Quadriscan of Montreal, Quebec has installed  Standard/Horizon BQ-470 PUR perfect binder, purchased from KBR Graphics Canada.

“We used to send the work out before but now we can keep it under our own roof, ensure high quality, and provide faster turnaround for our customers," said Roger Blanchette, president of Quadriscan. "We are able to streamline production for shorter runs to meet and often exceed client deadlines. We’re very proud of our excellent products and our customers love the new machine and the binding process.”

The BQ-370 is a fully automated four-clamp machine that can produce up to 1,350 perfect bound books per hour at up to 2.5 inches thick. 

While most of Quadriscan’s work is produced for the Montreal vicinity, the firm has also gaining international clients. “We work for a book publisher in France that supplies books to many French-speaking countries such as Mali, Madagascar, Côte d'Ivoire, Chad, Cameroon, and Congo,” says Blanchette. “Adding the BQ-470 with PUR aids our efforts in producing these important books for the local centers to continue usage of the French language. Having PUR adhesive will ensure that the book binding is maintained and does not crack or melt in the diverse climate and weather conditions in Africa — from dry to humid, cold, and hot.”

Calgary-based Emerson Clarke, led by Len Knight, Rich Berg and Dave Smith, becomes the first commercial printing company in Canada to purchase Kodak’s recently introduced NexPress SX3300 press.

The new press, purchased through Coast Paper (a division of PaperlinX Canada), is integrated with an optional long sheet feeder, which allows for working with a 14 x 26-inch sheet, while the standard feeder works with a size of 14 x 20.47 inches.

“We were losing a lot of the bigger digital jobs because our printer was just too small,” said Len Knight, Operations Manager of Emerson Clarke, who is a partner in the company with Rich Berg and Dave Smith. Emerson Clarke also runs offset presses, including a five-colour, 29-inch press with a coater.

The NexPress SX3300 has been fitted with Kodak’s Print Genius image processing and a fifth imaging unit, which allows for watermarking, protection coating, glossing, MICR printing, gamut expansion, red fluorescing ink for security applications, and in-line dimensional printing.

According to Kodak, the NexPress SX platform prints on more than 700 standard offset substrates, including coated, uncoated, FSC, plastics, magnets, linens, static clings, and micro-perforated substrates. It is rated for a monthly duty cycle of up to 4.4 million pages and hits printing speeds of 91, 109 or 131 ppm when printing on 26-inch long sheets.

Lightning Digital, a division Lightning Graphics housed in a 24,000-square-foot facility in Scarborough, Ontario, purchased its second EFI VUTEk large-format-printing system.

The company's new UV-based VUTEk GS2000 system, purchased through distributor Coast Paper, has the ability to print on substrates of up to two inches thick and 80 inches wide. Lightning Digital installed its first VUTEk QS2000 in 2010.

“Our production demand increased at such a rapid pace that we required a second unit within a year to be able to keep up with the demand,” stated Ovidio Sui, Sales Executive and co-owner of Lightning Digital. “The hybrid units enables us to output different jobs, substrates and the unique requirements of our customers, yet allows us the flexibility to run large jobs over both units at the same time.”

In addition to the Lightning Digital, which controls large-format production, as well as a Canon imagePRESS C6000VP toner system, Lightning Graphics also runs two 40-inch Komori sheetfed presses, a 20-inch Heidelberg press, and several finishing systems. The company is led by founder and CEO, Andy Tieu.

Ian Campbell, owner of the Adelaide Street Kwik Kopy shop in downtown Toronto, has installed a new HP Designjet L25500, which was actually put on floor last November. With this new machine, he plans to enter the large-format production arena.

“We were looking for ways to change revenue streams and to increase revenue of print,” said Campbell. The Kwik Kopy Adelaide location in downtown Toronto primarily produces work for the heavy concentration of business, financial, insurance, and legal industries in downtown Toronto.

The inkjet-based HP Designjet L25500 is available either as a 42-inch machine, which reaches a maximum speed of 228 ft²/h (4-pass bidirectional), or as a 60-inch machine, which has a top speed of 246 ft²/h (4-pass bidirectional). Both 6-colour machines produce a maximum resolution of 1,200 x 1,200 dpi.

Markham, Ontario-based Rayment and Collins has purchased a six-colour Heidelberg UV press, which was formerly owned by Acuity Solutions Group. Acuity Solutions went into receivership in mid-June and the machine was sold to Rayment and Collins by Howard Graphic Equipment.

The company is replacing an older-generation, 6-colour, 40-inch Komori Lithrone with the Heidelberg. The Heidelberg press is the company's first step into UV printing to broaden its print offerings, which includes a Konica Minolta C8000 and HP Indigo toner presses.

Teardown of the old Komori commenced today and President Kevin Collins says he expects the new press to be fully installed by mid-September.

Rayment and Collins is a full-service marketing provider, which encompasses conception, design and production for both print and online properties. The company was founded in 1989 and has major clients such as AMD, Sleeman Breweries and Pet Valu.
Richmond Hill, Ontario-based Photobook Canada has installed an HP Designjet Z6200 system, purchased through Mississauga-based reseller Cell-A-Net.

