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LGP Print Limited, formerly known as Leeds Graphic Press, took delivery of its 16th new Ryobi machine in November last year. It arrived in the shape of an SRA1-format RMGT 924 LED-UV press, accompanied by a Cron CtP system.
The four-colour version of Ryobi’s popular 920 Series boasts a maximum sheet size of 920 x 640mm, enabling eight-up A4 printing, as well as the ability to produce A1 size posters. The versatility of the press extends to stock thickness, with the 920 Series being capable of handling paper ranging from 0.04 mm onion-skin to heavy 0.6 mm card stock.
LGP Print Managing Director Philip Stead: “For our previous press purchase back in 2007 we took the decision to move away from SRA3 and expand in format up to an SRA2 sheet size – it paid great dividends for us as a business. We decided to once again move up to a larger sheet size in order to offer an even wider range of print services.”
“LED-UV means we get dry to the touch sheets exiting the press, so we can back up jobs immediately or send them straight to the finishing department. It also means fewer concerns about working with the ever wider range of challenging substrates that customers are now demanding – some of which can pose tricky drying issues with standard litho presses.”
The new press provides additional pressroom firepower and sits alongside the SRA2 format five-colour Ryobi 685 at the near 40-year-old Leeds printer. Five 52cm format presses bring the Ryobi line-up at LGP to a total of seven machines – probably Europe’s largest Ryobi installation.
Philip Stead has been monitoring the development of LED drying since it was first shown by Ryobi back in 2008: “The technology has developed and matured in that time. LED-UV certainly has a significant role to play in the future of litho printing. Digital printing has given the customer the impression that any job can be produced almost instantly – no matter what quantity, finish, or substrate they might require. LED-UV does at least give litho printers the chance to meet those demands to a degree!”
LGP Print produces a wide range of commercial work with both digital and litho equipment from its Leeds base.