The management of Tosho Printing knew that their new Rapidas would produce more per hour than their other machines, and just one month after installation, the two presses met the company’s ambitious targets. Despite high press speeds of 18,000 sph, the press operators can relax during production due to the high level of automation. The sheets that are cured with LED-UV can be sent straight to post-press, reducing lead times, minimizing short-term storage requirements and enhancing overall productivity.
Founded in 1911, Tosho Printing now operates 30 sheetfed offset presses and other newspaper and commercial presses at five sites. Yomiuri, Japan’s largest daily, and others are produced at the firm’s three newspaper operations. The other two specialize in commercial products, books and magazines. The same is true of the plant in Kawagoe-shi on the edge of Tokyo that operates the two new Rapidas.