Installations
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.
Best Deal Graphics and Printing, a trade printer based in Toronto, Ontario, has purchased a new Komori Lithrone GL-640 with H-UV system from Komcam Inc. Best Deal explains the Komori press will open new markets and compliment its current fleet of seven sheetfed presses.
 
“We are always looking to serve our customers better and faster.  With technology consistently changing at a fast pace, our company is dedicated to staying on the forefront,” said Benson Hong, President and co-owner of Best Deal. “This press will address the constant demand for quicker turnarounds without sacrificing quality, as well as extend our reach into new unique markets and colour-critical projects.”
 
Best Deal’s GL-640 press is equipped with the Print Density Control-SX, Print Quality Assessment system, and closed-loop colour and registration control to maintain colour densities with virtually every sheet. The H-UV curing system allows for producing high-end colour work and coatings on challenging substrates, from ultrathin stocks to thicker boards. Best Deal holds G7 Certification and runs a range of high-end work from luxury catalogues and packaging pieces.
 
The new Komori Lithrone also features fully automatic plate changers, auto-wash systems, and Komori’s KHS-AI auto-learning system. “We are incredibly proud that Best Deal Graphics and Printing has chosen the Komori… We are confident that the GL-640 press will elevate Best Deal’s position as high-end print provider as they discover the full potential of the press and all that it has to offer,” said Steve Ranson, President of Komcan.
First on Colour, a full service printing company located in Calgary, Alberta, has invested a Ricoh Pro C9110, adding to its recently installed Ricoh Pro C7110X (late 2015), and Ricoh Pro 8100.

The company explains it is heavily leveraging the 27.5-inch banner size print feature on both the Ricoh Pro C7110X and Pro C9110. The Pro C9110 also holds the ability to auto duplex 13 x 27.5-inch sheets for multi-ups on a page. The systems also feature Ricoh’s Trained Customer Replaceable Units (TCRUs), designed to maintain uptime. The presses also use EFI/Fiery controllers and software

First on Colour is located in Calgary’s East Village. Founded more than 20 years ago, the company focuses on both toner and offset colour printing, while also providing design and finishing services.
Capital Colour, a full-service printing company based in Edmonton, Alberta, has installed an RMGT 9 series sheetfed offset press manufactured by RYOBI MHI Graphic Technology (RMGT) and purchased through Canadian distributor KBR Graphics.

Capital Colour purchased the 5-colour RMGT 920ST5+LED+CUV press with both Panasonic LED UV instant ink curing and Grafix HiCure UV coating systems. The press is the first of its kind installed in Western Canada running with both LED UV ink curing and HiCure UV coating systems.

“We are the epitome of a commercial printer,” said Brian Todd, President of Capital Colour. “Most of the work we’re doing is marketing materials – magazines, booklets, brochures, flyers, etcetera – and probably 85 percent of our work is 4-color process.”

The LED UV curing and conventional UV coating systems allow Capital Colour to now offer instantly cured and scuff-free inks on a range of super-high-gloss stocks, while also applying special effects coatings. LED UV instant ink curing also provides the ability to print without heat, odour or spray powder.

“We have literally taken a job off the press and immediately started cutting and putting it into bindery,” said Tood. “Normally we would have had to wait half a day – or even overnight – to touch those jobs.”

Todd explains the company’s search for a new press was focused on acquired a mid-sized machine, initially preferring to stay away from a full size 40-inch market. “We’ve been a successful mid-size sheet printer since day one, but this press was very unique,” said Todd, speaking of the new RMGT 9 Series press, which allows the shop to compete on most of the work that would usually require a 40-inch press, without actually having to invest the money or the space in such equipment.

Previously, Capital Colour ran a maximum sheet size of 20 x 28 inches and now, with their RMGT 9 Series press, they are capable of printing on a maximum sheet size of 25 x 36 inches. Capital Colour was able to replace its two half size presses with the one 8-up RMGT 9 Series offset press.

Capital Colour, with the goal of opening up more markets, will continue testing and running non-traditional substrates like synthetics and plastics through the RMGT 9 Series press. “We’re focused on meeting our customer needs, and we will continue to invest and readjust to remain a viable business going forward,” Todd said.

