Big Bark Graphics of Bolton, Ontario, has purchased a Morgana CardXtra Plus system for the short-run production of applications like business cards, postcards and greeting cards.

Purchased through Sydney Stone, the Morgana CardXtra Plus, with the ability to trim, cut and crease in multiple positions, feeds sheets of up to 12 x 19 inches. The system, with functions to memorize key templates, can process up to 140 cards per minute.

Morgana also trumpets the versatility of the CardXtra Plus, with an ability to take 12 x 19-inch sheets, trim them to 11 x 17 inches and then crease them to produce finished 8.5 x 11 4-page brochures. The system can also finish the job to 8.5 x 11 inches, which can then be creased to make 4-page 5.5 x 8.5-inch leaflets; or multiple creases for a wide variety of applications.

An accuracy of +/- 0.003 inches, according to Morgana, makes the CardXtra Plus between five to seven times more accurate than competing systems.

Toronto-based Webcom has upgraded its HP T350 inkjet press to the T360, which will see its capacity for book printing increase by 33 percent.

“An increasing number of our customers are turning to inkjet printing through our BookFWD program for its flexibility and short-run cost efficiencies,” said Webcom President and CEO, Mike Collinge.

Webcom installed its first T-Series press in the Fall of 2010, the first install in Canada. The company added its second machine six months ago as part of its BookFWD Production initiative.

The T360 inkjet press prints at up to 600 feet per minute in colour and 800 feet per minute in monochrome at a web width of up to 30 inches.

“Upgrading to an HP T360 will give us a turbo boost to manage a higher volume fluctuation of black-only text during peak seasons and to achieve a wider range of improved cost efficiency for digital,” said Gabe Preczner, Webcom’s Vice President of Operations. With this investment, the company says its upper end of cost efficient digital printing will now reach to run sizes in the range of 4,000 to 5,000.

A new Komori LS640 with coater is to be installed on the plant floor of Simpson Print in early September, as the commercial and specialty printer based in Bloomingdale, Ontario, continues its growth.

Getting ready to celebrate its 50th year of operation in 2013, Simpson Print now occupies over 70,000 square feet of production space. The company currently runs two 40-inch sheetfed presses in addition to a large UV screen-printing department with six presses up to 48 x 96 inches.

The new 40-inch Komori LS640, purchased through Mississauga-based K-North Inc. (Komori dealer in Ontario and Western Canada), includes features like AMR-Automatic Make-Ready, fully automatic plate changers, and closed-loop colour control. The press will also be equipped with UV drying capability for running unique substrates like plastics.

In March 2011, Simpson Print upgraded its toner production with the installation of an HP Indigo 5500. The company, led by President Martin Johanns, also runs a large finishing department with bindery, die cutting and fulfillment services.

JB Deschamps' Quebec plant updated its production equipment to include a new Heidelberg Speedmaster CX 102-5+L as well the addition of another Polar 115 cutter. This installation follows the February 2010 CD102 install at its Montreal location.

"We like to keep the 102 platform the same in both our locations for flexibility reasons," said company president Jean Deschamps. "However, moving up to a CX 102 allowed for faster make-readies thanks to Inpress Control, and faster Productivity with a higher production speed of 16,500 per hour."

To determine how much productivity would be gained with the new press, JB Deschamps used Heidelberg's Customer Consultancy Service. “I didn’t really believe the numbers put forth, but even if we approached the potential savings on time and waste, it would be worth doing," said Deschamps. "I am happy to report that not only did we meet the numbers supplied, we passed them considerably. This press is 20% more productive than the 2009 CD 102 press in Montreal. Our operators love this machine.”

JB Deschamps was founded in 1926 by Jean-Baptiste Deschamps and today is a third-generation company, recognized as one of Quebec's leading commercial and security printers.

In a move to a new facility recently, Toronto-based signage provider ReproArt also added two new HP Scitex machines to its production floor: the HP Scitex FB7600 press and the HP Scitex FB700 printer.

“We chose HP technology because of the quality of their products and the benefits we’d gain by opening our business up to a whole new market,” said Zohrab Tatikian, owner, ReproArt Imaging. “For example, with the HP Scitex FB7600 Industrial Press we’re second to none in terms of speed, giving us a competitive advantage in terms of faster turnaround times for our clients, plus we now have the ability to add increased short-runs in high-demand volume.”

