Commercial printer with impressive Fortune 500 client list replaces two competitive presses with one RMGT 9 Series press.
Brainerd, MN — June 21, 2017 — Range Printing, based in Brainerd, Minn., recently replaced competitive offset presses in the 29” and 40” sheet size with one RMGT 920ST-6+CC+LED UV-2+IR six-color with coater. This 9 Series press features SMART RPC simultaneous plate changing, RMGT’s award winning Insta.Color make-ready technology, full 16,000 SPH production speed along with both LED-UV and IR driers which allows Range to produce high, value-added print in an 8-Up format on most substrates.
This third-generation company, which is about to celebrate its 50th year in business, has grown and evolved through its first half century. In addition to more traditional print services, today the company offers its clients a wide range of marketing products, including automated web portals, web-to-print solutions, high value-add offset and digital print and much more. But, noted company President and CEO Shawn Sundquist, while they offered both digital and offset capabilities, they found there was a middle ground they just couldn’t effectively service that fell squarely between the two processes.
“Although the digital equipment we have is doing its job, there’s a niche between traditional sheet-fed offset and digital that we just weren’t servicing efficiently. Total cost of ownership improvement of the new press for us is all about the automation and the LED — we can now turn these short-run offset projects as if it was a digital press, and do it inexpensively through fast make-readies and lower energy consumption.”
In addition to utilizing the new press for shorter runs than traditional offset equipment could handle (Sundquist noted that he’s pulled 1,200-page jobs off the digital presses to run on his RMGT 9 Series), it’s also about expanding the types of substrates they can process. “You can’t print on a synthetic substrate without it being affected by heat,” he pointed out. But the LED-UV emits much less heat than traditional UV curing processes, allowing Range to expand their substrate offerings tremendously, which in turn further opens up the jobs they can profitably run in-house.
“Print has to become tactile,” Sundquist stressed. “I didn’t have ability to do these crazy coatings before, and I do now with the RMGT 9 Series press. That drives up the value of everything I do for my customers and increases my margins.” It also sets the shop apart from the competition with Sundquist noting that recently Range sold a catalog project that uses every value-add capability the new press has to offer. Typically a customer would have spent days shopping the quote around, but in this case Sundquist got the green light in 10 minutes. “What we can produce is so unique, very few other printers could provide the enhancements we offered.”
At the end of the day, said Sundquist, it’s all about print production — customers don’t care if a piece is done on an offset or a digital press, they just want the highest possible quality, at the fastest possible speed, for the lowest possible price. “This is the future of the print industry,” he said. “Replacing two machines with one, bumping against digital and making the customer happy, providing something not everyone can do. We are producing a piece of print in some form or fashion — that’s the core of our business. We are trying to solve a customer’s needs or problems — without that, we won’t exist.”
“This is a company with a vision,” said Chris Manley, President of Graphco, a founder of the Graphic Systems North America distribution group for RMGT. “Range Printing is one of the truly successful printers who has embraced a level of customer accommodation that is simply outstanding. They don’t just offer print — they offer total solutions, from the ground up, including custom software development if that’s what is required. It is incredibly impressive, and we are beyond proud to now be a part of the Range story. We are pleased they are already seeing huge success with their new RMGT 9 Series press and replacing a 40” and a 29” with one press proves out our lowest cost-to-print assertion on highly successful printers shop floor. We look forward to working with them for many years to come.”
“Bottom line: this press has brought improvements across the board,” said Sundquist. “It has increased the available production hours while replacing two presses because it is just that much faster — we can do more work with the same amount of people in the same time frame. And it has opened up new, high-margin markets like specialty packaging that we are expanding into. In short, it’s not just ‘print isn’t dead.’ It’s more ‘offset is alive and well.’”
First Western Canadian commercial printer with LED UV press and UV coating system.
