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.
Rose Printing of Orillia, Ontario, has installed a new :Avalon N4 CTP device, which is running Agfa’s environmentally progressive :Azura TS thermal plates.
Based on the platesetter and plate purchase combination, Agfa Canada placed Rose Printing into its Greenworks program, which is designed to help printing companies promote their environmental stewardship to customers.
Rose Printing primarily runs its production around a 5-colour Komori Lithrone SX29 press, with in-line aqueous tower coater. The commerical printer has sevrved the Greater Toronto Area market for more than 16 years.
St. Catharines-based Advance Graphics has installed a new Mutoh ValueJet 1608 large-format printer, purchased through technology distributor Ernest Green & Son.
The 64-inch machine runs Mutoh’s MUBIO bio-solvent ink. Advance Graphics has a 46-year history in Canada’s printing and design industry.
Today, in addition to large-format printing, Advance Graphics provides prepress services, as well as tradeshow services like display and banner stands, as well as CD and DVD duplication.
Imprimerie Héon & Nadeau, a second-generation printing company based in Victoriaville, Quebec, adds a new HP Indigo 5500 press to its traditional offset-focused production.
Imprimerie Héon has been in business since 1938 and now focuses primarily on commercial printing and the publishing of books and textbooks. The company’s production floor, driven by a full prepress division called VICOM Graphique, primarily revolves around a 28-inch, 5-colour Komori Lithrone press, as well as offset machines from Sakurai and Roland, among others.
"We wanted the new printer to offer speed of execution, product compliance and high quality standards, which the HP Indigo 5500 offers in addition to a great price-quality ratio," said Jean-François Poulin, General Manager of Imprimerie Héon.
The HP Indigo 5500 is rated to run at 272 pages per minute in monochrome mode, while reaching 4-colour speeds of up to 68 pages per minute. The resolution of the press can hit up to 2,400 x 2,400 dpi on a 12.48 x 17.7 inch imaging area.
4Print.ca of Toronto has purchased a new Challenge Titan 265 cutter from Sydney Stone for its Mississauga headquarters.
4Print.ca, a division of Musson Copy Centre was established in 1982 as a traditional offset operation and has since added digital printing to its offerings. The new cutter will aid in the company's web-to-print offerings, which includes stationery and other promotional material.
The Titan 265 has a cut width of 26.5 inches and a maximum cut depth of 28 inches. It is large enough to cut down parent stock into a variety of sizes and grain directions while touchscreen computer controls ease operation.
Darthmouth, NS-based Royale Print & Packaging, the largest folding carton converter in the Atlantic, has installed a new Roland 700 HiPrint press. The press has six print units and two aqueous and UV coaters.
Royale Print & Packaging is over 100 years old and primarily prints folding cartons and labels for the Eastern Canadian and U.S. markets.
“Food packaging customers have very short turn-around times and tight deadlines to prevent spoilage or expiration and to meet market demands," said Royale Print & Packaging Operations Manager Jan Riber Hansen. "The printing process must meet those deadlines even on JIT shipments.”
To allow for future expandability, Royale Print and Packaging decided to prepare the press for UV inks and interdeck curing stations.
The company says the new HiPrint press is running two shifts during months of average production levels, but it expects to run the press 24/7 with three shifts during months of higher demand. Production staff from the company flew to manroland's training facility in Westmont, Illinois, in preparation for the press and also received on-site training after the equipment was installed.
Ron Schroder becomes a Sales Consultant with Canflexographics Ltd., which distributes technologies for flexographic printing and the converting industry. Schroder, who joined the sales team on April 1, 2010, is now responsible for client management and service of the wide-web and narrow-web flexographic markets in Ontario.
Schroder, who has been employed in the flexography field for the majority of his career, is also involved with education in the sector, as a 25-year active supporter of the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA). In 2000, Schroder was awarded the FTA President’s Award for his work on the Flexsys Computer Simulator project. He is currently Chairman of the Canadian Flexographic Training Committee (CFTC).
Canflexographics is based in Burlington, Ontario, under the leadership of President Kelly Roberts. The company distributes and services technologies from companies like AccuWeb, BOBST, Flint, HarperScientific, Harris & Bruno, Mark Andy, and Goldenrod.
Scarborough-based Cameron Advertising Displays Ltd. has purchased an Agfa :M-Press Tiger, which is slated to become the first installation of this industrial inkjet-based press in North America.
Cameron Advertising plans to complete the installation of its :M-Press Tiger by the end of the 2010 second quarter. The company, with over 40 employees and approximately $10 million in annual revenues, has served the screen-printing needs of the Greater Toronto Area for more than 60 years.
