ProCo: Litho Not Dead, SRA1 and LED-UV Make it Viable

In Offset Presses on June 12, 2017 at 3:15 pm

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ProCo, Sheffield, has become and latest high profile print business to invest in LED-UV SRA1 litho equipment from RMGT Ryobi. The Ryobi 925 LED-UV press has been purchased from Apex Digital Graphics, the official RMGT Ryobi press distributor for the UK in formats up to SRA1, and for Cron computer-to-plate solutions. The press is due for installation at the company in August of this year.

The RMGT Ryobi 925 is a five-colour litho press for 8-up A4 format print production. 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, Graeme Parry, Production Director at ProCo, said: “We were looking to bring in new technology that ran hand-in-hand with our clients’ needs of reduced delivery times, and these are aided by the high running speed and vastly reduced drying time that LED-UV brings. Litho is certainly not dead but we needed to explore how we can still offer it as a viable service and maintain it as a viable part of our business, and the new press will help us do that.  The new machine will replace one of our two existing B2 presses, adding much needed extra capacity and firepower, as well as bringing all of the benefits associated with the LED-UV technology.

“What first attracted us to the press was the combination of the SRA1 sheet size and access to LED-UV curing, along with the latest automation and press intelligence, all in a compact B2 footprint. Within the market there was not anything else that gave this amount of bang for your buck.”

With specific reference to the sheet size capability of the new machine, Graeme adds: “The SRA1 sheet size will really change litho production at ProCo. Having the ability to run 8-up A4 on a single sheet means more productive running in comparison to our current B2 presses. It will naturally absorb the work we are producing currently whilst also adding much needed additional capacity. Having access to the bigger sheet size will mean a reduction in the amount of section work and that will make us more competitive in the market, and drive more volume through the press.”

With a focus on the RMGT Ryobi’s market leading curing technology, Graeme comments: “There are a number of advantages that LED-UV offers, but the main driver was the reduced drying time that it brings. To our clients, speed of turnaround is a major factor, and with LED-UV curing the sheet that lands in the delivery it is pretty much dry immediately, even on uncoated stock with heavy ink coverage. The positive effect of this is that our finishing department will be able to start work on the sheet straight away, where as previously there was an element of drying time. The end result is a quicker and better service to our customers.”

The configuration selected is a five-colour version of the popular 920 Series: “From the analysis that we have conducted with customers, there is still a big demand to have access to spot colours running in conjunction with CMYK. Within our scope of work there is still a very real need for the use of specials, so it was a necessary part of the configuration of the press.”

Commenting on the order for Apex Digital Graphics, Neil Handforth, Sales & Marketing Director for the company, said: “This is another very significant order for Apex and for RMGT because once again it has come from a very high profile and well respected print business. ProCo has taken its decision to invest in litho equipment from RMGT Ryobi because it offers the business an advantage that is not available from other technologies or from other suppliers.”

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 manufactured in Europe and is available from most major ink suppliers. The last two years or so has seen a growing commercial acceptance of LED-UV in the UK and Europe, following on from widespread success in Japan. 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. The stunning productivity and quality of the technique are self-evident when the system is viewed in action.



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