Entering its 41st year of operation in 2012, Tower Litho added a new HP Indigo 7500 press to its sheetfed-offset production capabilities housed in a 25,000-square-foot Toronto facility.
The company’s HP Indigo 7500 press, which was moved into the plant in late 2011, holds seven ink stations. According to HP, this allows for 4-, 6-, and 7-colour PANTONE emulation – matching up to 97 percent of PANTONE colours.
With its colour control capabilities and improved turnaround, Tower Litho also notes how the HP Indigo 7500 press has expanded the company’s print applications. “We’ve been successful in printing on plastic, a material we were unable to print on using our previous technology,” stated Andre Soriano, IT Manager at Tower Litho. “This has opened the doors as to what else Tower Litho can offer our clients.”
In addition to packaging, Tower Litho is using the HP Indigo to produce short-run jobs like brochures, booklets, media kits, magazines and annual reports. The press reaches a top speed of 120 A4 pages per minute (ppm) in full-colour or 240 ppm in monochrome or two colours.
“We’ve also begun to implement HP SmartStream Director’s Web-to-print feature,” added Soriano, “which allows us to integrate multiple stages of the production process and streamline our workflow.”
Imprimerie L'Empreinte of Montreal, celebrating its 25th year in business, has completed the installation of a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 6+L press.
A Mississauga company called Digital Edge Print and Media Services Ltd. is to become the first operation in Canada to install Fujifilm’s J Press 720, which is a sheetfed inkjet press designed for commercial printing.
The J Press, or Jet Press 720 as it is branded in other parts of the world, was first installed into North America in 2011 by a Michigan-based commercial printer called Gilson Graphics, which runs HP Indigo presses and 40-inch sheetfed presses. In addition to Gilson, Fujifilm has placed the J Press technology at five beta sites in Japan.
Digital Edge is planning to install its J Press sometime this February, which is when the Mississauga printer states it will also put a 40-inch, 6-colour Heidelberg CD press, with aqueous coating, on its production floor.
In addition to various commercial printing processes, Digital Edge is heavily focused on in-house data capabilities with mailing services, which were also recently boosted by the installation of a 9-inch UV printing system. The company, which describes itself as a provider of printing, finishing, binding, fulfillment, design, and letter-shop services, also recently installed a new Kirk-Rudy line and, for die-cut label production, a CX 1200 label printer and FX 1200 finisher.
Fujifilm’s J Press, unveiled during drupa 2008, jets water-based inks and can print onto most offset coated and uncoated papers. The system is based on Fujifilm’s Dimatix SAMBA piezoelectric print-head technology, which reaches a 1,200 x 1,200 dpi with four levels of grey scale. It prints at 2,700 sheets per hour with a maximum sheet size of 20.8 x 29.5 inches and a printable area of 20.5 x 28.3 inches.
Epic Imaging of Burnaby has recently purchased and installed a second Fujifilm Acuity HD2504 UV printer.
Imprimerie F.L. Web, the new web offset division of Imprimerie F.L Chicoine, has installed an Agfa Avalon N16-50S computer-to-plate system, along with Apogee Platemaker software, to image Energy Elite plates.
In February of 2011, Imprimerie F.L. Chicoine, traditionally a sheetfed-press printing operation, announced its acquisition of a 4-unit Goss Sunday 2000 web offset press – along with plans to establish a new web-offset division.
The 24-page-format Goss press is integrated with Omnicon controls, as well as the Contiweb CS splicer, Ecocool dryer, PCF-1 combination folder and a PFF-2 former folder.
Founded in 1986, F.L. Chicoine is based in St. Germain-de-Grantham, situated mid-way between Montreal and Quebec City. Today, five of the owners' children are involved with the company, either as managers or shareholders.
The Toronto-based operation of the Convenience Group, which has dozens of locations across Canada, has expanded its production capabilities with a new HP Designjet L25500 inkjet system. For the past 34 years, Convenience Group, which describes itself as architectural and window-film experts, has been establishing its 3M Certified Dealer/Applicator network for the past 34 years.
Convenience Group works with a diverse group of clientele in the property, facility and retail management fields, as well as the architectural and interior design community. Convenience Group is often asked to revamp corporate office spaces, which the company describes as work well suited for HP’s Latex Ink technology – employed by the Designjet L25500.
“HP Latex Inks are advantageous for our backlit applications,” said Vahid Seyfaie, Graphic Operations Manager, Convenience Group. “The translucency of the ink is very appealing because it allows the light to shine through the colours.”
