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Our Strengths

Technology improved over many years to help transform customer workplaces and resolve social issues.

Global reach is to anticipate their latent needs.

Environmental management to achieve simultaneous environmental conservation and business growth.

These three elements are our strengths.

Technology

The Ricoh Group continues to innovate by merging its core technologies of optics, imaging, materials, manufacturing, infrastructure, control and systems, and software with fresh ideas and the latest technologies.

New value created by machine vision

Creating new customer value by merging optical technologies with computing power and by establishing platform technologies.

Road surface monitoring system

Using multiple stereo cameras to measure the rate of cracks, the rutting depth, and flatness in a single pass

Using AI to automatically determine the rate of cracks

Our technology is one way in which we are helping overcome growing social issues posed by the aging of roads, tunnels, and other infrastructure. Systematically maintaining such structures will enhance social safety and security.

We developed a vehicle-mounted system with stereo cameras* to evaluate road surfaces. In September 2018, our setup became the first employing stereo cameras to pass a performance confirmation of Japan's Public Works Research Center. We commercialized the Ricoh Road Surface Monitoring Service in August 2019. Because it can be mounted on ordinary automobiles, it can be used on residential roads on which it would be hard to measure changes with large specialist vehicles.

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Stereo cameras: Obtaining depth (three-dimensional) information on objects ahead by using the parallax of two cameras aligned left and right.

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Inkjet printing available for printing on anything

Ricoh offers industrial printing services for printing on diverse media (e.g. building materials, clothing, paintings, food, medical supplies, etc.) in addition to paper by combining inkjet head and ink materials technologies, which are Ricoh's strengths. Users can print one original illustration on wallpaper, clothes, or even on the foam of a caffé latte.

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Handy printer

The portable RICOH Handy Printer weighs just 315g. It can print by being swiped over a wide range of media otherwise inaccessible to most printers. Such media includes cardboard, labels, envelopes, postcards, wood, and cloth.

This model employs a sensor to detect hand motion speed and the surface condition of print media and uses a new discharge technology harnessing an algorithm to predict printer movements and accurately jet the ink. We miniaturized parts and optimized the layout in keeping with compact dimensions. This high-definition printer can output barcodes and QR codes and delivers instant results with quick-drying ink.

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Fully 360° camera, RICOH THETA, creates a new world of images

Totally different from traditional cameras, RICOH THETA, can capture an entire 360° scenes around the photographer with a single shutter release. This product is a fruit of the merger of Ricoh's unique optical technology with its image processing technology. RICOH THETA is utilized in a wide range of applications, including use as an automotive camera and reality application for tours that link multiple 360° images with room floor plans in the real estate business.

Global R&D

The Ricoh Group has R&D sites in Japan, the United States, India and China. Each site explores market needs and conducts research and technology development attuned to regional characteristics while deepening cooperative connections among global sites.

R&D investment

The Ricoh Group consistently earmarks about 5 - 6% of consolidated sales for R&D to ensure a steady stream of innovation. In the year ended March 2019, R&D expenses reached 111.0 billion yen, about 5.5% of sales. Of this amount, 13.3% (14.7 billion yen) went into basic research.

Intellectual property

Intellectual property—the fruit of our R&D efforts—is one of the most precious resources we have for securing a competitive market advantage.
In the year ended March 2019, we retain the rights to more than 21,000 patents in Japan and more than 25,000 patents overseas.