Sheffield based commercial printer ProCo is set to instal an RMGT Ryobi 925 SRA1 5-colour litho press with LED-UV curing in August, supplied by Apex Digital Graphics. The new press will replace one of two existing B2 presses, adding much needed extra capacity and firepower, as well as bringing all of the benefits associated with LED-UV technology.
ProCo, which also has offices in Stansted, works with clients to provide digital and litho print solutions across a wide range of marketing and communications platforms.
According to production director Graeme Parry, the purchase decision came down to 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 wasn’t anything else that gave this amount of bang for your buck,” he says.
Parry goes on to say that ProCo was looking to bring in new technology that ran hand-in-hand with the ever increasing need for reduced delivery times.
“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.”
RMGT's 920 Series features a maximum paper size of 920 x 640 mm, enabling eight-up printing of A4 size pages, including 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.
“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 while also adding much needed additional capacity. Having access to the bigger sheet size will also 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.
“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,” concludes Parry.