Ricoh is specifically assembling an electronic component using a 3D printed fixture produced in anti-static ABS plastic on the Stratasys Fortus 900mc production 3D printer. By producing the 3D tools, Ricoh is able to produce each tool according to the part geometry while reducing the tool’s weight. This has enabled Ricoh to improve its manufacturing process in which an operator typically handles more than 200 parts a day.
“Because we are producing an enormous number of parts, it takes a lot of time and effort to identify the right jigs and fixtures for each one. This manual process has become even lengthier as the number of components grows, requiring that an operator examine the shape, orientation and angle of each part before taking out a tool and placing it back in its original fixture,” said Taizo Sakaki, Senior Manager of Business Development at Ricoh Group. “The operators were occasionally annoyed with the many different tools, and we were looking for a way to accelerate tooling to match our manufacturing schedule.
“Now with Stratasys 3D printing, we are able to customize the tools according to the part and produce them on demand,” continued Sakaki, “which is helping us restructure and modernize our production process.”
Ricoh explains it will typically outsource machine cut tools that could take two weeks or more. Now, Ricoh’s operators can determine the shape and geometry of a fixture that corresponds to its associated part through 3D CAD software and 3D print it in one day.
“The Stratasys Fortus 900mc 3D printing solution enables us to realize designs that are difficult for conventional cutting methods to replicate, such as hollow interiors, curves or complex shapes. The material used to 3D print the tools is very strong and anti-static which is important due to the large number of electronic components we are assembling, adding to the advantages of Stratasys 3D printing,” explained Sakaki.
Stratasys is a global player in applied additive technologies for industries. For nearly 30 years, the company has 200 granted and pending additive technology patents to date.
“Ricoh illustrates perfectly how manufacturing aids 3D printed with Stratasys additive technology empower manufacturers to increase their efficiency and flexibility while ultimately becoming more competitive,” said Omer Krieger, President of Stratasys Asia Pacific & Japan. “Customized 3D printed jigs and fixtures can play an important role in enabling companies to get products to market faster and are a great example of how Stratasys applies purposeful innovation to manufacturers’ goals and aspirations. Whenever you can reduce a process from weeks to days – that is a solution worth exploring.”
“This incredible deal shows that the momentum behind the renaissance in digital printing is not only continuing – it’s accelerating. Last month we announced a 5-year deal with Shutterfly, the leading manufacturer and digital retailer of high-quality personalized products and services, and today we’re announcing a 7-year deal with a leader in the content distribution space,” said Enrique Lores, President, Imaging & Printing Business, HP Inc. “Our collaboration will enable Lightning Source to deliver higher-quality digital printing for their customers at the next level of scale, productivity, and efficiency.”
HP explains its PageWide customers are currently printing 5.5 billion pages in aggregate every month. Year-over-year customer page growth in 2017 was over 15 percent. HP PageWide customers have printed a total of 250 billion pages worldwide since inception.
Ingram’s services include digital and physical book distribution, print on demand, and digital learning. Ingram Content Group is a part of Ingram Industries Inc. and includes Ingram Book Group LLC, Ingram Publisher Services LLC, Lightning Source LLC, VitalSource Technologies LLC, Verba Software LLC, Ingram Library Services LLC, and Tennessee Book Company LLC.
The PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian businesses by their five-year revenue growth. Messagepoint ranked 314 on the list, with a five-year revenue growth rate of 185 percent. The ranking is an increase over last year, when the company, then named Prinova, ranked No. 347.
“It is never easy to earn a spot on the PROFIT 500, but this year’s applicant pool was the most competitive yet,” said Deborah Aarts, PROFIT 500 program manager. “This year’s winners demonstrate the resilience, innovation and sheer management smarts it takes to build a thriving business today. Canada – and the world – needs more entrepreneurial success stories like these.”
The company explains its growth is driven by Messagepoint, a hybrid-cloud software platform for omnichannel customer communications. Enterprises across a range of industries, such as insurance, financial services and healthcare, use Messagepoint for customer-facing print and digital communications. Messagepoint received the 2016 CODiE Award for Best Multichannel Publishing Platform and was a finalist in the 2016-2017 Cloud Awards.
“Within the past two years, we’ve expanded well beyond the capacity of our original location,” said Steve Falk, President of Prime Data. “We had to move production to a new location to accommodate investment in a new, state-of-the-art elan variable colour printer and the increased workload that came with that.
“Meanwhile our customer service and support functions stayed at the original office,” continued Falk. “We’re now in a position to bring everybody back under one roof in a larger, more convenient location.”
Founded more than 15 years ago, Prime Data focuses on providing fundraisers and private sector marketers print and mail solutions for their cross-channel marketing campaigns. The company brands a range of its multi-channel capabilities under the term ResponsivePrint. Prime Data employs more than 40 people and was recognized as a Top Performer in Direct Mail growth by Canada Post in 2016.
Technology advancements for improving packaging of products to extend their customer base on large scale, continues Global Market Insights (GMI), will eventually boost the packaging inks and coatings market size by 2024. GMI explains prevailing demand for better packaging for food and beverage, along with awareness regarding the food quality and its protection from contamination, is projected to drive the business growth in the coming future.
Manufacturers in cosmetic industry, continued GMI, are increasingly adopting the attractive packaging techniques to attain competitive advantage across the globe. The new research projects this area to grow at a CAGR of over four percent in packaging inks and coatings. The pharmaceuticals industry, in terms of packaging inks and coatings market size, is expected to grow at a CAGR of over six percent which shall have a positive influence on the industry growth during the forecast period.
The GMI report breaks down packaging inks based on substrates including paper, metal, plastics (flexible, rigid) and rubber. Flexible plastic market share is highest and is accounted for approximately 40 percent. GMI explains its lighter weight and lower cost is expected to stimulate the packaging inks and coatings market size in the coming years.
Metal substrates, primarily used in food and beverage industry, will witness moderate growth, explains GMI, due to growing preference for lighter weight and lower cost flexible plastic substrate. GMI also broke its report down by process, divided into flexographic, digital, gravure and lithographic. Digital printing, according to GMI, already accounts for approximately 15 percent of the total packaging and inks coatings market size.
The J Press 720S is a sheetfed inkjet press which Fujifilm positions as providing the quality and robustness of an offset press, as well as the versatility to handle short press runs. The J Press 720S has a 29.5 inch x 20.9 inch sheet size and runs both coated and uncoated standard offset stock, with full support for variable data and personalization.
“The Fujifilm J Press 720S has had strong success in the B2-format digital print category,” said Jeff Hayes, Managing Director, Keypoint Intelligence (InfoTrends). “A combination of high quality levels and a rugged design has made the J Press popular, particularly with commercial printers.”
According to InfoTrends, placements of B2 format digital printing devices will grow at a CAGR of 17.4 percent from 2016 to 2021 in the U.S. and Western Europe. Through this dealer agreement, Xerox will expand its cut-sheet portfolio.
