Calgary-based McAra Printing, a subsidiary of Canadian Bank Note Company, is running a new Heidelberg XL106 10P+UV sheetfed press, which is the first press of its kind to be installed in Canada.
Installation of the massive 41-inch-format press, weighing around 112 tons and measuring 75 feet in length, began on October 15 of last year, with the first commercial jobs being produced by early December.
The perfecting press is able to run both conventional and UV inks at up to 15,000 sheets per hour (straight or perfecting). Among a raft of modern features, the press includes automatic plate loading and Heidelberg’s Hycolor inking and dampening system, as well as two inline spectrophotometers to inspect every sheet produced on the press.
Over the past five years, including its new Heidelberg XL106, McAra Printing has invested more than $10 million in new printing technology. The company has also invested in its 45,000-square-foot facility, which in 2011 resulted in Calgary’s largest solar array when 48 solar modules were installed on McAara's rooftop. These 48 photovoltaic modules hold an electrical generating capability of 11,280 watts.
Canadian Bank Note Company (CNB), founded in 1897, is headquartered in Ottawa and has additional plants and offices in nine other locations. CBN employs over 1,000 people worldwide and supplies products through four divisions, including: Lottery Systems, Identification Systems, Payment Systems, and Shareholder Services.