PDS provides a preview of the following Graphics Canada 2017 booth highlights.

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PDS is displaying the OKI 900 series of printing systems, including the Xpress 942 with single pass, CMYK + White printing, as well as 1,200 x 1,200 LED print-heads that handle a range of media stocks of up to 52 inches. The system, according to PDS,  prints vibrant full colour on dark coloured and transparent medias. An optional envelope feeder and conveyor can be added for full envelope production.
The Duplo DC616Pro is a finishing system for short-run and on demand printing. It is designed to eliminate white borders and prevent toner cracking on colour documents. The all-in-one DC616Pro systems can process up to six slits, 25 cuts and 20 creases in a single pass. Providing fully automatic setup and quick changeovers, the DC-616 & DC-616 PRO can finish different applications.

PDS is also displaying a range of creasing, folding and controlled perforating systems from MultiGraf AG. The standalone or combined machines in the MultiGraf Touchline series include the CF375 folder, creaser CP Mono controlled perforation and creasing, CP 375 Duo to crease up and down, two folds, and have controlled perforation in both directions. This system works in one pass with speeds up to 6,000 sheets per hour.
Primera Technology provides a preview of the following Graphics Canada 2017 booth highlights.

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CX1200 Digital Color Label Press features print speeds of up to 16.5 feet per minute and a maximum print width of 8.25 inches. It is designed to produce short-run, full-colour label printing.
The company’s FX1200 finishing system is designed to laminate and die-cut any shape or size label of up to 8.25-inch wide. The system also removes waste and allows for slitting up to seven rolls and rewinds. Primera describes the FX1200s as an all-in-one off-line solution that produces rolls of finished labels.

The LX2000 colour label printer is Primera’s newest and fastest pigment inkjet label printer. The LX2000, according to the company, represents a new product class in desktop label printing. It features large, separate ink cartridges for cyan, magenta, yellow, and black, which Primera explains helps keep cost per label low. The LX2000 can print at speeds of up to six inches per second. Printed labels can include photos, graphics, illustrations and text, as well as high-resolution linear or two-dimensional barcodes.
Ricoh Canada provides a preview of the following Graphics Canada 2017 booth highlights.

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The new Pro C5200s and Pro C5210s 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.

The Pro C7100 X Series is a 5-station toner-based colour production print system with the ability to print using Clear, White, and now Neon Yellow Toner, which further expands the press’ application range.

The Pro 8200 Series includes black-and-white multi-function production systems to provide best-in-class image quality at reliable high speeds. Ricoh explains the systems provide sharp output with high registration across a range of media. The company describes the  Pro 8200 Series as an end-to-end document production system for high volumes, available with a full suite of finishing options. The Pro 8200 Series can print up to 96 pages per minute.
Roland DGA provides a preview of the following Graphics Canada 2017 booth highlights.

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The Texart XT-640 is described as a high-volume dye-sublimation printer available in 64-inch and 54-inch models. The Texart XT-640 inkjet printer/cutters are designed to produce work like decals and labels, banners, signs, vehicle graphics and posters. Because we know you need to be able to produce it all – on demand. More efficiently and productively than ever.

The VersaUV LEF-300 benchtop UV flatbed printer can handle a range of substrates like PET, ABS and polycarbonate, soft materials such as TPU and leather, as well as three-dimensional items ranging from smart phone cases and laptop covers to signs, giftware and promotional items. Roland explains the LEF-300’s built-in vacuum table helps hold thin and soft materials in place, allowing for easier job setup and eliminating errors.

The TrueVIS VG-640 large-format inkjet printer/cutter uses TrueVIS INK, which Roland describes as being more vibrant and cost-effective than earlier models. It also features new cutting technology that increases accuracy relative to older generation systems, as well as technology to communicate with existing phones and tablets. TrueVIS VG Series inkjet printer/cutters are available in 64-inch and 54-inch models.
RS International Canada provides a preview of the following Graphics Canada 2017 booth highlights.

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PX-181 is described by RS International as a high-quality affordable calender heat transfer system specifically designed for sign and print shops seeking to expand their product offerings. By adding on the optional work table, users can transition between roll-to-roll production and per-piece production. The PX-181 features what the company describes as a heavy-duty steel frame construction. It also leverages infrared heating technology as a transfer system.

The BMA-160/350LH multi-applicator features full LED illumination and height adjustable. The company describes it as a fast and efficient system for laminating, mounting and pre-masking needs. The Bobis 3.5 metre (138 inch) multi-applicatoris is a flatbed application table that RS International describes as simple to install.
Sign Association of Canada provides a preview of the following Graphics Canada 2017 booth highlights.

