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Five-Colour Ryobi for Broad Oak Colour Printers

In Offset Presses on December 14, 2016 at 9:35 am

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Canterbury-based Broad Oak Colour Printers has committed to a major investment with the purchase of an RMGT Ryobi 785E five-colour B2-format offset litho press in order to handle an increasingly busy workload. The press has been purchased from Apex Digital Graphics, Hemel Hempstead, the official RMGT Ryobi press distributor for the UK in formats up to SRA1.

The compact format B2 press has replaced an ageing Roland Favorit four-colour machine as the company’s main production unit, though the four-colour product has been retained to produce single and two colour work for the time being. A two-colour Favorit has been taken out of the plant.

Commenting on the investment, Broad Oak Colour Printers Director, Duncan Palmer, said: “The Favorit’s have given us sterling service for some thirty years, but following our management buyout of the business five years ago, we have been very aware of the need to move to a more productive and modern press.

The Ryobi 785E is ideal for us: it is a small footprint B2 press, meaning that we were able to slot it into the same floor space that the two-colour used to occupy! The features of the modern press are already making a huge difference to the way we work and the way that we can compete for work in the market.

“Make-ready, for example, has been reduced significantly, along with paper waste, including the number of overs we used to run. The automated dampening and ink duct controls make a huge difference to running the machine, and the colour accuracy and consistency make the machine a delight to work with.”

Having joined the company 30 years ago, Duncan and two colleagues conducted a management buyout of the company five years ago, and have been busily expanding the company’s capabilities since then. A new digital platemaking system and a bookletmaker for the bindery have already added to the equipment line-up.

“The addition of the new press has enabled us to quote for work that we just wouldn’t have been able to produce before. The speed and accuracy of make-ready along with the vastly improved printing speeds give us a highly competitive edge,” added Duncan Palmer. “And we have also been able to reduce the 12-hour days that we had been putting in just to get the work produced!”

Make-ready aids include semi-automatic plate loading, allowing plates to be changed quickly and accurately. The operator simply sets the plate on the positioning pins and presses the button. Ryobi Ink Volume Setter software sends the ink profiles directly to the press from CtP, and the program inking system automatically supplies ink to the rollers to match the image from the start of printing. After the pre-set number of prints has been produced the ink on the rollers is automatically restored to an even state ready for the next job profile.

The compact footprint of the RMGT Ryobi machine scores heavily with commercial printers, where space is often at a premium. Ryobi 780 series machines are highly compact, offering substantial floor-space savings – around 40% compared to a typical B2 machine of a similar configuration. The Ryobi PCS-K Printing Control System is built into the press, providing a significant space-saving feature. This part of the unit allows centralised control of the main operations and settings, such as ink and water volume control, printing parameter settings, fine adjustment of registration, impression pressure, as well as press maintenance information.

A team of five at Broad Oak Colour Printers, including the three directors of the business, produce a wide range of general commercial print, including work from graphic designers and from charities. Capabilities include platemaking, printing and a range of finishing solutions.

Commenting on the order for Apex Digital Graphics, Neil Handforth, Sales & Marketing Director for the company, said: “The compact construction of the Ryobi 785E has made this the ideal press for Broad Oak. The capabilities of this modern press should certainly help the business to be ultra competitive on turnaround times. It has been a delight to work with the Broad Oak team in Canterbury.”

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 www.apexdigital.co.uk web site.

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LGP Moves to SRA1 and LED-UV with 16th Ryobi

In Offset Presses on September 29, 2016 at 10:40 am

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.

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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.

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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Kingsdown Sign for RMGT 928 LED-UV Perfector

In Offset Presses on August 25, 2016 at 9:04 am

Kingsdown (Bristol) has announced a £1.3 million cap-ex spend on a Ryobi 928 LED UV offset-litho press and a Kodak Magnus Q800 CtP system.

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Dave Spencer, Managing Director of Kingsdown, said: “The productivity improvements we will get from the LED-UV technology [due for delivery in December] will be significant. We are looking forward to eradicating potential drying and marking issues, smoothing workflow throughout the factory, and getting jobs out of the door much faster – and no spray powder to contend with!

“The SRA1 sheet size will make us significantly more competitive on larger jobs as well. This investment will provide us with an additional capacity of up to £4 million going forward.”

The Ryobi 928 press was demonstrated in a live environment in Europe using hand-picked jobs from the customer that could offer a perfecting challenge. “We saw everything we needed to make the decision. Seven jobs, each with a short run of 200 sheets, were produced in a fraction over one hour. The make-ready speed was awesome, and, of course, the sheets were dry to the touch at the delivery end of the machine,” added Mr. Spencer.

The company expects to create savings in excess of £200,000 year from December due to reduced production costs, including reduced power consumption, and a negotiated five-year maintenance contract with press supplier Apex Digital Graphics.

“This is about supporting the next stage of our development. We will have more news to announce over the next few weeks,” he added. Kingsdown currently employs a team of 54 and enjoys an annual turnover of £6 million.

The RMGT/Ryobi 928P is 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.

Commenting on the order for Apex Digital Graphics, Neil Handforth, Sales & Marketing Director for the company, said: “We are delighted to have secured yet another order for Ryobi’s LED-UV technology in a perfecting configuration. Printers can quickly see the obvious advantages offered by this market leading technology. When printing the test jobs for Kingsdown the speed of make-ready and the fact that perfected sheets were delivered dry and read to move instantly to the finishing department showed the power and potential of this press.”

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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