As its name suggests, Photobook Canada specializes in the photo-book market and currently produces 23 different sizes of photo books in various styles, ranging from school yearbooks to professional photography projects. “We focus on one product because we want to make the best photo books out there,” said Charlene Callaghan, Managing Director of Photobook Canada.

The HP Designjet Z6200 is primarily designed for high-quality photo reproduction, which is also being leveraged by Photobook Canada to produce covers for clients.

Pictured: Ping Tam, Operations and Production Director of Photobook Canada, with the company’s new Designjet Z6200.

Mississauga-based Global Imaging has added a new Kongsberg i-XP 24 cutting table, sold through master distributor EskoArtwork, to boost its wide-format production capabilities. 

Founded over 10 years ago to specialize in wide-format graphics, Global Imaging installed its first Kongsberg table, model i-XL, in 2008 to handle work produced on its new inkjet-based Océ Arizona 250 GT flatbed. In June 2011, after adding two new Océ flatbed printers, the company decided to upgrade to Kongsberg’s i-XP 24 cutting table. “We easily doubled our cutting speed,” said Scott Saunders, co-owner of Global Imaging. The Kongsberg i-XP 24 is rated for a maximum cutting speed of 66 inches per second.

Now with 10 employees, Global Imaging runs two shifts seven days week. The company claims to generate approximately 1-million square feet of display graphics annually, cutting around 70 to 80 percent of this work.

“We just finished a massive job and it was hard not to notice the phenomenal speed of the machine… We were cutting sheets in 10 to 15 seconds,” explained Saunders. “For a 1,000-sheet job, instead of cutting 100 sheets a day, it meant we were cutting 200 to 250 sheets per day.”

Global Imaging’s Kongsberg i-XP 24 is integrated with the i-cut Vision system. “With the i-cut Vision system we can register work on the table,” said Saunders. “We perform a lot of contour cuts; the machine automatically registers sheets so it produces clean contour materials.”

The Kongsberg i-XP 24 is designed to cut a range of materials, such as vinyl, corrugated substrates, MDF, aluminum, styrene, sintra, foam boards and banners. The cutting table is available with over 10,000 on-demand templates.

Last week at its facility in Illinois, Fujifilm North America hosted journalists and analysts for a hands-on look at its new J-Press 720 technology. First unveiled at drupa 2008 in Germany, the J-Press 720 is a B2-format, sheetfed-based inkjet press that Fujifilm is aiming at the commercial-printing market.

After announcing its commercial availability in late-2010 at the Graph Expo trade show, Fujifilm last week announced that Gilson Graphics of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is scheduled to install North America’s first J-Press 720 sometime this Fall. Fujifilm installed the continent’s first J-Press at its own facility back in May. Fujfilm indicates there are currently three J-Press beta sites in Japan.

With around 160 employees and US$23 million in annual sales, Gilson is a medium-sized commercial printing company running three 40-inch manroland presses, toner-based Indigo presses for colour, which it got into in the late-1990s, and wide-format machines from Fujifilm, HP and Mimaki.

The J Press 720 is built around a Fuji Dimatix inkjet engine with 17 Samba piezo-electric print-heads – each holding 2,048 nozzles – allowing for 4-colour process printing of water-based inks. The 20.8 x 29.5-inch format press currently runs at a single speed of 2,700 B2 sheets per hour, while producing a maximum resolution of 1,200 by 1,200 dots per inch – four greyscale levels.

The machine employs a pre-coating unit to handle both coated and uncoated stock, in a range from 70-lb text up to 14-point board. After the work is dried by six halogen lamps and heating elements, the J Press 720 relies on a CCD camera to read a test bar (one colour per sheet) and analysis nozzle effectiveness. The J Press 720 ships with Fujifilm’s XMF workflow.

Imprimerie Contact of Montreal has purchased and installed a new MGI Meteor DP60 Pro. The machine, purchased from KBR Graphics, will allow Imprimerie Contact to add more flexibility in its offset workflow.

"For the last three years we have been researching and studying different digital presses," explained André Goyette, President of Imprimerie Contact. "This is our first digital press so we wanted to ensure that we made the best decision. All of the other digital press models were limited to a smaller sheet size but the Meteor is so much larger. Plus quality is very important to our customers and after testing the Meteor we found that it had the highest quality above any of its competitors. In purchasing the Meteor we have both high quality and a larger sheet size."

Imprimerie Contact has two offset presses used for longer-run jobs: a 5-colour and a 2-colour sheetfed. The new Meteor will take on the short-run work from 10 to 2,000 sheets on a wide range of substrates ranging from plastic to 20# stock. The machine prints at a speed up to 3,900 full-colour sheets per hour.

"We've found that the Meteor is up to full-color production in only two to three sheets," says André Goyette. "That helps to condense our turnaround time, decreases our waste, protects the environment, and saves on paper costs, especially on the more costly types of substrates."

Imprimerie Contact was founded in 1978 and has a key market in the pharmaceutical industry for the past 20 years.

