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Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Rescue 7, a national health and safety training company based in Markham, Ontario, has installed a new Watkiss PowerSquare booklet-maker. The device allows the company to produce its 92-page booklets in-house.

“We selected the Watkiss PowerSquare 220 with High Capacity feeder because it fit exactly in-line with our requirements,” said Michele McCabe, General Manager at Rescue 7. “Our manuals were at the capacity limit with the other systems we were researching where the PowerSquare 220 capacity is in excess of what we currently need, this gives us options in the future.” 

The Watkiss PowerSquare 220 provides sheet feeding, stitch, fold, spine press and face trimming up to 10mm thick (200 page booklet). The machine was purchased from Sydney Stone, which also plans to display a bookletmaker from the PowerSquare line at the upcoming Graphics Canada show.

Rescue 7, for over 14 years, have delivered its training programs to over 8,000 corporations across Canada and 250,000 participants.

Monday, 14 October 2013

The board of directors for the Ontario Printing Industries Association (OPIA) voted unanimously last week to accept the recommendation it becomes a direct affiliate of the United States-based Printing Industries of America (PIA), located in Sewickley, Pennsylvania.

“We’re looking forward to providing… PIA benefits to our existing members, as well as increasing our base by bringing in new members to the OPIA,” stated Tracey Preston, President of the OPIA.

“We were approached as an industry organization that is strong throughout Ontario, Quebec and the Eastern Provinces,” continued Preston. “We are still maintaining our relationship with the NAPL, which means that our members receive the value that they expect from their membership in the OPIA, as well as additional services and benefits from the PIA. “

The PIA affiliation, according to the OPIA, provides for services such as training, PIA ratio resources, economic reports and HR reports related to the printing industry. The affiliation also provides access to the PIA’s technical hotline and third-party paper and ink testing.

Monday, 14 October 2013

GTI Graphic Technology, a manufacturer of lighting systems for critical colour viewing, colour communication, and colour match assessment, has introduced a new Vertical Wall Viewing System, which is to be featured at the upcoming SGIA Expo taking place place from October 23 to 25 at the Orange County Convention in Orlando, Florida.

GTI’s new Vertical Wall Systems – a combination of overhead luminaires, viewing lamps, and accessories (wall panels, neutral gray paint, mounting options) – are ISO 3664:2009 D50-compliant for large-format vertical viewing.

GTI’s Graphiclite luminaires feature what the company describes as a parabolic lens design that provides light uniformity over a large vertical area. GTI luminaires utilize Graphiclite 100 Color Viewing Lamps that are engineered to provide balanced D50 light output. The system also includes mounting brackets and Munsell Neutral 8 gray wall steel panels.

“Output from today’s large format printers is excellent. However, the output often needs to be viewed in controlled lighting conditions in order to ensure that brand integrity and color fidelity is maintained,” stated Robert McCurdy, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at GTI. “GTI Wall Systems create an ISO 3664:2009 compliant viewing area that allows the viewer to stand as close as an inch in front of the artwork without a casting a shadow.”

During the SGIA Expo, GTI is also highlighting its SOFV-1xiQ software with a desktop viewing station and the iQ wireless light sensor. The sensor is used to automate the luminance match between a colour monitor and the viewing station. The viewing station features an integrated processor that enables wireless communication with the iQ sensor, automatic luminance matching, automatic calibration and ambient light monitoring ensuring that ISO 3664:2009 D50 color viewing standards are met.

The company is also exhibiting its SCV (Simultaneous Color Viewer), PDV (Professional Desktop Viewers), CRD (Color Rendition Demonstrator) and MiniMatcher Series of products at SGIA.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Sydney Stone, a Mississauga-based distributor specializing in finishing technologies, announced its plans to launch the Watkiss PowerSquare 224 in-line with a high-capacity sheet feeder at Graphics Canada. This new Watkiss system will be run as a product demonstration during the three-day show, beginning November 21 in Toronto.

Watkiss Automation Ltd. of the United Kingdom officially launched its PowerSquare 224 book-maker back in July 2013. The company describes the new machine as a complete booklet-making system for toner-based printing. The PowerSquare 224 is rated to produce stitched, SquareBack books up to 224 pages thick.

