Miyakoshi, Ryobi Team to Develop Digital Press
TOKYO—Miyakoshi Printing Machinery and Ryobi Ltd. have jointly developed a six-up (29″), liquid-toner-based digital press capable of B2-size printing at speeds up to 8,000 sheets per hour. The new press will be exhibited as a pre-market model by Miyakoshi (Hall 9, Stand A04) during drupa 2012. Ferrostaal Equipment Solutions North America markets and sells Ryobi printing equipment in the United States and Canada.
“This ‘next generation’ printing press is a significant milestone in Ryobi’s 68-year commitment to innovation and the success of printers worldwide,” said John Torrey, president of Ferrostaal’s U.S. and Canada operations. “Today’s news is also a signal that the days of artificially dividing up printing into digital and offset are over. This is a new type of press—a brand new category—that combines the best of offset and digital.
“Printers can have access to the quality and high throughput of an offset press that previous-generation digital presses have not been able to achieve. This new generation of printing press answers an important need between a 40˝ offset and smaller electrophotographic and inkjet presses,” Torrey added.
Miyakoshi and Ryobi jointly developed a new type of digital press that enables high-speed printing on media as large as B2 size with quality comparable to that of an offset press. The new press combines the 1,200-dpi resolution and ultrafine-particle liquid-toner electrophotographic technology that Miyakoshi demonstrated on a web press at drupa 2008 with the high-speed sheetfed printing technology Ryobi utilizes for its offset presses.
The press is expected to be available for sale in 2013 and will be marketed, sold and serviced through Ferrostaal and its network of dealers across the United States and Canada. Other Ferrostaal dealers around the world will also sell and service the press in places like Latin America, Asia/Pacific and the Middle East.