RYOBI MHI 925 LED-UV Press Highlighted in Live Production Demonstrations
MARIETTA, GEORGIA — July 9, 2015 — RYOBI MHI Graphic Technology, Ltd together with Graphic Systems North America (GSNA) will host the “Commit to Print” Open House at their demonstration center in Marietta, Georgia on July 21-22, 2015. Print industry professionals and journalists are welcome to attend the free event.
“I know that commercial printers will be pleased to see live production demonstrations of the RYOBI MHI 925 press featuring LED-UV and Smart RPC Technology”, states Don Barbour of GSNA. “We are also honored to have Kozac Takata, Manager of International Sales and Marketing, provide an overview of product development and the latest news from RYOBI MHI Graphic Technology, Ltd. in Japan.”
A special feature of the “Commit to Print” Open House will be a panel discussion of commercial printers, who will offer insights into how they have expanded their commercial print business by leveraging RYOBI MHI technology. In addition, Xitron will demonstrate the latest Sierra prepress workflow built on the Adobe Print Engine. Attendees will also be interested in the technology demonstration from CRON-ECRM featuring their latest CTP and printing plate technology.
The “Commit to Print” Open House is part of RYOBI MHI’s continued efforts to help printers in North America increase productivity and efficiency. The RYOBI MHI Demonstration Center is located at Paper Handling Solutions, 2150 New Market Pkwy, Suite 108, Marietta, GA.
To register for the event: http://bit.ly/1eYAqYs
For more information on LED-UV Technology: http://bit.ly/1fkoYq2
For more information on Smart RPC Technology: http://bit.ly/1dJZVLq
About Graphic Systems North America (GSNA)
GSNA is the largest independent source of printing equipment, technical service and parts in North America. GSNA delivers exclusive access to RYOBI MHI’s full line of offset and digital presses for commercial, packaging and in-plant printers in the U.S. and Canada, together with 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-gsna.com.
To meet the growing demands in the PHS Technical Department, we welcome Patrick McGee to our team. Patrick is a native of Atlanta, GA and comes to PHS with an extensive background in the graphic arts industry. Please join us in welcoming Patrick.
About The PHS Technical Department
We are dedicated to the long term success of our growing customer base. Our technical staff is experienced beyond the industry standard to provide you with the highest level of support. Many of our new customers come to us through our strong reputation for service.
Operator training is a key element of our customer service philosophy. A fully trained operator will yield the maximum efficiency from the equipment, and down-time is greatly minimized through correct use and care.
We encourage our customers to schedule training for new operators as soon as possible. Our experience has shown that morale and productivity work hand in hand. A confident & well-trained operator will perform more efficiently.
Schedule a service call.
Press release from the issuing company
Company triples sheetfed capacity, expands customer offer, cuts job turnaround time in half—all for half the cost of 40-inch press with conventional dryers
Apex Color is $8.5 million-revenue trade printer with 55 employees
JACKSONVILLE, Florida - When Richard Ghelerter decided it was time to expand Apex Color, his long-established trade printing business, he looked at both new and used 40-inch offset presses.
The used equipment didn’t have the latest technology and was quickly disqualified. New 40-inch presses were very expensive—yet still lacked the most advanced drying technology.
Then he heard about a press from RYOBI MHI Graphic Technology that intrigued him. The five-color RYOBI MHI 925 LED-UV press delivers full-bleed, 16-page signature printing and built-in instant curing. This press had the potential to give him the big boost in print quality, capacity and throughput he sought.
So he headed to RYOBI MHI’s Southeast U.S. distributor, Paper Handling Solutions, to check out the fully equipped 36-inch press as it produced instantly cured print at more than 16,000 sph. RYOBI MHI is one of the world’s largest offset pressmakers. In Florida, RYOBI MHI offset presses are represented by Graphics IV in Orlando, FL.
Ghelerter, a veteran third-generation printer, was impressed. The print quality was perfect and makereadies were wrapped up in minutes. The machine was robust, including a heavy-duty feeder, double-diameter cylinders and transfer drums. The LED-UV curing system eliminated all problems of conventional hot dryers, sipped energy, and ensured print jobs could be routed immediately to the bindery and customer.
Ghelerter talked to the owner of Imprimerie Reflet, a trade printer in Montreal, Canada, who bought the RYOBI MHI 925 LED-UV press in early 2014. He reported it performed well under rigorous production conditions—and was the crown jewel of his fast-growing company.
