RMGT, manufacturer of the leading 8-UP sheetfed offset press in North America, is still celebrating their success at the PRINTING United Expo with nearly 50 print units sold during the show. RMGT has the unique distinction of being the only major sheetfed offset press manufacturer to run live at every major trade show in North America since 2015. During PRINTING United, RMGT launched their new 8-UP+ RMGT 970 LED equipped press with 19 live press demonstrations during the three-day event held at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
“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.”
“We are experiencing robust activity in the packaging market for the new RMGT 10 Series press,” states Lloyd Molloy, Director of Customer Service, RM Machinery. “Relevant Packaging signed an order at the show for the new RMGT 1060 TP/LX 8-color press with coater. Mark Wright and Relevant Packaging have been a Mitsubishi and RMGT customer for years. This press marks their 17th RMGT press and is their second order in less than 90 days.”
Hagg Press also added their second new RMGT in the past few years. “This time they purchased the new RMGT 970 8-UP+ fully automated press with LED-UV curing that was exhibited in the booth,” states Chris Manley, President of Graphco. “These two presses have replaced five 'other brand' presses, with the result that Hagg Press has grown over 20% year to year since their first RMGT investment.” This RMGT 970 press features Automated Smart Assist Printing (ASAP), SimulPlate changing, and the Benford LED curing system. Jordan Hagg, President of Hagg Press observes, “Our quality and productivity have jumped since we bought our first press, and this new RMGT 970 will help us meet all the demand that has been thrust on us over the past few years. Hagg Press is truly powered by RMGT.”
“The PRINTING United event brought together printers who were ready to invest in offset print,” states Rahul Kaushik, President, RM Machinery. Case in point is Jackie Au, owner of Sharp Image, in Brooklyn, NY. “When he walked into the RMGT booth on the first day of the show, he looked at the press running live demos and said he needed a 5-color press with coater that had LED curing and traditional UV in the delivery. He signed and we are delivering the press shortly.”
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.”
PLACENTIA, CA – OCTOBER 12, 2022 |
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.
RMGT ELITE User Group Meeting
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
Andy Paparozzi - State of the Industry Presentation
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.
PRINTING United will be the largest gathering for printers in North America in 2022 and will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Oct. 19-21, 2022. With the new 8-up+ RMGT 970 press running live demonstrations every hour on the half hour of the show, RMGT will highlight 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.
PLACENTIA, CA | September 7, 2022
RMGT, manufacturer of the leading 8-up sheetfed offset press in North America, announces that they will be running live print jobs at the PRINTING United Expo 2022. RMGT has been running live press runs at major trade shows since 2015. As a featured stop on the “Commit to Print” World Tour, RMGT will launch their new 8-UP+ RMGT 970 offset press at PRINTING United, the largest gathering for printers in North America held at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Oct. 19-21.
With the press running live demonstrations every hour of the show, RMGT will highlight 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.
“We are excited to include the PRINTING United event in Las Vegas as part of the RMGT Commit to Print World Tour,” states Chris Manley, President of Graphco, Midwest and Southeast Distributor for RMGT. “RMGT’s commitment to live press demonstrations during large industry events continues in 2022 with the North American launch of our new 8-UP+ RMGT 970 offset press. Our ability to install a four-color, 8-up press for a three-day show is testimony to one of the additional benefits of the RMGT 9 Series press: the smallest footprint of an eight-page sheetfed offset press in the industry.”
“We are seeing a surge in interest of commercial printers who need to upgrade their aging sheetfed offset press operations,” states Kian Hemmen, Director of Sales, Print & Finishing Solutions, Western US Distributor for RMGT. “Visitors will see the new RMGT 970 press which features the latest in offset press technology with instant LED-UV curing and greatly reduced makeready. Over 80% of RMGT 9 Series presses running in North America are manned with a single pressman.”
“Different stops on the Commit to Print World Tour featured plants that have recently installed the RMGT 10 Series press,” states Lloyd Molloy, Director of Customer Service, RM Machinery, RMGT distributor for Canada and USA and authorized sales and service for new RMGT 10 Series and legacy Mitsubishi presses in North America. “RMGT is satisfying a pent-up demand for new presses combined with state-of-the-art technology to assist packaging printers. By the time we get together at PRINTING United, in 2022 we will have sold and installed seven new RMGT 10 Series presses along with three of the RMGT 970 with the “Mitsubishi DNA” at packaging plants and commercial printers doing light packaging printing in the USA. It appears that the RMGT 970 and RMGT 1060 presses are the right presses, at the right price, at the right time.”
