Nottingham-based Phase Print has announced the second stage of the company’s seven figure investment plan by investing in B2 litho printing technology with the purchase of a five-colour B2-format Ryobi 765E press and Screen PlateRite 4300S thermal platesetter. The new set up compliments the recent investment in the latest technology B2 finishing equipment.
The installation marks a return to the B2 format for the design, digital, and litho company from its recent focus on B3 print production. “Price pressure means that the market is demanding the right sized machine for the work being produced, it has to be accurate, quick, efficient and reliable, and our workload has been edging more towards the quantities and formats that only a B2 press can deliver, and will free up extra capacity” said Kevin Marks, Managing Director of Phase Print.
Litho firepower of late has consisted of two Ryobi four-colour B3 machines and a single colour press of the same format. With regard to the latest purchase, Kevin had no quibbles about staying with Ryobi and Apex: “Ryobi equipment has delivered high quality print and reliability for this company for some 11 years now. The support provided by Apex has also been first rate, and the combination leaves us very little reason to look at another press supplier.”
With regard to what attracted him to the new Ryobi 760 Series press, Kevin adds: “The level of automation on the modern press has advanced significantly providing the machine with fantastic make-ready speeds, colour control through on board spectrophotometry as well as an overall focus on environmental issues – an important area for many of our customers. The print quality too, of course, was extremely impressive. In fact, since installation, a number of customers have already commented on the quality of the work that we are producing – something even we were impressed with when considering the high print quality already being delivered on a daily basis and the customer recommendations being received!”
The consistency offered by the modern press quickly persuaded Phase Print to calibrate the machine to ISO12647-2 standards – something that Kevin describes as a very easy process: “Our ink suppliers, Stehlin-Hostag, assisted us, but it was a very swift and straightforward job to ensure the press was achieving the required standard – helped very much by the on-board spectrophotometer on the Ryobi machine.
“The focus on a print standard is something that I have championed for many years – it provides the printer with a known starting point with regard to production quality. If the job doesn’t print correctly at that point, it is most often an error in the original file that is the issue.”
The fifth unit on the press was chosen over a dedicated coater in order to provide extra flexibility for Phase Print: “With the fifth print unit we can either add a spot colour to work – often important for the corporate market where an exact Pantone colour match is important – or run a sealer.”
Commenting on the installation for equipment supplier Apex Digital Graphics, Neil Handforth, Sales & Marketing Director, said: “This installation illustrates that there is a growing confidence in the economy and that there are positive printers out there who are keen to make the necessary investments to position themselves correctly in the market. Phase Print has been a long-time customer of Ryobi and Apex, and we were delighted that we were able to assist them with this latest move back to the B2 format. The Ryobi 760 Series is the ideal machine for today’s productive printer: it is very efficient and economical to produce the shorter runs often demanded by customers, yet very capable of handling longer print runs as well. The quality aspect, as Kevin and the Phase Print team have already discovered, helps to get recognition for quality printing.”
Ryobi’s 760 Series is the company’s latest compact B2 press offering. Space savings begin with 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.
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.
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.
Apex supplies the Fuji plates for the press which are imaged on the new Screen PlateRite 4300S fully automated thermal system.
Phase Print clients range from blue chip corporates; University and local authority work; a leading High Street chemist; as well as general commercial design and print production. The company provides a full design service as well as wide format, digital and litho print production – all handled with a staff of 25.
This latest investment follows recent equipment arrivals in the finishing area and further technology investments yet to be released.
For further information on Phase Print call 01773 764 288 or visit the www.phaseprint.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 www.apexdigital.co.uk web site.