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ProCo: Litho Not Dead, SRA1 and LED-UV Make it Viable

In Offset Presses on June 12, 2017 at 3:15 pm

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ProCo, Sheffield, has become and latest high profile print business to invest in LED-UV SRA1 litho equipment from RMGT Ryobi. The Ryobi 925 LED-UV press has been purchased from Apex Digital Graphics, the official RMGT Ryobi press distributor for the UK in formats up to SRA1, and for Cron computer-to-plate solutions. The press is due for installation at the company in August of this year.

The RMGT Ryobi 925 is a five-colour litho press for 8-up A4 format print production. 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, Graeme Parry, Production Director at ProCo, said: “We were looking to bring in new technology that ran hand-in-hand with our clients’ needs of reduced delivery times, and these are aided by the high running speed and vastly reduced drying time that LED-UV brings. Litho is certainly not dead but we needed to explore how we can still offer it as a viable service and maintain it as a viable part of our business, and the new press will help us do that.  The new machine will replace one of our two existing B2 presses, adding much needed extra capacity and firepower, as well as bringing all of the benefits associated with the LED-UV technology.

“What first attracted us to the press was the combination of the SRA1 sheet size and access to LED-UV curing, along with the latest automation and press intelligence, all in a compact B2 footprint. Within the market there was not anything else that gave this amount of bang for your buck.”

With specific reference to the sheet size capability of the new machine, Graeme adds: “The SRA1 sheet size will really change litho production at ProCo. Having the ability to run 8-up A4 on a single sheet means more productive running in comparison to our current B2 presses. It will naturally absorb the work we are producing currently whilst also adding much needed additional capacity. Having access to the bigger sheet size will mean a reduction in the amount of section work and that will make us more competitive in the market, and drive more volume through the press.”

With a focus on the RMGT Ryobi’s market leading curing technology, Graeme comments: “There are a number of advantages that LED-UV offers, but the main driver was the reduced drying time that it brings. To our clients, speed of turnaround is a major factor, and with LED-UV curing the sheet that lands in the delivery it is pretty much dry immediately, even on uncoated stock with heavy ink coverage. The positive effect of this is that our finishing department will be able to start work on the sheet straight away, where as previously there was an element of drying time. The end result is a quicker and better service to our customers.”

The configuration selected is a five-colour version of the popular 920 Series: “From the analysis that we have conducted with customers, there is still a big demand to have access to spot colours running in conjunction with CMYK. Within our scope of work there is still a very real need for the use of specials, so it was a necessary part of the configuration of the press.”

Commenting on the order for Apex Digital Graphics, Neil Handforth, Sales & Marketing Director for the company, said: “This is another very significant order for Apex and for RMGT because once again it has come from a very high profile and well respected print business. ProCo has taken its decision to invest in litho equipment from RMGT Ryobi because it offers the business an advantage that is not available from other technologies or from other suppliers.”

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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, 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, 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 two years or so has seen a growing commercial acceptance of LED-UV in the UK and Europe, following on from widespread success in Japan. 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, with the required ducting for extraction. The stunning productivity and quality of the technique are self-evident when the system is viewed in action.

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Precision Printing to Add Third LED-UV Press

In Offset Presses on April 24, 2017 at 1:32 pm

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Following its investment in two RMGT Ryobi Series 9 LED-UV presses last year, The Precision Printing Company Ltd, Barking, the multi-award winning business offering creative print solutions produced with state-of-the-art technology, has announced an order for a third machine: a second eight-colour perfector, to be installed in its new Thames Gateway factory.

The August / September move – just two miles from its existing site – will expand the business from 3,500 square meters to 5,000 square meters. The new Ryobi 928P SRA1 LED-UV sheet-fed machine will be installed at the new site to provide for business continuity whilst existing equipment is moved.

The machine ordered is similar to the existing perfector: 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. The press will also be equipped with Smart-RPC fully automatic simultaneous plate changing, dramatically reducing make-ready times for job changes.

This will also be the first press in the UK to be fitted with the new PQS-D colour control and inspection system. Shown for the first time in Europe at Drupa, and utilising inline CCTV camera technology, the PQS-D inline printing quality control enables the operator to monitor printing quality on both sides of the printed sheet in terms of both colour density and comparison to the pass sheet.

If a defect, such as a hickey, is identified, the operator is alerted on the control panel via a visual display and warning tone. A tab is inserted into the delivery stack until the defect is cleared, when a further tab is inserted.

The initial perfector was supported by a Ryobi 925 – a five-colour straight press also equipped with LED-UV curing and an inline spectrophotometer. Plates for the two presses were provided by two Cron CtP systems, all purchased from Apex Digital Graphics, Hemel Hempstead.

The two Cron 36-64GX UV-P units offer a combined capability of producing over 80 SRA1 plates per hour. The systems have been imaging onto Cron’s Blackwood UV plates.

Group Chief Operating Officer of Precision Printing, Andy Skarpellis, commenting on the latest press order, said: “The Ryobi / Apex relationship has gone from strength-to-strength and the market we are now pursuing allows us to produce uncoated work same day into London which was unachievable with conventional machines. It mirrors our digital platform beautifully and allows us to utilise the cross platform much closer than before.”

Adding further comment about the investment in LED-UV equipment, Chief Executive Officer, Gary Peeling, said: “It has revitalised the litho side of the business. It gives us the immediacy and simplicity of operation that we get from digital.

“If we are going to have a successful offset business we won’t do it by doing the same thing we have done for the last twenty years, so we are going new and modern and looking forward to the opportunities greatly.

“We are working hard to make using more printing simple for our customers. LED-UV allows us to produce wonderful looking results on uncoated substrates, which are increasingly popular. To compete, printing needs to be fast and simple. It is often the difference between printing or not from the customer perspective. This modern press technology allows that.”

Trade Printing

When talking about the work being produced on the RMGT equipment Andy Skarpellis referenced both hybrid digital/litho work and the trade work generated by the company’s WhereTheTradeBuys.co.uk website: “The output quality of the Ryobi machines is excellent of course, and with the LED-UV feature we can produce a finish to match our Indigo digital output, allowing us to produce combination litho/digital print products for customers. This means that we can combine personalised sections within long run publications at an economical price.

“For our trade printing business, the new presses mean that we are able to offer same day delivery for volume offset print orders into London, or overnight delivery, even if they are produced on uncoated stock – something that we could only do with short run digital requirements before.”

Gary Peeling added: “Our London location is an advantage in supporting the capital, but it comes at a cost – a problem that Tokyo printers share! These presses are compact and the UV drying also removes all “work in progress” from the shopfloor. We could print 500 runs and deliver today digitally; now we can offer 50,000 as well.”

Commenting on the order for Apex Digital Graphics, Neil Handforth, Sales & Marketing Director for the company, said: “This is a very significant order for Apex and for RMGT because it has come from such a high profile and well respected print business as Precision Printing. It is a great testimony to the performance of the eight- and five-colour presses, which have shown to be a powerful litho package for the work being produced by the company. Having proved to themselves that LED-UV is a game changer for litho production, we are more than delighted to make preparations for a third RMGT machine to be installed.”

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, 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, 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 a host of major ink suppliers. This year is seeing 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, with the required ducting for extraction – another significant cost element. The stunning productivity and quality of the technique are self-evident when the system is viewed in action.

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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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