Progressive Printing installs its third RMGT offset press

Progressive Printing installs its third RMGT offset press
Keji Katayama

On 28 June 2017, Surat-based Progressive Printing Press celebrated its 50th anniversary with an Open House organized in association with Provin Technos, the sole distributor of RMGT presses in India. The Open House also marked the celebration of the recently installed 5-color RMGT 760 press plus coater at Progressive Printing Press. This is the second RMGT press installed by the company in a span of two years. The joint Open House at Progressive Printing’s unit was followed by dinner at The Gateway Hotel by Taj Athwalines. The event was graced by top management from Ryobi MHI including Keji Katayama, senior vice president and T Ishibashi, India incharge at Ryobi MHI Graphic Technology from Japan along with over 50 print service providers (PSPs) based in Ahmedabad, Surat and Baroda.

Addressing the attendees at the Open House, Vinay Kaushal, director at Provin Technos, said, “Surat—the silk city of the nation—has made RMGT a successful brand. We have created history by installing 11 presses just in just over two years. By the end of this year, we hope to install a few more in Surat. Today, the occasion is special for two reasons—one, the installation of the third RMGT press at Progressive Printing Press in a span of two years, which is a remarkable thing, and two, Progressive has completed their 50th year of operation.”

At the event, the new 5-color RMGT 760 press was shown running next to the 4-color RMGT 960 press. The RMGT 760 is a fully loaded, highly automated offset press with features like automatic print density control, advanced dampening system for water and ink balance, and fully automatic plate changing system which can be combined with Smart-Make ready function so that the blanket cleaning, preset inking and test printing can be performed automatically for increased efficiency. The prepress data is analyzed by the PPC Server III to calculate the image area ratio. Based on image area ratio data, the PCS-G printing control system automatically selects the conversion curve for each color, sets the opening of ink fountain keys and controls the ink rollers.

“Artificial intelligence is a unique feature of RMGT, using which customers can carry out profiling of their jobs without having a color bar on top of every job,” said Abhijeet Kolhatkar, general manager – sales at Provin Technos. At the Open House, visitors also got a first-hand view of how the RMGT 760 press is capable of doing complete job changeover in just seven minutes.

The RMGT 760 comes with options for installing IR or LED lamp at the delivery unit. “A significant advantage of the RMGT 760 is that it is energy efficient. Once the machine is in running mode, it consumes only approximately 60% of the starting load, which is 18KW,” informed Kolhatkar.

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