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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.



London’s City Printing Installs PUR from Morgana

In Finishing on May 20, 2016 at 9:41 am

London-based City Printing Ltd has become the latest UK print business to equip itself with a PUR binder from Morgana Systems, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing. The DigiBook 200 installation also included a Morgana AutoCreaser Pro 33 to further assist the post-press operation of the busy London print business.


Whilst City Printing Managing Director Michael Peters has been a big Morgana fan for some 20 years, his first venture with PUR binding had been with another supplier: “We had used a competitors machine, but we were not able to produce the ultra short-runs as cost effectively as we had hoped. The DigiBook 200 is definitely a significant improvement – it requires minimal set-up, produces minimal waste, and because of the sealed glue tank, you can produce a single copy of a publication and not waste huge amounts of adhesive.”

City Printing handles a wide range of digitally printed run-lengths from one through to several thousand. The DigiBook 200 has proved to be both cost efficient and highly productive whatever the quantity.

“We produced one job recently – a booklet with a run of 200 copies. We were able to print and bind the job in a single afternoon. We used to have to put PUR work out to a trade binder, so having this machine in-house effectively saved us over two days compared to the last time that we produced it!”

The company also added a Morgana AutoCreaser Pro 33 to its range of finishing equipment in order to crease publication covers prior to binding.

Commenting on Morgana as a supplier, Michael Peters said: “They are a great company to work with. The machines do exactly what Morgana say they will do, the machines are reliable, simple to operate, the technical back-up from the company is excellent, and, very importantly, they are really nice people!”

Digital printing at City Printing is created via a mix of Xerox, Ricoh, and OKI engines, producing a wide range of commercial work. The company employs a team of ten people.

Commenting on this latest Morgana equipment order, Ray Hillhouse, Vice President Offline Business at Morgana Systems said: “The variety of production speeds offered by our DigiBook range provides machines to suit all print businesses. The 200 model is ideal for the needs of City Printing, where the fast turnaround of orders in a variety of quantities is the typical requirement. The quality of PUR bound books is fast becoming the standard that print buyers are expecting. Companies that are serious about providing quality bound products now know that a PUR investment is an essential.”

PUR Binding from Morgana

PUR is the strongest, most flexible binding adhesive available. When inks, coatings or digital print toners are present in the spine area of printed pages these can compromise the strength of typical hot-melt perfect binding. PUR overcomes this issue and will form a super-strong bond with all weights and finishes of paper stocks. In addition PUR works well with synthetic and recycled-content stock.

The DigiBook 200 is a truly innovative binding machine designed and built for today’s market requirements. It is easy to use, even by non-specialised personnel, via a touch screen panel and icon graphics that allow the programming of all precision operations in just a few seconds, including start-up and shut-down. Glue application is direct and hermetically sealed, without odour or toxic fume emissions, therefore not requiring extraction fans. The polyurethane glue is delivered via 2kg cartridges in a simple and waste-free manner.

About City Printing Ltd

Hornsey Road, London N7-based City Printing Ltd is celebrating 40 years in business this year. The company provides full graphic design, print and marketing services for customers, from large organisations, small businesses, charities, to members of the public. For more information on City Printing see or call 020 7281 5867.

About Morgana Systems Limited

Morgana Systems Limited provides an unrivalled range of digital finishing products from the simplest, entry-level creasing units through to highly sophisticated multi-functional systems offering a range of finishing capabilities in a single unit. Since its acquisition by Plockmatic in 2013 the product portfolio has been extended with a wide range of booklet making systems to meet every production requirement.

Beginning with the launch of the revolutionary AutoCreaser in 2000, Morgana Systems has led the way in developing new and innovative solutions to cope with the special requirements of the digital printer. Morgana products that have achieved worldwide success during this time include the AutoCreaser, the DigiFold combination creaser and folder, the DocuMaster total finishing system, and several specialist folders.

Morgana’s purpose built factory in Milton Keynes produces more than 4,000 finishing products each year, with over 80% of these destined for the company’s rapidly growing export markets.

Full details of Morgana’s product line-up can be found at:


Tough Day at Drupa? Enjoy Refreshment from M Partners

In Offset Presses on May 10, 2016 at 9:50 am

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Surrey-based M Partners, Ryobi Mitsubishi Graphic Technology Ltd’s European management company, and UK representative for RMGT B1-format equipment, has announced that it will be sponsoring the Tir Na Nog Irish bar in the Altstadt, Düsseldorf, for the duration of the forthcoming Drupa 2016, taking place from May 31 through to June 10.

By day M Partners will be found on the RMGT stand, D24 in hall 16 of the Düsseldorf show ground. Products on show will feature the new external RMGT design for the machines being produced by the combined business, which incorporates the previously Mitsubishi B1 format presses, as well as the A1 and smaller formats for which Ryobi became well known.

By night the M Partners team would be delighted if both UK and international friends and associates would care to join them for a little light evening refreshment in Düsseldorf’s famous old town.

M Partners has sponsored this particular bar at previous Drupa shows and the investment has proved to be very worthwhile. Murray Lock (above, left), Joint Managing Director of M Partners, said: “Drupa visitors tend to have a pretty good idea of what they want to do during the daytime, but don’t pay much attention to planning their evenings. The Altstadt in Düsseldorf is the area of the city where many visitors head for in the evening, making it a great place to meet up with people and chat through the day over a beer. It’s a central location for people to meet up, or maybe pop in for a drink after dinner.”

M Partners will be handing out complimentary drinks vouchers to visitors during the event to add an extra incentive to head towards the old town, if any were needed!

Offset Litho Presses

Leading the way for the offset litho equipment on the stand will be a RMGT 10 B1-format press: a 1,050mm machine in a six-colour configuration, capable of handling stocks from 0.04mm through to 1.00mm. The press is able to produce non-stop printing on heavy weight stocks thanks to a newly developed automatic non-stop feeder and delivery shutter. The machine will be equipped with a chamber coater, and demonstrations will also feature varnish coating using an LED-UV curing unit. A PQS inline printing quality control system will be incorporated for quality management of packaging production.

Digital Offset

RMGT will also exhibit DP7, its next generation high performance B2-format liquid toner digital offset press. Press demonstrations will focus on the advantages of using digital offset to flexibly meet the need for custom print production of shorter run work.

RMGT Drupa Focus

The theme at Drupa for RMGT is based on IRODORI, a Japanese word for colour, but a word that also suggests various additional meanings relating to joy, prosperity and happiness.

Commenting on behalf of RMGT’s European management company, M Partners Ltd, Surrey, Joint Managing Director Murray Lock said: “Japanese is a most delightfully colourful language in its own right. IRODORI – Colouring the World Together” indicates the strong importance that the company gives to high-quality colour reproduction, but also the life benefits that this focus can bring.”

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.


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