LANDISVILLE, PA – November 9, 2023 – RMGT, manufacturer of the leading 8-up sheetfed offset press in North America, announces that G.E. Richards Graphic Supplies, a leading graphic arts dealer in the United States, in July installed a full-size RMGT 970ST (straight), five-color press at PDC Graphics. The award-winning general commercial print firm in suburban Philadelphia replaced an eight-year-old, half-size RMGT 756 six-color (with coater). The new 970 features an aqueous coater and two LED-UV lamps after the fourth and fifth units.
PDC Graphics’ 30,000-square-foot-plant in Southampton, PA, also added prepress and post-press equipment to keep up with the enhanced productivity of the new eight-up, sheetfed press. The 970 model’s 8-up format is capable of running sheet sizes up to 38 inches. PDC’s business rationale for investing in the new press centers on cost efficiencies. To stay competitive, the company needs the ability to print more of the book, booklet, brochure, catalog and direct-mail advertising work it reproduces -- in the same amount of time. “This full- size press basically makes us twice as fast,” stresses Jim Rosenthal, President and co-owner.
The new press technology allows PDC Graphics to grow business by doing more for its existing customer base. “Single sourcing is more and more in demand,” observes Rosenthal, “so this was the next logical step for us, making it easier for customers to do business with us.” Plus, it’s beginning to attract a different type of clientele. PDC now can be competitive on
larger quantity jobs of, say, 50,000 copies and more, Rosenthal notes. For high-end work, LED-UV ink printed on uncoated paper “looks brilliant . . . and excites our clients,” he adds. “The colors pop off the page. LED-UV is the future [of printing].”
Forty-four people are employed full-time inside PDC’s 26-year-old facility, generally working two shifts of eight hours each. During peak times, however, the crews ramp up to 10- or even 12-hour shifts, “sometimes seven days a week,” Rosenthal explains. “We get extremely busy during certain times of the year,” he notes, citing the fall benefits open-enrollment season as a prime example.
“Many of our customers are involved with benefits onboarding,” continues Rosenthal. “They need hundreds of thousands of employee packets printed for healthcare and insurance-related purposes.” The work adds up: PDC’s sales were up some 10% in 2022 – to approximately $8 million – the president reports.
After only three months of production, the PDC team already is seeing more productive results, according to VP and Co-owner Carl Piccari, whose operational focus is more on manufacturing. The new RMGT press’ automation has cut plate-loading times in half: to approximately 10 minutes from more than 20 minutes. “That equates to about 100 minutes daily and 500 minutes weekly,” Piccari points out, “which is almost an entire shift!”
In addition, makereadies are faster as RMGT’s console and scanner facilitate maintaining accurate color. “This press ‘learns’ how we want to print,” Piccari shares. As a result, PDC operators are wasting far less paper than the 300 to 500 sheets the older, half-size press consumed when getting up to color. “We have good people, and they’re gaining confidence, going faster and faster,” he notes. “Once maximum performance is achieved, they hope to be ready to go in 50 to 100 sheets.”
Prepress and bindery, too
Tony Dailey, Sales Manager for GE Richards, adds that a new Kodak ACHIEVE T400 Platesetter in prepress features full automation and internal punching. Complimenting both the pressroom and bindery is a new Toppy Kompressor skid/pile turner and pallet inverter helps PDC to stay more efficient loading paper in and flipping skids at the press, and downstream in the binding/finishing department. Instantly cured ink means printed sheets move quickly from the press into the bindery. “For a 32-page [workflow], we can process and plate two 16-page forms, then fold each,” Rosenthal illustrates, “which means we are setting up two stitcher pockets instead of four.”
Changing out cartridges is simplified thanks to a proprietary ink-management system from Sentinel/Pamarco. “The system automatically dispenses the ink from cartridges into the fountains - operators no longer have to climb on the units to scoop out or agitate the ink,” Rosenthal says. “It’s just physically easier.” He also likes the fact that, even though the 970’s footprint is a couple feet longer and 12 inches wider than its half-size predecessor, the full-size configuration still is a single-operator press. “Let’s face the reality,” he says: “Staffing, in general, is an issue, and hiring good people is difficult.” We are lucky – we have an incredible team. This investment is in them and in our future – we wanted to enable our team to be better, and feel better about the excellent job that they do for our customers every day.
