Capital Colour of Edmonton, Alberta, added a new Kuda 115 cutting system, sold through K-North Services, to its production floor.
Capital Colour was founded in 1979 as a graphic design and prepress shop before purchasing a press to offer printing services. Today, Capital Colour is described as a full-service printer with a 6-colour Komori press with coater and a 29-inch four-colour Komori, among other systems.
Les Entreprises Lamcoil Inc. of Laval, Quebec, boosted its finishing department with the addition of three Standard Horizon finishing systems, including a StitchLiner 5500 saddle-stitcher, a AFC-566FG automated folder, and a BQ-280 PUR perfect binder.
Lamcoil, which began operating in 1995, specializes in offset and digital print finishing. The company provides services like lamination, die-cutting, gluing, die-making and now short-run PUR perfect binding, short-run saddle-stitching and folding services.
The range of new equipment from Standard Horizon was purchased through KBR Graphics, which is to also provide support for the equipment. This new round of equipment for Lamcoil follows its late-2013 purchase of a Standard Horizon CRF-362 creaser and folder, which was also acquired through KBR Graphics.
“With the addition of these new automated machines, we [can] now provide a combination of speed and flexibility, which will enable us to provide shorter time delays for our customers while still delivering on the quality that they have come to expect,” stated Patrick L'Écuyer, President at Lamcoil.
The Standard Horizon StitchLiner 5500 saddle-stitcher, designed for flat-sheet collating of short to long production runs, runs at up to 11,000 two-up booklets an hour. A 4-page signature concept scores and then folds, explains KBR Graphics, thus eliminating the time-consuming intermediate folding process required for 8- and 16-page formats. The device, with inline three-knife trimming, delivers stitching on booklets up to 10-mm thick.
The Standard Horizon AFC-566FG automated floor model folder is equipped with six fold plates, allowing for a wide variety of fold patterns, runs at speeds of up to 42,000 sheets per hour.
The Standard Horizon BQ-280PUR perfect binder is a single-clamp PUR system with speeds of up to 400 books per hour. It is described as being well suited for the production of digitally printed books, personalized photo books, smaller sample runs, and other ultra short-run work. It also includes an automated, sensor-activated digital caliper system for consistent measurement of book block thickness. It allows for producing an extended spine length up to 15.5 inches.
Calculated Design of Cambridge, Ontario, has upgraded from its DigiFold MK1 finishing system to the new Morgana DigiFold PRO.
The DigiFold PRO, purchased through Sydney Stone, is an automatic creasing and folding machine designed specifically to provide such processes on toner printed materials, as well as heavyweight or cross-grained stock. The system reaches a top speed of up to 6,000 sheets per hour and features what Morgana refers to as a new smart screen setup.
Calculated Design, founded more than 15 years ago, also purchased the optional Narrow Crease matrix in order to crease and fold text weight stocks.
The Toronto Public Library is now offering visitors a book printing service called Asquith Press, which enables people to both design and print paperback books.
The Asquith Press is located on the main floor of the Toronto Reference Library in the recently opened Digital Innovation Hub, which provides workshops and a range of information sources. (Read Victoria Gaitskell’s article on the Digital Innovation Hub, which also provides 3D printing services, PrintAction April 2014.)
“For the first time ever, we’re able to print books right here at the library. We’re excited to offer this service to everyone – authors, aspiring authors and hobbyists – and to see their books come off the press,” said Jane Pyper, City Librarian at Toronto Public Library. “Asquith Press is the latest in a series of innovations that we’re introducing to give Toronto residents access to new technologies.”
There are also options to print books from the library’s digital archive, as well as a database of more than three million book titles. The Toronto Public Library is one of the world's busiest urban public library systems. Every year, 19 million people visit Toronto Public Library branches and borrow 32 million items.
Advocate Printing & Publishing acquired a new Duplo 646 finishing system with all-in-one capabilities as a slitter, cutter, creaser and perforator for its production facility in Dieppe, New Brunswick.