“Our diverse cut-sheet and continuous feed inkjet presses offer our customers the flexibility and productivity needed to thrive in their businesses today,” said Andrew Copley, President, Graphic Communications Solutions, Xerox. “The decision to partner with Fujifilm expands our portfolio into the B2 inkjet space and gives our customers the most innovative production color options available on the market.”
Additionally, Fujifilm is expanding its inkjet product portfolio through its existing production colour reseller agreement with Xerox. The agreement adds three inkjet presses, the Xerox Trivor 2400 Inkjet Press, the Xerox Rialto 900 Inkjet Press, and the Xerox Brenva HD Production Inkjet Press, to Fujifilm’s inkjet platform which also includes the J Press 720S, as well as hybrid tag and label and wide format production platforms.
At its annual general meeting in May 2016, members voted to give the CPEIA and its Board of the Directors the opportunity to expand the technology scope and membership of the association to include flexible, hybrid and wearable electronics, as well as rebrand the association. A statement describing CPEIA’s rebrand explains, “The new name reflects the diverse but interconnected nature of the technology and applications for printable, flexible, wearable and hybrid electronics.”
The name intelliFLEX Innovation Alliance was determined by a ballot vote at the 2017 AGM. As part of the brand transition, the association revamped its programs to focus on the five key challenges faced by members: manufacturing scale up, product development, global market access, talent acquisition and financing.
“This new brand identity provides a better reflection of the diverse nature of flexible technologies that are at play both from a development and an applications perspective,” said Peter Kallai, President and CEO of intelliFLEX. “Many of our members were already involved in these tech domains, going well beyond our original mandate in printable electronics.”
With its expanded mandate, intelliFLEX covers related technology areas beyond its original mandate in 2D large area and 3D printable electronics. These include new types of smart materials, related semiconductors, integrated circuits, flexible and wearable electronics, smart textiles, hybrid electronics and software.
As before, intelliFLEX remains focused on products and applications for smart packaging, intelligent buildings and connected homes, aerospace and defence, automotive and industrial applications, health and wellness, intelligent documents, and consumer electronics.
After a decade of growth and acquisitions, Mi5 Print and Digital has become one of the most formidable printing operations in Greater Toronto, now housed in an 180,00-square-foot facility
Mi5 Print and Digital Communications Inc.began life 14 years ago as one of Canada’s first all-digital prepress bureaus. The importance of that history is immediately seen when you walk through the front offices of its new 180,000-square-foot facility, designed from the ground up by the executive team, and onto its production floor.
Dead centre in Mi5’s digital printing department, which is separated from the 40-inch litho area, sits a large prepress room, open to the production floor by a glass wall stretching more than 30 feet across its front.
Brightened by 90,000 gallons of white paint, the digital department – nicknamed The White House – holds a range of small-format Heidelberg offset and Xerox toner presses, as well as industrial large-format inkjet systems from Inca, Fujifilm and Scitex. Mi5’s digital department is built for redundancy and peak periods with two of most every imaging system, even compressors and back-up generators are duplicated.
Next, you will notice Mi5’s receiving and shipping doors at opposite sides of the building, accommodating two and four 53-foot tractor-trailers, respectively. Excited to finally have a blank canvas after moving through a range of existing plants, Derek McGeachie, Mi5’s founder and CEO, and Steve Tahk, Executive VP and GM, often worked late into the night determining how print would flow through the building, west to east. To ensure work never moves backward and always toward shipping, the executive team – after some healthy debate – decided to forgo marketing atheistic in favour of efficiency, which is literary measured in operator footsteps, by facing its Xerox presses away from the entrance.
Walking past the prepress unit and into Mi5’s main litho department reveals four 40-inch Heidelberg presses, including 8-colour and 10-colour perfectors equipped with roll-to-sheet and two 6-colour UV machines. A pad for a fifth 40-inch sits open with electrical ready to go. Eight folders on the opposite side of the aisle signal all of Mi5’s full-size litho work also flows west to east. Toward the back of the building, it is then easy to pick up a huge postpress configuration, with three stitchers and 21 pocket folders, as well as the tail end of a full-size web press. The 2006 Heidelberg M130 was delivered in January 2017 and scheduled to be operational by the end of July.
After starting up in the back of an industrial garage with a 5-colour press, Mi5 has been transformed into one of Canada’s largest privately owned printing operations – with more than 150 employees generating revenues of $29 million in its most recent fiscal year. Mi5 has been recognized as one of Canada’s fastest growing companies nine years in row on the Proﬁt 500, which measures businesses on five-year revenue growth. Through a decade-plus of acquisitions and technological investment, Mi5 has secured the work of leading brands and caught the attention of Toronto’s print community as an innovative shop with press capacity.
Mi5 began putting the Heidelberg web press together in March, after 17 cement trucks were backed into the building to directly pour its pad. “This machine has been immaculately maintained. It is probably the best used press I have ever seen over my years in the industry,” says Tahk, who holds an ownership position in Mi5 with McGeachie and Chief Visionary Officer Sheryl Sauder. Tahk explains even the rollers on the 40,000-iph press look like they were put in last week and that the only problem found during installation was a drained battery on a PLC programming unit – basically a watch battery.
“We are in the process of creating an ink series for it. We are going to bring ProBrite to heatset,” says Tahk. “It is a full web so we can now offer circulars to fashion, food and cosmetics clients who need a superior colour gamut.” Tahk, who began his career with ink manufacturer huber before helping to manage large plants with Grafikom, Quebecor and Matthews, Ingram and Lake, is one of the country’s leading colour-control specialists. He was instrumental in the development of Mi5’s unique ProBrite, MetalMaX, MiCote and XLCote ink and coating offerings, which helped to secure the print work of colour-critical brands like Starbucks.
“ProBrite came about through some considerable amount of research and development. We were actually looking at a seven-colour series… but the cost of three extra specials and taking them off the perfecting machines didn’t make it a viable product for most clients.” Instead, Mi5 created its own four-colour process series leveraging intense pigments and internal algorithms. “The ink is expensive, but you can take ordinary substrates at a very reasonable cost and make something pretty spectacular with it. A lot of times we’re taking customers off that number one sheet, bringing them down to a number two, or even a number three sheet, and giving them a far better product.”
Given common industry estimates of ink being three percent of the cost of a print job and substrates 40 percent, Tahk explains the strategy of doubling ink costs in favour of less expensive paper allows Mi5 to print a superior product with competitive pricing. The same ProBrite approach will soon be applied to the web offset world, in addition to Mi5’s growing interest in packaging, which includes the use of UV ProBrite for printing direct to substrates and also laminating corrugated. “I would say at least 30 percent of our clients have used it on one project,” explains Tahk, “and there’s a number of clients who use it on a regular basis.”
Research and development has always been a part of Mi5’s strategy to attract and retain clients. In recent years, its R&D effort has focused on developing online portals to drive efficiency for a range of print campaigns. With the recent addition of large-format programs, Al Monteath, Executive VP, Sales & Operations, estimates Mi5 has now developed more than 200 print portals for its clients. Monteath joined Mi5 approximately two years ago and played a major role in establishing the company’s new building. He orchestrated the massive move, which included 86 pieces of equipment, without work interruption.
