, Vice President, Production Printing Business Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Having seen many clients grow from monochrome to color inkjet printing, when Action Mailers came to us looking for technology that would help them utilize color cost-efficiently, we knew that our InfoPrint 5000 GP platform would complement their current investment in the platform and empower them with even more possibilities. We look forward to our continued collaboration with Action Mailers.”   


To learn more about Action Mailer’s successful use of the InfoPrint 5000 family, watch the video here: http://rpp.ricoh-usa.com/about/customer-success/action-mailers . To learn more about the InfoPrint 5000, visit http://rpp.ricoh-usa.com/products/production-printers/continuous-feed/infoprint-5000-gp.   


| About Ricoh |
  

Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).  


The majority of the companyAug 24 - ACTION MAILERS CAPITALIZES ON GROWING DIRECT MAIL OPPORTUNITY WITH RICOH’S INFOPRINT 5000 GP COLOR INKJET PLATFORM
Aug 20 - [GLOBAL] RICOH SELECTS THE WINNING WORKS OF THE RICOH THETA DEVELOPERS CONTEST
A student walks a mile across campus to the university post office. 

“Did I get a package?” she asks the mail clerk.

“I don’t know, let me check,” the clerk says, disappearing for a minute. “Sorry, not yet.” The student returns to her residence hall, having wasted an hour. She makes the same trek the next day. 

Good news: this scenario is over at the University of South Alabama (USA) with today’s opening of a modernized mail facility providing students with a more efficient way to get mail and packages. The new facility named “USA Mail Hub” – designed, staffed and operated by Ricoh – offers a fully transformed experience on both sides of the counter: now when mail or packages arrive, students will immediately receive an email notification, making treks across campus more fruitful. 

The notification is triggered when mailroom workers use a ring-like optical device on their finger to scan the barcode on the student’s mail slot while filing letters in high-density rolling racks. The racks ultimately consolidate mail storage, freeing up space for the school to use as a sleek lobby.

When a package arrives, students receive a similar alert. The item is placed in a storage rack according to a precise new inventory system until the student arrives, shows his ID and picks it up.

“As with so many universities, our old post office was designed for a bygone time,” said Michael A. Mitchell, Ph.D., Vice President of Student Affairs, University of South Alabama. “The new USA Mail Hub is a mail center for the 21st century and will provide a radically improved experience for our students. Ricoh’s deep expertise in education, information management and workstyle innovation shined through as their team carefully assessed how we could better serve our students.”

How mail has changed
Why don’t students just drop by the post office every day as they did for decades? Email has reduced paper mail volume to a trickle, rendering traditional mailboxes obsolete. And though package volume – including books, clothes and electronics – has soared, it’s still not an everyday thing for most students. Going forward, the university will be able to quantify these changes since letters and packages will be automatically counted.

Replacing mailboxes with the high-density mail system has freed extra space for a new copy/printing/binding center and retail packaging center offering boxes, envelopes, tape, labels and bubble wrap. Students will now have the ability to ship any package anywhere using any major commercial shipping service. Clerks will use special software to shop for the quickest delivery and best rates.

“The USA Mail Hub is an exemplar of information mobility,” said Tom Brown, Vice President, Government and Higher Education, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “The people, workflow and technology support the way students live, tangibly improving their campus experience.”

For details on Ricoh’s full line of products, services and solutions, please visit www.ricoh-usa.com.

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyAug 17 - UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA REPLACES CAMPUS POST OFFICE WITH 21ST-CENTURY MAIL HUB  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh today announced it has been awarded a patent for its unique solution for remotely collecting electronically stored information for the computer forensics and eDiscovery process, protecting the competitive advantage of customers who choose the solution.

The solution, called Remlox™ (US Patent No. 9,087,207 B2 for Obtaining Complete Forensic Images of Electronic Storage Media), is a unique remote collection tool specifically designed to reduce the cost and time of gathering email and other electronically stored information from litigants’ workstations, resulting in a full forensic image which can be used for litigation holds/preservation, forensic analysis and other eDiscovery requirements. 

“Deadlines for preserving and often producing electronically stored information are tight and rigorous,” said David Greetham, Vice President, eDiscovery Operations, Ricoh Legal and inventor of Remlox. “The decision to forensically collect ESI often happens quickly which can allow little time for planning.  Previously, this part of eDiscovery required expensive short notice travel and on-site service by computer forensic experts. Remlox however, streamlines the process with same day deployment, providing the ability to forensically collect relevant information quickly, defensibly, and efficiently, while negating the logistical challenges often associated with onsite forensic acquisitions.”

Remlox is deployed from Ricoh’s forensics lab, which was the first private computer forensics lab to be accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Lab Accreditation Board. Remlox has been deployed in 37 countries and data collected by Remlox has been accepted as admissible evidence in a range of matters for clients in response to U.S. Department of Justice and Securities & Exchange Commission requests. 

Remlox is available through Ricoh’s full suite of computer forensics and eDiscovery services, including forensic analysis, discovery consulting, early case assessment, processing, and hosting and review. Ricoh’s proven approach to eDiscovery balances the benefits of the latest technology with people and processes – providing tools and expertise to help customers quickly and efficiently identify critical information.

For details on Ricoh’s full line of legal products, services and solutions, please visit www.ricoh-usa.com/legal.

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyAug 13 - RICOH AWARDED PATENT FOR REMLOX, A UNIQUE REMOTE DATA COLLECTION SOLUTION FOR COMPUTER FORENSICS AND EDISCOVERY  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Aug 10 - [GLOBAL] QUOCIRCA NAMES RICOH GLOBAL MARKET LEADER IN MANAGED PRINT SERVICES FOR FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

July 2015

Jul 30 - [GLOBAL] RICOH EXTENDS TITLE SPONSORSHIP OF WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN TO 2018
Organizations rarely lack information in this new world of work. Unfortunately, information is gridlocked and unavailable to drive business decisions on the fly, according to new research from Ricoh and IDC*. 

Here are six ways your information might be gridlocked: 

1. Lack of collaboration tools – Only 1 in 4 organizations (27 percent) supply collaboration tools to all employees, and only 3 in 10 (30 percent) provide Web conferencing to all employees, according to our nearly 300 Web-based interviews with key decision-makers in the United States. These tools are essential given increasingly distributed workforces and the fact that nearly half of workers (46 percent) are spending at least half their time working outside the traditional office.

2. Weak mobile support – Virtually everyone carries a computer in the form of a smartphone or tablet, but many workers can’t leverage its power for business. Only 3 in 10 employees (29 percent) can access most/all core enterprise software applications via their mobile devices. Only 1 in 4 (24 percent) can print from most/all of the core software applications they use. 

3. Silos – Though decried for decades, information silos still proliferate business, making it hard to see, compile and share valuable information across the company. For example, half of employees need to access 6 or more databases/repositories to do their jobs, but fewer than 1 in 5 employees (18 percent) can actually search across them.

4. Manual workflows – How much time is lost to unnecessary busy work? A lot. Only 2 in 5 organizations (41 percent) have automated most/all their workflows, and only 1 in 4 (24 percent) have seamlessly integrated workflows across department boundaries.

5. Overdependence on paper – Roughly half of businesses’ workflows are based in paper, jeopardizing speed, accuracy and enterprise visibility. 

6. Intangibility – Nearly 40 percent of an organization’s information/institutional knowledge resides in filing cabinets or “employees’ heads.” 

“We’re living in an exhilarating new world of work, but from a technology standpoint, many organizations seem stuck in the 1990s,” said Angèle Boyd, Group VP, General Manager, Imaging/Output Document Solutions & SMB at IDC. “This is the age of information mobility where it’s critical to instantly get the right information to the right people in the right form. Without the right technology applied to the right data and workflows, your information is flat-out gridlocked.”

So what exactly is the antidote?
Information mobility is the ability to move information throughout an organization, regardless of whether that format is paper or digital. It’s also the ability to transform that information – and to repurpose it or search for it – in any format. Ultimately, it means having access to the relevant data one needs anytime, anywhere in any form to drive better business outcomes.

Several technologies have been documented to support an organization’s information mobility, according to IDC’s research for Ricoh, including strong mobile device enablement, enterprise search, self-service portals, business process management software, enterprise social networks (ESN), intelligent data capture, and print/scan support for cloud applications and mobile devices.

Benefits of information mobility
One phase of IDC’s research into information mobility included in-depth qualitative interviews with 12 companies determined to have achieved information mobility maturity. These organizations represented a variety of industries – healthcare, financial services, government, manufacturing, energy, technology and transportation – and all had more than 500 employees. IDC probed the value these businesses experienced as a result of implementing several key information mobility-related technology initiatives. 

Among the findings:
• These companies experienced average net productivity increases of 28 percent.
• Eight of the 12 companies experienced revenue increases, which averaged 24 percent.
• Ten of the 12 experienced cost of operations reductions by an average of 23 percent.

Companies that embraced information mobility saw an average annual revenue increase of $7,210 per employee, a cost reduction of $16,027 per head, higher customer count, and lower churn. Companies with highest information mobility maturity enjoyed annual benefits in excess of $40,000 per employee, with the average being $24,000.

In its phase two research with 292 organizations, IDC categorized respondents based on their information mobility (IM) maturity. Only 17 percent had achieved the highest level (Champions), with the next three categories coming in at 33 percent (Contenders), 32 percent (Beginners) and 18 percent (Candidates).

Champions often dramatically outperformed the less mature companies. For example, 
76 percent of Champions provided mobile support to access most/all core enterprise software and repositories versus less than 27 percent for the others. Two-thirds of Champions (67 percent) had enabled mobile printing from most/all core enterprise applications versus less than 23 percent for the others.

“This research is central in our mission to help more organizations obtain greater business results from the information they create and capture every day,” said Tim Vellek, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Too often, corporate information is trapped in places and formats that are hard to search, access and incorporate into automated workflows. With information mobility as our framework, however, we are helping organizations devise strategies that drive new business results.”

Ricoh is dedicated to improving customers’ information mobility by understanding their workflows, improving their employees’ access to critical information, and helping them more effectively meet an ever-changing array of business challenges.

To learn more about this IDC research, please read this article on workintelligent.ly: www.workintelligent.ly/information/trends-information/2015-7-21-businesses-mismanaging-information

For details on Ricoh’s full line of products, services and solutions, please visit www.ricoh-usa.com.

*IDC InfoBrief sponsored by Ricoh, Addressing Information Gridlock Achieves Real Business Benefits, July 2015.

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyJul 21 - SIX WAYS YOUR CORPORATE INFORMATION MAY BE GRIDLOCKED  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced the availability of the RICOH Pro C7100 product line, its latest addition to its production print portfolio that offers customers best-in-class color printing technologies with the ability to print on textured media and custom materials. This four-color RICOH Pro C7100 helps printers expand their portfolios further into the graphic arts market at a price point not available in today’s market for this engine class.

This new addition to the RICOH Pro C7100 series, first announced at Graph Expo ’14, enables small and mid-sized printers to create more revenue streams, offer more competitive applications and produce higher volumes with fewer delays. Printers can now create output that stands out from the competition by offering oversize prints, window clings, VDP, POP displays, printing on textured media and custom materials, at an affordable price point. 

“Commercial printers face the ongoing challenge of completing a growing number of complex jobs, meeting tight deadlines, and doing so affordably,” said John Fulena, Vice President, Production Printing Business Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “We developed the RICOH Pro C7100 series as a cost-effective solution that meets our customers’ needs without sacrificing quality. With these latest models, printers can complete their most demanding workloads, expand into new markets and execute shorter print runs to help grow their business.” 

As printers look to maximize operational throughput at lowered costs, device uptime becomes critically important. With Ricoh’s Trained Customer Replaceable Units (TCRU) program, customers can replace more than a dozen parts without the aid of a technician, minimizing downtime needed for maintenance. This allows printers to focus on running their business while keeping an eye on the bottom line. 

The RICOH Pro C7100 series, available in both printer/scanner and printer only configurations, also features the following customer benefits:
• An AC-transfer system and elastic fusing belt technology to enhance output on heavily textured media such as vellum and linen.
• Speeds of up to 90 pages per minute and a maximum sheet size of 13 x 19.2, with a monthly volume of 240,000 based on A4.
• Ricoh’s new vacuum feed LCT with an option to enable oversized prints of up to 27.5 inches in length.
• Tight sheet-to-sheet registration through a mechanical registration system that squares the sheet prior to imaging and can easily be adjusted from the user interface.
• A media library that allows users to adjust and associate different parameters per substrate to help ensure IQ and reliability.
• A self-contained liquid cooling system that keeps the developer at a constant temperature and minimizes disruptions in extended production runs.
• A complete suite of optional finishing solutions that result in collated, finished documents ready for distribution with no manual intervention. This includes in-line ring bind, perfect bind, as well as new Plockmatic Bookletmakers and GBC StreamPunch Ultra.
• The ability to expand in-line finishing options with the Ricoh Peripheral Interface Port (RPIP), enabling them to produce high quality finished work at higher speeds.

Visit the Ricoh website for further information: www.ricoh-usa.com/rpp. 

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyJul 9 - NEW RICOH SOLUTION EMPOWERS PRINT SHOPS TO EFFECTIVELY CAPTURE, MANAGE AND TRANSFORM INFORMATION  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced enhancements to its software portfolio, which customers have long relied on to help ensure accuracy, efficiency and quality in their output operations. These updates to RICOH ProcessDirector and InfoPrint Manager address key pain points for print service providers looking to adapt to the new world of work, including those hoping to broaden their reach into new channels of communication, such as email and electronic presentment.

“We work with a lot of print service providers, many of whom have been trying to make the jump to multi-channel communications,” said John Fulena, Vice President, Production Printing Business Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “We identified the struggles they are experiencing as they try to efficiently operate additional communication channels. For some of our customers, three times as many channels could mean three times as much work – so we see an opportunity to enhance components of our legacy workflow offerings to help make their transition as smooth as possible.”

