Five-Colour Ryobi for Broad Oak Colour Printers

In Offset Presses on December 14, 2016 at 9:35 am


Canterbury-based Broad Oak Colour Printers has committed to a major investment with the purchase of an RMGT Ryobi 785E five-colour B2-format offset litho press in order to handle an increasingly busy workload. The press has been purchased from Apex Digital Graphics, Hemel Hempstead, the official RMGT Ryobi press distributor for the UK in formats up to SRA1.

The compact format B2 press has replaced an ageing Roland Favorit four-colour machine as the company’s main production unit, though the four-colour product has been retained to produce single and two colour work for the time being. A two-colour Favorit has been taken out of the plant.

Commenting on the investment, Broad Oak Colour Printers Director, Duncan Palmer, said: “The Favorit’s have given us sterling service for some thirty years, but following our management buyout of the business five years ago, we have been very aware of the need to move to a more productive and modern press.

The Ryobi 785E is ideal for us: it is a small footprint B2 press, meaning that we were able to slot it into the same floor space that the two-colour used to occupy! The features of the modern press are already making a huge difference to the way we work and the way that we can compete for work in the market.

“Make-ready, for example, has been reduced significantly, along with paper waste, including the number of overs we used to run. The automated dampening and ink duct controls make a huge difference to running the machine, and the colour accuracy and consistency make the machine a delight to work with.”

Having joined the company 30 years ago, Duncan and two colleagues conducted a management buyout of the company five years ago, and have been busily expanding the company’s capabilities since then. A new digital platemaking system and a bookletmaker for the bindery have already added to the equipment line-up.

“The addition of the new press has enabled us to quote for work that we just wouldn’t have been able to produce before. The speed and accuracy of make-ready along with the vastly improved printing speeds give us a highly competitive edge,” added Duncan Palmer. “And we have also been able to reduce the 12-hour days that we had been putting in just to get the work produced!”

Make-ready aids include semi-automatic plate loading, allowing plates to be changed quickly and accurately. The operator simply sets the plate on the positioning pins and presses the button. Ryobi Ink Volume Setter software sends the ink profiles directly to the press from CtP, and the program inking system automatically supplies ink to the rollers to match the image from the start of printing. After the pre-set number of prints has been produced the ink on the rollers is automatically restored to an even state ready for the next job profile.

The compact footprint of the RMGT Ryobi machine scores heavily with commercial printers, where space is often at a premium. Ryobi 780 series machines are highly compact, offering substantial floor-space savings – around 40% compared to a typical B2 machine of a similar configuration. The Ryobi PCS-K Printing Control System is built into the press, providing a significant space-saving feature. This part of the unit allows centralised control of the main operations and settings, such as ink and water volume control, printing parameter settings, fine adjustment of registration, impression pressure, as well as press maintenance information.

A team of five at Broad Oak Colour Printers, including the three directors of the business, produce a wide range of general commercial print, including work from graphic designers and from charities. Capabilities include platemaking, printing and a range of finishing solutions.

Commenting on the order for Apex Digital Graphics, Neil Handforth, Sales & Marketing Director for the company, said: “The compact construction of the Ryobi 785E has made this the ideal press for Broad Oak. The capabilities of this modern press should certainly help the business to be ultra competitive on turnaround times. It has been a delight to work with the Broad Oak team in Canterbury.”

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 RMGT Ryobi range of printing presses through to SRA1 format and Cron metal-based platesetters. Apex also distributes 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.


Twenty10 Digital Add DigiFold Pro for Faster Folding

In Finishing on November 3, 2016 at 11:03 am

Northampton-based Twenty10 Digital has added a Morgana DigiFold Pro to its finishing line-up in order speed through a growing amount of work requiring creasing and folding. The system was purchased from Morgana Systems Ltd, Milton Keynes, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing.


The Digifold Pro is the ideal product for creasing/folding heavier weight paper stock. It is designed specifically for the professional digital or litho printer with a need to crease and fold printed, heavy weight or cross grained stock.

Commenting on the purchase, Paul Riley, Managing Director of Twenty10 Digital, said: “Growing business from a greetings card client meant that we needed to take a closer look at our creasing and folding capacity. Whilst we had used the DocuMaster along with our Morgana Major folder, they are simply not fast enough to keep up with the growing volume of work that we were producing. What had been taking us five hours to produce using our existing devices can now be produced in one hour on the DigiFold Pro.”

In addition to the greetings card work, Twenty10 is also using the machine for folding an increasing volume of DL sized four-page work. “The DigiFold Pro is extremely versatile and flexible. Set-up is extremely fast, operation very simple to learn, and a skew facility allows for small adjustments in the crease and fold actions for printed sheets slightly off square, which can sometimes happen with digital print. This machine is another fine example of the robust, quality engineering provided by Morgana.”

Passing comment on this latest addition to Twenty10’s finishing suite, Ray Hillhouse, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Morgana Systems, said: “Twenty10’s award winning history is testament to the quality of work that the company produces, and we are delighted to be able to provide a wide range of Morgana products to help them achieve such excellence in the finishing department.”

Morgana DigiFold Pro employs a unique creasing rule and matrix, the DynaCrease, that eliminates tearing and, therefore, cracking on a digitally printed sheet. By using this patented technology DigiFold Pro is able to crease and fold over 6,000 A4 sheets an hour. This excellent throughput speed is achieved by creasing the sheet without stopping it, yet maintaining an accuracy of +/‐ 0.1mm.