“I have been in this for over 40 years, with five plants, so I have a lot of experience,” says Monteath. “One of the main reasons I came here at this point in my career is that things were changing and all of a sudden I found a group who believes print still does matter and there is a better way to do it – we invest in technology and we invest in people.”
In addition to its skilled operators, running challenging applications, Mi5 now has a department working exclusively on client-facing automaton, front-end design, software integration and programming. “JIT [Just In Time] only started six or seven years ago and it hasn’t taken over in all firms,” says Monteath, describing a recent print audit for a potential client who ended up having more than $300,000 worth of useless inventory in warehouses across Canada. “We set up over 25 portal entries for them and their people just go on 24 hours a day to order 200, 500... we are doing it all JIT, because of our capacity here.”
For another large client, Mi5 was able to eliminate what had become known as Reprint Wednesdays based on a national instore signage and fulfillment program, which the print executives are hesitant to share in greater detail. “We focus on what is important to the client,” says Monteath. “We’ve had some new clients that have come on board, who we’ve been working on for the last year and a half, that have really come to fruition.”
Mi5 now produces about 90 percent of its clients’ work internally. “We’re doing more work with the customers that we’ve always had and the key really has been the penetration into those brands with the additional capabilities we have here,” says Tahk. “The expansion of the plant has paid off… Derek has always been the one pushing for innovation – new products, new ideas and all-around delivery of a high-quality customer experience.”
McGeachie was born into a printing family and recalls being around a pressroom since the age of eight. Today, at age 45, he understands the dynamics of printing as well as any seasoned executive. “I am a relatively young guy and it is a longer-term play,” says McGeachie, who invested $13.5 million for the new building and improvements, after renting a portion of Mi5’s 85,000-square footprint in Markham spread across three shops.
“I think we are watched – absolutely – and the last 12 to 24 months were exceptional, so a lot of industry players will be asking what are they doing. Some of them might be hopeful that we stub our toes,” says McGeachie. “We have been in business 15 years now and have been profitable every single year. We are a good company. It is a solid shop.
“Any money we put into the building is going to be ours and we get to enjoy the slow appreciation of the building, which is nice, but that was kind of secondary. It was more to stabilizer our production footprint,” says McGeachie. He notes the importance of leveraging Mi5’s unique technologies like ProBrite to set itself apart with clients, but the new building also provides purer production efficiency. “You have to be a low-cost producer or you are going to be in trouble.” Mi5’s current workflow initiative, led by Tahk, is integrating a full Avanti Slingshot MIS installation and tie together its new plant.
“Mi5 is one of my children basically... it is important to me,” says McGeachie, noting they have already gained a permit to expand by another 30,000 square feet. “We are here to stay. This will be our last move. It is a big enough plant to support Toronto, Canada, North America and it is where we want to be.”
The 3 Port Tour event raised close to $15,000 with most of the proceeds going to the Forest City Velodrome in London, Ontario, one of the only indoor cycling tracks in North America, and to East Elgin Secondary School’s award-winning Environmental Leadership Program.
The Environmental Leadership Program is a semester-long, multi-credit course that teaches students outdoor skills including canoeing, forest management and conservation. The ELP class also provides volunteers for the event each year. Several other local organizations will receive donations as well.
Founded by Aylmer Express President John Hueston in 2011, the 3 Port Tour ride offers three distances, 50, 100 and 160 kilometres which correspond to one, two or three ports, starting and finishing in Aylmer. The fully supported ride includes food and drink at rest stops and all three distances have a common lunch stop in Port Bruce. The 100 km route stops in Port Burwell while the 160 km route adds Port Stanley as well.
Hueston designed the ride to showcase the best of Elgin County as a tourist destination and place to raise a family. Collectively, the seven rides have raised $70,000. Organization of the 3 Port Tour is led by The Aylmer Bicycle Club, for which Brett Hueston serves as President.
Running from September 10 to 14 in Chicago, Illinois, PRINT 17 is to feature new technologies and services from more than 450 exhibitors. Below are some of the highlights that will be on display at the trade show, which takes place every fifth year as a larger version of Graph Expo.
Earlier, show organizers also announced 44 Must See Em products that will be at the trade show.
This September, Fujifilm highlights the North American debut of two presses: the Acuity LED 3200R and the Inca Onset B1 format press. The Acuity LED 3200R is a superwide format roll press in a CMYK configuration with lower LED energy usage. Fujifilm explains users can double efficiency by leveraging its twin roll printing function with two 60-inch (1.52 metre) media rolls. The Acuity LED 3200R saves time, media and ink on backlit applications using a high-density mode and an LED lightbox for proofing while printing.
The Inca Onset B1 format press, built on the same platform as the Onset X Series and the SpyderX, has been developed to offer high-quality, short-run B1 print for those operating in the offset, screen and industrial printing markets.
HP highlights the Indigo 12000 B2 press and the HP Latex 3600 series. In May 2017, HP introduced the new HP Latex 3600 and 3200 printers based on technology first launched in 2009.The 3.2 metre HP Latex 3600 and HP Latex 3200 printers support higher volume printing and an improved monthly duty cycles. The HP Latex 3200 is geared toward PSPs that want to produce a range of applications like retail/outdoor advertising, events/exhibitions, vehicle graphics and interior décor.
The HP Latex 3600 is designed for larger PSPs needing long-run, uninterrupted printing. It can handle production peaks of up to 35,000 square metres per month and is well suited for dedicated application production, such as banners, backlits, wallcoverings, and retail or event signage. The new HP Latex 3600 and HP Latex 3200 printers offer a tiling mode. The company explains users can save up to one linear metre per roll using the HP Latex Media Saver, while a single operator can manage up to four printers simultaneously. HP will also highlight its PageWide 8000 with the PageWide XL Advanced Suite of software.
Messagepoint Inc. will be highlighting its cloud-based content management platform, Messagepoint at PRINT 17. The software makes it possible for service providers to cost-effectively respond to the customer communications management needs of their enterprise customers and meet the evolving requirements for omnichannel print and digital customer communications.
By providing an intuitive and secure environment for business users to directly own and control touchpoint messaging content and business rules, Messagepoint makes a high level of collaboration possible. Using Messagepoint, enterprise customers can create, modify and approve customer messaging content and targeting rules in customer touchpoints across all channels through a cloud-based application prior to production. Visitors to the booth can also learn more about Messagepoint Inc.’s Production Partner program that allows service providers to resell Messagepoint directly to their customers or use it as a managed service offering on behalf of their customers.
EFI highlights its new Productivity Workbench, which provides an actionable Web-based intelligence dashboard with one-click real-time access to task-based, customized, business-critical data for all six of EFI’s Productivity Suite workflow products.
The company also highlights its new version 5 of the EFI Fiery Color Profiler Suite. It includes a Printer Match module that now offers gray-balanced G7 calibration to set presses to a near-neutral state before profiling them so that the appearance of printed output matches across multiple presses. The new version of EFI Fiery Impose software features Dynamic Gangup Imposition automation, which gives users the ability to calculate row and column values to maximize usage of a sheet surface for a given digital print job. It allows users to reduce the number of templates and hot folders they need to create by establishing automation and re-using workflows for impositioning based on media size.
