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.
Lithocolor Services, a printer out of Brampton Ontario, has installed a new HP Indigo 3500 press. The new Indigo replaces an older model the company has operated.
“Our clients are looking for higher quality and in a shorter period of time,” said Ray Renaud, President. “Our earlier experience with the HP Indigo Digital Press was very positive and we were excited to invest in the newer model to give our clients the best quality and speed possible.”
Lithocolor operates out of a 20,000-square-foot facility which includes a bindery. Founded in 1978, Lithocolor produces work for a variety of sectors, including retail, pharmaceutical and financial. It also handles fulfillment and mail handling for its clients.
The Indigo 3500 has a maximum print area of 12.1 by 17.7-inches and prints as seven colours at speeds up to 68 pages per minute.
ICON Digital Productions of Richmond Hill, Ontario has recently upgraded its wide-format production with the installation of two new pieces of equipment, an Inca Onset S20 and Durst RHO 500.
The machines, which the company values at $2.3 million, will join other pieces of production equipment, including two Océ Lightjet photo printers and a HP 8300 Turbojet web-sheet printer.
According to the company's President, Juan Lau, he says he sees the industry shifting away from solvent printing to the more cost-efficient and eco-friendly technologies such as UV. "It's hard not to notice the number of UV products shown at trade shows these days. Both these printers impressed us with their speed, print quality and reliability over other UV products we have looked at," he says.
ICON Digital Productions has been operating since 1995 and currently employs 55 people in a 45,000 square foot facility. The company produces outdoor signage and other display graphics as well as point-of-purchase materials.
Montreal-based Imprimerie Groupe LITHO Inc., led by President Michel St-Onge and VP Claude Surprenant, completed the installation of a new Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 75 8P+L.
Heidelberg first introduced its XL 75 model, with a 19.69 x 27.56-inch format, at the quadrennial drupa trade show in May 2008.
With its new perfecting press, including a coating unit, Imprimerie Groupe LITHO is integrating Heidelberg’s Prinect Inpress Control and Prinect Press Center. The commercial printing company was founded in 1995 and currently employs 32 people.
Pictured: Michel St-Onge, President, and Claude Surprenant, Vice President, of Groupe LITHO.
Kendrick Quality Printing, a commercial printer based in Winnipeg, has purchased a Morgana Major air-feed folder.
The machine, purchased from Toronto-based Sydney R. Stone, features variable speed (4,500 to 27,500 sheets per hour), batch counting, and enclosed fold plates with digital readouts.
The Morgana device also includes patented pulse feed wheel system, which, according to the company, aids in the feeding of curly and static-charged paper.
Kendrick Quality Printing owner Scott Kendrick said he chose the 14 x 20-inch Morgana because of its ability to handle a wide range of paper weights and types of folds.
Second-generation printers Francis and Robert Côté completed the installation of a 5-colour Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102 press, with coating and extended delivery, at their Sherbrooke, Quebec-based facility.
Imprimerie HLN Lithographers was founded by their father, Richard Côté, in 1977. The company currently employs 25 people.
The company’s new 40-inch, 5-colour press includes Heidelberg’s Anilox coating system, as well as the Prinect Axis Control measurement system.
Right: Francis and Robert Côté with Imprimerie HLN’s new Speedmaster CD 102-5+L.
Office Plus based in St. Thomas, Ontario, has installed a Laser-Mail Envelope Printer purchased from technology distributor, Ernest Green & Son.
Office Plus is a Van Pelt Company, which has been serving the St. Thomas area for the past 50 years. Office Plus, described as a stationery depot, also provides wide-format printing services.
Right: Michael Van Pelt with Office Plus’ new Laser-Mail Envelope Printer.
Christian, Jean and Francis Deschamps completed the installation of a Heidelberg CD 102 press at the Montreal location of J.B. Deschamps, a third-generation company recognized as one of Quebec’s leading commercial and security printers.
J.B. Deschamps inc., with its headquarter location in Quebec City, was founded in 1926 by Jean-Baptiste Deschamps, a former banker, accountant and map printer, who at the time saw the need for a monetary document printing firm in the city.
Jean Deschamps was named as the company’s President and CEO in 1995, and now leads over 200 employees.
The new 5-colour CD 102 press includes a coating unit, Heidelberg's new WallScreen console, Intellistart and Prinect Image Control.
Located just south of the Calgary International Airport, in the Airways Industrial Park, Active Bindery has installed a new Standard Horizon BQ-470, with production speeds of up to 1,350 cycles per hour.
The 4-clamp BQ-470, which binds books up to 2.55-inches thick, features interchangeable EVA/PUR adhesive tanks. At the most recent On Demand tradeshow, held in March 2009, Standard Horizon introduced two new accessories to the perfect binder.
First, a new PM-470 pre-melt tank allows for longer runs before adhesive replenishment and, second, the SI-470 digital caliper to measure book thickness (data is automatically transferred to binder for set up).
Active Bindery has supplied the Calgary printing market for 20 years, with finishing services like folding, collating, stitching, drilling, mailing, and various binding to custom tab cutting and laminating.
Active Bindery purchased the Standard Horizon BQ-470 from Calgary-based Quantum-Cortech Bindery Equipment, which serves most cities of Western Canada.
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