Installations
Middleton Group has increased its production capacity with two Onset presses at its Markham, Ont., facility. The most recent addition to its line-up is the Onset X3 wide format UV flatbed inkjet printer, equipped with three-quarter automation that includes a feed table and robotic arm take-off. Middleton Group also upgraded its existing Onset LT to a full-build Onset with White, allowing for 50 percent increased output, it says.
Canpak Trade Print & Services, a trade printer located in Richmond Hill, Ont., has recently acquired a Chameleon finishing system for standard and specialized folding, gluing, taping and affixing of die-cut products.
Best Deal Graphics and Printing, a trade printer located in Scarborough, Ont., has recently added a second Komori 40-inch press to its lineup of equipment. The 16,000 sheets-per-hour press is being installed by Komcan Inc. and is expected to be operational within the next week.
The Print Three franchise on Matheson Blvd. East in Mississauga, Ont., has installed a Multigraf Touchline CF375 high speed creaser folder, purchased from Print Digital Solutions (PDS).
Canada’s national statistical agency Statistics Canada recently installed a Standard/Horizon automated AFC-564A folding system in its print department.
Barricades and Signs Ltd., with multiple locations in Alberta to deliver traffic control products and service, has installed a SEAL 62 Pro S laminator through GBC Canada.


The SEAL 62 Pro S, according to Barricades and Signs, was largely purchased to keep up with the company’s new wide-format UV printer, while also providing the right features and capabilities for growth.

Barricades and Signs is a family company, led by CEO Jan Van Bruggen, with a goal of becoming North America's most preeminent traffic control companies.
Imprimerie Reflet, a commercial printer based in Montreal, Quebec, has increased its productivity and services by adding two folding systems in the AFC-566FG and CRF-362, purchased from KBR Graphics, the Canadian distributor of Standard/Horizon Finishing Systems.
 
Founded in 1995, Imprimerie Reflet serves a variety of markets with digital and offset presses, as well as providing a range of finishing options. Four years ago, the company installed an automated Series 9 RMGT offset press, the first RMGT in North America to use UV-LED (UV-LED) instant drying technology. With UV-LED, no drying time is required and the sheets are instantly ready for finishing. 


With its capacity increasing because of the RMGT Series 9 press installation, running ultra-light to very thick stocks, Imprimerie Reflet is now turning to finishing investments. “With higher speeds and complete automation, we are now even more competitive in the market,” said Pierre Méthot, co-owner of the Imprimerie Reflet. “Not only are we moving faster and more cost-effectively, but we can now handle more complex tasks.”

The AFC-566FG is a folder that, according to KBR, includes advanced configuration automation, including preprogrammed settings for all commonly used sheet folds and sheet sizes. The folder has been designed for high-speed job changes and the ability to handle scanned sheets without any marking, based on combined roll and groove systems. This low-profile folder is equipped with six folding plates and allows for a range of folding types at speeds of up to 42,000 sheets per hour.
    
The two-in-one CRF-362 folding and creasing machine is designed to help eliminate cracking on digital print or on difficult substrates, whether thin or thick, varnished or not. Capable of creating up to 10 fold lines per sheet, the CRF-362 uses impact technology that eliminates or minimizes cracks. Grooving and bending can be done in a single pass, explains KBR, for accurate processing of a variety of applications.

The CRF-362 can handle weights up to 400 g / m² and sheet sizes up to 14.33 x 34 inches at speeds of up to 5,000 sheets per hour. “We are now producing complex tasks much more quickly, which is particularly important for us when we are doing short-run digital work,” said Méthot.
Whitehouse Graphics, of Vaughan, Ont., purchased a Komori GL640C press, with installation scheduled for late-April. The company’s new press, replacing an existing press, will produce all of Whitehouse’s offset work.
CJ Graphics Inc. of Mississauga, Ont., has added more new printing technology to its recently opened 240,000-square-foot plant. The company has added an Inca Onset UV flatbed inkjet printer, distributed exclusively through Fujifilm, to its growing digital large-format division.

Nouveaux Concepts of Montreal, which recently moved into a new state-of-the-art location, has purchased a SwissQPrint IMPALA 2 through Cansel.

The printing company, which in addition to printing also provides creative, display solutions and agency services, runs a range of large-format-inkjet systems. This includes an EFI 1625 LED, two HP Latex 570 machines, and now the new SwissQPrint machine. The EFI large-format system was also purchased through Cansel 16 months ago.

Installed in February 2018, the new SwissQPrint IMPALA 2, featuring a Caldera rip, is built around 16 print heads to provide high-speed 8-colour + White (CMYKlclm + Varnish + White) printing.

