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Ricoh helps put a new spin on vinyls

A Milan-based company has created a new solution for vinyl records thanks to its recent investment

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The Ricoh Pro TF6251 has allowed Terenzi to produce precise, detailed, and multi-layered prints

Terenzi Group, a product industrialisation service provider, has bolstered its environmental credentials and its production of vinyl records thanks to the Ricoh Pro TF6251.

With the increased demand for the production of vinyl records, Terenzi has been seeking a more environmentally friendly alternative to PVC, one of the most damaging plastics to the environment.

By collaborating with music label and publisher Rude Records, Terenzi produced an innovative green solution called Greenyl. 

The new product is made from recycled plastics which are created using an industrial press before Terenzi prints the artist, songs, album information, and graphics directly onto both sides of the record.

In order to expand production and create high-quality prints, Terenzi partnered with Ricoh in order to benefit from the company’s eco-friendly UV inks and ColourGATE Productionserver software. 

The new Ricoh machine has meant the Greenyl concept has gone from small scale testing to full industrial production

Luca Terenzi, chief executive at Terenzi, comments: “In the first year, we plan to produce around 500,000 Greenyl records, and, after that, we estimate volumes will increase even further.

“To achieve this, we needed a solution that would deliver high print speeds and productivity to keep lead times as short as possible for clients. And it was essential to create an energy-efficient and eco-friendly workflow in line with our sustainability goals.”

The Ricoh Pro TF6251 allows the company to print onto 16 Greenyl records at once with a wide array of colours. A custom-made jig has been installed on the flatbed table which allows newly pressed discs to be flipped in order to print on both sides of the disc.

“We initially questioned whether we could find a device to print directly onto records at high speed and scale, but the Pro TF6251 meets and exceeds our requirements,” says Terenzi who adds: “In the coming years, we aim to produce well over one million records annually, so this is just the beginning, and we hope Ricoh will continue to support us on the journey.”

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