Instant Offset Appeals to Corsham Print

In Offset Presses, Pre-Press on June 23, 2016 at 4:13 pm


Corsham Print, the 15-year-old Wiltshire-based print and design business, has announced an investment in the very latest LED-UV technology as it upgrades its Ryobi B3-format offset press to an RMGT 524GX machine, complete with automatic plate loading, and a direct CtP to press link for fast and accurate transfer of ink profile data.

“LED-UV is having a major impact on offset technology in all formats,” said Chris Perry, Managing Director of Corsham Print. The new press, destined for installation in October of this year, will provide the business with instantly dry print on delivery. “The instant drying and faster make-ready times, thanks to the direct press to CtP link, will help us to take the load off of our digital machines – which sounds rather ironic, as these were the same reasons that we installed digital in the first place!” The company currently runs two Ricoh digital devices as well as its Ryobi offset equipment.

“There is a trend at the moment for work to be produced on uncoated stock. With offset this tends to mean adding extra ink in order to get a good image density as ink is absorbed by this type of substrate. That tends to up the ink consumption as well as extending the drying time. With LED-UV we will be able to cure instantly, thus reducing the ink consumption as well as eliminating the drying issue. As a by product, we will also eliminate the piles of offset work drying on the factory floor prior to backing-up, or moving on to finishing,” added Chris. “Yes, the LED-UV inks might be a little more expensive right now, but lower consumption and the added speed of moving work through the factory will, I believe, more than make up for that current difference in price.”

The four-colour 524GX replaces a Ryobi 524HE machine that has been in use at Corsham for some nine years. “We have a long established relationship with Apex and with Ryobi. The Apex team are very professional and great to work with, and the presses are the most reliable that we have ever used,” said Chris Perry. “We knew that we didn’t really need to look at any other suppliers products. Ryobi has also been at the forefront of the LED-UV technology, so this purchase will put us at the cutting edge of print technology.”

Complementing the press will be a Cron platesetter, also supplied by Apex. This will replace the polyester-based plate production of the DPX System. “The DPX has served us very well over the years,” said Chris Perry. “But with the price of metal plates from Cron now coming in below the cost of polyester, and the added sharpness and stability offered by the plates, this is the ideal solution to work with our new press. We are now producing an amount of work for local fine art studios, so the increase in resolution of this device will allow us to move on to a higher screen ruling for this type of work.

“This is the final part of a half-million-pound investment in the business over the last twelve months. It has included finishing equipment, digital kit, and the redevelopment of parts of our property”, concluded Chris.

The RMGT 524GX is a sophisticated 52cm machine that is seen by many as the market leader in small offset. Recent developments such as LED-UV and low-cost CtP have made litho even more attractive against digital alternatives in this sector. The flagship RMGT 524GX comes complete with automatic plate loading on the press and a direct link for CIP3 ink data to be transferred from CtP to press. This is expected to reduce make-ready time by more than half.

Corsham Print is run by a team of eleven. The company handles a wide range of commercial print, as well as graphic design, photography, branding, and web site creation work. It has shown consistent growth over recent years, with some 20% year-on-year growth over the last 12 months.

For more information on Corsham Print call 01225 812 930 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 RMGT 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.


New RMGT Press for Glossop Cartons

In Offset Presses on June 10, 2016 at 8:49 am

Following the company’s move to larger Stockport-based premises, leading UK printing packaging producer Glossop Cartons has announced details of its latest litho press investment: a six-colour plus coater RMGT B1 machine, purchased from exclusive UK RMGT distributor for B1-format presses MPL Ltd, a division of M Partners Ltd.

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The purchase represents Glossop’s fourth RMGT B1 press buy. Commenting on the choice of machine, Jacky Sidebottom-Every, Director of Glossop Cartons, said: “These presses are the most reliable printing machines on the market. One of our RMGT presses was recently recognised as having produced work for two years solid without a service visit – that’s the sort of productivity we are buying into when we purchase these presses, and it’s the sort of “never-let-you-down” experience that our customers expect from us.

Jacky added: “We look forward to the arrival of the new press and to offering our customers an enhanced print quality, coupled with increased productivity and improved reliability.”