New capabilities to RICOH ProcessDirector are part of Ricoh’s Critical Communications solutions suite and help users achieve key objectives, including goals to:
• Cut costs, change up an approach, or meet customer demands by sending all or part of a job’s documents via email. Emailed documents can be set to dynamically pull key information into subject lines, arranging the message in the manner most useful to the reader.
• Allow users easy, secure access to their documents on their terms by setting all or part of a job’s documents to be represented in an accessible electronic format. With these electronic presentment capabilities, users can set separate versions for different audiences, such as internal help desk and external customers, with different kinds of information available. 
• Engage customers via the medium they prefer by leveraging a preference management system that matches communications addressed to a customer to their expressed preferred channel, pulled from a database collected from reader responses the user gathers.
• Reduce waste and increase workspace by utilizing preset AFP forms that are dynamically filled in at time of printing, so users no longer have to store preprinted forms, many of which can go unused.
• Keep data safe while making RICOH ProcessDirector easier to use, integrating its security system into users’ own infrastructure and allowing user accounts to be more easily managed across users’ systems.
• Pinpoint errors and learn from past successes with the ability to archive one’s entire production history.

In addition to these workflow software offerings, Ricoh has also enhanced its InfoPrint Manager solution. With its strong legacy in enabling printers to have centralized control of their print operations to improve visibility and efficiency, InfoPrint Manager now offers added support for Linux platforms, bringing the power of the enterprise output management solution to a broader range of users. Watch this video to see how: https://youtu.be/s-0uKGYiLj4. 

These enhancements continue Ricoh’s work to help its customers drive efficiencies and increase control in their output environments. For more information on how Ricoh can help your business, watch this video series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dh_ACSj5yEU&list=PLvWA5U4t_MHF3qYZ6zdLfqRh16nHt0LxL

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyJul 9 - RICOH ENHANCES SOFTWARE PORTFOLIO TO HELP CUSTOMERS DRIVE EFFICIENCIES, INCREASE CONTROL IN OUTPUT ENVIRONMENTS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Jul 9 - [GLOBAL] RICOH ACQUIRES DISTRIBUTOR IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC AND SLOVAKIA
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced that Urban Fulfillment Services (UFS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Urban Lending Solutions, has upgraded its print operations by adding multiple InfoPrint 5000 continuous feed inkjet systems, helping to increase throughput and efficiency. UFS, the nation’s largest minority-owned business outsource services provider to the financial services industry, is now better able to meet customers’ and regulators’ stringent requirements, and exceed customer expectations by leveraging their partnership with Ricoh. 

“We work with our customers and with Ricoh to understand what the requirements are, what the problems are and what the customer has to work with. We then develop systems and procedures leveraging Ricoh technology to provide solutions that best address those requirements,” said Steve Wilson, Senior Vice President, Business Development, UFS. “The Ricoh team has become a proven and trusted partner because we can depend on them to provide honest insights into the technology and solutions currently available in the marketplace.  This helps us properly evaluate what can best address our customers’ needs.” 

Established in 2002 as a title and settlement services provider, UFS is now a major business outsource services provider that provides a wide variety of services to its clients, including document fulfillment services. To improve customer service and increase oversight of their print operations, UFS brought the production of documents in house this year, opening a brand new 25,000-square-foot print facility with a capacity of 1.8 million pages per day and 24/7 production capability. 

When UFS considered what new equipment to deploy in their new print facility, it knew it needed devices that could leverage high-quality inks to increase color gamut and meet corporate graphic requirements. UFS decision makers realized their customers sought the ability to print on heavier stocks for greater whiteness, brightness and opacity. Additionally, UFS wanted to incorporate Advanced Function Presentation (AFP) architecture in its new shop, leveraging this powerful platform to efficiently handle large file print streams. With those criteria in mind, UFS selected Ricoh and the InfoPrint 5000. 

The increased processing power and output quality from Ricoh’s InfoPrint 5000 has helped UFS to become a full service document production company. The platform offers UFS scalability, along with the ability to boost the print quality of complex jobs such as statement processing and marketing collateral on demand. The InfoPrint 5000 ink management tools help improve the accuracy of job estimates and monitor ink usage to lower operational costs. Its open print architecture helps ensure interoperability in multi-vendor environments. The InfoPrint 5000 also supports pigment, dye and MICR inks, and a wide range of paper stocks and file formats, along with support for process and spot colors and International Color Consortium (ICC)–based color management profiles. 

“Urban Fulfillment Services calls us their partner, not their vendor, and that is exactly what we aim to be with all of our customers. By allowing us to work side-by-side with them, we’ve been able to learn some of the particular challenges their industry and business faces and align our solutions to address them,” said Andre Brazeau, Vice President of Production Print Solutions, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Having seen many clients opening new print facilities to increase their production capabilities, we knew that the InfoPrint 5000 platform would give UFS the support needed to manage capacity and expand their service offerings, all while keeping overall costs down. We look forward to a long partnership with UFS.”

To learn more about UFS’ use of the InfoPrint 5000, watch this video: https://youtu.be/3GOfGhpuN10

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyJul 8 - URBAN FULFILLMENT SERVICES INCREASES THROUGHPUT, REDUCES INEFFICIENCIES BY ADOPTING RICOH’S INFOPRINT 5000  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh today introduced a new compact, durable and affordable black-and-white printer designed to bring higher levels of productivity to small offices, small businesses and corporate departments.

The RICOH SP 6430DN printer produces up to 38 pages per minute using Ricoh’s new LED imaging technology, which delivers 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution without loss of print speed. Easily handling paper sizes up to 11 x 17 inches on a wide range of media, the device helps businesses save time and money by producing larger-format drawings, floor plans and schematics in house. 

The RICOH SP 6430DN includes powerful technology, including printing from smartphones and tablets with the RICOH Smart Device Print&Scan app, to advance customers’ information mobility. Optional Ricoh App for Google Cloud Print enables the printer to support Google Cloud Print, which makes the device available on the Web to owners and anyone they choose to print from the applications they use every day.

Compact dimensions (18 x 15.5 x 14 inches) make the RICOH SP 6430DN small enough to fit on a desktop, an advantage for small office environments or workgroups. With three optional paper trays, the printer can handle up to 2,100 sheets of paper. A two-component supply design enables separate changing of the toner or drum to help minimize operating costs. Standard duplexing, an ECO-Night Sensor that powers the device down when the lights are turned off, and low energy consumption (ENERGY STAR® certification and EPEAT® Gold rated in the U.S.) help support sustainable business practices.

Advanced security options for the RICOH SP 6430DN include the USB Device Server, which lets workers access a second restricted network to help safeguard sensitive information. The optional hard disk drive helps protect confidentiality by requiring users to enter a passcode to release jobs.

“Whether standing alone or serving as part of a fleet, the RICOH SP 6430DN can play an important role in companies looking for hardworking, affordable machines that support new ways of working,” said John Brophy, Vice President, Product Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “While continuously producing high-quality documents, it supports the mobility of both workers and information that is so crucial today in achieving greater business goals.” 

MSRP for the RICOH SP 6430DN printer is $1,729. For details on Ricoh’s full line of products, services and solutions, please visit www.ricoh-usa.com.

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyJul 1 - NEW RICOH BLACK-AND-WHITE PRINTER BRINGS AFFORDABLE A3’ POWER TO SMALL OFFICES AND BUSINESSES  News pressrelease also available in pdf

June 2015

Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced its participation in SkillsUSA’s 51st Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC). SkillsUSA  is a national organization serving teachers and high-school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations. As part of its Graphic Communications sponsorship, Ricoh is providing several RICOH Pro C5100s, one of its leading color digital printing system, offering attendees hands-on technical experience with one of the most popular printing systems operating in businesses today. 

SkillsUSA, taking place June 22-26 in Louisville, KY will feature The SkillsUSA Championships, a showcase for the best career and technical students in the nation. It rewards students for excellence, involves industry experts who directly evaluate student performance, and keeps training relevant employers’ needs. 

“In an ever-evolving production printing market, we at Ricoh see great value in participating in events like SkillsUSA, where we are given the opportunity to educate students on the latest trends, technologies and industry demands in this space,” said John Fulena, Vice President, Production Printing Business Group for Ricoh Americas Corporation. “In doing so, we are able to help future small business owners and enterprise executives prepare for what to expect in the industry as they begin their careers. We’re excited to be showcasing the RICOH Pro C5100s at this year’s conference and interested to see how students react to the versatility, speed and ease of use of the system.”

This year, participation in the SkillsUSA Championships’ Graphic Communications competition consists of an eight part contest which includes: digital press, digital workflow, electronic prepress, finishing, offset press operations, oral professional assessment, production planning and technical knowledge test. Ricoh will participate in the digital press segment where students will be challenged to set up a Ricoh device for proper file transfer, create a finished product that may consist of variable data or inline finishing, and finish with a short written test. Ricoh will also be giving away RICOH Theta cameras to this year’s SkillsUSA Championships winners.

For the first time ever, SkillsUSA, Ricoh and other industry partners will bring the Industry Supporting Its Future Workforce booth to this year’s GRAPH EXPO’s Education Main Street with a goal to encourage the youth to consider the graphic communications and printing industry as a career choice.  

For details on Ricoh’s full line of production print products, services and solutions, please visit www.ricoh-usa.com.rpp.

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyJun 22 - RICOH SHARES EXTENSIVE EXPERTISE WITH STUDENTS AT SKILLSUSA’S ANNUAL NATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND SKILLS CONFERENCE  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Jun 17 - [GLOBAL] RICOH USES GREEN POWER AT SITES AROUND THE WORLD ON WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY
Ricoh will demonstrate an exciting array of new solutions to support rapidly emerging workstyles  at InfoComm 2015, June 17-19 in Orlando, Florida, at Ricoh’s Booth #4043.

Visitors to Ricoh’s booth will experience new interactive whiteboards, portable videoconferencing systems and projectors, all designed to help workers meet the new challenges of today’s world of work. The solutions help organizations easily access important, relevant information and collaborate with teams working from home, the office or the road.

Visitors to Ricoh’s booth will sample the power of: 

Big-screen interactive whiteboards – The new RICOH Interactive Whiteboard D5510 enables presenters to create, edit and share drawings, designs and documents on a 55-inch-diagonal HD touchscreen, incorporating interactive content from their PCs, smartphones, tablets or thumb drives. As many as eight D5510s can be networked to support more than 160 onsite and remote participants at once. Visitors will also get a first look the 65-inch HD RICOH Interactive Whiteboard D6500, set to launch this fall.

Videoconferencing systems – The second generation of Ricoh’s innovative portable business-class videoconferencing system, the new RICOH Unified Communication System P3500, combines the power, security and quality of costly fixed, room-based business-class videoconferencing systems with the simplicity and portability of a laptop. The compact 3.5-pound P3500 helps workers collaborate with colleagues, customers and partners around the city or the planet, sharing real-time HD video, audio and documents as they work. The system includes an HD camera, microphone and speakers, and fits that inside a soft-sided carrying case.

Affordable projectors – The RICOH PJ S2240, RICOH PJ X2240 and RICOH PJ WX2240 are light, bright and versatile projectors offering high-end performance at affordable prices. Ideal for schools and businesses, the portable projection systems display images from PCs, cameras, video cameras and DVD players, projecting images of 30 inches to 300 inches diagonal at a range of resolutions.

A short-throw projection system capable of displaying an image between 30 and 400 inches  diagonal at a resolution of up to WXGA from 26 to 568 inches. Ideal for mounting in education settings, the new RICOH PJ X4241N and RICOH PJ WX4241N projectors enables an instructor to stand in front of a screen without casting a shadow or being blinded by glare. 

A new desk-edge projection system designed to be placed on the end of a conference room table, which frees up working surface and directs heat, glare, wires and fan sounds away from the participants. The RICOH PJ X3351N and RICOH PJ WX3351N projectors are capable of projecting an image 40 to 400 inches diagonal from a distance of 30 to 482 inches at a resolution of up to WXGA.

A new line of brighter “standard install” projectors, including Ricoh’s first HD projector. Designed for table or ceiling placement in small-to-mid-sized conference rooms, the 
RICOH PJ X5460, RICOH PJ WX5460 and RICOH PJ HD5450 projectors display images up to 300-inches diagonal at a resolution of up to 1080p.

“These devices reflect an emerging world where employees no longer have to take information as it comes,” said Matt Sakauchi, Vice President, Visual Communications Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Whether they want their information projected on a wall in front of a crowd, shared globally via an interactive whiteboard, or integrated into a secure on-the-fly videoconferencing session, their information will be working for them, not the other way around. That’s information mobility.”

For details on Ricoh’s full line of products, services and solutions, please visit www.ricoh-usa.com.

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyJun 16 - RICOH TO INTRODUCE POWERFUL COLLABORATION SOLUTIONS AT INFOCOMM 2015  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today unveiled the 5th Color Kit, a valuable collection of applications that commercial printers can use to demonstrate eye-catching five-color output to their customers. These practical applications – including tickets, fliers, badges and other documents commercial print customers often shop for – are bundled with step-by-step instructions for users looking to replicate them, along with detailed, need-to-know procedures like switching between white and clear toner. The 5th Color Kit is available for viewing at the Ricoh booth, #300, at IPMA in Orlando, Fla., this week.

The affordability of the RICOH Pro C7100X series gives printers the ability to broaden their portfolios. Now they can produce applications that take full advantage of the vastly expanded creative range a fifth color station affords. Expanded capabilities include the use of a much wider variety of substrates, as well as working with designs that could not be adequately reproduced by a four-color process.

“Commercial printers are seeking to expand into new markets, such as retail and fashion, at an affordable price point,” said John Fulena, Vice President, Production Print Business Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “What’s great about the 5th Color Kit is that it’s a practical guide that empowers them to do just that. It highlights the kind of applications commercial printers are looking for to increase revenues and incremental business – while also helping their customers deliver new, value-added services to their end users.” 