Colin MacLeod, Product Marketing Manager for Convenience Group, continues to explain: “We provide a number of wrapping services for our customers. Latex ink is ideal for wrapping difficult substrates. For example, if we’re wrapping an exposed brick wall we use a specialized film that, after heating, molds into the textured surface of a brick wall. We need to use an ink that can mold with our film without cracking.”
HP describes its Latex ink technology as being water-based, while containing no hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) – without requiring any special ventilation equipment or external dryer.
K-North Inc. has completed the delivery and installation of two previously announced Komori Lithrone press purchases at Edmonton’s DeJong Printing and the Burke Group of Companies.
Back in November 2011, K-North announced DeJong Printing Ltd.’s purchase of a new 29-inch, 6-colour Komori Lithrone SX629C, with tower coater and extended delivery. The 24 x 29-inch sheetfed press is equipped with automation features like Komori’s KHS-AI system, fully automatic plate changers and Automatic Make Ready (AMR). DeJong Printing also recently installed a new Kodak NexPress to boost its toner-based production.
In May 2011, Komori announced the Burke Group of Companies had purchased a new 6-colour, 40-inch Komori GL640. Komori’s GL press series was officially introduced to North America at Graph Expo 2011 in September.
The Burke Group’s new press is equipped with KHS-AI, PDC-SX spectral density control (including the SX option), and PQA-S quality control. The press is rated with a maximum printing speed of 16,500 sheets per hour, while handling a sheet thickness of between 0.04 and 1.0 mm.
Read PrintAction’s previous article on Burke Group’s new press purchase.
Read PrintAction’s previous article on DeJong’s new press purchase.
Sina Printing has installed Ontario’s first Speedmaster CX 102 6+L press, which joins three other 40-inch Heidelberg presses, in the company’s new 60,000-square-foot facility in Markham, Ontario.
Oscar and Fara Meshkati founded the Toronto-area printing company, which provides services to the trade, 14 years ago with a 2-colour press. This January, Sina Printing, now led by Oscar’s son and company President, Mike Meshkati, began moving their equipment into a new 60,000-square-foot plant – a 40 percent growth in space when compared to the previous location.
The centerpiece of the new plant is the 40-inch Speedmaster CX 102 6+L press, which joins two 40-inch Heidelberg CD 102s, both with a 6-colour plus coater configuration; a 10-colour Heidelberg SM 102, with roll-to-sheet capabilities; and a 14 x 20-inch, 6-colour Heidelberg SM52 plus coater. Sina’s new CX 102 reaches a maximum speed of 16,500 sheets per hour and features several technologies first introduced on the XL 105 platform, such as Preset Plus Feeder and Delivery, Intellistart, and the XL 105 gripper and transfer system.
“The presetting capabilities of this press are really impressive,” said Mike Meshkati. “We haven’t had it long enough to have an exact figure on increased performance, but we expect it to be significant. And when we need speed, it is effortless.”
The automation of Heidelberg’s newest CX press architecture fits Sina Printing’s growing attention to lean manufacturing. The company reports to process over 750 orders per day through its plant. “We also offer a large spectrum of print solutions from offset to digital to wide format, and with our equipment line-up we are able to produce both short and longer run materials for our customers,” said Meshkati.
In addition to its offset technology, Sina runs two 6-colour HP Indigo 5500 presses and a full bindery department, including: two Polar 115ED cutters, a Polar 137XT cutter, an 8-station Heidelberg Stitchmaster, two Heidelberg Stahlfolders B30, one Stahlfolder B20, and a Duplo 500 system, as well as UV coating and lamination equipment.
“We also have to be very competitive,” said Meshkati, “but our customer’s value consistency in delivering whatever is important to them. Anyone can deliver once, but trust comes over time.”
St. Thomas Printing of Talbotville, Ontario, recently installed a new Polar 66 cutter, first purchased in late 2011 through Heidelberg Canada. The family owned commercial printing operation was founded in 1990 and primarily serves customers in the London, St. Thomas and Talbotville area.
The Polar 66 cutter, equipped with a 5.5-inch monochrome display, holds a 26.38-inch (670 mm) cutting width and feeding depth. The knife speed of the machine, which employs a quiet hydraulic knife drive, reaches 20 cycles per minute. The Polar 66 cutter allows for carrying up to 198 programs.
Pictured: St. Thomas Printing’s President Mark Groeneweg.
Fourteen months after announcing its HP T300 Inkjet Web Press investment, Webcom is spending a further $8 million to add an HP T350 on its production floor for the company's BookFWD platform.
The new HP press, scheduled for a March 2012 start-up, brings Webcom’s total inkjet investment, including frontend and finishing technologies, to around $20 million, while doubling the platform’s capacity to two billion annually. Webcom claims the move makes it North America’s second largest book manufacturer in terms of inkjet printing.
