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Jan 20, 2011 12:00 AM
The University of North Texas has a new Ryobi 6-up multicolor offset printing press and a modern new proofing system from xpedx that will allow the university to keep the majority of its printing needs in-house.
According to Jimmy Friend, director of UNT Printing and Distribution Solutions, “The new equipment allows us to keep production of more of our publications, student recruitment and donor solicitation materials in-house. For example, currently we’ve got a 32-page magazine with cover on the press that we could not have produced with our old equipment. “
xpedx helped UNT apply for G7 color calibration and print process certification from IDEAlliance. As part of the equipment services agreement, xpedx supplied UNT with an Epson Stylus Pro 7900 with spectrophotometer, driven by an EFI Colorproof XF color management system.
“The Ryobi DI met the need of the mid-range jobs between [our] HP Indigo and long-run jobs. But we couldn’t do those longer-run jobs on our old 2-color 40-inch press,” says Friend. The university now is able to produce 10,000 to 70,000-piece runs with the RYOBI 755 with coater.
In addition, Wisconsin’s Baer Printing & Design has acquired a new 4-color, 6-up Ryobi 754 press with perfector.
Jim Baer and his team of nine employees serve a wide variety of customers, including one of the most demanding “big-box” retailers in North America. As his business with them has grown, Baer turned to Ryobi for his next high-speed multicolor perfecting press. “It’s the flagship press for our business today because of its print quality and a low cost per printed sheet,” he says.
Lead pressman Bob Van Asten notes the 23 x 31-inch press is at register in 10-15 sheets, making it practical for short-run jobs and getting makereadies on long run jobs quick, pain-free and without expensive paper waste.
The 23 x 29-inch and 23 x 31-inch RYOBI 750 series presses are available in four to 10-colors. Both offer perfectors, UV coaters, CIP4-JDF compliant MIS systems, spectrophotometry, automatic plate changers, auto-cleaning devices and more. Printing is up to 15,500 sph and the presses can accommodate thin to specialty board stocks.