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Ricoh, Cal Poly open digital printing lab

Jan 29, 2010 12:00 AM

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Ricoh Americas Corp. (West Caldwell, NJ) and California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) officially opened the Ricoh Digital Printing Laboratory in conjunction with the university’s celebration of Intl. Printing Week commemorating Benjamin Franklin, an early pioneer of printing technology.

As part of Ricoh’s strategic focus on the digital production printing market, the company has partnered with Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Department to benefit students and the industry alike. As the cornerstone of the laboratory, Ricoh donated a fully configured Pro C900S digital color production printing system to the university’s Graphic Communication Department, with ongoing service donated by IKON, a Ricoh company. The partnership was first announced at PRINT 09.

Students enrolled in Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication curriculum are exposed to Ricoh technology via the school’s experiential “learn by doing” approach to education. The Pro C900S is also central to Cal Poly’s student run and managed printing and publishing company: University Graphic Systems (UGS). The Digital Printing Laboratory will play a role in special student projects, offering research and testing capabilities, such as allowing senior-level students and faculty to provide product evaluations on system performance related to quality, productivity, color management, and substrate and toner handling. Seminars and workshops will be made available to Ricoh customers, providing the ability to explore emerging trends in digital printing markets and applications.

“The establishment of the Ricoh Digital Printing Laboratory plays a major role in Cal Poly’s commitment to expose our students and the industry to the latest technology advancements redefining how printing is occurring now and will continue in the future,” says Dr. Harvey Levenson, department head of Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Department.