The Ellis Group of Pickering, Ont., completed the installtion of its eight-colour, 40-inch Komori Lithrone GXL press equipped with UV, the purchase of which was previously announced at the end of 2014. Acquired through Komori distributor KOMCAN Inc., this is the first GLX40 installed in North America.

Introduced in the summer of 2014, the Komori GLX press is rated to run at 18,000 sheets per hour. The Ellis press is equipped with a dual UV system and includes fully automatic non-stop feeder and delivery with an integrated conveyor system, as well as the Komori PQA-S and PDC-SX systems for colour control and inline inspection. The press is installed on a 36-inch raise.

Ellis Group provides packaging for clients in food, beverage, confectionary, pharmaceuticals, and nutraceuticals. The company is comprised of three large plant locations throughout Ontario, including its Mississauga plant that also installed an 8-colour Komori GL with coater at the end of 2014.
“We are very excited to add this amazingly efficient press to our Pickering, Ont. plant, which is our first Komori at this location,” said Cathie Ellis, president, The Ellis Group. “I am especially thrilled about the advanced technology of the Lithrone GX40. It is very important for us to be able to control quality and if there is an issue, we can correct it on the spot… We are so gratified to be the first in North America to have this technology to offer to our customers.”
Glenmore Custom Print + Packaging of Richmond, British Columbia, completed the installation of an Eco-Eagle Cold Foil system, developed by New Jersey-based Eagle Systems Inc. The Eagle Cold Foil System was installed in mid-June, and now operates with the company’s 8-colour Heidelberg XL 106, plus coater, UV press.
Around 40 percent of the company’s revenue is driven by the folding-carton sector, 50 percent from commercial sheetfed work and the remaining 10 percent from digital printing. The company focuses its attention on high-end print work.

“Every key position in our company is filled with an experienced, but young, and super energetic individual,” said General Manager James Rowley. “The average age of our management team is about 32, which is comparatively very young by industry standards. But it’s our youthful and fresh spirit that inspires us to always aggressively pursue new opportunities, embrace bigger and better, and connect with the newer generation of print buyers.”

Rowley continues to explain this business approach led to its partnering with Eagle Systems to produce unique applications. For more than 25 years, Eagle Systems has provided the printing industry with the design and manufacture of foil application and print enhancement equipment. Founded by Mike King, CEO, President and inventor of all Eagle products, the company has hundreds of installations around the world, including the Eco-Eagle Cold Foil and the Eco-Eagle Cast and Cure systems.

“We’ve spent the last month dialing the Eagle system in and learning its unique capabilities. So far the reaction from our clients has been positive,” said Rowley. “While cold foil will have an impact on our overall folding carton business, it’ll really help us cultivate our higher-end confectionery, beverage, cosmetic, and pharmaceutical packaging segments. In addition, Eagle also offers us a new product range to offer our POP signage clients.”

Founded by Glenn Rowley in 1981, Glenmore Custom Print + Packaging today is a family owned and operated company with 90 employees. It is noted as one of the most prominent independent custom print and folding carton manufacturers in Western Canada, providing conventional and UV offset printing, as well as toner and wide format inkjet production. Glenmore services the retail, manufacturing, and design communities.

C.J. Graphics, Printers & Lithographers, one of Canada’s most-visible printing companies, has installed a new Highcon Euclid II+ system, unique in its ability to produce short-run die-cutting and creasing. Toronto-based C.J. Graphics represents the first such installation in Canada.

Founded in 2009 by Aviv Ratzman and Michael Zimmer, Highcon unveiled its Euclid finishing system at drupa 2012, describing it as the first fully digital cutting and creasing machine for converting paper, labels, folding carton and micro-flute.

The Euclid, supporting both conventional and digital press production, incorporates Highcon’s patented Digital Adhesive Rule Technology (DART) and polymers to produce creases, as well as high-speed laser optics to cut a range of substrates.  

“The Euclid is a game-changing, revolutionary die-cutting device,” said Jay Mandarino, CEO and President of C.J. Graphics. “It handles a 40-inch sheet, it’s fast, and the shapes you can cut are limited only by your imagination. We’re proud to be the first in Canada to offer this service to our clients.”

C.J. Graphics is a member of the C.J. Group of Companies, one of the largest privately owned communications and graphics solutions firms in Canada. The C.J. Group of Companies offers a range of services including traditional lithography, digital printing, large-format production, screen printing, interactive solutions, bindery services, fulfillment and logistics services, and publishing.

Namoji Inc. of Concord, Ontario, added a Jeti Titan HS from Agfa Graphics to its production floor. The operation includes existing large-format inkjet and screen printing, as well as finishing, plastic fabricating, cutting, die-cutting and vacuum forming.

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.

Aulward Graphics of Hamilton, Ont., has an installed an Anapurna M2540 FB from Agfa Graphics, as well as an Esko Kongsberg table. The Anapurna is a flatbed UV inkjet system designed for printing on rigid substrates. It features a quick­change vacuum bed technology with six colours (CMYKLcLm) plus white ink, jetted from 12-picoliter print heads.

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.
Multigraphics of Vancouver becomes the first printing company in British Columbia to install a Jeti Titan HS with flat-to-roll (FTR) and primer options from Agfa Graphics.

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.

Toronto-area trade printer Sina Printing, through its SinaLite production arm, has doubled its large-format production capacity with the installation of a new Agfa Titan HS inkjet system and an Esko Kongsberg C Series cutter.

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.
Willow Publishing of Brighton, Ont., has updated its finishing department with a reconditioned 20-bin Duplo 4000 collator, bookletmaker and face trimmer.

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.
Copy Right Copy Centre of Toronto has installed a new EBA 5560LT paper cutter, upgrading from its existing Triumph 4850EP cutter. Copy Right’s EBA 5560LT, purchased through Sydney Stone, features optional side tables to provide added working space and an air lift table to provide easy movement of paper on the bed of the cutter.

“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.

Paperland Canada Inc. of Markham, Ont., adds a DigiXpress Hybrid system purchased through PDS, which includes white and clear colour channels.

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.

Apache Superior Printing Ltd. of Calgary, Alberta, has installed an HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press, which is the first in Western Canada and only the second such press in Canada.

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.
Seydaco Packaging of Mississauga, Ontario, has purchased a new 8-colour KBA Flexotecnica EVO XD press, featuring gearless, sleeved, and central impression flexographic printing.

“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.
Friesens Corporation of Altona, Manitoba, recognized as one of North America’s leading book, yearbook and packaging printers, has installed a new 8-colour, format 8, R900 HiPrint XXL perfecting press from Manroland Sheetfed.

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.”

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