“We are always open to new opportunities and have been looking to break into high-end retail for a long time but we needed the right technology at the right price to deliver the results these types of clients demand,” said Nathaniel Grant, owner of GAM Graphics and Marketing. “Now, with the 5th Color Kit from Ricoh and the RICOH Pro C7100X, we’re doing the work we’ve always wanted to do, and we’re more profitable than ever. And I’m loving it.”

For more information on RICOH Pro C7100X series, visit http://bit.ly/RICOHPro7100X.

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyJun 16 - NEW 5TH COLOR KIT SHOWS RICOH PRO C7100X USERS EYE-POPPING OUTPUT AND HOW TO CREATE IT  News pressrelease also available in pdf
mindSHIFT Technologies, Inc., a Ricoh company, today announced that it has received two honors from MSPmentor. Mona Abutaleb, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Joe Croft, Chief Financial Officer, of mindSHIFT were named to the 7th Annual MSPmentor 250 list, recognizing top managed services provider (MSP) executives, entrepreneurs and experts. Added to this recognition, Penton Technology’s eighth-annual MSPmentor 501 Global Edition, a distinguished list and report identifying the world’s top 501 MSPs, placed mindSHIFT among the top five managed service providers around the world. This is the sixth straight year mindSHIFT has placed in the top five.

“Our entire team is honored by the recognition and the accolades from the MSPmentor organization. Providing exceptional service to our customers is a core focus for our team, and this recognition is a symbol that we are continuing to succeed,” said Abutaleb. “Ranking number four on the MSPmentor 501 and having two executives listed on the MSPmentor 250 further demonstrate our commitment to providing customers with both business and technical expertise to help them experience high-quality and unmatched service.”

Each year, MSPmentor gathers information for its annual rankings through the participation of managed service providers and IT service providers in an annual survey. The survey was conducted from December 2014 through January 2015. Rankings are based on Penton Technology’s unique criteria for MSPs, such as annual recurring revenue, total revenue and more.

"Thank you to all the companies who participated in this yearJun 11 - PENTON TECHNOLOGY RECOGNIZES MINDSHIFT TECHNOLOGIES IN THE MSPMENTOR 501 GLOBAL EDITION AND THE 7TH ANNUAL MSPMENTOR 250  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh today continued pushing the boundaries of information mobility with a new big-screen interactive whiteboard enabling collaboration with more than 160 onsite and remote participants at once.

The new RICOH Interactive Whiteboard D5510 – being demoed at InfoComm 2015 now through June 19 in Orlando, Florida, at Ricoh’s Booth #4043 – is ideal for a wide range of presentation and collaboration activities, including all-inclusive corporate strategy sessions, architectural reviews, education, interactive  training sessions, legal team case development and much more.

Presenters can create drawings, review designs, edit documents and share meeting notes on a 55-inch-diagonal HD screen, incorporating interactive content from their PCs or thumb drives. The RICOH D5510’s streamlined tablet-like design enables even first-time users to easily write, draw, edit, move, resize and save content via intuitive touch-screen controls. No software downloads, calibration or training is required.

Presenters can invite up to 168 participants to view images and information via a virtual private network connecting up to eight RICOH D5510s. Annotations made on one RICOH D5510 appear instantaneously on the other seven and throughout the audience connected to them.

“In this new world of work, presenters need to share their best ideas instantly, broadly and securely in whatever way best enlightens the audience,” said Matt Sakauchi, Vice President, Visual Communications Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “With the new RICOH Interactive Whiteboard D5510, workers can collaborate and interact using multiple whiteboards connected over a virtual private network, or via their PCs and mobile devices. There are virtually no more boundaries to collaboration, except the ones you want to enforce, and the D5510’s unparalleled security makes that easy.”

Security is paramount
Participants log into RICOH D5510 whiteboard sessions via password, and all data is erased from the whiteboard after the presentation is closed, helping protect the user’s most critical business information. Other interactive whiteboards are essentially full-blown computers, not only making them complex to use but vulnerable to viruses and intruders. The RICOH D5510 is a simple-to-operate firmware-based system that is more resistant to intrusion. 

The RICOH D5510 improves on its predecessor, the RICOH Interactive Whiteboard D5500, with new HDMI inputs for true HD video playback and audio ports for speakers. New intelligent character recognition (ICR) capability now captures words on the screen as searchable text in password-protected PDF documents. The new interface includes intuitive nested commands arranged according to common workflows as well as a new set of auto shapes, including lines, arrows and stamps.

The smooth-writing, natural-feeling electronic pen is included with the RICOH D5510 and features a soft-touch nib and erase function in the base, enabling fine lines that are critical for marking up engineering and other detailed documents. Users can easily print, save or email the content from the screen. The whiteboard’s 1920 x 1080 dpi resolution provides optimal clarity for detail created by the pen or presented in drawings or schematics.

Connect to other Ricoh devices for an enhanced experience
Users can extend the power of the RICOH D5510 by creating remote interactive whiteboards on their walls using the RICOH PJ WX4141NI business projection system and a PC connection. The RICOH D5510 can also be used as a high-quality display for Ricoh’s Unified Communication System – the RICOH P3500 or other videoconferencing systems while sharing information via the RICOH D5510’s picture-in-picture function.

The RICOH Interactive Whiteboard D5510 is available now at a suggested retail price of $7,140 for the whiteboard, $1,126 for the optional stand and $1,200 for a collaboration license.
 
More interactive whiteboards on the way
InfoComm 2015 attendees will also get a first look at a slightly larger whiteboard system, the RICOH Interactive Whiteboard D6500, set to launch this fall. Customizable for business or education, the RICOH D6500 will feature a 65-inch HD display with enhanced touch capabilities.

For details on Ricoh’s full line of products, services and solutions, please visit www.ricoh-usa.com.

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyJun 9 - RICOH UNVEILS NEW SECURED INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARD CAPABLE OF HOSTING NETWORKED COLLABORATION FOR MORE THAN 160 USERS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Jun 5 - [GLOBAL] RICOH PIONEERS EPEAT REGISTRATION WITH MFPS AND PRINTERS IN INDIA
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced that Ethan Novek of Greenwich High School in Connecticut and Robert Z. Halfon of American Heritage School of Boca Delray in Florida have been selected as this year’s recipients of the Ricoh Sustainable Development Award (RSDA) for innovations in alternative energy and waste management solutions at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) 2015. The award program, bestowed by Ricoh for the 11th consecutive year, honors students who develop innovations that strengthen environmental sustainability. At Intel ISEF 2015, the RSDA highlights the efforts of exceptional students, supporting Ricoh’s efforts to enable a sustainable future for the new world of work.

By demonstrating economic and efficient solutions that will help create a more resilient business climate and support a sustainable future, honorees Novek and Halfon were awarded a total of $25,000 in scholarships from Ricoh.

“It’s rewarding to see students every year who take their ingenuity, talent and hard work and create new innovative solutions that demonstrate that achieving environmental sustainability in today’s new world of work is possible,” said John Brophy, Vice President, Product Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Ricoh is proud to support these young innovators in their future endeavors and to continue encouraging students to join us in our mission to enable information mobility solutions that will encourage an environmentally sustainable future.”

Novek developed a low grade waste heat recovery system that generates electricity by engineering a concentration gradient using carbon dioxide emissions and recycled ammonia in an Osmotic Heat Engine. As a result, Novek was able to produce 14.4Wh of electricity per carbon dioxide molecule scrubbed, translating to 180 MWh per day from a 500 MW power plant. This proposed system proved that it could dramatically lower the cost of carbon capture/sequestration and could convert other waste products into valuable urea, while simultaneously improving the efficiency of power plants and industrial facilities.

Halfon took a different approach and sought to address inefficient waste management and harmful nonrenewable energy sources by means of micro-scale anaerobic digestion. In doing so, Halfon tested theories that suggested food substances with a neutral pH would yield high amounts of biogas and that 70 mM of ferrous sulfate would substantially increase its production. The results of Halfon’s project concluded that neutral pH was found to be 417 percent more efficient than acidic pH, ferrous sulfate treatment was found to increase biogas production by 136.28 percent. Ultimately, Halfon realized an overall 976.05 percent increase in biogas production with all variables controlled and implemented.

As part of the Special Awards Ceremony at Intel ISEF, Ricoh presents the RSDA recognition to students who develop new innovations that support the company’s goal to spread environmentally and socially responsible business practices. Ricoh’s involvement in this initiative has resulted in nearly $400,000 in scholarships being awarded to 28 students throughout the company’s 11 years of participation.

The RSDA is an integral part of Ricoh’s mission to pass down its vision of a sustainable society to the next generation, reinforcing Ricoh’s belief in four pillars of sustainability: energy conservation, resource conservation and recycling, pollution prevention, and biodiversity conservation. In support of this vision, Ricoh strives to minimize its environmental impact from resource extraction, energy consumption, chemical discharges, emissions and other activities, and to conserve the Earth’s precious resources. Additionally, Ricoh supports a business model that minimizes the footprint of its activities while maximizing its economic value and contribution to society.

For past recipients’ stories and to learn more details about Ricoh’s care for the environment, please visit http://www.ricoh-usa.com/about/environment/environmental_csr.aspx?alnv=env&cpt=Environmental%20CSR

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyJun 2 - STUDENTS WORKING INNOVATIVELY TOWARD ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY WIN RICOH AWARDS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
With so much of the world’s business information gridlocked and unsecured, Ricoh is giving its customers a new, better way to access information through an expanded partnership with EMC® Corporation. Ricoh will extend its services offerings to include EMC Syncplicity®, a powerful enterprise file synchronization and sharing solution, which will serve as another tool to help Ricoh customers improve workflow and make information accessible to those who need it to run their business – known as information mobility.

This agreement expands Ricoh’s increasingly strategic partnership with EMC’s Enterprise Content Division, a longtime partner providing Ricoh and its customers with content management solutions including document capture and document management.

Syncplicity is a subscription service that gives workforces all the mobility and flexibility of personal cloud file-sharing solutions, such as Dropbox, with additional capabilities to help satisfy IT’s growing concerns surrounding security, administration, control, enterprise visibility and audit trails for compliance. Syncplicity is an elegant alternative to using FTP sites, which can be cumbersome and offer limited administrative controls, as well as email to transfer large files, whose size restrictions often block photos and video sharing.

“At Ricoh, we’re focused on helping customers manage their ever-changing workflow needs in today’s dynamic work environment,” said Jason Dizzine, Director, Product Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Having the ability to seamlessly access and share digital files across multiple computing platforms is one essential component.”

Like personal cloud storage services, Syncplicity provides workers with seamless access to documents, files and shared folders from their PCs, tablets, smartphones, and Web browsers both inside and outside of the office. Workers can keep files where they are and share them with one click – no extra dragging and dropping. The software automatically syncs newest versions across all authorized users and devices.

Syncplicity, however, also helps solve a growing security threat posed by the increasing use of personal cloud storage services. These consumer-class services offer IT little to no visibility or control, and put sensitive data at risk. For example, users who leave a company can potentially take proprietary information with them. 

More than 8 in 10 (84 percent) of IT professionals surveyed by Harris Poll in 2014 agreed that “adoption of free file synchronization and sharing products by employees creates a potential security problem.” Ricoh’s deepening partnership with EMC helps customers address this issue. Syncplicity offers industry leading security, administration and control features to help keep files secure and organizations in compliance. IT, for example, can manage read, write and access permissions folder by folder and document by document. IT can also remotely wipe corporate data from workers personal devices if they leave their jobs. With Syncplicity’s policy-driven StorageVaults, file storage can be in the cloud, on premise or in a hybrid cloud (a combination of both). 

That’s why Ricoh and EMC are addressing the problem. Jeetu Patel, GM of Syncplicity Business Unit said, “The new mobile workforce is demanding ways to easily access, share and collaborate on files on all their devices. To enhance mobile productivity and prevent files from leaking into the consumer-oriented file sharing solutions, enterprise file sync and share solutions need to be able to bridge the gap between files no matter where they live – both digital and non-digital. We are excited to be working with Ricoh, a clear leader in helping businesses gain control of both digital and physical documents in the workplace, as they deliver innovative productivity and file security solutions to both their own workforce and to their customers.”

For details on Ricoh’s full line of products, services and solutions, please visit www.ricoh-usa.com. 

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyJun 1 - RICOH EXPANDS PARTNERSHIP WITH EMC TO DELIVER BUSINESS-QUALITY FILE SYNCHRONIZATION AND SHARING  News pressrelease also available in pdf

May 2015

May 27 - [GLOBAL] THE TENTH YEAR OF RICOH GLOBAL ECO ACTION
May 18 - [GLOBAL] "ENERGY-GENERATING RUBBER" COMBINES FLEXIBILITY AND HIGH-OUTPUT
Ricoh today announced seven new projectors that fit into a wide range of business and education applications. This new lineup includes Desk Edge, Short Throw, and Standard Install models that help businesses and schools collaborate more effectively in today’s dynamic communications environment. 

“Our projection technology has evolved rapidly to offer customers a wide range of features and solutions,” said Matt Sakauchi, Vice President, Visual Communications Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “These new projectors are brighter, easier to position, and offer greater connectivity to bring participants together for better, more effective information sharing sessions.”

The new systems – which will be on display during InfoComm 2015, June 17-19 in Orlando, FL at Ricoh’s booth #4043 – include:

• A short-throw projection system capable of displaying an image between 60 – 400 inches diagonal at a resolution of up to WXGA from 24” – 169.6”. Ideal for mounting in education settings, the new RICOH PJ X4241N and RICOH PJ WX4241N series enables an instructor to stand in front of a screen without casting a shadow or being blinded by glare. Presenters can use an optional electronic pen to mark up the image or drive the device (PC, laptop, etc.) that is projecting the image. This de facto interactive whiteboard system can be part of an online interactive conference involving more than 160 people.

The series includes improved brightness over predecessor models at 3,300 lumens. A new 360-degree installation capability makes it easy to project images onto floors and ceilings for striking presentations or marketing experiences. Standard Miracast functionality creates a peer-to-peer wireless connection enabling the projector to display content directly from Microsoft Windows and Android mobile devices. Standard wireless and Wi-Fi connectivity on the PJ WX4241N, a first for Ricoh, enables users to simultaneously operate the device from either network, especially helpful for hosting guest presenters. Other new features include 4-point Keystone correction, MPEG4 files played back from a USB drive, and WPA2-Enterprise security.

