19 August 2016 Print Companies

Kingsdown bids for growth with Ryobi LED UV order

Kingsdown will install an SRA1 long perfecting Ryobi at the end of this year, boosting productivity for the Bristol printer.

Expansion-minded Bristol printer Kingsdown is the latest west country printer to invest in new generation UV printing. It joins a swathe or printers from Oxford down to Southampton, from Worcester to Exeter, with the instant drying technology.

The company is buying a Ryobi 928 LED UV from Apex Digital Graphics, its first eight-up press. The company currently runs a five-colour plus coater Speedmaster 74 and 2009 vintage ten-colour perfecting XL75. Moving up from B2 to the SRA1 format will enable it to double throughput of A4 pages.

“The productivity improvements we will get from the LED-UV technology will be significant. We are looking forward to eradicating potential drying and marking issues, smoothing workflow throughout the factory, and getting jobs out of the door much faster – and no spray powder to contend with,” says proprietor David Spencer.

“The SRA1 sheet size will make us significantly more competitive on larger jobs as well. This investment will provide us with an additional capacity of up to £4 million going forward.”

Every aspect of the technology has been assessed, culminating in a trial at a site in central Europe which has the same specification of press. Here the company tested a number of its more challenging perfecting jobs which the press passed with flying colours. He says: “Seven jobs, each with a short run of 200 sheets, were produced in a fraction over one hour. The makeready speed was awesome, and, of course, the sheets were dry to the touch at the delivery end of the machine.”

The press is the central piece in a £1.3 million investment that will also include a Kodak Magnus 800 platesetter to produce the larger format plates needed. This fits with the existing Kodak Prinergy prepress set up. The company also runs Ricoh digital presses and a mailing operation.

While Spencer has calculated that the extra capacity might be worth £4 million to the sales line, the reduction in energy consumption from the two LED arrays on the press and signing a five-year maintenance contract with Apex will equate to a near £17,000 a month saving for the business. Current turnover is £6 million with 54 staff.

“This is about supporting the next stage of our development,” says Spencer.

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Ryobi 928 UV

Ryobi 928 UV

Apex Digital Graphics supplied the Ryobi LED UV to Kingsdown.

“The productivity improvements we will get from the LED-UV technology will be significant. We are looking forward to eradicating potential drying and marking issues, smoothing workflow throughout the factory, and getting jobs out of the door much faster – and no spray powder to contend with,” says proprietor David Spencer.

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