Purchased through Sydney Stone, the mid-range Duplo DC-646 device was first launched in January 2014 to succeed the DC-645. The new version performs up to six slits, 25 cuts, and 20 creases in a single pass (compared to six slits, 15 cuts and 10 creases on the DC-645). The DC-646, according to Duplo, prevents toner cracking on fold lines at up to 30 sheets per minute.
The DC-646 has an optional rotary tool and cross-perforating modules, as well as enhanced feeding for the ability to produce business cards, without a dedicated business card module, as well as new options for perforating. With the DC-646, users can produce 24-up business cards on 12 x 18-inch sheets or 36-up on 14 x 26 sheets, as well as produce work like slit-score greeting cards, micro-perforated coupons, and direct mailers with tear-away cards.
“With other Duplo equipment at our plant in Dieppe, New Brunswick, we had confidence in the product range, and after previously reviewing the Duplo 645 at Graph Expo we recognized the additional features with this latest model and knew it was the correct solution for us,” stated Jason Hamilton, Director of Digital Operations at Advocate.
With business roots dating back to 1891, Advocate is based in Pictou, Nova Scotia, and collectively runs more than 10 printing and publishing operations in Eastern Canada.
Impression D'Or of Saint-Léonard, Quebec, has installed Canada’s first MGI JETvarnish 3D spot UV system, which can apply both traditional flat spot UV coating or raised 3D effects of up to 100 microns in thickness.
Purchased through Montreal’s KBR Graphics (with offices also in Montreal and Ottawa), the unique JETvarnish 3D system is engineered to UV coat both toner and offset work ranging in sizes up to 52 x 105 cm (20 x 42 inches) with the extended format kit. The system holds a 51.5 x 73.5 cm printing size in standard configuration.
Using drop-on-demand piezo heads mounted on a solid plate covering the full sheet width, JETvarnish 3D can apply flat spot UV coating at speeds of up to 3,000 B2-size (20 x 29-inch) sheets per hour. It handles paper thicknesses of between 135 and 600 gsm. The device’s feeding system has a capacity for around 4,000 sheets at 135 gsm weight.
MGI first presented the JETvarnish 3D at drupa 2008 and has progressively upgraded the system to its current specifications, including the recent introduction of the double-engine JETvarnish 3D Twin.
Raymond Girard, President and owner of Impression D'Or, states he was first impressed with the JETvarnish 3D during demonstrations at last fall’s GraphExpo tradeshow in Chicago. “We were extremely impressed to see so many people crowded around the JETvarnish 3D, eager to touch the varnished sheets as they came out of the press,” he said. “It was at that point we imagined all the possibilities that this new technology could offer our clients and their customers.”
Founded in 1988, Impression D'Or began as a small finishing company offering stamping and embossing, but today provides a range of specialized finishing services, which the JETvarnish 3D adds to.
ASL Print FX of Vaughan, Ontario, installed a Rotocontrol RSD Series system for label slitting, rewinding and finishing.
The RSD series from Rotocontrol is a modular machine based on a servo S-Drive die-cutting station with 750 mm unwind, cartridge shear/razor slitting and rewind. The system is available with turret rewinders, multiple die stations and a line of finishing options like flexo and lamination stations.
A key feature on the ASL Print FX system includes the integration capability for a RHINO inline hot foil embossing unit from Pantec GS Systems, for applying hot foil on textured paper. ASL Print FX also received a second retrofit system from Rotocontrol with the addition of cold foil and varnishing capabilities.
ASL Print FX, formerly All Stick Label Ltd., was founded in 1965 and is best known for its production of label and packaging projects for wine and spirits, promotional and consumer goods markets. The company has manufacturing plants in Vaughan and Winston-Salem, North Carolina, collectively running 12 printing presses delivering up to 12 stations with foils, silkscreens, raised textures, scratch ‘n reveal, variable data, lamination and effect varnishes.
Northern Graphics Solutions, owned by Jerry Wynia, represents Rotocontrol in Canada. Rotocontrol is a German company that designs and manufactures finishing machines, including the LeoMat brand, for inspection, slitting, rewinding, die cutting, overprinting, digital labels and booklet labels for converters in the narrow web industry.
PNH Solutions of Montreal has installed an HP Latex 3000 wide-format printing system, which, as the product’s name suggest, uses HP Latex Printing Technology for more environmentally progressive inkjet production.
