The Burke Group of Companies, comprised of four Edmonton-based operations, with Douglas Printing serving as the centerpiece offset facility, purchased a new Komori GL640.
Purchased through K-North Inc., the Burke Group went with a 6-colour configuration of Komori’s new 40-inch press series. Komori will officially introduce the GL640 to North American printers this September at Graph Expo 2011, in Chicago.
The press is rated with a maximum printing speed of 16,500 sheets per hour, while handling a sheet thickness of between 0.04 to 1.0 mm. It is equipped with Komori’s KHS-AI, PDC-SX spectral density control (including the SX option), and PQA-S quality control.
In addition to Douglas Printing, Burke Group also holds Douglas Xpress, focusing on 20-inch offset work; Maximum Imaging, focusing on wide-format inkjet; and Target Advantage, focusing on toner-based product and mailing services. These latter three operations are housed at the same address in Edmonton.
Burke Group CEO, Ian Burke, incorporated the operations back in 2008, after purchasing Douglas Printing in 2005. In that time, the company has increased its staffing level from 22 to over 70 employees.
“The use of new technology has now become critical in offering graphic communications solutions,” said Burke. “You just can’t deliver what our customers want and need without investing in your business.”
Richmond Hill-based Imageworks has installed a new Morgana AutoCreaser Pro 50, purchased through Sydney Stone, which specializes in distributing finishing technology for toner-based printing.
The newest generation of the AutoCreaser Pro 50, according to Morgana, has been developed with a 30 percent speed increase, which now equates to finishing 8,500 A4 sheets per hour (11,000 A5 sheets per hour).
The latest AutoCreaser Pro 50 also employs an increased sheet size of 700 mm x 500 mm. An optional tray extension allows users to work with sheets of up to 900 mm in length.
Imageworks, founded in 1994, also recently installed a new, toner-based Ricoh Pro C901s press – with a maximum print speed of 90 pages per minute and top resolution of 1,200 x 1,200 dpi.
The company runs a Web portal called digitaloutput.ca, which primarily focused on applications like business cards, flyers, postcards, brochures, letterhead, envelops and folders.
Edmonton-based Scan Copy Print has installed a Xerox Nuvera 200, which is described as the first such machine to be placed in the Albertan city. The company’s new toner-based press, integrated with Xerox’s Makeready 9.0 software, replaces a Nuvera 120 model.
“This new press complements our Xerox Nuvera 100 perfectly, but it gives us more sophisticated toner technology, better halftones – especially for publishing books,” said Ashraf Jaffer, owner of Scan Copy Print. “It’s twice the speed and the quality is awesome. The books come out flat – not wavy. We do a lot of book printing for seminars and conferences, long-run auction books, manuals, and even family history books.”
The perfecting, monochrome Nuvera 200 produces up to 200 impressions per minute and is rated to run up to 2-million images per month. Scan Copy Print was founded in Edmonton in 1995 and today employs four staff members.
Montreal-based Pazazz Printing has installed an Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 to add to its large-format capabilities.
The 64-inch, solvent-based GS6000, purchased through Fujifilm Canada, employs Epson’s recently introduced UltraChrome GS inks. The 8-colour, roll-to-roll machine produces a maximum resolution of 1,440 x 1,440 dpi.
“The demand for large-format signage and banners has been growing,” said Pazazz CEO Warren Werbitt, who founded the company in 1992. In addition to Pazazz Printing, the company operates Pazazz Labels and Pazazz Large Format divisions.
“The Epson is yet another example of our commitment to offer our clients the highest standards in print,” continued Werbitt, “to ensure the best quality available for our clients.”
Pictured left to right: Pierre Gagnon of Fujifilm Canada; Claude Leveillé of Pazazz; Haytham Elaloul of Pazazz; Jerry Leclerc of Fujifilm; and Michel Thériault of Fujifilm.
The Ellis Group purchased a Komori LS640 for its Guelph, Ontario-based facility, called Ellis Packaging West, which primarily focuses on printing for the food-processing sector.
The Ellis Group runs three facilities in Southern Ontario, including its main 85,000-square-foot facility in Pickering, which manufacturers printed folding cartons for the food, liquor, personal care, neutraceutical and pharmaceutical industries; the Ellis Paper Box plant in Mississauga, with extensive QA procedures to focus on the pharmaceutical industry; and the Guelph plant, which is an FSC-, SFI-, and ISO-certified operation.
With the addition of the Komori LS640, purchased through K-North Inc., The Ellis Group now operates three Komori presses in two of plants.
