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The Definitive Ranking of Commercial Printer Manufacturers in 2023

09/13/2022
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There are several well-known manufacturers in the commercial printing industry. Each has its own featured models and market niche. That’s why both dealers and customers often have their own opinions on favorites.

We’ve taken a look at some of the most popular commercial printer manufacturers and compiled a list of the ones to watch in 2023.

Here’s our review of:

Canon

Canon carriers a full line of award-winning large-format and production-quality printers. Their long-standing history and continued commitment to developing innovative technology, helps commercial printing customers to meet the ever-changing demands of today’s printing project expectations.

Most Popular Outdoor Banner Printer – Colorado Seriescol1650_300x300

The Colorado is a UVgel piezoelectric inkjet, roll-to-roll, wide-format printer that has won the 2021 Pinnacle Product Award. Components of this system have also won industry awards, including the Digital Inks – UV category and the Automation Equipment (print/post-print) Product of the Year in the 2020 Printing United Alliance awards.

This 64” wide-format printer is a high-production, high-quality solution that is designed to print across a large range of applications without significantly reducing speed. Popular applications include outdoor banners, backlit sign graphics and wallpaper.


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Favorite Brochure and Mid-Volume A3 Printer – imagePRESS C910 SeriesCanon imagePRESS C910

The imagePRESS C910 Series presents a high-quality digital production press within a compact footprint. This A3-sized printer supports a wide range of media, including stock weights up to 130 lb. cover stock and long sheet lengths up to 51.2”.

Noted for its highly accurate and consistent registration, the imagePRESS C910 series is suited for commercial print businesses or corporate print rooms looking to bring “print-on-demand” resources, in-house.

This series is perfect for producing saddle-stitched or square-folded brochures, menus, tri-fold materials flyers, book jackets, indoor posters and business cards. Prints on a wide range of stocks, including textured media and embossed papers.

In fact, the imagePRESS C910 Series along with Canon’s entire line of A3 multi-function printers won the Buyers Lab (BLI) 2022 A3 Line of the Year award and the BLI 2022-2024 most Reliable A3 Brand award. 


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Most Popular Plotter – imagePROGRAF Seriesimageprograf-ta-30-300x300

Canon’s imagePROGRAF series is known as a powerful line of wide-format (24” to 60”) inkjet printers commonly used to print CAD drawings. However, these affordable and easy-to-use printers are also designed to produce small indoor banners and posters.

Ricoh 

Ricoh offers a variety of printers – including models designed for commercial printing. These reliable, easy-to-use machines are ready to deliver output for large businesses and small printing companies, alike. 

Most Versatile Media Printer – C9200 Graphic Arts SeriesRicohProC9200-1

Ricoh’s C9200 Graphic Arts series is a printer designed to accept a variety of stock. This machine can be used for high-volume printing on typical office stocks as well as printing on heavier stocks, such as light packaging (e.g., boxes, coasters, etc.) The C9200 Graphic Arts series is also designed to help migrate offset print jobs to digital printing, saving time and money in the process.

Most Ecologically Efficient Printer – Pro L5160eRicoh Pro L5160e

The Ricoh Pro L5160e is a 64” wide-format latex printer with up to six-color capability. When using Orange and Green in addition to standard CMYK colors, your color gamut will expand by 22%.

Featuring advanced aqueous resin latex inks, the Pro L5160e provides the flexibility to print on pressure-sensitive vinyl, banner media, canvas, paper, backlit/clear films textiles, adhesives and more. Output is fully cured inside the printer and ready for finishing.

In addition, Ricoh’s AR latex inks require no outgassing and projects are ready for immediate finishing and handlings as they exit the printer. These inks reduce your environmental impact and are designed for both indoor and outdoor settings.

Customer training is also available, focused on color management, banner stitching, applying graphics to walls/windows and more. 

HP

Most Versatile Large Print Shop Digital Press – Indigo Digital Presses

HP’s Indigo line of digital presses is a large-scale printing solution most commonly found in large print shops. Indigo digital presses feature a liquid electrophotographic printing engine and a blanket to transfer ink to media. These digital presses are often compared to offset presses. 

Konica Minolta

Most Configurable Sheet and Envelope Large Print Shop Digital Press – AccurioPrint Digital Presses

Konica Minolta’s AccurioPrint line of digital presses are commonly found in large print shops. These machines are designed for high-volume, production printing needs, especially for standard office-weight stocks and envelopes. 

Commercial Printing Solutions for You

Every business has unique printing needs. That’s why Gordon Flesch Company (GFC) is here with local staff ready to aid you every step of the way – sales, service, training and on-going product application support.

Choose to buy or lease your machine. GFC Leasing provides one-stop shopping for equipment and financing with convenient, in-house leasing options. At GFC, there are no hidden fees or surprises for end-of-term buyouts.

Our in-house technicians and digital printing consultants work together with you to help design the most effective production print processes possible. And you’ll enjoy hassle-free print management as GFC technicians perform preventative maintenance and provide on-going support, ensuring your machines remain operating to help you maximize profits.

GFC has commercial printing options for you. Contact us to discuss. Or download our Checklist for Office Printers to identify vulnerabilities in your print environment and find room for improvement. 

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