The company’s new HP Latex 3000 system will jet water-based HP 881 Latex Inks, which are also designed with high scratch resistance when applied to self-adhesive vinyl, paper and PVC banners for applications like retail displays, outdoor advertising and vehicle graphics.
PNH Solutions, which specializes in the production of display graphics, plans to use the technology to print on heat-sensitive substrates for experiential event marketing, as well as commercial print for retail, trade shows and exhibit displays. The company also announced it plans to install a second HP Latex 3000 printer at its Toronto location in mid-2014.
The HP Latex 3000 Printer has a production capacity of 830 ft2/hr (77 m2/hr) for higher resolution indoor applications and 1,290 ft2/hr (120 m2/hr) for outdoor applications.
The University of Waterloo will add a Ceradrop L-Series inkjet system to its nano-electronics laboratory for research into the fields of manufacturing thin film transistors, the formulation of electronic inks, and the printing of electronic components over large areas.
"We chose the Ceradrop printer for the critical advantages brought on by their great flexibility in their ability to customize and evolve according to our needs,” stated William S. Wong, Director of the University’s Giga-to-Nano-Electronics Center. “Our configuration is unique and we will achieve, with a single machine, something that other research institutions in the world have to do using multiple systems. We look forward to receiving this cutting edge printer that will allow us to engage both our research studies as well as pre-industrial development.”
The University of Waterloo purchase was one of three orders – collectively worth just over $1 million – for the Ceradrop series printing systems, which is a division controlled by MGI Digital Graphic Technology of France, as that company plans further expansion into areas of printed electronics and 3D printing.
The Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland has acquired a Ceradrop X-Series inkjet printer for its Physics Laboratory and Analytical Electrochemistry (LEPA). This equipment will be dedicated to research in the field of micro-fabrication of electrochemical systems (sensors, batteries, fuel cells) by use of inkjet printing.
The Imperial College London in the United Kingdom has also acquired a Ceradrop X-Series Inkjet printer for its electrochemistry laboratory. This equipment will be used in research programs in the field of the manufacturing of intelligent 3D components for storage and energy conversion.
Distributech, which provides communications services primarily for financial, healthcare, consumer brand and association sectors, added a new Standard Horizon StitchLiner in its Brantford, Ontario, facility.
Purchased through KBR Graphics, the new Standard Horizon StitchLiner can run 12 x 18-inch sheets without the need of pre-trimming. In relation to its new installation, Distributech noted it has seen an increase in saddle-stitched book volume and, therefore, required a system capable of processing variable sheet count books at a high rate of speed.
Distributech was founded in 1992 and, with locations in Toronto and Brantford, currently employs around 75 people. Today, the company works with clients to distribute their communications within a multi-channel platform.
Calgary-based McAra Printing, a subsidiary of Canadian Bank Note Company, is running a new Heidelberg XL106 10P+UV sheetfed press, which is the first press of its kind to be installed in Canada.
Installation of the massive 41-inch-format press, weighing around 112 tons and measuring 75 feet in length, began on October 15 of last year, with the first commercial jobs being produced by early December.
The perfecting press is able to run both conventional and UV inks at up to 15,000 sheets per hour (straight or perfecting). Among a raft of modern features, the press includes automatic plate loading and Heidelberg’s Hycolor inking and dampening system, as well as two inline spectrophotometers to inspect every sheet produced on the press.
Over the past five years, including its new Heidelberg XL106, McAra Printing has invested more than $10 million in new printing technology. The company has also invested in its 45,000-square-foot facility, which in 2011 resulted in Calgary’s largest solar array when 48 solar modules were installed on McAara's rooftop. These 48 photovoltaic modules hold an electrical generating capability of 11,280 watts.
Canadian Bank Note Company (CNB), founded in 1897, is headquartered in Ottawa and has additional plants and offices in nine other locations. CBN employs over 1,000 people worldwide and supplies products through four divisions, including: Lottery Systems, Identification Systems, Payment Systems, and Shareholder Services.
