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Resource Relocates and Adds Ryobi 925 Press

In Offset Presses on June 27, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Leeds-based Resource has announced an investment in SRA1 format printing equipment from Ryobi. The marketing services provider has replaced two B2-format Mitsubishi presses with the increasingly popular Ryobi 925 model. The new machine was sold and installed by Apex Digital Graphics, exclusive Ryobi press distributor for the UK.


The press purchase comes as a result of the decision to relocate the business to new premises in Armley Road, Leeds. “We have owned the premises for some little while,” said Resource Managing Director Phil Thompson. “It was a matter of deciding on the right time to make the change, and, alongside the move, to also consider our printing capabilities going forward. A change of premises is, of course, an ideal time to install new equipment, rather than paying to move and re-site old, inefficient kit.”

Having reviewed the printing needs of the business, Phil Thompson and the team came to the conclusion that the SRA1 format offered by the Ryobi 925 was more than adequate for its current and future needs. “Too many printers look at B1 as being an essential move. Often it is overkill for the work that they are going to produce: RA1 is perfectly adequate for the production of eight-up A4 work,” said Phil. “The Ryobi press is actually based on a B2 machine frame, meaning that there is a significant space saving over a B1 unit. The power savings over the larger unit are very significant, and when you add in potential plate and paper savings as well, the decision becomes very clear.”

“The highly productive capabilities of the newer breed of Ryobi machines means that, along with adjustments of our working hours, we are looking at achieving a 30% increase in throughput by taking out two older machines and installing one new press.” The company will operate double day shifts working with three press minders.

Resource has modelled the business on specific industry sectors where it has a good knowledge and understanding and where the company is recognised as a provider of multi-channel marketing services. “We are certainly not just a printing business any more – much of our business is now taken up with creating concepts, producing designs, and working with a wide range of communication tools, including web pages, as well as printed pages.”

Litho-focused print runs for its markets range from 5,000 through to 30,000. The business is equipped with HP Indigo and Océ digital printing equipment to handle both shorter runs and personalised production.

About Resource

Following its launch in 1996 the business has evolved from a company that simply printed literature into one that plays a much broader role in its clients’ communications. The focus of its attention now is maximising return on investment, primarily through cost effective print options but also by harnessing the power of web-based media.

The company has expanded its skill set to reflect this change in focus, including personalised marketing and the analysis of the data provided to increase response rates. In-house design, for both print and the web, has enabled clients to benefit from the exceptional creative expertise at Resource. A purpose built studio incorporating the latest Mac systems, allows designers and printers to work together closely, leading to a streamlining of practices and a far superior finished product for customers.

About the Ryobi 920

The Ryobi 920 Series SRA1 press offers printers the ideal solution for straightforward A4-focused workloads. It provides a significantly more economical printing solution and a greener option when examining the potential savings on power consumption, plate and paper waste. It is the ideal machine for printers seeking an effective solution for 900 x 640mm printing. The Ryobi 920 has become firmly established across Europe in areas that would previously have only considered the B1 option.

“Savings begin with the overall cost of the machine, which effectively offers eight-up productivity for a figure closer to the price of a B2 machine,” said Neil Handforth, Sales and Marketing Director at Apex Digital Graphics. The physical size of the press itself provides a near 35% space reduction compared with a typical B1 machine, which can be important when expensive floor space needs to be considered as part of the installation of a new machine. Savings on plate costs and substrate prices can also add up to a significant amount.

With regard to power consumption, the Ryobi will consume approximately 45kW per hour, whilst a typical B1 machine might expect to draw 72 kW per hour – another saving in favour of the Ryobi 920 over a typical eight-hour day of some 216kW hours. With current commercial electricity pricing for daytime working at circa 9p per kW hour, that would equate to a saving for users of the Ryobi machine in the region of £100 per five day week, or in excess of £5,000 per year.


Back to B2: Phase Print Installs Ryobi 765E

In Offset Presses on May 7, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Nottingham-based Phase Print has announced the second stage of the company’s seven figure investment plan by investing in B2 litho printing technology with the purchase of a five-colour B2-format Ryobi 765E press and Screen PlateRite 4300S thermal platesetter. The new set up compliments the recent investment in the latest technology B2 finishing equipment.


The installation marks a return to the B2 format for the design, digital, and litho company from its recent focus on B3 print production. “Price pressure means that the market is demanding the right sized machine for the work being produced, it has to be accurate, quick, efficient and reliable, and our workload has been edging more towards the quantities and formats that only a B2 press can deliver, and will free up extra capacity” said Kevin Marks, Managing Director of Phase Print.

Litho firepower of late has consisted of two Ryobi four-colour B3 machines and a single colour press of the same format. With regard to the latest purchase, Kevin had no quibbles about staying with Ryobi and Apex: “Ryobi equipment has delivered high quality print and reliability for this company for some 11 years now. The support provided by Apex has also been first rate, and the combination leaves us very little reason to look at another press supplier.”

With regard to what attracted him to the new Ryobi 760 Series press, Kevin adds: “The level of automation on the modern press has advanced significantly providing the machine with fantastic make-ready speeds, colour control through on board spectrophotometry as well as an overall focus on environmental issues – an important area for many of our customers. The print quality too, of course, was extremely impressive. In fact, since installation, a number of customers have already commented on the quality of the work that we are producing – something even we were impressed with when considering the high print quality already being delivered on a daily basis and the customer recommendations being received!”