Tony Rice, Ghelerter’s commercial print production manager, went to have a look for himself. “I’ve been in print production for more than 40 years and had experience with Ryobi’s smaller presses,” Rice explained. “But once I put that big press through all the paces, I was confident it would be a great fit for our company.”
Then there was the price: nearly half what other German and Japanese manufacturers were quoting for their 16-page signature presses—equipment that did not feature built-in LED-UV instant cure.
Ghelerter thought carefully, crunched all the numbers, then made the decision to invest in the RYOBI MHI. “Looking at every aspect, the 925 LED-UV press is real bang for the buck.” It was delivered in late December, was at full production within a week, and its outsized impact was felt immediately.
“Just the other day, we had a job for 3,000 32-page books with cover that we had to print, fold, stitch and deliver in under 24 hours,” he said. “The press allowed us to handle the job with ease and we were able to please a very demanding, discerning customer.”
Apex Color has deep history as a Southeast U.S. print industry leader
In addition to its commercial printing business, 100% exclusively to the trade, Apex Color is one of the largest business forms printers in the Southeast U.S. Equipment includes five rotary forms presses and four collators. The company’s distributors sell to customers ranging from small retailers to some of the world’s largest health and financial services companies.
Ghelerter is a third-generation Jacksonville printer. His grandfather started as a printer’s apprentice at Mendelson Printing in Jacksonville in 1915, shortly after emigrating from Romania. He rose up the ranks, and 20 years later, purchased Mendelson, which he and his children ran for decades.
“With six members of my family in commercial printing, the likelihood of my not going into the printing business was pretty slim,” Richard Ghelerter recalls. “But I did want to strike out on my own.”
In 1974, his father Irvin and uncle Clarence invested $10,000 apiece to help Richard start a printing company focused exclusively on business forms. Richard bought a used Didde Press with a Didde Snap Collator—low-cost versions of the heavy-duty forms-making equipment—and immediately established Apex Business Forms in Jacksonville.
“It was a little tough getting started,” he recalls. “An employee and I were out in the morning contacting customers, then headed back to the shop in the afternoon, printing and collating often late into the evenings. Eventually, I began serving forms distributors who needed an independent producer to support them, so we grew together.”
Though he had expanded his operation in the 1980s and the early 1990s, technology began eroding demand for printed forms. “The big players were expanding into services and the overall pie was getting smaller. But because of our reputation for quality and service, our slice kept growing,” Ghelerter said.
By 1998, he decided to expand into commercial printing. Two operations were consolidated into a new 30,000-square foot production center in downtown Jacksonville. Two 20x26-inch Shinohara presses were added. In 2011, an expansion into digital printing helped build the business further.
By 2014, Ghelerter knew that to continue to grow in the future, he would need to modernize his offset footprint with a new, high-tech 16-page signature press. Today, the RYOBI MHI 925 LED-UV press cost-efficiently delivers a range of print products that impress his customers for their quality and turnaround speed. “No question—this press is a winning investment.” More information about Apex Color is at www.apexcolor.net.
APEX COLOR, Jacksonville, FL is expanding product and service offerings with the installation of a new Ryobi 920 LED UV offset press, bought off the floor at Graph Expo, McCormick Center, in Chicago this week, the first of its kind in the US.
“The unique size of the Ryobi 920 series provides a very cost effective solution for our letter size booklet work, and enables us to compete for new business as well” said Richard Ghelerter, company founder and President.
Ryobi’s environment-friendly and low-energy consumption LED UV ink system is another reason for the purchase Ghelerter said. “Press sheets come out perfectly cured and are ready for bindery, no dry time required. This is a game changer for the industry, shorter lead times for offset print jobs are something our customers are always demanding, and now we can deliver”.
Ghelerter continued to explain that with Ryobi’s UV print process Apex Color can now offer jobs printed on synthetic papers and other special media.
Apex Color began in 1974 as Apex Business Forms, manufacturing unit sets, continuous forms and laser sheets for the trade. Over the years Apex expanded into commercial and digital printing but still remains exclusively a printer’s printer, serving distributors, brokers and print shops of all sizes throughout the Southeast and beyond.
For more information about Apex Color, visit www.apexcolor.net, or call 800-367-6790.
For more information on Ryobi presses, visit www.paperhandlingsolutions.com.
