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ProCo Installing Second RMGT LED-UV Press

In Offset Presses on December 7, 2017 at 9:48 am

Leading print producer ProCo, Sheffield, has announced details of the purchase of a second RMGT (Ryobi) 920 LED-UV press. Installation of the Ryobi 924 LED-UV press is already underway after the company signed an order with Apex Digital Graphics, the official RMGT Ryobi press distributor for the UK in formats up to SRA1, on the final day of this year’s Ipex show.

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The first press, a Ryobi 925 LED-UV press, was installed in August of this year. The latest order is for a four-colour version of the same machine, but with an extended delivery and higher-powered LED’s – particularly beneficial for the printing of plastic substrates. Both presses can print 8-up A4 pages to view. 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, Jon Bailey, CEO at ProCo, said: “The first Ryobi machine, which we have been using for several months now, has allowed us to think totally differently about litho printing at our Sheffield site. The SRA1 format means we can be significantly more competitive on a wider range of work and we’re seeing some very positive early signs about the impact it can have on our business. By offering our clients superior turnarounds, different formats, and competitive pricing we’re opening up lots of new avenues for us and we’re excited about bringing another press into the facility.”

At the time of the installation of the first Ryobi press, Graeme Parry, Production Director at ProCo, said: “While litho is still very much a key part of our offering, we needed to explore how we could maintain it as a viable part of our business, and the new press will help us do that.”

The press has already won the company new business. “The installation of the first press has given ProCo the ability to be more competitive on longer run work. Previously, due to the smaller B2 / SRA2 format, the time frame to deliver, and of course the machine hourly rate, meant that sometimes we had to make compromises to meet customer requirements. The installation of the second press will give us additional capacity so we can continue to meet our customers’ demands for both the short and longer run jobs,” added Graeme Parry.

“With the common sheet format across both machines it will make planning a lot simpler, and give us the ability to switch work between machines when needed.”

With regard to the potential for printing onto plastic substrates, Mr Bailey added: “Being able to print onto plastics within litho is a brilliant addition to our capability. This will now open up new opportunities for us – we currently have some of this type of work going through our large format department, but we will now have the firepower to look at work that requires volume production on plastic substrates.”

The commissioning of the new press commenced in late November and it will be fully operational before Christmas.

“We’ve seen growth within litho over the last quarter and we’re looking forward to be able to push the boundaries in terms of volume of jobs, and of course the impressions, we produce in 2018,” added Jon Bailey.

Commenting on the order for Apex Digital Graphics, Neil Handforth, Sales & Marketing Director for the company, said: “It is a great pleasure to once again add further press firepower to an existing LED-UV user, and another leading UK print provider. The ProCo team have had several months exposure to the benefits of the Ryobi LED-UV system, and have found the productivity of the machine far surpassing their previous B2 litho equipment. Adding the second machine will both enhance their production capability and open up possibilities of taking on even more new business.”

About ProCo

ProCo works with customers to help them achieve amazing results for their marketing projects by using the latest litho and digital print technologies, combined with what it describes as digital wizardry to make it all happen. ProCo employs over 140 staff at its Sheffield and Stansted sites, and runs several HP Indigo digital units across both sites, with currently one Ryobi 925 LED-UV press, one manroland B2 litho press, an Agfa Jeti Tauro 2.5m Hybrid and an Agfa Anapurna 3.2m roll-to-roll engine. The company produces commercial printing with a focus on direct mail and personalisation, as well as building bespoke workflows for clients. It has ten in-house programmers working on such tasks.

 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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Ormerods, Rochdale, Presented with Production Awards

In Offset Presses, Packaging on October 9, 2017 at 1:08 pm

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Leading offset litho label printer, Ormerods Ltd of Rochdale, has become the latest recipient of silver “Productivity Print” awards from MPL Ltd, UK distributor for RMGT B1 presses, service provider for existing Mitsubishi machines, and a division of M Partners. The awards have been presented for two presses – one B1 and one B2 – that have enjoyed over two years of printing without loosing a day of production.

