Installations
CJ Graphics added a six-colour Heidelberg XL106 press to its existing sheetfed-offset line-up of two 6-colour XL presses. The three straight 6-colour Heidelberg XL presses will make up the backbone of CJ Graphics’ new 240,000-square-foot facility in Mississauga, which the company expects to be finished in late October 2017.

The company’s most recent XL106 press is equipped with an Anilox AQ coater and Inpress Control, which CJ Graphics explains will be directed toward Heidelberg’s recently introduced Push To Stop operating philosophy – unveiled at drupa 2016 in conjunction with its Press Center XL 2 with Intellistart 2 technology.

The Push to Stop concept is to have the press initiate a series of print jobs that are properly queued up by Heidelberg’s Prinect software, which also relies on the new-generation Press Center XL 2 console, Intellistart 2 and assistance systems such as Intelliguide.

Depending on ink layout down and imposition, print jobs can then run consistently without operator intervention. Ultimately, the technology platform can also leverage colour management tools to reach pre-specified Delta levels and tagging systems in the press delivery.

Push to Stop is available for the new generation Speedmaster, covering the series XL 75, CX/SX 102, XL 106 and XL 145/162, which are equipped with the Prinect Press Center XL 2, the Wallscreen XL, and AutoPlate Pro or AutoPlate XL 2 and Inpress Control 2 automation components.
Premier Printing, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, has added a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL-106-4P. The press features a range of automation including AutoPlate Pro fully automated plate loading, Prinect Axis Control Spectral measuring device, and dynamic sheet brakes.

The press is driven by Heidelberg’s recently introduced Press Center XL featuring Intellistart 2 operating software, which the press maker describes as providing for autonomous processing of jobs at speeds of up to 18,000 sheets per hour.

Premier Printing explains, as a manufacturer of school, college and university agendas, as well as general commercial printing, when agenda season hits, the plant must double production and meet stringent deadlines. This created a backlog on its current sheetfed offset presses, including a Speedmaster XL-106-10P and a Speedmaster SM 74-8P+L. The new Speedmaster has filled the gap for the 2/2 signatures that are typical in this printing business.

“AutoPlate Pro is a gift,” said Tom Bennet, Special Projects Manager, Premier Printing. “Agenda run lengths are 300 to 1,500 per form, so we are performing up to 150 plate changes per day. Job changes on the 4P were as low as 1½ minutes. Keeping plates coming is the new challenge.”

Another of Premier’s recent investments for productivity improvement came in the installation of a TH-82-P Stahl folder with PFX feeder. Capable of running signatures at 18,000 pieces per hour, the company explains this folder has doubled the amount of throughput in its finishing department.   

“This new folder is a game changer. Of all the areas in our plant, folding was the real bottleneck,” said Ted Gortemaker, Operations Manager at Premier. “The ease of operation, set up and throughput is amazing. Watching skids of print disappear is stunning. Using the pallet feeding and Palamides stacking table has greatly reduced the operator work level required.”

Founded in 1962, Premier Printing today employs 80 full-time staff, and up to 120 part-time staff during agenda season, in a 75,000-square-foot facility in Winnipeg’s St. Boniface Industrial Park.
Mr. Printer of Etobicoke, Ontario, made a significant investment into its finishing department. The family run company has been growing in the Greater Toronto Area for more than 35 years.

The postpress upgrade made by the company over the past several months includes a series of equipment installations to better support a growing range of work. The equipment package includes a Mohr 80 NET paper cutter, Morgana Digifold PRO, Morgana AF System 2000 bookletmaker with square fold unit, Horizon BQ 140 perfect binder and a Challenge EH3C drill.

“With developing our new e-commerce Website, we knew our finishing capabilities needed to be looked at to ensure we can meet the demands and expectations of our client base,” said Nabeela Anjum of Mr. Printer. “Maximum efficiency with quality output was the foundation for our selection of the equipment. More Specifically, we now have the ability to do short, medium and longer run booklet making.

“We are now offering quick turnaround perfect binding jobs which we previously could not do,” continued  Anjum, “and with the addition of the Digifold PRO creaser/folder we can offer a wide range of paper stocks for folding applications that are full colour without any cracking.”

Sydney Stone, established in 1951, focuses on the distribution and service of digital finishing technologies by representing global brands like Morgana, MOHR, EBA, Vivid, Watkiss and Duplo.
C.J. Graphics is currently installing two fully loaded iGen 5 presses into its new Mississauga facility, which was scheduled to completed by this October. The presses, according to CEO Jay Mandarino, are slated to be operational by the end of the week. The company also acquired an Epic CTi-635 inline coating system, equipped with a C.P. Bourg BSFE-x sheet feeder, with installation scheduled to begin next week. This new Epic technology will allow for spot and overall Aqueous and UV coatings.