“This Watkiss product and the previous PowerSquare 200 fall in line with what our customers frequently are searching for, a differentiating finishing solution. Booklets can be produced by a variety of different finishing devices but only the Watkiss PowersSquare 224 can produce a booklet up to 10.4-mm thick with a square spine,” stated Michael Steele, Managing Director, Sydney Stone. “This replicates the perfect bound look, packs much more easily and with the wire stitch binding is stronger than a perfect bound book.”

Building from its PowerSquare 200 predecessor, Watkiss increased the specification of this new model to include a larger online sheet size of 14.37 x 19.69 inches, the increased book thickness of 10.4mm described above, and a higher average monthly production volume of 50,000 books.

Watkiss also changed the paper path through the PowerSquare 224 to better handle higher-quality papers used in colour toner printing. The machine also features a new auto-adjustment system for book thickness, allowing uninterrupted running when streaming jobs, or when printing variable content documents that have different page counts.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Masterwork USA, a manufacturer of folding carton and packaging equipment, has announced its plans for the Graphics Canada trade show next month. The Charlotte-based subsidiary of the Chinese manufacturer will be showing its new MK1060 ER automatic platen die cutter, the MK 420 MINI Q carton inspection machine and its MK1450ER automatic platen die cutting machine.

“Coming off of a very successful PRINT 13 in Chicago, we’re anticipating an equally high level of enthusiasm from our Canadian audience to see our packaging and post-press finishing equipment,” says Carol Jiang, Vice President of Masterwork USA.

The K1060 ER die cutting machine incorporates stripping and blank separation and has a maximum speed of 7,000 sph and a maximum sheet size of 1,060 x 760mm. The machine handles die cutting, embossing and pressing for all kinds of boxes for the packaging industry, especially high quality cartons for the cigarette, pharmaceutical, liquor, gift, and cosmetics markets. 

The MK 420 MINI Q high-speed carton inspection machine was a Best of Category winner of the Must See ‘Ems this September at PRINT. It allows a graphic arts firm to carry out 100 percent on-line inspections throughout 24 hours of uninterrupted operation. The machine uses a unique light source that can filter the reflective light on the sheets to make the image clear and give better detection results. The MK 420MINI has a maximum running speed of 75,000 sheets/hour with a maximum sheet size of 420mmx350mm.

Masterwork’s MK1450ER automatic die cutting machine, which will be previewed at Graphics Canada. This new automatic platen die cutting machine incorporates stripping and blank separation into a one-step process. Maximum sheet size is 1450 x 1080mm and maximum speed of 6,500sph.

While not on the show floor, the company will also promote its MK21060STE Duopress foil stamping and die cutting machine, claimed to be the world’s first and only double-station machine designed with a one-pass integrated system combining the platen through the embossing and foil stamping onto the die cutting and stripping functions.

Masterwork Machinery Co. Ltd., the parent company of Masterwork USA, is based in Tianjin China, was established in 1995 and operates from a 90,000 square meter factory employing over 500 people. The firm has been a  provider of corrugated and package printing solutions and has over 800 partners stretching around the world including Europe, Japan, and the Americas.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Burlington’s FASTSIGNS location in Ontario, described as Canada’s top revenue-producing location within the franchise network, has expended its application range with the edition of a Kongsberg XN24 cutting table from Esko.

The Kongsberg XN24, with capabilities to cut a variety of substrates, including corrugated and solid boards, folding carton, wood and plastics, was actually installed back in December 2012.

“Prior to the Kongsberg XN24 table, we used a router that wasn’t able to cut through all the materials that we can now,” stated Diane Henderson, President of the Burlington FASTSIGNS unit. “And, the Kongsberg table is more efficient because we don’t spend a lot of time changing tools. ”

Henderson continues to note that it used to take operators around 20 minutes to change over tools, which has now been greatly reduced, as well as the machine’s high-power milling spindle to better handle harder application materials like wood.

“We also really like the software, i-cut Layout and ArtiosCAD,” stated Henderson. ”i-cut Layout saves us so much time. One client orders signs every week – 50 signs one week and 200 the next, in different sizes – and they can be double-sided. We use i-cut Layout to step and repeat, and set up the print and cut files. It takes one-quarter of the time to set up a double-sided job.”

The full FASTSIGNS franchise network across several countries has more than 530 independently owned and operation units. The Burlington unit, established in 1996, is noted by the company as its top Canadian revenue producer. The shop runs three 6-colour roll-to-roll printers as well as one UV flatbed, one thermal printer for spot colour decals, and one laser engraver.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

A production mistake has led to some copies of the latest Bridget Jones novel in the UK to be recalled.