Baumer hhs highlights its Xtend³ as its new controller, launched at drupa 2016. Featuring a 21.5-inch touchscreen, the system centralizes all information for the extrusion gluing, hot melt and the array of quality control devices available. Embedded in the system are help menus that also feature videos to make it easy for the operator to either troubleshoot or seek technical information. The system can be configured to collect the production data required by the customer and can be connected to the network to allow remote access for troubleshooting. All of the current Baumer hhs sensors are supported by Xtend³.
Launched in conjunction with the Xtend³ system is a new piston pump, which the company describes as greatly simplified by eliminating the regulator features pressure on demand for reliable high pressure extrusion gluing. The design is also maintenance free with no oil required. Baumer hhs is also highlighting the aerto gun that is pneumatically controlled, works with a range of adhesives and features strong cut off to minimize tailing.
Konica Mintola highlights the Accurio Press C6100 as its new flagship toner press. The 100-page-per-minute press features the new IQ-501 Intelligent Quality Optimizer, a fully automated inline, closed loop quality management system. It provides automatic colour and density control and front-to-rear registration. A built-in spectrophotometer allows for colour-matching to industry standards such as G7 and Gracol. As well, MGI Digital Finishing Solutions will highlight the JETvarnish 3D and iFOIL for digital embossing and hot foil stamping. It eliminates the need for films and dies, producing jobs from one to thousands of sheets.
Komori highlights the Impremia IS29 press, which features a UV inkjet architecture to print on a range of stocks. Komori explains this allows the system to be used for commercial printing and packaging applications. As a 4-colour system, the Impremia IS29 provides single- and double-sided printing, rated by the company to run at speeds of 3,000 and 1,500 sheets per hour, respectively. The press handles a maximum sheet size of 585 x 750 mm, with printing areas of 575 x 735 mm (single-sided) and 575 x 730 mm (double-sided).
Standard Horizon highlights its BQ-480 as the newest product in Horizon’s line of perfect binders. The BQ-480 features set-up and changeover for variable book production, where it reaches a maximum speed of 800 books per hour for book-of-one production, supporting book thicknesses from 0.04 (1 mm) to 2.56 (65 mm) inches. Designed to meet the requirements of PUR book binding, the BQ-480 includes a gentle elevator delivery system with a 5-mm drop to deliver books without damage or marking.
The company is also highlighting Hunkeler’s POPP8 machine generation, released in 2017, for high-speed inline finishing of inkjet printing systems. Building off of the POPP6 line, POPP8 modules on hand at PRINT 17 include: the WM8 Web Merger, CS8 Rotary Cutter, SE8 Offset Module, LS8 Stacker and WI8 CIS-based Web Inspection. POPP8 systems can be configured near-line or inline with print engines.
Making its North American debut at PRINT 17, the new StitchLiner Mark III features expanded booklet size and increased productivity of up to 6,000 booklets per hour. The system can produce a range of applications, including landscape-size booklets, 12 x 12-inch calendars and pocket booklets down to 4.5 x 3 inches. The StitchLiner Mark III provides automated setup, including stitching head settings, with no manual adjustments required for book thickness at the trimmer.
GTI Graphic Technology
GTI highlights its iQ Soft Proofing Systems designed to make precise visual comparisons between a computer monitor and the proof or print. An iQ enabled viewing system provides repeatable accuracy based on a specially designed light sensor, the iQ. The handheld iQ light sensor wirelessly communicates with an iQ compatible viewing station and captures the brightness level of the monitor. This data is automatically communicated to the iQ viewing station where it is used to calibrate the light level of the viewing station to achieve an optimal match to the luminosity of the monitor. iQ proofing is included in the desktop SOFV-1xiQ and it is available on EVS and VPI viewing stations, and on overhead luminaires.
GTI is also highlighting Executive Viewing Stations like the EVS D50 colour viewing stations which include electronic ballasts with Graphiclite T8 fluorescent lamps to produce strong light evenness, rear-wall illumination, and enhanced energy efficiency. A print bar and LiteGuard II, which displays lamp warm up, lamp hours, and remaining lamp life, is included. EVS viewing stations are available with a variety of storage options. Flat file sets consisting of eight drawers or two-door storage cabinets can be used alone or combined with one deep or two shallow file drawers.
Ricoh highlights its new Pro C5200s and Pro C5210s that produce colour and black-and-white documents at up to 65 and 80 ppm, respectively, reaching VCSEL resolutions of up to 1,200 x 4,800-dpi. Along with optional oversized media support, the Pro C5200s works with medias of up to 360 gsm simplex and 300 gsm duplex at 13 x 19.2-inch standard format. The optional oversized media support provides a 13 x-27.5 inch format.
Ricoh is also highlighting the Pro C7100 X Series as a 5-station toner-based press with the ability to print Clear, White, and now Neon Yellow Toner. Also on display, the Pro 8200 Series includes black-and-white multi-function production systems for high volumes. The Pro 8200 Series can print up to 96 pages per minute.
Zünd highlights its Zünd Design Center (ZDC) as an Adobe Illustrator plug-in to create packaging and three-dimensional displays from folding carton, corrugated cardboard, honeycomb/corrugated display board, ACM, PP and PVC. Now on version 3.0, ZDC provides a library of templated designs. The software includes a 3D preview tool to consider measurements, logos, patterns and other graphic elements.
Zünd is also showcasing the versatility of its M-2500 cutting systems, which provide modular tool and material-handling options for a range of cutting needs. The G3 flatbed cutter is qualified for industrial use and multi-shift, 24/7 operation.
Avanti is highlighting Slingshot’s Mail and Postage Accounting module to manage and streamline mailing processes. Designed to reduce the effort required to consolidate postage receipts, payments and reporting, the module allows users to analyze mailing activities by account, department, project or postal class, as well as generate postage reports based on a specific date range for a customer.
Avanti is also highlighting Slingshot’s Scheduling Reservation System, which allows employees to reserve press time before the receipt of a confirmed sales order to communicate the earliest possible date of completion to the customer before their commitment.
The company is also highlighting Slingshot’s Wireless Warehouse Management tool designed to be implemented in a warehouse location with the addition of wireless scanners that report back to the Avanti Slingshot Inventory modules. Avanti is also highlighting Slingshot integration with Avalara AvaTax, which allows print shops to calculate sales tax automatically for estimates, sales orders, and invoices without the need to maintain tax tables within the Avanti Slingshot database.
eCardBuilder Version 5.2 is to be released at PRINT 17 and will have a multilingual interface with more products. Amazing Print explains the new version of the Web-to-print design engine eCardBuilder 5.2 will feature 100 new products and thousands of additional templates as a free upgrade to current users. Some of the new upgrades include new template creation functionality, new language support for multilingual Websites, new image editing capability and image cropping and resizing improvements.