The Xerox iGen 5 digital presses hold a complete set of available features and options. “The new iGen 5 technology is a game changer, with revolutionary capabilities, including matte toner, extended gamut to achieve up to 93 percent of reproducible PMS colours – with orange, blue, green, white and clear dry ink – and 24-point thick stock kit,” said Mandarino, CEO and President of CJ Graphics Inc. “The iGen 5 is fast, and with the new features you are only limited by your imagination. We’re proud to be the first in the world to have the complete set of features to deliver more value to our clients.”

C.J. Graphics’ Xerox iGen 5 presses, as mentioned, include the fifth colour station with an abilty to swap in White Dry Ink for specialty effects. The flagship press platform for Xerox was introduced in mid-2015. It provides 2,400 x 2,400-dpi imaging, as well as what the company labels as Object Oriented Halftoning, Xerox Confident Colour and Auto Density Control.

With purchase of the new building, renovations and new equipment, C.J. Group explained at the time of the announcement in early 2017, that it will be investing more than $25 million in its expansion. In addition to the new Xerox presses, Mandarino explained the company is adding full mailing services, a new sheetfed litho press, and a new large format press as it moves into the plant, in addition to expansion of its bindery and other divisions.
Horseshoe Press Inc. of Burnaby, British Columbia, became the first printing company in Western Canada to acquire Konica Minolta’s flagship MGI JETvarnish 3D Evolution system. The purchase was overseen by Konica Minolta Business Solutions Canada in partnership with distributor Focus Pre-Press Systems Ltd.

The MGI JETvarnish 3D Evolution is described by Konica Minolta as the world’s first B1+ scalable sheetfed digital enhancement press. The technology eliminates the need for films, dies, screens and make-readies for the efficient production of foil stamping jobs from one to thousands of sheets, with an ability to run fully personalized short, medium and long runs for complex print and packaging applications.

“Innovation and market leadership have always been our guiding principle at Horseshoe Press,” said Dickey Tam, President and Owner of Horseshoe Press, which was founded in 1988. “Working with an experienced team from Focus Pre-Press and Konica Minolta helped us recognize the opportunity to rapidly grow our business.

"We are excited to expand our offering and bring differentiated products and services to our clients at price-points that simply cannot be matched with traditional finishing methods," said Tam. "With the continued support of both companies, we are confident that this will prove to be a wise investment for Horseshoe Press.”

The JETvarnish 3D Evolution also leverages MGI’s industry-unique Artificial Intelligence SmartScanner (AIS), which provides precision accuracy by using AI to automate varnish and hot foil registration for inkjet heads over the pre-printed sheet.

The enhancement press provides digital foiling with an upgradeable inkjet expansion system with three substrate size options ranging from 52 x 120 cm (20 x 47 inches) to 64 x 120 cm (25 x 47 inches) and 75 x 120 cm (29 x 47 inches). It produces digitally embellished images, text, data and brand designs using spot varnish, 3D raised varnish and digitally embossed foil in a single pass.

“Having recently delivered our first MGI JETvarnish 3D Evolution in Ontario, we are excited to see the adoption of this innovative technology gaining momentum across Canada,” said Chris Dewart, President and CEO, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Canada. “By delivering shorter-run, personalized and high-impact printed material, Horseshoe Press has a premium print offering that will delight their customers and grow their business profitably.”
Westkey Graphics, one of western Canada’s largest privately owned printing companies, purchased White Dry Ink for the fifth station of its Xerox iGen 5 press at PRINT 17.

With this addition, WestKey Graphics becomes the first print provider in North America to have all five ink options for the iGen 5’s fifth station, enabling the company to take on new applications that replicate client brand colours.

Alfie Karmal, President and CEO of Westkey, explains the company previously relied on offset for colour matching. Additionally, some he explains some clients had a preference for more matte-quality finishes, which meant jobs needed to be outsourced. At Westkey, demand was also high for weighted stocks in the production of short-run, point-of-sale materials and packaging.

With the I Gen 5, Westkey explains it will be able to produce digitally printed folding carton packaging, such as gable and wine boxes, as well as flexible labels and high-end point-of-sale pieces with full variability. Along with digital colour accuracy, the fifth station allows for matte-finish options, short-run flexibility and the use of thicker stock materials, and additional orange, green, blue, Clear Dry Ink and White Dry Ink capabilities.

“We are excited to be investing in the innovative technology behind the iGen 5 and White Dry Ink. Now, we’ll be able to continue our leadership in the market. This technology, along with our partnership with Xerox, allows us to do more work in digital than we previously did on offset,” said Karmal. “We’re able to lead our market in short-run packaging and now have the means to grow our business with existing customers, by offering more innovative applications.”

