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.
Discover the differences between Offset and Digital
More and more printers weigh the differences between offset and digital. Offset is faster, less expensive and more versatile than digital. It can print short run jobs in minutes instead of hours, doesn't have any click charges and can print on a wider range of substrates.
John Dahlke breaks down the math behind the savings
"It's not just a system to upgrade your machine, it's a system that can upgrade your whole company"
More and more Printers consider LED-UV an essential technology for their offset production. Instant Curing with no dryback, printing on any substrate and moving finished product directly to finishing, are just a few of the reasons why successful printers are adding LED-UV to their production arsenal. Throw in ecological and financial benefits like lower electrical usage, zero VOC’s, no more powder, and a cooler pressroom, and it is a no-brainer why you need LED-UV.
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LED-UV Benefits: The gamechanger for forward thinking printers
Chicago’s Polpress speaks to the advantages of LED-UV
Polpress is known throughout Chicago for the craftsman’s approach they take with each print job they produce. Investing in a better way to produce their demanding client’s projects has been of utmost importance to their business model. The RMGT 9-Series combines a perfect mix of technology and value allowing them to increase their business by at least 15%.
LED-UV and running smaller jobs on an offset press
COLUMBUS, OH – January 7, 2021 — The Watkins Printing Company continues its implementation of a new strategic direction for the 98-year-old family business by recently installing a fully automated RMGT 9 Series 8-Color Long Perfector with LED-UV curing. Operating from their 65,000 sq. ft. headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, Watkins Printing has traditionally been known as a publication printer that produces monthly and quarterly magazines for universities, fraternal organizations and niche publications for clients throughout much of the United States.
“Moving into the commercial print market made strategic sense for our company,” states Tamara Watkins Green. “There are many factors that come to bear in keeping a business alive and thriving for 98 years. Recently, Watkins Printing was proud to become a WBE and a certified partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). From automation improvements in our web-to-print MIS system to major enhancements in the pressroom and bindery, it’s an exciting moment in our company’s history.”
“As we approach our 100th anniversary, we are determined to build on our legacy by pursuing new market opportunities and expand our service offerings,” states William Green, President of Watkins Printing. “The 8-color RMGT 9 Series Long Perfector with LED-UV curing instantly puts us in a leadership position in the commercial print market. One-pass printing coupled with instant curing lets us go right to bindery and then on to mailing. It’s a huge game changer.”
Watkins’ new press is the tenth RMGT 9 Series Long Perfector installed throughout the United States
“One advantage to working with The Watkins Printing Company is that we are large enough to provide full service and small enough to provide individual attention,” concludes William Green. “My wife and I deal directly with the majority of our clients. That's not something you necessarily get from a company with the breadth of our services. We know our customers personally. We enjoy that interaction and because of that, we have a lot of loyal customers. When we decided to make this next step in our evolution, we were determined to bring in the latest technology that provided the highest quality for our extremely particular client base, so working with Graphco and RMGT made us feel very comfortable.”
Saving energy & time with LED-UV
“As a legacy publishing printer, Watkins Printing is ideally suited to leverage their extremely strong and long-term relationships and their mailing capabilities in the commercial print space,” comments Chris Manley, President of Graphco, Midwest and Southeast distributor for RMGT. “Additionally, as a union shop, their strategic location in Columbus, Ohio not only makes them an ideal partner for a variety of direct mail and political mailers, but they are poised to enter the short-run world of commercial print with a great company culture and a high-quality sheet-fed offset press that will deliver. As a fellow Ohio based family business, it’s been a great pleasure to work with Tamara and Bill as they move Watkins into its second century serving their clients.”
About The Watkins Printing Company
Founded in 1923, The Watkins Printing Company is a publication, magazine, and specialty project printer and mailer for clients nationwide. Watkins and Columbus, OH are truly at the “Heart of it All” located within a 500 mile radius of 80 percent of U.S. Corporations, making it a perfect central mail drop. See www.watkinsprinting.com
St. Louis based Advertisers Printing upgrades their shop with new built to suit 10-Color Perfecting RMGT Press
Advertisers Printing, based in St. Louis, has installed their new fully automated RMGT 10-Color Long Perfector equipped with LED-UV curing and is already reaping the benefits from its state of the art technology.
This three part video series has taken us from the RMGT Factory to Advertisers’ pressroom floor. In this episode we will share the versatility and efficiency of our LED-UV curing process and then you will learn directly from our friends at Advertisers Printing why they invested in a fully automated 9 Series press from RMGT and Graphco.
Part 3 shows the end of the installation, with the press up and running and jobs getting ready to go out the door!
View Part 1: The journey from the manufacturing plant in Fukuyama, Japan all the way to St. Louis.
View Part 2: The RMGT press assembly on site