Healey’s installs RMGT LED UV offset press

Healey’s Print Group, based in Ipswich, UK, has installed a B3 520GX offset litho press from Ryobi Mitsubishi Graphic Technology complete with LED UV curing.  

Philip Dodd, managing director of Healey’s, with the new B3 RMGT LED UV press.

Healey’s is a general commercial printer, operating both litho and digital presses as well as wide format. What’s interesting about this installation is that it underlines the changing nature of the print landscape and reinforces the growing perception that personalisation is not the driving force that it once was. 

Philip Dodd, Managing Director of Healey’s, told me: “Our pressure point this year has been lack of capacity on our XL75 litho press. At times of the year we have struggled to cope with volumes and placing work out has proved problematic.”

He continued: “Historically we came from a B3 litho background, so when we spoke to the team at RMGT we could appreciate the potential of their B3 product, which combines the high productivity of litho with the instant drying of LED-UV – a technology that we had already been assessing.”

The RMGT 520GX is a sheet-fed litho press that takes a maximum 375 x 520mm sheet and is able to produce up to 15,000 sheets per hour. Dodd says: “It fills that gap between true digital work and the long run printing that requires a B2 or B1 format litho press for cost effective production. The new press will ensure that we keep up to date with our litho work, but also provide us with back-up for the B2 press on the rare occasion when it might be needed.”

Healey’s recently decommissioned its Nexpress with Dodd explaining that “both the click rate and maintenance time made it difficult to generate profit”. He added: “Personalisation is not a big part of our digital output.” 

The company runs two Ricoh 9200s and a 7200 and as production manager Andy Clarke points out: “Our Ricoh machines are handling a good quantity of manuals and similar work, and would be quite capable of producing the personalized work that we did have. The rest of it – 500 runs and above was really litho work, especially when you add the RMGT feature of instant drying with LED-UV. The LED-UV gives us dry to the touch production on a variety of stocks, including uncoated. It’s a bit of a game changer.”

Healey’s started off as a small, family business before being bought by Dodd’s father back in 1962. Dodd, who joined the business in 1971, took it over in 1981, expanded in new factories, first in 1992 and then again in 2001. He’s generally been keen to adopt new technology, which has helped to grow the company and kept it at the forefront of trends within the UK print industry. The company, which runs a 24-hours / six-day shift pattern,  has grown steadily, recording  £4.2 million in turnover last year and hoping to increase that to  £4.6 million turnover this financial year.

You can find more details about Healey’s here, and about the 520GX press here.


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