Ricoh Print Technology Helps SFU Realize "Lean and Green Program" Goals

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 29 2015 /CNW/ - Ricoh Canada's partnership with Simon Fraser University is helping usher in a new era of print flexibility and workflow efficiencies. Innovative new equipment that can print using clear and white toner is redefining the boundaries of what SFU's Document Solutions digital print department can offer. 

By adding a Ricoh Pro C7110X to the SFU print environment, the facility is now able to offer a degree of flexibility and security that has impacts beyond the simple provision of new services.  For example, by providing the ability to run shorter, high quality clear coat applications, and by broadly increasing the range of materials that can be printed upon, the facility is actually expanding its customer reach through enhanced versatility of product. In addition, SFU also rounded out their fleet with a Ricoh Pro 8110S – an important asset in meeting their growing needs where traditional black and white print is concerned. Key among the demands of this high performance engine is the printing of custom or variable exam booklets.  Both production systems have the ability to print fully bound books on-demand, facilitating the BCcampus Open Textbook Project – an important innovation where students can obtain full (and in the future partial) textbooks. With full textbooks students are saving significantly on the cost of textbooks.  This initiative goes a long way to making education more affordable.

"The new devices now allow staff, faculty and students to access features that were formerly only available to those doing larger runs," said Lillian Ding, Director, SFU Document Solutions. "We also now have the capability of offering services to an expanded customer set, including other post secondary institutions as well as commercial printers to do work that they do not have the capacity or specialized equipment to complete. We can be an adjunct to their services." In addition, Ms. Ding was also very pleased to report "The implementation of the new technologies from Ricoh has allowed SFU Doc Sol to keep costs under control despite the unfavourable current exchange rate with the US and rising paper costs. This helps us achieve our goal of ensuring affordable and sustainable education."

Tim Jones, Vice President of Sales at Ricoh in Vancouver, underscores the implications of the new technology where security is concerned. "With the ability to print with clear toner, documents – such as letterhead, business cards and event tickets – can now be clear coated to make the creation of unauthorized versions more difficult."

SFU's digital print capabilities, enhanced with the addition of a Ricoh Pro C7110X and a Ricoh Pro 8110S, is only part of the expanding portfolio of services SFU is creating. Ms. Ding stated that "We are excited to be working with Ricoh with these new technologies that keep us ahead of the curve and relevant. We will forge forward beyond print to provide services for the ever-changing and sophisticated demands of our clients – this includes transmedia communications, digitization of paper documents and content management."

As Canada's engaged university, SFU is defined by its dynamic integration of innovative education, cutting-edge research and far-reaching community engagement. SFU was founded almost 50 years ago with a mission to be a different kind of university—to bring an interdisciplinary approach to learning, embrace bold initiatives, and engage with communities near and far. Today, SFU is a leader amongst Canada's comprehensive research universities and is ranked one of the top universities in the world under 50 years of age. With campuses in British Columbia's three largest cities—Vancouver, Surrey and Burnaby—SFU has eight faculties, delivers almost 150 programs to over 30,000 students, and boasts more than 130,000 alumni in 130 countries around the world.

| 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 company's revenue comes from products, solutions and services that improve the interaction between people and information. Ricoh also produces award-winning digital cameras and specialized industrial products. It is known for the quality of its technology, the exceptional standard of its customer service and sustainability initiatives.

Under its corporate tagline, imagine. change. Ricoh helps companies transform the way they work and harness the collective imagination of their employees.

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