The Print Three franchise in Calgary, Alberta, recently installed a Ricoh Pro C9110 press. The Pro C9110 runs a range of media stocks from 52 to 400 gsm, with duplex printing, and reaches speeds of up to 130 pages per minute in both colour and black-and-white production.

The press, explains Ricoh, allows users to produce two-sided specialty and oversized projects up to 27.5 inches long, with an ability to print on specialty media like super-gloss, metallic, coated, transparent and other synthetics. The press’ elastic transfer belt and toner transfer technology also allows for working with textured media like vellums and linens.

Leveraging Ricoh’s Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) technology, the Ricoh Pro C9110 reaches imaging resolutions of up to 1,200 x 4,800 dpi.
Impulse Graphic and Display Solutions Inc. of Mississauga, Ontario, has invested in new prepress software, most prominently Esko Automation Engine workflow and ArtiosCAD for structural design. The company is using Automation Engine to reduce operator time and automate step-and-repeat layouts moving to their printing systems and Kongsberg cutting tables.

Founded 40 years ago, Impulse Graphic and its 35 employees now focus on retail in-store marketing, display and POS, providing a range of services like project management, creative solutions, printing, kitting and warehousing, shipping and installation. In 2007, Impulse Graphic invested in a high-volume flatbed printer, recently added a new hybrid printer to boost its printing capacity to over 7,000 square feet per hour and has invested in its third Kongsberg cutting table. “We felt the need to have the same family of cutting tables, moving away from another cutter brand to create consistency and greater throughput in our bindery department,” said Alexander Cachia, President of Impulse.

Cachia explains the decision to go with Esko’s Automation Engine was in part based on its ability to customize Impulse Graphic’s workflow based on its scope of work. “We also wanted our creative department to take advantage of other software tools Esko offers that tied into prepress,” said Cachia. “With the implementation of Esko ArtiosCAD we now have the ability not only to create structural designs in 2D or 3D, but also link these files to Automation Engine to output to our printers and to the Kongsberg tables. This make the prepress operation very seamless.”

Until recently, Impulse was receiving job files from FTP sites and manually sending them through a pre-flight program. One-ups were manually stepped and repeated in Adobe Illustrator, and a separate layer was created for a cut line. Once approved, the files were sent to the printers and cutting tables. “With a growing customer base, some of which operate more than 3,000 locations across North America, we needed a powerful tool to automate our workflow,” explained Cachia. “Our most pressing need was that we wanted to reduce prepress operator time, especially for repetitive tasks.”

Impulse has been using Automation Engine for about four months and, based on its majority of clients, the company will handle on average 100 files a day. “We recently completed a project where we processed over 800 files through Automation Engine on a variety of substrates,” said Cachia. He continues to explain, that in the past, Impulse Graphic used to create a variety of templates to step-and-repeat and output jobs. The company’s operators have customized them all within Automation Engine. “The operators are more efficient. We can accept larger jobs and turn them around faster. Prepress used to be the bottleneck. Now it's pushing production.”
Factor Forms and Labels, headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, has purchased Canada’s first Domino N610i UV inkjet label press. The N610i is Factor Forms’ sixth digital press purchased since 2008.

“Our focus for labels has been the short-run marketplace and our exclusive use of digital label presses and laser die cutters allows our dealers to be very successful going after this short-run business,” said Tom Moore, Vice President and General Manager of Factor Forms and Labels. “However, we are now seeing requests for larger quantities and the Domino N610i will allow our dealers to pursue mid-range quantity orders, especially those with multiple SKUs. We also see texturing being a great value-add to what our dealers offer their customers.”

The texturing described by Moore refers to a recently introduced capability, called Textures by Domino, that allows Domino N610i users to produce inkjet-printed tactile, textured labels – with the goal of increasing shelf presence to allow brand owners’ products stand out. Domino explains it Textures innovation provides a cost-effective way to create “feel appeal” without the use of expensive textured label materials.

The N610i press runs at a minimum speed of 165 feet per minute and can reach up to 246 feet per minute, producing a native resolution of 600 x 600 dpi. The system’s white ink channel, explains Domino, produces opacity of more than 70 percent.

Factor Forms and Labels describes itself as Canada’s largest trade-only business forms and labels manufacturer, with plants in Edmonton, Niagara Falls and Victoria. The company’s national network also includes sales offices in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Niagara Falls.

Celebrating its 38th year in business, Domino is headquartered in the UK as a manufacturer and distributor of digital printing and product identification solutions. The company has 25 subsidiaries, more than 200 distributors, representation in over 120 countries, and 2,600 employees worldwide. Domino’s North American headquarters is located in Gurnee, IL.
Oakville Blueprinting, a digital print provider catering to the architectural and engineering industries, has installed a Morgana DigiFold PRO. Back in 2015, the company purchased a Morgana AutoCreaser 33 PRO with the intention of eventually upgrading to the DigiFold PRO through distributor Sydney Stone, which provided both systems and organized the one-year trade-in program for the printing company.

