Sheffield based Northend Creative Print Solutions has replaced two Heidelberg B2 presses – a CD74-4 and an XL75-5 - with a 5-colour RMGT Ryobi 925 LED-UV litho press supplied by Apex Digital Graphics.
The investment, which came close to £1m, also includes a Cron 3632UVP platesetter capable of imaging plates at up to 2,800dpi in sizes of up to 925 x 675mm.
According to Northend managing director Nigel Stubley, the return on capital of this equipment means that SRA1 litho with UV curing is the most cost effective way forward for his business right now.
“We visited last years Drupa exhibition with the aim of finding the right B2 digital press to join our existing SRA3 digital presses, but the efficiencies and productivity of the Ryobi 920 with LED-UV has taken litho printing to a new level,” he says. “Our calculations suggested that this new machine would be more productive than our two existing B2 presses due to the SRA1 format, the printing speed, the latest make-ready capabilities, and, most of all, because of the instant drying provided by the LED-UV curing.”
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. An inline quality control system (PDS-E SpectroDrive) enables the operator to monitor and maintain the quality of the printed sheet throughout the run. The press has also been equipped with technotrans ink.line systems to aid the efficient use of ink.
The RMGT Ryobi 925 is a five-colour litho press for 8-up A4 format print production with 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 capable of handling paper ranging from 0.04 mm onion-skin to heavy 0.6 mm card stock.
128-year-old Northend employs over 40 people in a well-equipped modern factory, close to the M1 in South Yorkshire. Customers range from small businesses to large multi-site organisations, and span a multitude of sectors from corporates, education, sports, local authorities, design and packaging.