Michel Moatti and David Martin, owners of Vivimar Creations in Montreal, have installed a new HP Scitex TJ8600 inkjet press into their Montreal facility.

Vivimar Creations runs both inkjet and screen-printing technologies to focus on large-format printing applications. While the company currently works with a previously installed HP Scitex FB7500 machine, Vivimar's co-owners have been using their new HP Scitex machine for smaller, customized applications primarily with retail clients.

“For small-run posters and multiple visuals, the HP Scitex TJ8600 Industrial Press has been great, offering us manageable workflow as well as the ability to cater to customers who require smaller, intricate print jobs,” stated Michel Moatti, co-owner of Vivimar.

The HP Scitex TJ8600 reaches a maximum speed of 480 m² per hour at 600-dpi resolution, while also allowing for matte or gloss finishes. The six-colour machine employs 25 print heads – 25 each for cyan, magenta, yellow, black, light cyan and light magenta.

Distributech Inc., with locations in Toronto and Brantford, Ontario, has installed a Xerox iGen4 EXP press. The EXP designation refers to the inclusion of a 26-inch (660 mm) sheet kit for working with a sheet size (14.33 x 26 inches) larger than the standard iGen4 format.

Introduced to the market in 2010, the Xerox iGen4 EXP press reaches a top speed of 110 pages per minute. It is rated for a monthly duty cycle of up to 3,750,000 pages per month.

In addition to print production, Distributech provides services to cover much of the marketing supply chain, including warehousing and fulfillment.

Proprint Services of Toronto, which focuses on large-format point-of-purchase production, announced its installation of Canada’s first Inca Onset S40, which has been in production for nearly six months.

While specializing in POP displays, Proprint also provides graphic design, prototype development, kitting and distribution services, as well as traditional large-format litho production. The company has been in operation for over 20 years. Prior to installing the Onset S40, Proprint would produce its larger POP jobs on a litho press or via silkscreen systems. 

"Before, it would take us 12 minutes to run a 4 x 8-foot sheet on our other flatbeds,” explained Richard Krakower, President, Proprint Services. “With the Onset S40 it takes just 50 seconds to run a 5 x 10-foot sheet. So if we had 40 sheets to print… you can just do the math. When we had a 200-sheet job, it would take forever to complete, instead of just one shift. Trying to get the work out was a balancing act, requiring jobs to be moved around from litho to digital. With the Inca Onset S40, we are producing jobs 50 percent faster, at a minimum."

The Onset S40, exclusively distributed by Fujifilm on a global basis, is a flatbed inkjet system reaching a maximum speed of 470 m2/hour, which equates to 94 full beds – handling a 5 x 10-foot sheet. Printing on substrates up to 50-mm thick, the Onset S40 comes as a standard CMYK configuration but can installed, as with Proprint, in a 6-color configuration, including light cyan and light magenta.

Proprint's Inca Onset S40 is also fitted with an automation system that allows the company to operate in manual, semi- or three-quarter automation from the same configuration.

“Our other flatbeds couldn't print corrugated well,” added Krakower, when describing the Onset’s size and substrate flexibility. “Now printing on corrugated looks just as good, if not better, than printing on 100-lb gloss paper.”

In conjunction with its Inca Onset investment, Proprint also purchased a new Esko Kongsberg XP Auto finishing table, with a 63 x 126-inch bed. This is also a Canadian-first installation.

Montreal’s Identification Multi Solutions Inc., which services and distributes product identification and labeling technologies, has added the Memjet-driven Colordyne CDT 1600 C printer to its product line. IMS has been named as the machine’s distributor for Eastern Canada.

“We identified this need a while ago, but we spent time looking for the right printer in terms of price, quality and speed,” stated Jean Éthier, President of IMS. “When we presented the printer at the Bakery Showcase earlier this month, the visitors were impressed with the speed and the colours, which convinced us that we had made the right choice.”

Based around Memjet’s inkjet technology, the Colordyne CDT 1600 C makes labels that are two to 8½ inches wide, have a resolution 1,600 ppi and a maximum speed of 12 inches per second. “Colordyne has joined forces with IMS to develop the market in Eastern Canada for the CDT 1600 C,” stated Gary Falconbridge from Colordyne, USA. “The reputation of IMS’ products and services was a decisive factor in the creation of our partnership.”

Identification Multi Solutions, in business for over 50 years, specializes in production identification and barcoding technologies, while also offering services like label printing and application, shrink-sleeve production, sale and maintenance of printers and applicators, and data-capture solutions.

North Bay’s Moyer Printing has installed a DigiXpress system on its plant floor, which includes traditional offset and toner-based presses. Founded in 1982, Moyer primarily focuses on providing services for both French and English customers in the North Bay region.

Purchased through Pressdown Services (PDS), DigiXpress is described as an envelope feeding system, but it works with a range of applications and substrates like post cards, labels, banners and card stock up to 14 points. It feeds sizes from 3 x 5 inches up to 12 x 18 inches. In addition to duplex printing, DigiXpress also features scan, fax and email capabilities.