About RMGT North America
RMGT (RYOBI HMI Graphic Technology Ltd.), a global leader in LED-UV sheetfed offset presses, is represented by a group of four authorized sales and service centers that serve commercial printers, offset packaging converters and in-plant printers in the United States and Canada. Covering the Northeast US is G.E. Richards, Midwest and Southeast US is serviced by Graphco, the Western US is serviced by Print & Finishing Solutions and covering Canada along with the RMGT 10 Series distribution in the US for legacy Mitsubishi customers is RM Machinery. This network constitutes the single largest offset press sales and service team in North America. As innovators of the first LED-UV printing system for sheet-fed offset printing
in 2008. RMGT continues to apply their technological expertise and creativity for constant innovation, providing the printing industry with meaningful products and services while building bonds of trust and respecting diverse values. Learn more about RMGT North America at www.ryobimhi.com
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SOLON, OH - September 7, 2023 – Last December Graphco and RMGT, providers of the leading 8 UP sheetfed offset press in North America, delivered an RMGT 970 five-color machine (with LED curing) that is producing postcards, booklets, and other products by the millions each month for Range Printing, Inc. in Brainerd, Minnesota. With 9 full months of production under the new fully automated sheetfed device’s proverbial “belt,” the press has become a second “workhorse” in Range’s 36,000-square all RMGT shop floor.
The bottom-line rationale for the new technology investment is that Range Printing needed additional production capacity, according to President/CEO Shawn Sundquist, son of Steve Sundquist and grandson of founder Phil Sundquist, who started the company in 1968. “We wanted redundancy for our ‘commodity’ work to complement our existing RMGT 920 color with coater, which features six color printing, LED and Aqueous coating capabilities and provides the high value-add work that Range is known for in the industry.”
“We’ve been running the heck out of that 920 for more than five years now, piling up well over 100 million impressions,” reports Sundquist. The firm, which employs roughly 70 people (on two shifts), tallied 2022 sales of approximately $14 million. “We are actively looking to grow by acquisition,” Range’s chief executive added. After a slow beginning to 2023, attributed to the sluggish U.S. economy and rising inflation rates, its two press schedules started filling up in mid-May and running strong all summer long.
On the new RMGT 970, Range is running 6x9” postcards as well as 9x12” booklets. “The bigger, 25” x 38” sheet size has more ‘real estate’ and lends itself to this type of work,” Sundquist noted. “We can go 6-up [on a sheet] for the millions of 12x12” scrapbook pages we print annually on both coated and uncoated paper. Our customers love the crisp LED print we produce on uncoated jobs.”
The micro-orders that make up this huge volume come through Creative Memories, which is a fellow Minnesota corporation and 15-year partner with Range. With a reputation for offering high-quality scrapbook products, Creative Memories pioneered the memory-keeping industry in 1987. Scrapbook hobbyists, looking for something to do at home during the 2020-21 pandemic lockdowns, were a welcome silver lining in the dark, dreary clouds cast by COVID-19. Range prints some portions of these popular jobs digitally on its HP Indigo presses, but the much lower costs and higher print quality of the RMGT produced jobs are key advantages.
Coverage, Color and Versatility
Derek Gordon, Midwest Regional Manager at Graphco, stated: “The RMGT 970 press gives Range Printing the versatility to reproduce diverse products, including the booklets and packaging applications that feed Range’s high-speed die cutter. Shawn has told us that his press crews particularly appreciate our Benford LED curing system, since they have no dry-back and they can ship our vibrant color jobs on all substrates without waiting.”
“The LED cures from the top down,” Sundquist explains, and adds that ink coverage never has been a problem for his RMGT presses. He and his Range employees have noticed the manufacturer’s “tech refresh” on the 970 model press. “The RMGT engineers have made a lot of modifications and improvements that really improve our throughput and ease-of-use,” he observed.