• A new desk-edge system designed to be placed on the end of a conference room table, which frees up working surface and directs heat, glare, wires and fan sounds away from the participants. The RICOH PJ X3351N and RICOH PJ WX3351N are capable of projecting an image 40 - 400-inches diagonal from a distance of 30.3” – 481.9” at a resolution of up to WXGA. Ideal for business, the portable systems are brighter than predecessor models at 3,500 lumens and include the same 360-degree, Miracast, wired/wireless connectivity and wireless security as the new short-throw models.

• A new line of brighter Standard Install projectors, including Ricoh’s first HD projector. Designed for small-to-mid-sized conference rooms, the RICOH PJ X5460, RICOH PJ WX5460 and RICOH PJ HD5450 projectors display images up to 300-inches diagonal at a resolution of up to 1080p. Full HD is ideal for engineering designs, spreadsheets, and other detailed documents where high resolution is critical.

The systems project their bright crisp images with an output of up to 4,100 lumens, higher than their predecessors, and offer a lamp life of up to 4,000 hours (Eco mode). Like the short-throw and desk-edge systems, these projectors offer keystone correction to rectify image distortion, as well as automatic brightness control and energy-saving standby mode. All of the new systems have 10-watt speakers and support 3D content with optional glasses.

The projection systems are available now. MSRPs are as follows:

RICOH PJ X4241N - $1,175.00
RICOH PJ WX4241N - $1,250.00
RICOH PJ X3351N - $1,165.00
RICOH PJ WX3351N - $1,275.00
RICOH PJ X5460 - $1,020.00
RICOH PJ WX5460	- $1,188.00
RICOH PJ HD5450	- $1,435.00

For details on Ricoh’s full line of products, services and solutions, please visit www.ricoh-usa.com.

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyMay 18 - RICOH UNVEILS BRIGHTER, SHARPER LINE OF PROJECTORS FOR BUSINESS AND EDUCATION  News pressrelease also available in pdf

April 2015

Ricoh Americas Corporation today unveiled the RICOH Unified Communication System P3500, the second generation of its innovative portable business-class videoconferencing system. 

With a new HD camera and HDMI input/output, the RICOH Unified Communication System P3500 (built on the VidyoWorks™ platform from Vidyo) combines the power, security and quality of costly, fixed, room-based business-class videoconferencing systems with the added benefits of simple operation and portability.

Using the P3500, organizations can achieve new levels of information mobility by enabling employees to connect and collaborate with colleagues, customers and partners on the road or around the world, sharing real-time HD video, audio and document files. 

“Mobility is the dominant new workstyle, and the P3500 gives everyone a way to stay connected when traveling or working from home,” said Matt Sakauchi, Vice President, Visual Communications Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “The P3500 is the ideal middle road between very-expensive room-based systems and risky consumer tools, and is an excellent way to reduce the time and cost of travel.”

Ricoh will demo the P3500 at InfoComm 2015 June 17-19 in Orlando, Fla. (Booth 4043).

Portable without compromise
The RICOH Unified Communication System P3500 is about the size of a laptop and just as versatile. The 3.5-pound device includes a HD camera, microphone and speakers that fit inside a soft-sided carrying case. Users simply plug into AC power, Internet connection and display, projector or monitor, and are videoconferencing in about 60 seconds. A 2.0 megapixel camera provides an expansive 125-degree wide-angle view, showing every participant clearly and enabling users to zoom in on individual speakers using the supplied remote control. Data can also be shared with the group from anyone on the call. Once subscribed to Ricoh’s cloud service, starting a video conference is as simple as accessing the address books via the one-touch control.

The RICOH Unified Communication System P3500 can support numerous locations using either P3500s or RICOH Unified Communication System apps (for Windows, Android and iOS operating systems) downloaded to users’ PCs, Macs, laptops, tablets or smartphones (devices require a camera for video conferencing) and display nine locations simultaneously. The system includes business-class security features such as encrypted data streams over wireless networks. It also connects to Ricoh projection systems to create impressive videoconferencing rooms on the fly. 

The RICOH Unified Communication System P3500 ensures a high-quality videoconferencing experience via the H.264/SVC compression standard, which adjusts resolution, frame rate and compression to accommodate available bandwidth.

The MSRP for the RICOH Unified Communication System P3500 is $2,200 plus a subscription fee. For details on Ricoh’s full line of products, services and solutions, please visit www.ricoh-usa.com.

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyApr 29 - RICOH ADDS HD TO UNIQUELY PORTABLE BUSINESS VIDEOCONFERENCING SYSTEM  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced the launch of its CHAMPS Cloud IT Services, a cloud-based services portfolio developed exclusively for Ricoh Family Group dealer partners in the US. This new offering, available via Ricoh’s CHAMPS dealer services program, incorporates proven technology solutions from industry-leading mindSHIFT, a Ricoh Company. CHAMPS Cloud IT Services provides dealers with services such as Total IT Help Desk, Server Management, Hosted Exchange Email, and Email Archiving, helping to deliver extra value-add to customers.   

In today’s technological business world, dealers are seeking ways to integrate reliable and proven cloud IT and mobile solutions without a large upfront investment. mindSHIFT services provide dealers the opportunity to expand their product portfolio to include IT services through a trusted and experienced IT services partner. The 2014 acquisition of mindSHIFT has enabled Ricoh to take this key step in the evolution of its CHAMPS services program. With more than 15 years of proven experience, mindSHIFT will provide dealers with the most widely used and in-demand cloud IT services from a variety of recognized industry leaders through an easy-to-use web-based control panel that provides automated service activation and account management.  

“The relationship we have with Ricoh is one through which we learn and share our feedback and it is clear that Ricoh listens to what we need,” said Dawn Abbuhl, President, Repeat Business Systems, Inc. of Albany, N.Y. and member of Ricoh’s National Dealer Council. “We told Ricoh that our customers want a ‘one stop shop’ for all services – and that we want a partner that will help us expand our portfolio and also enhance the value we deliver to our customers. And, in today’s environment, we look more toward cloud services to give our customers the flexibility and simplicity they are seeking. As a result, they’ve since announced their CHAMPS Cloud IT Services portfolio, and we’re excited about what we’ve heard of it and are eager to dive deeper.”

Components of the CHAMPS Cloud IT Services portfolio include: 
• Total IT Help Desk: U.S. based, quick and efficient technical support to manage end-user devices 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. 
• Server Management: Whether the customer’s servers are on premise, in a datacenter or in the cloud, mindSHIFT’s highly skilled server management technicians know how to manage and proactively support them. 
• Hosted Exchange Email: Enables customers to benefit from business email without the IT management hassles. Email, calendars, contacts and more are available at their fingertips. 
• Email Archiving: Enables users to safely archive and easily access email for storage, compliance, eDiscovery and disaster recovery requirements.

“We mean it when we say our goal is to collaborate with our dealer partners so that we can both be successful. To me, that dedication is evidenced by the launch of Ricoh’s CHAMPS Cloud IT Services,” said Jim Coriddi, Vice President, Dealer Division, Ricoh USA. “With mindSHIFT’s technologies, services and expertise added to our unique and unmatched CHAMPS services portfolio, we are providing dealers with a services-led approach to grow their businesses without large upfront investments. Our partners asked for support ultimately running healthier businesses, and we’re confident this launch addresses just that.” 

To hear more about Ricoh’s CHAMPS Cloud IT Services, watch this video with Mona Abutaleb, President and CEO of mindSHIFT, discussing its value to U.S.-based Ricoh, Savin and Lanier dealers: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCYGne0ZxqI.

Ricoh’s CHAMPS program eliminates the need for dealers to work with or manage multiple vendors, as it is a single source for their copy, printing and IT management needs. Unlike other programs, CHAMPS consists of a unique portfolio of business-expanding services, Managed Document & Business Process Services, Digital Imaging Services, Production Print Services, and now Cloud IT Services. It is an innovative approach that enables dealers to successfully advance their business models and gain the proper knowhow aligned with the expertise to offer advanced services that deliver information mobility and ultimately help customers capture, transform and manage information more effectively in today’s new world of work. 

For details on Ricoh’s full line of products, services and solutions, please visit www.ricoh-usa.com.

About mindSHIFT Technologies, Inc. 
mindSHIFT, a Ricoh company, is one of the largest IT outsourcing and cloud services providers, serving small and mid-size businesses for 15 years. At mindSHIFT, we’re about keeping your IT systems up and running, providing personal attention and making you more productive. We’re big enough to offer the facilities, services and expertise you expect, but small enough to provide the support and attention you demand. Learn more at www.mindSHIFT.com. 

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyApr 28 - RICOH LAUNCHES CHAMPS CLOUD IT SERVICES, LEVERAGING AWARD-WINNING SOLUTIONS FROM MINDSHIFT  News pressrelease also available in pdf
mindSHIFT Technologies, Inc., a Ricoh company, announced today that it has signed a long term lease agreement for the construction of a new data center and office space in Commack, New York.

This new facility is the next step forward in the strategic investment by Ricoh to expand its information technology services portfolio.

Executive quotes
• Mona Abutaleb, President and CEO, mindSHIFT said: “Since mindSHIFT became part of the Ricoh family, we’ve been working diligently to deliver enhanced products and services to our growing customer base. Today’s expansion announcement is a wonderful testament to that effort – providing access to a world class and technologically superior data center to support our customers’ complex IT and cloud demands.”
• Robert Lamendola, General Manager, mindSHIFT said: “Customers today are requiring their cloud partners to be flexible, provide the very latest in technology offerings, and quickly scale as their businesses grow. We hear that message loud and clear and understand not only the needs of our customers but their challenges as well. This is why mindSHIFT and Ricoh are making a significant investment in this facility as it ultimately is an investment to support our customer’s growth and future success.”

Facility capacity and specifications
• The new facility, located in Commack, is projected to have 20,000 ft² of raised floor and additional office space
• The 24/7/365 Network Operations Center (NOC) will offer advanced technologies in monitoring, reporting, and network intrusion detection
• Customers will be able to take advantage of this high end infrastructure cloud hosting facility that can serve either as their primary site for critical applications or as a Disaster Recovery site
• The project will undertake a two-phase construction approach. When fully built out, the new center will have the following capabilities, helping to enhance performance and helping to facilitate system uptime and redundancy:
o 6 megawatts of electrical capacity 
o 2N Uninterrupted Power Systems (UPS)
o Advanced cooling technologies
o N+1 emergency generator support
o 20,000g fuel tank for emergency support 
o Connectivity with multiple fiber providers, with multiple points of entry
o Advanced fire suppression clean agent systems, with N+1 redundant support

About mindSHIFT Technologies, Inc. 
mindSHIFT, a Ricoh company, is one of the largest IT outsourcing and cloud services providers, serving small and mid-size businesses for 15 years. At mindSHIFT, we’re about keeping your IT systems up and running, providing personal attention and making you more productive. We’re big enough to offer the facilities, services and expertise you expect, but small enough to provide the support and attention you demand. Learn more at www.mindSHIFT.com.

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).

The majority of the companyApr 27 - MINDSHIFT TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES DATA CENTER FACILITIES EXPANSION IN COMMACK, NY  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today unveiled three light, bright and versatile projectors offering high-quality performance at affordable prices.

The projection systems help schools and businesses achieve higher levels of information mobility and better outcomes by dynamically sharing information previously locked in digital files or paper. 

The RICOH PJ S2240, RICOH PJ X2240 and RICOH PJ WX2240 can display images from PCs, cameras, video cameras and DVD players. The projection systems provide a range of resolution – SGA, XGA and WXGA resolution respectively – at a brightness of up to 3,100 lumens (3,000 for the RICOH PJ S2240 and RICOH PJ X2240). They project images of 30 inches to 300 inches measured diagonally, but are as easy to carry as a laptop, weighing only 5.75 pounds in a 12.5-x-9-x-4-inch package.

Ricoh will demo the projection systems at InfoComm 2015, June 17-19 in Orlando, Fla.(Booth 4043).

“These new, affordable projectors were designed specifically for schools that require bright, high-performance projectors, but are working under tight budgets,” said Matt Sakauchi, Vice President, Visual Communications Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “New, more engaging ways of learning and working mean better results from time invested in the classroom and workplace.”
 
The RICOH PJ S2240, RICOH PJ X2240 and RICOH PJ WX2240 include an HDMI input for display of Blu-ray movies, a high contrast ratio (10,000:1) for sharper detail, and whisper-quiet operation at less than 34 decibels. An Eco Mode option reduces power consumption, extends lamp life to 6,000 hours and further reduces noise. The systems include a remote control and all cables. Glasses for viewing 3D media are an available option for all Ricoh DLP projectors.

All three models are available now and include a three-year warranty. The manufacturer’s suggested retail prices are: RICOH PJ S2240, $462; RICOH PJ X2240, $587; and RICOH PJ WX2240, $700.
For details on Ricoh’s full line of products, services and solutions, please visit www.ricoh-usa.com.

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).

The majority of the companyApr 16 - RICOH ENTRY-LEVEL DLP PROJECTORS STRIKE IDEAL BALANCE OF POWER AND AFFORDABILITY  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh today introduced a new printer and multifunction product (MFP) line that brings big-business power and reliability to small offices and home offices. 

The monochrome RICOH SP 3600DN printer and RICOH SP 3600SF/SP 3610SF MFP produce 31 pages per minute using Ricoh’s new LED print technology, which delivers 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution without loss of print speed.

The devices include powerful technology to advance customers’ information mobility, including printing from smartphones and tablets via the RICOH Smart Device Print&Scan app, and the ability to scan paper documents and convert them to digital files for sending via email and storage on network folders, USB drives and FTP sites. Compact dimensions (as small as 15 x 15 x 10.5 inches) make the devices small enough to fit on a desktop, an advantage for the increasing number of home-based workers.