Press release from the issuing company
North American premier of RYOBI MHI 925 LED-UV press with INSTA.COLOR and CRON UVP 36 CTP—both running live at Booth 4404
RYOBI MHI 925 LED-UV winner of Must See ‘Em 2014 award
CHICAGO—Sheetfed offset printing is back at Graph Expo. Celebrating a successful first year as the North American distributor for RYOBI MHI, GSNA will spotlight RYOBI MHI and CRON CTP technology in live demonstrations during its COMMIT TO PRINT exhibition,
Sept. 28-Oct. 1 at McCormick Place in Chicago.
Why COMMIT TO PRINT? Throughout the North American print market, one message is clear: reports of the demise of print have been exaggerated. But the rolling stock of offset printing equipment in the industry is aging—in need of replacement and upgrade.
Successful printers today require a combination of high-speed production, low cost of manufacturing, quality and reliability. Enter RYOBI MHI and CRON with the most affordable, productive and reliable combination of fully automated offset presses and CTP on the market. The COMMIT TO PRINT booth will spotlight the complete package in one place.
Headlining the exhibit: live presentations and pre-scheduled VIP demos of the 8-up RYOBI 925 press with LED-UV instant curing technology, which earned a coveted Must See ‘Em 2014 award, together with RYOBI MHI’s INSTA.COLOR digital makeready workflow.
Special emphasis will also be placed on the CRON UVP 36 metal CTP and Blackwood plates, one of the most versatile and cost-efficient combinations available today. CRON CTP solutions are available through select GSNA distributors.
“Seeing is believing in the world of print,” says Don Barbour, chairman and co-founder of GSNA. “At each of our open house events, customers told us they had no idea this powerful combination of offset technology was within their financial reach. So we decided to showcase that message and the technology on an international stage.”
Printers are urged to sign up now at www.ryobi-group.com/graph-expo to schedule a personal, in-depth VIP demo of the RYOBI MHI 925 LED-UV press and the CRON CTP system.
The combination of CRON CTP’s industry-leading 1% dot-gain allowance and the well-known RYOBI MHI extreme dot sharpness will be emphasized throughout the live demonstrations.
“The images and workflow we will present mirror what commercial, in-plant, packaging and specialty printers produce every day. At the Chicago show, we will plate and print live jobs every hour to highlight the speed, reliability and versatility of our system,” says Barbour.
Breakpoints between digital and offset print have never been more closely contested. The COMMIT TO PRINT exhibit will clearly show printers that the RYOBI MHI LED-UV offset workflow provides the lowest total manufacturing cost on run lengths as short as 750-1,000 sheets—together with production levels exceeding 2,100 instantly cured and ready-to-sell letter-size sheets per minute in a 16-page signature format for ease of finishing.
For detailed information on the complete lineup of RYOBI MHI offset presses and CRON CTP solutions, please visit www.ryobi-group.com/equipment.html.
About RYOBI MHI Graphic Technology, CRON and Graphic Systems North America (GSNA)
RYOBI MHI Graphic Technology Ltd. is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of sheetfed offset printing presses. Its high-speed, fully automated presses are respected worldwide for unsurpassed print quality, low total cost of ownership, extreme ease of operation and unmatched reliability.
CRON Ltd. is a leading worldwide manufacturer of metal CTP systems and pre-press software, offering a full range of Thermal, UV, Violet and VLF CTP, together with CRONY workflow solutions. CRON holds over 20 patents, including LEMSS (magnetic levitation) technology, for best-in-class image quality. CRON Blackwood offset plates provide high quality and consistency at a truly affordable price.
Graphic Systems North America (GSNA) delivers the full line of RYOBI MHI sheetfed offset presses and technologies and highly responsive technical support and parts fulfillment to commercial, in-plant, packaging and other specialty printers. CRON CTP solutions are available through select GSNA distributors.
GSNA has more than $60 million in revenue and delivers the single-largest press sales, service and parts team in North America. GSNA serves all 50 states and Canada and also oversees a network of 20 printing equipment dealer-partners. More than 30 print industry sales consultants offer sophisticated business analytics to support capital equipment decisions. Fifty-plus factory-trained technicians and parts professionals deliver real-time support from Ryobi’s engineering and technical team in Japan. Spare parts depots offer overnight service across the U.S. and Canada. More information is at www.ryobi-group.com.
Press release from the issuing company
Reston, VA - The 2014 MUST SEE 'EMS winners have been selected and will be on exhibit at GRAPH EXPO 14 and the co-located CPP EXPO show, comingSeptember 28 - October 1, 2014 to Chicago's McCormick Place. Chosen by a panel of industry experts, these innovative technologies represent the most compelling advances in 11 categories spanning the entire graphic communications industry.
