London-based Premier Print has announced details of its latest press investment, which took place at the end of 2018. The new RMGT SRA1 format 924 LED-UV features four-colour printing, LED-UV instant drying, simultaneous fully-automatic plate change, Ryobi Matic D dampening, and a 55-inch screen press monitoring station. The press has been supplied and installed by the UK’s official RMGT distributor MPL, Surrey.
The previously all Heidelberg B2 focused litho printer has benefited both from the compact design of the RMGT press, with its B2 sized footprint, and the significant productivity boost offered by the SRA1 format. A Heidelberg SM74 five-colour machine was traded out as part of the new installation.
Gary Goodson, director of Premier Print, said: “We reviewed all of the options, taking a look at a number of press demonstrations. The RMGT stood out due to its unusual format, high quality, and excellent LED-UV capability. Space was one of the limiting factors for us and RMGT provides a lot of press in a small footprint!
“Because of the format and the automated features of the machine we were looking to add more than double the capacity of a B2 press, along with a reduction in costs due to cutting out a significant proportion of overtime. The impact is already beginning to show: March 2019 was in fact our highest turnover month ever – a 20% increase compared to March 2018.”
Brother and fellow director Darren Goodson added: “Not only can we now run eight-pages to view rather than four, but the simultaneous fully-automatic plate changing capability cuts make-ready times by more than half.”
Reductions in plate costs, the elimination of powder spray, and lower power consumption are offsetting the increase in the UV ink costs. “With the higher ink costs covered by those factors, the true benefits of having a dry-to-the-touch sheet at the delivery end of the press can then be seen as a major plus in its own right. The fact that we can then move work rapidly – either for immediate back-up or straight into post-press for folding and finishing – means higher productivity all round, with jobs moving out the door quickly, rather than sitting on the floor drying,” said Darren Goodson.
Commmenting on the installation, Mark Stribley, Joint Managing Director of MPL, said: “Premier Print could quickly see the benefits of replacing a B2 machine with the SRA1 capabilities of our RMGT 920 series. Space was at a premium, and the B2 chassis of the RMGT 920 was an important element in the final decision. The ability to handle work immediately was also important. Today’s customer wants work delivered quickly and LED-UV is a vital element for printers who want to respond to that need and to provide that level of service.
“This installation should act as a flagship for B2 printers everywhere. This is the direction that your business needs to go. Litho printing can still be efficient and highly productive, just as long as you install the right equipment to make it happen.”
Premier Print Group is a family-owned and managed business. It was started in 1983 by Gary Goodson who was later joined by his brother Darren in 1992. Together they have grown and developed the business to become a leading London printing company, specialising in short-run magazine and booklet printing services.
See premierprintgroup.com for more details.
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