The RICOH SP 3600DN printer and SP 3600SF/SP 3610SF MFP handle paper sizes up to 8.5 x 14 inches, stocks up to 90 lb. Index, and paper loads of up to 850 sheets. Operating costs are reduced by features such as the machines’ two-part supply design, which enables separate changing of the toner or drum, as well as standard duplexing and low energy consumption (EPEAT® Silver and ENERGY STAR™ certification).

The MFPs supplement printing with copying, scanning and faxing, and include advanced features such as ID card copy, G3 faxing, LAN faxing, color scanning and the ability to create TIFF, JPG and PDF files. The SP 3610SF includes single-pass two-sided scanning for enhanced speed and productivity.

“Our customers told us they wanted compact, affordable alternatives to A3 devices without sacrificing all the capabilities they’ve come to expect from departmental devices,” said John Brophy, Vice President, Product Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “We delivered, putting Ricoh’s award-winning technology into our expanding line of mid-volume A4 devices.” 

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is $355 for the RICOH SP 3600DN printer. MSRP for the SP 3600SF is $540, and MSRP for the SP 3610SF is $605.

For details on Ricoh’s full line of products, services and solutions, please visit www.ricoh-usa.com.

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).

The majority of the companyApr 16 - NEW RICOH PRODUCTS BRING BIG POWER TO SMALL OFFICES, HOME OFFICES AND WORKGROUPS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today introduced AFP2PDF Plus, a new addition to the Ricoh Web Enablement solutions suite that enables customers to transform powerful Advanced Function Presentation (AFP) data streams into Web-ready electronic PDF documents.  In today’s new world of work, AFP2PDF Plus helps customers stay competitive by embracing electronic presentment as an additional method for reaching audiences, addressing them in a popular, cost-effective and easy-to-use format that encourages engagement and facilitates placing well indexed documents within workflows and records management systems. 

With AFP2PDF Plus, the transform process is swift and accurate, producing electronic output with the same fidelity and precision that AFP has come to signify. The solution provides significant performance advances over the previous version of AFP2PDF, with performance tests showing improvement in pages transformed per second by up to four times. Written in JAVA, AFP2PDF Plus runs on a wide range of computing platforms, including AIX, Windows and Linux. 

AFP2PDF Plus, with its high-performance JAVA multi-threaded client/server technology, has been designed to seamlessly integrate with both new and existing installations of IBM Content Manager OnDemand. Integrating AFP2PDF Plus into other software environments is simple due to its robust command line interface and JAVA API set.  

Additional features include:
• Ability to remove sensitive information, such as social security and credit card numbers to help meet Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) requirements (when used with the optional AFP Visual Environment filter program software)
• PDF Page Piece Dictionary Indexing for loading PDF data into content management systems, cutting data load time 
• Enhanced PDF encryption and security support, leveraging RC4 40- and 128-bit, AES 128- and 256-bit and digital signature protections

“In today’s business world, electronic communications are key. Print-only customers have a major disadvantage if they’re not able to reach that electronic market space with their message,” said John Fulena, Vice President, Production Print Business Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “In response to that growing trend, we have created the tools they need to stay competitive, maintain customer relationships, and more quickly respond to customer needs. AFP2PDF Plus ensures that customers can quickly and easily provide attractive, effective electronic presentment options for the communications they – and their customers – deliver.”

For additional information regarding AFP2PDF Plus, please contact your Ricoh representative. 

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).

The majority of the companyApr 14 - RICOH LAUNCHES AFP2PDF PLUS, BROADENING SUPPORT FOR AFP TRANSFORMS AND MULTI-CHANNEL COMMUNICATIONS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Patients expect their hospital experience to involve nothing less than the latest technology. That’s why the idea of too much paperwork scares them off, sometimes to the point of choosing the Internet for help with medical conditions.

These are among the findings of an online survey conducted by Harris Poll of more than 2,000 adults in the United States on behalf of Ricoh Americas Corporation. The focus was information mobility in American hospitals, the ability to efficiently move information among clinical and administrative workers regardless of whether it’s paper-based or digital.

Many U.S. adults say:
• Hospitals are drowning in paperwork, which cuts into the time healthcare workers are able to spend with patients (77 percent said this).
• Hospital patients feel more connected to healthcare providers who don’t spend a lot of time on paperwork during visits (79 percent).
• They would rather search treatments on the Internet for non-life threatening medical issues than deal with hospital paperwork to see a healthcare professional (60 percent).
• Hospitals that use tablets or other mobile devices to collect information from patients are more efficient than those that don’t (74 percent).

“Everyone knows that paperwork can be inefficient and that electronic health records are a major goal of healthcare technology initiatives,” said Ron Nielson, Vice President, Ricoh Healthcare, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “But this survey goes further, revealing that patients react viscerally to the red tape they encounter in hospitals. We need to do better now, and we can.”

The same research documented the benefits of reducing paperwork and digitizing hospital workflows. 
• Nearly 9 in 10 (85 percent) respondents said they would feel more comfortable about a hospital’s quality of care knowing it is using the latest technology.  
• More than 9 in 10 U.S. adults (92 percent) support hospitals spending money on technology to allow healthcare workers to spend more time with patients.  
• More than 8 in 10 said that with the increased use of information management technology, hospital visits are more efficient (85 percent) and hospital admission and discharge processes go much faster (83 percent).

There’s even an emotional dimension to the use of newer technology in hospitals: More than half (54 percent) say patients are less anxious during hospital visits when healthcare providers use tablets or other mobile devices to collect information.

“For whatever reason, hospitals seem to lag behind other business segments in the ability of clinicians and staff to access the information they need when they need it,” continued Nielson. “Ricoh has studied the problem in depth and has developed powerful solutions to address common healthcare information needs, such as electronic health records, patient chart scanning, health information management workflow, patient ID wristbands, secure plain-paper prescription printing, and more. All of these are designed to help address healthcare’s needs for privacy, security, cost-effectiveness and a seamless patient experience.”

About Information Mobility 
Information mobility includes the ability to transform hospital information – and to repurpose it or search for it – in any format. The goal is to have access to the relevant data one needs anytime, anywhere.

Methodology
This survey was conducted online within the United States between February 18-20, 2015 among 2,053 adults aged 18 and over (among which 960 have been an outpatient and/or inpatient in a hospital in the past five years) by Harris Poll on behalf of Ricoh via its QuickQuery omnibus product. Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online. 

For more information, visit Ricoh’s booth (#2875) at the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exposition, April 12-16, 2015 in Chicago. For details on Ricoh’s full line of products, services and solutions for healthcare, please visit www.ricoh-usa.com/healthcare.

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).

The majority of the companyApr 13 - WITH HOSPITALS ‘DROWNING IN PAPERWORK,’ PATIENTS LOOK TO INTERNET FOR TREATMENT  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced that it has signed an agreement with Mimaki USA to distribute Mimaki JFX200-2513 and Mimaki JFX500-2131 high-performance flatbed inkjet printers. These models, designed for high quality and larger output printing, are now available for purchase through Ricoh sales channels. With this reseller agreement, Ricoh continues to expand its hardware and software offerings for graphic communications providers interested in growing or creating a wide-format printing business. Attendees of ISA International Sign Expo 2015 can visit the Ricoh booth #805 to see the JFX200-2513 model in action. Mimaki JFX200-2513 and JFX500-2131 printers are designed to address a variety of wide-format needs including applications such as interior décor, indoor display panels and outdoor signs; and are able to print on glass, metal and much more.

“Ricoh is an industry leader in digital production print, with a talented and vast group of specialists who know the market and help their customers grow their business,” said Ken VanHorn, Director, Marketing and Business Development, Mimaki USA. “At Mimaki, we pride ourselves on delivering solutions that help customers achieve their desired results affordably and effectively. Teaming with Ricoh will help us do just that, more broadly and more quickly.” 

Mimaki JFX200-2513 and JFX500-2131 models are valuable additions to any printer’s repertoire, especially those venturing into wide-format printing for the first time and looking to expand their specialty graphics applications. The Mimaki wide-format flatbed printers provide high quality color and larger output at an affordable price. As the demand for wide-format printers has increased, Ricoh has worked to offer its customers printers appropriate for their changing needs and the evolving application trends. 

“With the new Mimaki flatbed wide format printer that we purchased through Ricoh, we are now able to print on basically any type of substrate and on materials up to almost 2 inches thick. Bottom line: the applications are endless. It really is an on-demand type of product,” said Vince Lepera, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Pacful, Inc. “We printed a photo stock setting of ‘Route 66’ on double doors in our office using the Mimaki JFX200-2513, and when we have clients come in, it has an immediate wow factor.”

Both the JFX200-2513 and JFX500-2131 models use abrasion-resistant UV inks that are durable in both indoor and outdoor conditions. They are capable of handling substrates up to 1.97 inches thick, and 4.2 x 8.2 feet in size for the JFX200-2513 model and 6.9 x 10 feet for the JFX500-2131 model. The devices are easily operated from a one-stop control point located on the front of the device. Mimaki wide-format flatbed printers feature a long-life, energy-saving UV-LED curing unit that can help printers avoid time- and energy-cost sinks typically caused by longer warm-up and cool-down periods.

“Our customers are used to best-in-class digital production print solutions from Ricoh, and the addition of the Mimaki wide-format flatbed printers will further enable our clients to expand into the wide-format flatbed business at an affordable price point,” said John Fulena, Vice President, Production Print Business Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “These devices’ unique ability to prevent and correct common errors that affect wide-format print jobs fit perfectly into our customers’ demands for efficiency and quality. Mimaki’s ongoing efforts to create equipment with minimal downtime, footprint and energy cost are initiatives Ricoh is proud to support.”

At the ISA International Sign Expo 2015, Ricoh will highlight key features of the JFX200-2513 flatbed printer, including:
• Two-layer print function – capable of printing separate layers of both white and CYMK color allows for faster printing on clear and transparent substrates. 
• Vacuum table unit – easily controlled with ON/OFF switches located in the front area of the printer. The two toggle switches separately control each of the two vacuum partitions that facilitate secure and accurate media positioning.
• Bulk ink supply system – with Mimaki’s newly developed ink supply system, 1-liter bottles of UV ink are easily and quickly inserted and removed from the front of the printer. The system accommodates up to eight bottles of ink for CMYKx2 or CMYK+W+C and UV Primer ink.
• Direct to media/substrate printing – able to handle all types of media and substrates including acrylics, foam board, corrugated plastics, metal – almost any media up to 1.9” thick.
• Low power, long life UV-LED curing lamps – ideal for printing on media that is vulnerable to thermal deformation or color change due to the lamps’ reduced heat output. 

To make an appointment with Ricoh at the ISA International Sign Expo, please contact Tracey Sheehy at tsheehy@breakawaycom.com. 

About Mimaki USA
Mimaki is an innovator and a pioneer in the development of digital printing and cutting products worldwide. The company has engineered and manufactured a complete line of digital printers and cutters, and offers a total workflow solution for the many applications found in the Sign & Graphics, Textile & Apparel and Industrial markets. In 2014, Mimaki USA celebrated 15 years of serving customers in the Americas. It is an operating entity of Mimaki Engineering of Japan. For more information, visit www.mimakiusa.com.

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).

The majority of the companyApr 9 - RICOH AND MIMAKI USA SIGN RESELLER AGREEMENT TO BRING HIGH-PERFORMANCE FLATBED PRINTERS TO MARKET VIA THE RICOH CHANNEL  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation was positioned as a leader in IDC MarketScape’s newest assessment of a dozen smart MFP vendors.

Ricoh’s “smart MFP portfolio appropriately revolves around IDCApr 7 - RICOH NAMED A “LEADER” IN IDC MARKETSCAPE ON SMART MFP  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh today deepened its relationship with the Miami Marlins, becoming the Major League Baseball franchise’s Official Document Solutions Partner. The new partnership builds on a three-year relationship in which Ricoh has helped this dynamic organization improve its accounts payable workflows and ultimately achieve increasing levels of information mobility. 

Ricoh also announced it has become the title sponsor for the most exclusive seating, lounge, and business conference space in Marlins Park. Now called the Ricoh Diamond Club, the elegant setting located just behind home plate will host season ticket owners and VIP guests for dining, hospitality, baseball and business meetings. More than 100,000 people enter the park through the Diamond Club entrance every year.

As part of the agreement, Ricoh will equip the Diamond Club’s exclusive conference room, now known as the Ricoh Business Center, with the RICOH PJ WX4141NI Ultra Short Throw Projector and other powerful business technology to improve collaboration and information sharing. Use of the Ricoh Business Center will be a new 2015 feature offered to Ricoh Diamond Club season ticket holders and Marlins’ partners. 

Ricoh Diamond Club guests will be able to do business before, after or between games at the club. The Ricoh Diamond Club will also be a forum for learning how Ricoh can help companies improve workflow and ensure those who need information are easily able to access it at any time and from anywhere to make critical business decisions. The partnership is effective for the next five years.

“Although baseball is timeless, running a ball club and a stadium today is very much a modern-day information challenge,” said Brendan Cunningham, Senior Vice President, Corporate Partnerships for the Marlins. “Fortunately, Ricoh has been a driving force in helping us work more intelligently. They have a unique vision for putting information directly into the hands of the people who need it, and the ability to execute quickly on that vision. We know, because we put them under a tight deadline when we moved from Sun Life Stadium into our new home. They delivered.”
Behind the scenes
The move to Marlins Park in 2012 brought with it a tripling of the organization’s document workload. As a result, the Marlins sought to reduce paper and increase information accessibility. The team’s paper-based accounts payable system, for example, was a huge drain on time and labor. Faxing of critical documents, including player contracts, needed to be simple and more reliable. And staffers needed the right combination of shared multifunction products (MFPs) and personal printers.

Ricoh helped the Marlins streamline its accounts payable workflows with a new system enabling staffers to simply email invoices to a designated address. The system sorts and routes each one to the proper recipient. New centralized fax capabilities enabled 250 workers to send and receive faxes just as they do email. And Ricoh began managing 50 MFPs and printers, using special software to monitor output, reduce costs and keep supplies topped off.
 
