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Apex Launch New Cron CtP at “Real Print and Finish”

In Pre-Press on March 29, 2017 at 2:27 pm

Apex Digital Graphics, the official RMGT Ryobi press distributor for the UK in formats up to SRA1 and for Cron computer-to-plate solutions, used its recent “Real Print and Real Finish” event to launch a new compact format, eco-friendly Cron platesetting solution targeted at B3-format litho printers.

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The Cron UVP-2632HX is a fully automated external drum CtP system with auto-loading and in-line plate punch. The system runs the new Blackwood Emerald UV low-chemistry plates, and the in-line Cron Emerald wash unit cleans the plate of unexposed polymer with a simple soap and water solution.

Maximum plate format for the unit is 670 x 560mm and minimum size is 240 x 240mm. Resolution options range from 2,400 through to 3,600dpi. The UV laser light source on the unit on show consisted of 32 diodes.

Commenting on this latest addition to the comprehensive range of Cron CtP units now available, Bob Usher, Managing Director of Apex, said: “Our friends at Cron have listened to our thoughts on what the market in the UK is needing right now and have provided us with the ideal machine for the B3 litho market. Having installed over 500 DPX Systems in the UK when polyester plate material took the market by storm, we view this latest addition to the Cron range as the ideal machine to replace that very popular product.”

The compact format of the unit has been achieved by integrating the autoloader and punch system into the imaging unit, and developing a smaller footprint wash unit.

“The basic system will be able to produce some 26 plates per hour, and should be capable of imaging up to 850 square meters of plate per month. A typical B3 printer in the UK is generally looking at producing some 2,000 square meters per annum, therefore the machine is comfortably in specification for the busy B3 print shop,” added Bob Usher.

List price for the new unit will be £32,000.

The UVP-2632HX was one of three Cron CtP units on show at the event. Plates were being imaged on the larger machines in order to run on the feature exhibit, an RMGT Ryobi 924 LED-UV press recently installed in the Apex showroom.

RMGT Ryobi printing equipment, IFS finishing solutions, Imprint MIS software, as well as products from Renz, Cyan-X, KAS Paper Systems, and Graphic Arts Supplies, and representatives of Premier Paper Group and IPIA were all available to visitors of the three-day event at Apex’s Hemel Hempstead showroom.

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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Pipi Packaging Prints Pretty with Prepress Package

In Offset Presses, Pre-Press on March 20, 2017 at 10:43 am

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Pipi Print and Packaging Ltd, the Leicester-based packaging specialist, has employed the pre-press knowledge and press know-how of the team at Prepress UK as it has focused on colour quality and consistency from its pair of B2 Heidelberg sheet-fed presses.

The company had contacted Prepress UK after a recommendation from their press engineer. The company urgently needed to move forward with their colour accuracy and consistency, as well as improve make-ready times when moving from job to job.

Nic Chapman, Director of Prepress UK, takes up the story: “We were able to put together a package of products and services to enable Pipi Print & Packaging to get the best from their presses – improving colour reproduction, reducing make-ready times and costs, and improving repeatability, colour consistency, and general on-press performance.” The company run two Heidelberg B2-format presses: a CD74 with Image Control and an SM74 with Axis Control.

Commenting on the products and service provided by Prepress UK, Raj Palmer, Managing Director of Pipi Print and Packaging, said: “We are producing packaging product for the pharmaceutical and cosmetics markets, where quality and consistency are critical. It was important for us to be getting the very best out of our litho presses.

“In addition to that, print runs are relatively short when running multiple images to view on a B2 sheet. That means that job changeover and make-ready times have become ever more critical in ensuring both profitability and efficiency of production.

“The package provided by Prepress UK focused on both of these important areas. We have been very impressed with the results. I would have no hesitation in recommending their services to other printers seeking to find similar improvements.”

Both the Image Control and Axis Control packages were not performing as effectively as they should have been. The manufacturers quote for repair of the two colour stations was prohibitively high.

Detailing the work undertaken, Nic Chapman added: “The package consisted of a press health check and a training package put together by our Heidelberg press demonstrator, including repair and servicing of the on-press colour measuring devices. We then added our PressProfiler ink-key presetting system, and included our dot-gain calibration service.

“We began with service work on the presses as the first priority. This helped us to ensure that both presses were printing to a consistently high quality. In practical terms, it meant that we could be confident of the print stability across the sheet and for the duration of the print run.

“This was followed by a visit from our Heidelberg technician to repair both of the colour scanning devices on presses, at a fraction of the cost that Heidelberg had quoted.  They were repaired and calibrated and the press operators trained on the correct use of these important measuring tools.

“We installed PressProfiler – our favoured ink-key presetting solution – which helps to ensure that the Pipi press operators can then get the best out of the colour scanners.”

The combination of PressProfiler and the scanning stations helps to minimise make-ready time and wastage, and goes on to maintain consistent colour throughout the print run. Pipi Print & Packaging already estimate improvements of at least 20% in make-ready times thanks to the new package.