“Not only do these commitments demonstrate our responsiveness to the needs of publishers today, they also exhibit Webcom’s flexibility in taking on the challenges of tomorrow,” stated Webcom President and CEO, Mike Collinge.
Webcom’s new $8 million investment also earmarks funds for software and frontend investments to help with issues like order processing, file preparation and proofing. “Much is happening behind the scenes to strengthen the overall process from beginning to end in order to improve productivity, reduce redundancies and ensure timely delivery,” said Gabe Preczner, VP of Operations at Webcom. “It’s all part of our broader vision to balance inkjet and offset capabilities that are supported upfront, with ordering and file management, and on the back-end with new bindery systems.”
The HP T350 inkjet press is a 4-colour press that reaches a speed of 600 feet per minute (fpm), while the company’s existing T300 press hits 400 fpm.
“We’ve seen a 31 percent increase in the number of orders as run lengths continue to shift in favour of a short-run model and as colour solutions are introduced,” said Gerry Cronin, Digital Product Manager. Webcom’s BookFWD production model, introduced to publishers last year, focuses on how publishers print and manage their inventories of books, catalogues and directories, which involves offset, toner and inkjet processes.
Montreal-based Imagerie DB, which largely focuses on the print production of high-quality fashion retail campaigns, has acquired a 5-metre (16-foot) wide Durst Rho 500R.
Employing Durst’s Quadro Array 30D technology, the 6-colour, roll-to-roll inkjet system reaches a top speed of 3,750 square feet per hour, at 600-dpi resolution, while also featuring double-sided registration. The new Durst system joins Imagerie DB’s recently installed Rho 900 UV, which is an 8-foot-wide, UV system capable of producing 72 boards per hour (4 x 8 feet) in six colours.
Founded by brothers Benoit and Denis Paquette, Imagerie DB produces a range of large-format work from point-of-purchase pieces to vehicle and building wraps, and from banners and billboards to posters and floor graphics.
BL Litho of Laval, Quebec, has integrated Fujifilm’s XMF workflow into its commercial printing plant, which includes both sheetfed and toner presses on a 24/7 schedule. The company runs an 8-colour KBA Rapida 150 and two Xerox iGen4s.
Fujifilm’s XML workflow is built around the Adobe PDF Print Engine (Version 2.5), which provides JDF compliance and allows for multiple viewing options, 3D simulation, and approval processes. The software is presented in XMF Complete, XMF Producer and XMF Prepare modules.
Pictured left to right: BL Litho’s Renee Therrien, Sales Manager, Ghislain Vanasse, Technical Advisor, and Sophie Dumberry, Prepress Manager.
Imprimerie Publidiffusion of Windsor, Quebec, has installed a new Highwater Cobra II computer-to-plate system. The printing company has operated in the Laval region for 40 years, including its continuous production of the weekly newspaper l’Étincelle.
Purchased through distributor Nustream Graphic, the Cobra II is a manual load-unload imaging engine designed specifically for the B3/2-up commercial print market. It exposes violet metal plates (30 per hour) based on internal drum imaging optics and a 120mW laser diode, reaching a 2,540-dpi resolution.
In addition to the Highwater Cobra II, Imprimerie Publidiffusion is also installing a Maya plate processor and Arlequin RIP.
Pictured left to right: Alexis Aubre, Sales Representative at Nustream Graphic; Claude Frénette, owner of Imprimerie Publidiffusion; and Julien Kervedez, Integrator at Nustream Graphic.
St. Joseph Communications has installed a new HP Indigo 7500 press at its Ottawa Print Centre. The Indigo 7500 is engineered for high-volume production with a monthly page volume rated at 3.5 million colour pages or 6.5 million monochrome pages, while reaching a top speed of up to 120 A4 pages per minute (ppm) in full colour or 240 ppm in either monochrome or 2 colours.
“The HP Indigo 7500 Printer allows us to meet the growing expectations of our current clients, while at the same time allowing us to bring new and exciting solutions to new and expanding markets,” said Pierre Ness, VP and GM of the St. Joseph Ottawa Print Centre. “The ever expanding role that web-based and mobile media play in our business and personal lives today has created a cultural shift in society’s expectations. Our programmers and developers are continually being challenged by our clients to provide new technology solutions for marketing and communications.”
After 15 years of working with the printing of variable data, St. Joseph states it has one of the largest digital printing platforms in Canada. The company will, in part, drive the new HP Indigo 7500 through its patented, Web-to-print applications. This includes U-Book, which is a personalized University recruiting magazine, and ESUBMITit, which is an end-to-end logistics solution currently used by various Canadian Federal Government departments.
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