Another benefit comes by way of a closed-loop, LithoFlash color-control system, from Lithec USA, that was added to both presses during this investment cycle. The in-press system is saving Range money by yielding less paper waste, maintaining super-tight color tolerance throughout the run and allowing pressmen to run full speed without worries. “We can get up to color now in 100 to 150 sheets. Our average makeready times between jobs has dropped from 15 minutes on the 920 to 10 minutes on both presses with the LithoFlash system,” reported Sundquist. “It was a huge plus that Graphco was also able to add LithoFlash to our existing RMGT 920ST six with coater. I sure was glad this major upgrade didn't require a forklift,” adds Sundquist.
This, of course, means that Range can churn out more work, which is the key to sustaining profitability in today’s competitive commercial print landscape, and all while avoiding the added expense in equipment costs, supplies and labor associated with a 40” press. “Once we learned that we could do 9x12” publications, 6x9” postcards, and our 12x12” scrapbooking jobs on the 25” x 38” sheet we saw no reason to go back to the 28” x 40” format,” confirms Sundquist.
“We fully recognize that Shawn coming with Graphco and RMGT back in 2017 was a big leap,” comments Chris Manley, President, Graphco, “since Range was coming from decades of investments with one of our main competitors. As a fellow business owner, it’s rewarding that he and Mary decided to continue our relationship. Additionally, as fellow SOBs (sons of the boss) I am so glad to be part of Range Printing’s third generation in our industry. Shawn and Mary’s sons are keen on Range as well, so there are many chapters left to be written up in Brainerd.”
University of Missouri Print & Mail Services garners top recognition at the 2023 “In-Print Awards.”
SOLON, OH – May 24, 2022 – In 2019, Graphco, distributor of the industry leading eight-up sheetfed offset press in North America, provided an RMGT 940 five-color press (with coater and LED-UV curing unit) that was used to produce two Gold Award winning pieces for the University of Missouri at the 2023 In-Print Awards competition. The annual contest, co-sponsored by the In-Plant Printing & Mailing Association (IPMA) and In-plant Impressions magazine, is held exclusively for in-plant shops from across industry segments.
The University of Missouri faced stiff competition from several other large U.S. universities along with other contestants. (View the complete list of 30 winners.) Capturing gold in the “Booklet” category, the large-format Viewbook is used to help recruit prospective high-school seniors (and their families) to the University of Missouri. “We mail it as a periodical to optimize postage rates,” explained Jeff McNeeley, Director of the University’s 50,000-square-foot print/mail operation, which employs 33 people. The four-color publication features spot high-gloss varnish on the cover and is saddle-stitched in the bindery. MU Health, as the “Magazine/Catalog” category winner, is also printed 4/C, saddle-stitched and mailed to a different audience: the University Medical System’s healthcare patients.
Derek Gordon, Midwest regional manager at Graphco, stated: “We are proud to play a part of the University of Missouri’s success. The large runs of 100,000 and 50,000 copies [see specs, below] are above their norm—since they average 3,000 and 5,000 impressions per run – but it’s no surprise that their RMGT press brought home the gold!”
Additional job specifications:
“We love the fact that the jobs come off our press dry and we can finish immediately,” continued McNeeley, who, along with his press crew, has fully transitioned from conventional to LED-cured inks on their 8-up offset press. “With the right ink sets and G7 profiling, our colors are extremely consistent. RMGT’s Insta.Color system is closed-loop, and we are dialed in now. There was very little variance on that 100,000, multiple-day Viewbook run,” he said, adding that one of the school colors is gold (PMS 124), which can pose a challenge. “It’s really more of a reddish yellow, which we build from CMYK to match -- and need to maintain extremely tight tolerances for Mizzou branding purposes.”
From a bottom-line, machine ROI (return on investment) standpoint, the RMGT’s fast printing speeds (>15,000 sheets per hour) and substantial paper savings enhance overall production efficiencies for the award winning in-plant printer. “Makereadies are just more efficient,” McNeeley reported. University of Missouri press operators confirm that their RMGT Full Autoplate system changes all 5 plates in less than 3 minutes and they now use much less waste paper on their 9 Series press.