The consistency offered by the modern press quickly persuaded Phase Print to calibrate the machine to ISO12647-2 standards – something that Kevin describes as a very easy process: “Our ink suppliers, Stehlin-Hostag, assisted us, but it was a very swift and straightforward job to ensure the press was achieving the required standard – helped very much by the on-board spectrophotometer on the Ryobi machine.

“The focus on a print standard is something that I have championed for many years – it provides the printer with a known starting point with regard to production quality. If the job doesn’t print correctly at that point, it is most often an error in the original file that is the issue.”

The fifth unit on the press was chosen over a dedicated coater in order to provide extra flexibility for Phase Print: “With the fifth print unit we can either add a spot colour to work – often important for the corporate market where an exact Pantone colour match is important – or run a sealer.”

Commenting on the installation for equipment supplier Apex Digital Graphics, Neil Handforth, Sales & Marketing Director, said: “This installation illustrates that there is a growing confidence in the economy and that there are positive printers out there who are keen to make the necessary investments to position themselves correctly in the market. Phase Print has been a long-time customer of Ryobi and Apex, and we were delighted that we were able to assist them with this latest move back to the B2 format. The Ryobi 760 Series is the ideal machine for today’s productive printer: it is very efficient and economical to produce the shorter runs often demanded by customers, yet very capable of handling longer print runs as well. The quality aspect, as Kevin and the Phase Print team have already discovered, helps to get recognition for quality printing.”

About the Ryobi 765E

Ryobi’s 760 Series is the company’s latest compact B2 press offering. Space savings begin with the inclusion of the Ryobi PCS-K printing control system above the new low-pile delivery section of the machine, and new-style footboards. The press is based on the true unit design of the 750 Series, incorporating the same 7 o’clock cylinder layout with double sized impression and transfer cylinders.

Handling paper sizes through to 765 x 600mm (30.12 x 23.62 inches) the new Ryobi 760E provides for a maximum printing area of 765 x 545mm for the S type machine, and 765 x 580 for the XL type press. A double-diameter impression cylinder and transfer drum aid stable and efficient paper transport, even when printing heavier stocks. Paper weights from 0.04 through to 0.6mm are accommodated for straight printing, with a maximum of 0.4mm for perfecting. The 760E press is capable of printing up to 13,000 sheets per hour.

Semi-automatic plate changing is provided as standard for fast and efficient plate changing. Ryobi-matic continuous dampening ensures uniform dampening of the plate and together with the heavy duty inking system, help produce the sharpest of dots and heaviest of solids.

Ryobi long-trusted program inking automatically selects the right conversion curve for each colour according to the image area ratio data that has been calculated during the pre-press stage and Ryobi’s PDS-E SpectroJet is available to numerically control the printing process.

Apex supplies the Fuji plates for the press which are imaged on the new Screen PlateRite 4300S fully automated thermal system.

About Phase Print

Phase Print clients range from blue chip corporates; University and local authority work; a leading High Street chemist; as well as general commercial design and print production. The company provides a full design service as well as wide format, digital and litho print production – all handled with a staff of 25.

This latest investment follows recent equipment arrivals in the finishing area and further technology investments yet to be released.

For further information on Phase Print call 01773 764 288 or visit the web site.

About Apex Digital Graphics 

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, and the Konica Minolta range of digital printing equipment. 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 web site.


Apex Takes Digital and LED-UV to Ipex 2014

In Offset Presses on February 14, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Apex Digital Graphics, Hemel Hempstead and Leeds, the official UK distributor of Ryobi printing equipment and UK dealer for Konica Minolta digital equipment, has confirmed its attendance at Ipex 2014, where it will be exhibiting alongside the Eco Print zone at the show.


Exhibits featured on stand S5-F451 will include a special exhibition piece focusing on Ryobi’s LED-UV unit for its litho press range; the recently introduced VDP chemistry-free polyester-based platesetter; and a colour digital production machine from Konica Minolta.

Commenting on the decision to take a stand at the show, Bob Usher, Managing Director of Apex Digital Graphics, said: “Ipex has always been a key point of focus in our exhibition calendar. We are delighted to be able to confirm our attendance for this year and look forward to a busy event. Our exhibit for the show will span our main product ranges, with LED-UV taking a starring role on the stand. We firmly believe that this technology, pioneered by Ryobi, will begin to be taken on board by UK printers. It is now viewed as the premier technology for UV production in Japan, with over 40 installations there, and several now in Europe.”

Detailing the rest of the Apex exhibits, Neil Handforth, Sales and Marketing Director at the company, added: “The Mitsubishi VDP platesetter is the ideal product to exhibit with environmental issues in mind: it is the first professional standard low-chemistry B2 polyester plate imaging system in the world. Our first UK installation is currently underway, and we are convinced that any litho printer with a view to environmentally friendly production will be looking for a demonstration and further information on this unit.

“We are also delighted to be able to show our digital production capabilities with a Konica Minolta system. Digital has swept through a significant amount of the B3-format market in recent times. The Apex digital focus concentrates on the areas that printers still hold dear to their hearts: print quality, the ability to match output to litho print, and excellent technical support.”

About Apex Digital Graphics 

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, and the Konica Minolta range of digital printing equipment. 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 company web site.



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