Apex Digital Graphics, the official UK distributor of Ryobi printing equipment, has provided a UK debut to Mitsubishi’s new Violet DigiPlate VDP-4. The B2-format, chemistry-free, computer-to-plate device for polyester-based printing plates is being shown at the Print Efficiently 2013 event, being held at the Hemel Hempstead showroom of Apex this week and continuing next week on October 8, 9, and 10.
The violet light sourced Mitsubishi unit punches, exposes, washes and dries plates at a rate of up to 20 per hour, and at a choice of resolutions: 1270 or 2540 dots per inch. Plates are created from rolls of polyester material, with a new plate thickness being developed by Mitsubishi in order to create a more rigid B2-sized plate: the 0.3mm gauge material is supplied on rolls of 41 metres in length. Plates for B3-format press can also be produced on the machine from 0.2mm gauge material, which is supplied in 61 metre rolls. The unit can combine two rolls of material at one time, enabling the fast switching of production from B3 to B2 plates.
Plate processing is carried out using just tap water following exposure. Print runs of up to 20,000 impressions are expected by the plate manufacturer, though experience of previous polyester plates leads Apex to suspect that longer runs would prove very little problem. “We have a long association with polyester plates,” said Bob Usher, Managing Director of Apex. “When treated with care polyester plates should provide for print runs in excess of 20,000 with no great problem.
“This new Mitsubishi unit comes along at just the right time for us. We see it filling a gap in the market vacated by the DPX series of machines that we were selling. Over 500 units of that model were installed in the UK and so we believe that there is certainly a market for this new unit – especially when printers are seeking more environmentally friendly products and more cost effective production solutions.”
About Apex Digital Graphics – The Solutions Provider
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.