Graphic Systems North America (GSNA), the Authorized Distributor for RMGT (RYOBI MHI Graphic Technology Ltd.) sheet-fed offset presses in North America, announces that the Caskey Group has successfully implemented the RMGT 5 Series offset press, featuring LED-UV curing technology. LED-UV printing is considered the fastest growing process technology in the sheet-fed offset printing market. Headquartered in York, PA, The Caskey Group is an integrated marketing and communications firm offering full offset and digital communication services.
“At Caskey, our goal is to help our customers build and strengthen their own brands by offering products and services that will help them to stand out in their markets,” states Tony Rife, President, Caskey Group. “With LED-UV technology added to our mix of high-quality printing capabilities, Caskey will be positioned to offer customers new and innovative print applications at a lower cost, all while reducing energy consumption and adding to our overall capacity.”
“We are able to offer our clients a product that has special chemical embossing thanks to the LED-UV curing technology on the RMGT press,” continues Rife. On the print manufacturing side, instant drying allows jobs to move immediately to finishing and eliminates powder contamination. Rife also states that “UV inks are solvent-free and when cured with LED-UV lighting, the entire process generates no byproducts and is free of emissions.”
“The rapid growth of LED-UV printing can be attributed to the additional print capabilities that this technology offers,” states Jim Lundy, G.E. Richards, the northeast distributor for RMGT in the US. “In conventional offset printing, inks dry as their binding agents oxidize and get absorbed into the printing substrate or the process can be sped up by introducing heat. In contrast, UV printing uses specially formulated inks that are exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light. This allows instant drying at each printing unit of the press. When LED technology is used for UV lighting, the overall benefits to printers are immense.
The RMGT 525GX LED-UV Press is a five-color press with anilox roller coater and represents the top of the line in the 5 Series presses from RMGT. With a maximum paper size of 520 x 375 mm, the press can reach printing speeds of up to 15,000 sheets per hour. The eco-friendly LED-UV printing system offers impressive energy savings and superior ease of use. This system not only greatly reduces energy consumption but also features a much longer lifespan than a conventional lamp type system. This next-generation system produces minimal heat and no ozone, making it very eco-friendly.