RMGT will be exhibiting in Booth #N801 in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. For free registration to this event click the button below to register.
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
LANDISVILLE, PA – July 28, 2022 |
RMGT, manufacturer of the leading 8-up sheetfed offset press in North America, announces the installation of the 4-color RMGT 9 Series offset press with LED-UV curing technology at DavCo Advertising. This multi-generation, family-owned business was founded in 1974 by David Esh, then a veteran salesman of promotional products who had a side interest in printing. DavCo Advertising has expanded the legacy of promotional products to include apparel and a commercial print and mailing fulfilment operation that occupies a 60,000 square feet production facility in Kinzers, PA.
“We were very fortunate to see our business grow during the most recent pandemic,” states Don Esh, Vice President, DavCo Advertising. “As some of our national clients increased their print volumes, we needed to add another 8-up press to keep up with demand. We found a trend building for high end work on uncoated stocks. So it became apparent to us that we needed to move to the more efficient LED-UV curing. Since we could get 8-up production without having to invest in a 40-inch press, the RMGT 9 Series press with LED-UV curing was a perfect solution for us.”
Adding LED-UV curing to this RMGT 9 Series press has allowed DavCo to gain efficiencies that contribute to their bottom line. Since UV inks cure instantly by LED lamps in the press, not only do they find a savings in electricity, but jobs can move immediately into finishing. Once the printed sheet moves into post-press, the absence of powder in the pressroom has additional benefits.
“LED-UV curing allows us to eliminate the use of powder in the pressroom,” states Esh. “We find that our finishing equipment runs much more efficiently. In addition, we often print shells using our RMGT 9 Series press and then run the cut sheets through our digital press production for variable data printing or addressing for mailing. Without powder buildup on the rollers, these digital presses run much more effectively.”
“We have had Ryobi presses for over 30 years,” observes Merle Esh, VP Sales and Marketing, DavCo Advertising. “When we expanded our commercial print operations in 2014 and then again this year, it was only logical for us to continue with RMGT and with G.E. Richards, who have provided stellar sales and service support over these many decades.”
“We were especially pleased to have DavCo host a stop on the RMGT 2022 “Commit to Print World Tour”, states Jeff Wagner, President, G.E. Richards, Eastern US Distributor for RMGT. “Beyond the fact that this is the second RMGT 9 Series press purchased in the last seven years by DavCo, our organizations share a kinship of being family owned and operated businesses in central Pennsylvania. Our mutual success is something we are very proud of.”
May 25, 2022 |
Pioneer Press, a leading commercial printer in the greater Denver, CO market will be installing an eight-color RMGT 9 Series perfecting press with LED-UV curing, this summer. Based in Greeley, CO, Pioneer Press has been in business for over 45 years, with the current ownership in place since 1999. The installation of the eight-color RMGT perfecting press will upgrade their capabilities, producing an increase in production efficiency of 300%. This will be the first LED-UV press of this size in the state of Colorado.
“After my father and I purchased the company in 1999, I started by working directly with and for production so I could learn all the processes we were asking our employees to perform,” states Cris SoRelle, President, Pioneer Press. “As my role in the company evolved this allowed me to realize that technological advances can significantly impact production capabilities. One of the skills I brought to the company was my understanding of analytics. I upgraded our estimating system so that we had a better understanding of our true costs. The knowledge gained from the new system allowed us to be more competitive, and we tripled our business. We have been fortunate to have a business that is very stable even during difficult economic times and we have been able to grow through these times.”
Pioneer Press has been able to leverage technology to create efficiencies for its customers. “We won’t always be the first company over the wall, but we sure won’t be far behind!” states Bob Shoemate, Vice President of Operations. “As soon as a technology proves itself, we are right there, from automating pre-press, online storefronts that implement web-to-print, and even our digital printing capabilities. When it came time to buy a new press, we went with the most current and proven technology that offers the greatest rewards to both, our production team and our customers and that was clearly, the RMGT 9 Series.”
"When it came time to buy a new press, we went with the most current and proven technology"
“One of the things we analyzed in making this investment was how could we support the market in a broader manner and create a more diverse base,” states SoRelle. “What do we need this press to do to allow us to work with a broader spectrum of clients? Is it instant drying with LED-UV inks? Is it in the ability to print full-color on both sides in a single pass? Is it printing on several different materials such as plastics, boards, thin stocks, and labels? The eight-color RMGT 9 Series perfecting press with LED-UV curing capabilities addresses all these needs.”