“That’s a huge drop from our traditional 40” press, which was over 20 years old and would need about 1,600 waste sheets per run. So, essentially, we are able to makeready in half the time, and run 42% faster. A win-win for our operation,” he concluded.
These Gold Category winners, along with all the others can be seen at the IPMA annual conference being held on June 4-8, 2023 in Bonita Springs, FL. For more information, go to https://ipma.org/ipma-2023-conference.
Graphco is the industry’s leading provider of offset, digital, and print finishing solutions. We proudly represent the finest brands of equipment including RMGT (Ryobi MHI Graphic Technology), Benford LED-UV, Konica Minolta, Standard Horizon, CRON-ECRM, Graphic Whizard, Petratto, Spiel Associates/Sterling, MBM, and many more. These brands are only as good as the technical support team that stands behind them and Graphco’s reputation for top-notch service is second to none. Since 1976, Graphco has thrived in an ever-changing marketplace by loyally adhering to the firm’s original model for success: providing best-in-class print production equipment along with reliable and assured technical service. Learn more about Graphco at www.graphco.com, 800-458-2769.
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PLACENTIA, CA – May 17, 2023 – RMGT, manufacturer of the leading 8-up sheetfed press in North America, this past summer installed two new offset machines to state-government agencies in Austin, TX. In June, a 29-inch, four-color 790 model perfecting press was delivered to the Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) in-plant facility. Two months later, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) took delivery of a four-color, 25.2x37" RMGT 940ST offset press with an LED-UV curing unit, replacing its 4-color Ryobi 754G XL, which was seven years old.
“These recent press installations, at two autonomous facilities, offer concrete proof that offset printing is far from dead at in-plant shops,” believes Kian Hemmen, sales director of RMGT Print & Finishing Solutions. “Challenged by labor shortages from staff retirements, many in-
plant operations are realizing the efficiencies that advanced automation and larger sheet sizes can bring. The return on investment is there.”
Texas DOT sees benefit of LED-UV curing
One of the outstanding features of the new RMGT 940ST is the LED-UV curing unit, which instantly dries printed sheets. “It doesn’t matter how much ink coverage we have. We print it and it’s dry. The job can move immediately to the bindery,” remarks Art Garcia, Production Manager, Texas DOT. “Additionally, there are no worries about ink offset on the sheets, so the operator can let printed sheets pile higher without having to stop periodically to remove them. Instant drying also means the press does not need to use powder, which reduces clean-up time. We don’t have to do as much maintenance,” affirms Garcia. Another major improvement with the RMGT 9 Series press is the larger sheet size. The new press enables TxDOT to run 16-page and even 32-page signatures, so it can take on more publications work. Garcia estimates productivity has increased 50% just because of the larger sheet size.
With a larger sheet size enabling the shop to expand the types of work it can produce, and an LED-UV curing unit that instantly dries printed sheets, the new 15,000-sheet-per-hour (sph) press has stepped up productivity at TxDOT’s 130,000-square-foot plant. Substantial production efficiencies are what led both agencies to justify procuring conventional printing equipment.
“Automatic plate changing as well as auto blanket and ink-roller cleaning expedite the 790’s makeready times,” noted RMGT’s Hemmen. “In addition, programmable inking speeds up tone adjustments.” The press also features continuous dampening and print-density control systems.
Kida admits to considering digital press options before recommitting to an offset solution. “We did our homework,” he shared, which included weighing pros and cons of the latest production inkjet printing technologies. As part of HHS’s due diligence process, he visited TxDOT to see a RMGT 7 offset model in action. “I also checked out an eight-color version at a local commercial printer,” he said. “Both sites offered positive feedback about their respective RMGT presses.”
