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.

Webber Printing, a third-generation commercial printing operation, installed a Ryobi 3404 direct-imaging press on its production floor in Brandon, Manitoba, which also houses traditional Ryobi offset presses.

The company’s new Ryobi DI press, purchased through Canadian Printing Equipment, is built around the ProFire Excel Imaging System and has an 18-inch format width.

Webber Printing was founded by Walter Webber who, upon arriving in Canada in 1905, entered the industry as a pressman for a local newspaper. Webber Printing was then established in 1932 when his son, Harry Webber, joined the family business. A third generation of the family, Don Webber, purchased the company in 1979.

Today, the commercial operation employs 15 people focusing on business products like stationary and forms; specialty products like promotional items and yearbooks; and decaling and signage applications.

Creative Visual Solutions of Oakville, Ontario, purchased an Agfa Anapurna Mw inkjet system for its production of display graphics for trade shows and special events.

Founded in 1990, Creative Visual can be described as a full-service event contractor, providing design, fabrication and rental solutions for clients. The company’s new 6-colour Anapurna Mw, which includes the optional white-ink channel, is a hybrid (roll or rigid) UV system that produces a 720 x 1,440-dpi resolution. According to Agfa, when measured at optimum print shuttle speed, the Mw is capable of producing poster output in the six colour mode at 14 m2/h (149 f2/h). The system can also handle a material thickness up to 1.75 inches

Pictured (left to right): Agim Bekteshi and David Sayej with Creative Visual’s new Anapurna Mw.

MP Reproductions of Montreal has expanded its production capabilities with the purchase of a new HP Designjet Z6200 printer. The family-owned company produces a variety of marketing collaterals, including signage.

“Since recently installing the HP Designjet Z6200 printer, we print everything from point-of purchase displays and large banners to posters and graphics, expanding our overall revenue stream. There is little we can’t do,” said Franco Maugeri, Production Manager, MP Reproductions.

Founded in 1964, MP Reproductions works with a variety of industries including education, the medical field, cosmetics and municipal signage. “MP Reproductions has been designated the official printer for a large conference in Montreal and we produce posters for fashion shows,” says Maugeri. “In addition, we generate signage for hospitals all over Quebec and we create back-lit prints for Montreal’s city streets.”

Eclipse Colour and Imaging Corp. boosted its 70,000-square-foot Burlington, Ontario, plant with Canada’s first enhanced HP Scitex FB7600 industrial press, which now includes a Scitex White Ink Kit for producing display graphics.

Eclipse Imaging is a large-format printing company that specializes in high-quality retail displays, signage, transit, packaging and out-of-home advertising. Back in February 2010, the plant was purchased by Ralph Misale and Grant Malcolm from the American giant Adams Outdoor Advertising.

“As a business we are always looking to tap new markets and revenue streams and we believe that the FB7600 will allow us to do that,” said Ralph Misale, Chief Operating Officer, Eclipse Imaging.

The new HP Scitex FB7600 with a new white-ink channel provides more capability to produce display graphics on clear or coloured materials. HP Scitex FB7500 and FB7600 machines include extra print head beams, which allow the white ink kit to be added without sacrificing process colours.

The large-format inkjet system prints on a range of flexible and rigid substrates and corrugates up to 25 mm (1-inch) thick, using its HP’s proprietary GREENGUARD certified inks – engineered for outdoor longevity.

Transcontinental Quebec has installed a new Epson Stylus Pro GS6000, purchased from Fujifilm Canada.

The Quebec location specializes in sheetfed commercial printing. In 2011, the location also established a digital printing division using an industrial digital toner press and a UV flatbed press. The new GS6000 UV solvent roll printer will add to the location's capabilities.

Transcontinental Quebec employs 160 staff.

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