Sunday, September 27, 2009

AlphaGraphics Western Center of Fort Worth, Texas Installs a RICOH Pro C900 Digital Color Printer From Pirate Mike

AlphaGraphics Western Center of Fort Worth, Texas Installs a RICOH Pro C900 Digital Color Printer From IKON

State-of-the-art color production system allows commercial printing company to better meet customer digital printing needs

MALVERN, Pa. - September 21, 2009 - IKON Office Solutions, Inc., a Ricoh company, today announced that AlphaGraphics Western Center of Fort Worth, Texas has installed a RICOH Pro C900 digital color printer, giving them greater flexibility and enhanced turnaround time in meeting their customers’ wide range of variable data and customized printing needs.

Part of the UK-based Pindar Group, AlphaGraphics has a network of more than 225 independently owned business centers, which provide a full range of solutions for design, digital, offset and large-format printing, marketing communications, promotional products, digital archiving and mailing services for small-to medium-sized businesses as well as corporate entities.

Since opening in 1997, AlphaGraphics Western Center has continued to expand their offerings and provides full-service offset and digital printing along with complete finishing and bindery services. They also provide design services, large format color and black and white printing and complete fulfillment services.

“We’re a full-service printing and visual communications company, and we help our customers communicate through state-of-the-art design, copy and print,” explains Jim Lombardo, Co-owner, AlphaGraphics Western Center. “We offer innovative solutions, including the latest in direct marketing solutions including variable data printing, 1:1 marketing and cross-media campaigns.”

As part of their commitment to innovation, AlphaGraphics Western Center recently purchased a RICOH Pro C900, giving them more versatility, faster speeds and better print quality. “Digital printing is the future in the commercial print market,” says Lombardo. “The RICOH Pro C900 gives us the ability to design creative, targeted customized solutions for our customers and helps us better meet all of their business needs. We’re building the future of our company around digital printing and the RICOH Pro C900 gives us the ability to offer more robust graphic design and customized collateral via variable data technology.”

An Editor’s Choice award winner in the 2009 High Volume Printer & Digital Duplicator’s Guide from Better Buys for Business, the RICOH Pro C900 is engineered to meet the demanding needs of the production print environment and represents an advancement in efficiency and productivity. It combines consistent 1200 dpi output with 90 pages-per-minute speed and utilizes Ricoh’s new image processing technology for unsurpassed quality and fast turnaround times. It can handle a wide range of media, including weight ranges up to 110 lb. cover, and its modular design enables a number of input and output configurations. The RICOH Pro C900 offers many production tools for advanced page programming requirements like tabs, inserts, covers and chapter breaks.

“I’m impressed with the RICOH Pro C900’s fast speed and outstanding quality,” says Lombardo. “Its color is brilliant and consistent, print run after print run, and its productivity thus far has been phenomenal. We’ve been very pleased with our results.”
The RICOH Pro C900 is part of the Ricoh Production Printing Business Group’s (PPBG) portfolio of state-of-the-art high-speed production systems that provide efficient document workflows with high-volume production printing and finishing. Incorporating superior engineering, service, reliable technology, and extensive software and finishing options. PPBG helps production centers to cost-effectively modernize and streamline their operations to meet today's rapid turnaround and high-quality demands.

As a Ricoh company, IKON can maximize color solutions for customers through its color and production specialists, and its Professional Services team, who can provide customers with a suite of services and application development, including variable data integration for marketing and personalized communications, advanced color management, forms design, data stream conversion and custom workflow solutions to help improve productivity, reduce turnaround time, and increase effectiveness.

“The RICOH Pro C900 will play an important role in our continued growth and success as it gives us more options to fulfill our printing needs through variable data and fast turnaround times,” explains Lombardo. “We plan on increasing our investment in digital printing and will continue to provide our customers with state-of-the-art visual communications that help them reach their target audience.”

What is not told is how difficult the entire sales cycle was considering that they were a current Xerox 5000 customer and that I had sold them on Canon imagePRESS technology. It was a lot of work but in the end I think that they positioned themselves for success in the long term and I am sure that we had a small part in all of it.

Well anyway just a little story in the life of pirate mike...

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