Oriental Printing in London’s Tilbury Docks has become the latest to commission an RMGT9 LED UV press. Oriental Printing, which specialises in restaurant and takeaway menus for Chinese restaurants, has installed a four-unit press after seeing it in action at Ipex last year.
Brothers Wei Jiang and Quan Jiang own the business and have been printing on Ryobis since the business began in 2007. Wei says: “We had been very happy with the reliability of the Ryobi 684 and the previous Ryobi 662 – our first press. We had set out to look for a good secondhand SRA1 or B2 press. We were offered a secondhand Heidelberg by a local dealer only to find the press would not fit our factory which brought us back to our preferred option, an SRA1 Ryobi.”
The pair liked the instant drying that the LED UV technology offers, especially getting rid of spray powder which provoked frequent stops for blanket washes when backing up a job. “My finisher is also happy as he does not have to deal with spray powder on the folding equipment and he has nice clean hands as the ink is cured dry with no residual ink rubbing off during handling,” Wei adds.
The press was commissioned last month, following training for its operator on the new technology and the SpectroJet colour control system. As the had been running Ryobis previously this was not problematic.
The company gains from the eight-up sheet format, halving the time to print even without the benefit of backing up immediately and being able to finish straight from the press. The additional capacity will be put to good use: Oriental has already won some magazine work on the back of the investment. Because work is finished at once, there is no backlog of sheets on pallets waiting to be dry enough to finish.
Neil Handforth, sales and marketing director of supplier Apex Digital Graphics, says: “As with many print businesses, seeing the RMGT Ryobi 920 Series in action convinced them immediately of the great potential of these machines. Eight-up A4 printing on a press with a footprint no larger than a B2 machine, immediately dry sheets at the delivery end, lower power consumption throughout, no spray powder to contend with either on press or in post press, significantly less work in progress taking up space on the shop floor, and RMGT's well documented reliability: that all adds up to a winning formula for so many printers.”
Wei Jiang holds one of the first sheets from the RMGT9 series four-colour SRA1 sheetfed press that Oriental Printing has installed at premises near Tibury Docks. The company specialises in work for the Chinese restaurant trade.