When was it launched?
Ryobi first released information on the 760E after Drupa 2012 and then launched the production models at the end of October. Bernard Cheong, managing director at Ryobi’s Australia & New Zealand distributor, Cyber, says: “We’ll be running a campaign for the 760E series early next year.”
What is it?
The 760E is a B2 litho press that can be configured from two to six colours and as either a straight or perfecting press, with a top speed of 13,000sph. It uses a double-sized impression cylinder and double-sized transfer cylinder. This is set in a seven o’clock position in relation to the blanket cylinder, which means the sheet can be fully printed before it is transferred.
“In presses where the cylinders are not set in a seven o’clock position, the sheet has to commence its transfer towards the next unit while it’s still being printed, resulting in either dot elongation or a shock mark,” says Cheong.
How does it differ from other presses in the manufacturer’s range?
“You can look at it as a having the same spec as the Ryobi 750, but with a smaller footprint,” says Cheong.
It retains the 750’s unitised design with double-sized impression and doubled-size transfer cylinders in a seven o’clock formation, but has a 26% smaller footprint. To achieve this, the manufacturer has shortened the delivery length using a semi-high pile delivery system. It has also mounted the printing control system above the delivery system, so there is no additional freestanding module which takes up space.
At its top speed of 13,000sph, the 760E is 2,000sph slower than the 780E and 3,000sph slower than the 750G, which are rated to 15,000sph and 16,000sph, respectively. Cheong points out that this is a response to changing needs.
“The slower speed and semi-high pile delivery are a reflection of the growth of shorter runs in the market, which means a high running speed is not essential.”
Who is it aimed at?
It is aimed at digital-cum-commercial colour printers who need a short-run B2 machine to print a range of products such as leaflets, flyers and posters.
“Not every printer has space for a full-size multi-colour B2 press. It could also be suitable for a B3 printer who is looking at moving up in sheet size but doesn’t have the floor space; for example, the working length of our 525GX is about 10 metres. With the same working space, we can install the 765E,” says Cheong.
How easy is it to use?
The press uses ‘smart inking systems’, which prepare the machine for jobs by presetting ink ducts and ink sweeps before they come on to the press. “This means the job gets up and running with minimal waste – about 50 sheets,” says Cheong. Semi-automatic plate changing allows
for plate changes of 40 seconds per unit.
What’s its USP?
As well as having a smaller footprint, Ryobi says its press uses less power than rival machines. “Compared with some competitors, you could be looking at power savings of around 18% to 20%.”
What support is on offer?
The 760E comes with a standard 12-month warranty. Cyber has more than 50 factory-trained service engineers across Australia and New Zealand with spare parts centres in Sydney, Auckland and Singapore.
How much does it cost?
The 760E is not yet on the market but Cheong says a base five-colour press
could cost less than $600,000.
Max speed 13,000sph
Max sheet size 765 x 600mm
Max substrate thickness 0.06mm
Price less than $600,000 (base machine)
Cyber (Aust) Pty Ltd, (02) 9318 0099
Cyber (NZ) +64 9 263 9970
Heidelberg Speedmaster SX 74
The SX sits between SM and XL ranges in price and performance.
Max speed 15,000sph
Max sheet size 740x530mm
Contact 1300 135 135, www.au.heidelberg.com
KBA Rapida 75
The Rapida 75 is faster than the Ryobi, but also more expensive.
Max speed 15,000sph
Max sheet size 530x750mm
Contact (02) 4626 4400, www.kba.com
Komori Enthrone 29
The Enthrone includes double-sized impression and transfer cylinders for consistent performance on short runs.
Max speed 13,000sph
Max sheet size 530 x 750mm
Contact (02) 9338 3900, www.komori.com
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