“Finally, once the presses were stable, test print runs were performed on both presses to establish the correct ink weights to achieve target solid ink colour, followed by dot-gain measurement and adjustment to match tone value targets. These enhancements have maximised compliance with the ISO 12647-2 standard.”

How it Works: PressProfiler

PressProfiler examines digital files received from any workflow and generates ink-key pre-setting data to save set-up time on an offset litho printing press at job changeover. Whilst the pre-press data can be fed directly into the press console of newer machines, integration with older equipment can involve the profiling software working in conjunction with Prepress UK’s unique CardWriter package.

About Pipi Print & Packaging

Pipi Print & Packaging is a second-generation family business that was established in 1982 with the aim to become a comprehensive provider of high quality print and packaging solutions at affordable prices.

The original investment in one printing press paid dividends swiftly, leading to further investment equipment for carton manufacture.

By introducing new services through continual investment in specialised areas of print, such as narrow web label printing, miniature folding, and decorative print finishing Pipi has remained one of the fastest growing and commercially focused print companies in the UK.

Perhaps the most important strategic decision for the business was to invest in its current premises in 1996, providing 42,000 sq. ft. of production facilities along with room for further growth in the future.

About Prepress UK

Prepress UK is an independent supplier of pre-press hardware and software. The company is able to provide significant experience and a professional and reliable approach to pre-press problems. With offices in Brighton and Cheltenham, the company provides specialised software solutions backed by an unparalleled personal service from initial enquiry through post sales support. If you have a pre-press problem, let Prepress UK solve it for you. Prepress UK supplies cost effective device independent prepress workflows; PDF and PostScript RIPs and RIP upgrades; CIP3 pre-press and press integration systems; technical support for existing systems; and colour management and ICC profile creation services.

See www.prepressuk.com for more details.

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Instant Offset Appeals to Corsham Print

In Offset Presses, Pre-Press on June 23, 2016 at 4:13 pm

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Corsham Print, the 15-year-old Wiltshire-based print and design business, has announced an investment in the very latest LED-UV technology as it upgrades its Ryobi B3-format offset press to an RMGT 524GX machine, complete with automatic plate loading, and a direct CtP to press link for fast and accurate transfer of ink profile data.

“LED-UV is having a major impact on offset technology in all formats,” said Chris Perry, Managing Director of Corsham Print. The new press, destined for installation in October of this year, will provide the business with instantly dry print on delivery. “The instant drying and faster make-ready times, thanks to the direct press to CtP link, will help us to take the load off of our digital machines – which sounds rather ironic, as these were the same reasons that we installed digital in the first place!” The company currently runs two Ricoh digital devices as well as its Ryobi offset equipment.

“There is a trend at the moment for work to be produced on uncoated stock. With offset this tends to mean adding extra ink in order to get a good image density as ink is absorbed by this type of substrate. That tends to up the ink consumption as well as extending the drying time. With LED-UV we will be able to cure instantly, thus reducing the ink consumption as well as eliminating the drying issue. As a by product, we will also eliminate the piles of offset work drying on the factory floor prior to backing-up, or moving on to finishing,” added Chris. “Yes, the LED-UV inks might be a little more expensive right now, but lower consumption and the added speed of moving work through the factory will, I believe, more than make up for that current difference in price.”

The four-colour 524GX replaces a Ryobi 524HE machine that has been in use at Corsham for some nine years. “We have a long established relationship with Apex and with Ryobi. The Apex team are very professional and great to work with, and the presses are the most reliable that we have ever used,” said Chris Perry. “We knew that we didn’t really need to look at any other suppliers products. Ryobi has also been at the forefront of the LED-UV technology, so this purchase will put us at the cutting edge of print technology.”

Complementing the press will be a Cron platesetter, also supplied by Apex. This will replace the polyester-based plate production of the DPX System. “The DPX has served us very well over the years,” said Chris Perry. “But with the price of metal plates from Cron now coming in below the cost of polyester, and the added sharpness and stability offered by the plates, this is the ideal solution to work with our new press. We are now producing an amount of work for local fine art studios, so the increase in resolution of this device will allow us to move on to a higher screen ruling for this type of work.

“This is the final part of a half-million-pound investment in the business over the last twelve months. It has included finishing equipment, digital kit, and the redevelopment of parts of our property”, concluded Chris.

The RMGT 524GX is a sophisticated 52cm machine that is seen by many as the market leader in small offset. Recent developments such as LED-UV and low-cost CtP have made litho even more attractive against digital alternatives in this sector. The flagship RMGT 524GX comes complete with automatic plate loading on the press and a direct link for CIP3 ink data to be transferred from CtP to press. This is expected to reduce make-ready time by more than half.

Corsham Print is run by a team of eleven. The company handles a wide range of commercial print, as well as graphic design, photography, branding, and web site creation work. It has shown consistent growth over recent years, with some 20% year-on-year growth over the last 12 months.

For more information on Corsham Print call 01225 812 930 or visit the www.corshamprint.co.uk web site.

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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