MARIETTA, GA — March 17, 2017 — Little Mountain Printing Inc., based in Myerstown, Penn., installed the RMGT 9 Series press in October of last year. The company plans to host an open house March 30-31, 2017 for their customers and members of the local community to come in and see the new press up and running, and get a better idea of what it can do.
The new RMGT 9 Series press replaces an older machine that was starting to have quality control issues, notes Wesley Gingrich, Operations Director for the shop. He also noted that, increasingly, parts were becoming hard to find for that machine, so they made the decision to upgrade to something new, with a good support network in place.
As a bonus, says Gingrich, the shop is experiencing massive gains in speed and productivity. “Before we could only run about 8000 sheets per hour, and our max sheet size was 19x25,” he notes. “This press increased what we can run by almost four times — we can run twice as fast and twice the size as we could on our old press. The RMGT press really increased the production of our shop, and the quality is a lot better than what we had. We can print some nice work now.”
Little Mountain Printing focuses mainly on catalog printing and newsletters, and also produces its own regular publications that go out to clients and others in the local community. It is through those publications that the shop is doing the bulk of the advertising for their open house event which, Gingrich notes, they tend to have every few years when they have something new and exciting to share.
“We have the general public come in and seeing how printing works, and show them that we do more than just printing,” he points out, noting the shop is full service, offering everything from design services to mailing and fulfillment options, and the new press opens up the ability to do additional work, as well as save customers money on longer runs with the increased speed and 8up capabilities.
“We are incredibly honored to be part of Little Mountain’s story,” said Jim Lundy, G.E. Richards, the northeast distributor for RMGT in the US. “We are excited to participate in their open house, and help them demonstrate to their clients all the benefits the RMGT 9 Series will bring to every job they do. We look forward to continuing to work with them for many years to come as they continue to grow their operations.”
Little Mountain is also hosting a “lunch and learn” event prior to the open house, where current customers can learn how the new press will impact their jobs and the new opportunities it provides.
About Graphic Systems North America (GSNA)
GSNA is a group of six authorized sales and service centers for RMGT that serve commercial printers, offset packaging converters and in-plant printers in the U.S. and Canada. Formed in July 2013 with regional offices across the United States and in Canada, the GSNA group constitutes the single largest offset press sales and service team in North America. Learn more about GSNA at www.ryobimhi.com
RMGT 7 Series five-color sheetfed features inline UV coater.
MARIETTA, GEORGIA — What does a 25% increase in throughput mean to a print shop? For John Gosselin, owner of trade printer Gosselin Graphics in Fort Lauderdale, FL, it means less overtime. “Jobs that would have taken 12 hours before now can be done in an eight-hour shift on our new RMGT 7 Series 755 GXL-E,” reports Gosselin, who started his trade-only company in 1997 out of his father’s garage with a Hamada 665 11x17-inch, two-color press. “I learned the printing trade in high school,” he recalls, as part of a vocational education program, and has “ink in his blood” ever since.
Customers were asking for spot UV work, Gosselin explains. “They wanted the ability to sell work that requires inter-deck drying capabilities”. The way RMGT does it is by a process called “Chemical Embossing”. Purchased through Paper Handling Solutions and Graphics IV, their dealer in Florida, the press was installed this past January. The five-color sheetfed press is manufactured by RYOBI MHI Graphic Technology Ltd. (RMGT) and features an inline coater with inter-deck dryers for either ultra-violet (UV) or aqueous coatings. Gosselin still has a Hamada model on its pressroom floor, an H-434 12x18-inch four-color press, but the firm has been a RMGT customer for nearly 10 years now, says its owner. “I looked at another manufacturer’s version of this press and the price was more than double,” he adds. Marc Spinola, from Graphics IV in Oviedo, FL, helped Gosselin Graphics to not only consider the reduced acquisition costs, but also the total cost of ownership with availability of parts and access to RMGT techs at the Graphics IV offices nearby.
Also running at Gosselin is a RMGT 754 straight four-color press as well as a 3304 four-color model and a Hamada H-434 12x18-inch unit and two Xerox digital presses. “We measure productivity by how many gang runs we run per night, which usually averages around 10,” Gosselin explains, adding that he runs a three-shift operation in his 15,000-square-foot, South Florida facility. With the inline UV coating capability, “my guys are done by 7 a.m. now – they don’t have to wait for someone [else] to apply the coating off-line. Before [the new press], they were cutting until noon the next day,” which meant a half shift of OT draining Gosselin’s payroll.
Coating inline is so much more efficient, Gosselin adds. “We had been doing UV [coating] for several years off-line: print, dry and then UV coat,” he says. But the firm’s 25 employees were finding it a challenge to meet Gosselin Graphics’ 24-turnaround promise to its trade customers. “Off-line coaters tend to break,” he notes. “It’s the nature of the beast.” The new RMGT 755 GXL-E allows Gosselin and his team to increase the volume of jobs and turn work faster. The versatile reseller runs a combination of custom work and gang-run jobs, according to Gosselin -- everything from UV business cards and postcards to brochures (both gloss aqueous coated and uncoated), catalogs and even large-format signage. Its full-service bindery offers saddle-stitching and perfect binding.
After high school, Gosselin paid his proverbial dues by working as a driver at a printing company, then was trained on a press. When the firm closed five years later, trade customers followed him to the garage, which he soon outgrew, graduating to larger shops over the years: first a 750-square-foot space, then 1,500 square feet. Gosselin moved to his present location nine years ago. “At first we had 7,500 square feet,” he remembers. Then in 2014 they took over another 7,500 in the building.
“We’ve had steady growth since the beginning,” Gosselin says of his now $6 million company. He attributes annual sales growth to word of mouth. “News travels fast when you get new equipment!” he reports. He also credits the firm’s website for much of their growth over the past several years.
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About Graphic Systems North America
GSNA delivers exclusive access to the RMGT 9 Series, 7 Series, 5 Series, and 3 Series line of offset presses for commercial, packaging and in-plant printers in the U.S. and Canada. They also provide immediate technical support and parts fulfillment. Formed in July 2013 with co-headquarters in four U.S. states and two Canadian provinces, the GSNA group has more than $60 million in revenue and constitutes the single largest offset press sales and service team in North America.
Learn more about GSNA at www.ryobimhi.com