LAVAL, QUEBEC, Canada — June 14, 2017 —Capital Colour, a full-service printing company based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada invested in an RMGT 9 series press manufactured by RYOBI MHI Graphic Technology (RMGT) and purchased through Canadian distributor KBR Graphics. Since its recent installation, the company has already begun to see major advantages and gains. Capital Colour purchased an RMGT 920ST5+LED+CUV 5-color sheetfed offset press with both Panasonic LED UV instant ink curing and Grafix HiCure UV coating systems. The press is the first of its kind installed in Western Canada running with both LED UV ink curing and HiCure UV coating systems.
The LED UV instant ink curing and conventional UV coating systems allows Capital Colour to now offer instantly cured & scuff free inks on a wide range of super-high-gloss stocks and also provide other special effects coatings to add value to their client’s projects. “We are the epitome of a commercial printer,” said Brian Todd, president of Capital Colour. “Most of the work we’re doing is marketing materials — magazines, booklets, brochures, flyers, etc. — and probably 85% of our work is 4-color process."The LED UV curing has “already saved our bacon several times,” said Todd. “We have literally taken a job off the press and immediately started cutting and putting it into bindery. Normally we would have had to wait half a day — or even overnight — to touch those jobs.”In addition to turning jobs around much faster, LED UV instant ink curing has provided the ability to print without heat, odor or spray powder.
The extensive decision making process to purchase the RMGT 9 Series press was well evaluated; Todd wanted to be sure it was the right fit for his business. “When I started looking at presses, I’ll be honest, I was looking at staying in the mid-sized sheet range,” he noted, explaining that he swore he would never invest in a full size, 40-inch press. “We’ve been a successful mid-size sheet printer since day one, but this press was very unique. And when we started really looking at the numbers, no supplier other than RMGT had a machine in North America that could compete with that size and price range.”
The RMGT 9 Series press, Todd said, allows the shop to compete on most of the work that would usually require a 40-inch press, without actually having to invest the money or the space in such equipment. He noted that the shop has already been able to produce work in-house that they previously would have either not bid on at all, or would have outsourced to one of their competitors in the market. Previously, Capital Colour ran a maximum sheet size of 20 x 28” and now, with their RMGT 9 Series press, they are capable of printing on a maximum sheet size of 25 x 36” — a significant advantage since this permits them more multiple ups on a single sheet than on their former equipment. Capital Colour was able to replace their two half size presses with the one 8-up RMGT 9 Series offset press.
The continued efforts to adapt to the market and make strategic investments to stay ahead of the competition has always been important for Capital Colour. With the goal of opening up even more markets, the next step for them is to continue testing and running non-traditional substrates like synthetics and plastics through the RMGT 9 Series press. “We’re focused on meeting our customer needs, and we will continue to invest and readjust to remain a viable business going forward,” Todd said.
Capital Colour’s business was founded on adaptability and continues to make this a priority to this day, and the purchase of the RMGT 9 Series press fits perfectly. Founded in 1979 as a small graphic design and prepress shop, Capital Colour originally did not have a single press of their own. Fred Neuschmid, the company’s founder did however have a background in printing, and when he saw that the days of dedicated prepress service bureaus were nearing its end, purchased the company’s first press, and never looked back. Seven years ago, Neuschmid was ready to retire, and Todd, who actually started with the company nearly 20 years ago as an account representative, and his wife Bonnie Todd, made the decision to invest. “I had too much care and respect for the team to see it go to an outsider,” he said.
KBR Graphics, a founding member of Graphic Systems North America, is the exclusive Canadian distributor of RMGT presses. “This has been an amazing partnership for us,” said Karl Belafi Jr., Vice President of KBR Graphics, “We worked with Capital Colour for about two years, making sure we got them the exact machine, in the exact configuration, to meet their needs — both today, and where they want to go in the future. We are honored to be part of their story, and we are looking forward to continuing to serve them for many years to come.”
About Graphic Systems North America (GSNA)
GSNA is a group of six factory 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 and multiple demonstration centers across the United States and in Canada. Today the GSNA group constitutes the single largest offset press sales and service team in North America. Learn more about GSNA at www.ryobimhi.com and visit us running live at PRINT17 with an 8 color LED UV Perfector!