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Since 1955 the Sign Association of Canada (SAC-ACE) has focused on promoting the welfare of the sign industry, with the goal of improving the status of its members in the community. However, the Sign Association of Canada explains that the traditional boundaries of the sign industry have expanded due to the rapidly changing level of technology and the evolution of the commercial marketplace.
SmartSoft provides a preview of the following Graphics Canada 2017 booth highlights.

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PressWise is an end-to-end SaaS-based MIS and Print Workflow Automation solution that comes complete with features like unlimited Web storefronts, estimating, quoting, order processing, complete shipping integration, fulfillment and the ability to integrate with most third-party storefronts and existing back-end accounting systems.

Frameworks Canada is what the company describes as a cutting-edge SERP recognized Address Accuracy and Postal Presorting product. Frameworks Canada Mailers Edition is a fully-featured, all-in-one SERP Recognized postal software solution, designed to save the user time and maximize postal discounts by presorting your mail to Canada Post specifications.
Southwest Bindings provides a preview of the following Graphics Canada 2017 booth highlights.

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ALM 3230 Mini is the next generation, fully automated one- to two-sided print laminator that can work with up to 13 x 19-inch sheets. The machine, according to Southwest Bindings, features ultra quick warm up and automatically feeds up to 100 sheets – and with laminate and trim in one pass. Available film for the system includes 1.2-, 1.5-, 3- and 5-mil thickness.

The Koilmatic Auto Inserter and Crimper is an affordable fully electric tabletop automatic coil inserter designed to bin up to 450 books per hour. The company explains no tools are required for basic setup and change, with an LCD screen guiding operators through setup and operation. Having a vertical book placement can accommodate tabs or wider covers. Southwest Bindings explains the system provides consistent simultaneous crimping on both coil ends and a low maintenance design.
Sydney Stone provides a preview of the following Graphics Canada 2017 booth highlights.

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Duplo Spot UV Coater produces raised and dimensional UV effects. Inclusive of an automatic air feeder, sheet sizes up to 14.33 x 29.13 inches. Sydney Stone explains the Duplo Spot UV Coater operates a lower capital cost and lower consumable cost than current competitors.
Morgana DigiFold PRO 385 is a high-speed creaser folder with fully automatic setup and deep pile feeder. It is the newest addition to the Morgana range of folder/creasers. The DigiFold Pro 385 is the fourth generation of the DigiFold series, offering new levels of automation to meet range of printed applications. It is specifically designed for digital and litho printers who have a need to crease and fold digitally printed, heavy weight or cross grained stock.
instaFOIL is a new product to create short run spot foil for digital printers. instaFoil is used in conjunction with a laminator in order to apply foil in house. The product is available in nine colours including Gold, Silver, Gloss, Green, Red, Matte Gold, Medium Blue, Dark Blue, Pink and Red. Sydney Stone is providing swatch books for instaFOIL at Graphics Canada.
Unibind provides a preview of the following Graphics Canada 2017 booth highlights.

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CM750  UniFoil Printer allows users to personalize books, notebooks, agenda, contracts. The UniFoil Printer is a digital printer that prints foil directly from a digital file on any flat surface. The company explains users can create personalize products in-house with the product by  connecting the UniFoilPrinter to a computer, downloading the software and start printing.

The CaseMaker 650 is the perfect case making solution for short-run personalized cases. It allows users to create a hard cover, ringbinder or display in what Unibind describes as an easy and maintenance-free way with the Unibind CasePlanos. An easy and error free case making process, thanks to the premade CasePlanos. Cost-efficient:

The CasePlanos machine can be operated by a minimal trained operator, according to the company, as it does not require setup and change-over time. Unibind explains it only takes a few minutes to produce a personalized hard cover with the technology.
Value-Rite a preview of the following Graphics Canada 2017 booth highlights.

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Value-Rite is showcasing what the company describes as a complete integration of  technology to custom decorate fabric, metal, plastic, glass, vinyl, and ceramics using Sublimation, UV printing, Solvent, transfers. Value-Rite represents Epson, Mimaki, Okidata, Sawgrass, Forever, Chromaluxe and Implusa.

This includes the all-new Epson SureColor F9200 which is described as a fast, economical medium- to-large volume dye-sublimation transfer printer. It runs at speeds up to 1,044 square feet per hour and widths of up to 64-inches. The printing systems includes Epson’s PrecisionCore TFP print heads, an integrated roll-to-roll media support system with high accuracy winding, and new dye-sublimation ink technology - Epson UltraChrome DS with High Density Black.
Zünd provides a preview of the following Graphics Canada 2017 booth highlights.