The new 6-colour purchased for Ellis Packaging West in Guelph is equipped with an anilox coater, SAPC Plate Changers, closed-looped colour control, Komorimatic Delta dampening, vacuum feed board and the Komori Management System.
The Ellis Group traces its origins back to 1946, while Ellis Packaging was incorporated in 1983.
The Beresford Box Company, based in Waterloo, Ontario, has installed a Komori L840 press to expand its printing production for the North American packaging sector.
Beresford Box provides FDA- and CFIA-approved packaging to the food and beverage industry, as well as boxboard and nested cartons for the frozen and dry food, beverage, confectionery, and health and wellness industries.
The company’s 8-colour Komori press, purchased through Mississauga-based K-North Inc., is equipped with an anilox coater, SAPC plate changers, PDC-S closed-looped colour control, Komorimatic Delta dampening and the Komori Management System (KMS).
Celebrating the Komori install are (clockwise from left back row): Beresford’s Mike Mertens, Gary Haughton, Kevin McCarthy and John Morris.
Ottawa-based Grafik Visuals added an HP Designjet L25500 machine to its production floor, which focuses on the indoor-signage market. Founded in the late-1980s, the company was then purchased by the Blaine family in 1997.
“Most recently, we’ve used the HP Designjet L25500 printer to complete a health-and-safety deployment,” said Doug Blaine, Partner, Grafik Visuals. “A property-management customer needed to replace signage identifying mechanical and electrical rooms in a government building.
"Traditionally, we would use screen printing, but our [L25500] allowed us to personalize each sign and include individual numbers on each.”
The Designjet L25500 is a 6-colour inkjet machine, based on HP’s Latex ink technology, with the ability to produce work at up to 246 square feet per hour.
Toronto-based Webcom Inc. has installed a Standard Horizon StitchLiner 6000, purchased through technology distributor KBR Graphics, as part of the book manufacturer's $12-million investment plan that centres around a strategic initiative called BookFWD.
“We are pleased to work closely with Webcom and add a key piece of equipment to its revolutionary new BookFWD program,” said Karl Belafi Jr., VP of Sales and Marketing at KBR Graphics. “The new Standard Horizon StitchLiner 6000 is a perfect complement to the entire digital printing capabilities.”
First announced in October 2010, the print production portion of BookFWD focuses on an HP T300 Inkjet Web Press and a new HP Indigo 7000 (for producing covers), while the program’s finishing capabilities now include the Stitchliner 6000, a FlexBook from Magnum Manufacturing, and Muller Martini’s Acoro and Bolero finishing lines.
“The common theme across each piece of equipment is revolutionary technology that integrates the workflow for a highly streamlined and automated process,” stated Mike Collinge, President of Webcom. “This powerful combination is remarkable for its efficiency and its overall technological advancement of the printing industry.”
The StitchLiner 6000, purchased by Webcom, was first introduced in 2010. The saddle-stitching machine is described as having the ability to produce up to 6,000 booklets per hour – or inline cover feeding and booklet production at up to 600 feet per minute.
Digitpress Inc., based in Scarborough, Ontario, has installed a new folder and a 36-inch paper cutter, purchased through Hans Gronhi Graphic Technology Canada Inc.
Hans Gronhi officially opened its Mississauga-based distribution facility in November 2009. The Chinese parent company was established in November 2006 through the amalgamation of four domestic equipment manufacturers. Today, Hans Gronhi develops and sells sheetfed offset presses, CTP devices, and bindery equipment.
Pictured with the new cutter are (left to right) Chris Speller, National Sales Manager for Hans Gronhi, and Rudolf Chiu, owner of Digtipress owner Rudolf Chiu.
Imageworks Print & Prepress added a Ricoh Pro C901s to its production floor in Richmond Hill, Ontario, which is fed from the company’s digitaloutput.ca Web portal.
Founded in 1994, Imageworks has primarily focused its production around sheetfed offset technology, including two Heidelberg Speedmaster 52 presses. The company also lists several pieces of finishing equipment, including a recently installed Stahl folder and a new 45-inch Polar cutter. Imageworks also holds equipment for die cutting, embossing and foil applications.
The company’s digitaloutput.ca Web portal – primarily focused on applications like business cards, flyers, postcards, brochures, letterhead, envelops and folders – will now drive work to the Ricoh Pro C901s. The new press has a maximum print speed of 90 pages per minute and top resolution of 1,200 x 1,200 dpi. Employing Ricoh’s PxP toner, the Pro C901s allows for full-bleed printing with media sizes up to 13 x 19.2 inches.