In a single pass, DigiXpress can produce around 50 full-colour, personalized envelopes per minute, or up to 36 full-colour 11 x 8.5-inch pages per minute (40 ppm in monochrome). The system has a print resolution of 1,200 x 600 dpi and a monthly duty cycle of 150,000 pages.

Ram Printing and Promotions of Lloydminster, Alberta, recently installed a new Polar 66 cutter purchased from Heidelberg Canada. The family-owned company has been providing promotional printed products since 1980.

The Polar 66 is a programmable cutter which features up to 198 presets that can be stored in the machine's memory to minimize setup time between jobs. The machine can handle sheets 670 millimeters wide and cut stacks up to 80 millimeters tall.

Pictured with the Polar 66 is Chris Mose, Bindery Supervisor at Ram Printing.

Tri-Tech Canada, a 40-inch commercial print shop out of Pickering, Ontariom has updated its prepress through the installation of a Heidelberg Prinect PDF workflow. The update, which also includes an Epson 9990 proofing machine, allows Tri-Tech to produce hybrid 350 line screening.

Tri-Tech has been providing printing services for the Greater Toronto Area since 1974 and specializes in the production of catalogues, magazines, and brochures. The company also has a full in-house bindery department. The new software workflow installation was spearheaded by Merk Sokolow, who has been Heidelberg's service representative for Tri-Tech for over 30 years.

Pictured are owners Doug Robinson (right) and Mark Robinson (left) with their new Epson 9900.

Winnipeg’s City Press Ltd. becomes the first commercial printer in Manitoba to install Kodak’s NexPress SX2700 toner press. Founded in 1932, City Press has remained a family run company for the past eight decades and is now led by Ken Giesbrecht, President and owner.

City Press purchased the Kodak press from Spicers in Canada. The NexPress SX2700 works with a maximum sheet size of 14 inches by 26 inches, while reaching a maximum print speed of 83 A4-size pages per minutes, simplex. City Press also added Kodak’s Intelligent Color option on the press, which reproduces up to 86 percent of Pantone colours.

City Press also included Kodak’s fifth imaging unit to produce light black and apply clear ink, as well as in-line dimensional printing. Kodak recently introduced the ability to print gold, pearlescent and neon-pink printing effects with its fifth imaging unit, which can also apply watermarking, protection coating, MICR printing, and red fluorescing ink for security applications.

Custom Printers of Renfrew has installed a Heidelberg Suprasetter H 74 with automatic plate loading. Founded in 1972, Custom Printers recently expanded its operations through mergers with IDP Graphics of Oshawa, Ontario, and a firm called Brideau. Theses moves formed an entity called The IDP Group.

Focusing on clients in the Eastern Ontario market, Custom Printers, in addition to traditional offset printing services, also provides a range of wide-format graphics and toner-based production. 

Pictured (left to right): Peter Barron, Prepress Operator: Mike Recoskie, Production Manager: and Ken Charron, Technology Architect with Custom Printers' new Heidelberg Suprasetter.

Jet Label of Edmonton, self-described as the largest label manufacturer in Western Canada, becomes the first Canadian printing company to install HP’s recently released Indigo WS6600 press.

Founded in 1997, Jet Label’s growth over the past decade expanded from its initial Edmonton facility to additional operations in Calgary, Saskatoon, Prince George, Vancouver and Winnipeg. Today, Jet Label specializes in label manufacturing for a number of primary Canadian economic sectors, including agriculture, forestry, airline, grocery, food processing, warehousing and pharmacy.

The acquisition of Canada’s first HP Indigo WS6600 press allows Jet Label to continue its growth with new products and service offerings. “The HP Indigo WS6600 digital press opens many doors for Jet Label,” said Darrell Friesen, co-owner of Jet Label. “This significant capital investment is critical to our company’s business development. We are excited to see how far this press can take us.”

The Indigo WS6600 was first introduced to the market in September 2011. Today, the press features three maximum speed modes, including: 98 feet per minute in four-colour mode; 130 feet per minute in HP’s new Enhanced Productivity Mode (EPM), which effectively removes the black channel; and 196 feet per minute in 1- or 2-colour mode.

The Indigo WS6600 features resolutions of 812- and 1219-dpi at 8-bit, as well as an apparent resolution of 2,438 x 2,438-dpi, while printing text as small as 0.7 point.

Pazazz Printing of Montreal and J.F. Moore Communications of Toronto, both members of the International Printers Network (IPN), state they are the first Canadian companies to use X-Rite’s new eXact measurement system. The two companies were given an NDA preview of the X-Rite system several weeks ago at the annual IPN conference in Las Vegas.

Based on spectrophotometry, the new eXact measurement system aims to solve the challenges of matching colours on papers treated with Optical Brightening Agents. According to X-Rite, this is the first spectrophotometer in the industry to support all the M Standards inclusive of the complete M1, which allows users to account for true daylight conditions.

