Webcom has announced details of a $12-million investment in production technology for a program it calls BookFWD. Core to this new investment is HP's new HP T300 Inkjet Web press, to be installed this month.
The T300 will be used to produce book interiors in full colour while a new HP Indigo 7000 will be used to produce covers. These two pieces of equipment will be complemented with others, including finishing equipment.
"Book publishers are challenged in many ways - from demanding time constraints, to evolving environmental considerations, to new e-product investments. The most critical determinant of a publisher's ability to successfully navigate these challenges is improving the financial returns of their printed product," said Webcom President, Mike Collinge. "Webcom's BookFWD investments leverage breakthrough inkjet technologies, streamlined workflow and unique bookbinding systems to significantly reduce the costs associated with printed books. Inventory, distribution and production costs can all be reduced."
Magnum Manufacturing will also supply Webcom with the Flexbook system, which connects to the T300. It will be second installation of the book block system in the world and would reduce makeready time and spoilage upwards of 90 percent.
"The common theme across each piece of equipment is revolutionary technology that integrates the workflow for a highly streamlined and automated process," said Collinge. "This powerful combination will be remarkable for its efficiency and its overall technological advancement of the printing industry. Savings to the environment run deep with reduced waste, VOC emissions and energy consumption of the HP presses, bindery systems and workflow technology."
Located on Enterprise Road in Toronto, Swiss Print International recently installed a new Kuda machine. The paper cutter, purchased through K-North, features full programming, display monitor, air on main table, as well as the side
Swiss Print International produces a range of commercial printing materials, from business cards and brochures to posters and signage, as well as projects like newsletters and calendars to catalogues and coupons.
In addition to the Kuda cutter, Swiss Print runs a full finishing department, while providing 6-colour offset printing, 4-colour toner-based printing, graphic design, photography, copywriting, Website design and hosting, and warehousing and fulfillment.
Based in Scarborough, Ontario, All Hour Signs has installed a HP Designjet 35500 for wide-format, inkjet production. The family-owned signage business was established in 1997 and today focuses on a range of wide-format printing, such as banners, billboards, transit advertising, custom labels and trade-show collateral.
“We’re able to print on a wider range of materials with faster turnaround times, which allows us to take on more business,” said Johnny Lalani, Owner of All Hour Signs, on his decision to bring in the Designjet 35500. “It will also allow us to provide greater value for our customers as we reduce costs.”
All Hour Signs already has the ability to print on a variety of substrates, from aluminum and Coroplast to Plexiglas and Masonite. The 6-colour, UV-based HP Designjet 35500 is a hybrid machine with both flatbed and roll media options.
Champion Imaging Group of Montreal has installed a new Screen Truepress Jet 2500 UV Flatbed. The machine was purchased from Nustream Graphic.
The Truepress Jet UV has a maximum speed of 67.5 square metres per hour and can print on board or rolled media up to 98.4-inches wide (2,500mm) at a resolution of up to 1,200 dpi.
Champion Imaging Group has been in business since 1975 and is a producer of advertising, retail, display and signage.
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)
"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,
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.
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,
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.
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