MET Fine Printers of Vancouver, long regarded as one of Canada’s leading high-end printing operations, has added a new 5-colour KBA Genius 52UV press to its production floor, fitting its focus on ultraviolet production.
Installed back in November 2013, the unique waterless KBA Genius 52UV press has the capability to print on non-absorbing materials like plastics up to 0.8-mm thick, while also providing product differentiation on more traditional paper substrates.
Designed for running by a single operator, the press features short inking units without the need to adjust ink zones, damping units and roller inking units, which can result in startup with as few as a dozen waste sheets. KBA states the Genius 52UV can complete a plate change within five minutes and reach a run speed of up to 8,000 printed sheets (360 x 520 mm) per hour.
Nikos Kallas, President of MET Fine Printers, explains the new press allows the company to better compete on smaller-run UV projects that would typically have gone on MET's larger manroland sheetfed presses, also equipped for UV production. MET Fine Printers runs two 41-inch, 8-colour Manroland 700 presses, which also feature Eagle Eye inspection technology.
In addition to its Vancouver plant, MET also has a presence in the Calgary, Victoria, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle and Honolulu markets. Founded in 1977, MET today is one of Canada’s only carbon-neutral printing companies, as well as one of North America's most internationally awarded operations.
SinaLite/Sina Printing of Markham Ontario, back in January 2014, installed a new B&R Moll Marathon folder and gluer, which operates with a folding speed of up to 425 feet per minute.
The machine is integrated with the Moll Versa-Fold unit, which provides the capability to form pockets, turn paper direction and perform additional folds. Sina Printing plans to use the system, which fits into the company’s bindery with existing die-cutting equipment, to delve deeper into custom packaging products. The B&R Moll Marathon will also be primarily applied in the production of presentation folders and cover stock brochures.
Imaginative Group of Windsor, Ontario, has installed a series of finishing equipment, purchased through Sydney Stone, including a new DBM 150 booklet-maker with face-trimmer and a Morgana 104 Square Fold system.
“We are excited add to our capabilities with this new booklet-making solution," stated Greg Plante, owner of Imaginative Group, which is described as specializing in the combination of print, fulfillment, design, marketing, Web and media services. “The ability to quickly and efficiently produce a saddle-stitched book off our digital print engine of such exceptional quality and the look of a perfect-bound book is what drove us to this solution from Duplo and Morgana.”
The Duplo DBM 150 booklet-maker and DBM 150 face trimmer were launched at Graph Expo in late 2013 as an upgrade from the Duplo DBM 120 booklet-making system. The new features of the Duplo DBM 150 include fully automated production from CD size up to 12 x 18 sheet books, 25 sheet capacities on both the booklet-maker and face-trimmer and a revised staple head system.
As with the Imaginative Group installation, the booklet-maker can be used in-line with a Duplo collator or sheet feeder, while it can also be handfed as a pre-collated set. The Morgan 104 Square Fold system can then be added inline to produce a square back book that replicates the look of perfect bound products.
RS Superior Bindery Services of Scarborough, Ontario, added a new Petratto Cordoba system, providing the ability to finish heavy boards or plastics, and laminations, as well as cross-grain and toner-based print – without using a die-cutting machine.
RS Superior Bindery, owned by Ron St. Cyr and Stan Prato, was founded in 1996 and today, operating out of a 30,000-square-foot facility, provides a range of finishing services like cutting, folding, high-speed tipping, gluing (fugitive, remoisten and spine-pasting), saddle-stitching and die-cutting, among other applications. RS Superior Bindery is also a Certified Canada Post Direct Marketing Specialist.
The new Petratto Cordoba, RS Superior Bindery explains, incorporates a traditional folding section with a knife and matrix-creasing unit. The folder has a modified roller configuration and fold-plate angle, which helps to eliminate cracking and curls when working with heavy stocks. The machine can crease a stock range from 80 to 600 gr. (4- to 30-point) and fold stock within 140 to 600 gr. (6- to 30-point). The system can crease A4-size sheets at 14.000 cycles per hour.
A standard folding unit can be added to the Cordoba when working with lightweight stocks. Other available attachments for the Cordoba include perforating, punching and gluing, as well as tools for producing plough folds when creating presentation folders.
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