The tool’s improved mobile optimized interface will allow ordering and designing on any smartphone or tablet device, while desktop users will benefit from increased speed and better aesthetics. A new version of APIs will allow deeper connectivity in popular shopping carts and Websites. eCardBuilder users can additionally upgrade to a PosterDesignerPlus+ Web-to-print poster designer and ordering interface based on eCardBuilder framework directly from Canon Canada.
Aleyant highlights its cloud-based software including PrintJobManager, an estimating, pricing and production management tool to create selling prices from material, equipment and labour costs. It enables pricing controlled in one location to provide instant pricing for orders whether through an online store or via a mobile device on a sales call. Pricing information is then pushed automatically to Pressero, a private B2B and public B2C online storefront, which instantly updates pricing for items in your storefronts.
When there is a price change for raw material, labour or equipment in PrintJobManager, this change will automatically update within Pressero storefronts. Also when an order is placed in Pressero, it is automatically pushed into PrintJobManager, helping users manage job production, including time-tracking capabilities. Within Pressero, users call sell standard or off-the-shelf items, custom items via either the built-in eDocBuilder online design templates or customer supplied artwork. Fulfilling orders from finished goods, including tracking inventory levels, is also supported.
Accura highlights version 5.01 of its MIS and Accura Online 5.03, which are both now available. These upgrades are free to all existing customers. Features of these two updates include contact to office linking, social media features for your company and users, revamped quote template library, new proofing synchronization settings, purchase order copying, Accura UI theming, new client and supplier payment terms, invoice output, and enhanced CRM integration. Major new features in Accura Online 5 include fully responsive UI, Website themes with interchangeable widgets, customizable main menu system, administrator dashboard, client branding, and multiple product images.
manroland web systems
manroland web, while having no live equipment, is focusing on its expansion beyond the standard web offset market. The includes highlighting the VARIOMAN packaging press, with the VARIOMAN f:line packaging press officially launching for the public in North America at PRINT 2017. This offset-gravure press produces printed films, working with the combination of variable sleeve offset printing units, a corona treatment, EB or UV drying, and gravure printing units with dryers. This allows films to be printed with high quality and variability.
manroland web is also highlighting its PECOM-X software with Inline Controls and the plugins WorkflowBridge, MasterQ and Imposer. WorkflowBridge is a JDF-based fully automated pre-setting and processing program, while MasterQ is for job management and Imposer for automatic imposing. PECOM-X automation and press controls software provides tools for startup and cutoff waste, registration, colour, density, dampening and tension control. These tools can be retrofitted on non-manroland presses.
The company is also highlighting its FoldLine and FormerLine digital finishing systems, which have more than 20 installations worldwide. FoldLine is a flexible-format folding and finishing line, while FormerLine is a book-block finishing line for inkjet work. These systems can finish a variety of products at inline speeds up to 1,000 feet per hour, and also efficiently produce micro-jobs or book-of-one jobs.
Colter & Peterson
Colter & Peterson is highlighting the E-Cut series, a new economy line of paper cutters, as well as a 45-inch SABER paper cutting system with automated knife adjustment and a 31-inch PRISM paper cutter. Both the SABER and PRISM will be demonstrated with the 15-inch Microcut PLUS Cutter Control System, which provides a programmable touchscreen and new software with enhanced graphics for converted JDF files. The added graphics program is colour coordinated, allowing the operator to see what they are cutting so they can determine what to keep and what to throw away. Other benefits include microcip and microfacts features, where programs are uploaded from the network connection with a USB device using CIP3 and CIP4 files. No additional hardware or software is necessary.
CHILI publish highlights new features of CHILI Publisher, an online document editing tool. This includes a new server rendering module that operates five times faster. All major features (text wrap, drop shadow, blend modes, variables, text layout) are fully HTML optimized. The updated rendering ties in with an improvement in the HTML editor loading speed. The Input Method Editor (IME) goes HTML, which allows any data to be received as input. Browser-based users of Latin keyboards can now also input data from languages that use more graphemes, like Chinese or Arabic. On handheld devices, users can deploy the numeric keypad or the screen display to show the data. It also enables speech to text on iPad.
Graphic Systems North America (GSNA) is highlighting its RMGT 9 Series long perfector press at PRINT 17. The RMGT 928 perfector at the show will be equipped with the chamber coater, fully automatic plate changer, 55-inch press control display center and LED UV curing, demonstrating 16-page signature production.
Epson highlights the SureColor P5000 Commercial Edition with SpectroProofer, which is making its debut at the printing tradeshow. The 17-inch desktop production printer incorporates new imaging technologies to provide enhanced performance for the commercial and graphic design, flexographic and proofing markets. Leveraging the 10-colour Epson UltraChrome HDX pigment ink set, the SureColor P5000 Commercial Edition uses violet ink for an expanded colour gamut, to deliver what the company describes as an industry-best 99 percent PANTONE PLUS FORMULA GUIDE solid-coated colour matching.
The SpectroProofer high performance inline spectrophotometer, developed jointly with X-Rite, automates profile creation, optimization and verification tasks for simplified contract proofing. Featuring a refined design, the printer includes a 10-channel PrecisionCore TFP print head that employs a new ink-repellant surface coating, along with improved dust and static control for reduced nozzle clogging and maintenance, and supports printless nozzle checks for time, production and resource efficiency.
Crawford is highlighting its PRO Conductor solution with an interactive dashboard that provides organizations with insights and real-time updates on everything happening within their production workflows, including the status of integrated production hardware and software solutions. The dashboard can be configured for a number of different users, providing self-service and transparency to both internal and external customers.
The company is also highlighting its new PRO Preference Manager as a standalone solution for automating customer preference management for multi-channel communications, including print, digital, mobile Web and ADA accessible formats. Using open APIs, it can be integrated with other business processes and customized for any internal and customer requirements. Crawford is also debuting its QA Suite, which includes both on-premise and cloud-based solutions, as well as modular components for specific document testing requirements, including file comparison, proofing and approval and automated testing.
Duplo highlights its DDC-810 Digital Spot UV Coater. The DDC-810 utilizes inkjet technology and gives images depth and raised textures with a gloss varnish. It features a CCD camera recognition system ensuring image-to-image registration and PC Controller software. The DDC-810 is designed for short-run applications. It can process up to 21 sheets per minute (A3) and paper weights from 157 to 450 gsm (coated paper).
GMC Software highlights GMC Inspire Designer for creating, managing and delivering customer communications across multiple channels. GMC Inspire Designer, as part of GMC Inspire, integrates with a print service provider’s core systems, enabling repurposing of existing print-based content to create digital communications.
The software features an omnichannel preview that can simultaneously display on one screen the print, Web, tablet and mobile versions of the communication for quicker testing and compliance.
Memjet is debuting DuraLink, which is built around a pigment-based long-life print head. With five times the nozzle-level redundancy, DuraLink print heads do not need to be replaced as often as previous Memjet heads, while also requiring less maintenance and enabling longer print runs. DuraLink print heads provide a 1,600 x 1,585 dpi resolution, while its pigment-based platform can be used for various applications in commercial printing, packaging and industrial printing.
