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.

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. of Toronto has purchased a new Challenge Titan 265 cutter from Sydney Stone for its Mississauga headquarters., 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.
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