“We’ve been impressed with the Marlins organization’s focus on delivering an exciting entertainment experience,” said Tim Vellek, Senior Vice President, Marketing for Ricoh Americas Corporation. “As the natural next step, we’ve worked together to provide the Ricoh Diamond Club and Business Center, which offer a forum for businesses to meet, collaborate and see how they can benefit from improved information workflow – just as we’ve done for the Marlins.”

For details on Ricoh’s full line of products, services and solutions, please visit www.ricoh-usa.com.

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).

The majority of the companyApr 6 - RICOH AND MIAMI MARLINS PARTNER FOR BASEBALL AND BUSINESS  News pressrelease also available in pdf

March 2015

Mar 31 - [GLOBAL] RICOH THETA DEVELOPERS CONTEST TO BE HELD
mindSHIFT Technologies, Inc., a Ricoh company, today announced the launch of mindSHIFT Managed Servers in Amazon Web Services® (AWS®). 

This latest addition to the award-winning mindSHIFT public cloud portfolio will enable customers to move servers to a secure cloud environment under one umbrella, simplifying IT management and enabling users to gain an edge in the cloud. The mindSHIFT® Managed Servers in AWS offering is available today.

How it Works:
• Companies considering an AWS migration consult with mindSHIFT to assess how best to migrate given their needs around security, performance, reliability and cost. 
• For existing AWS customers who require support in managing their servers, mindSHIFT will provide management and security above the hypervisor.
• Users can take advantage of mindSHIFT’s extensive experience deploying hundreds of IT solutions and thousands of virtual servers to help them select and configure the most cost-effective AWS components.
• On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at 1 p.m. EDT, mindSHIFT and AWS will host a webinar that addresses how to successfully migrate from on-premises to AWS. To register for the webinar, click here. 
Why Users Should Care:
• mindSHIFT’s holistic approach can help ensure users optimize connectivity with their IT systems, including those on-site or running in other cloud environments.
• As users continue to migrate more applications to AWS, mindSHIFT Managed Servers in AWS helps manage their growing, complex needs with 24/7 live support, including continuous monitoring.
• All support provided by mindSHIFT is done from within the United States. 
• Get more details on mindSHIFT Managed Servers in AWS: http://www.mindshift.com/en/Services/Cloud-Services/Public-Cloud-Services/AWS-Amazon-Web-Services-Managed-Servers-mindSHIFT.aspx

What is the Pricing?:
• Contact mindSHIFT for pricing.

How to order:
• Contact a mindSHIFT Consultant
o Online: http://services.mindshift.com/mindshift-backup-and-recover-using-veeam-cloud-connect/
o Email: Sales@mindSHIFT.com
o Phone: 877-227-5054


About mindSHIFT Technologies, Inc. 
mindSHIFT, a Ricoh company, is one of the largest IT outsourcing and cloud services providers, serving small and mid-size businesses for 15 years. At mindSHIFT, we’re about keeping your IT systems up and running, providing personal attention and making you more productive. We’re big enough to offer the facilities, services and expertise you expect, but small enough to provide the support and attention you demand. Learn more at www.mindSHIFT.com. 

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).

The majority of the companyMar 17 - MINDSHIFT TECHNOLOGIES LAUNCHES NEW PUBLIC CLOUD OFFERING – MANAGED SERVERS IN AMAZON WEB SERVICES  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today unveiled two new document imaging products that help individuals and organizations improve their information mobility at the small office and workgroup levels. 

The RICOH MP 401SPF black-and-white multifunction product (MFP) with print, copy, fax and color scanning capabilities and the RICOH SP 4520DN black-and-white printer output documents up to 42 pages per minute. They employ Ricoh’s new LED imaging technology, which enables 1200-x-1200-dpi resolution printing without compromising rated speed. They also support new workstyles such as mobile printing, and offer an aggressively low cost-per-page. 

“These new devices are specifically designed to support Ricoh’s dealers as they help customers achieve higher information mobility,” said Matt Sakauchi, Vice President, Product Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Our dealers have specifically requested enhanced capabilities in the important 40 ppm segment of the A4 market to help their customers succeed in this new world of work. These devices answer the call.”
 
For example, dealers have requested faster speeds within smaller footprints, and separate toner cartridges and drums to extend the life of supplies and reduce cost per page. To help customers with mixed fleets shorten their learning curves, the new devices feature a 4.3-inch color touch panel that provides the same user experience found in Ricoh’s A3 line (A3 refers to machines capable of printing documents of up to 13.5 x 17 inches).

Advanced paper handling, mobility and energy efficiency
The RICOH MP 401SPF and RICOH SP 4520DN support standard and legal-size paper with a thickness of up to 90lb. Index and 43lb. Bond from every paper tray. Standard integrated duplexing helps keep the devices compact.

To enable seamless mobile printing with these devices, workers can download the RICOH Smart Device Print&Scan app to their smartphones and laptops. An optional connection to Ricoh’s Integrated Cloud Environment service equips the RICOH MP 401SPF MFP to leverage popular cloud-based services for document storage via the touch panel. 

For example, users can print from or scan directly to cloud-based services, such as  DocumentMall®, Evernote®, Dropbox or Google Drive™ without expensive on-site servers, system integration or software updates. The RICOH MP 401SPF MFP also includes optional embedded optical character recognition, which can convert scanned documents into searchable PDFs.

The RICOH MP 401SPF and RICOH SP 4520DN support sustainable business practices with ENERGY STAR 2.0 compliance and, in the case of the RICOH SP 4520DN, an ECO Night Sensor feature that powers the device down when departing employees turn the lights off.

Both devices help to protect important information with the DataOverwriteSecurity System (DOSS), which destroys latent data stored on the hard disk drive by writing over the latent image after printing, as well as encryption of the optional hard disk drive. They also offer optional proximity card authentication to release documents to their proper owner.
	
The RICOH MP 401SPF and RICOH SP 4520DN are easy to manage as part of a fleet using RICOH Device Manager NX Lite or @Remote device management software. Both devices are built on the same advanced controller architecture as Ricoh’s award-winning A3 product line, which ensures Ricoh’s suite of distributed scanning, device management and assessment, and cost recovery software offerings are supported on these more compact workgroup devices.

The new devices are available exclusively through Ricoh’s dealer and direct channels. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the RICOH MP 401SPF MFP is $3,310. The MSRP for the RICOH SP 4520DN printer is $1,025. 

For details on Ricoh’s full line of products, services and solutions, please visit www.ricoh-usa.com.

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).

The majority of the companyMar 12 - NEW BLACK-AND-WHITE RICOH PRINTER AND MFP ADVANCE CUSTOMERS’ INFORMATION MOBILITY VIA STRONG DEALER SUPPORT  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Mar 11 - [GLOBAL] RICOH NAMED AS A 2015 WORLD’S MOST ETHICAL COMPANY BY THE ETHISPHERE INSTITUTE FOR THE 6TH TIME
Ricoh today unveiled three new black and white multifunction products (MFPs) for small offices and workgroups whose employees are determined to improve their information mobility in this new world of work. 

In addition to streamlining 11” x 17” printing, scanning, copying and optional faxing, the new 
RICOH MP 4054/MP 5054/MP 6054 Series enables easy document printing from mobile devices, cloud-based document management, and promotes cost reduction through energy efficiency.

The new MFPs, which print at 40, 50 and 60 pages per minute respectively, offer up to 1,200 dpi in a space-saving eco-friendly design. A standard 220-sheet Single Pass Document Feeder (SPDF) scans up to 180 color or black-and-white images per minute from paper documents, optionally creating text-searchable PDF files through optical character recognition (OCR).

“MFPs are an integral part of the enterprise, and these devices are in the forefront,” said Matt Sakauchi, Vice President, Product Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “These MFPs are designed to help organizations achieve new levels of information mobility by placing important business information in the right workers’ hands at the right time while accommodating their evolving workstyles.”

A classic example of evolving workstyles is mobile computing. The RICOH MP 4054/MP 5054/MP 6054 Series enables workers to use the new Ricoh Smart Device Connector app (available for iOS or Android) to copy, print, scan and fax directly from their smart device. They simply touch their smart device to the NFC tag on the MFPs’ optional Smart Operation Panel or scan the QR Code to automatically connect to the MFPs to access these functions.

The MFPs’ optional Smart Operation Panel offers users a tablet-like drag-and-drop, pinch-flick-and-swipe navigation experience on a 10.1-inch Super VGA display. The interface includes an advanced Web browser enabling connection to Ricoh’s Integrated Cloud Environment (ICE).  

The series’ energy-efficient engineering softens its environmental impact, earning the platform ENERGY STAR and EPEAT Gold certification. The optional Smart Operation Panel includes an eco-friendly indicator to warn of excessive paper usage. A range of authentication options, including card authentication and PIN code, help ensure information gets to the right people. The new MFPs include a wide variety of finishing options, including a 500-sheet internal finisher for the MP 4054 and MP 5054.

The RICOH MP 4054 and RICOH MP 5054 replace the RICOH MP 4002 and RICOH MP 5002 Series. The RICOH MP 6054 is a net-new 60 pages-per-minute model.

The MFPs are available now at an MSRP of $12,250 for the RICOH MP 4054, $14,725 for the RICOH MP 5054, and $18,925 for the RICOH MP 6054.

For details on Ricoh’s full line of products, services and solutions, please visit www.ricoh-usa.com.

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).

The majority of the companyMar 10 - NEW RICOH BLACK & WHITE MFPS SUPPORT EMERGING WORKSTYLES  News pressrelease also available in pdf
mindSHIFT Technologies, Inc., a Ricoh company, announced today that it is offering Veeam® Software users the ability to easily back up their on-premises VMware and Hyper-V workloads in mindSHIFT’s cloud. The mindSHIFT® Cloud Backup for Veeam service is available today.

How it Works:
• Users of Veeam Availability Suite™ and Veeam Backup & Replication™ v8 can use mindSHIFT’s cloud to back up important data.
• Users choose mindSHIFT as their Veeam service provider and point their backups to the hosted mindSHIFT backup repository where the data will be stored. 
• The technology behind the service is Veeam Cloud Connect.

Why users should care:
• mindSHIFT Cloud Backup for Veeam removes the need for VPN tunnels and dedicated repositories — historical hurdles to backing up in the cloud. With this service, the backups take place over an SSL-encrypted connection and cloud gateway.
• Not only can users back up to the cloud, they can also recover entire servers or individual data objects directly from the cloud, without downloading large backup files. 
• Users do not need to incur significant capital expenses by having to invest in a physical second site for backups.
• Users can accelerate their cloud backups using Veeam’s built-in WAN acceleration.
• mindSHIFT’s expertise and experience with Veeam is a result of being both a user and partner for more than five years.
• Get more details on mindSHIFT Cloud Backup for Veeam.

What is the pricing:
• Contact mindSHIFT for pricing: http://services.mindshift.com/mindshift-backup-and-recover-using-veeam-cloud-connect/

How to order:
•Contact a mindSHIFT Consultant
      o	Online: http://services.mindshift.com/mindshift-backup-and-recover-using-veeam-cloud-connect/
      o	Email: Sales@mindSHIFT.com
      o	Phone: 877-227-5054


About mindSHIFT Technologies, Inc. 
mindSHIFT, a Ricoh company, is one of the largest IT outsourcing and cloud services providers, serving small and mid-size businesses for 15 years. At mindSHIFT, we’re about keeping your IT systems up and running, providing personal attention and making you more productive. We’re big enough to offer the facilities, services and expertise you expect, but small enough to provide the support and attention you demand. Learn more at www.mindSHIFT.com. 

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).

The majority of the companyMar 10 - MINDSHIFT TECHNOLOGIES LAUNCHES CLOUD BACKUP SOLUTION FOR VEEAM® USERS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Mar 9 - [GLOBAL] RETURNING 90,000 LOST PHOTOS FROM THE 311 EARTHQUAKE

February 2015

Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced the availability of the RICOH Pro C7100X series, its latest production cutsheet device family that offers users a fifth color station to help enable a wider range of applications.  Announced at GRAPH EXPO ’14, these high-speed, production color printers and multi-function devices (MFPs) deliver the ability to print with white or clear via the fifth station. The RICOH Pro C7110X will be on display in the Ricoh booth, # 644, at the Graphics of the Americas show in Miami, February 26 – 28, 2015.  

Ideal for small and mid-sized printers, the RICOH Pro C7100X series, provides these shops with the flexibility and capabilities to create the type of eye catching output their customers want without the expensive price tag normally associated with printing equipment in this engine class. With the ability to produce jobs that use clear or white ink, to producing near offset image quality on oversized media, window clings, VDP, POP displays and custom materials, printers can now create output that differentiates them from the competition.

“Since we implemented the RICOH Pro C7110X six months ago, we have delivered an even wider range of unique applications to our customers and seen a cost savings of 25 percent. These benefits have allowed us to expand our offerings and natively produce previously outsourced jobs,” said Nathanial Grant, President of GAM Graphics and Marketing, a full service marketing firm that offers comprehensive printing and fulfillment services. “From printing on dark stock to linen, both we and our customers have been more than impressed with the level of quality and output this digital system offers.” 

Utilizing fifth-station colors, the RICOH Pro C7100X prints at speeds of up to 80ppm and the RICOH Pro C7110X at speeds of up to 90 ppm, both based upon A4.  They have a maximum sheet size of 13x19.2 and a maximum monthly volume of 240,000 based on letter size.  Printing at 1200x4800dpi with VCSEL image quality on a wide variety of media ranging from tree-based paper to synthetics and envelopes, the RICOH Pro C7100X series supports paper weights of up to 360gsm in both simplex and duplex.  In addition, printers can further expand their offerings and control quality with inline finishing solutions that allow for a variety of options including Booklet Maker, Punching, Saddle Stitch, and more. 

