Graphics Canada 2019 preview
Exhibitors of the April 11-13 tradeshow provide their best booth highlights for attendees to focus on.
*For a complete listing of Graphics Canada exhibitors, please visit www.graphicscanada.com.
Amazing Print Tech
Web-to-print software and website provider Amazing Print Tech will be presenting live demos of its ePrintDesigner software. The Canadian solution aims to save users time from preflight, data entry and billing, while letting print end-users design online and upload their artwork directly. The solution also enables users to print in-house or outsource to trade providers, the company explains. The customizable ordering technology can be used as an add-on to an existing website or as a stand-alone website.
Arrow Systems is highlighting the Anyjet, describing it as a new system that allows users to print labels in 1600 x 1600 dpi, laminate and die-cut them in-line on a tabletop system. The Anyjet uses the Memjet platform for high-resolution printing and pairs it with the Anycut laser technology, designed for a simplified workflow. In addition to the Anyjet, Arrow Systems will also show the Any-002, a LED toner-based printer. The Any-002 allows users to print high durability GHS labels in full colour. The Any-002 also allows for the use of pre-cut labels or continuous labels to be cut after printing. The system utilizes a variable heat fuser to allow printing on a variety of substrates, including PP and BOPP.
From order entry through to production and billing, the goal of Avanti Slingshot is to help users work more efficiently, control their costs and move more jobs through their shop with ease. In addition to providing an integrated MIS platform, Avanti describes its staff as experts in connecting best of breed software (i.e. prepress, production automation software) to Avanti Slingshot, with the goal of enabling reduced breakpoints in workflow and lower costs, while helping to get customers the information they want.
Cambridge Label will debut its new laser die-cutting capabilities for die-cutting special shapes without the need for cutting dies or tooling. Additionally, Cambridge Label will be featuring a new sample package that showcases high-quality digitally printed labels, long-run flexo labels, foil-stamped labels and more. The Ontario-based trade printer says the selling piece is a “great tool” for label resellers to use when selling over-the-counter or in a face-to-face environment.
Canon Canada intends to have over 100 applications on display with its diverse portfolio of flatbed printers, sheetfed presses, web presses and wide-format roll printers, as well as UV gel and LED curing print technologies. Also present at the 4,500-square-foot booth will be the company’s imagePROGRAF PRO-6000S, imagePROGRAF TX-3000 MFP T36, Color imagePRESS C10000VP, Prisma Solutions, Color imagePRESS C850, Océ Arizona Series, Océ Colorado 1640 and Océ ProCut Series.
The DocketManager System is a Cloud/Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-based print management solution with a fully integrated web-to-print system. DocketManager boasts unlimited portals designed exclusively for the printing and graphic arts industry and is integrated with the MIS system. DocketManager explains the solution includes a complete suite of modules for customer management, estimating, production, accounting and e-commerce, all combined in a single integrated solution, and features a browser interface that doesn’t require installation of a software locally.
Founded in 1978, Domino is a manufacturer and distributor of digital printing and product identification solutions. The group operates a global network of 25 subsidiary offices with 200+ distributors, employing over 2,500 people worldwide with manufacturing facilities situated in the U.K., China, Germany, India, Sweden and the United States. In June 2015, Domino became an autonomous division of Brother Industries Limited.
Epson will be showcasing the Epson SureColor S-Series solvent-based printers, introducing the Epson SureColor F-Series Dye Sublimation printers, and demonstrating the Epson SureColor T-Series printers, all of which leverage the MicroPiezo TFP printhead. Other products on display include: Dye sublimation solutions – SureColor F6200 (44 inches) and SureColor F9370 (64 inches); solutions for proofing, production, indoor signage – SureColor P5000 (17 inches), SureColor P9000 (44 inches), SureColor P20000 (64 inches) and SureColor T5270 (36 inches); solvent solutions – SureColor S80600; and solutions for colour labels – ColorWorks C7500G and ColorWorks C3500.
