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ProCo Installing Second RMGT LED-UV Press

In Offset Presses on December 7, 2017 at 9:48 am

Leading print producer ProCo, Sheffield, has announced details of the purchase of a second RMGT (Ryobi) 920 LED-UV press. Installation of the Ryobi 924 LED-UV press is already underway after the company signed an order with Apex Digital Graphics, the official RMGT Ryobi press distributor for the UK in formats up to SRA1, on the final day of this year’s Ipex show.


The first press, a Ryobi 925 LED-UV press, was installed in August of this year. The latest order is for a four-colour version of the same machine, but with an extended delivery and higher-powered LED’s – particularly beneficial for the printing of plastic substrates. Both presses can print 8-up A4 pages to view. An LED-UV curing unit is incorporated into the configuration for near instant drying of the sheet, enabling immediate back-up or progression of the work to the finishing department. PDS-E SpectroDrive inline printing quality control enables the operator to monitor and maintain the quality of the printed sheet throughout the run.

Commenting on the purchase decision, Jon Bailey, CEO at ProCo, said: “The first Ryobi machine, which we have been using for several months now, has allowed us to think totally differently about litho printing at our Sheffield site. The SRA1 format means we can be significantly more competitive on a wider range of work and we’re seeing some very positive early signs about the impact it can have on our business. By offering our clients superior turnarounds, different formats, and competitive pricing we’re opening up lots of new avenues for us and we’re excited about bringing another press into the facility.”

At the time of the installation of the first Ryobi press, Graeme Parry, Production Director at ProCo, said: “While litho is still very much a key part of our offering, we needed to explore how we could maintain it as a viable part of our business, and the new press will help us do that.”

The press has already won the company new business. “The installation of the first press has given ProCo the ability to be more competitive on longer run work. Previously, due to the smaller B2 / SRA2 format, the time frame to deliver, and of course the machine hourly rate, meant that sometimes we had to make compromises to meet customer requirements. The installation of the second press will give us additional capacity so we can continue to meet our customers’ demands for both the short and longer run jobs,” added Graeme Parry.

“With the common sheet format across both machines it will make planning a lot simpler, and give us the ability to switch work between machines when needed.”

With regard to the potential for printing onto plastic substrates, Mr Bailey added: “Being able to print onto plastics within litho is a brilliant addition to our capability. This will now open up new opportunities for us – we currently have some of this type of work going through our large format department, but we will now have the firepower to look at work that requires volume production on plastic substrates.”

The commissioning of the new press commenced in late November and it will be fully operational before Christmas.

“We’ve seen growth within litho over the last quarter and we’re looking forward to be able to push the boundaries in terms of volume of jobs, and of course the impressions, we produce in 2018,” added Jon Bailey.

Commenting on the order for Apex Digital Graphics, Neil Handforth, Sales & Marketing Director for the company, said: “It is a great pleasure to once again add further press firepower to an existing LED-UV user, and another leading UK print provider. The ProCo team have had several months exposure to the benefits of the Ryobi LED-UV system, and have found the productivity of the machine far surpassing their previous B2 litho equipment. Adding the second machine will both enhance their production capability and open up possibilities of taking on even more new business.”

About ProCo

ProCo works with customers to help them achieve amazing results for their marketing projects by using the latest litho and digital print technologies, combined with what it describes as digital wizardry to make it all happen. ProCo employs over 140 staff at its Sheffield and Stansted sites, and runs several HP Indigo digital units across both sites, with currently one Ryobi 925 LED-UV press, one manroland B2 litho press, an Agfa Jeti Tauro 2.5m Hybrid and an Agfa Anapurna 3.2m roll-to-roll engine. The company produces commercial printing with a focus on direct mail and personalisation, as well as building bespoke workflows for clients. It has ten in-house programmers working on such tasks.

 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 Ryobi 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.



