The Jeti Titan HS is a flatbed, 3-metre–wide, 6-colour UV inkjet system that reaches speeds of up to 160 square metres per hour (1,722 ft2/hr) in Express Mode. The system, which can include a flat-to-roll printing option, produces resolutions of up to 720 x 1,200 dpi.
In what is defined as Express Mode, the Anapurna reaches speeds of 45 m2/h (484 sqf/h), while Production Mode hits 26 to 28 m2/h (279 to 301 sqf/h), Poster Mode 15 to 17 m2/h (161 to 182 sqf/h), and 8 m2/h (86 sqf/h).
Tracing its roots back to 1967, Aulward Graphics, built around sheetfed-offset production, provides a range of services in addition to large-format inkjet, such as digital printing, full bindery, fulfillment, design and die-cutting.
Founded in 2005 by Matthew Clark, the company specializes in large-format production, including interior and exterior signage, grand format banners, point of purchase displays, window and floor graphics, glass printing and building wraps, among other applications.
The Jeti Titan HS is a flatbed, 3-metre–wide, 6-colour UV inkjet system that reaches speeds of up to 160 square metres per hour (1,722 ft2/hr) in Express Mode. The system produces resolutions of up to 720 x 1,200 dpi.
Annex Business Media has installed its new 8-colour, 40-inch Komori LS perfecting press, after announcing the press purchase back in March 2015. The press, acquired through KOMCAN Inc., is based in Annex’ Simcoe, Ont., plant, which houses production, editorial, sales and administration facilities.
Annex is Canada’s largest independent business-to-business publisher, controlling more than 55 brands including PrintAction magazine. In late January 2015, Annex teamed up with Newcom Business Media to acquire 67 trade-publishing brands from Vancouver-based Glacier Media Inc., a deal worth $19.65 million. Annex immediately took control of 15 Glacier Media properties, adding to its existing stable of 40 B2B brands, the vast majority of which continue to publish a magazine, in addition to online, digital and event components.
The Komori LS press, replacing an existing 29-inch, 8-colour press, comes equipped with a range of automation features, including: APC fully automatic plate changers, PDC-SII close-looped colour control, AMR automatic make-ready, fully automatic wash-up systems and KHS Komori high-speed inking.
In mid-July, Annex also purchased a new Kuda 115 CL cutting system, through KOMCAN, for its Simcoe plant. The Kuda cutter is fully programmable with a 15-inch TFT colour touchscreen and features management software for service, diagnostics, scheduled maintenance and knife changing. It cuts at up to 45 cycles per minute with a 115 cm (45 1/4 inch) cutting width and depth.
Both machines were installed in the company’s Markham, Ont., facility this past June and have been fully operational since July. The Titan HS prints at speed of up to 160 m2 per hour (1,723 ft2/hr) on a range of printing medias like coroplast, vinyl, canvas and foam board. The six-colour UV inkjet printer is equipped with two rows of print heads.
The Kongsberg C series cutter is designed to handle a range of substrates, from thick to thin, and is described by Esko as the only super-wide finisher to offer a 3kW continuous duty milling unit. The Kongsberg C can handle dimensions of up to 3,210 mm wide by 3, 200 mm long (126.37 x 126 inches).
The new Agfa and Kongsberg equipment at Sina is now running alongside existing large-format printing and finishing capabilities, including three other printers and another cutter.
The system, purchased through Sydney Stone, was fully reconditioned at Sydney Stone by Duplo-trained technicians and replaces an older model Bourg system.
“I saw firsthand the Duplo System that Sydney Stone was showing at their booth during [Graphics Canada],” explains Dan Weiss of Willow Publishing. “The Duplo offers us the ability to turn jobs around faster and spend less time on setup than our previous Bourg.”
In addition to Website design, Willow Publishing produces a range of print work, such as books and specialty printing, guides, directories and magazines, as well as signage and wide-format print.
“Our Triumph 4850EP cutter was starting to get older and costing more in repairs each year, we were able to trade that in for this new EBA 5560 which has made a great improvement in our ability to cut efficiently,” said Doug Bell of Copy Right Copy Centre.
The EBA 5560LT guillotine features a maximum cut width and depth 21 5/8 inches hydraulic blade and clamp drive, as well EASY-CUT, programmable back gauge with touch pad, and IR light beam safety curtain.