Cameron Advertising now operates out of a 30,000-square-foot screen-printing facility and what it describes as a 12,000-square-foot digital printing facility.
“When we saw the :M-Press Tiger in action, that's when we knew it was the right system for us," stated Cameron's VP, Reid Mason, in a press release. "With the :M-Press Tiger, we have the fastest system on the market… the system meets our aggressive quality and ROI requirements."
According to Agfa, the :M-Press Tiger can print 17,000 square feet per hour, after upgrades introduced in November 2009, which is three times faster than its predecessor model. The upgrades include new print-head technology, auto-head positioning and tuning. The flatbed inkjet press is co-developed by Thieme and Agfa.
Print 1 Instant Services in Regina, Saskatchewan, has installed a Ryobi 3404DI digital offset press, purchased from Canadian Printing Equipment Ltd.
The machine has a maximum speed of 7,000 sheets per hour and handles up to 13- by 18-inch stock. Being a DI machine, plates are imaged on board.
Founded in 1976, Print 1 is a second-generation printing company about to celebrate its 35th year in business. The company was founded by Tom and Judy Cumbers and is owned today by son Jason Cumbers.
Based in Saint-Laurent, Quebec, Accent Impressions Inc. has installed an Agfa Avalon N8. The platesetter will image Agfa’s Azura TS plates.
These plates are based on ThermoFuse technology to physically bond images to the plate without chemical processing, athough gumming of the plates is required.
Accent Impressions CTP set-up is now being driven by Agfa’s Apogee software. In its pressroom, the company runs a 5-colour, 40-inch Mitsubishi; a 5-colour, 40-inch Komori with coating, and a 2-colour, 18-inch Ryobi press.
Print Three Dixon, a franchise printing firm based out of Mississauga, Ontario, has purchased a Duplo DC645 slitter, cutter and creaser from Sydney Stone.
The DC645 is a finishing device for toner-printed documents. The Duplo has a modular design, which allows the operator to quickly add or remove finishing components, according to the manufacturer.
The machine performs up to six slits, 15 cuts and 10 creases in one pass at up to 26 sheets per minute. The DC645 takes into account the unique nature of toner-printed documents and its tendency to crack under folding and also removes the white borders, creating a full-bleed look.
Boehmer Box of Kitchener, Ontario has installed a new 56" KBA Rapida 142 press as part of a large investment in upgrading its equipment for carton packaging. The machine has six colour units, a coater, and KBA's board package.
“Over the past year, we have invested close to $10 million in our facility as we continued to post a 20 percent increase in sales,” says Mark Caines, President and Chief Operating Officer of Boehmer Box. “Our new KBA Rapida 142 56-inch six-colour press is an essential part of the investment. We needed a new press that would provide the automation, fast make-ready, colour fidelity, and ability to easily integrate with our robust prepress department as well as our unique FM6 expanded colour printing technology. Our plan is to run this press to capacity where it will be operating 24/7 along with our existing 56-inch press. We’ll be much more efficient in make-ready and turnaround times because our new KBA press is running 45 percent faster than the press it is replacing.”
In addition to the Rapida as part of the $10 million investment is a new workflow system, various pieces of die cutting equipment along with an associated die-making facility, and a new Agfa Dotrix industrial inkjet printer were added. Among the goals stated by Caines is the ability to produce packaging runs as low as 5,000 copies.
The KBA press includes the Densitronic Pro system which allows direct measurements of colour (ink density as well as spectral and colourmetric values), dot gains, and trapping from the printed image. Variances are adjusted through a direct link to ink key controls. The Rapida has a top speed of 15,000 sheets per hour and features fully automatic plate changes.
Boehmer Box has 270 employees in its new 320,000 square foot facility in Kitchener, Ontario. The company was founded in 1874 and produces up to 700 million cartons a year.
Mississauga-based Emerson Group, a sign- and textile-printing company founded in 1986, has installed an HP Scitex FB950 machine with the ability to print at speeds of 861 square feet per hour.
Purchased from Ernest Green & Son, the UV-curable FB950 prints on both flexible and rigid medias, while reaching a maximum resolution of 1,200 x 600 dpi. The machine handles material dimensions of 98.4 x 80 inches, while an optional roller table can increase that maximum format size to 98.4 x 150 inches.
Emerson Group is a family-owned business and has produced wide-format work for leading brands like Coca-Cola, Dun & Bradstreet, FedEx Canada, Mother Parkers, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, Mother Parkers and the National Lacrosse League.
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