10 November 2019 Print Companies

Resource moves to join the LED UV club

A five-colour RMGT 925 LED UV has replaced a conventional version of the same press at Leeds business Resource, giving it a litho press that delivers the benefits of digital printing.

Leeds full service printer Resource has replaced a five-year old RMGT 925 for the latest version of the same press, fitted with LED UV.

The new machine also includes instant plate changing, paper stretch compensation and tablet control to enable an operator at the delivery to see and adjust the feeder.

Operations director Dave Woodcock says: “We replaced two B2 Mitsubishis with the first RMGT 925 five years ago and it has been a fantastic machine for us.

“This time as we are printing digitally as well as litho we wanted to produce just as quickly and wanted to finish as soon as we have printed. And having had experience of the 925, it’s a natural step to get the LED version of the same press.”

The automatic plate changing lifts and replaces five plates in one minute. There is compensation to avoid paper stretch and a 55 inch screen to monitor what is happening on and in the press. The PDS-E SpectroDrive closed loop colour control is linked to a Bodoni PressSign system that Resource uses to ensure print matches ISO 12647 tolerances.

The company matches across litho and digital processes and coated and uncoated substrates. “We have always been able to achieve a close match between litho and digital on uncoated papers and now this is much easier purely because there is no dry back as the sheet is dry immediately,” says Woodcock.

This also brings benefits in finishing where there is no spray powder or set off to mark the sheet when folding.

Resource is positioned as a full service agency for events and other marketing campaigns. “When talking to clients we are seeking to provide them with a complete promotional campaign and whilst print can often be a key element of the package, it is just one part of the whole campaign that we will design,” says Woodcock.

Managing director Phil Thompson adds: “We manage everything from creative concept, the design and build through to the printing of all collateral. Retaining our own printing facility means that we keep control of everything from the timing of production to the output quality.”

The company will continue to run process free plates on the new press, but has switched to a more resilient version with a coating that can work with the harsher UV environment on press.

By Gareth Ward

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Dave Woodcock

Dave Woodcock

Resource has returned to buy a second RMGT 925, five years after buying its first SRA1 press. This time, however, the company has opted for an LED UV version with full automation to cope with shorter print runs.

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