Esko will present solutions designed to make packaging and label print production workflows more productive while connecting everyone in the supply chain. Automation Engine, Esko’s workflow server, aims to automate prepress tasks, speed up the process, reduce the error rate and the need for operator intervention. Automation Engine automates workflows for various printing technique (digital, flexo and offset), and as such, one production workflow can feed all presses, Esko says. WebCenter brings all stakeholders together on a web-based platform to help streamline and control print projects from specification and execution to design and content management. It manages approval and project lifecycle for brands and printers alike. Meanwhile the Kongsberg portfolio consists of two types of digital cutting tables based on the type of work produced: Flexibility for versatile jobs (Kongsberg X) or productivity for efficient production runs (Kongsberg C).
Making its Canadian debut is the new Acuity Ultra, a high-speed, superwide UV roll-to-roll press for the production of high-end interior graphics and outdoor signage. The Acuity Ultra Series is available in 126-inch and 197-inch versions. With a 3.5 pl drop size, the Acuity Ultra is best suited for the indoor display market, especially for luxury brands, with the quality comparable with litho and water-based ink systems, Fujifilm says.
GMG is showing its range of colour management tools, featuring GMG OpenColor which it describes as an easy-to-use multi-channel profiling software to characterize offset, flexo and gravure printing processes with 10+ ink colours without extensive fingerprint data. GMG OpenColor can create GMG DotProof profiles with spot colours for special substrates, such as foil or metal, and aims to achieve reliable colour matching. GMG SmartProfiler is a supporting software-wizard developed to calibrate, recalibrate and profile digital, large-format and traditional printing systems without advanced knowledge. With centralized colour management, different front ends, RIPs and printing processes no longer need to be individually configured and synchronized, the company explains. The GMG ColorProof solution comes pre-loaded with colour profiles of all common standards, so users can get started right away.
GVDirect will display the Komfi Amiga 52 FK. Fully equipped with sheet preheat, flying knife sheet separation, and an over-toner foil option, the Komfi Amiga 52 FK features a deep pile suction feed that allows for unattended laminating on sheets of up to 20.5 x 31 inches in size.
The new HP Latex R-Series aims to help users achieve “amazing colours” on rigid and flexible substrates with the vibrant HP Latex colour gamut on rigid, and prints with no smell, HP explains. The HP Latex 335 Print and Cut solution was developed to work two times faster with an end-to-end solution that enables printing and cutting at the same time. Meanwhile, the HP Designjet z9+ printer with vertical trimmer prints up to 2.5 times faster without losing quality, with high-definition printheads, HP says, noting that the integrated vertical trimmer reduces post-processing time by up to 20 percent.
Konica Minolta’s recently launched AccurioWide 160 and 200 wide-format printers will be on display for the first time in Canada. The AccurioWide printers employ a hybrid technology platform that can print on most roll-to-roll, flexible roll and rigid media, enabling the production of traditional signage and displays as well as more niche applications. Also premiering at the show is the new digital label AccurioLabel 190 and PLS-475i and packaging PKG-675i printers. The AccurioLabel 190 boasts “outstanding productivity, exceptional image quality and ease of use for personalized and print-on-demand jobs.” The Precision Label Series PLS-475i offers continuous roll and pre-die-cut media printing up to 9.0 inches on a variety of materials. The PKG-675i prints on flexible packaging, as well on corrugated materials, such as cartons, displays and traditional boxes.
At Graphics Canada, miip, a manufacturer of vision systems for the printing industry based in Saint-Hubert, Que., will exhibit its flagship viewers: The miipCam and the miipCam Mini. The company explains all products are designed and assembled in Canada.