Annex Business Media, publisher of PrintAction magazine, installed a new Kuda 115 CL cutting system into its Simcoe, Ont., facility.
The Kuda cutter, purchased through KOMCAN Inc. of Georgetown, Ontario, is fully programmable with a 15-inch TFT colour touchscreen and features management software for service, diagnostics, scheduled maintenance and knife changing. It cuts at up to 45 cycles per minute with a 115 cm (45 ¼ inch) cutting width and depth.
Replacing a smaller cutter, the new Kuda CL was brought in to work alongside Annex’ new Komori LS 840 perfecting press being installed within the next couple of weeks. Annex announced the purchase of the Komori LS 840, also through KOMCAN, in March 2015 on the heels of acquiring Glacier Media print and online assets in late January.
The Komori LS 840 is equipped with features like APC fully automatic plate changers, PDC-SII close-looped colour control, AMR automatic make-ready, fully automatic wash-up systems and KHS Komori high-speed inking.
DigiXpress Hybrid Hybrid handles stocks up to 360 gsm, as well as 3 x 5-inch cards and 52-inch banners. The system also supports tabloid size of 12 x 18 inches and Super-B sizes of 13 x 19 inches.
Available with an optional External Fiery XF 5 server, the DigiXpress Hybrid reaches speeds of up to 50 pages per minute in both colour and monochrome. It produces a resolution of 1,200 x 1,200 dpi.
The HP Indigo 10000 is an evolutionary digital press based on its true 29-inch (75-cm) format size. With a built-in duplex mechanism, the press allows for digitally printing new applications like pocket folders, six-page brochures, posters, and large lay-flat books. It can print up 4,600 B2-size colour sheets per hour.
“Our clients are consistently looking for greater ROI on their marketing investments, and combining this new format with our one-to-one marketing capabilities will enable us to deliver that,” said Dave Gordon-Cooper, President & CEO, Apache Superior Printing.
Founded in 1963, Apache is now one of the largest privately owned printing companies in the region, servicing local, national and international markets. In addition to offset and digital printing, the company provides mailing and bindery operations, as well as large format foiling, embossing and die cutting.
HP states its Indigo 10000 customers’ average print volumes have more than doubled in the last 12 months, printing over 100 million monthly impressions, and nearly 20 customers have added multiple units.
“The entire flexo web-line including the new KBA-Flexotecnica eight-colour CI, plus two downstream units, as well as double roll stands with auto splicer and festoon and flatbed diecutter with rotary stripper, belt askew, and delivery will be unique in North America,” said David Seychell, President of Seydaco, adding, “It will be miles ahead of anything in its class considerations.”
Seychell continues to explain the installation of the KBA-Flexotecnica press will complement the facility’s two sheetfed press lines, and allow the company to offer competitive long-run carton production for export. The new flexo web line gives Seydaco the capability of handling both sheets and rolls. The company also runs two high-speed diecutters.
Seydaco’s packaging range, both in terms of product and geography, is also extended through its sister firms, including: Groupe Ecco, a folding carton manufacturer based in Quebec; Miramont Labels, based in Quebec; and National Carton & Coating, a mid- to large-volume manufacturer of custom printed folding cartons, stock chipboard boxes, and mailers based in Dayton, OH. Seydaco purchased National Carton in April 2015.
The KBA-Flexotecnica press, according to Seydaco, is to support mid- to long-run requirements at all Seydaco locations. Initially, the firm will target paperboard foodservice packaging requirements, which is where Seydaco and Groupe Ecco are already well positioned. The company also intends to attract private label owners and consumer packaged goods companies.
“The EVO XD will allow us to develop new skills and expertise in longer run orders, and one-pass printing on the front and back of substrates,” says Seychell. “Throughout the history of Seydaco, Groupe Ecco and National Carton & Coating, we have used only sheetfed equipment and sheeters. Our only exposure and experience with flexo printing/in-line diecutting and flexo plate materials is at our Miramont facility where we use a 13-inch flexo press to produce pressure sensitive labels.”
Seydaco has a longstanding partnership with KBA, as the printer currently operates two six-colour KBA Rapida 105 41-inch presses, a seven-colour KBA Rapida 105 41-inch press, and one 10-colour KBA Rapida 130 press with two coating stations – all equipped with UV curing.
With approximately 350,000 square feet of production space, Friesens’ new 73-inch wide XXL press provides for an imposition of up to 64 pages, printed both sides, in one pass. The company also has capabilities to slit down a 64-page format into a 2-up, 32-page imposition, inline.