Ormerods, Rochdale, Presented with Production Awards

In Offset Presses, Packaging on October 9, 2017 at 1:08 pm

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Leading offset litho label printer, Ormerods Ltd of Rochdale, has become the latest recipient of silver “Productivity Print” awards from MPL Ltd, UK distributor for RMGT B1 presses, service provider for existing Mitsubishi machines, and a division of M Partners. The awards have been presented for two presses – one B1 and one B2 – that have enjoyed over two years of printing without loosing a day of production.

“I was very much a Heidelberg fan before I joined Ormerods some 12 years ago,” said Richard Parker, now Production Director at the company (pictured above). “The Mitsubishi machines, however, have convinced me that other equipment can be highly productive and very reliable. They will certainly be at the top of my shopping list when we come to invest in offset machinery again.

“Press reliability is becoming ever more important in today’s printing business. We need to produce to ever tighter deadlines and, in labels, delivery times are critical – we don’t want to stop a bottling line, for example, simply because our labels haven’t arrived on time.”

The B2-format six-colour plus double-coater Mitsubishi Diamond 1000 and the B1-format six-colour plus coater Mitsubishi Diamond 3000 deliver reliable, quality printing over a double-day shift at Ormerods – though the business can switch to 24-hour production at particularly busy times.

The near 140-year old business is still family owned, and a well-known employer in the Rochdale area. Henry Ormerod established the company in 1879 as a show card and label printers, primarily serving the local cotton industry in Rochdale and the surrounding areas. Label printing is still the mainstay of work produced, but other packaging and commercial work is also undertaken.

Commenting on the awards, Mark Stribley, Joint Managing Director of MPL, said: “We are delighted, of course, to be working with a printing business with such a rich heritage. Their Mitsubishi presses have certainly proved themselves over the years that they have been installed at Ormerods and, according to our service team, will continue to give them excellent production over the coming years. It is a delight to award such productivity, and we look forward to presenting gold awards in due course.”

About MPL & M Partners

In 2010 MPL 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.


Morgana Release New Larger Format PUR Binder

In Finishing on September 12, 2017 at 1:19 pm

Morgana Systems, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing, has announced the release of the DigiBook 300XLPro PUR binder – an updated version of its existing DigiBook 300. The machine incorporates several new features to address some specific applications posed by the market.

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Commenting on the new unit, Ray Hillhouse, vice-president offline business at Morgana, said: “The first important change to the new model is we have made it a single-phase machine. The previous version required a three-phase power supply, which limited its potential installation to larger print shops and factories that had access to three-phase power. The 300XLPro is now a 32-amp single-phase machine, and this will allow its installation in most commercial premises and print businesses.

“Another key change, and perhaps the most significant, is the book format. Several machines of the previous specification were sold with special extended cover kits to allow for the production of books larger than A4 size. We also had a number of requests for landscape A3 or 11”x17” finished size books.” (see UK Sales Manager Paul Williams opening an A3 publication bound on the 300XLPro)

The new DigiBook 300XLPro now has an even larger cover kit fitted as standard, and can produce books with a spine length of up to 450mm. This provides the ability to produce landscape SRA3 format books, with spine thickness of up to 50mm, thus opening up another whole range of applications.

“This latest addition further enhances our range of PUR binders – machines that have proven to be very popular with printers of all sizes both here in the UK and throughout the world,” added Ray Hillhouse.

Two additional options are now available for the 300XLPro: one is the gauze station, which will allow for the production of book blocks ready for case binding. The other option, that may be useful for customers producing longer runs, is the high capacity paper chip extractor. This unit has a 78-litre capacity for paper dust, allowing long uninterrupted runs of even the thickest books.

In addition to these changes, the machine is still equipped with the same hermetically sealed PUR glue application system. This system is the most efficient nozzle system on the market, with fast start-up and shutdown and minimal wastage. It has automatic cleaning and sealing of the head at the end of the production run.

The machine is available for order now, with a lead-time of approximately 4 to 6 weeks.

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:


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