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“The automated plate loading, the swift make-ready, getting into saleable sheets and accurate colour quickly, and, of course, the LED-UV curing, are already making a difference to us.”
“I was especially impressed by the focus the company has to build printing machines that just print – it was not there to produce spare parts! That's a pretty impressive mantra.”
“We looked at Heidelberg, but they don’t really have anything in this part of the market. There’s a gap which the RMGT fills… We can now be competitive on longer run work. Our customers are happy with the quality and it means now that we can offer our customers more without having to sub-contract work out. ”
“We can now look at ganging up jobs. We put one type of paper in there and we can print four different jobs on that sheet of paper… We look at our book of business and about 95% is static, non-variable work – the amount of variable print we have, it's hard to justify a million dollar press to take care of the small amount of variable that we have.”
“You look at a press that's five or six years old and you wonder if you are ever going to need maintenance – I think we are down to two days in five or six years with our existing RMGT… It's amazing how reliable that piece of kit was.”
The order, comprising 338 printing units, is going to a company that hopes to dominate the web to print market in China.
“Back in the UK I was able to speak to a number of RMGT users, and their feedback fully supported the claims of the UK distributor regarding print quality, reliability and the inherent savings afforded by the format, as well as the environmental bonus from power savings when compared to our existing presses.”
“Once we saw that they were manufacturing a quality product that satisfied all our needs and wants, the pricing, the efficiencies – we realised it was only our own prejudices that was preventing us. It just ticked so many boxes. It just made sense.”
“I was immediately impressed by the company, its staff, and its philosophy – ‘we don’t want to manufacture spare parts, we want to manufacture printing machines that don’t break down’, was the clear message coming through.”
The new press will also take less power to run than the Heidelberg being replaced. It has an extended delivery unit, double chamber coater, Smart FPC simultaneous plate change and Smart Assist Printing which automates set-up and keeps the press in balance. At make-ready the press starts to print, tabbing the stack when good copies have been reached.
“We studied the mission critical areas of quality, speed, ease of use, supplier service and support, as well as total cost of ownership, along with environmental issues, and on balance the RMGT outscored the other presses in almost every category.”
“The automatic plate change is amazing, and fast make-ready gets the press up and running, and printing saleable sheets very quickly. The quality is very impressive, and the machine simply doesn’t break down.”
GEW has scored a major coup by becoming the preferred supplier to press manufacturer RMGT, which is now factory fitting GEW’s innovative LeoLED UV curing system to its sheetfed presses.
“RMGT wanted to be able to move the lamps around and it was our ability to move the lamps around the machine and to achieve a true deep cure. And they looked at installations in the US.”
RMGT has been successful with the machine with LED-UV curing, positioning the press as not only against larger format presses, but also competitive against digital printing in terms of turnaround and cost, thanks to the ability to handle sheets immediately off the press.
Combined, the group’s battery will include 15 digital sheetfed presses, largely HP Indigos, four SRA1 RMGT Ryobi LED-UV presses, including two long perfectors, a high-speed inkjet web, a number of wide-format engines and a raft of finishing kit including mail inserters, laser cutting and a Scodix digital embellishment line.
“If someone came in needing 1,000 SRA1 posters for the next morning, firstly we can now take the job because of the format we will have. Then we can have the plates made by 6am, have the plates on press and the job ready for the guillotine and for collection at 8am.”
“Also, now, doing the same thing we’ve done for the past 20 years doesn’t make sense. It’s like a slow march towards death. We want to do something different and we’ll be the only printer in the area with LED drying.”
“The DigitalXtra positioning of this technology by MPL makes great sense; it fills that gap between true digital work and the long-run printing that requires a B2- or B1-format litho press for cost-effective production.”
“At 300 copies the job is definitely digital. At 500 copies the job was a fit for the LED-UV while the XL remained too expensive because of the additional plate cost. We believe this shows that there is a sweet spot for LED-UV that sits below the XL75.”
The RMGT 970 is a slightly larger format than the successful 920 SRA1 model. It runs to a maximum of 965x650mm, even for eight A4 pages to view with colour bars crop markets and other furniture on both sides of a perfected sheet.
“It has revitalised the litho side of the business. It gives us the immediacy and simplicity of operation that we get from digital.”
“The first press gave us more firepower in terms of the different sheet size and obviously running a lot faster. It was previously taking two or three days for work to dry in some cases plus the print runs were longer anyway because it was only half a sheet size.”
“Our previous RMGT press was incredibly reliable. Reliability is important to us as a business; if our press lets us down, we are in danger of letting a client down, and that’s something we just cannot entertain.”
“We knew we needed to change an old press – a KBA 104 with coater – but needed a route to do it. This could be it: we were so impressed with the five-colour machine, there was never any thought of looking elsewhere. The total costs in nine years of running that five-colour press were probably less than those for one single year from any other manufacturer.”
“It is a very exciting press that will allow us to provide a whole range of new and exciting products for our customer portfolio. It will allow for such techniques as drip-off varnish for spot and matt UV, metallic inks, and flood UV in one pass.”
“The four-over-five configuration, supported by a coating unit, will provide a full UV drying system, with both inter-unit and after coating lamps. It will allow for such techniques as drip off varnish for spot and matt UV, metallic inks and flood UV in one pass. It is the only press in this configuration and specification in Europe and offers PCP a major opportunity to stand out in the magazine covers sector.”
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