“What Friesens has accomplished is very rare, they increased their productivity by four times their current workflow,” said Sean Springett, U.S. & Canadian Marketing Manager for Manroland Sheetfed. “The combination of perfecting, press speed and sheet size, all in a single pass press has afforded a competitive edge unmatched by other book printers in a sheetfed press, specifically in North America."
Friesens’ R908 HiPrint XXL is equipped with InlineColorPilot for colour management, which, according to Manroland, is capable of registering full ink reads within three sheets, at full press speed. Once read, the ink train makes any required colour change parameters. Coupled with InlineRegister, Friesens is able to control circumferential, diagonal and lateral register on the fly, automatically during any sheet read sequence.
“We are extremely excited to push the boundaries of size, speed and automation with the addition of the XXL press to our production line-up,” said Curwin Friesen, CEO of Friesens. “This installation demonstrates our long-term commitment to our book publishing customers and ensures our employee owners have advanced equipment to help them succeed in the North American print market.”
The new sheetfed press is also equipped with Manroland’s press management system, called IntegratedPilotPlus, a CIP3- and JDF-compliant system where job parameters are automatically sent to the press from prepress, including air settings or ink profile changes. Any modifications to the original file are saved and automatically updated to the original job specifications.
“Our Manroland project is one of the most complex and involved expansions in our history,” said Byron Loeppky, Production Manager with Friesens. “Our staff and team did a tremendous job in achieving a successful installation all the while meeting the delivery needs of our customers. A major installation like this requires teamwork on every level and our staff and leaders delivered brilliantly.”
M&T Printing Group, headquartered in Kitchener, Ontario, completed the installation of a Canon Océ Arizona 460 GT UV flatbed printer into its recently opened wide format production centre in Guelph, Ontario.
The new Arizona 460, featuring white-ink capability, joins M&T Printing’s existing large-format cutter and an eco-solvent roll-to-roll device at the Guelph facility.
M&T Printing Group has been in operation for more than 45 years, primarily focusing on the print-on-demand market. M&T has 11 locations throughout southwestern Ontario, including the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Brantford and London.
The programmable Triumph 5260 cutter, purchased through PDS, features an automatic clamp, power back gauge, digital touchpad, and IR safety light beams on front table, as well as patented EASY CUT electronic blade activation bars for two-handed operation. The blade and cutting stick can be changed without removing covers.
The system also features a 37-inch working height and stores 99 programs with up to 99 steps in each (up to 15 repeat cuts can be integrated as a single step). It is pre-programmed for standard paper sizes and includes a memory key for repeat cuts.
Middleton Group of Markham, Ontario, added the new Inca Onset R40-LT wide-format UV flatbed inkjet press. Founded in 1952, Middleton provides a range of design, merchandising and printing services primarily aimed at the large-format display market.
The Onset R40-LT, sold exclusively through Fujifilm, is Middleton’s third Inca press, after purchasing its first system in 2005. “It met our needs, and we ran it all the time,” remembers Craig Riethmacher, Chief Operating Officer, Middleton Group. “As technology advanced we bought the Columbia Turbo, which was another giant leap. We ran two shifts constantly for seven years; it was our only digital machine at the time of purchase.”
Built utilizing Inca’s scalable architecture, the company’s new Onset R40LT produces high quality prints at speeds of up 40 beds (5 x 10 feet) an hour. It can be field upgraded to boost speed, as well as enhance the press productivity, ultimately reach the printing structure of a full Inca Onset R40i.
“We are in the visual display business. We need to be able to print on thick substrates, with a variety of highly creative outputs,” said Riethmacher. “Our new R40-LT has been fantastic thus far. Having the option to upgrade the R40-LT over time is perfect for our business model; it complements our other equipment nicely.”
Middleton Group is using Fujifilm’s Uvijet OZ ink on its new R40-LT. “One of our current projects involves heat-bending, while printing on quarter-inch acrylic with a curve, for a globally known high-end vacuum manufacturer, and the adhesion is amazing,” explains Riethmacher. The Markham printing company is also leveraging Uvijet white ink. “We manage a lot of work on black signage, and this process is very efficient on the R40-LT. I see us using a lot of white ink.” Riethmacher also points to the new machine’s gloss mode as printing like a UV clear.
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