"Every year, the MUST SEE 'EMS competition is one of the highlights of the GRAPH EXPO and PRINT shows," says Ralph Nappi, President of the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC). "This year is certainly no exception with exciting new technologies and innovative advances in each category and industry segment."
In addition, "Best of Category" winners for each of the 11 categories will be revealed during the pre-show EXECUTIVE OUTLOOK conference, which takes place on its new day and time, Sunday, September 28, 2014, from 8 am to 12:00 noon, immediately prior to the noon opening of the exhibition. Also to be announced at EXECUTIVE OUTLOOK will be the Legacy Award, which is given to a previous MUST SEE 'EMS winner that has had a lasting and profound impact on the graphic communications industry.
GRAPH EXPO 14 also will offer a special MUST SEE 'EMS pre-show webinar, "New Technologies from the GRAPH EXPO 14 MUST SEE 'EMS," presented by the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC) via www.myprintresource.com and featuring host Hal Hinderliter, coordinator for the MUST SEE 'EMS program. The free live webinar that will be aired on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM EDT will highlight the MUST SEE 'EMS winners and their new innovations which could impact business and possibly revolutionize market segments. GRAPH EXPO 14 attendees can plan their travel and explore this year's most innovative exhibition of the latest technologies, unique new applications and profit-boosting opportunities to be found among this year's MUST SEE 'EMS winners.
Below listed in alphabetical order are the 2014 MUST SEE 'EMS award winners in each of the 11 categories:
Sales and Order Entry:
EFI - EFI CRM for Monarch
EFI - EFI IQuote
Rochester Software Associates - WebCRD
Prepress and Premedia:
EFI - EFI Fiery proServer for Cretaprint Version 1.4
Enfocus - Switch 12, Update 2
Hybrid Software Inc. - PACKZ 2.0
MetaCommunications, Inc. - Workgroups DaVinci 2015
Color Management and Quality Control:
CGS Publishing Technologies International - ORIS CxF
EFI - EFI Fiery Color Profiler Suite v4.6 - Express Profiler
Lake Image Systems Inc. - Discovery Enterprise
Variable, Transactional and Multi-Channel:
PTI Marketing Technologies - MarcomCentral
Ricoh - 1to1Create Marketing Services
Transformations, Inc. - Uluro uCampaign
XMPie, A Xerox Company - XMPie PersonalEffect Version 7.0
Pressroom: Analog Presses:
Air Motion Systems, Inc. | AMS UV -- LED UV | XP7 Series for Sheetfed Offset
Goss International - Magnum Compact Press
RYOBI MHI - RYOBI-MHI 925 LED-UV 5-COLOR PRESS
Two additional winners in this category currently under NDA will be announced at a future date.
Pressroom: Digital Presses:
Hewlett-Packard - HP Indigo 30000 Digital Press
Hewlett-Packard - HP Indigo 7800 Digital Press
Xerox Corporation - Metallic Gold and Silver Specialty Dry Inks for the Xerox Color 800/1000 Presses
Canon U.S.A. - Océ Arizona 6100
EFI - EFI H1625 LED Printer
EFI - EFI VUTEk GS2000LX Pro with UltraDrop Technology
EFI - EFI VUTEk HS100 Pro UV inkjet press Material Edge Guide (MEG) system
Postpress and In-line Finishing:
MBO America - Variable Book Production System
Scodix - Scodix Ultra Pro Digital Enhancement Press
Standard Finishing Systems - Standard Horizon RD-4055 Rotary Die Cutter
Imprinting, Mailing, Shipping and Fulfillment:
EFI - EFI Monarch Mailing Module
EFI - EFI SmartLinc
Ricoh - Postal Optimization Solution
Avanti Computer Systems Limited - Avanti Slingshot Advanced JDF Framework
EFI - EFI Enterprise Automated Workflow
Ultimate TechnoGraphics Inc. - Ultimate Bindery v4
One additional winner in this category currently under NDA will be announced at a future date.
The Future of Print:
EFI - EFI Digital Embossing
Epson America, Inc. - Epson SureColor F2000
Highcon Systems Ltd. - Highcon Euclid
For more information about GRAPH EXPO 14 MUST SEE 'EMS, or to register for the show, visit: www.graphexpo.com.