Attendees can see Mimaki’s array of digital printing solutions for the sign and graphics, textile and apparel, and industrial segments. This includes the UCJV300-160 that offers in-line cutting capabilities and layered print technology. In addition, the JFX200-2513 UV-LED flatbed, the UJF-7151 plus direct-to-object flatbed, the CF22-1225 wide-format cutting plotter, the UJV55-320 superwide UV-LED printer will also be on display. Attendees can learn about Mimaki Microfactory complete application workflows and receive hands-on experience with the company’s products.
OMZ Graphic Supplies
A wholesale distributor for graphic supplies with over 15 years of experience, OMZ Graphic Supplies specializes in wide-format digital printing media, laminates, tradeshow displays, banner stands and more. It maintains an inventory in Mississauga, Ont., and says it is dedicated to providing high-quality products with the latest print technology and applications.
The Touchline CP375/TCF is a creasing, folding and perforating system capable of performing up to 20 creases and 20 perforations simultaneously in a single run. Utilizing 600 x 600-dpi inkjet technology, UV lamp curing and camera image registration, the Duplo DDC-810 digital raised spot UV coater applies a gloss varnish to designated areas of the substrate. Equipped with Duplo’s air suction feed system, it handles maximum paper sizes of 14.33 x 29.13 inches up to 450 gsm. Anytron digital colour label printer Any-002 features a 600 x 1200-dpi colour laser engine for printing on continuous media up to 8.5 inches wide.
On display at the Racad Tech booth are W2P Cloud, W2P Shop Editor for Shopify, and W2P Shop uDRAW Editor. The W2P Cloud-open architecture circumvents design, functionality, workflow and template limitations as the system can integrate with multiple platforms, display multiple templates and communicate with any MIS/ERP system, Racad Tech says. Its features include: easy setup and management of online stores; pre-approved templates that can be created, edited and stored; and automatic routing mechanisms to multiple production locations. W2PShop PDF Editor for Shopify combines an e-commerce system with web-to-print technology, letting customers add their own text and images to the product template, proof it and then order it. W2P Shop uDRAW Editor is an online HTML5 graphics editor that allows users to create and edit different products. Its capabilities include: editing text, size, font, colour and curvature; adding and manipulating images; controlling canvas and document sizes, bleeds, crop marks; and enabling QR codes.
The Ricoh product portfolio is expanding with its new graphics wide-format latex printer series. Suitable for signs, banners, vehicle wraps and indoor and outdoor displays, the Ricoh Pro L5160 wide-format roll-fed latex inkjet printer leverages Ricoh’s Greenguard-certified latex inks and printheads. It prints up to 473.6 b2/hour in outdoor standard mode and 270 b2/hour in indoor standard mode. The company will also display the Ricoh Pro C7200 Graphic Arts Edition, which features a fifth colour station for clear, white, neon yellow, neon pink and invisible red toner. It boasts outputs of up to 95 ppm colour and B&W, monthly volumes of up to 240,000 pages, and support for oversized sheets up to 13 x 49.6 inches and auto-duplex up to 13 x 27.5 inches. New to Canada is Ricoh Clickable Paper, an augmented reality solution that invites users to “go beyond” CMYK by transforming static printed materials into an interactive, cross-media experience.
Roland DGA plans to unveil new additions to its TrueVIS and VersaUV printer lineups at Graphics Canada 2019. In addition to being among the first to see these next-generation devices in action, attendees can get a firsthand look at the recently launched VersaSTUDIO BT-12, the company’s first direct-to-garment printer which is designed to make printing detailed graphics directly to cotton apparel easier. Roland DGA will also be demonstrating its newest benchtop rotary engraving machine, the DGSHAPE DE-3.
Significans Automation, a Toronto, Ontario-based professional services company, aims to bring next-generation efficiencies to the graphic arts industry with custom automated workflow development, colour management, prepress training, and business integration services. It will debut a series of customizable software modules that aim to enhance productivity, boost business capacity, enable unmanned production capabilities, and bring efficiencies to business communications, project management, scheduling, estimating and systems integration. The following modules will enhance remote automation in production, it explains: Turbine – for automating without a data trigger; and Right-Art – for automated preflighting and artwork clean-up.
