IntraMédia, a division of Datamark Systems in Boucherville, Québec, has installed a 4-colour Screen Truepress 344.

The 344 direct-imaging, 4-colour press, purchased through NustreamGraphic, has a top-rated run speed of 7,000 sheets per hour, while accepting a maximum sheet size of 13.4 x 18.5 inches.

Datamark Systems describes itself as a single source for the design, production and distribution of business documents, ranging from basic stationary and commercial printing to identification tags or labels.

The company employs more than 450 people in six production facilities, seven distribution centres and 14 sales offices, including 13 throughout Canada and one in the United States. The Truepress 344 is being installed at the company's Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu facility.

Premier Printing Ltd. installed an Acuity Advance device to add large-format inkjet to its pressroom production roster of offset lithography and toner-based printing.

Established as a commercial printing company in 1962, and now running manroland and Heidelberg presses, Premier Printing was also an early Canadian adopter of HP Indigo technology for toner-based production, which today involves both variable-data and Web-to-print applications. Premier Printing also operates Premier Impressions in Grimsby, Ontario.

Now the Manitoba-based company, led by President Bill Gortemaker, is moving into large-format, inkjet production with the Fujifilm Acuity Advance. The inkjet device works with both rigid and flexible materials, while carrying an optional white-ink module for applying an underprint or overprint layer.

Fujifilm describes four production speeds for the Acuity Advance: Production Mode at 233 square feet per hour (fph), Quality Mode at 165 fph, Fine Art Mode at 135 fph, and Quality Matte Mode at 118 fph.

Saskatoon-based Abacus Signs has installed an HP Designjet L65500, which is a 104-inch-wide, inkjet device first introduced during drupa 2008.

“The HP Designjet is three times faster than our previous printer and the vibrancy of the colour is outstanding," stated Derek Reimer, Co-owner of the company, which provides signage for industry sectors such as healthcare, government, transportation and retail.

Members of the Abacus team, left to right: Kathy Tillman, Malique Gough, Rita Denis, Ryan Campbell, Derek Reimer (Owner), Penny Reimer, Anne Marie Stuber, Dale Nygaard (Owner), Al Morpurgo, and Terry Schroell.

Holland & Crosby Ltd., a Mississauga-based printing and marketing company, increased its flatbed, large-format production capabilities by installing an Inca Onset S20, which joins the company's existing, larger Onset S70 machine. 

Back in mid-2008, Holland & Crosby became the first company in Canada to install the mammoth inkjet-based Onset S70 machine to shift further away from its dependence on screen-printing production. Now the smaller Onset S20, sold through Fujifilm Canada, allows Holland & Crosby to provide quicker turnaround, as well as more gloss options and white-ink printing. 

"For the bulk of our work, speed is an issue, and we're able to deliver rush jobs on time with the Onset S20. The Onset S20 has accomplished what we anticipated it would do. For us it's not about its capacity-it's more about our overall efficiency and the ability to print with white," stated company co-owner Scott Crosby. "The Onset S20 has allowed us to finally transition away from screen printing and we became a completely digital facility as of February this year. It has also opened the door for a lot of 'store opening' jobs, which are typically personalized." 

Holland & Crosby also invested in an Inca Digital Onset S70 upgrade program, with a speed increase said to provide a throughput of up to 7,534 square feet per hour, equivalent to 145 full-bed sheets (or 435 60 x 40-inch posters) per hour. 

"It was perfect timing for us. We had an enormous order that required printing white on a coloured material, so it was important to get up and running quickly," stated Richard Labiuk, co-owner of Holland & Crosby. "We already knew that the ability to print white was key and we were doing a lot of white work already. 

"There's also the advantage of less waste," continues Labiuk. "With screen printing, we had to print about 50 overs on a 200 sheet run to assure a good job." 

Holland & Crosby was formed in 1997 with the merger of Holland & Neil Limited and J.W. Crosby Advertising. Today, the 33,000-square-foot facility provides a range of large-format services, from creative and structural design to printing, collating, and packing.

Microforum Services Group, based in Toronto, has installed an inkjet-based Fujifilm Acuity Advance. With the installation of the Acuity, Microforum states that it is purposely moving away from silk screening and offset printing methods, in favour of large-format inkjet technology.

In business now for 22 years, Microforum Services Group specializes in the small- to-medium CD/DVD and plastic manufacturing market. Microforum manufactures and prints CD-ROMs, audio CDs, DVDs, gift cards, membership cards, loyalty cards and USB sticks.