“We had been using a Morgana Creaser for years and the finish made our jobs look so much better,” said Mike Monkhouse of Oakville Blueprinting. “Now with the DigiFold PRO we are able to crease and fold with such ease, accuracy and reliability. We have had it for some months now and we are able to turn jobs around so much faster for our customers.”

The Morgana DigiFold PRO provides creasing and folding in one pass at speeds of up to 6,000 sheets per hour. Founded more than four decades ago, Oakville Blueprinting provides both printing and online services primarily for its Halton Region clients in the architectural and engineering industries.
Ryerson’s School of Graphic Communications Management recently received a donation from Color-Logic, developers of colour communication systems and software for a wide range of special effect printing applications.

The Color Logic Process Metallic Color System software provides a selection of 250 different metallic colours and it only requires a total of five inks to print. Special effects are pre-built into palettes allowing for easy accessibility in designing for metallic colours and decorative effects. There are plugins available for Adobe Creative Cloud applications and QuarkXPress, and offer printers and converters both an accurate system for exchanging colour information for metallics, as well as the ability to print on foils and other substrates with white plus CMYK inks.

The software is compatible with offset, inkjet, flexography, digital presses, screen printing, and gravure processes. It is also cross-media compatible with the user’s existing workflows and can work without the need to purchase any additional equipment.

With the new donation, students at GCM are able to have more innovative options when designing for packages, labels, brochures, and projects. The Color Logic Process Metallic Color System provides new practices and possibilities for students to expand their knowledge in printing and design.
Core-Mark International Inc.’s Calgary location added a new Bizhub Pro C1060L press in September to produce marketing materials, booklets and in-house marketing. The facility also runs a Bizhub C258.

Core-Mark describes itself as one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America. Founded in 1888, Core-Mark offers a full range of products, marketing programs and technology solutions to approximately 44,000 customer locations in the U.S. and Canada through 30 distribution centres.

The Bizhub Pro C1060L produces up to 60 pages per minute in both colour and monochrome at up to 1,200 x 1,200-dpi resolution – with 8-bit processing. Running Konica Minolta’s Simitri HD toner, the press accepts paper sizes up to 13 x 19.2 inches wide and weights up to 300 gsm.
Maranda Digital of Vancouver, British Columbia, recently added three Ricoh presses to its production floor, including a Pro C9100, Pro C7100X and Pro 8120SE. The company also integrated new Ricoh Total Flow software.

Maranda Digital explains the installation of the Ricoh Pro C7100X, with its ability to print with clear and white toner, provides a broader range of applications and product offerings for their clients. The company is also leveraging advances in vacuum-fed and air-assisted feeding, as well as the straight paper path belt cooling technology, featured on the new Ricoh presses.

Maranda Digital Print is the brainchild of Maria and Kieran Austin, two people with a combined experience of 50 years in the printing industry. Before Maranda Digital Print, Maria was the co-owner and operator of Maranda Repro in Calgary, which opened its doors in 1988.

In 2004, Maria and Kieran Austin opened Maranda Digital in Vancouver to focus solely on the production of toner-base print. Before Maranda Digital Print, Maria Austin was the co-owner and operator of Maranda Repro in Calgary, which opened its doors in 1988. In 2016, Maranda Digital launched its new online e-commerce Website and began to build its strong relationship with Ricoh.
Jet Label & Packaging Ltd., described as Western Canada’s largest label manufacturer is installing two systems from print inspection manufacturer AVT at its manufacturing facility in Edmonton, Alberta.  Scheduled for deployment this fall, both systems are from AVT’s Helios set of solutions.  

Jet Label, with additional locations in Calgary, Vancouver, Prince George, Kelowna, Saskatoon and Winnipeg, focuses on industries like food & beverage, agriculture and pharmaceuticals. The label manufacturer plans to expand its AVT inspection to six lines by early 2017.

“Jet Label’s commitment to this leading-edge technology will have huge benefits realized by our staff, suppliers and most of all our loyal customers,” said Darrell Friesen, President & CEO of Jet Label.

AVT’s Helios technology can be integrated into any rewinder/finishing equipment to create a designated automatic inspection station for post-print processes. The system uses dedicated algorithms designed to detect any type of defect based on substrate and application. Helios also features built-in archiving and reporting, including its PrintFlow module, as well as an inline monitoring tool that reports on total good material printed.