The RMGT 10 B1-format press is a 1,050mm machine in a six-colour configuration, capable of handling stocks from 0.04mm through to 1.00mm. The machine will be equipped with a chamber coater and will incorporate fully-automatic simultaneous plate change, which offers a 75 second complete plate change on the press. The installation will also include RMGT’s latest wall screen monitor for viewing press status at a glance.

The new machine joins a Mitsubishi V3000, incorporating inter-deck UV drying and IR, as well as Air Knife, printing B1 format sheets. The presses are capable of printing on all types of substrates, including board, foils, and plastics, all with exceptional results.

Commenting on this latest purchase, Mark Stribley, Joint MD of M Partners Ltd, the RMGT B1-format press distributor for the UK based in Surrey, said: “We are of course delighted that Jacky and the Glossop team have added further RMGT fire-power to their press room. We believe that the latest B1 press design from RMGT is the supplier’s most powerful press yet for the packaging market, but still backed by that now expected reliability and low cost of ownership.”

The press will be installed at the company’s new Stockport HQ, following the acquisition of Contact Print & Packaging at the end of 2015. The move to this facility has allowed Glossop Cartons to enjoy improved transport links as well as benefitting from much larger, modern premises with a superior layout. This in turn will allow the business to fully exploit both its conventional and digital packaging capabilities to UK and global brands, and further enhance its reputation for industry excellence.

About Glossop Cartons

As one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of carton board packaging products, Glossop Cartons innovation, quality, service and investment in the latest technology has seen it grow from small beginnings back in 1982 to a thriving industry leader holding a strong customer base of leading household names.

The business recognises that service and flexibility are the essential pre-requisites in meeting the requirements of major multiple retailers, and as such, it has continuously invested in systems and processes that benefit our customer needs, such as lead times and ability to produce packaging that stands out from the crowd. Glossop Cartons differentiates itself in its industry by being very customer-focused, trying to understand the issues its customers face, and coming up with effective packaging solutions to resolve these issues.

About M Partners

In 2010 M Partners took on the management of both sales and service for RMGT Litho Presses in the UK and Ireland. This relationship has since grown to encompass responsibility for technical service across the whole of Europe for the now re-named RMGT business. M Partners also manage spare parts storage and distribution for the former Mitsubishi branded machines across Europe.

This representation joins established products such as GUK folding and inserting equipment, primarily focused towards the pharmaceutical packaging sector. More recently the business has expanded into the digital market place following an announcement regarding exclusive distribution of large format printing equipment from Korean manufacturer DGI, and an agreement to re-sell Canon equipment, with a special focus on the unique proofing capabilities of those products.

M Partners offers manufacturers considerable marketing and business expertise across both the printing and packaging sectors and provides high-quality national coverage for sales, support and technical service.

The Joint Managing Directors established M Partners Ltd in 2006 after gaining many years of industry experience in senior management roles at a major press manufacturer and used equipment dealer. They were responsible for corporate and product marketing for pre-press, press, post-press and service, plus operational control for digital, consumables and used equipment divisions.


Precision Printing Invests in LED-UV Technology

In Offset Presses on May 23, 2016 at 10:07 am

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The Precision Printing Company Ltd, Barking, the multi-award winning business offering creative print solutions produced with state-of-the-art technology, has today announced details regarding its latest litho investment: an order for two LED-UV equipped RMGT (Ryobi) SRA1 format presses, and two Cron CtP systems, all purchased from Apex Digital Graphics, Hemel Hempstead.

Leading the line-up is the RMGT 928P: an eight-colour convertible perfecting press for 8-up A4 format print production. Two LED-UV curing units are incorporated into this configuration – one situated over the perfecting device and the other at the delivery end of the machine, enabling one-pass instant curing perfecting. The press will also be equipped with Smart-RPC fully automatic simultaneous plate changing, dramatically reducing make-ready times for job changes. PQS inline printing quality control enables the operator to monitor printing quality on both sides of the printed sheet. Supporting this press will be a RMGT 925 – a five-colour straight press also equipped with LED-UV curing and an inline spectrophotometer.