Accordingly, Microforum's primary markets include publishers and record labels, as well as the educational, corporate, and financial/insurance sectors.

After installing its first Océ JetStream 1500 around one year ago, Symcor, self-described as Canada's largest transactional printer, has bought a second 1500 inkjet system for full-colour variable output at its Toronto-area facility.

"When we decided to buy the Océ equipment, our goal was to convert existing black and white print on pre-printed stock to forms replacement and gain more shares in the market when it comes to full color volume," stated Normand Allard, Director of Product at Symcor.

Depending on the model, JetStream systems can produce 600-dpi full-colour output at speeds between 500 and 3,030 A4-size pages per minute. The continuous JetStream technology is available with either a 20.5- or 30-inch web width, while supporting monthly duty cycles of up to 40-million impressions.

Océ also designed its JetStream line to be upgradeable in the field, for increases in volume and speed, as well as inline tools like integrated folding, perforating hole punching and rewinding. The machine also includes MICR printing capabilities.

Montreal-based Datachrome, one of the region's leading quality-based commercial printers, has installed a Fujifilm Acuity Advance system. The large-format printer, integrated with a ColorGate RIP, is built around a UV inkjet architecture, which can handle droplets as small as six picoliters.

Datachrome, which produces much of its work for the fashion sector, has won several top-quality printing awards, including a 2007 Grand Gutenberg Award as determined by the jury of Les Artisans des arts graphiques de Montréal.

This win was for the Yanick Dery Photographer promotional catalogue, while Datachrome has won several times within the Gala Gutenberg competition.

Contac Services of Delta, British Columbia, has successfully integrated two manroland presses into its operation obtained through its purchase of Forum Productions, earlier this year.

A ROLAND 504 and ROLAND 706 press were moved to Contac's 30,000-square-foot plant by manroland's Canadian service team over a tight schedule of four weeks.

"Everything was done within Contac's aggressive timeline. One press was up and running as the other press was being moved in, and assembled. There was minimal downtime for the production operation – and I've never seen this level of continued production during an installation before. No overtime was employed to get the job completed on time! To say this was a phenomenal installation would be a serious understatement," said Contac General Manager Garry Gunter.

“The commencement of 2010 also marks a period of remarkable growth for Contac,” said Riaz Pisani, President and CEO of Contac, in a press release announcing the acquisition of Forum Productions in February. “With our increased volumes generated by the Contac Procurement Platforms, eConcierge Program, and our expanding client base, the acquisition of additional print machinery operated by an experienced staff could not have come at a better time.”

Originally founded in 1978 as a third-party logistics company for the travel industry, Contac expanded its services to include printing, marketing and become a single-source company for clients ranging from Air Canada to Whirlpool. Today, it continues to manage a vast number of tourism and travel-related brands. Headquartered in Vancouver, Contac has facilities in Toronto, Montreal, Miami and London, UK.

Sal Indovina, owner of MacLaser Printing, oversaw the installation of a new Morgana UFO in the company's Mississauga facility.

Purchased from Sydney Stone, the Morgana UFO is brought in for the production of Maclasers’ right-angle and roll-folding work.

The 18 x 25-inch format machine features automated fold plates, while pulsed suction feeding aids in the separation of toner-based work with high levels of static and curl. As well, the Morgana UFO features dial-a-fold plate settings, combination fold rollers with pressure settings, side-lay register and swing-up perforating and scoring. 

Indovina also purchased an optional cross-fold unit for the Morgana UFO, which has the ability to swing to the left or right and run straight in-line for roll folding.

Described as Eastern Canada’s largest packaging company, Master Packaging of Prince Edward Island is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its new 7-colour, 56-inch KBA Rapida 142 press. 

First installed in May 2009, through distributor KBR Graphics Ltd., the Rapida 142 is being used within Master Packaging's corrugate and folding-carton divisions. The press also includes a coater, automatic plate changing and non-stop facility at the feeder.

“Our new Rapida press will allow our company to open up new markets with its new automated technology so we can do shorter runs," stated Mary Jean Irving, President and CEO of Master Packaging, in a press release.  

The company has won several printing awards, since its founding in 1996, including a recent Gold Award from the Flexographic Technology Association for “Technical Achievement Exemplifying the Finest Capabilities of Flexographic Printing.” 

After expanding its corrugate plant by 33,000 square feet in 2000, Master Packaging in 2002 reached a production milestone by exceeding 1-billion square feet of output annually. The corrugate plant was then expanded by a further 60,000 square feet. A year later, the company's Borden plant began a 68,000-square-foot, folding-carton expansion. 

