Spot Productions has installed the country’s first 10-colour RMGT 920 series press, at Spot Productions in Brisbane, with the A1 press supplied by Cyber.
Simon Carmody, managing director for Spot says, “We looked at what were the latest offerings from Ryobi. We bought the machine brand new and had it running from January. We had two presses go out.
“The new Ryobi has exceeded my expectations, I am happy with it. It is faster and producing better quality work. It has increased our profits, our turnover is now somewhere around $1m a month. I reckon it is faster than three machines put together. Changeover is now around four minutes, it used to be an hour. Printing paper booklets, books and magazines used to be nine hours, now it is three hours.
“We are excited about what the new press can potentially do for us. It is the sixth Ryobi I have bought over a ten year period and I have been happy with their service, they are a great company to deal with.”
Peter Eskine, state manager, Queensland, Cyber, explains, “It is a ten-colour, five over five perfecting press. LED-UV with Smart RPC, the automatic plate loading mechanism, so it can achieve a plate change in 60 seconds.
“It has cameras in the feeder, delivery, and perfecting device so that the operators can see what is happening in these areas.
“It has a large screen, which gives you the feed of the cameras, and information about ink, the job itself, where it is in the run process, and the health of the press. It has a built in spectrophotometer to measure the ink density.”
Eskine says, “This size A1 is a pure-A1, so it is a paper saving press. Rather than running a 102cm or 105cm press you are running a 92, which still has eight pages to view, with enough space for colour bars, and sheet size for folds.
“Ryobi engineers have worked with how the motor drives the press, bringing the power consumption lower compared to what else is on the market.
“With the cost of electricity going north, this keeps it down to a minimum. This is the latest generation of our LED-UV technology. Ryobi has been in that market for a long time, and the LED-UV set up is at the perfector, and the delivery. So the sheets come out of the press dry, ready for the guillotine or binder. What it amounts to is no waiting time after printing. There is no heat, unlike conventional UV and other UV presses, which run at high temperatures.
“It speeds up the process dramatically.”
The Queensland branch of the Lithographic Institute Association is arranging a tour of Spot’s print site next Wednesday, March 28.
Carmody says, “The LIA hear about this kind of investment and they want to be the first to know and see it, to let their members inspect it and I am not shy about my business, I am happy to let them come and see it. Customers from all over have been coming, we have had some Japan even. The machine is the first in the region and it has brought business in that way.
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