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