Apex Digital Graphics, the official UK distributor of Ryobi printing equipment, has announced the arrival of the UK’s first Ryobi 760E press, a B2-format, space-saving offset-litho press of unitised construction. This 765E configuration has been commissioned and is ready for demonstration ahead of the Print Efficiently 2013 exhibition, taking place at the Hemel Hempstead showroom of Apex on October 1, 2, 3 and 8, 9, and 10.
Space savings for this compact B2 press come from 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.
The Ryobi 760E will take centre stage at the forthcoming Print Efficiently 2013 event, which is being held this year at Apex’s Hemel Hempstead headquarters. “Print Efficiently was a great success last year. It very well attended, with orders being placed for almost all of the suppliers that took part,” said Bob Usher, Managing Director of Apex. “It was decided by the organising committee to change the venue to our Hemel Hempstead showroom from IFS’s excellent Perivale facility to spread the appeal of the event to an even wider audience. Our M1 location should make it even easier for British printers to visit and enjoy the wide selection of new and enhanced equipment solutions.”
Full details of Print Efficiently 2013 can be found at www.printefficiently.com and a Twitter feed is already up and running – see @Efficiently2013 for more details. The event will incorporate a range of seminars and debates focusing on key industry topics. See http://www.printefficiently.com/news-seminardates.html for further information.
Commenting on the introduction of the new press, Neil Handforth, Sales and Marketing Director at Apex Digital Graphics, said: “We are delighted that Ryobi have responded so positively to the changes in demand from the market place. The 760 Series opens up new possibilities with its compact design within a unitised structure. In spite of the number of digital products launched into the B2 sector at Drupa, most of which will not be commercially available for some time yet, we are convinced that offset still has a significant role to play in this format.”
The Ryobi / Kodak partnership, announced during Drupa, is already allowing printers to combine the best of offset with the personalisation capabilities of digital production – a combination that Apex see as bringing the best of both world’s together.
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, whilst the ultrasonic double sheet detector fitted as standard helps to ensure fast and efficient running of the press.
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.
For perfecting the 760EP models are equipped with a convertible perfecting device consisting of a single-diameter transfer drum, a double-diameter storage drum, and a single-diameter turning drum. Switching between straight and perfecting printing modes can be controlled from the touch panel display of the printing control system.
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 www.apexdigital.co.uk web site.