OEM partners can build customized presses that offer print widths from 8.5 inches up to 100 inches, speeds of up to 200 metres per minute (656 fpm), and one to eight colours simplex or duplex.
The 2017 winners include C.J. Graphics of Toronto, Ontario, which received eight Bennys; Friesens of Altona, Manitoba, one Benny; Pollard Banknote of Winnipeg, Manitoba, one Benny; and PrintWest of Regina, Saskatchewan, two Bennys.
More than 2,210 entries were submitted in this year’s program (68th annual) from printing companies from around the world. “It’s an honour to be recognized by the industry as a company that produces award-winning print,” said C.J. Graphics’ CEO and President Jay Mandarino. “C.J. Graphics won the most Bennys in North and South America during the 2017 Premier Print Awards”
Award winners will receive their Bennys at The Premier Print Awards Gala, scheduled for September 10, 2017, during PRINT 17 in Chicago.
The 2017 Best of Category Winners from around the world include, alphabetically:
1010 Printing International Limited
Street Food Asia
On The Origin Of Art
Art Books (4 or more colors)
American Packaging Corporation
Lindt Lindor Milk Chocolate
Amherst Label, Inc.
Med Skeds USA
Labels and Wraps--Rolled products/pressure-sensitive
Charles Schwab Pinnacle Brochure
Brochures and Broadsides, Small
Bloomingdale's - Mother's Day 2017
Web Press Printing (Coated paper)
Artron Art Group
Booklets (1, 2, or 3 colors)
The Most Noble Hardwood Zi Tan Furniture of the Ming and Qing Dynasties
Service Catalogs (4 or more colors, printers with 101 or more employees)
Art Books (1, 2, or 3 colors)
Escapism Bill Bensley
Product Catalogs (4 or more colors, printers with 101 or more employees)
B&B Print Source
Doernbecher Freesytle Program
Programs (4 or more colors)
2017 The Bluestone, James Madison University
Body of Work
Body of Work Corporate Stationary Package
Presentation Folders/Portfolios (1, 2, or 3 colors)
Body of Work International Art Prints
Presentation Folders/Portfolios (4 or more colors)
Body of Work Corporate Flyer
Flyers (1, 2, or 3 colors)
Body of Work International Magazine Insert
Flyers (4 or more colors)
Body of Work "Ten"
Product/Service Catalogs (1, 2, or 3 colors)
Body of Work "One"
Body of Work "Gold"
Body of Work 2017 Magazine Series
Body of Work Corporate
Business and Annual Reports (1, 2, or 3 colors)
Body of Work International
Business and Annual Reports (4 or more colors, creative companies/agencies)
Body of Work Gold Collection
Body of Work 366-Page Pepetual Calendar
Body of Work Corporate
Stationery Packages (1, 2, or 3 colors)
Body of Work Stationary Package
Stationery Packages (4 or more colors)
Body of Work "Gold"
Direct Mail Campaigns, Consumer
Body of Work "Million Dollar Desk Calendar"
Brooks Litho & Digital Group, Inc.
Sunny Day Press KIt
C & C Joint Printing Co.,(H.K.) Ltd.
2017 Desk calendar
Diaries and Desk Calendars
Customized/Personalized/Variable-Data Digital Printing
Geronimo Stilton Book
Specialty Inks or Coatings, Fragrances, or "Invisible" Printing Inks
C.J. Graphics Inc.
Toyota Air Freshener Business Card
Mildred's Temple Kitchen - Out to Brunch Cookbook
Hudson Bay - Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Teams 2016
Internal Communication Pieces (1, 2, or 3 colors)
Hudeson Bay - The Room Spring 2016 Hard Cover Book
Internal Communication Pieces (4 or more colors)
Bradshaw Delicacies from the Sea
Brochures and Broadsides, Large
Canadian Tire - The World's Largest Paint Swatch
CHFU Visionary Kit Isometric
AMC 2016 Emmy Consideration Mailer
Other Special Finishing Techniques
Color Ink Enviro 3D Cow
Special Innovation Awards--Other
Lululemon Mag-a-log English Catalog
Product Catalogs (4 or more colors, printers with 21-100 employees)
Conlatingraf / Impresora Printer S.A.
Gala la Bohema Banco de Chile
Invitations (4 or more colors)
Juniper Blooming Box
Neenah Paper Think Classic Promo
Booklets (4 or more colors, printers with 21-100 employees)
Marketing Kit - Lid/Tub
Graphic Visual Solutions
Booklets (4 or more colors, printers with 101 or more employees)
Booklets (4 or more colors, creative companies/agencies)
Special Innovation Awards--Printing
Heritage Printing & Graphics
Apollo Floor Display
Point-of-Purchase Materials, Large
Heritage Printing PressKit
Print/Graphic Arts Self-Promotion (Printers with 20 or fewer employees)
Charlotte Skyline Canvas Wrap
HM Graphics Inc.
Potawatomi 25th Anniversary Envelope
HH Global HP Campaign
Direct Mail Campaigns, Consumer
Perlick Generations of Excellence Binder
Impress Communications, Inc.
Impress Communications Multitouch Direct Marketing Campaign
Direct Mail Campaigns, Business-to-Business
J.S. McCarthy Printers
ASU Campaign 2020
La Cornue LIFE*STYLE
Booklet or Brochure Series
Leo Paper Products Ltd.
2015 Annual Report
Business and Annual Reports (4 or more colors, printers with 101 or more employees)
Beauty and The Beast
Diecuts and Pop-ups
Beauty and The Beast
Jovenville Tarot Card Promotion
Marina Graphic Center, Inc.
Starz Ash vs. Evil Dead - Ashy Slashy 3D Promotional Media Kit
Exquisite Surfaces 2017 Catalog (20 Page + Cover)
Product Catalogs (4 or more colors, creative companies/agencies)
McGraphics, Inc. 30th Anniversary Invitation
Print/Graphic Arts Self-Promotion (Prepress companies, finishing, advertising, and other graphic arts firms)
Mossberg & Company
Mossberg & Company's Production and Marketing Portfolio
Print/Graphic Arts Self-Promotion (Printers with more 101 or more employees)
Comex Color Life - Trends 2017
North West Book
Miller/ Miller Lite Toolkit
Promotional Campaigns, Business-to-Business
Digital Printing--Novelty Books
Pacific Printing Industries
2016 PrintROCKS! Award Campaign
Print/Graphic Arts Self-Promotion (Association/Non-Profit Organizations)
Paradigm Digital Color Graphics
Booklets (4 or more colors, printers with 20 or fewer employees)
Bates Magazine, Fall 2016
Architectural/Art/Travel/Other Magazines (Printers with 100 or fewer employees)
Pollard Banknote Limited
Loterie Nationale de Belgique 10E Million Calendar Lottery Ticket
They Said It Couldn't Be Done
We Are The Rhoads 2016
National MS Society Gala Invites
Invitations (1, 2, or 3 colors)
Puritan Press, Inc.
Pierpont Morgan's Study
Service Catalogs (4 or more colors, print
Marist Fashion, Volume 3
Fashion/Popular Culture Magazines (Printers with 100 or fewer employees)
RealTime Printing (Shanghai) Co.