“I was very much a Heidelberg fan before I joined Ormerods some 12 years ago,” said Richard Parker, now Production Director at the company (pictured above). “The Mitsubishi machines, however, have convinced me that other equipment can be highly productive and very reliable. They will certainly be at the top of my shopping list when we come to invest in offset machinery again.

“Press reliability is becoming ever more important in today’s printing business. We need to produce to ever tighter deadlines and, in labels, delivery times are critical – we don’t want to stop a bottling line, for example, simply because our labels haven’t arrived on time.”

The B2-format six-colour plus double-coater Mitsubishi Diamond 1000 and the B1-format six-colour plus coater Mitsubishi Diamond 3000 deliver reliable, quality printing over a double-day shift at Ormerods – though the business can switch to 24-hour production at particularly busy times.

The near 140-year old business is still family owned, and a well-known employer in the Rochdale area. Henry Ormerod established the company in 1879 as a show card and label printers, primarily serving the local cotton industry in Rochdale and the surrounding areas. Label printing is still the mainstay of work produced, but other packaging and commercial work is also undertaken.

Commenting on the awards, Mark Stribley, Joint Managing Director of MPL, said: “We are delighted, of course, to be working with a printing business with such a rich heritage. Their Mitsubishi presses have certainly proved themselves over the years that they have been installed at Ormerods and, according to our service team, will continue to give them excellent production over the coming years. It is a delight to award such productivity, and we look forward to presenting gold awards in due course.”

About MPL & M Partners

In 2010 MPL 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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RMGT Seek to Establish True Cost of Service Contracts

In Offset Presses on September 7, 2017 at 7:47 am

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Japanese offset press manufacturer RMGT is launching a new initiative aimed at compiling a comprehensive understanding of the cost, benefits, and value of service contracts for litho presses, as often favoured and promoted by European equipment manufacturers. The survey being compiled will be supported by Surrey based MPL, RMGT’s European Technical Support Centre.

The survey will cover the full range of sheet fed printers from large international multi-site groups to small local print shops. Many of the target businesses have already volunteered to take part in the research.

The survey has been launched in an effort to gain a clearer understanding of why printers pay large sums for service contracts, particularly on new or nearly new equipment.

Mark Stribley, Joint Managing Director of MPL, (pictured above, right) explained further: “Service contracts seem to take a variety of forms – RMGT is keen to understand the differences and the costs involved. Printers that we have spoken to only recently are confused with regard to what is included and what is excluded from the contract.

“The RMGT mentality says “if our equipment breaks down, we re-design elements of that equipment so that it doesn’t”. RMGT reflect this in the printing equipment that they manufacture. It is very rare that a component fails, and even rarer that an RMGT press actually stops printing because of it. The development of the service contract has been heavily influenced by European manufacturers – RMGT feel the need to understand this part of the product package.”

The survey will seek to understand what printers want from a service contract, as well as how the pricing for such an element is calculated, and how printers measure the value of having a contract in place. “It is assumed that the price is created by the supplier multiplying the number of times that a machine will break down by the typical service call charge – but this would also depend, of course, if the cost of spare parts was included in the contract,” said Mark Stribley.

Questions posed within the survey focus on cost, understanding of what the contract covers, and whether the printer has a mechanism designed to measure the value of the service contract for a given piece of equipment.

“The service contracts provided by many press manufacturers have become an increasingly expensive addition to the cost of the machine. We view these as an expensive luxury for RMGT presses, but other suppliers seem to focus on the “benefits” that these offer the buyer of a new press. We know our own breakdown record and in our opinion RMGT users simply can’t justify a service contract to cover the rare occurrence of malfunctions.

“In these days of fine margins, printers have to examine the total cost of machine ownership, and that includes the true cost of a breakdown. It’s not just the annual cost of a service contract, or the price of an ad hoc visit from an engineer, plus the cost of any parts needed. It has to also include the costs involved in not being able to produce for a given period of time – the hourly rate, multiplied by the amount of hours that the press was not able to print – plus any overtime hours that need to be paid to get production back on track. You might argue that there could also be a sum added in for the potential of not being able to deliver a job on time, or even for losing a customer, but that is all rather difficult to quantify.”

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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