Today, Master Packaging employs over 340 people in two PEI plants, Borden and Charlottetown, as well as third plant in Dieppe, New Brunswick.

Calgary-based Sharper has installed an HP Indigo 5500 press to boost its short-run and variable-data printing, primarily focused in the health-care sector.

The company produces applications like postcards, appointment cards, calendars, magnets, tote bags and even leashes for pet-care purposes.

The HP Indigo 5500 can run at up to 68 full-colour pages per minute (ppm), 136 ppm in 2-colour, and 272 ppm in monochrome. “We have a sophisticated clientele with specific requirements for their promotional and communications materials,” stated Susan Nawrocki, President of Sharper, in a press release.

Founded in 1985, Sharper now employs 50 people in a 15,000-square-foot facility.

Two months after signing a deal to print The Globe and Mail's Manitoba and Saskatchewan editions, Glacier Media Inc. is working with a Washington State used-press retailer called Impressions Worldwide to install 40 Goss Community SSC printing units.

Glacier Media, which primarily generates revenues in various publishing sectors, aims to complete the Goss Community SSC installation by the end of this year's summer, when it is scheduled to start printing The Globe and Mail newspaper in the two prairie provinces.

“Working with Impressions Worldwide as an intermediary is somewhat unique, but their understanding of the specific requirements of the publisher as well as their knowledge of the Goss Community SSC towers has helped to synchronize the project,” stated Merton Howard, Goss International Sales Manager.

First introduced by Goss in 1962, the Community SSC is a single-width, one-plate-around web offset press for printing newspapers and semi-commercial products. Goss has sold over 38,000 units worldwide, as the features and the base design of the press have evolved.

Glacier Media is involved in printing activities primarily through its Business Information Group, which holds 43 trade magazines, 28 directories and 35 Websites.

System Graphics of Markham, Ontario has replaced its solvent-based printer with a new HP Designjet L65500, a device which uses water-based latex inks. System Graphics, which has been in operation since 1987, specializes in printing banners and signage.

“Investing in new technology helps us to stay one step ahead and not only meet but exceed our customers’ expectations” said Systems Graphics President, Wendy Glover. “We were looking to the future and now we’re more competitive than ever before.”

“System Graphics wanted to get rid of its solvent-based printer partly for health and environmental reasons,” said John Visentin of Access Imaging, the company that sold the device to System Graphics. “When they found that they could also save money through lower costs of maintenance and consumables on the new latex printer, it made the decision that much easier.”

The HP Designjet L65500 won a Gold award at the fourth annual Environmental Printing Awards in 2009. According to HP, no special ventilation is required and prints produced on the machines are odourless and can last up to five years with lamination.

John Hume, President of Toronto-based Hume Intermedia Services Inc., welcomes a new Standard Horizon BQ-470 PUR perfect binder into his Toronto plant, which is driven by three Xerox iGen presses, two offset presses and extensive fulfillment services.

Purchased through KBR Graphics Canada, the BQ-470 PUR is a fully-automated, 4-clamp machine capable of producing up to 1,350 perfect-bound books per hour, while also able to bind books that are up to 2.5-inches thick, using polyurethane-reactive (PUR) adhesive.

“Our well-informed clients understand the need the PUR durability provides for their products,” stated Hume.

Hume Intermedia was established 22 years ago and today claims to have a base of over 200 clients across various printing markets in Canada, United States and Europe.

The company's primary production is focused on toner presses, including three Xerox iGens, two Xerox Nuvera 144s and one Nuvera 288 black-and-white device.

In addition to the new BQ-470 PUR machines, Hume's bindery department also includes Standard Horizon's SPF-20A saddle-stitcher and an HT-30 books trimmer. Hume also runs a Canon PIXMA PRO9000 large-format printer and two Heidelberg GTO offset presses.

After starting out as a 2-person company in 1,000 square feet of space, Hume now employs 44 people in a 30,000-square-foot plant, as well as two smaller locations for online initiatives, large-format and warehousing.

Kwik Kopy Design and Print Centre Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island has recently installed an Agfa :Anapurna Mv, UV flatbed printer with varnish option. The machine was purchased through Geoffrey Flack of the ND Graphics' Dartmouth branch.

Kwik Kopy is a full service printer offering offset and digital printing as well as signage for indoor and outdoor applications. The location has been operating on the island for over 26 years. The company also recently installed a Heidelberg SM 74 press. In February, the company took over the operations of Island Offset Inc.

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