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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.

Cron UVP26H

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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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.

rmgt924

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.

RMGT 9 920PF-8

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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