According to The London Evening Standard, the latest Helen Fielding book, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, has suffered from a “printing error" which lead to some 40 pages of the novel to be replaced with pages from an autobiography of British actor David Jason.

Vintage Books, an imprint of the recently merged Penguin Random House, the publisher of the novel, says that it was a small print error, but won’t disclose how many copies were affected.

The Bridget Jones franchise, consisting of three novels (including the latest) and two silver screen adaptations, has proven to be a popular one, with the first novel alone selling over two million copies worldwide.
Thursday, 10 October 2013

Canadian author Alice Munro has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, the first Canadian woman to receive the honour. 

Dubbed “master of the contemporary short story,” Munro joins the list of distinguished names which include William Golding, Gabriel Garcia Màrquez, Ernest Hemingway, and Samuel Beckett. In all, the award has been presented 106 times to 110 Nobel Laureates. 

Munro, born in 1931 in Wingham, Ontario, studied journalism and English at the University of Western Ontario, but broke off her studies in 1951 to get married. She settled in Victoria, B.C. with her husband, where the couple ran a bookstore. It was this time that she began her writing career. She returned to Ontario after divorcing her first husband.

Along the way, Munro has been awarded the Man Booker Prize in 2009, the Giller prize twice, and the Governor General’s Literary Award three times. She has been characterized by literary critics as a Canadian Chekhov. 

Canadian-born writer Saul Bellow was the first Canadian recipient, in 1976.
Wednesday, 09 October 2013

ASL Print FX, formerly know as All Stick Label, of Vaughan, Ontario, was named as the Best of the Best in Flexographic Printing during the World Label Awards in Brussels, Belgium.

The World Label Awards was founded in 1991 as a way of recognizing world-class label printing. The Association behind the awards program represents label printers in all parts of the globe through seven national and continental label associations.

These seven associations submit their best labels from their own national/continental contests for the Best of the Best global contest. Awards are presented in five print technology categories, including Offset Lithography, Letterpress, Flexographic, Digital and Combination printing.
ASL Print FX' label for the Rennie Estate Winery 2009 Gaia was submitted by the TLMI (Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute) as the North American entry for the Flexographic Printing category. Describing ASL Print FX’ wining project, the World Label Association stated, “This label pushes back the boundaries of what flexo printing can achieve. The FM screening gives the country scene a tranquil and soft look." The high-end job also includes dome lacquer registration and cold foil stamping on the label. 

The five Best of the Best awards were presented during the Labelexpo Label Industry Global Awards event held in Brussels on September 24. Rapid Labels of New Zealand won the top award in the Combination Printing for its production of The Colour Pinot Noir 2009. In Letterpress Printing, Chugoku Seal Printing Co. of Japan won for Pates de Fruits. Yamada Fine Art Printing Co. of Japan won in Offset Litho Printing and Digital Label Solutions of the United States won in the Digital Printing category.

ASL Print FX was founded in 1965 as All Stick Label to focus on the production of pressure-sensitive label, promotional and package printing. Today, the company reaches the market through a range of innovative processes, branded as HDFX. This proprietary process and technology prints a 20-micron dot. The company runs 12 printing presses delivering up to 12 stations with foils, silkscreens, raised textures, scratch ‘n reveal, variable data, lamination and effect varnishes.

Monday, 07 October 2013

K-North Services Inc., which is the Komori printing press representative for Ontario and Western Canada, announced it is now offering service on all types of equipment, which is to include various press brands and parts.

“We have many Komori customers that operate other manufacturer’s equipment in their plants that we service,” said Peter Boyle, Service Manager at K-North Services. “Based on that and our staff’s expertise on other equipment, we have decided to offer our service team to all printers in Canada.”

K-North Services also recently announced that this November it plans to also begin selling a Komori press that is new to the Canadian market. The Komori Lithrone 32 is a 24 X 32 inch sheet size machine. The company describes the press as unique in that it provides for the same level of automation found in both the higher end GL and LS series presses.

The Lithrone 32 press is available in 2- to 8-colour architectures, with or without tower coaters. The press can also be fitted with Komori’s H-UV drying system. “The new machine gives a larger sheet size than a conventional 24 x 29 machine but in the same price range,” says Boyle.

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