OPERA Desktop shelf
Point-of-Purchase Materials, Small
Trek Project One Catalog
Product/Service Catalogs (Cover--sheetfed; Interior--web)
Printograph Inc. 2017 Brokers Promotion Package
Digital Enhancement Printing
Shanghai ADD Printing Co.
Zhu Chong Yun
Shanghai Press and Publication Vocational-Technical School
A basket of flowers
High School Students
Shanghai Publishing and Printing College
Shan Hai Jing
Shanghai Railway Printing Co., Ltd
The Scandinavian warriors
Shenzhen International Color Printing Co., Ltd.
Soft Cover Books
Southern California Graphics Company
LAOSS - 6 Wall Graphics for Doctor's Office
Southwest Precision Printers
Grupo Vidanta: A Legacy of Happiness Since 1974
Hard-Cover Trade Books, Journals, and Other Books
Standard Modern Company
Gressco GVPro Game Changer Self Mailer
Single Promotional Self-Mailer
Tailored Label Products
Die Cut Skyline Magazine Belly Band - Green Bay Packaging 70BWF Material Sample
Labels and Wraps--Cut and stack, sheetfed
The Fox Company
Artisan Partners - Consistent Approach
Business and Annual Reports (4 or more colors, printers with 21-100 employees)
The Standard Group
Inkling Mystery Game
CULTURED, Feb/March 2017
Architectural/Art/Travel/Other Magazines (Printers with 101 or more employees)
CULTURED, Winter 2016
Magazines (Cover--sheetfed; Interior--web)
VENICE, Spring 2017
Fashion/Popular Culture Magazines (Printers with 101 or more employees)
ONE LIFE - WINTER 2016
Web Press Printing (Uncoated paper)
Toneking Digital Printing Co.,Ltd.
Vessel & Nature, LIULI
Digital Printing--Brochures and Booklets
Wallace Carlson Printing
It's All In The Set-Up...And The Finish
Print/Graphic Arts Self-Promotion (Printers with 21-100 employees)
Wide Ocean Printing Company Limited
Ritz Carlton Macau Mooncake Box Set
Cartons, Containers, Boxes, and Totes
Wide Ocean Red Packet Promotional Box Set
Promotional Campaigns, Consumer
In the mid-1960s when I was a small boy, my father took me through the back door of 80 King Street West in Toronto. The noise was unbelievable, as were the gargantuan monsters inside. This was the Toronto Daily Star and I had witnessed the presses printing the evening edition live.
Men were everywhere, some just standing, others climbing all over the monster presses. But it was the noise that I remember most: machinery and webs of paper whirling – spinning and racing through the machine units. Finally, ending at the folder in sections only to be carried off again by claws on an endless snake-like chain.
I was captivated. This is where I fell in love with print. By 1971, the Toronto Star would purchase one of five new Hoe-Crabtree Viceroy Mark II double-width presses that could print a 144-page paper at speeds of 70,000 copies per hour. All by letterpress and in their new home at One Yonge Street.
But what I didn’t realize or even understand, as I stood there wide-eyed, was that there was a strike raging with all three of Toronto’s dailies. Not only was the Toronto Star involved but so was The Globe & Mail and Toronto Telegram. The Telly, as it was called, was run by John Bassett. Bassett along with other Toronto media moguls also owned Baton Broadcasting.
The Toronto Typographical Union (TTU) found itself in labour negotiations with all three publishers in 1963. Known as TTU #91, the union had until that time enjoyed relative harmony with the publishers. The oldest Union in Canada, the TTU had taken a stand back in 1872 when they struck George Brown’s Globe demanding a nine-hour day. Some suggest it was this catalyst that gave us Labour Day in September.
Besides the dramatic strike of 1872, the TTU had coexisted peacefully with its employers and, back in 1907, won the first eight-hour day when all other industries were struggling through nine- and 10-hour days. The TTU was not a unilateral organization. In 1866 they joined the American National Typographic Union – latter called the International Typographic Union or ITU. Even so, things in Canada amongst all the printing trades unions were rather bucolic.
In 1964, technology was at the root of the strike. For decades very little in the way of new processes entered printing plants. In Sally F. Zerkers splendid book, The Rise and Fall of the Toronto Typographical Union 1832-1972, she writes that in 1896 it took an average of 635 man-hours to produce 10,000 copies of a four-page newspaper section. Thanks to Mergenthaler’s Linotype and new stereotyping technologies, by 1926 the same four pages could be produced in just 17.4 man-hours. A productivity increase of 264 percent.
“I think the future of Canadian newspaper publishing is bright, provided publishers assess accurately the changed role of a newspaper and also take advantage of new automated processes,” wrote John Bassett in the Toronto Telegram, February 1969. “The main problem facing publishers is that of rising costs. The problem of rising labour costs can be met through reasonable negotiations with unions which will provide publishers the right to avail themselves of new processes while protecting the existing jobs.”
Working without a new contract, as the old one had expired at the end of 1962, the TTU set about to get another two-year agreement with various demands. A four-day week was included along with the nominal pay rises and shift premiums. But one issue was relatively new.
That was technology and its impact on job security. In 1963 there were just over 1,000 members in the TTU. The roles had dwindled for decades prior. The other printing Unions, including Pressman’s, Stereotypers & Electrotypers, Photo-Engravers, Mailers and Bookbinders, had contracts that were not in the same cross hairs. Other than a pat on the back, none of these unions did anything to help fight for the TTU.
Various new technologies had come on the scene and almost all focused on one area:
type matter preparation. Harris Intertype and Mergenthaler Linotype along with Fairchild had developed faster tape-based machinery driven by newfangled computers. These devices could spit out miles and miles of perforated paper tape.
To make matters even more dire, the copy was already justified and the tape could be fed into new linecasting machines thereby eliminating the operator. Faster and cheaper got even better when the wire services such as Canadian Press and Reuters could supply their news stories on tape and feed directly into the new machines. Publishers loved it all and wanted more. New devices using film fonts were also entering the publishing world and nobody knew where that would lead.
The TTU was really concerned. Recent New York negotiations with its unions had produced some reasons for optimism as contracts stipulated that no man would lose his job (yes they were all men!), if and when new processes replaced old. But the publishers held the upper hand. Now perforated tape could be composed by women. They were well suited and faster typists – cheaper too.
“The effect of current trends is already manifesting itself in the form of less security for our members insofar as their future in the industry is concerned. The great technological advances indicate a definite trend to reduce staff. Indeed it is our view that the five-day week was spawned from the depths of the depression and, equally, we judge that the technological advances noted so far are only a forerunner of what is to come,” read the Toronto Newspaper Union’s negotiating report and argument for a four-day week, January 8, 1963.
The strike began on July 9, 1964, after months of haggling back and forth. True the TTU may have settled earlier but each time a draft was sent to the Colorado Springs ITU headquarters, it came back altered. This angered the publishers greatly. No manner of growls and hissing from the workforce could change the publisher’s minds as they had the upper hand and knew it. So the TTU was locked out. The publishers called it a strike while the union said it was a lock-out. Threats from both sides ensued.
