LGP Print Limited, formerly known as Leeds Graphic Press, is to take delivery of its 16th new Ryobi machine in November of this year. It will arrive in the shape of an SRA1-format RMGT 924 LED-UV press, and it will be accompanied by a Cron CtP system, with both items purchased from Apex Digital Graphics, Hemel Hempstead.
The four-colour version of Ryobi’s popular 920 Series boasts a maximum sheet size of 920 x 640mm, enabling eight-up A4 printing, as well as the ability to produce 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.
Commenting on the investment, LGP Print Managing Director Philip Stead, said: “For our previous press purchase back in 2007 we had taken the decision to move away from SRA3 and expand in format up to an SRA2 sheet size – it paid great dividends for us as a business. We had a similar decision to make again, and having weighed up the pro’s and con’s we have decided to once again move up to a larger sheet size in order to offer an even wider range of print services to our customer base.
“Coupling the larger sheet size with the LED-UV made an awful lot of sense to us – we will get dry to the touch sheets exiting the press, meaning that we can back up jobs immediately or send the work straight to the finishing department, with no waiting time. The technology also means that we will have few concerns about working with the ever wider range of challenging substrates that customers are now demanding – some of which can pose tricky drying issues with standard litho presses.”
The new press will provide additional pressroom firepower and will sit alongside the SRA2 format five-colour Ryobi 685 at the near 40-year-old Leeds printer. Five 52cm format presses will bring the Ryobi line-up at LGP to a total of seven machines – probably Europe’s largest Ryobi installation.
Philip Stead has been monitoring the development of LED drying since it was first shown by Ryobi back in 2008: “The technology had developed and matured in that time. It certainly has a significant role to play in the future of litho printing with customers providing every shorter lead times for an ever more colourful range of print requirements. Digital printing has given the customer the impression that any job can be produced almost instantly – no matter what quantity, finish, or substrate they might require. LED-UV does at least give litho printers the chance to meet those demands to a degree!”
LGP Print produces a wide range of commercial work with both digital and litho equipment from its Leeds base.
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 all major ink suppliers. This last couple of years has seen 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, and consequently means no extraction ducting is required– another significant cost element. The stunning productivity and quality of the process are self-evident when the system is viewed in action.
Commenting on the order for Apex Digital Graphics, Neil Handforth, Sales & Marketing Director for the company, said: “Having worked with Philip and LGP Print over many years, it has been a pleasure to have played a part in the growth and expansion of the business. Following the successful move to SRA2 back in 2007, we are now looking forward to seeing the company prosper further in the SRA1 market and especially with LED-UV.”
LED-UV curing systems are now commonplace for press orders being taken by Apex, with a host of installations now in action throughout the UK.
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 www.apexdigital.co.uk web site.