Introduced at PRINT 17 in Chicago, White Dry Ink will be available for installations beginning October 2, 2017.
Astley Gilbert of Toronto, Ontario, has acquired a new Komori GL 840 perfecting press, purchased through Komcan Inc. The new press will include a tower coater, HUV and UV curing capabilities, and extended delivery.

Other features of Astley Gilbert’s Komori GL 840 will include A-APC plate changing, which the press maker explains allows a user to simultaneously change plates on all eight units in less than 90 seconds. The GL 840 also includes Komori’s PQA-S dual camera system for inspection of both sides of the sheet.

“Simply put we needed to be able to offer our clients the highest quality at faster speeds,” said Ron Verbaas of Astley Gilbert. “The ability to deliver completely dry 4/4 sheets in one pass even on synthetic substrates made this choice a no brainer.”

Astley Gilbert provides a range of sheetfed, digital, visual display and online services.
East Van Graphics of Vancouver, British Columbia, has installed a new Xerox iGen 5 press into its digital and offset printing facility. The company’s new Xerox press includes an expanded format (14 x 26 inches), matte finish capabilities and features the first heavyweight capacity (24 pt) for an iGen 5 press in British Columbia.

Released into the market in mid-2015, the iGen 5 is rated for up to 3,750,000 pages per month. The platform provides 2,400 x 2,400-dpi imaging, as well as what the company labels as Object Oriented Halftoning, Xerox Confident Colour and Auto Density Control.

The iGen5 is based on a new scalable press architecture, which allows users to upgrade iGen 5 speeds within the 150 version (150 ppm), 120 version and 90 version press. The press also introduced an optional fifth colour unit, providing a larger gamut of Pantone colours or unknown spot colours, orange, green or blue options supplement the standard CMYK model.
Précigrafik of Sherbrooke, Quebec, is the first Canadian company to install the HP Indigo 7900 press. The firm, which has over 70 employees, explains it has nearly doubled its colour print production capacity since installing the press earlier this year. Précigrafik has a client base of more than 40,000 small- and medium-sized businesses.
 
“The biggest advantage of our new press is longer colour runs that are both faster and more cost effective,” said Gilles Blais, President at Precigrafik. “This allows us to make the best use of our press time and focus on consulting with our customers, building specific products for their needs and helping many of them make their first foray into the digital printing world.”
 
In June, Précigrafik was named as a winner in the Innovation category at the 35th annual Gutenberg Gala in Montreal, which recognizes the best printing industry work in Quebec. The company earned the top honours based on a 1,000 personalized, full colour program books that were issued to attendees at a recent Sherbrooke Chamber of Commerce gala.

“When we offer personalization or custom print capabilities, people are crazy for it and immediately jump on board” said Blais. “It’s a huge opportunity to help our clients reaching their communication and marketing objectives. Many of our customers come to us looking to create a traditional brochure and are not fully aware of the speed and customization capabilities digital printing can provide.”
 
Additionally, Précigrafik is taking advantage of HP Indigo Electroink technology on the HP Indigo 7900, which features up to seven ink stations on the press. Précigrafik explains it is using new technologies to create memorable and innovative experiences for their customers. “We’re seeing huge growth of direct mail materials, such a post cards and brochures in unique and attractive shapes and sizes,” said Blais.
Flash Reproductions of Toronto, Ontario, has installed the first Konica Minolta AccurioJet KM-1 inkjet press in Canada. The B2+ inkjet press will be used to provide short-run flexibility given Flash’s strong position with creative agencies and graphic designers.

The AccurioJet KM-1 prints with a 23 x 29.5-inch sheet size, allowing for 6-up full bleed letter-size printing at 3,000 pages per hour. The press also prints on 17-pound vellum up to 24-point stock weights, without any pre-coating necessary. It can handle a range of traditional offset litho stocks, as well as textured, synthetics and canvas materials. It features automatic perfecting and duplexing up to 18 point and cures work immediately by running UV ink.

“We’re obsessive about print processes and if there is a new way to print or even a new twist on an old process, we find it and research it,” said Rich Pauptit, President, Flash Reproductions. “To put it simply, I believe the KM-1 will allow us to offer what everyone wants. The best quality, in the shortest time, at a budget conscious price.