Benoit Toupin, President and owner of Nouveaux Concepts, explains the SwissQPrint allows the company to not only expand its existing digital-printing capabilities, but to also differentiate itself in the market place.
Prime Visual Marketing of Concord, Ontario, has installed its second EFI VUTEk HS100 Pro  inkjet system, as well as EFI Fiery proServer Premium digital front ends. Prime Visual primarily focuses on providing retail-printing services for a national client base.

“We bought our first VUTEk HS100 Pro to satisfy growing demand of our existing and expanding client base,” said Peter Lucas, CVO of Prime Visual Marketing. “It turned out to be an excellent decision. Our productivity increased 33 percent while consistently producing high-quality work. Efficient ink consumption and incredible reliability also added to the bottom line.

“We were able to successfully fulfill our original business plan and decided to further expand our future business plan,” Lucas continued. “That’s when we knew it was time to invest in a second press.” With its second press, the company explains it is better able to accommodate more multi-location, national brand accounts, and further expand its roster of Fortune 500 accounts.

“When dealing with national brands, you have a responsibility to fulfill your obligations from concept to execution. Competitive price points, performance, quality and the ultimate ability to precisely execute campaigns effectively are the cornerstone of our success. Not having the correct combination of human and mechanical resources would challenge any concept of success,” said Lucas.


At 10.5-feet (3.2-metres) wide, with hybrid flatbed and roll-to-roll capabilities, the two HS100 semi-automatic, wide-format systems can produce up to 100 boards per hour in six colours plus two white channels. The systems leverage EFI’s Pin & Cure imaging technology for what EFI describes as precise ink lay down for better image quality, gloss control, and increased colour gamut.

Prime Visual complements its EFI VUTEk inkjet presses with an eco-solvent large-format printer, an A3-format offset press, a toner-based press, and an assortment of finishing and binding equipment. The company has been an EFI customer for most of its 12-year history.
InvestorCOM, an investor communications solutions company headquartered in Brantford, Ontario, has installed a Standard/Horizon HOF-400 with SPF/FC-200A high-speed sheet feeder and booklet-making system.

Purchased from KBR Graphics, this is InvestorCOM’s second such automated system purchased since 2014, adding to its previous investment in a Standard/Horizon Stitchliner 5500 with HOF-400.

“The simple [use of] automation makes it easy to operate and the non-stop production helps InvestorCOM keep up with increased production demands,” said Steve Klaric, Sales Manager at KBR Graphics. “Their first high-quality reliable booklet system had surpassed their expectations and it was a straightforward decision for them to expand with a second system.”
 
The HOF-400 sheet feeder is configured to run inline with the Standard/Horizon SPF/FC-200A booklet-making system. Variable page count production can be handled with integrity and verification using the standard mark reader, explains KBR Graphics, which the operator can quickly change between top and bottom reading for different applications.

The HOF-400 can feed up to 45,000 sheets per hour (8.5 x 11 inches) and can accommodate a maximum sheet size of 14 x 24 inches. Leveraging a 7-inch colour touchscreen for intuitive setup, the system can also accommodate sheet feeding, cover feeding, accumulating, and manual feeding depending on the job requirements.
 
The SPF/FC-200A is described as a high-performance inline booklet-making system with collating, stitching, folding and fore-edge trimming. Outputting up to 4,500 books per hour, it features 200-program job memory storage for instant recall, and an icon-based touchscreen.
 
Established in 2010, InvestorCOM was selected as one of Hamilton-Niagara’s Top Employers for 2018. It provides financial technology and outsourcing services to banks, asset managers, insurance companies and investment dealers. InvestorCOM has developed a suite of FinTech solutions in response to increasing regulation and the demand for more effective communication and disclosure from the financial services industry.
Jet Label & Packaging Ltd., described as Western Canada’s largest producer of labels and printed tape, has acquired duplicates of critical machinery and components to provide what the company describes as total platform redundancy at its primary manufacturing facility in Edmonton, Alberta.

The redundancy, explains Jet Label, is necessary to maintain customer satisfaction – in terms of diminishing delay due to scheduled or sudden machinery downtime – and to also grow revenue by double digits annually.

At its Edmonton production plant, Jet Label has doubled up on all equipment, including its twin HP Indigo presses and Delta die cutters. Other couplings include a pair of wide presses, eight-colour flexo presses, and rewinders for each press width. The company also is moving toward complete redundancy at its Coquitlam, British Columbia, facility, which it secured by acquiring United Label Company last year. 



“Although outliers rarely occur, we don’t want to jeopardize our customers,” said Darrell Friesen, Jet Label’s President & CEO, describing the redundancy move despite the robustness of modern press equipment. “Our customers do not worry about having all their eggs in one basket.”

