Producing 16-page signatures allows family-owned Kentucky firm to bid more competitively on new publication work
MARIETTA, GEORGIA - Paducah Printing Corp., a 139-year-old firm headquartered in Western Kentucky, has installed a new RMGT 9 Series press manufactured in Japan by RYOBI MHI Graphic Technology Ltd. (RMGT). The RMGT 9 Series handles eight-up printing and replaces a four-up Komori offset press. The new press features a maximum printing speed of 16,200 sheets per hour, RMGT’s Insta.Color make-ready automation, varnish coating capability for added value, and outstanding LED-UV print quality to meet their customers high demands. The LED-UV curing system drastically shrinks job production times by instantly drying sheets after printing so they can quickly move to the bindery for finishing.
Since adding the 24-by-36-inch sheetfed press this past February, Paducah Printing’s president Bruce Shulman reports that his firm is attracting new publication business. “It simply is more economical to produce some of this work on 16-page signatures as opposed to the eight-page signature limits of our previous half-size press,” says Shulman, whose father, Charles, purchased Paducah Printing in 1963.
Additionally, Shulman notes that the 9 Series LED-UV curing capabilities allow Paducah to print on synthetic substrates that formerly required a special coating or that, in some cases, were not possible at all with a press using conventional inks. “Our new RMGT press is equipped with a full package of automation features so our sheet spoilage and make ready times are kept at a very economical minimum,” Shulman adds.
“We chose the LED-UV ink and coating curing system, which is energy and environmentally conscious, compared to standard ink systems that need infrared lamps, hot air knives, offset spray and an exhaust system,” he explains. "Paducah Printing was an IDEAlliance G7-certified printer prior to the installation six months ago, and the curves necessary to achieve G7 compliance during installation only took two hours."