xpedx Opens Ryobi Demo and Learning Center
LENEXA, KS—xpedx Printing Technologies opened its new 20,000-square-foot Ryobi press demonstration and learning center here in suburban Kansas City on October 22. The facility is designed to provide high-level education and demonstrations of Ryobi sheetfed press capabilities, as well as detailed information on the latest printing technologies such as UV, chemical embossing, spot metallic color and lenticular printing.
Presses shown at the new center will rotate, enabling printers to see demonstrations and gain technical and business knowledge about specific Ryobi presses. At the grand opening, models on display included a five-color, 23×29˝ Ryobi 755 with coater; a five-color, 14×20˝ Ryobi 525GX with coater; a four-color, 23×31˝ Ryobi 784E featuring a small footprint; a four-color, 14×20˝ Ryobi 524HE; and a four-color Ryobi 3404E DI direct imaging press.
Printers are encouraged to bring their most challenging print jobs to the center, where facility technicians will demonstrate how Ryobi presses can print high-lpi screens and heavy solids on difficult substrates. The center will also serve as a complete pre-production facility, with part of it dedicated to managing and handling digital files.
In addition, the facility is GRACoL G7 certified. A full-time technician will teach G7 process controls for printing, including press fingerprinting, ICC profiling and color management. Among the six onsite staff members—including a technical support person from Japan—21-year veteran press operator William Stahl has been named sheetfed press demonstrator and trainer.
xpedx maintains a network of 50 sales and service dealers for Ryobi presses nationwide.