About RMGT North America
RMGT (RYOBI HMI Graphic Technology Ltd.), a global leader in LED-UV sheetfed offset presses, is represented by a group of four authorized sales and service centers that serve commercial printers, offset packaging converters and in-plant printers in the United States and Canada. Covering the Northeast US is G.E. Richards, Midwest and Southeast US is serviced by Graphco, the Western US is serviced by Print & Finishing Solutions and covering Canada along with the RMGT 10 Series distribution in the US for legacy
Mitsubishi customers is RM Machinery. This network constitutes the single largest offset press sales and service team in North America. As innovators of the first LED-UV printing system for sheetfed offset printing in 2008. RMGT continues to apply their technological expertise and creativity for constant innovation, providing the printing industry with meaningful products and services while building bonds of trust and respecting diverse values. Learn more about RMGT North America at www.ryobimhi.com
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The release of the new ASAP system will allow RMGT customers to enjoy an entirely new level of automation and autonomous press operation in the 8 UP+ press format.
Automated Smart Assist Printing increases press operating rates for continuous printing of short-run work
Smart Insta.Color technology has proven itself with fast makeready times for many years, and the release of the new ASAP system will allow RMGT customers to enjoy an entirely new level of automation and autonomous press operation in the 8 UP+ press format.
With ASAP the pressman touches one button and the entire printing process—from ink and paper presetting, blanket and impression cleaning, and plate changing through verification of test printing, register adjustment, ink density adjustment, and full sheet inspection are all autonomously processed by the ASAP system without even pulling a sheet.
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Keystone Folding Box Celebrates First Year with RMGT 970 Press
25” X 38” sheet format and LED-UV curing prove to be the ideal paperboard packaging print solution for Keystone’s high quality pharma folding carton products.
“With a maximum speed of 16,000 an hour, we're really seeing the results that are coming through on this press” says Wade Hartman, President of Keystone Folding Boxes, Inc. The recent addition of the RMGT 970 press to this New Jersey-based folding carton company has supported its continuation of business growth. A small boutique printery, Keystone Folding Boxes needed a printer with more capacity for printing while fitting within the company’s limited space. The RMGT 970 is able to fit a small section of shop while being gaining 100% of the performance of a larger printer just by having a little bit smaller screen size format.
“The LED curing is super fast, the jobs are coming out reliable, the print quality is just what we expect. We already have two Mitsubishis and this fits right in with that, but it's saving us power on the LED curing and we're getting excellent performance with it.”
Since the start of operating the RMGT 970 press in January, Keystone reported that they have been increasingly routing more and more jobs to it thanks to the efficient results of this printer.
RMGT, manufacturer of the leading 8-up sheetfed press in North America, has installed a RMGT 970 offset printing press at Keystone Folding Box Co. Based in Newark, NJ, Keystone designs and manufactures folding cartons, capsules, blister cards and other packaging for customers in the healthcare field. The privately held company, which owns two other Mitsubishi/RMGT presses, is celebrating its 115th business anniversary this year.
“Much of the clinical trial and medical device work we do is quick turn,” explains Wade Hartman, President, Keystone Folding Box Co. “The new RMGT 970 runs fast at speeds exceeding 15,000 sheets per hour.” After 12 full months of operating the 25” X 38” size machine, Hartman reports that he could not be more pleased with its quality, speed and overall performance for the pharmaceutical packaging materials in which his firm specializes. “We keep sending more and more jobs to the 970,” Hartman reports.
Keystone intentionally chose the RMGT 970 press for its compact footprint which is ideally suited for its 50,000+-square-foot facility in New Jersey. “We have some floor space constraints,” admits Hartman, “but we were able to get this press into a tight space while still getting the excellent print quality we expect along with fast job turnaround times. Being able to print up to 24-point board on a 25 x 38-inch sheet, the RMGT 970 has 100% of the performance of a larger press.”
Exceptional cost performance increases profitability
Adding capacity has been another benefit of Keystone running the 970 model, adds Lloyd Molloy, director of customer service at equipment distributor RM Machinery (RMM). “The LED-UV curing technology has opened up their finishing and die cutting departments,” Molloy says, “facilitating overall growth for the firm in 2022.”