Jet Label will adjoin one Helios inspection system at the finishing station of a digital printing line, and another to a conventional flexo printing operation. Both Helios inspection systems will be linked to AVT’s PrintFlow Manager and PrintFlow Central quality and process control systems.

More specifically, PrintFlow Manager ensures that data collected from all platforms is presented directly to the PCs of print house managers and key personnel. PrintFlow Central enables automatic storage of inspection and job setup data from AVT inspection systems into a single server.

Founded in 1998, Jet Label manufactures labels and printed tape from its 24/7, 55,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Edmonton. It produces a range of durable, reliably water- and weatherproof labels that stand up to the types of harsh conditions in which many of its customers operate.  Jet Label also produces a variety of address labels, and supplies parking and boarding passes and baggage tags to Edmonton International Airport.
Multitech Graphics of Whitby, Ontario, has installed a new Canon imagePRESS C8000VP. The four-colour toner-based press reaches speeds of up to 80 pages per minute on all media weights up to 350 gsm.

The Canon imagePRESS C8000VP also features gloss optimization tools to match the gloss of the paper and leverages the company’s Consistently Vivid (CV) toner technology. Canon explains the press’ Dual Fixing unit with enhanced cooling capability delivers better mixed media handling, while an external heat belt provides stable fixing performance at high speed. An air compressor featuring a separation function prevents multi-paper feeds making it possible to print onto thin, coated media as light as 70 gsm.

Multitech Graphics, which produces a range of commercial print work like marketing brochures, post cards, flyers, booklets and business cards, installed the new Canon press back in June 2016.
Ryerson University’s School of Graphic Communications Management has installed a new donated Esko CDI Spark 2530 flexo plate imager, which replaces the one they have been running for a few years. The new system will to allow Ryerson students continue to learn and practice flexographic platemaking processes. It will be used in conjunction with a complete Esko packaging workflow that is also in place at the university.

The Ryerson School of Graphic Communications Management (GCM) offers Canada’s only degree-granting program for the printing industries. The school’s four-year degree offers opportunities in all areas of digital imaging and print production leading to a management career in this rapidly growing field.

In recent years, Esko explains the number of students at GCM going to packaging companies has increased rapidly. Throughout the program, students network with potential employers and gain practical experience in the industry through formal internships or part-time work.

“Esko always tries to offer solutions to top tier graphic, design and packaging schools so that their students are working with the latest technology and ready resources for the industries we serve,” said Larry Moore, Esko Vice President, North American Partner Programs. “Ryerson, in my opinion, is an extremely important and valuable resource for packaging companies across Canada. I have met many Ryerson graduates and they have always been key players.”

The CDI Spark 2530 flexo plate imager, explains Esko, is used by companies that particularly produce tags and labels and folding cartons. It images digital flexo plates up to 25 x 30 inches (635 x 762 mm) and comes with an incorporated plate loading table and an EasyClamp II drum for easier and faster plate loading.

 “This major donation will allow our 600+ GCM students to learn platemaking on the most up-to-date equipment. The process creating packaging requires challenging, evolving technology and the tools our students use are on the cutting edge,” said Natalia Lumby, Associate Professor at the School of Graphic Communications Management at Ryerson University. “Students are introduced to platemaking in their first year. By the third year, they produce flexo plates on the CDI on their own.”

The Esko CDI also allows Ryerson to participate in competitions, including the Phoenix Challenge, where Ryerson has received awards both in 2013 and 2015. “It's an opportunity for our students to challenge themselves, and to see what it is like to design and create packaging for a real company,” said Lumby.

GCM this past year introduced a brand new curriculum with a packaging concentration and will be launching consumer packaging courses, including workflow this academic year. The curriculum encompasses the theory of design and production.
Mr. Printer of Toronto has installed a Duplo 616 Pro system purchased from PDS. The Duplo DC-616 PRO Slitter/Cutter/Creaser is aimed at short-run, on demand digital printing work. Designed to remove white borders and prevent toner cracking on toner documents, the all-in-one finisher can process up to six slits, 25 cuts, and 20 creases in a single pass.

Mr. Printer was founded in 1978 and continues as a family owned and operated company. Today, the company produces general printing and signage work with a focus on short-run print projects. Mr. Printer has a strong online presence and is based in a 10,000-square-foot facility.

Hueneye of LaSalle, Quebec, one of the region’s only dedicated trade shops, has installed a five-colour RMGT 9 Series press with coater purchased through Canadian dealer KBR Graphics.

Installed about nine months ago, the press, manufactured in Japan by RYOBI MHI Graphic Technology (RMGT), features maximum printing speeds of 16,200 sheets per hour, RMGT’s Insta.Color makeready automation, and varnish coating capabilities. It joins Hueneye’s existing  23 x 29-inch sheetfed press, which was also purchased from KBR Graphics.

