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An Interview with Ije Rodgers, Sr. Product Manager, Ricoh Americas Corp.
February 7, 2015
As we have sought to bring you the broadest coverage possible of the printing industry, we look for unique stories and products from a variety of OEM manufacturers. Recently we had the opportunity to connect with Ije Rodgers, a Sr. Product Manager at Ricoh Americas Corp. The interview was conducted via email, and the transcript is here below.
1) How long has GelJet technology been around?
2) Is there something in particular that prompted Ricoh to develop this technology? Was it developed "organically" in-house?
3) What industries are ideally suited to embrace a technology like GelJet? How scalable are your GelJet products?
Ricoh's GelJet product line has been successful in a number of industries and applications. In each case, the key advantages of our GelJet products have been their small size, low electricity consumption, low cost-per-page and fast print speeds. In addition, our vibrant viscous inks have been attractive to many customers.
We've had success in general business environments as personal devices or as a shared device in a small workteam. These devices can comfortably support volumes that range from 300 to 2,500 pages per month. In addition, many companies equip their remote employees with GelJet multifunction printers for their home offices. In retail stores where space is at a premium, the GelJet printers have been well-received.
We have had success with K-12 Education where school districts are looking for fast, affordable color printing solutions. Because of their compact size, and affordability, it is possible to place a GelJet product in every classroom. And because of their fast print speeds, GelJet printers can keep pace with the busy workload. Schools in particular like the cost-savings realized by printing in Economy Color Mode.
GelJet products have been successful in Real Estate applications. The low color cost per page is comparable to that of a laser device for a fraction of the initial hardware investment. And, our waterproof, fade-resistant gel inks are suitable for mailers and brochures.
4) What are the advantages to choosing to go with a GelJet system as opposed to "traditional" inkjet or laser printing?
5) Can you describe the process by which output is produced by GelJet? That is, how does it actually "work"?