As part of SinaLite’s celebration of its 20 years in business, the Canadian wholesale trade printer will showcase new roll labels and specialty business cards, a move it says will help printing companies “earn more than ever before.” SinaLite now offers printed roll labels that come in paper, polyester and BOPP, as well as custom-shaped silver foil labels to waterproof clear labels with white ink printing. SinaLite will also present specialty business cards printed with gold and silver foil, 100-percent recycled kraft paper, shimmery pearl paper, and durable waterproof stock.
Southwest Business Products
Southwest Binding Systems has changed its name to Southwest Business Products, describing it as an all-encompassing business brand that communicates its Canadian heritage and the fact that it offers multiple business products, not just document binding. At the show, it will highlight the Tornado EX AutoPunch Machine, an all-in-one punching machine that automatically feeds, collates and punches. It is designed to save up to 40 percent in process efficiency, helping to reduce overall costs, the company explains. Also on display is the Koilmatic Auto Inserter Crimper, a fully electric tabletop automatic coil inserter designed for the digital print market. The system binds up to 450 books an hour. Show visitors will also see the ICON Foil 1-sided 13-inch laminator for either hot or cold laminating, foil fusing, and single-sided laminating.
The En/Press Digital Multimedia Press aims to provide users with an affordable way to go digital. Driven by iQueue Simply Brilliant Workflow technology, it was designed to print envelopes but was eventually made to be an all-in-one solution for the digital print shop, Sydney Stone explains. The Morgana DigiBook 450 perfect-binding machine is suited for litho and digital printers that require medium to long runs of PUR perfect-bound books, and is equipped with a closed gluing system where the spine and side glue is applied by a slot applicator. Also on display is the InstaFoiler18 for single- and double-sided lamination, thanks to the built-in decurl bar, as well as mounting and foiling.
Making its Canadian debut is the Ultimate Impostrip 2019, which aims to revolutionize the way print service providers automate their impositions through its speed, flexibility, automation and intelligence, the Quebec-based company says. The new features and benefits expected in this version include Intuitive User Experience, Imposition Agent for flat and bound work, Advanced Dynamic Preview, Enhanced Mark Design Capability, and Speed Records.
With the Xerox Versant 3100 Press, businesses can lower costs and turn around jobs faster through automation, removing time-consuming tasks, Xerox says. Printing at speeds of up to 100 pages per minute on stocks up to 350 gsm, the Versant 3100 boasts high image quality and performance, along with advanced in-line finishing capabilities. Introduced last year, the Xerox Iridesse Production Press is described as a high-speed, six-station colour press that combines four-colour printing with up to two specialty dry inks in one printing pass (silver, gold, white and clear inks), and is described as the only digital press that can print six colours in a single pass.
Made in Canada, YUL Technologies will showcase its most recent electric paper cutter models available in four formats: 17 1/8 inches, 19 1/8 inches, 22 1/8 inches and 26 1/2 inches. Boasting a small footprint, low energy consumption and ease of operation, YUL cutters feature an intuitive interface designed to help shorten the learning curve for newly hired employees as well as various safety devices.
Zünd manufactures multifunctional digital cutters for sign and display graphics, packaging and other industrial applications. Its booth will feature some of the company’s latest developments, including the Zünd Over-Cutter Camera system OCC, a registration system that captures register marks in one shot instead of having to travel to each one. Also on display is the 3.6kW routing system RM-L with automatic tool/router bit changer, designed for little to no operator intervention. The G3/S3 and dual-beam D3 are described as modular, highly adaptable finishing solutions with multiple tool choices and easy-to-use workflow software. Set up for tandem operation, the system boasts a smart production workflow for non-stop operation with loading/unloading and processing of materials occurring on alternating halves of the cutting system.
This feature was originally published in the March 2019 issue of PrintAction, now available online.
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