Jet Label explains its commitment to total redundancy is a calculated risk, considering most printing-industry manufacturers typically make infrastructure investments based on anticipated business needs. “Our decisions in adding redundant equipment has been realized across platforms,” said Friesen, “with causes like unexpected downtime, unexpected operator availability to unexpected growth.

“Part of our commitment to total redundancy is an expectation of continued growth,” continued Friesen. “We're willing to put the pieces in place as a landing zone for new business, a proactive approach that lends itself to in-person appraisals by prospective customers or, increasingly, cyber-tours.”

With manufacturing facilities in Edmonton and Vancouver, Jet Label produces labels and printed tape for what it describes as a diverse portfolio of customers, including grocery stores like Safeway and Sobeys, international forest product companies like Canfor and West Fraser, consumer product companies like Bee Maid Honey and Arctic Chiller, industrial application companies like Acklands Grainger, Gregg Distributors, and All Weather Windows.

Jet Label also supplies parking and boarding passes and baggage tags to the Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton International Airports. The Edmonton Police Service has also been a longstanding customer. In addition to Edmonton and Vancouver, Jet Label has sales and distribution operations in Calgary, Prince George, Kelowna, Surrey, Saskatoon and Winnipeg.
Cambridge Label of Cambridge, Ontario, has acquired a new FA flexo press from Nilpeter. Described as the largest printer of trade labels in Canada, Cambridge Label manufactures custom printed labels in quantities from 100 up to several million, specializing in work for food and beverage, health and beauty, household products, industrial products, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical, as well as medical facilities.


“We strive to deliver in three to five days. In this business everyone wants it yesterday, and the quicker, you can deliver, the better,” said Terry Sinclair, President and Owner of Cambridge Label. “In order to deliver a high quality product quickly and consistently, you need to invest in the best equipment possible.”


The company’s machine from Nilpeter, which the press maker brands as the All New FA, is an automated 8-colour, 17-inch-wide press equipped with full UV. The FA press design allows printers to enhance the performance of their press with Value-Adding Units, Application and Automation Packages.



“We were drawn to the FA because of its efficiency and improved print quality,” said Terry Sinclair. “We anticipate we will be able to nearly double our print speeds, while also drastically decrease our press setup times. These time savings will translate into more competitive pricing for our customers, allowing us to win more long-run jobs.”

Sinclair also highlights how well the FA registers at high speeds, which enables the company to more efficiently produce technically challenging labels. “We currently have a high-quality digital label press, and matching the digital print quality on our existing flexo presses while also maintaining efficiency, has proven challenging at times,” he said. “We don’t foresee that challenge anymore given the capabilities of the new FA.”
The Lowe-Martin Group installed a Standard/Horizon RD-4055 DMC rotary die cutter at its production facility in Mississauga, Ontario. Purchased through KBR Graphics, the RD-4055 DMC is a recent addition to the Standard/Horizon portfolio and it includes a range of robust, innovative features for short-run die-cutting of digital and offset work.



KBR Graphics explains the RD-4055 DMC is a reliable, precise system that can die-cut, crease, perforate, slit, hole-punch and round corner in one process, both digital and offset-printed sheets up to 0.5 mm. Its repeat-register function enables the running of multiple-up imposed applications with a smaller die to reduce costs (up to five repeats in a single pass). The RD-4055 runs at speeds up to 6,000 cycles per hour.


Since operators can also run male and female dies simultaneously, KBR Graphics explains that finished products come out clean with sharp creases and without cracking or slitting. The RD-4055 DMC is ideally suited for applications like shaped promotional items, business cards, greeting cards, playing cards, coasters, door hangers, coupons, tickets, packaging, stickers (pressure-sensitive, gum back, static), merchandise labels, pocket folders, and unique mailers.

“Lowe-Martin is now far more efficient, and turnaround times are much faster,” said Karl Belafi Jr., Vice President of KBR Graphics. “In fact, they've doubled capacity with this innovative and cost-effective method. The flexible cutters are more accurate and jobs can be initiated from a PDF file, making the set-up times faster with less material wastage. This is always an important factor when considering digital printing.” Belafi also notes the RD-4055 DMC adds more creativity and flexibility to Lowe-Martin's existing range of products and services.


Lowe-Martin has production facilities in Ottawa, Ontario, where it is headquartered, and Mississauga. One of Canada’s largest printing operations, Lowe-Martin provides integrated printing and communication solutions that span an range of products and services like offset, digital large-format and security printing; direct mail; marketing; bindery services and more.

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