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phaseThe installation marks a return to the B2 format for the design, digital, and litho company from its recent focus on B3 print production. “Price pressure means that the market is demanding the right sized machine for the work being produced, it has to be accurate, quick, efficient and reliable, and our workload has been edging more towards the quantities and formats that only a B2 press can deliver, and will free up extra capacity” said Kevin Marks, Managing Director of Phase Print.
Litho firepower of late has consisted of two Ryobi four-colour B3 machines and a single colour press of the same format. With regard to the latest purchase, Kevin had no quibbles about staying with Ryobi and Apex: “Ryobi equipment has delivered high quality print and reliability for this company for some 11 years now. The support provided by Apex has also been first rate, and the combination leaves us very little reason to look at another press supplier.”
With regard to what attracted him to the new Ryobi 760 Series press, Kevin adds: “The level of automation on the modern press has advanced significantly providing the machine with fantastic make-ready speeds, colour control through on board spectrophotometry as well as an overall focus on environmental issues – an important area for many of our customers. The print quality too, of course, was extremely impressive. In fact, since installation, a number of customers have already commented on the quality of the work that we are producing – something even we were impressed with when considering the high print quality already being delivered on a daily basis and the customer recommendations being received!”
The consistency offered by the modern press quickly persuaded Phase Print to calibrate the machine to ISO12647-2 standards – something that Kevin describes as a very easy process: “Our ink suppliers, Stehlin-Hostag, assisted us, but it was a very swift and straightforward job to ensure the press was achieving the required standard – helped very much by the on-board spectrophotometer on the Ryobi machine.
“The focus on a print standard is something that I have championed for many years – it provides the printer with a known starting point with regard to production quality. If the job doesn’t print correctly at that point, it is most often an error in the original file that is the issue.”
The fifth unit on the press was chosen over a dedicated coater in order to provide extra flexibility for Phase Print: “With the fifth print unit we can either add a spot colour to work – often important for the corporate market where an exact Pantone colour match is important – or run a sealer.”
Commenting on the installation for equipment supplier Apex Digital Graphics, Neil Handforth, Sales & Marketing Director, said: “This installation illustrates that there is a growing confidence in the economy and that there are positive printers out there who are keen to make the necessary investments to position themselves correctly in the market. Phase Print has been a long-time customer of Ryobi and Apex, and we were delighted that we were able to assist them with this latest move back to the B2 format. The Ryobi 760 Series is the ideal machine for today’s productive printer: it is very efficient and economical to produce the shorter runs often demanded by customers, yet very capable of handling longer print runs as well. The quality aspect, as Kevin and the Phase Print team have already discovered, helps to get recognition for quality printing.”
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