"This is the simplest device to guarantee colour integrity for brands across all of our print and output platforms," said Warren Werbitt, founder of Pazazz.

Released at drupa 2012, eXact is also designed to directly connect supply chains to the new PantoneLIVE ecosystem. The platform features embedded X-Rite Graphic Arts Standard (XRGA) to simplify data agreement with other instruments and the CxF standard.

Both Pazazz and J.F. Moore are G7-certified printers and have invested in G7 Master Printer processes to improve colour integrity.

Omniscreen, a screen printer located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, added UV flatbed printing capabilities to its production floor with the installation of a Fujifilm Acuity Advance HS system. While the flatbed inkjet system produces 10 sheets per hour, Omniscreen also decided to integrate the roll media option for its Acuity.

“It’s only been a few weeks since we acquired the Acuity, and it has already become essential to our production,” stated David Boning, co-owner of Omniscreen. “We’ve already been able to lower our cost significantly because we no longer need to mount or laminate. Inline white is opening up new markets for full-colour prints on a variety of substrates that were previously unattainable with screen printing or with our roll-to-roll digital.”

Omniscreen is a 35-year-old, family-owned company that, beginning in 2009, began to drive a portion of its production with Websites like, and Beyond more traditional applications, the company also prints magnetic decals and signs for fridge magnets, vehicle markings, and control panels for industrial and commercial applications.

National Graphic Solutions of Delta, British Columbia, adds a new HP Scitex LX800 system to its production mix. Founded in 1993, the company specializes in display production and installation programs, such as fleet graphics and wraps, signage and banners, on both a local and national level.

The Scitex LX800, using HP’s Latex inking technology, is a 3.2-meter, 6-colour system with a top resolution of 1,200 x 1,200 dpi – based on 10,560 print-head nozzles jetting 12-picolitre drops of ink.

“Out West, people are extremely conscious of the environment. Both governments and businesses institute green plans to help do their part,” stated Jed Sheppard, President of National Graphic. “HP’s Scitex technology has helped our green plan. We’ve been able to reduce both our waste and greenhouse gas emissions.”

The installation of the HP Scitex LX800 allows National Graphic to enhance its application portfolio with new substrates like mesh and canvas. National Graphic notes that its new HP Scitex LX800 system is the first in Canada to be certified with 3M’s Matched Component System warranty.

PE Plus Imaging of Toronto becomes the first company in North America to acquire the new 1,000-dpi Durst Rho P10 Series printer, introduced last month at the ISA Sign Expo in Orlando.

Founded in 1980, PE Plus Imaging provides services like Lambda photo printing, digital die cutting, mounting and laminating, fulfillment and design, as well as flatbed UV printing. The company actually got its start with a Durst Lambda laser photo printer, ultimately running numerous Durst enlargers and then the vendor’s Lambda 130 and Rho 160 systems.

“Over the years, we've developed a broad range of expertise – from design to production to installation – and we work closely with each customer to consistently produce work of the highest caliber and deliver it on time,” said Debbie Jaue, who co-owns PE Imaging with Bob Clark. “We wanted a printer that not only could keep up with new customer requirements, but also would allow us to propose and produce options that the customer hadn’t thought of before, that would impress them. The ability to do that sets you apart from the competition and makes you very valuable.”

The Durst Rho P10 250 installed by PE Plus is a 2.5-metre-wide flatbed inkjet system featuring 10-picoliter Quadro Array print heads – manufactured by silicon-based MEMS technology – that produce a resolution up to 1,000-dpi. The system, printing at speeds of up to 2,100 f2/hour, is designed for what Durst refers to as hand-held and eye-level materials, such as backlit signage, POP and commercial displays, and small packages.

A model within Durst’s new Rho P10 Series of printers, the Rho P10 250 includes light cyan and light magenta, while having the ability to print simultaneously on two parallel panels or rolls.

“PE Plus Imaging was an innovator more than three decades ago when it acquired a Durst Lambda, and they’re an innovator today with the 10-picoliter Rho P10 250,” said Christopher Howard, Senior VP of Sales and Marketing for Durst U.S.

Dufferin Kwik Kopy Design & Print Centre in Toronto has added to its production base with the installation of a Mutoh ValueJet 1624 and Kona 1650 cutter.

The ValueJet and Kona installation, purchased through distributor Spicers, enables the company to enter deeper into the sign-and-display sector with outdoor applications. The primary marketplace for Kwik Kopy Dufferin is servicing small- to medium-sized businesses in the professional fields of legal, architectural, accounting, government and medical trades, as well as retail businesses like restaurants and automotive shops.

David and Elisabeth Quail, owners of Kwik Kopy Dufferin, took over the North Toronto franchise in early 2010, after the shop had already been in business for 32 years. Kwik Kopy Dufferin operates out of an 1,800-square-foot facility.

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