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.”
David McClure, owner of Process Print and Litho Ltd., installed a new Xerox 700 press into his company’s Mississuaga-based facility.
McClure is a second-generation owner of Process Print, which has operated as a trade printer for more than 35 years. The new Xerox 700, purchased through Fujifilm Canada, is to focus on capturing more short-run business for the company.
Today, Process Print runs six presses on its floor; in addition to full prepress capabilities and in-house bindery services for applications like books, calendars, flyers, folding, stitching and scoring.
Pictured: David McClure, owner of Process Print and Litho, with the new Xerox 700.
Located in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Allen Print Ltd. installed an Agfa Avalon N4 CTP device. The thermal platesetter will image Agfa’s Azura TS plates.
Along with the CTP device, the commercial printing company has also installed Agfa’s recently released Apogee 7.0 workflow and a Sherpa Proofer. Founded in 1944, Allen Print today produces work with both toner- and offset-based presses.
Pictured: With the new Avalon N4 are Cameron Struthers (left) of Allen Print and Richard Juneau from Agfa Graphic Systems.
Imprimerie F.L. Chicoine, a sheetfed printer based in St. Germain-de-Grantham, Quebec, will establish a web-offset division in mid-2011 following the purchase of a 4-unit Goss Sunday 2000.
Situated mid-way between Montreal and Quebec City, F.L. Chicoine was founded in 1986 by the husband-and-wife team of François Chicoine and Line Chamberland, who began by printing stationery out of their home. Today, the company is housed in a 22,000-square-foot facility equipped with prepress and bindery services – in addition to two 40-inch Komori presses.
Chamberland and Chicoine plan to add a new building to their operation to accommodate the Goss Sunday 2000, which carries a web width of 57 inches. The 24-page-format press will be integrated with Goss’ Omnicon controls, as well as the Contiweb CS splicer, Ecocool dryer, PCF-1 combination folder and a PFF-2 former folder.
“Ultra-modern technology and personalized service is our formula for competing with the larger printers,” said François Chicoine.“By equipping the press with high-performance pinless combination and former folders, we will also be able to offer our customers a tremendous variety of product formats.”
The investment is largely spurred on by the fact that the couple’s five children are involved with the company, either as managers or shareholders. “As a family business, we specialize in giving our customers the highest quality products and lightning-quick turnaround times,” said Line Chamberland. “Expanding into web offset is the next logical step for us.
“We have a lot of experience with high-quality perfecting and we look at the Sunday 2000 press as a tool for perfecting at much faster speeds.”
The City of Burnaby, British Columbia, replaces two older presses with the installation of a new 4-colour Ryobi 524GE, which represents xpedx Canada’s first press installation in this country.
While Ohio-based xpedx has been distributing Ryobi presses in the United States for 34 years, xpedx Canada became the master Ryobi distributor for Canada back in September 2009. Established in the summer of 2007, under the leadership of Mike Kearney, xpedx Canada has around 110 employees.
The Canadian operation distributes all Ryobi format sizes, including the recently launched 42-plus inch Ryobi 1050 press and the 36-inch Ryobi 920, as well as the 31-inch Ryobi 750 and 780 series presses, the 20-inch Ryobi 520 series and other smaller format presses.
The 20-inch Ryobi 524GE press becomes the City of Burnaby’s flagship machine, with the ability to run 11,000 sheets per hour.
“We did a lot of 4-colour work on our single and two-colour presses, and you can produce quality print that way,” said Nick Karanasos, Supervisor for Burnaby’s inplant operation. “But you quickly hit a ceiling where throughput really bogs down and it’s just not efficient from a total cost perspective.”
The City of Burnaby’s new Ryobi 4-colour press replaces two older machines, including a preexisting 2-colour Ryobi. The in-plant operation also includes technology for toner- and inkjet-based (wide-format) printing, as well as various bindery functions.
Edmonton-based Douglas Printing, founded in 1902 and purchased by Ian Burke in 2005, completed the installation of a new HP Indigo 5500 press.
Since Burke acquired the printing company from the Douglas family, he claims to have replaced the facility’s entire fleet of presses, while also focusing more on sectors like signage, direct-mail and toner-based production.
Founded by H.W.B Douglas at the turn of the 20th century, Douglas Printing, according to its Website, has grown from a 3-person operation into a 70-person, full-service commercial printing facility.
Pictured (left to right): Douglas Printing's Brad Clark, PrePress Manager; Blair Stotyn, Operator; and Barry Burke, General Manager, with the new HP Indigo 5500.
Reprodux Printing has installed a new Duplo DC 645, which is designed for high-speed slitting, cutting and creasing, at its North York production facility.
The company, founded in 1963, now has eight locations in the Greater Toronto Area, with a ninth facility, operating under the name Curry Reprographics Division, recently opened in Windsor, Ontario.
The Duplo DC645, purchased through Sydney Stone, is being targeted for finishing the company’s template-based printing initiatives, such as business cards. Reprodux also operates myplanroom.ca, which it describes as “a complete project document solution for the building industry.”
According to distributor Sydney Stone, the DC645 can perform up to six slits, 15 cuts and 10 creases in one pass at a speed of 26 sheets per minute.
Winnipeg-based LightVisions, which specializes in large-format printing for the retail, display and outdoor markets, has installed what is described as Canada’s first automated Inca Onset S20.
The automation of this particular Onset S20 is found in a materials handling system with the ability to operate in manual, semi or three-quarter mode.
LightVisions’ new machine also includes a speed upgrade, introduced to the Onset S20 back in August 2010, said to increase the device’s rated speed by more than 35 percent from its original speed of 45 beds per hour.
With both the automation and speed upgrade, LightVisions’ Onset S20 will produce around 62 beds per hour.
“Our operators really like the ability to switch over quickly,” said Allan Brooks, President of LightVisions, referring to the machine’s levels of materials automation. “It is very fast, so if you have one 20- to 30-piece job and then another that's running 500 pieces, you can switch from manual to automated easily. You don't need the automation for the 20- to 30-piece jobs. Manual works just fine.”
The Inca Onset S20, sold through Fujifilm Canada, joins two existing UV flatbed printers and eight roll-to-roll inkjet printers, with the largest format measuring up to 126 inches wide.
LightVisions was founded 28 years ago and now employs over 40 people in a 38,000-square-foot facility.
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