“Cost, not creativity or expertise, has truly been the only factor limiting many small and mid-sized shops from expanding their application portfolios,” said John Fulena, Vice President, Production Print Business Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Seeing so many of our customers facing this obstacle, we knew we had to work with them to create a more cost-effective, versatile route to delivering the highest quality output. Now, our small and mid-size printers can spread their capabilities into new markets, shorten their print runs and maintain the type of quality their customers demand, all at a cost that will keep them within budget.”

The RICOH Pro C7100X series also:
• Features an AC-transfer system and elastic fusing belt technology to enhance output on a variety of heavily textured media such as vellum and linen;
• Utilizes Ricoh’s new vacuum feed LCT with an option to enable oversized prints of up to 27.5 inches in length;
•Provides the ability to produce jobs that use clear or white ink; 
• Achieves tight sheet-to-sheet registration  through a mechanical registration system which squares the sheet prior to imaging and can easily be adjusted from the user interface;
• Incorporates a fusing belt smoothing roller that helps address fuser burn on the fusing belt; 
• Offers a media library that allows users to adjust and associate different parameters per substrate to help ensure IQ and reliability; 
• Comes backed by Ricoh’s TCRU program (Trained Customer Replaceable Units) which enables customers to replace more than a dozen parts for increased uptime;
• Includes a self-contained liquid cooling system that keeps the developer at a constant temperature and minimizes disruptions in extended production runs;
• Offers a complete suite of optional finishing solutions that result in collated, finished documents ready for distribution with no manual intervention. This includes in-line ring bind, perfect bind, as well as new Plockmatic Bookletmakers and GBC StreamPunch Ultra.

To see the RICOH Pro C7110X system at Graphic of Americas, please stop by booth #644 or email Tracey Sheehy at tsheehy@breakawaycom.com to schedule a demo. 

Visit the Ricoh website for further information: www.ricoh-usa.com/rpp. 

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,236 billion yen (approx. 21.7 billion USD).

The majority of the companyFeb 26 - RICOH ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF RICOH PRO C7100X SERIES AT GRAPHICS OF THE AMERICAS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced that its services team will now manage all of KeyBank’s print and mail operations. KeyBank, with 994 branches and $93.8B in assets, currently partners with Ricoh to provide printing of confidential documents and document archival for their retail, commercial and investment banking clientele.  

Large financial institutions like KeyBank are faced with a constantly changing landscape and growing regulatory requirements while operating in today’s digital environment. Ricoh’s services are designed to help KeyBank enhance efficiency, accuracy and compliance. Furthermore, this transition will help KeyBank improve workflow and realize information mobility – the ability to capture, transform and share information to meet the demands of the new world of work.

“Ricoh has long been a trusted partner of ours and we look forward to expanding our relationship with them,” said Dominic Cugini, Director and SVP of Payments and Deposit Operations, KeyBank. “This allows Key to focus on our core business while having a trusted partner who is an expert in the industry to help manage critical print communications and provide us a more robust service than we can provide today.”
 
“KeyBank is making a very strategic and thoughtful move with this transition,” said Bob Brock, Vice President, Legal and Managed Services, Ricoh USA, Inc. “Savvy organizations like KeyBank are discovering the business benefits of turning their critical print communications over to the experts. Not only do we anticipate that they will cut costs but we will also expand the hours, efficiency and output of the facility.”

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).

The majority of the companyFeb 26 - RICOH TO ASSUME KEYBANK’S PRINT & MAIL OPERATIONS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today unveiled two new products designed to enhance the information mobility of small offices and workgroups. 

The RICOH SP 4510SF black-and-white multifunction product (MFP) with print, copy, fax and color scanning capabilities and the RICOH SP 4510DN black-and-white printer offer a host of features that make information work for organizations that employ both traditional and newer workstyles, such as mobile computing. The new devices also offer the lowest cost-per-page in their class.*  

The new 42-page-per-minute RICOH SP 4510SF and RICOH SP 4510DN employ Ricoh’s new LED imaging technology, which enables 1200-x-1200-dpi resolution printing without compromising rated speed. Combined with standard integrated duplexing, the new engine also helps keep the devices compact.

“Speed, reliability, affordability, sustainability, manageability and a compact footprint are capabilities our customers have asked for, which are all important for information mobility in today’s new world of work,” said Matt Sakauchi, Vice President, Product Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “These new devices score on every count.”

The RICOH SP 4510SF and RICOH SP 4510DN support standard and legal-size paper with a thickness of up to 90lb. Index and 43lb. Bond from every paper tray. They support sustainable business practices with ENERGY STAR 2.0 compliance and, in the case of the RICOH SP 4510DN, an ECO-Night Sensor that powers the device down when departing employees turn the lights off.

Both devices protect important information with the DataOverwriteSecurity System (DOSS), which destroys latent data stored on the hard disk drive after printing, as well as encryption of sensitive documents stored on the optional hard disk drive. They also offer optional proximity card authentication to release documents to their proper owner.

Mobile workers can download the RICOH Smart Device Print&Scan app to their smartphones and laptops, enabling seamless printing from those devices on the RICOH SP 4510SF and RICOH SP 4510DN. An optional connection to the RICOH Integrated Cloud Environment service equips the RICOH SP 4510SF MFP to leverage popular cloud-based services for document storage via the 4.3-inch touch panel. Users can print from or scan directly to apps like DocumentMall™, Evernote™, Dropbox™ or Google Drive™ without expensive on-site servers, system integration or software updates. The RICOH SP 4510SF MFP also includes optional embedded optical character recognition, which can convert scanned documents into searchable PDFs.

Both devices are easy to manage as part of a fleet using RICOH Device Manager NX Lite or @Remote device management software.

The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the RICOH SP 4510SF MFP is $1,099. The MSRP for the RICOH SP 4510DN printer is $725. 

For details on Ricoh’s full line of products, services and solutions, please visit www.ricoh-usa.com.

*Based on cost-per-page analysis of similar competing models tracked in the Gap Intelligence Pricing & Promotions report for the period of Jan. 18-24, 2015. Ricoh’s cost-per-page is based on MSRP for consumables.

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).

The majority of the companyFeb 25 - NEW BLACK-AND-WHITE RICOH PRINTER AND MFP FUEL INFORMATION MOBILITY FOR SMALL OFFICES AND WORKGROUPS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Feb 24 - RICOH STRENGTHENS ITS PRESENCE IN MIDDLE EAST
Ricoh Americas Corporation today unveiled new solutions to help companies improve their business performance by cost-effectively managing large fleets of printers, copiers and multifunction products (MFPs). Adding to an already robust portfolio of solutions currently available through Ricoh and its market-leading partners, RICOH Device Manager NX Pro and RICOH Device Manager NX Enterprise address unique customer pain points by optimizing the performance of large device fleet deployments. These new solutions help customers achieve information mobility – the ability to access the right information when and where it is needed – to make critical business decisions.

RICOH Device Manager NX Pro and RICOH Device Manager NX Enterprise automate the tracking, performance analysis and configuration of fleets across multiple offices and geographies while also supporting environmental sustainability initiatives by reporting on items such as paper and power consumption.

These two new, comprehensive fleet management solutions combine multifaceted management of Ricoh and non-Ricoh devices in a single software footprint. Continuous uptime and optimized performance of these information platforms is critical in achieving information mobility in the new world of work.

“It’s tremendously challenging to manage large numbers of MFPs across a company or continents,” said Matt Sakauchi, Vice President, Product Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Now our customers can have clear, deep and detailed control of their fleets, regardless of size, location or device brand. From a PC, laptop, tablet or even a smartphone, they can easily gauge their return on investment and allocate resources more strategically. This is one more way Ricoh is making information work for our clients.” 

Cost reduction, labor savings and user empowerment
RICOH Device Manager NX Pro and RICOH Device Manager NX Enterprise are entirely new software solutions coded from the ground up to integrate with the features and capabilities of Ricoh’s next-generation MFP platform and its advanced capabilities, such as DataOverwriteSecurity System (DOSS) and Ricoh HDD encryption. Additionally, the solutions probe deeper into non-Ricoh devices, including USB-connected printers found within the customer’s enterprise. By surfacing real-time device data and automating batch configuration for Ricoh devices, the solutions help companies lower their device costs, reduce their IT effort, and empower their users. 

RICOH Device Manager NX Pro and RICOH Device Manager NX Enterprise provide real-time device data and automated alerts to administrators to help optimize their fleets, reduce downtime and enhance user experience. Not only do these solutions enable the configuration and cloning of devices, an audit function helps ensure devices are configured to company standards.

In a significant advance in Ricoh’s device management capabilities, the solutions include a new Web-based interface that simultaneously exposes both broad and highly specific device performance information in a single dashboard view, minimizing the need to drill down and back up through multiple levels of information. The dashboard leverages the ability of a company’s intranet to mobilize information from print capable devices to the RICOH Device Manager NX Pro and RICOH Device Manager NX Enterprise server.

The solutions include a new ability to clone the settings of an ideally configured device and automatically replicate that configuration among selected other MFPs. Improved graphical floor map capability now enable administrators to position devices onto floor maps by simply dragging and dropping MFPs into predefined groups.

Extending device management to partners
Customers who wish to hand off fleet management to Ricoh as part of a Managed Document Services initiative can use the new @Remote Connector NX application. The solution works with RICOH Device Manager NX Pro and RICOH Device Manager NX Enterprise to enable in-depth device performance analysis, produce green reports (e.g., paper and energy consumption), automate the meter reading process, as well as alert the service provider of any service and supply needs. The solution also enables secure and remote updating of MFP firmware.

To further streamline fleet management, organizations can empower employees to quickly connect to new printers and MFPs without IT help through the use of the new RICOH Printer Driver Packager NX and Advanced Driver Distribution applications. Administrators can quickly and economically configure the printer drivers these employees use, adding user-friendly icons, modifying values, locking settings and enforcing economical duplex printing, for example. The solution also helps eliminate the need for expensive print servers.

RICOH Device Manager NX Pro supports up to 5,000 devices. RICOH Device Manager NX Enterprise offers virtually unlimited scalability. For further mobility, a RICOH Device Manager NX smartphone/tablet app is available for iOS and Android.

For details on Ricoh’s full line of products, services and solutions, please visit www.ricoh-usa.com.

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).

The majority of the companyFeb 24 - RICOH GIVES COMPANIES BROAD NEW POWER TO OPTIMIZE PERFORMANCE OF LARGE MFP FLEETS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation is helping its dealers compete more effectively with valuable business process improvement capabilities via Ricoh’s CHAMPS dealer services program. 

In addition to promoting office equipment, Ricoh, Savin and Lanier dealers can now sell a broad array of Ricoh services, adding powerful capabilities to their portfolios without the time investment and infrastructure costs of creating new services capabilities from scratch. 

“We hear various success stories from our dealers, not only about how Ricoh is helping to grow their businesses and expand their portfolio of offerings, but about how our strong partnerships are helping them increase efficiencies, improve productivity and ultimately run healthier businesses,” said Jim Coriddi, Vice President, Dealer Division, Ricoh U.S.A. “These success stories demonstrate how our dealers are working hard each day to make information work for customers.”

Previewed here are two examples of recent CHAMPS success stories. Ricoh will share several others like these with dealers at its upcoming national dealer conference in Las Vegas, March 2-5.

American Business Center, a Ricoh dealer for more than 17 years, is helping the City of Warren’s Engineering and Planning Department increase efficiency and improve productivity by making hard copy documents more easily accessible at a faster rate. As a government entity the department has had to work with limited resources while making their ledgers and records (still in hardcopy format) available to interested constituents on a daily basis. American Business Center turned to Ricoh for assistance in meeting this customer’s unique needs. Ricoh designed a solution that enables interested parties the ability to scan and print their required materials creating a revenue generating opportunity for the department. This customer self-service process has also helped the City of Warren’s Engineering and Planning Department employees focus on more strategic activities.
 
American Business Center has also engaged Ricoh Digital Imaging Services resources via the CHAMPS program to work closely with customer Lane Funeral Homes to provide a comprehensive backup and disaster recovery strategy for thousands of documents. Some of these documents date back as far as the 1800s and are housed in a storage facility which is becoming too small as the company grows. Lane Funeral Homes needed an easier way to obtain old records, some of which are subject to regulations by the State of Ohio, as well as pre-planned arrangements that have been stored and need to be accessed immediately in the event of a death. In addition, the company required a disaster recovery system should the documents be lost. The backup and disaster recovery system American Business Center engaged Ricoh to put in place has helped Lane Funeral Homes more easily access these documents to meet regulatory and filing requirements, thus avoiding possible costly fines and legal action. The automation is also helping families more quickly access and carry out their loved ones pre-planning requests.

“Having the ability to fulfill all of a customer’s information management needs is vitally important not only for our success but for our customer’s success as well,” said Robert Wagner, President, American Business Center. “The CHAMPS program gives us access to Ricoh services experts, which has helped our business evolve and grow and we’ve become a trusted provider as well as a one-stop shop for ultimately helping customers capture, transform and manage information more effectively in today’s new world of work.”

Ricoh’s CHAMPS program is an innovative approach that enables dealers to successfully redesign their business models and gain the proper knowhow and Ricoh expertise to offer advanced services that deliver information mobility and ultimately help customers capture, transform and manage information more effectively in today’s new world of work. 

The program qualifies dealers to analyze customer business challenges and prescribe custom services drawing from Ricoh’s Business Information Solutions expertise. 

The CHAMPS certification program confirms that a dealer has successfully completed all Ricoh Services certification requirements for a particular specialized service or solution offering. CHAMPS certification programs are available through the Ricoh Learning Institute and directly through the services organizations. A total of 220 dealers have been certified since the certification program began in February 2012.

“We at Ricoh are committed to being the number one printing equipment and services provider in the country for our dealers,” said Coriddi. “To achieve this, we’re giving our dealers low-risk opportunities to shift their business models, enter new markets and strengthen their valuable customer relationships.”

For details on Ricoh’s full line of products, services and solutions, please visit www.ricoh-usa.com.

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).

