F. W. Cupit (Printers) Ltd, Horncastle, Lincolnshire, trading as Cupit Print, has released details regarding the purchase and installation of its largest press to date: a B2-format, five-colour Ryobi 785E offset-litho machine. The press was purchased from its long-term equipment partner, the UK’s exclusive Ryobi distributor, Apex Digital Graphics, Hemel Hempstead.
The new press joins a Ryobi 524GX B3-format, four-colour machine and Ryobi 522HE + NP two colour with numbering and perforating, and replaces an ageing Heidelberg SM74 two-colour perfecting press at the Lincolnshire printer.
Commenting on the new addition, Stephen Newton, director of Cupit Print, said: “Undoubtedly everybody is demanding four-colour printing for their promotional work these days. Our 524GX has been handling all of this over recent years, and has been a tremendous asset to the business, but we needed a larger format press to help speed jobs through the system when we have longer run work to produce.”
The company produces a wide range of commercial and publishing work including promotional leaflets, tourist focused print, and magazine work.
“Business such as a quarterly wildlife publication that we produce – 60 to 70 pages of A4 for a typical issue, and a substantial print run – is now really demanding a B2 machine for economical production. We have also been delighted with the reaction to our upgrade announcement from existing customers, who have already been talking to us about more work now that they know that our capacity has increased.”
In addition to being able to produce five-colour printing in one pass, or four-colours plus a sealer, the Ryobi 785E offers significant advances in terms of short make-readies and other on-press capabilities. “Speed of make-ready is an ever more important factor in litho-printing. Being able to make the Ryobi 785 ready for printing in just a few minutes means that we are able to move from job to job extremely quickly. With run-lengths getting shorter in many cases that is a very important issue,” added Stephen Newton.
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 Ryobi machine also 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.
Commenting on the installation for Apex Digital Graphics, Neil Handforth, Sales and Marketing Director, said: “We are especially delighted when existing customers seek to expand their litho printing operations. Whilst we now have a significant hand on the digital market ourselves with the Konica Minolta connection, we firmly believe that litho is still the right tool in so many situations. We believe that print quality will be a significant advantage for litho printers for many years to come, especially when combined with the ability to produce best-in-class printing quickly and cost-effectively.”
For further contact details for Cupit Print visit the www.cupits.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 company web site.