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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 WhereTheTradeBuys.co.uk 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 http://www.precisionprinting.co.uk and https://www.wherethetradebuys.co.uk 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 www.apexdigital.co.uk web site.

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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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Flexpress Invests in RMGT LED-UV Technology

In Offset Presses on April 6, 2016 at 10:17 am

Leicester-based Flexpress Ltd has detailed its installation of two new Ryobi presses, both equipped with the latest LED-UV curing technology. The B3-format 524GX press with LED-UV replaced a similar format 524GX, whilst the SRA1-format 924 with LED-UV replaced a B2-format Ryobi machine, with the increase in sheet size allowing the business to handle an even wider range of work.

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The products were supplied and installed by Apex Digital Graphics, Hemel Hempstead, the official RMGT (Ryobi) representative in the UK for presses up to SRA1 format, and the exclusive CtP and plate distributor for the Chinese pre-press manufacturer CRON for both UK and Ireland, and a company that has enjoyed a near 20-year relationship as an equipment supplier to Flexpress.

Commenting on this latest investment, Flexpress Managing Director Steve Wenlock said: “The big benefit of LED-UV for our business is the fact that the drying is instant. We work from a fairly small unit and therefore we can’t really afford stacks of paper sitting around the floor for too long, so the idea is that we can turn jobs around quicker, be even more responsive to our customers need, get the paper out of the door faster, and to an even higher quality than before is something that should positively delight our customers.

“From a customer angle, time is the number one advantage,” Steve explains. “No customer says I’m going to give you more time to produce this job! Speed of turnaround is ever more critical: LED-UV technology will allow us to move work quickly on to the next stage of production, whether that is backing-up or finishing the job for delivery.”

The new presses join a recently installed Cron computer-to-plate device, also supplied by Apex, ensuring a cost effective production system from plate production through to finished job. The 36-inch UV platesetter is able to image and process UV metal plates for Flexpress’s SRA1 and B3 printing equipment.

“Quality is the other important aspect: because sheets exit the machine dry, set-off issues are eliminated – something that can occur all too easily if a job is being rushed through, even in a company that is focused on quality production, especially when working with uncoated stock. The process also means that there is no absorption of ink into the stock, which means less ink is used as well as faster drying.

“The instant drying offered by LED-UV also means that we can consider printing on a wider range of substrates, such as plastics. We do produce such work already through our Indigo press, but higher volumes of such work will be significantly more cost effective to produce on a litho press. We believe that there is a growing market for this type of work.”

Why RMGT / Ryobi?

Commenting on the choice of presses for this latest investment, Steve Wenlock references Ryobi’s pioneering role with the technology: the company first exhibited the potential of LED-UV back at the Drupa show of 2008. The company has continued to develop and refine the technology since then, whilst both ink suppliers and the press competition have been playing catch-up.

“We have worked with Apex and Ryobi for nearly 20 years. We know Ryobi as a leading press manufacturer and Apex as a supplier that really supports its customers. Ryobi are undoubted leaders in this technology, so why would we need to look elsewhere? Our operators know the Ryobi architecture and technology already, so it is just a matter of adding the LED-UV knowledge on top of the extensive printing knowledge that they already have.”

Inking Up The Press

All of the leading ink suppliers now offer product for the LED-UV market, and all are working hard to establish their product as the ink of choice.

“We are working closely with Toyo inks,” said Steve Wenlock. “They seem very focused on providing quality products backed with good service. They have outlined workshops and training for our press operators. They are a supplier that is keen to invest in LED-UV.”

Inks for the process are referred to as “duct stable” inks, meaning that there is no need to wash up at the end of the day or re-ink first thing in the morning – a real time saver, and something that will win the hearts of press operators for sure!

The Cost Equation

According to Steve the cost equation is likely to be different for each print company. A range of factors will need to be considered. For those already using existing UV solutions, the electricity costs for LED-UV will be a huge winner, but for those entering UV printing for the first time, the savings on production speed may well be the deciding factor. Yes, ink costs will be higher, but with no need for spray powder or seals, the savings on such consumables can help offset these increases, along with the fact that drying is no longer relying on a degree of absorption of ink into the printed stock, meaning that less ink will be used on each job.

The performance of LED-UV technology on a litho press brings the process much closer to digital production in many ways, but with the creation of the best possible print quality and stock flexibility. Printers seeking to invest in litho equipment need to seriously examine the benefits offered by LED-UV in great detail before finalising their decision.

About Flexpress

Flexpress produces a wide range of general print for the education, local government and manufacturing businesses, including banners, flyers, leaflets, booklets, business cards and posters. The company also runs an HP Indigo 5600 and a range of Océ digital presses, an Océ Arizona 360GT flatbed UV printer for large-format jobs, and finishing equipment including guillotines, laminators, cutters and perfect binders. The business has a team of 27 and a turnover of £2m, which it is hoping to boost to £2.5m with this latest investment.

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 Ryobi Mitsubishi 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.

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