Ryobi has joined with fellow Japanese manufacturing company Myakoshi to develop a sheet fed electro-photographic B2 digital press capable of printing 8,000sph, which they will demonstrate as a prototype at drupa next month.
The companies says that the combination of digital and offset means the technologies can complement each other rather than compete for the print market dollar. The new Ryobi 750 uses LED imaging and liquid toner technology and prints at 1200dpi. It does this via an offset transfer of ultrafine particle liquid toner from a photosensitive drum to the media. The result is comparable to offset printing, according to the companies.
They add that the press can achieve short run printing for catalogues, posters and packaging as well as high quality variable data printing. At drupa 2008, Miyakoshi demonstrated a continuous feed web press, which the Ryobi 750 is based on. Myakoshi already supplies print engines for other inkjet vendors.
The new Ryobi inkjet B2 sheetfed press will joins those on show from Fijifilm, Screen, Delphax and the prototype Komori Konica Minolta press, with others to be launched at the show.