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Ricoh’s new industrial inkjet print heads serve 3 industrial customer trends

Labels, packaging, and wide format graphics printers increasingly need to give customers smaller lot sizes, shorter delivery times, and finer image quality, which is why Ricoh has produced the MH5220 industrial inkjet print heads.

These digital print heads are capable of 1 200dpi resolution with multiple heads in a staggered configuration that also deliver all the benefits of digitalisation to customers.

“We’ve got over 30 years of experience in inkjet technology and we partner with diverse industrial and specialty markets from wide graphics to additive manufacturing and textile to digital enhancements,” says Jacques van Wyk, COO of Ricoh SA. “That experience is reflected in the stainless steel build quality of the new print heads, the mechanical piston and metallic diaphragm method, and the built-in heater for jetting high-viscosity inks up to 60 degrees Celsius.”

Key characteristics:

  • With 1 280 nozzles configured in 4 x 320 nozzles, the head achieves high-resolution without granular appearance of dots and is also capable of printing 1 200 dpi resolution with multiple print heads in a staggered configuration;
  • Multi-drop capability (drops are ejected in rapid succession, then merge in flight before reaching the media surface) allows the creation of a range of drop sizes from 2.5 ~9pl;
  • Robust stainless steel construction, resulting in excellent durability and extended service life;
  • Built-in heater, capable of jetting of high-viscosity inks; and
  • Compatible with UV durable Ink for label printing.



MethodPiston pusher with metallic diaphragm plate
Print width54.1mm (2.1")
Number of nozzles1,280 (4 x 320 channels), staggered
Nozzle spacing1/150" (0.1693mm) /
Nozzle spacing (Row to row distance)A : 0.93mm B : 9.31mm
Compatible inkUV

Total print head dimensions

89mm(W), 64.2mm(D), 24.7mm(H)
3.5" x 2.5" x 1" (No cable)

Weight148g
Max. number of colour inks2 colours
Operating temperature rangeUp to 60℃
Temperature controlIntegrated heater and thermistor
Life100 billion actuations per nozzle
Jetting frequency30kHz
Drop volume2.5pl (single drop)、2.5~ 9pl (multi drop)
Viscosity range10~12mPa・s
Surface tension28~35mN/m
Gray scale4 levels
Ink portYes
Alignment pin directionFront (standard)
Separately sold partsMH5220 dedicated cable

|About Ricoh|

Ricoh is empowering digital workplaces using innovative technologies and services enabling individuals to work smarter. For more than 80 years, Ricoh has been driving innovation and is a leading provider of document management solutions, IT services, commercial and industrial printing, digital cameras, and industrial systems. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in approximately 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ended March 2017, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,028 billion yen (approx. 18.2 billion USD).


For further press information, please contact:

Lauren Timmer-Somer, Ricoh SA

Contact details: (011) 723-5000, lauren.somer@ricoh.co.za


Maria Joubert, Purple Word Box PR for Ricoh South Africa

Contact details: (012) 433-6467, maria@purplewordbox.co.za


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