Founded in 1979 as a small graphic design and prepress shop, Capital Colour originally did not have a single press of their own. Fred Neuschmid, the company’s founder did however have a background in printing, and when he saw that the days of dedicated prepress service bureaus were nearing its end, purchased the company’s first press. Seven years ago, Neuschmid was ready to retire, and Todd, who actually started with the company nearly 20 years ago as an account representative, and his wife Bonnie Todd, made the decision to invest. “I had too much care and respect for the team to see it go to an outsider,” he said.
Parker Pad & Printing of Markham, Ont., recently installed a new Bobst Visionfold gluer with a Baumer hhs gluing system.

The equipment will be used for the printing company’s continuing growth in the folding carton and packaging, providing it with the ability to produce a range of products from pocket folders to sophisticated folding carton boxes.

Founded in 1946, Parker Pad also runs a location in Haliburton, Ont.
Canadian Bank Note Company has installed a new 12-colour KBA Rapida 106 press focused on the production of high-quality, secure identity products, such as passports, drivers’ licenses and identity documents on a variety of substrates for customers in Canada and throughout the world.

In December 2016, Canadian Bank Note (CBN) turned to KBA to deliver what the press maker describes as a uniquely built multi-million-dollar 41-inch, 12-colour Rapida 106 press for its main manufacturing facility. Canadian Bank Note is a 120-year-old privately owned firm based in Ottawa, Ontario.

“Ever since we purchased our first KBA Rapida 12-colour press in 2003, we have felt that KBA presses are innovative and well designed… KBA understands our unique needs including our high level of security and quality and supports our mandates. We continue to choose KBA due to its deep level of knowledge and reputation in these areas,” said Sean Pentland, Senior Director of Pre Press and Print Development, of Canadian Bank Note.

In June 2016, CBN lost the use of one of its KBA Rapida presses due to a devastating fire at its main print facility. The fire damaged the firm’s 10-year-old KBA press that produced passports and other identity documents. A second brand-new KBA printing press had just been put into production but the older damaged press had to be replaced. KBA provided a used press immediately and the new Rapida 106 12-colour press was delivered in what KBA describes as record time.  

“I can’t emphasize enough about the high level of support we received from the entire global KBA group after the fire,” says Pentland. “Whether it was parts, service, sales, technical assistance or accelerating the build of our new machine by many months… KBA’s provided unwavering support seven days a week as our operations were recovering after the fire. To that end, KBA did absolutely everything they could to ensure that we were back in production as soon as possible after the fire.”
Central Web of Toronto, Ontario, recently invested in Color-Logic software and a Ricoh 7100 production press. Centra Web is expanding with a digital division, offering decorative and reflective colour communications with Color-Logic’s Process Metallic Color System.

Using the Process Metallic Color System, it is possible to create a wealth of special effects. Each effect is pre-built into the palettes and plugins available with the Design Suite package, using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

The Ricoh Pro C7100 press provides 1,200 x 4,800-dpi resolution and can run a range of substratres from paper to synthetics to envelopes to heavily textured, up to 360 gsm. The system allows for printing oversize pieces for signage, window clings and more.
Allegra South Burnaby, an Allegra Network franchise location in British Columbia, has installed an EFI Jetrion 4950LX LED inkjet label press to expand into the digital label market. The installation also includes the integration of an EFI Fiery digital front end.

Allegra’s new 13-inch-wide label production line is the first of its kind installed in Canada and the first in the Allegra Network. The franchise location’s owners, Binny and Harpreet Mroke, are  say they will take advantage of the opportunity offered by the growing market for short-run digital label printing.
 
“We were getting calls from clients in various businesses including food manufacturers asking for labels, which we had no option but to outsource,” said Binny Mroke, who owns the Allegra South Burnaby location with Harpreet Mroke. “Not satisfied with the quality, we began to research how these companies were sourcing their labels and recognized that there was a huge opportunity to provide high quality labels in shorter runs to the local market,”
 
The Jetrion press at Allegra South Burnaby, which was installed in April, is a fully loaded four-colour plus white model with inline laser die cutting, varnish and lamination, configurable slitting with up to 16 blades, back-scoring and dual-spindle, semiautomatic turret rewinding. Its integrated finishing features can take jobs from file to finished roll without interruptions, explains EFI. The press’s LED inkjet technology makes it compatible with a range of substrates, including paper, films, foil, tag, specialty, and heat-sensitive films.