Light-emitting diode, ultraviolet curing units at the perfecting and delivery sections allows for instant drying at maximum press speed -- eliminating the need to wait before proceeding to postpress processes and satisfying the demand for shorter lead times. Keystone recently added a Bobst Expertcut 106 PER to their state-of-the-art die cutting operations. “The LED-UV provides instant curing off the press,” observes Hartman, “and, it is saving us money since it uses less power.”
Compared to 40-inch format presses, the 970 model has substantially lower plate costs and markedly lower power consumption. Research conducted by RMGT reveals that plate costs are reduced about 20%, power consumption by about 34% and installation space by about 30%.
Introduced in mid-2020, the RMGT 970 model lineup includes straight printing presses and convertible perfectors ranging from two to 10 colors. Coating units can also be installed. Large-capacity feeder and delivery piles as well as the newly designed larger cylinder diameters enhance printing capability on heavy stock.
“RMGT had a very successful PRINTING United with 49 press units going under contract during the show,” states Kian Hemmen, Director of Sales, Print & Finishing Solutions, “All four of our regional sales and service centers in North America had offset press sales in both the commercial print and packaging segment across the country.”
Another commercial printer who continues to invest in offset print is EZ Mailing, based in Indianapolis, IN. “EZ Mailing decided to “double down” in Las Vegas, adding a second RMGT press to their operation,” states Gary Greis, Regional Sales Manager for Graphco. “They invested in a new RMGT 9 Series 8-color perfecting press with LED-UV curing. Kevin Bennett, President of EZ Mailing comments, “Our first RMGT took our company from $3 million to north of $9 million this year, so we can hardly wait to see what this new long perfector will do for us and our customers.”
“PRINTING United satisfied a pent-up demand among printers to see the latest in printing technology,” states Jeff Wagner, President, G.E. Richards, Northeast Distributor for RMGT. “With our press running live demonstrations every hour of the show, we highlighted the new reality of how the gap of short run print jobs has shifted from digital back to offset. Additionally, the new 8-UP+ RMGT 970 joins the successful 9 Series family of offset presses from RMGT that are the North American 8-up market leader in bridging the gap between a half size press and 40-inch press.”
RMGT, the leading provider of LED-UV curing technology for sheet-fed offset presses since 2008 announces the RMGT ELITE LED Users Group will meet on Thursday, October 20, 2022, at PRINTING United. RMGT also announces their proud sponsorship of the State of the Industry presentation by PRINTING United Chief Economist, Andy Paparozzi. This highly anticipated industry highlight will take place at the Keynote Theater on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, at 1:00 pm during PRINTING United in Las Vegas.
This year’s RMGT ELITE LED User Group meeting will focus on Sustainability of LED Print, and will be held in the RMGT booth, N801. The program starts at 9:00 am on Thursday, October 20. Gary Jones, Director, Environmental, Health, and Safety Affairs, PRINTING United Alliance will kick off the program with an update on how governmental regulations regarding sustainability will impact printers in the US. The keynote session will provide
attendees with an opportunity to hear directly from ELITE RMGT LED users as they share their experience with all aspects of LED print production. RMGT was the first offset press manufacturer to develop and introduce LED-UV curing technology to the offset press market starting at Drupa 2008. 2022 marks the 14-year anniversary of this revolutionary change in Print Technology. To learn more and register for the ELITE RMGT User Group Meeting please visit: https://www.ryobimhi.com/elite-users-group-2022
On Wednesday, October 19, at 1:00 pm, Andy Paparozzi, PRINTING United Alliance Chief Economist, will recap the State of the Industry during his presentation. Shining the spotlight on real world example, Andy will lead a panel discussion with printing companies who have grown profitably despite the challenges facing our industry. Featured in the panel discussion will be Rudy DeSousa, VP Sales at Pioneer Press, a major commercial printer in Denver, CO who recently acquired an LED equipped RMGT 920PF-8+CC eight color perfector with in-line coating. Attendees will learn what to do right now to build revenue, control costs, and get on the leading edge of the market redistribution that is currently underway.