Plate production for the new presses will be provided by two Cron 36-64GX UV-P units, with a combined capability of producing over 80 SRA1 plates per hour. The systems will be imaging onto Cron’s Blackwood UV plates.

Group Chief Operating Officer of Precision Printing, Andy Skarpellis, commenting on the decision to purchase RMGT litho equipment, said: “The SRA1 platform appealed to us greatly – the format still allows us produce 8-up A4 pages but without the additional expense or space requirements of B1 presses. In addition to that we believe that Ryobi’s LED-UV technology is one step up from other hybrid technologies on the market – Ryobi were pioneers in the market, and still seem to have the edge over the competition. The Cron platemaking products complete a very competitive and quality focused package.”

Adding further comment, Chief Executive Officer, Gary Peeling, said: “If we are going to have successful offset business we won’t do it by doing the same thing we have done for the last twenty years, so we are going new and modern and looking forward to the opportunities greatly.”

“We are working hard to make using more printing simple for our customers. LED-UV allows us to produce wonderful looking results on uncoated substrates, which are increasingly popular. To compete, printing needs to be fast and simple. It is often the difference between printing or not from the customer perspective. This modern press technology allows that.”

Factory Visit

“Having visited the RMGT factory, we were incredibly impressed by the quality of the engineering that goes into the presses. These are very well designed and built machines. We looked in detail at Ryobi and at other suppliers equipment before making our final decision. Ryobi offered the most competitive solution as well as products that just had the technical edge over other presses that we looked at – the automatic plate changing, for example, will load a new set of eight plates on the 928P in less than two minutes,” said Andy Skarpellis.

The new presses will be installed at the company’s Barking site, and are replacing three existing Heidelberg B2 format machines: a 4-colour Speedmaster; a 6-colour CD; and a 10-colour perfector.

Trade Printing

When talking about the work to be produced on the new equipment Andy Skarpellis referenced both hybrid digital/litho work and the trade work generated by the company’s website: “The output quality of the Ryobi machines is excellent of course, and with the LED-UV feature we can produce a finish to match our Indigo digital output, allowing us to produce combination litho/digital print products for customers. This means that we can combine personalised sections within long run publications at an economical price.

“For our trade printing business, the new equipment means that we will be able to offer same day delivery for volume offset print orders into London, or overnight delivery, even if they are produced on uncoated stock – something that we could only do with short run digital requirements before.”

Gary Peeling added: “Our London location is an advantage in supporting the capital, but it comes at a cost – a problem that Tokyo printers share! These presses are compact and the UV drying also removes all “work in progress” from the shopfloor. We could print 500 runs and deliver today digitally; now we can offer 50,000 as well.”

Commenting on the order for Apex Digital Graphics, Neil Handforth, Sales & Marketing Director for the company, said: “We are of course delighted to be working with one of the UK’s leading technology focused printers. They were quick to appreciate and understand the benefits of Ryobi’s market leading LED-UV technology and were already focused on the cost savings offered by our SRA1 products. This combination of the eight and five colour presses will provide a powerful litho package for the work being produced by Precision Printing.”

Press Detail

RMGT’s increasingly popular 920 Series features a maximum paper size of 920 x 640 mm, enabling the eight-up printing of A4 size pages, as well as 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.

The LED-UV curing 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. This year is seeing a growing 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.

About Precision Printing

Precision Printing is privately owned and was established in 1966, sales in 2016 are forecast at £23 million. Precision provides marketing print solutions for brands and automated print on demand solutions for photo, card and other consumer print products for leading online brands and apps. Precision is based over two locations, East London which employs 130 staff and Sunderland which employs 26 staff with offset equipment and an extensive HP Indigo installation.

Precision Printing is proud to have been supplying some of the UK most successful companies with their printing needs for over 50 years. This includes the likes of American Express, Atkins, Lambert Smith Hampton, Nestle, Jaguar Land Rover UK, Boden, Laura Ashley, Sainsbury’s, Bett Homes, Durham University, Emirates Durham International Cricket Club, Sunderland Football Club, Bandai Namco Group, NHS, Subway and Sega.

For further details on Precision Printing see and or call 033 0024 6001.

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 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.



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