The union screamed about publishers hiring scabs and union busters from the U.S. while the publishers complained of harassment and vandalism to their equipment.
The newspapers continued to get their papers out and with these new technologies even faster than before. There was an impasse and it was never settled. The TTU basically picketed year after year earning strike pay until notified by the ITU in 1971 that all benefits would cease. The TTU was broken after 139 years.
Oddly enough, the Toronto Telegram facing losses, closed its doors in 1971 and sold its mailing list to the Toronto Star. The Telly also rented out its Goss presses to the Toronto Star as the Star was in the midst of moving to One Yonge Street. John Bassett had been singled out as the main enemy by the TTU. Bassett’s loses may have had nothing to do with the strike and more to do with the competitive nature of the newspaper industry in Toronto.
The Telly vacated its building at 440 Front Street West only to see The Globe & Mail move right in with presses and hot metal typesetting in tow. The Globe also brought their ornate front entrance too.
The TTU was a fixture in Toronto media and book publishing, but looking back through history we can study just how new technologies give birth to new opportunities and profits. In 1964, there was absolutely no way a union could stop technology. Fast forward to 2017 – the story is exactly the same. Owners of print media businesses will never stand still when around the corner a technology will do away with costs. Labour is a major element to overhead. We may all decry companies such as Amazon and Walmart for driving down prices on everything from groceries to books but most of us shop there anyway.
The photocopier business used to call their equipment “green button printing”. Today’s printers are no different than Bassett and his cohorts. They will always embrace technological improvements. Blossoming digital equipment is set to explode even further and faster and we can see this with the rapid decline of offset machinery in the commercial segment.
There is but one lesson from the past: learn from it and don’t repeat it.
In October 2015, Air T Inc. through a sizable investment completed a Securities Purchase Agreement of Delphax Technologies Inc. and its subsidiary Delphax Technologies Canada of Mississauga, Ontario, where the company assembles its elan 500 printing presses.
At the time of the 2015 investment, Nick Swenson, Air T’s CEO, stated, “Delphax has developed a disruptive inkjet production printing platform, investing over $17 million into the elan 500 over the past five years… Air T’s debt and equity investment will allow Delphax to build inventories and initiate an effective sales and marketing strategy to accelerate the rollout of the elan 500. In addition, Air T is working with Delphax to develop a competitive leasing program.”
The Delphax elan 500 is a colour sheetfed inkjet press with the ability to produce up to 500 duplex letter images per minute or 3,750 SRA2 (450 x 640 mm) sheets per hour. The press is driven by Memjet print-head technology, whereby every stationary print head on the elan 500 has 70,400 jets that produce up to 700-million drops of ink per second. The press delivers full CMYK colour and 1,600-dpi print resolution.
The elan 500 allows for printing on a range of substrates from weights of 20 to 130 Ibs (60 to 350 gsm) and formats of up to 8 x 8 to 18 x 25.2 inches (203 x 203 mm to 450 x 640 mm). Duplex printing is performed at full speed, explains Delphax, with no degradation due to the press’ SST paper path.
In its most recent quarter, ended June 30, 2017, Shutterfly generated net revenues of US$209.0 million, a two percent year-over-year increase. The company projects it will reach net revenues from US$1.135 billion to US$1.165 billion by the end of its current fiscal year.
The announcement comes just a year after Shutterfly acquired a first phase of 25 HP Indigo 12000 presses, making its combined order the largest deal by far for HP Indigo.
“We are seeing an incredible renaissance in digital printing. People click on what they like, but print what they love. The power of HP’s digital print technologies opens new markets, applications and possibilities for our top customers like Shutterfly,” said Enrique Lores, President, Imaging & Printing Business, HP Inc. “… Shutterfly leads the market in high-quality photo based printed products and we are incredibly pleased to be part of that success.”
Shutterfly plans to use its new fleet of HP presses to produce a range of personalized products and gifts including photo books, calendars, custom stationery, cards and keepsakes.
The new 29-inch HP Indigo presses are to be installed in time to help Shutterfly manage the annual boom of photo-based gift giving for the holiday season. Shutterfly will also use HP PrintOS software for its full HP Indigo fleet.
HP now has 500 Indigo B2-size presses operating in 50 countries around the world.
When asked what level of interest do you have for investing in a production inkjet press within the next two years, cutsheet or roll-fed, 27.5 percent of respondents indicated it was “high, very likely”, which received the second highest response behind “low, waiting but watching”.
Fifteen percent of respondents indicated their interest was “medium, investigating”, while 20 percent indicated they were “not interested” in investing in a production inkjet press within the next two years. One respondent commented they were waiting for an affordable 19 x 25-inch duplex machine, which echoes sentiment about the current high cost and high monthly production requirements of production inkjet systems.
What type of press
When asked if the needed funds were available, assuming relative pricing parity between machines, what type of printing press would you first invest in, the vast majority of respondents indicating “cutsheet production inkjet” at 47.5 percent. The remaining respondents included: Roll-fed production inkjet at 27.5 percent, followed by production-strength colour toner at 20 percent and five percent for a 40-inch sheetfed offset.
When asked what application or sector would you most want to target, assuming that you have purchased the appropriate inkjet press, 45 percent of respondents indicated “commercial print”, which clearly stands to gain the most installation attraction in the years to come.
The remaining respondents included: Direct mail at 17.5 percent, Transactional or statement at 12.5 percent, Labels at 10 percent, packaging (other than labels) at 2.5 percent, and publishing at 2.5 percent. Four percent of respondents indicated other print sectors, including B2C applications “which I would not really class as any of the above.”
When asked what do you see as the greatest challenge to making an inkjet investment, given the current state of the technology or market, the largest challenge was the “price of the presses". This again points to the fact that inkjet systems have not yet settled into a commercial printing friendly position under $1 million.
In fact, 35 percent of respondents indicated “press prices” was the biggest challenge, followed by the “price of inks” at 22.5 percent, “quality of work” at 20 percent, adding “necessary workflow/IT” at 10 percent, “available substrate range” at 5 percent, and the “speed of cutsheet presses” at five percent. One respondent shared a comment that is likely on the minds of most printers: “We have so much capacity with our current equipment, I couldn't justify spending money on a different press.”
StatsCan adds Standard/Horizon folderCanada’s national statistical agency Statistics Canada recently installed a Standard/Horizon…
MET Fine Printers shop destroyed by April fireOn April 25 at approximately 10 pm, the head Vancouver…
Barricades and Signs adds SEAL 62 Pro SBarricades and Signs Ltd., with multiple locations in Alberta to…
DATA to buy Perennial Group for $12MDATA Communications Management (DCM) has entered into an agreement to…
DesignThinkers Vancouver Conference 2018
May 29-30, 2018
PrintForum Trade Show & Conference
June 6, 2018
June 14, 2018
SWOB Golf Tournament 2018
June 20, 2018
OPIA Toronto Golf Classic Tournament 2018
August 9, 2018
LabelExpo Americas 2018
September 25-27, 2018