Line of the Year

Ricoh Named BLI's 2015 A3 MFP Line of the Year

Winter 2015

Ricoh Named BLI’s 2015 A3 MFP Line of the Year


January 13, 2015 – Hackensack (NJ) – Ricoh Americas Corporation has won Buyers Laboratory LLC’s (BLI) most prestigious award for A3 MFPs: 2015 A3 MFP Line of the Year. The world’s leading authority on document imaging devices and solutions, BLI presents its most coveted Line of the Year honor once annually to the vendor whose products are determined to be the best in their respective categories of models tested in BLI’s rigorous two-month laboratory evaluations.

“Ricoh has offered consistently outstanding products across its entire line. The company stands out from the rest in nearly every speed band,” said George Mikolay, BLI’s senior product editor for A3 Copiers/MFPs. “From exceptional reliability to cutting-edge innovations, Ricoh shines in all of these key areas for buyers.”

In the past two Picks seasons, Ricoh has earned a total of 14 A3 Pick awards—more than any other vendor this year—plus one PRO award, which means the excellence of its line extends all the way up to the production segment. These devices are also sold under the Lanier and Savin brands.

Astounding Reliability and Productivity Across the Board
Reliability—the most important aspect for buyers—is Ricoh’s greatest strength. To date, BLI has run 1.75 million impressions on its current product line, with an exceptional average misfeed rate of just one per 175,000 impressions.

“To run a combined total of 1.75 million impressions with just ten misfeeds recorded is remarkable,” Mikolay said.

And not only is Ricoh’s current line-up highly reliable, they’re productive too. The devices consistently outperformed the competition when printing BLI’s job stream test, which is the most important measure of print productivity, as it provides users with a measure of how the device will perform in a real-world office setting.

Award-Winning Innovations
In addition to its numerous Picks, Ricoh also earned two Outstanding Achievement awards this year. In the Winter 2015 season, Ricoh’s optional Android-based, smartphone-style Smart Operation Panel was honored with an Outstanding Achievement in Innovation recognition. The 10.1" Smart Operation Panel, which is available for many Pick-winning models in its current line-up, offers drag-and-drop, pinch-and-flick functionality, along with swipe scrolling—mirroring the user experience of navigating smartphone and tablet devices.

And last season Ricoh’s stapleless stapler finisher won an Outstanding Achievement in Innovation award. The finisher can bind up to five sheets together without using metal staples, which conserves resources and reduces the risk of the platen glass being scratched when documents are scanned or copied.

“Our A3 color and monochrome MFPs are not just print, copy, scan and fax devices anymore. They truly mobilize information in the new world of work,” said Matt Sakauchi, vice president, Product Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “With our Smart Operation Panel that integrates the latest solutions and enhances ease of use, businesses can now access and share information in ways they never thought possible with their MFP. We greatly appreciate this A3 MFP Line of the Year award from BLI.”

About Buyers Laboratory LLC
Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) is the world's leading independent provider of analytical information and services to the digital imaging and document management industry. For over 50 years, buyers have relied on BLI to help them differentiate products’ strengths and weaknesses and make the best purchasing decisions, while industry sales, marketing and product professionals have turned to BLI for insightful competitive intelligence and valued guidance on product development, competitive positioning and sales channel and marketing support. Using BLI’s web-based bliQ and Solutions Center services, 40,000 professionals worldwide create extensive side-by-side comparisons of hardware and software solutions for over 15,000 products globally, including comprehensive specifications and the performance results and ratings from BLI’s unparalleled Lab, Solutions and Environmental Test Reports, the result of months of hands-on evaluation in its US and UK labs. The services, also available via mobile devices, include a comprehensive library of BLI’s test reports, an image gallery, hard to find manufacturers’ literature and valuable tools for configuring products, calculating total cost of ownership (TCO) and annual power usage. BLI also offers consulting and private, for-hire testing services that help manufacturers develop and market better products and consumables.

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