Hueneye has 30 full-time employees housed in a 12,000-square-foot facility. “We needed a compact footprint,” said Mike Green, President of Hueneye. “The 9 Series’ [maximum] sheet size of 25x36 inches is the majority of our work now. We are printing flyers on gloss, 16-page signatures for booklets and brochures, and even 23x35-inch posters in varying quantities ranging from 250 up to 100,000 sheets.”

Green notes production efficiency is gained through the SMART RPC technology on the RMGT 9 Series press, including: fully automatic plate changing to support the frequent job changeovers and the diverse small-lot printing done at Hueneye. The RMGT 9 Series press also allows Hueneye to expand its business by tackling eight-up projects, and not being limited to a six-up format.

“We serve ‘jobbers,’ so we’re always looking to fill in holes on the press sheet,” said Green. “The larger format is particularly convenient for running book work more efficiently.”

Green continues to explain Hueneye has seen additional cost savings by reducing the amount of outsourced work and the fact that the 9 Series press consumes less electricity than a larger press. “Plates for this press are roughly 30 percent cheaper than for a 28 x 40-inch press because their pricing is based on square inches,” said Green. “We can run the 9 Series press with one operator, which we could not do on a 40-inch press.”

In late August, KBR Graphics, which is celebrating its 40th year in business in 2016, expanded its distribution of RYOBI MHI Graphic Technology sheetfed offset printing presses to include all of Canada. Previously, KBR Graphics had been the RYOBI MHI Graphic Technology (RMGT) distributor in Central and Eastern Canada since 2012. In mid-July 2016, the company also moved its head office to a new modern facility in Laval, Quebec.

Flash Reproductions of Etobicoke, Ontario, last week began the installation of its new 6-colour, 40-inch Heidelberg Speedmaster CX 102 press. Recognized as one of Canada’s leading high-end print shops, Flash was established in 1969 and today runs a range of offset, letterpress and UV screen technologies to print on practically any surface, in addition to the company’s finishing expertise in areas like stitching, punching, die cutting, foil stamping and embossing.

The Speedmaster CX 102, explains Heidelberg, is a modern press concept that combines the reliability of the CD series (with well over 100,000 printing units installed worldwide) and press maker’s newest sheetfed technological innovations found in the XL platform. It is described by Heidelberg as “the universal press.”

The CX 102 is a straight press in 70 × 100-cm format (28.35 x 40.16 inches) with the ability to reach printing speeds of up to 16,500 sheets per hour. Its flexibility – and ability to process materials from lightweight paper through to rigid cardboard – allows the press to be aimed at commercial, label, and packaging printing.

The press is equipped with AutoPlate Pro for fully automatic, staggered printing plate changes and Prinect Inpress Control 2 to spectrophotometrically measure and control the colour inline during production. Prinect Inpress Control 2 allows users to also check register at the same time and readjust if necessary.
JC Accuforms Inc. of Toronto, Ontario, in July 2016 installed a new Canon imagePRESS C8000VP. The four colour press reaches speeds of up to 80 pages per minute on all media weights up to 350 gsm.

The press, which joins existing Canon toner production equipment at JC Accuforms, will be aimed at producing variable-data statements, advertising materials and corporate stationery.
JC Accuforms was founded in 1968 as JC Printing Company Ltd. In 1983 the assets of a Markham printing company called Accuforms were purchased and in 1986 both companies were moved to the operation’s current location under the name JC Accuforms Inc. Today, the company produces a range of wide-format, toner and offset printing work, in addition to housing bindery and finishing services.

Formost mediaOne of Brampton, Ont., installed an HP T230 PageWide Colour Web Press earlier this year. The company plans to use the new press to provide customized marketing materials for its clients.

Formost was founded in 1981 as a business forms manufacturer and merged with mediaOne in 2000 to become a document and services outsourcing company specializing in transactional, statement and tax form processing, custom programming, variable imaging and mailing. Today, printing and processing millions of pieces monthly, Formost mediaOne services the marketing and billing sectors for clients in a range of industrial sectors, financial services, health care, utilities, telecoms, distribution and general manufacturing.

“Over 80 percent of our business is in transactional and transpromo servicing government, utilities and banking industries producing tax, water bills, statements and cheques... We needed a solution that could deliver any time of day, at a lower cost, with quick turnaround times,” said John Johnstone, who also pointed to leveraging the HP T230’s MICR configuration.

Formost mediaOne also installed in line with the HP T230 an EMT finishing line with dynamic perforations, hole punching and sheeting. With the ablity to produce 1,800 2-sided full colour letter size impressions per minute, the new press brings Formost’s overall imaging capacity to over 100 million impressions per month.
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