RGMT is the first major press manufacturer to declare its hand for Drupa, promising three new presses and robots to move pallets of paper to and from the presses.
The automatic guided vehicles are part of the vision for the future of the print enterprise under the snappy slogan “Assist your potential with technological expertise and constant innovation: Visualisation, automation and connection.” At the centre of this is the RMGT Press Information Cloud, its production control system to enable the smart factory of the future.
“Automated labour saving presses in the future will enhance print quality and reduce makeready times, utilising IoT and cloud technologies for real time visualisation of press operating conditions,” the company says.
“All equipment within a printing factory will be interconnected and AGVs will relieve operators of the repetitive workload of transporting paper and printed materials to the next process.”
This is a particular problem in Japan where it is increasingly difficult to find both low skilled and experienced staff for post press operations in particular.
The stand will feature a ten colour B1 tandem perfector equipped with LED UV drying, PQS D density control systems for autonomous colour control and non stop operation. All make ready tasks take place simultaneously.
The eight-colour RMGT 9 SRA1 LED UV perfector has received a make over with larger print area with automated operation and connectivity into binding using an AGV to move print into a finishing line to fold and stick A4 brochures. On press inspection systems will identify sheets that fall short in terms of quality so that they can be automatically ejected before binding.
A five-colour version of the SRA1 press includes a coating unit for an LED UV cured high gloss varnish for value added and carton applications. This uses a new high powered LED UV technology, a far cry from the LED UV array that Ryobi used to introduced LED UV to the world at Drupa 2008.
The severe shortage of labour in Japan has encouraged RMGT to introduce automated guided vehicles to link the printing press to a finishing lines, to be demonstrated at Drupa to deliver stitched books with no manual intervention.