“Our current clientele prints on a lot of synthetic substrates,” states Rudy Desousa, Vice President of Sales, Pioneer Press. “These sheets can take a few days to dry, and they take up a lot of room while drying. With the RMGT, the vinyl sheets are dry immediately off press. We can trim them and get them out the door, giving our customers faster turn times.”
“When you live in a state as beautiful as Colorado, how our processes impact the environment is always a consideration.” continues SoRelle. “We recycle a large percentage of our waste, but when we learned how LED-UV reduces our carbon footprint by using 81% less energy, that certainly got our attention. It makes sense, we all know how efficient LED light bulbs are compared to incandescent, and how long they last!” agrees Desousa. RMGT uses an LED UV system that is instant on/instant off, unlike traditional ARC curing lamps that stay on all day. It also cures at a very low temperature using minimal energy, and the ink it uses are 0% VOC (volatile organic compounds). The active color management system allows Pioneer to use far less paper to get the press, up to color” and the size chosen uses roughly 30% less raw material for plates and paper than the larger presses. “All of these things are good for our environment and our customers!” concludes SoRelle.
"How our processes impact the environment is always a consideration"
“Once we loaded the RMGT specs into our estimating system it was exciting to see how many jobs that we currently run on our digital presses will now default to the RMGT as the best choice,” observes Shoemate. “The RMGT is not only going to allow us to alleviate some the workload off of our digital team, it will also give our customers the highest quality print at quantities that are cost-prohibitive with traditional presses. This allows our customers to have more freedom when designing projects.”
“Pioneer Press has flourished during the global slowdown due to their philosophy of “Putting Personality Back in Printing,” states Kian Hemmen, Director of Sales, Print & Finishing Solutions, Western US Distributor for RMGT. “From our initial meeting with Cris and his team you can tell that this resonates within their company, in their client relationships, as well as working with them as a vendor. People buy from people. It was obvious from the onset that Pioneer Press has a way of building deep relationships that are ongoing, in addition to being a high-quality printer. There is no limit to how far their success can go. We are thrilled to partner with them in their strategic planning and celebrate their commitment to print.”
PLACENTIA, CA – March 9, 2022 – Primary Color LLC, a leading print provider in the horticultural market and for consumer product groups in the wine and spirits market, has recently installed a five-color RMGT 9 Series press with UV curing. Based in Dallas, TX, Primary Color LLC, merged with the Garden Marketing Group in 2014. Garden Marketing Group is an innovating producer of plant tags and horticultural manufacturing products. Since 2014, it has continued to expand the tag and label printing to include light packaging, wide and grand format printing for point of purchase displays.
“The horticultural tag and label market exploded for us during the COVID pandemic,” states Josh Hoffmann, President, Primary Color LLC. “All through 2020 and 2021, everyone was at home working on their yards. Our horticultural customers were shipping more plants into their distribution channels, increasing the demand for more tags. Another industry that we saw growing rapidly was packaging, and we continue to do a steady increase of folded cartons.”
“We print the plant tags on a polypropylene substrate,” continues Hoffmann. “Years before the supply chain issues began that has affect printers access to paper and other substrates, we began sourcing directly from Europe. Throughout 2020 and 2021 we had zero supply issues. By ordering consignments of material to meet our needs throughout the year, the recent disruption the marketplace is experiencing has not impact our production.”
Five-Color RMGT 940 offset press, with UV curing and camera system change the game
The increase in demand for more printing capacity was met with the investment in a five-color RMGT 940 offset press, with UV curing and camera system. The press was installed in the summer of 2021. “Moving from a half-sized press to the RMGT 940 has doubled our capacity,” observes Hoffmann. “We are able to print on a larger sheet which results in greater yields in our production. UV curing technology allows us to move a print job immediately into finishing since the ink is instantly cured.”
In addition to increasing the print capacity at Primary Color, their investment in offset printing has taken significant cost out of their business. “We have reduced our makeready by 66%,” states Hoffmann. “Before we upgraded to the RMGT 940, it required 400 to 500 sheets to get up to color and registration. Now we are doing that in about a 100 to 150 sheets. When you are purchasing sheets of material at $1 a sheet and you start reducing that cost by two-thirds, that’s a lot of dollars that go to the bottom line.”