The majority of the companyFeb 23 - RICOH CHAMPS PROGRAM HELPING OFFICE EQUIPMENT DEALERS SUCCEED AND MEET BUSINESS OBJECTIVES  News pressrelease also available in pdf
WHO: 	Ricoh, a global technology company with solutions that help Department of Defense customers improve efficiencies, address security 
        initiatives and discover opportunities to help reduce costs. 

WHAT:   Ricoh combines award-winning products with end-to-end professional services and support. The company has been a valued partner to
        U.S. Federal Government Civilian Agencies and the Department of Defense for over 50 years. The Ricoh Federal team has the technical  
        capabilities and expertise to understand a customer’s unique needs, then deliver best-in-class Ricoh document management solutions – 
        including key security applications tailored for a specific agency or department – through a national network of offices. Additionally, 
        Ricoh offers GSA-based solutions through our vendor partners, leasing and small disadvantaged business partners.

RicohFeb 10 - [MEDIA ALERT] RICOH TO SHOWCASE DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT AND SECURITY SOLUTIONS AT 2015 AFCEA WEST CONFERENCE
Ricoh Americas Corporation and Avanti Computer Systems Limited, a leading provider of Print MIS solutions, today announced that Allegra Network LLC, a world leader in marketing and business communications franchises, has chosen Avanti Slingshot as the core of WorkStream℠, a fully integrated web storefront to MIS workflow automation solution that will be offered across its North American network of 270 marketing and print communications franchises.

The Plymouth, Michigan-based franchisor sought a solution to help its franchise members improve customer relationships, more efficiently manage their day-to-day business operations, and maintain a competitive edge. The company selected Avanti Slingshot for its ability to provide a cloud-based easy-to-use platform, support franchises of all sizes, and integrate seamlessly with other key software tools that will form its WorkStream technology package.

“We pride ourselves on providing our franchise community with the technology and tools they need to efficiently manage their businesses, and Avanti Slingshot delivers with its robust suite of modules and ability to handle multiple lines of business,” said Joe D’Aguanno, Chief Technology Officer, Allegra Network. “By having essential business information at their fingertips, our franchise members gain a better understanding of their most profitable customers and products.”

According to Allegra Network CEO Mike Marcantonio, “This network-wide arrangement with Avanti Slingshot is a significant win for our franchise members. A robust and advanced Print MIS solution like this has been out of reach for a small independent operation, but we are now able to make it available in cost-effective solution that is easy to implement and deploy across the franchisee network.

“Our relationship with Allegra is one we are extremely proud of at Ricoh. A truly innovative company, Allegra sees the need for tools that can effectively help their business grow and their operations to continuously enhance,” said John Fulena, Vice President Production Printing Business Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Avanti Slingshot is an award-winning and proven solution that has brought similar results to many companies around the world.  We are very pleased that Allegra has chosen this solution and look forward to our continued collaboration.”

Award-winning Avanti Slingshot, launched in 2013, is browser-based, providing franchise members with the flexibility to access the system at any time and from anywhere. It was designed to help users easily get started with a base system for quoting, job ticketing, costing and tracking, right through to billing. Avanti Slingshot scales as the business grows; additional modules can easily be added as the franchise member potentially expands into new lines of business, such as large format.

“Avanti Slingshot is a fantastic tool to help cultivate a more meaningful customer relationship, helping our clients remain competitive in the ever-changing print market landscape,” said Patrick Bolan, President and CEO of Avanti. “This is the beginning of a long-term relationship between Ricoh, Avanti and Allegra Networks and we look forward to helping contribute to their continued growth and global expansion.”

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About Allegra Network (Alliance Franchise Brands) 
 
Alliance Franchise Brands, the parent company of Allegra Network LLC and Sign & Graphics Operations LLC, is a world leader in marketing, visual and graphics communications, linking nearly 600 locations in the U.S., Canada and United Kingdom. The company’s Marketing & Print Division, headquartered in Plymouth, Mich., is composed of Allegra, American Speedy Printing, Insty-Prints, Speedy Printing and Zippy Print brands of marketing, printing, mailing and Web services providers. Its Sign & Graphics Division, headquartered in Columbia, Md., is composed of Image360, Signs By Tomorrow and Signs Now brands of sign and graphics communications providers. For more information, please call (800) 726-9050 or visit www.alliancefranchisebrands.com.

About Avanti
Since 1984, Avanti has provided innovative, award-winning Print MIS solutions that help print-shops and marketing communication organizations automate all facets of their business and cultivate a more meaningful customer relationship. Avanti’s solutions are the most open in the industry, JDF-certified, fully integrated, and extend from web-to-print through to production and billing. www.avantisystems.com. 

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).
The majority of the companyFeb 5 - ALLEGRA NETWORK CHOOSES AWARD-WINNING AVANTI SLINGSHOT FROM RICOH  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today unveiled a new offering that, when combined with select Ricoh multifunction products (MFPs), creates a Legal MFP that delivers improved end-user workflows while also enhancing operational efficiencies and helping to lower overall costs. Law firms seeking to reduce redundancies related to cost recovery will benefit from the single, integrated user interface, which helps minimize steps in the process and integrates access to third-party document management systems. Ricoh will preview its Legal MFP at LegalTech, February 3-5, 2015, in New York City in Ricoh’s booth, #231.

With the largest network of document processing centers in the U.S., Ricoh’s certified personnel have hands-on experience with the processing of legal documents. This expertise, and investments in innovative technology offerings, has led to the development of the Legal MFP. With this MFP software solution, law firms will: 

• Reduce unneeded steps involved in the scanning process. Today, using disjointed systems can be tedious and take up precious minutes that could otherwise be dedicated to another matter. With Ricoh’s Legal MFP, redundancies in steps are reduced and the overall scanning experience is more streamlined.
 
• Scan to legal Document Management Systems including iManage, WorldDox, and OpenText. This approach streamlines previously disjointed processes to minimize the number of steps by end-users and eliminates data entry redundancy, e.g. log-in credentials, client matter numbers, etc. 

• Automatically split files to court-specified file size limits and convert them to the appropriate file format.

“Our team of certified legal experts spends many hours with clients truly getting to the bottom of their pain points. These conversations have made it clear that law firms are seeking improvement in two main areas of document output: lowered spend on cost recovery systems and centralization of third-party systems,” said Matt Sakauchi, Vice President, Product Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Knowing this, Ricoh has made strategic investments in both our people and technologies to help our clients see these improvements. The Legal MFP is a perfect example of a solution developed to meet our clients’ needs – enabling them to streamline workflows and lower overall output costs.” 

For a demonstration of Ricoh’s Legal MFP, please visit the Ricoh booth (#231) at LegalTech or reach out to Tracey Sheehy at tsheehy@breakawaycom.com to schedule a meeting at the show.
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| About Ricoh |

Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).
The majority of the companyFeb 3 - RICOH ENHANCES WORKFLOWS AND REDUCES COSTS FOR LAW FIRMS WITH UNVEILING OF NEW LEGAL MFP  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Feb 3 - [GLOBAL] RICOH EARNS 16 AWARDS FROM BUYERS LABORATORY LLC

January 2015

Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced that it has achieved kCura’s Orange-level Relativity Best in Service recognition for outstanding and exceptional customer service for Relativity end users.

Ricoh’s legal review solutions provide attorneys with a robust cloud environment, allowing them to benefit from technological advances in document review instantly. The Ricoh team understands the immediate needs of the legal industry and continues to make strategic investments in its personnel and infrastructure to help meet those needs.  And as such, the company’s consultative approach, led by its team of Relativity certified professionals, has assisted legal organizations by customizing matter-specific solutions with best-in-class technology and processes that have helped lead to controlled costs and gained efficiencies. 

“At Ricoh, we know that attorneys are seeking more effective review strategies.  This is why our portfolio includes solutions to help improve attorney workflows by enabling them to quickly browse, search, annotate, and share the latest versions of important case documents efficiently, utilizing a combination of advanced technology solutions and tenured industry-leading personnel,” said David Greetham, Vice President, eDiscovery Operations, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “This recognition from kCura is exciting for us as we continue to make strategic investments to advance our team and our resources - with the ultimate goal of providing our clients with expert guidance to craft the right strategy to help bolster their success rate.” 

Through a voluntary audit, Best in Service partners demonstrate their expertise and experience hosting projects in Relativity. kCura evaluates these partners’ individual data centers in three areas: technical infrastructure, customer service, and product expertise. Additionally, Best in Service partners meet a set of requirements for duration as a hosting partner, size of Relativity installations, and core Relativity certifications.

kCura has two designations for Best in Service partners’ data centers: Orange and Blue. While both designate data centers that meet the same basic qualifications, Orange-level sites are recognized for making additional investments in people, process, and technology to manage installations with above-average user counts.

“We’ve enjoyed working with Ricoh ever since they became a hosting partner in 2011,” said Andrew Sieja, president and CEO of kCura. “Their determination to successfully earn the Orange-level Best in Service designation demonstrates their commitment to providing an exceptional Relativity experience every step of the way.” 

At LegalTech, Ricoh will have a private suite at the New York Hilton Midtown where it will be showing customers how to leverage Relativity and other technologies and services to facilitate workflow efficiencies. To schedule a meeting, please contact Jannelle Prieve at jannelle.prieve@ricoh-usa.com.

For more information about Ricoh’s legal solutions, please visit www.ricoh-usa.com/legal or visit the Ricoh booth, #231, at LegalTech, February 3-5, 2015 in New York City.

About kCura
Recognized as a "Leader" in GartnerJan 28 - RICOH RECEIVES KCURA’S ORANGE-LEVEL RELATIVITY BEST IN SERVICE STATUS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Jan 28 - [GLOBAL] RICOH RECOGNIZED “PRIME” ON THE OEKOM SUSTAINABILITY RATING
Jan 28 - [GLOBAL] RICOH AWARDED SILVER CLASS RECOGNITION IN SUSTAINABILITY RATINGS OF ROBECOSAM
Ricoh Americas Corporation today unveiled RICOH NV-10A digital binoculars, which for the first time can penetrate fog, smoke, rain and sand to provide a crisp, clear image even at night. 

The RICOH NV-10A enhanced binoculars enable marine, military, rescue, firefighting, law enforcement, homeland security and other professional users to push a button on the binoculars and clarify, brighten and sharpen images. The PENTAX Atmospheric Interference Reduction (PAIR) technology reintroduces color that would otherwise be obscured.

The RICOH NV-10A digital binoculars enable users to capture both still and video images of the scenes they’re surveying. Advanced stabilization further improves image clarity, and infrared technology lights up the faintest scenes in the dark of night.

“This is a serious tool for the serious user,” said Matt Sakauchi, Vice President, Product Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Imagine you’re on a merchant ship and see another vessel cruising into your vicinity. Is it friend or foe? How many crew members do you see on deck? What are they doing? You need to know before your options begin to dwindle.”

Combining advanced PENTAX optics and Ricoh image processing, RICOH NV-10A enhanced binoculars are water resistant and dustproof and include GPS location – especially useful for charting incidents on the water – as well as a digital compass.

By providing large, well-spaced buttons, Ricoh has made the binoculars easy to use while wearing gloves. Non-slip rubber surfaces provide a sure grip and subdued colors help the user remain discreet. 
 
Availability
The RICOH NV-10A enhanced binoculars are available now at a retail price of $4,195. 

For details on Ricoh’s full line of products, services and solutions, please visit www.ricoh-usa.com.

NOTE:  This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class A digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference when the equipment is operated in a commercial environment. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instruction manual, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. Operation of this equipment in a residential area is likely to cause harmful interference in which case the user will be required to correct the interference at his own expense.

CAUTION: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).

The majority of the companyJan 15 - NEW RICOH NV-10A BINOCULARS PENETRATE FOG, SMOKE AND DARKNESS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today unveiled a breakthrough in machine vision with new digital video cameras that provide up to five times* the depth of field of traditional industrial cameras while maintaining brightness. 

That means a single RICOH Extended Depth of Field Camera (EDoF) can capture images it typically would take multiple cameras to achieve – subjects in the foreground and background stay in focus without constant movement, refocusing, or shooting multiple images from different heights and depths. Ricoh has extended depth of field by using a specialized lens and a specialized camera with a built-in image processor and a new algorithm.

The innovative RICOH EDoF camera can clearly detect varying subjects in sharp focus – from tiny text to entire assemblies – as products of different sizes and heights glide by on an assembly line at varying distances from the camera. And with the RICOH EDoF camera, the depth of field is extended while maintaining image brightness. With a typical camera, extending depth of field often makes the image darker. 

The RICOH EDoF camera is ideal for bottlers, printed circuit board makers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, shippers – any company that needs to inspect product and automatically alert managers to aberrations. The cameras are also ideal in certain low-light situations, such as gem inspections where glare can be a problem. The open aperture required for a dim room would constrict depth of field in a traditional camera.

“With this camera, you’ll rarely need to adjust the focus of your industrial camera,” said Matt Sakauchi, Vice President, Product Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Just about everyone has assumed that depth of field – the range of in-focus distance in front of a lens – is as inviolable as the law of gravity. But our R&D teams discovered that, astonishingly, depth of field can actually be multiplied. Customers can save money, configuration time and the cost of complexity.”

MSRP for the VGA monochrome RICOH Extended Depth of Field Camera (EV-G030B1) is $3,707.50; the 2M monochrome model (EV-G200B1) is $4,427.50; and the 2M color model (EV-G200C1) is  $4,535.50. Frame rate ranges from 15 to 90 frames per second, and aperture from f/1.7 to f/8.6, depending on the model. The cameras are available with a choice of wide angle (8 mm), standard (12 mm) and telephoto (35 mm) lenses sold separately.

For details on Ricoh’s full line of products, services and solutions, please visit www.ricoh-usa.com.

*The extended depth of field effect varies depending on the subject pattern.

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).

The majority of the companyJan 7 - BREAKTHROUGH: RICOH MORE THAN TRIPLES DEPTH OF FIELD IN INDUSTRIAL CAMERAS  News pressrelease also available in pdf

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