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It’s a Number 924 with LED-UV for Oriental Printing

In Offset Presses on June 21, 2018 at 9:20 am

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London-based print business Oriental Printing has announced the purchase and installation of an RMGT Ryobi 924 LED-UV press, as supplied by UK distributor Apex Digital Graphics.

The company, located close to Tilbury Docks, specialises in the production of Chinese restaurant and take-away menus – a market that has seen rapid growth in recent years. The SRA1 format press replaces an ageing Ryobi 684 SRA2 format machine.

Joint Managing Director Wei Jiang explained the background regarding the new purchase: “We had been very happy with the reliability of the Ryobi 684 and the previous Ryobi 662 – our first press. We had set out to look for a good second hand SRA1 or B2 press. We were offered a second hand Heidelberg by a local dealer only to find the press would not fit our factory which brought us back to our preferred option, an SRA1 Ryobi.”

Wei and his business partner, brother Quan, visited the IPEX show last year and saw the RMGT 928 LED-UV press in action on the Apex Digital Graphics stand. This was a game changer for Wei as the instant drying and associated elimination of spray powder would take away what was an everyday pain for this fast turnaround company.

After several months of discussions with Apex and a customer visit to a local RMGT user, a deal was struck for a new RMGT Ryobi 924 LED-UV. Following delivery, installation, and training the press was producing work in May 2018.

Wei was very impressed with the Apex installation team and the operator training given. “We had been running Ryobi equipment for the last ten years, so some of the basic operating system was familiar to us, but our young operator learnt a great deal from the in-depth training.”

With regard to the immediate benefits of the new press, Wei added: “On longer runs the spray powder would always cause an issue on the second side with frequent stops to clean blankets. My finisher is also happy as he does not have to deal with spray powder on the folding equipment and he has nice clean hands as the ink is cured dry with no residual ink rubbing off during handling”.

“The speed of throughput is amazing, firstly because runs have come down by half due to the press format, and secondly once printed, work can be immediately cut and folded, resulting in more room to manoeuvre around the factory. Even jobs with the heaviest of coverage can be finished immediately.”

Due to the Spectro-Jet colour management fitted to the press Wei says that print quality and on the run quality control are exceptional. To back this up customers have already noticed the difference and made calls to him to compliment him on the output of the new press.

With the extra capacity available Oriental Printing are looking to branch out to offer a wider range of work and have already secured some new magazine business.

Wei and his team are looking to become more efficient and profitable with the 8-up capability of the SRA1 format.

Commenting on yet another LED-UV order for Apex Digital Graphics, Neil Handforth, Sales & Marketing Director for the company, said: “We are of course delighted to be able to further expand the printing capability of long standing Ryobi user Oriental Printing. As with many print businesses, seeing the RMGT Ryobi 920 Series in action convinced them immediately of the great potential of these machines. Eight-up A4 printing on a press with a footprint no larger than a B2 machine, immediately dry sheets at the delivery end, lower power consumption throughout, no spray powder to contend with either on press or in post-press, significantly less work in progress taking up space on the shop floor, and RMGT’s well documented reliability: that all adds up to a winning formula for so many printers.”

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RMGT’s increasingly popular 920 Series features a maximum paper size of 920 x 640 mm, enabling 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 in conjunction with Panasonic, 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 manufactured in Europe and is available from most major ink suppliers. The last three years or so have seen a growing commercial acceptance of LED-UV in the UK and Europe, following on from widespread success in Japan. Apex has now installed more than 20 LED-UV presses in the UK. The environmental benefits of the technology and the significant cost savings through reduced power consumption are but two of the outstanding benefits of the equipment. Adding LED-UV also eliminates the need for powder spray, and as no ozone or heat is produced in the curing process, there is no requirement for extraction ducting. The productivity and stunning quality (particularly on uncoated stocks) of the technology are self-evident when the system is viewed in action.

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.ukweb site.

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Fontain Quadruples Capacity with Ryobi LED-UV

In Offset Presses on May 30, 2018 at 11:02 am

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London-based print business Fontain has revealed that its latest investment has quadrupled its litho printing capacity. The RMGT Ryobi 928 LED-UV eight-colour perfector is now installed and in production at the company’s SE16 premises, having been purchased through UK distributor Apex Digital Graphics.

Commenting on the new addition, Huw Harcombe, Director at Fontain (above, centre) said: “We had been following the development of LED-UV presses for some time, and had viewed the RMGT product on a number of occasions. Seeing the eight colour in action at last year’s IPEX show sealed the deal for us. Now that it is installed and running I have to say that the incredible productivity of the machine has confirmed our expectations.”

The RMGT SRA1 4/4 perfector press has replaced a five-colour Heidelberg XL75 B2-format machine configured to perfect 2/3. Fontain runs a 24 hour / five day shift pattern, producing a wide range of commercial print, but with a strong focus on full-colour brochures and booklets.

“Because we are now able to print 16-page A4 sections, and dry the print as it is produced, the press has speeded up overall production as well as giving us more printing capacity,” added Huw.

LED-UV curing units incorporated into the press configuration provide for near instant drying of the sheet, enabling immediate progression of the work to the finishing department. The press has also been equipped with technotrans ink.line systems to maximise efficiency of ink management.

Apex has also fitted a Lithec colour management system to the press. “In operation it’s basically very similar to a leading competitors colour management solution, but at a significantly lower price.” The Lithec colour management system integrates with RMGT’s PDS-E SpectroDrive inline printing quality control enabling the operator to monitor and maintain the quality of the printed sheet throughout the run.

Fontain reviewed LED-UV supplies from different companies before settling on Toyo inks and chemistry. “They have had more experience with LED-UV and we found that their inks provided a better combination with the press,” explained Huw.

In addition to litho printing the 30+ team at Fontain also produce digital print using HP Indigo, Ricoh, Océ, and Canon equipment.

Commenting on yet another LED-UV order for Apex Digital Graphics, Neil Handforth, Sales & Marketing Director for the company, said: “It is highly significant that an increasing number of the UK’s leading exponents of digital and litho are turning to RMGT Ryobi LED-UV presses, combining the immediacy and cleanliness of digital with the quality of litho printing, across a massive stock range, and at high speeds. Add into that low power consumption of both the dryer and the press and it is very much a win-win decision.”

With regard to the Lithec colour management system, Neil Handforth added: “This is the first Lithec unit that we have installed. It provides for complete image control on the press for guaranteed optimum results. The system provides measurement and control of spectral, LAB and density values, as well as grey balance on an LAB-basis. It integrates very well with RMGT’s PDS-E SpectroDrive inline printing quality control.”

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 (16-page sections when perfecting), 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 (0.4 mm on a perfecting press).

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 manufactured in Europe and is available from most major ink suppliers. The last three years or so have seen a growing commercial acceptance of LED-UV in the UK and Europe, following on from widespread success in Japan. Apex has now installed more than 20 LED-UV presses in the UK. The environmental benefits of the technology and the significant cost savings through reduced power consumption are but two of the outstanding benefits of the equipment. Adding LED-UV also eliminates the need for powder spray, and as no ozone is produced in the curing process there is no requirement for extraction ducting. The productivity and stunning quality (particularly on uncoated stocks) of the technology are self-evident when the system is viewed in action.

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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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