Riso Brings Four-color to Tuomey Healthcare
Two-color printing had never been a problem for Tuomey Healthcare System’s two-employee Print Shop. Its Riso MZ790 digital duplicator did a great job printing two-color flyers, envelopes and other items needed by the Sumter, S.C.-based hospital. But Graphic Artist Lisa Reardon was ready to move beyond just two colors.
“We’ve always wanted to do full color,” she says.
Recently she got her wish. The in-plant just replaced the MZ790 with a new Riso ComColor 9050 R high-speed ink-jet printer. At 150 ppm, the ComColor 9050 can print 1,000 full-color pages in less than seven minutes—with no slowdown for duplexing. It uses four in-line ink-jet heads arranged in parallel to enable full-color printing of letter-sized sheets in a single pass.
Reardon was impressed with the speed and duplexing capabilities of the ComColor 9050, as well as its ability to run heavy stock, but she says cost was a major reason the in-plant selected it over a color copier.
“It’s a lot cheaper to run the Riso than it is a regular color copier,” she affirms. Riso says average costs are less than a half cent per monochrome page and less than three cents for color pages.
In addition to printing color flyers, brochures, patient guides, business cards, invitations, coupons, meal tickets, labels and #10 envelopes, the shop has used the 9050 to print overflow work from its Xerox Nuvera 120.
“A lot of times we’ve got so much black-and-white going on...it’s just a lot less expensive and quicker just to take it over there and put it on a Riso,” she remarks. “It’s a good back-up.”
Reardon is keeping the 9050 very busy. She runs it eight hours a day, five days a week, which is nothing the machine can’t handle. It boasts a manufacturer’s duty cycle of 500,000 pages per month.
Bob has served as editor of In-plant Impressions since October of 1994. Prior to that he served for three years as managing editor of Printing Impressions, a commercial printing publication. Mr. Neubauer is very active in the U.S. in-plant industry. He attends all the major in-plant conferences and has visited nearly 170 in-plant operations around the world. He has given presentations to numerous in-plant groups in the U.S., Canada and Australia, including the Association of College and University Printers and the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association. He also coordinates the annual In-Print contest, cosponsored by IPMA and In-plant Impressions.