Toronto-based TI Group is expanding its large-format printing with the purchase of an inkjet-based Durst Rho 1000, to be installed within its SCL production facility in Scarborough. The company expects to take delivery in September 2011.

“This total investment of $2 million is a major initiative for our SCL facility,” said Domenic Rubino, Partner, TI Group. “This investment solidifies our position as a market leader for POP solutions and will position our company for additional growth in the coming years.”

Peter Spring, TI Group’s VP of Sales, explains how the Rho 1000 fills a production gap within its large-format lithography capabilities, which currently produces up to 73-inch work on a 6-colour manroland press. The Rho 1000 is a continuous UV-based inkjet system, employing Durst’s Quadro Array print-head technology, with a maximum output of up to 200 4 x 8-foot boards per hour.

“This [Durst] press will also add significant capacity to our SCL facility, where we have, over the last two years, expanded our scope of services to offer product design, creative support, and kitting,” said Spring.

In 2009, TI Group expanded its footprint with the purchase of CDIC, while the company picked up a UV-based, 6-colour, 40-inch sheetfed press in late-2008.

Kitchener, Ontario-based Reeve and Company expands its wide-format printing capabilities with a new HP Designjet L25500.

The inkjet-based system, which employs HP’s environmentally progressive Latex Ink Technology, reaches a top speed of 22.8 m²/h in a 4-pass bidirectional mode, while hitting 10.6 m²/h with 8-pass bidirectional printing.

“Before installing the HP Designjet L25500 Printer, we avoided solvent-based printing for outdoor applications because it was hard on the environment and required proper ventilation for the production room – something our facility didn’t have the space to accommodate,” said Andrew Reeve, owner, Reeve and Company. “We would outsource this work which resulted in slow turn-around times for our customers.”

While also specializing in fabric-based printing, Reeve and Company aims to use the new L25500 for producing outdoor and indoor signage for corporate clients and the University of Waterloo.

Kingston, Ontario-based Allan Graphics Ltd. purchased a new Agfa :Avalon N4 computer-to-plate device, which is supported by Agfa’s Azura TS Developer system.

The Avalon N4 is a thermal platesetter for 4-up and 6-up printing, which allows users to field upgrade from the E model, producing up to 11 plates per hour, to the S model, which images up to 21 plates per hour. The platesetter also allows users to produce Agfa’s :Sublima 210- and 240-lpi screens.

Allan Graphics was founded in 1976 and, with an additional sales office in Belleville, Ontario, serves clients from Cornwall to Peterborough and across Northern New York State.

Pictured: Richard Juneau (left), Account Manager for Agfa Graphics, and Dave Allan, Owner of Allan Graphics.

Pickering-based Signage Source, which focuses on applications like interior signage, event signage, exterior structural signage and full installation services, is running a new HP Scitex LX800 inkjet device.

Installed in late-March, the Scitex LX800 is a 6-colour, 126-inch (3.2-metre) machine with a maximum resolution of 1,200 x 1,200 dpi, employing 10,560 print-head nozzles. The roll-fed device uses HP’s environmentally progressive Latex Ink Technology.

Founded in 2003, in addition to the new Scitex LX800, Signage Source lists five other primary wide-format printers, including the HP Scitex XL1500, HP Designjet L65500, Fuji Acuity Advance HS, Gandi 1224UV, and the Epson GS-6000.

Pictured: President Rob Press with Signage Source’s new LX800.

Toronto-based EZ Trade Signs has installed an Acuity Advance HS system to expand its large-format printing capabilities, as well as a new Konsberg i-XL24 for custom die-cutting applications.

The large-format, inkjet-based Acuity Advance HS, purchased through Fujifilm Canada, is said to be 33 percent faster than previous models.

EZ Trade Signs was established in 2008 by General Manager Jamal Nazir, who has been involved in his family’s Etobicoke, Ontario-based business, Mr. Printer/Mr. Signs, for a number of years. “The white-ink option available in this model of Fujifilm’s Acuity provides us expanded versatility in our product offerings as well,” said Nazir.

Now with 16 employees, EZ Trade Signs operates as a division of Mr. Printer, which was founded back in 1978. Mr. Signs was founded 10 years ago. The large-format operation has a customer base primarily focused in the Greater Toronto Area and Southern Ontario, while also shipping work across the country from Nova Scotia and Alberta.

Les Impressions Lithosol of Laval, Quebec, has installed an Agfa Avalon N4-10S computer-to-plate system, as well as Agfa’s :Apogee Manage software to manage the company’s prepress workflow.

The company, founded in 1989, will continue to focus on progressive environmental print production by running Azura TS plates through its new Avalon N4 system. Les Impressions Lithosol has been FSC-certified for the past two years.

The Avalon N4-10S, which is the faster system relative to the N4-10E, can image up to 21 4-up plates per hour. Lithosol also focuses on frequency-modulated screening: producing 15-micrometre work on coated paper and 25-micrometre work on offset paper.

Pictured left to right: André Houde, VP of Lithosol; Stan Tranter, Agfa Account Manager for Quebec; and Serge Desjardins, President of Lithosol.

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