“We have significantly increased our ability to respond to backlit orders through our installation of the HP Scitex FB7600 Printer,” says Zohrab Tatikian. “What used to take us a full day can now be completed in as little as 20 minutes.”

The new installations brings the company's total number of HP machines to four; ReproArt also operates a HP Scitex LX600 and a HP Designjet Z6100. ReproArt was founded in 1983 and produces signage on a variety of substrates, including metal, glass and plastic.

M&T Printing Group, with 10 locations across Southwestern Ontario, has recently installed two more pieces of Xerox equipment, an iGen3 press as well as a new Nuvera EA system. The machines will be installed at the company's Kitchener location.

Founded 44 years ago as a single print shop in London, Ontario, M&T today offers both toner and offset printing as well as wide-format production, graphic design, bindery and mail services. The company also has a Web-to-print portal, with a division called Volumes to service self-publishing authors and photo-books.

Québec City-based La Pub Express has expanded its focus on display graphics with the installation of a Fujifilm Acuity Advance inkjet system, which is driven by a ColorGATE RIP.

Marc Jacques, owner of La Pub Express, commented that he chose the Acuity because of its variable-dot head technology, as well as the ability to jet white ink and print directly onto rigid substrates. Jacques also commented his decision was influenced by Fujifilm having local sales and technical services in Québec City.

Founded in 1993, La Pub Express produces display applications like vehicle wraps, banner, pop up, 3D lettering and panels, as well as a finishing solutions such as lamination, binding and stapling.

(Pictured Left to right): Marc Jacques, owner of La Pub Express, with Sophie Grenon, systems operator at La Pub, and Michel Thériault, Equipment Sales Specialist with Fujifilm Canada.

Custom Colour Imaging & Publishing of Toronto, Ontario, has installed a second HP Indigo 5500 press to increase production capacity for its professional and retail photography business. The 39-year-old company, now housed in a 30,000-square-foot plant, brought in its first HP Indigo 5500 five years ago.

“We installed our second HP Indigo 5500 Digital Press to expand our revenue stream and increase efficiency,” explained Leo Sciarrino, President, Custom Colour Imaging.
Custom Colour Imaging specializes in printing photos and products for professional photographers, including photo books, cards and calendars, gallery wraps and fine-art prints, and a range of marketing materials.

“The ink coverage is exceptional, especially with black and pastel colours. Our prints come out at the highest possible quality with uniform colour,” said Sciarrino. “We are excited that the [new press] has the capacity for white ink. We are building products now so we can utilize this differentiating factor for our clients.”

A Kwik Kopy franchise in Sudbury Ontario has added a DigiXpress digital envelope printing system to its production lineup. The machine produces full-colour envelopes from 3 x 5-inches to up to 12x18-inches at up to 50 envelopes a minute.

The machine is also capable of producing postcards, labels and banners up to 47-inches long.

Pictured here left to right is Richard Hamilton, Sarah Kesek and Owner Micheal Chirka from Kwik Kopy and Mark Flannigan from PDS.

On Thursday June 21, Mississauga-based Annan & Bird celebrated the installation of a Heidelberg Speedmaster 162 VLF press with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The purchase was first announced in November of last year and the press arrived in late March.

In attendance were representatives from Heidelberg Canada, Consolidated Graphics Chairman and CEO Joe R. Davis and customers of Annan & Bird. Heidelberg representative Ray Fagan gave presentations highlighting the features of the state-of-the-art VLF machine, which prints at up to 15,000 sheets per hour.

Annan & Bird was founded in 1987 by Don Annan and Jack Bird. It was purchased by Texas-based Consolidated Graphics in August 2006 and now operates among the company's 70 printing operations around the world.

Logos Graphix of Brampton, Ontario, has installed an HP Designjet L25500 inkjet printer, purchased through RAM Imaging Products.

Now in its fifth year of operation, Logos Graphix specializes in wide-format production, including applications like display banners and vehicle graphics, as well as general signage.

The company’s 60-inch HP Designjet L25500, with its thermal inkjet architecture, reaches a maximum speed of 22.8 m2 per hour in 4-pass bidirectional mode. The six-colour machine runs HP’s Latex Ink Technology.

Pictured left to right:  Heba Makhlouf; George Makhlouf, owner and General Manager; RAM Imaging’s Bill Stankiewicz; and Heidi Dawoud.

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.

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