Controlled by the same innovative seven-inch SmartScreen panel as the rest of the Morgana Pro range, DigiFold Pro is instructed how long the sheet is and which crease and fold to produce. All settings and adjustments are made using the SmartScreen and, as only symbols are used, operation couldn’t be simpler.

Twenty10 Digital is used to finishing work with Morgana equipment – the company already runs a wide range of product from the Milton Keynes based manufacturer, including a DigiBook 200 PUR binder for perfect bound products; a CardXtra for business cards and other small format jobs; a DocuMaster for bookletmaking; a Matrix laminator; Rhin-o-Tuff wire-o binding product; and a Morgana Major Folder.

About Twenty10 Digital

The philosophy behind the business was to bring together the very best people, technology, and processes to create work that everybody involved could feel extremely proud. The company employs a total of six personnel generating a turnover in excess of £500,000. Twenty10 has been won for several national print awards, and has made a huge impact on the digital print world. The business is quickly setting the standards for others to follow.

About Morgana Systems Limited

Morgana Systems Limited provides an unrivalled range of digital finishing products from the simplest, entry-level creasing units through to highly sophisticated multi-functional systems offering a range of finishing capabilities in a single unit. Since its acquisition by Plockmatic in 2013 the product portfolio has been extended with a wide range of booklet making systems to meet every production requirement.

Beginning with the launch of the revolutionary AutoCreaser in 2000, Morgana Systems has led the way in developing new and innovative solutions to cope with the special requirements of the digital printer. Morgana products that have achieved worldwide success during this time include the AutoCreaser, the DigiFold combination creaser and folder, the DocuMaster total finishing system, and several specialist folders.

Morgana’s purpose built factory in Milton Keynes produces more than 4,000 finishing products each year, with over 80% of these destined for the company’s rapidly growing export markets.

Full details of Morgana’s product line-up can be found at:


Hapa Announces Two Additions to Inkjet Range

In Digital Presses on October 19, 2016 at 2:34 pm


Swiss-based Hapa AG, the global leader of innovative packaging printing solutions for the pharmaceutical industry, has announced the release of two additions to its drop-on-demand piezo inkjet range of products.

The compact MedJet 470 is print unit designed to integrate easily onto continuous or intermittent motion packaging machines. The single-colour UV DOD piezo inkjet is designed with the medical packaging industry, and uses solvent-free UV curing inks.

MedJet 470 is suitable for printing onto a wide range of substrates, including aluminium foil, paper-backed foil, PVC, medical paper, and Tyvek. The system is targeted at the production of blisters, deep-draw blisters, trays, and pouches.

The second new arrival is the BlisterJet CMYK for printing text and graphics in four spot colours or CMYK process images. The product is an addition to the already successful BlisterJet product, suitable for two colour printing. BlisterJet products are focused on producing print onto blister and deep-draw blister products, and are the ideal print products to aid late-stage-customisation of pre-filled packs.

The fully digital UV DOD piezo inkjet system provides perfectly sharp print quality in a single pass, and is suitable for printing onto aluminium foil, paper-backed foil, PVC, and Tyvek.

Low-Migration Ink Products for DOD

Working in conjunction with Hapa equipment, the company is also able to offer high quality ink products through its Hapa Ink division. The division addresses a key concern for the packaging world: the unwanted transfer of ink substances and taint from packaging to product. Customer-specific low-migration ink is formulated by Hapa Ink to suit substrate, application, and production risk-levels. The company can also offer a complete service to ensure compliance and security.

In the packaging sector, public health and safety have to be at the forefront. It must be guaranteed that no ink substances in excess of quantities designated and regulated as harmful, transfer onto pharmaceuticals, foods, and cosmetics. To this end, Hapa Ink develops low-migration, solvent-free UV drop-on-demand inks that mitigate the risk of diffusion and set-off migration. The inks are specialised to each customer’s substrates, application, and production processes. Any ink-quantity levels can be supplied, no matter how large or how small.

The development and production of inks is done in a single lab, where a team of specialists put years of practical experience to work on low-migration inks.

Combining extensive know-how of printing systems and technologies, industry regulations, and sub-regulations, Hapa Ink can fulfil orders for inks that meet EU food safety standards. All low-migration inks from Hapa Ink contain materials on the Nestlé Positive List.

Highest Print Quality and White Opacity

Whether CMYK, white, or spot-colours, inks from Hapa Ink deliver the highest printing quality for a virtually unlimited range of applications. The inks meet cover requirements in a single pass of printing.

About Hapa and Hapa Ink

Hapa’s on-demand and late-stage-customization printing solutions improve lean production. It’s UV flexographic, UV DOD inkjet, and hybrid printing systems have long established Hapa as the global leader of in-house packaging-print solutions in the pharmaceutical industry.

Growth in the cosmetics, food, medical, and ink industries is dynamic. Hapa Ink is a department of Hapa. It develops, produces, and delivers individualized inks that are printing on plastic, aluminium, glass, and labelling materials of types.

The growth of the Hapa Ink division, and its expansion into the FMCG industries is dynamic. More than 170 Hapa employees work at the company headquarters near Zurich, Switzerland, and in sales and service centres worldwide.


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