Moving digital jobs to offset for maximum cost efficiency
In addition to the tag and label printing done by Primary Color, a sizeable part of their business is dedicated to point of purchase displays. Printers who have a hybrid model of print manufacturing, offset and digital grand format, can look to produce the printed piece in the most cost-effective way. “What we are seeing that is a tipping point to move a job from grand format to the offset press that is right around the 750-to-1,000-piece mark,” continues Hoffmann. “So, whether we are printing aisle violators or case cards, because we can now offset print on substrates up to 24 point, we choose the printing process that turns the work fastest, provides the highest quality, and gives us the greatest yield.”
“Primary Color is another example of printers who are flourishing during the global slowdown,” states Kian Hemmen, Director of Sales, Print & Finishing Solutions, Western US Distributor for RMGT. “One element of their success can be attributed to the foresight of upgrading aging sheetfed offset press operations. We are thrilled to partner with them and celebrate their commitment to print.”
CARNEYS POINT, NJ – Feb 2, 2022 – RMGT, manufacturer of the leading 8-up sheetfed offset press in North America, announces that Envision3 is the most recent printing operation in North America to install the new 8-UP+ RMGT 970 offset press. Based in the greater Chicago area in Bloomingdale, IL, Envision3 is one of the top 300 largest printing and mailing manufacturers in the country and is a full-service offset and digital printing, packaging, mailing, and finishing company. Since its inception in 2000, Envision3 has been a traditional 40” shop having installed three Mitsubishi presses in this time period. Since Mitsubishi merged with Ryobi to form RMGT, Envision3 recently expanded their offset press line with the newly introduced RMGT 970 press.
“We've been a Mitsubishi shop, now RMGT, for the 21 years since our formation,” states Kevin Franz, President, Envision3. “Mitsubishi and RM Machinery have won our business multiple times through the years with their new presses and great service.” Envision3 started in 2000 with a 40-inch and a 28-inch Mitsubishi offset press and later moved on to the Mitsubishi Diamond 3000 series. In the last quarter of 2021, Envision3 installed the latest addition to the 9 Series family, the RMGT 970, which features a new 25” x 38” sheet size.
The RMGT 970 8-UP+ featuring a 25” x 38” sheet size
“We traditionally have been a 40-inch shop,” comments Franz. “We had three 40-inch Mitsubishi, six-color presses with coating towers. Then we were shown the RMGT 970 press. With a sheet size of 38” x 25” we realized that the 970 fit our needs. Most of the work that needed to be done fits on that sheet size or smaller. Reducing the sheet size by just two inches creates a press with a much smaller footprint that saves money in the initial acquisition cost along with reducing operating costs of labor, paper, plates and energy. I can run the RMGT 970 with just one operator.”
“One of the features of the RMGT 970 is ability to print up the 24-point board stock,” states Lloyd Molloy, Director of Customer Service, RM Machinery. “Running at speeds of up to 16,000 sheets per hour, the RMGT 970, with a 25” x 38” sheet size is a true 8-up press that can be run with just one press operator,” observes Molloy. “Their press has fully-automatic plate changers, and LED-UV curing capabilities in the units and in the delivery. The new RMGT 970 press also can include ASAP, Automated Smart Assist Printing.”
Changing the game with Automated Smart Assist Printing
RM Machinery is the authorized sales and service provider for RMGT in Canada along with all legacy Mitsubishi customers in the US. “We are seeing a surge of interest among packaging printers and commercial printers who are upgrading their sheetfed offset press operations,” states Rahul Kaushik, CEO, RM Machinery. “It’s been eight years since the merger of Mitsubishi and Ryobi. Today RMGT has evolved into a market leader in the 8-up space with the RMGT 9 Series presses. We are thrilled to bring these solutions to the entire legacy Mitsubishi install base in the US.”
On top of a long list of printing benefits, LED-UV curing brings a host of ecological and workplace safety benefits: 50% less energy consumed than IR/Hot Air and 90% less than conventional UV. Add to this the reduced carbon footprint, bi-monthly ink wash ups and no VOC's, upgrading your offset press to LED-UV is a no-brainer! Printing LED-UV also means you are eliminating spray powder and heat from your pressroom and LED-UV lamps are free of of mercury and add no ozone to the pressroom environment.
From every angle, the advantages of LED-UV provide a strong ROI while also protecting Mother Earth, and her Children in the Pressroom.
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