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Apex, IFS and others team up for fourth ‘Real Print and Finish’ Open House event

Apex Digital Graphics and Intelligent Finishing Systems (IFS) announce the return of their successful “Real Print and Finish” Open House event on April 17th, 18th and 19th at Apex’s premises in Hemel Hempstead. This is the fourth such event which has run successfully each year since 2015.

Visitors can see an impressive array of equipment including an SRA1 RMGT Ryobi press with live demonstrations of LED-UV drying during the event.

Apex MD Bob Usher: “Ryobi were the pioneers of LED-UV litho technology, and maintain the leading position both globally and in the UK, where we have installed more LED-UV machines than any rival. It’s a must-see for any litho printer interested in the application of LED technology.”

Apex will also show newly-launched CtP systems from Cron in various configurations, and digital printing equipment from Konica Minolta, plus full workflow solutions.

IFS will be showing a huge range of equipment from Horizon, including two new machines first shown at Ipex 2017, the Stitchliner Mark III saddlestitching line, and the BQ-480 perfect binder. IFS is also showing the newly-arrived HT-1000V variable three-knife trimmer which can be used both inline with Horizon perfect binders or as a standalone machine. The line-up will also include Foliant laminators with foiling capability.

IFS MD Bryan Godwyn: “We are looking forward to another collaboration with our neighbours Apex, taking advantage of our proximity and the synergy between the two companies. The event has a hands-on no-nonsense approach combined with a relaxed environment which visitors tell us they appreciate.”

More partners are expected to announce their participation in the coming weeks. Already confirmed are mailroom equipment specialists KAS, paper supplier Premier and the IPIA who will offer free consultations with business experts via pre-booked appointments.

Stop press: We have just signed up two companies who are making their debuts as new event partners - namely leading MIS supplier Tharstern and finishing experts Ashgate. More to come!

For up-to-date details and to register, see www.realprintandfinish.com



IPEX 2017:

New Cron CTP systems launched alongside flagship 8 colour SRA1 RMGT Ryobi LED-UV press


Apex Digital Graphics provided a major attraction at IPEX 2017 by becoming the first UK company to exhibit an 8-colour SRA1 perfecting press with LED-UV drying.

Two LED-UV curing units are incorporated into the 928P press – one situated over the perfecting device and the other at the delivery end of the machine, enabling one-pass instant curing perfecting. The machine allows for 8-up A4 printing on both sides of the sheet, meaning 16-up A4 in one pass, at speeds up to 13,000per hour, delivering dry sheets ready for finishing.

RMGT Ryobi has established itself as the market leader in LED-UV litho technology in the UK. With almost 20 UK installations, Apex Digital Graphics has sold more machines of this type to the UK than any rival supplier. This dominance is matched worldwide - with hundreds of LED-UV installations, RMGT Ryobi is the global leader.

Sales and Marketing Director Neil Handforth; “We have made multiple installations of LED-UV presses to the UK market, including four machines in the SRA1 8-colour configuration. This is very exciting technology which is generating a huge amount of interest among UK printers, and was a must-see for Ipex 2017”

Apex also showed new CTP systems from Cron.

The B1 sized Cron 46G+ is an updated and enhanced addition to the popular Cron ‘G’ Series, available in UV and thermal options. The UV version of this machine was at Ipex with multiple cassettes, internal platesetter punching and on-line processor. This device was shown delivering plates for the RMGT Ryobi 8-colour press on-stand.

New versions of the Cron “H” series were also on show, in both 26" and 46" formats. These uniquely compact models boast built-in autoloaders and internal punching, and are also available in both UV and thermal laser options. The 26" model is aimed at the price sensitive B3 market and is the natural successor to the popular DPX series, where Apex sold over 500 units in the U.K. The UV option of the 26H was shown at IPEX in a special low cost configuration, including punching and Cron's low-cost Blackwood plate. The B1 sized 46H Thermal model was shown imaging Fuji's Superia ZD processless plate, which was also shown on-press.

The UK debut of the Fuji Superia ZD Processless plate

The new plate develops on-press and requires no chemistry whatsoever; its suitability for use with LED inks was demonstrated at IPEX via live demonstrations on the 8-colour RMGT 928P LED-UV press.

Apex MD Bob Usher; “The Superia ZD represents a significant advance in thermal plate technology, and further enhances the appeal of LED-UV printing which is proving to be a game-changer for offset. Due to the fast imaging characteristics of the plate emulsion and the elimination of all press chemicals and processing equipment, we believe this is the fastest plate on the market from imaging to printing.”

The durability of the ZD is also noteworthy; its estimated maximum run length on a conventional press is around 150,000 sheets, and 50,000 sheets on an LED-UV press.

The ZD plate was imaged by the new B1 Cron 46H CTP system at IPEX,



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