Located in Renfrew, Ontario, Custom Printers expanded its display-graphics capabilities with a new UV-based Agfa Anapurna M4F, for both rigid and roll applications.
The inkjet wide-format printer has an imaging width of up to 62 inches (158 cm) and a maximum speed of up to 150 ft²/hr (14 m²/hr), which is what Agfa refers to as “poster quality.” The Anapurna M4F’s highest-quality speed, referred to as “photo/sign” quality, reaches 75 ft²/hr (7 m²/hr). The machine is rated to produce a resolution of up to 720 x 1,440 dpi.
Pictured left to right: Peter Barron and Katie St. Jean, members of Custom Printers’ prepress division, with Agfa’s Richard Juneau, Allyson Zeitz of ND Graphics and Ken Charron, Technology Architect with Custom Printers.
Two Ontario-based printers, Print Q and Murray Pre-Press, recently installed used computer-to-plate systems that were refurbished through Cambridge-based Scancorp.
Print Q of Toronto, led by Tam Moorthy, installed a refurbished Screen 8300 thermal CTP system.
London, Ontario-based Murray Pre-Press, led by President Chris Murray, installed a refurbished Fujifilm T9000 system, which the ability to image 22 plates per hour.
Pictured: Chris Murray, President of Murray Pre-Press.
Toronto-based Webcom, one of North America’s largest book printers, completed the installation of two new binding lines with Müller Martini’s Acoro and Bolero technologies.
The Bolero line, with an ability to bind spine widths from an ⅛ of an inch up to 3⅛ inches, replaces two older binders and will primarily support conventional printing. The Bolero also has the capability to apply Webcom’s Layflat PUR Otabind – a technique created by the company about 20 years ago.
The Acoro line is to be used within what Webcom classifies as its digital production capabilities, which includes the HP T300 inkjet press and an HP Indigo 7000 used to produce covers. Webcom also recently installed Magnum FlexBook equipment to compliment its new T300.
“Both of our Müller bindery lines will contribute to quick, reliable turnaround of quality books with the superior strength of PUR adhesive,” said Mike Collinge, Webcom President and CEO. “The new efficiencies that we achieve with the use of JDF standards are particularly important to Webcom’s ability to provide publishers with a cost-competitive advantage through our BookFWD program.”
The PUR binding applied by both the Acoro and Bolero lines is also supported by Webcom’s integration of a Volumetric PUR Nozzle (VPN) spray system. VPN minimizes the amount of glue needed to produce a strong, high-quality bind.
“While the Acoro and Bolero both offer the option of using hot-melt glue, Webcom is ahead of all other North American printers with their adoption of VPN technology – recognizing that the application of PUR contributes to overall cost efficiency, matching the cost of a hot melt process but exceeding its strength,” explained Gary Hughes, President of Müller Martini Canada.
Collinge added, “Publishers need every advantage they can get to stay competitive. These bindery lines and our BookFWD program address an urgent need to transform the ability of publishers to get and stay ahead.”
True Colours Graphic Reproduction of North Vancouver has purchased and installed a new Fujifim Acuity Advance UV flatbed printer.
Carl May, President of True Colours, says he made the decision to go with the Acuity after attending the SGIA show last year: "True Colours has built its reputation on providing exceptional quality, and this new unit now allows us to provide direct to substrate print output that meets our exacting standards."
True Colours has been operating in the North Vancouver area since 1991, starting as a prepress house with a reputation for high-quality scanned colour separations, film output, retouching and proofing. Today, the company's services include online print management, advertising campaigns, display and signage for a variety of applications, including trade dhows, sales centres, malls and more.
Martyn Johanns, President and co-owner of Simpson Print, installed an HP Indigo 5500 press to continue the expansion of the company’s Bloomington, Ontario-based facility.
After running a sheetfed operation for several years, Martyn Johanns’ father, Martin, entered the screen-printing sector by purchasing Simpson Print in 1988. Simpson Print, founded in 1963, had been producing retail signage, in-store displays and retail marketing kits to clients in the food & beverage and industrial sectors.
In 1996, Martin Johanns then repurchased the company he founded, Johanns Graphics, and integrated both operations in a new 50,000-square-foot facility. Martyn Johanns then became part owner of the company in 2003.
“Our clients are looking for special print projects,” said Sam Mueller, General Manager of Simpson Print. “With the HP Indigo 5500 Digital Press we can offer white inks and print up to 18pt card stocks as well as various plastics including styrenes, rigid vinyls, and polycarbonates – something many of our competitors can’t offer.”
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