Hereford-based ABC Print Group Ltd has ordered the UK’s first Ryobi LED-UV press, with the compact drying unit being incorporated into an order for a Ryobi 924 SRA-1 format offset litho printing press. The equipment has been purchased from, and will be installed by, Apex Digital Graphics, the UK distributor for Ryobi printing equipment.
The four-colour version of Ryobi’s popular 920 Series provides for a maximum vertical paper size is 640 mm, enabling the eight-up printing of A4 size pages and A1 size posters. The versatility of the press extends to stock thickness, with the 920 Series being capable of handling paper ranging from 0.04 mm onion-skin to heavy 0.6 mm card stock.
Above photo shows (left to right): Mike Wooding, Apex Sales Director Southern Region; Neil Handforth, Apex Sales and Marketing Director; Mike Greene, ABC Print Group, Managing Director; Kohei Yatsumoto, Ryobi, International Sales and Marketing Manager; Takaki Yamada, Ryobi, International Sales and Marketing; Garrett McGibney, ABC Print Director; Bob Usher, Managing Director, Apex.
Star of the show at the current Print Efficiently 2014 event is a Ryobi LED-UV unit which is being demonstrated as part of a B2-format Ryobi 755G press. The drying system was pioneered by Ryobi, with the company unveiling its first such product at Drupa in 2008. Developments in ink technology and manufacture have now caught up with the huge potential offered by LED-based UV drying equipment. LED-UV ink is now available from a host of major ink suppliers, four of which are being demonstrated by Apex at Print Efficiently 2014. This year is likely to see the commercial acceptance of LED-UV in the UK, where it will follow Japan and a number of European countries. The environmental benefits of the technology and the significant cost savings through reduced power consumption are the two outstanding benefits of the equipment. Adding LED-UV also eliminates the need for powder spray, and removes ozone from the process, with the required ducting for extraction – another significant cost element. The stunning productivity and quality of the technique are self-evident when the system is viewed in action.
Commenting on the order for the UK’s first Ryobi LED-UV equipped press, Mike Greene, Managing Director of ABC Print Group, said: “Myself and co-director, Garrett McGibney, were immediately attracted to the technology when we saw it at Ipex earlier this year. Putting ink on paper correctly, in this day and age, is relatively easy – drying, however, is a different issue.
“Most drying solutions that produce a dry-to-the-touch sheet tend to be a big draw on electricity, as well as being hungry on consumables such as coatings or varnish. We all know how the cost of power has increased hugely in recent years, so anything that can minimise consumption has to have huge potential. LED-UV minimises the power costs, improves the process by eliminating the need for consumables, and speeds the drying of sheets – a win-win-win situation!”
ABC Print Group is considered to be the UK’s largest B3-format printer, with equipment that includes the UK’s first ten-colour perfecting B3 press. The company is also familiar with the service and support of Apex Digital Graphics, having utilised DPX Systems polyester-based CtP equipment for many years.
“We had no hesitation about returning to Apex for equipment. They are an excellent company to do business with, and have a great support team,” added Mike Greene.
“The move to the SRA1 format, with the Ryobi 920 press, made all kinds of sense to us. Both Garrett and I are historically familiar with SRA1 machines, and so immediately understood the benefits of the format when Apex began discussions. It means that we can print eight x A4 pages to view, and with the LED-UV added, have a dry to the touch sheet out of the back of the press – the productivity gains of the configuration will be huge to a business like ours, and the savings on both maintenance and cleaning by not having to use powder powder are also important.
“At ABC Print we always aim to keep ahead of the curve with regard to the technology that we bring into the business. This new press configuration is certainly something that we believe will give us an edge over the competition, and will allow us to offer something special to our customers.”
Commenting on the order on behalf of Apex Digital Graphics, Neil Handforth, Sales and Marketing Director, said: “We are delighted of course to have secured an order for the UK’s first LED-UV unit, as well as another 920 Series press. We are convinced that the combination will be a real winner for ABC Print Group. Ryobi’s LED-UV unit really does take drying technology to a new level, with its ability to aid the process on just about any stock, and with significant savings on running costs compared to any other fast drying technique.”
Apex Digital Graphics is showing the Ryobi LED-UV solution in conjunction with a Ryobi 755G press in its showroom during the current Print Efficiently 2014 event in October at its Hemel Hempstead premises.
ABC Print Group occupies floor space of over 14,000 square feet, containing state-of-the-art printing facilities. It is the largest B3 printing business in the UK with 17 units in operation.
MD Mike Greene sums up the business: “For us printing remains a passion. It is a diverse industry and it becomes the crossroads linking technical, commercial and creative skills.
“We work in partnership with our clients to produce the best annual reports, brochures, business stationery, consumer packaging, direct mail, exhibition media, folders, leaflets, newsletters, prospectuses, signage, tourism and visitor guides. Our commitment to repeatable accuracy and quality enables us to provide a superior finished product every time, whilst understanding ever shrinking budgets.
“As Managing Director I am proud to have such a great team working for the company who will ensure that buying print is as easy as ABC.”
For further information on ABC Print Group call 01432 760 700 or visit the http://www.abcprintgroup.com web site.
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 Apex web site.