The company has used Fiery DFEs to drive its Xerox cut-sheet presses for several years, providing the Mrokes with confidence to integrate more Fiery technology for their complete label system. Harpreet Mroke explains another factor to install the press was based on EFI having local technicians.
 
EFI also explains Y5 Creative, a local branding and Web design agency, is in the process of developing a software program that will enable all Allegra locations to use the press. “The Allegra Network will market and promote the service to all the franchise locations, and we’re already getting some very positive feedback from several locations,” said Jonathan Colley, Director of Business Development at Y5 Creative.

The software, to be marketed as Allegra AllLabels, will have the added functionality of a digital asset management component that will enable print-shop clients to manage all image files for labels and packaging. Allegra franchises will be able to link directly to the Jetrion press, giving them the ability to market it and the label products it produces to their clients as their own virtual machine without the hardware investment.
 
The Allegra Network, founded 40 years ago, comprises more than 300 independent locations in North America. Allegra South Burnaby offers offset and digital printing, 1:1 variable data printing, specialty printing (UV varnish, die cutting, embossing, gloss spot, fancy folds), thermography printing, sign and display production, design and marketing, one-stop direct mail services, and promotional products. The 7-employee location has been serving the greater Burnaby area since 1997, but was acquired by current owners Binny Mroke and Harpreet Mroke in 2008.
Ideon Packaging of Richmond, BC, is leveraging a new HP Scitex 15500 corrugated press first installed in September 2016. The packaging printer started as a brown box supplier, but is differentiating itself in the market with the HP Scitex digital press to create point of purchase displays.

Ideon explains the move toward digital printing technologies is largely based on the movement toward customization in packaging, including its growing Point-of-Purchase (POP) display business. The company, which has been in the packaging industry for more than 15 years, rolled out the HP Scitex 15500 press as an upgrade from a previous HP large-format printer Ideon had used since 2012.

Just a few months ago, the company expanded into an additional 20,000-square-foot facility dedicated entirely to meeting the demand for digitally printed corrugated boxes and POP displays.

“We’re seeing a major trend toward digitally printed displays in the point of purchase area,” said Rick Van Poele, President and CEO at Ideon. “With digital, we are able to design and deliver a highly customized mock-up POP display before we even meet with the customer, so it’s completely ready for them to see when they come in. Sometimes we’re even able to send them a sample display as a surprise.”

Van Poele explains Ideon is highly focused on customization and differentiation through its digital printing platform. He continues to point out that tetail brands, particularly in the food and beverage industry, are looking to surprise, delight and engage their customers with POP design and incredible full color graphics. Some of Ideon’s biggest customers include both large and small beer and wine labels throughout Canada and the Northwest United States.

“Most brands have realized package design needs to be dynamic to entice consumers, but many are now realizing that the concept has to extend to a memorable and unique POP display in order to engage with consumers on a personal and emotional level,” said Van Poele, adding that millennials consumers in particular gravitate toward unique displays.

Since moving to digital printing less than five years ago, Van Poele said Ideon has doubled its business and now employs about 100 staff to continue to meet growing demand. The new investment in HP Scitex technology, he said, is helping its customers transition into short-run digital printing, whether that is 50 or 500 displays.

“A lot of the business we are picking up today, these are customers who weren’t buying displays at all,” he said. “Ideon created a market and got people excited because of the digital side of the business”

Van Poele explains that Ideon’s graphic and structural designers constantly look for different ways to reinvent POP displays, including experimenting with moving parts and flashing lights. “Ultimately, retailers need to explore new ways to get their products to stand out.”
Imageworks Print & Prepress of Richmond Hill, Ontario, has acquired a new Duplo 600i booklet system through PDS. The configuration of the Duplo 600i includes two DSC-10/60i suction collators, DBM-600 booklet maker, DBM-600T face trimmer, DKT-200 two-knife Trimmer and a DBM-LSW long stacker.

The 600i system produces professional saddle, side, or corner-stitched booklets as well as letter landscape applications. It can produce up to 5,200 booklets per hour or collate up to 10,000 sets per hour into a stacker. Booklet production can be doubled, for certain applications, by adding the optional 4-stitch head kit along with the DKT-200 two-Knife trimmer and gutter cutter for 2-up booklet making.

Imageworks is a trade printing operation that started in 1994 as a traditional prepress and film house.

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