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Me & my: Komori Lithrone G29 H-UV

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  • Monday, September 11, 2017
When it arrived on Valentine’s Day it could almost have been love at first sight. Like all love interests, however, Swallowmax’s new Komori Lithrone G29 H-UV came with expectations and pressures, moments of torrid drama and the occasional foible to try even the most attentive of press minders.

Me & my: Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 LE-UV

When Superior Creative Services installed a Muller Martini Concepta 8 web offset press to handle its growing document business, this led it to also replace its 10-year-old sheetfed Komori press with the latest technology in the form of a B1-format Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106.

Me & my: KBA Rapida 106

Press installs come, for many companies, off the back of feeling their existing kit, while doing all right, is not quite competing anymore on the productivity and automation fronts. Most self-respecting print firm owners will start to get a niggling sense that their makereadies, for example, are taking a little longer than is ideal.

Me & my: Komori Enthrone E29

The old machine is in India and "that's where it will stay", quips Ray Thistleton, looking at his new press in south London, which is where it will stay.

Me and My... KBA Rapida 75

Many things have changed at Mastercolour over the past three decades, but the firm's love of KBA presses is not one of them

Tried & tested: KBA Rapida 75

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  • Thursday, September 23, 2010
Unveiled at Drupa 2008, the Rapida was the first B2 press that used performance features and innovations found on the manufacturer's larger presses. The 75 essentially evolved out of the predecessor series, the Performa 74 and the Rapida 74, and according to Malcolm Riddle, senior technical sales support manager at KBA, it incorporated the best of both of them.

Mitsubishi 3 series

According to Mitsubishi Lithographic Presses UK managing director Thomas Doliwa, when the B1 Mitsubishi 3 series was first launched, comparing it to other machines at the time was like comparing "a Toyota to a Vauxhall". The most popular press manufacturer in Japan did not install its first press - the 3E sheetfed machine - in the UK until 1987.

MAN Roland Ultima 700

Luxury packaging is a buoyant market. Largely untouched by the ravages of commoditisation that have such a stranglehold in the commercial sector, packaging printers have protected their margins effectively against falling run lengths and shorter turnaround times by adding more and more value to the average carton or pack. And now MAN Roland is giving the packaging printer even more firepower with the Roland Ultima 700, a new press aimed at completing all the various coating, printing and foiling jobs on a standard carton in a single, and therefore even more profitable, pass.

Ryobi 784E

Hulbert Press sales director Carol Burnett didn't think twice about sticking with Ryobi equipment when taking the B2 plunge.

MAN Roland R300

The MAN Roland R300's popularity has held steady since it was launched at Ipex in 1993. Over the 10 years it was available in the UK, MAN shipped out an average of 10 per year. It has also found a strong foothold in the secondhand marketplace across the UK.

Heidelberg CD 74-10P

The B2 long perfector has opened doors for Newcastle's Statexcolourprint, says print room manager Paul Treanor, allowing it to compete for B1 jobs

MAN Roland 500

In the early '90s, when MAN Roland launched its 700 press, many of its customers were a little apprehensive. The new layout was not what Roland customers were used to and it took a number of years for them to build their trust in the model.

Sakurai OL472ED

Sakurai's first footsteps into the four-colour B2 market came in 1989 in the shape of its OL472ED press. At the time of its introduction, it was one of the very first B2 presses to have double diameter impression and transfer cylinders in the seven o'clock configuration. Sakurai UK operations director Mark Jennings says: "This layout has subsequently been adopted by all manufacturers. This meant that when we first launched the machine, it had a considerable advantage."

Ryobi 754WD

When Nigel Hunt at Dorset-based Blackmore was choosing a new B2 press, the size of its carbon footprint and of its plates were equally important

MAN Roland 700 DirectDrive

MAN Rolands latest contender in the short-run market was given the kind of launch usually reserved for a Formula One car a darkened room with strobe lights and the machine hidden under covers. Once the wraps came off, the 700 DirectDrive press was revealed and MAN Roland started to shout about it.

Komori Lithrone 526

Since its establishment 84 years ago, Komori has been producing offset printing products. Its original flagship presses were the 40in and 29in Lithrone S Series, and the Sprint Series sheetfed offset machines. The more recent additions to its offset press line include the System 38 Series. It has also made currency-printing presses and, for many years, exclusively supplied Japans National Printing Bureau.

Hamada B452A-I

Pneumatic control and a heavy-duty build extend the life of the Hamada, making it ideal for a secondhand B3 press purchase, reports Lisa Berwin

KBA Rapida 162

Its ability to tackle myriad jobs at high speed means KBAs large-format press retains its residual value long after manufacture.

Heidelberg XL 105

Michael Watson, managing director of Keighley-based printer Steffprint, thinks his new press offers great value for money, even for a Yorkshireman.

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