“Our research and investigation has resulted in all the experts at Flash uniformly agreeing that this is the machine we have been waiting for. We’re ready and excited to dive in,” continued Pauptit. “I truly think that we will look back at the install of this machine as the day that everything changed. I’m not foolish enough to claim that I can see the future, but I’m smart enough to keep my eyes open while it’s happening.”
Image-X of St. Laurent, Quebec, becomes the first printing company in Canada to install Agfa Graphics’ newest LED inkjet system, the Jeti Mira LED 2716 HS, including the optional roll-to-roll and primer technologies.

The Jeti Mira features six colour plus white and two rows of Ricoh inkjet print heads, as well as a moving gantry. The system produces up to 2.69-metre-wide prints and reaches speeds of up to 231 square metres per hour.
Mail-O-Matic Services Ltd., a mail service provider located in Burnaby, BC, has installed two new Ricoh Pro C 9110 digital presses, along with EFI’s Fiery Graphic Arts Package, Premium Edition, software.  

The Ricoh Pro C9110 press produces a top resolution of up to 1,200 x 4,800 dpi. It also features Trained Customer Replaceable Units (TCRUs), vacuum-feed with air assisted paper trays, and a straight path belt cooling system.

Ken Frew founded Mail-O-Matic in 1967 and for the next 44 years served as president of the company, until his passing in October of 2011, at the age of 73. The operation is currently led by President Scott Thomson, who joined Mail-O-Matic in 1977. The company employs more than 50 people serving clients throughout Canada and the U.S.
A+A Graphics Canada of Toronto has installed a Jeti Mira MG 2732/HS from Agfa Graphics Canada. The wide-format six-colour UV LED flatbed printer opens up new applications for the printing company, owned by Ara Sahakian, who recently moved his operation into a larger 15,000-square-foot production facility. The new space is four times larger than A+A Graphics’ former location.

For 13 years, A+A Graphics Canada has been a full-service commercial printer offering everything from graphic design, business cards and letterheads, labels and web design, to e-commerce solutions, branding and channel letters, among other applications. The company’s primary focus, however, has always been wide-format.

“There were so many things that attracted me to the Jeti Mira,” said Ara. “First was the extremely high-quality colour output. We’re now able to present prototypes to many more marketing firms to win over their clients’ business. In fact, we can now offer exceptional prototypes to other different markets we didn’t attempt to go after previously. Also important is that we now use larger sheets and larger tables. The Jeti Mira allows us to produce quality large-format full-colour printing at high speeds on corrugated – many of them short-run jobs.”

The Jeti Mira reaches speeds of up to 231 metres square per hour via its dockable roll-to-roll extension. The moving-gantry flatbed can output up to 2.69 m-wide prints, and features LED curing and 3D Lens Technology for 3D printing. It produces print quality in six colours (CMYKLcLm) and white, with optional (3D) varnish or primer. Its 7-picolitre ink droplets are driven by two rows of Ricoh inkjet printheads.
Graphiscan of Montréal, Quebec, plans to grow their packaging department and increase their overall margin with the installation of a new Easymatrix 106 CS diecutter from Heidelberg. It is the first company to purchase the Easymatrix in North America.

The new Easymatrix 106 CS diecutter in Montréal runs alongside an existing five-colour Speedmaster CD 102 with coater. Graphiscan has four locations throughout Canada. By installing the Easymatrix 106 CS, the company is eliminating a lot of postpress outsourcing work it had been sending to trade shops –allowing them to increase overall margin.

“You can control your jobs from A to Z,” said Denis Gagnon, President of Graphiscan. “We no longer have to ship sheets to and from trade shops, which saves us valuable time and keeps profit and labor within Graphiscan.”

Processing boards as thick as 78 pt thick with a 29.4 x 41.7-inch format at speeds up to 7,700 sheets per hour, the Easymatrix 106 CS is larger than most diecutters in its class. The Easymatrix 106 CS is able to handle output directly from the Speedmaster CD 102, which allows Graphiscan to perform high volumes of full-sized diecutting jobs.

“Packaging currently represents 25 percent of our business,” said Gagnon. “We think that the Easymatrix 106 is the critical finishing piece to allow our packaging department to enable packaging to become half of our total business in the next few years.”
Aclick Inc. of Scarborough, Ontario, has recently purchased the Agfa Jeti Ceres roll-to-roll printer. “Printing quality, productivity and reliability were the key factors for Aclick to decide to purchase the Jeti Ceres,” said Miller Yao, owner of Aclick, which uses the URL XLprints.ca.

Founded in 2005, Aclick is described as a full-service digital printing company that produces wide format graphics for the trade.

Manufactured in Mississauga, Ontario, the Jeti Ceres is a 3.2-metre UV LED inkjet printing systems, producing print up to 10 1/2-feet wide. Agfa explains the Jeti Ceres is capable of unattended printing, running Asanti software designed specifically for sign and display applications.
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