News originally posted here on GenesisNews in February of this year, when the machine was installed, has this week become the subject of a Me & My feature in PrintWeek magazine. The team at PrintWorks North Ltd and their Ryobi 525GE press purchase are presented in the printed magazine this week, and also have the story in focus on the PrintWeek.com web site.
February, 2012: PrintWorks North Ltd, Wetherby, has announced details of its latest expansion with the installation of a Ryobi 525GE five-unit offset litho press. The purchase was made from the UK’s exclusive distributor for Ryobi presses, Apex Digital Graphics, Hemel Hempstead, and comes just some 26-months since the installation of the company’s first four-colour press.
Commenting on the new spend, Paul Johnson, Managing Director of PrintWorks North, said: “After investing in our first four-colour press – a Ryobi 524GE in 2009 – we have seen a year-on-year shift in the type of work being demanded by our customers. Full-colour print accounted for around 20% of all work in 2009. In 2011 that figure stands at over 60%. We are constantly developing new customer relationships and the introduction of our new website will pave the way for even more full-colour work in 2012.”
Ben Johnson, Sales & Marketing Director at the company, added: “Over the course of the last two years we have witnessed an increased demand from clients for super-fast turnaround print that does not compromise on quality. Our inability to seal inline meant that we often had to pass print jobs through the press up to four times – four process colours plus a sealing run for each side of the sheet. This was putting pressure on turnaround times and limiting the productivity of the business. With tight margins and a volatile price/speed orientated market, we needed to act.”
Having formed a close relationship with Apex Digital Graphics over a number of years the father and son team of Paul and Ben Johnson looked to them for assistance and the Ryobi 525GE was the obvious solution. “We had been extremely happy with the versatility of the 524. It coped extremely well everything we threw at it, especially the constant changes between spot and CMYK. However, the move to the Ryobi 525GE also provided us with a number of new features that would further shorten make readies and increase the speed at which our printers could operate without compromising quality,” confirmed Ben Johnson.
The press was installed at the end of December and by the end of the first week in January 2012 PrintWorks North were up and running and seeing the expected benefits straight away. The first job was nice and simple: 1,000 A4 leaflets. “We were turning the job almost immediately and within half an hour of printing the leaflets they were dry and ready for cutting and folding,” said Paul Johnson.
“As always Apex have been fantastic during the whole installation. Minor teething problems are inevitable during installations, but these are always dealt with immediately by the Apex engineers. Their friendly professional approach ensured that the press was installed quickly and with minimal downtime, and their aftercare service in our experience has been second to none. If all goes well with our new website we will definitely be utilizing the services of Apex Digital Graphics again in the near future!”
The Ryobi 525GE B3-format offset press, released in the UK in November 2009, is a compact yet highly automated five-colour press that offers a 40% saving on space taken when compared to other leading five unit B3 configurations. It also claims the lowest power consumption in its class.
The 525GE is equipped with low pile delivery – another space saving feature. The press can also be fitted with a swing-away numbering unit (NP option) – the first time that this option has been made available for a five-colour Ryobi press. The NP unit can also be retrofitted. As standard the machine is fitted with Ryobi’s PCS-JX printing control system, incorporating an LCD touch-screen display and on-board PC.
Combining function and style in an attractive new design the Ryobi 520GE Series includes many features for reducing make-ready times. These include semi-automatic plate changing as standard, as well as automated cleaning for ink rollers and blankets, and Ink Volume Setter software for the efficient, networked transfer of ink profile information from the pre-press department. The PCS-JX incorporates Ryobi Program Inking to automatically supply ink to the ink rollers to match the image from the very start of printing.
Apex Digital Graphics Limited is a specialist in the supply and service of pre-press and press equipment. Apex is the official UK distributor for the Ryobi range of printing presses and ECRM polyester platesetters. Apex also distributes the Screen range of thermal and violet platesetters. The company offers national service coverage, and a one-stop shop for print consumables featuring next day delivery. Apex Digital Graphics can be contacted on 01442 235 236 or via the Apex web site.