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Zünd Design Center ZDC is a user-friendly Adobe Illustrator plug-in to create three-dimensional designs for packaging and displays. It provides a library of templated designs in folding carton and corrugated cardboard. The software includes a 3D preview tool to consider measurements, logos, patterns and other graphic elements. Even though Zünd’s primary focus will be on software and workflow, Zünd is also showcasing the versatility of its M-2500 cutting system.

Zünd will be cutting one or more jobs with boxes or displays available in Zünd Design Center and nested with Prep Center. The company explains it will show visitors how easy these production process are, from prepress to finished product. Zünd will also show how they are subsequently handled in Zünd Cut Center with QR-code capture and many other features, including flip&cut, using a Zünd cutting system. - See more at: https://www.printaction.com/headlines/zund-graphics-canada-4030#sthash.votRo9Fw.dpuf
Isabelle Marcoux, Chair of the Board of Transcontinental Inc., is the first Canadian recipient of the Visionary Award for Strategic Leadership presented by the WomenCorporateDirectors Foundation (WCD), which she will receive in New York on May 10, 2017. WCD is a global organization that brings together more than 3,500 women serving on over 8,500 boards.

The Visionary Award, according to WCD, aims to recognize Marcoux’ proven leadership in making the strategic decisions and sound investments which are driving TC Transcontinental’s transformation while ensuring the organization’s short- and long-term profitable growth. WCD continued to explain the award reflects her personal commitment to the development and advancement of women into leadership roles, particularly as members of boards of directors and as senior executives.

“It is an honour to be recognized by WCD in the Visionary Award for Strategic Leadership category. By fostering a long-term view, I strive to make decisions that are in the interest of all our stakeholders in order to ensure TC Transcontinental's long-term growth,” said Marcoux. “I'm grateful to be able to rely on a strong and diverse board, which supported the strategic shift in our organization that our seasoned management team has been diligently implementing for nearly three years. Finally, I am proud to continue building a company that also stands out for its values of respect, teamwork, performance and innovation.”

WCD continues to explain the award also highlights the caliber of governance practices Marcoux upholds as Chair of Transcontinental and also as a director on the boards of George Weston Ltd., Rogers Communications Inc. and Power Corporation of Canada.  

Marcoux has previously been recognized three times as one of Canada’s 100 most powerful women by the Women's Executive Network. In 2016, she was awarded the Medal of the National Assembly of Quebec, recognizing the impact of her continuous community involvement. In 2015, the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec presented her with the Mercure Leadership Germaine-Gibara Award.

TC Transcontinental is Canada's largest printer with operations in print, flexible packaging, publishing and digital media.

Ryerson University’s School of Graphic Communications Management on March 23, 2017, will host its annual Job Fair at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (formerly Maple Leaf Gardens) in downtown Toronto.

The 2017 version of the annual Graphic Communications Management (GCM) Job Fair, which began in the late-1980s, is preparing to host approximately 130 GCMstudents interviewing for internships and 140 graduating students seeking full-time jobs. These numbers eclipse last year’s already packed event, which involved close to 325 people, including 67 graduating students and 130 interns.

In 2016, the GCM Job Fair involved 69 industry companies, both printers and suppliers, looking for employees. There are already more than 70 companies signed up to participate in 2017.

The GCM Job Fair is run in a speed-networking format where graduating students and potential interns, divided into two distinct time sessions, spend 10 minutes interviewing with prospective employers before moving on to a new table at the sound of a gong.

The March 23 event begins at 4:00 pm with graduating-student interviews, which continues until 6:00 pm, followed by a buffet-style dinner, and then intern interviews scheduled to take place between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm.

Based on a curriculum change two years ago, GCM students can now specialize in specific areas like packaging or publishing in the final two years or their four-year degree program. Students can also now complete minors in areas like business, human resources, or professional communications.

More information can be founded at www.gcmjobfair.com.

The second day of Graphics Canada, which runs from April 6 to 8 at the Toronto International Centre, is to include a new program called Label Forum Canada. Show organizers explain the program, targeting label printers and commercial printers, will include industry experts, consultants, package printers and technology suppliers.

Topics of Label Forum's panels and workshops include: identifying opportunities, North American and global industry market trends, selling value and avoiding the commodity trap, technology and investment choices, comparing printing processes, adoption of digital technologies, niche and new industry applications, improving colour reproduction, profitable colour management, and managing conformity across a range of substrates.

Print Media Centr, led by Deborah Corn, will be hosting Graphics Canada’s Innovations Theatre. IDEAlliance is running its G7 Summit and other primary educational attractions listed on the trade show’s Website include intelliPACK, SGIA Specialty Graphics Seminars and the Printing Sales Training Day, among others.

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