Golding Graphics has upgraded its first generation ECRM Mako CTP system and replaced it with a Fujifilm Luxel T-6000 thermal CTP. The company has paired the purchased with Fujifilm's XMF Complete workflow and will image Fujifilm Ecomaxx-T processless plates.

Golding Graphics is a family-owned business based in Whitby, Ontario and has been servicing Durham and the Greater Toronto Area since 1971. The company has eight employees and three presses with a complete finishing department.

Two new Anapurna wide-format inkjet printing systems have been placed with companies in the Greater Toronto Area. Data Document Solutions of Mississauga installed an Agfa Anapurna M2. The company has specialized in direct-mail printing since 2001.

CleanRiver Recycling Solutions, a division of Midpoint International in Aurora, Ontario, installed a 6-colour Agfa Anapurna Mw, which includes in-line white production. CleanRiver has invested in a full service, in-house graphic and design department that offers their clients a variety of label and poster options, including graphics printed on high-density polyethylene, which is recyclable.

Signage Source of Pickering, Ontario, recently installed three key pieces of wide-format printing technology, purchased through Fujifilm Canada, to boost its production floor, including an Acuity Advance HS, a Kongsberg i-XL24, and an Epson Stylus Pro GS6000.

Rob Press, owner of Signage Source, opted to include the roll-media option for his new flatbed Acuity Advance HS inkjet system, which will be primarily aimed at producing indoor graphics. The company also carries a second 5-year-old flatbed machine, but notes the improved production capabilities of the Acuity with a 1,200-dpi maximum resolution and inline white-ink printing.

The Stylus Pro GS6000 is a roll-fed 64-inch-wide inkjet device that jets Epson’s UltraChrome GS ink from an 8-colour system, including orange and green. The machine’s dual-array MicroPiezo AMC print-head technology produces high-quality prints at up to 91 square feet per hour or what Epson describes as everyday production at 180 square feet per hour.

As its name suggests, Signage Source focuses exclusively on the signage market servicing creative agencies, marketing firms and retail outlets across Canada. The company has been in business since 2003, and moved into its current 17,000-square-foot Pickering location in 2007. The company employs 15 staff members.

Located in downtown Toronto, QPrint has installed a Heidelberg Suprasetter A52 computer-to-plate system. The commercial printing company primarily focuses on providing work within the Greater Toronto Area.

QPrint has been in business for 30 years and today runs a full in-house graphics department, while providing both toner and sheetfed-offset printing, as well as various finishing services.

Pictured left to right: Victor Lopes, prepress operator, and Mohamed Shariff, President and owner of QPrint.

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.

The company occupies 58,000 square feet at the centre of the city and has 115 employees. The company says they are currently experiencing a growth period. “We pride ourselves on being a high quality printer and offering our customers more than just a quote,” says Sebastien Chartrand, Director of Operations and pressroom manager. “We have a team of CSRs that work directly with accounts to make sure that our customers' concepts become a reality." He goes on to describe how even difficult ink motifs were easily produced on the XL 105 and how the press is 50 percent faster than the other presses in the plant.

A perennial winner at the Grand Gutenberg awards, Imprimerie L'Empreinte also deals with multi-channel marketing, website development, design, and even mailing services.. The company was founded in 1986 in a 5000 square foot plant with eight employees. 

Almonte, Ontario-based Pxlworks has purchased a Fujifilm Acuity Advance LT flatbed printer to service its customers.

"We were in search of an affordable and upgradable flatbed printer that would produce a quality product which would meet or exceed the demands of our clients for direct to substrate print applications, while at the same time, cutting down on our production time and material costs,” said Pxlworks Senior Partner Rodney Groulx. 

Pxlworks is a six-year-old display graphic printer that provides advertising and marketing promotion printing services to design firms and high-tech companies in their community and the greater Ottawa area.

The Acuity Advance LT is a four-colour flatbed system which has an optional roll-to-roll capability. It prints on substrates up to 86.7-inches wide in roll format and can print rigid substrates up to 49.2 x 98.4-inches, with full bleed. The machine made its debut in the first half of 2011.
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.

Epic Imaging of Burnaby has recently purchased and installed a second Fujifilm Acuity HD2504 UV printer.

The company was founded over five years ago and has recently doubled its production floor space. Its production portfolio includes many pieces from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Epic Imaging produces wide-format applications like floor graphics, window decals, and retail banners for clients throughout North America.

The Acuity HD 2504 was first introduced in 2007. It features a printhead that can produce droplets as small as six picolitres. The printer produces 16 square metres of print per hour in production mode.

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.

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