Installations
OTC Group of London, Ontario, has acquired three additional Xerox iGen 5 presses to expand its folding-carton printing capacity in Canada and the United States. Xerox has been a core technology provider for the data and marketing focused company since 2006. The new printing presses will be installed at the firm’s locations in London, Ontario and in Port Huron, Michigan.

“The iGen platform has been a great fit for our overall growth strategy. It gives us the flexibility to run our diverse product set with ease, while allowing us to quickly add capacity when needed,” said Tim Graham, President and COO, OTC Group. “Whether we’re printing direct mail, personalized food packaging or serialized pharmaceutical cartons, we have the confidence that we’ll deliver the quality that each job demands.”
 
The Xerox iGen 5 printing presses, with 24-pt capability, will produce pharmaceutical cartons serving OTC’s brand protection process, which provides consumer data back to the product manufacturer to be used for marketing or regulatory requirements. The process integrates with a client’s current serialization scheme and does not require material change to the manufacturer’s supply chain network.
 
Recently, the company introduced Xerox’s XMPie and FreeFlow Core to its workflow, augmenting an existing in-house built solution. “OTC Group has an amazing way of looking beyond the horizon at applications that will become significant opportunities in this marketplace,” said Brad King, Vice President, Graphic Communications Operations, Xerox Canada. “This type of thinking opens up new avenues of revenue and client value.”
Oil City Press of Calgary, Alberta, has installed a new Ricoh Pro C7110X press to expand its production portfolio. The Pro C7110X reaches speeds of up to 90 pages per minute and outputs work at up to 1,200 x 4,800-dpi resolution.

Ricoh explains the Pro C7110X goes beyond traditional CMYK applications based on features like an elastic fusing belt that supports a variety of textured and coated media, white and varnish-like clear toner options, as well as the support of oversize media.
Swiss Pack Canada of Burlington, Ontario, has installed the first HP Indigo 20000 press in Canada. The press, with a 740 x 1,100 millimeter imaging format, will target short-run flexible packaging and label printing.

“Our investment in the HP Indigo 20000 enables us to help companies, especially those in the food packaging industry, make the transition into short-run digital printing,” said Philippe St-Cyr, General Manager, Swiss Pack Canada. “We pride ourselves in being a local Canadian print service provider that produces high quality products with sustainable substrates while providing customer service excellence, and helping these companies take their first step into custom printed packaging.”

Swiss Pack Canada focuses on the production of high-quality flexible packaging, custom printing, package design and co-packing services. The company stocks packaging products for a range of industries including food, pet food, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, diagnostic, agriculture, pesticides, fertilizers, hygiene and detergents. Swiss Pack Canada specializes in stand-up pouches, coffee bags, custom printed pouches and three-side seal pouches including flat and pillow pouches.
Copywell of Woodbridge, Ontario, has installed two Ricoh production systems, including a continuous-feed Ricoh Pro VC60000 inkjet printing system, as well a Ricoh Pro C9110.

The Ricoh Pro VC60000 installation is a first in Canada. The inkjet press runs at up to 394 feet per minute with full variable-data capabilities.

Copywell plans to use both systems to increase its production of publishing work in-house, as well new applications such as personalized transactional documents.
The Burke Group of Edmonton, Alberta, became the first printing operation in Canada to sign a letter of intent to purchase the recently introduced Komori Impremia NS40 press.

The Impremia NS40, purchased through Komcan, which distributes Komori systems in Eastern Canada, Ontario and Western Canada, uses Landa Nanography imaging technology built on a Komori platform.

“We are excited and privileged to be the first company in Canada to integrate the technology of the Komori Impremia NS40 press,” said Ian Burke, Chairman of The Burke Group. “The combination of Komori reliability and Landa technology is a game changer. Our trust in the support provided by Komcan and Komori make them the perfect partners for us as we offer this new technology.”

Komori explains the inkjet system uses independently developed water-based inks that bond to the substrate while printing at speeds of up to 6,500 sheets per hour. The company continues to explain, these proprietary inks in combination with the Nanographic printing process result in printed sheets that are abrasion resistant, require no post-drying and leave no residual ink on the blanket.

“The Burke Group was one of the first print businesses in Canada to purchase a Komori GL series press and the company is a perfect fit to now have the first Komori Impremia NS40 in Canada,” said Steve Ranson, president of Komcan Inc. “The Burke Group has always been on the forefront of technology, both offset and digital, and have the personnel and expertise to run with this new technology.”
Vision Print has installed an EFI 1625H wide-format printing system, purchased through Cansel, in its plant in Mississauga, Ont.

The 64-inch hybrid printer, purchased through Cansel, leverages LED imaging and a double white channel. Installed back in October 2015, the EFI 1625 also features 8-level greyscale capabilities and 3M cobranded inks.

Vision Print focuses on making display graphics and holds expertise in the production of box signage, backlit posters and signs, and acrylic signs, as well as a range of collateral commercial products like business cards, postcards and flyers.
Pronto Reproductions Ltd. has added an EFI 1625H wide-format printing system, purchased through Cansel, to its plant in Mississauga, Ont. The company runs a range of printing equipment, including a Heidelberg Speedmaster CD102-6 + LX and a Xerox IGen4 EXP, among other machines and a finishing technologies.

Installed at the beginning of 2016, the EFI 1625H is described as a mid-level production printer with four colours plus white and 8-level grayscale capabilities, as well as LED drying. The system handles flexible and rigid substrates up to 65 inches (64-inch printing) and up to 2-inches thick. The company is also running 3M cobranded inks for MCS Warranty.
Hume Media Inc. of Toronto, Ont., is the first company to purchase the new Xerox Brenva HD inkjet press, which was first unveiled in March 2016, along with the new Xerox Trivor 2400 inkjet press.

Targeting a production gap between high-end toner and low-end inkjet presses, the Xerox Brenva is a cut-sheet inkjet press that Xerox initially expects to disrupt light direct mail, transactional and book markets. The Brenva incorporates many of the paper-path components of the Xerox iGen press line, as well as an inline spectrophotometer to assist with calibration and profiling; object-oriented colour management to distinguish text, graphics and images; and a K-only mode to run as a cost-effective monochrome press.

“We do over a million digital colour impressions monthly now, but we’ll be able to triple that with the Brenva,” said John Hume, President of Hume Media, whose facility is based exclusively on Xerox print technology. “We’ll also increase our competitiveness when printing books approaching volumes of 1,000 per title. In the short-run segment, Brenva will make us faster, more productive and cost-effective without sacrificing the quality our clients expect – with pricing that is very competitive.”

The Xerox Brenva press is currently on display at drupa 2016 in Germany.
Etiquettes IML of Montreal, Quebec, is investing an LED UV system developed by Air Motion Systems to replace its existing UV technology on its roll-to-sheet press. The technology investment was overseen by Komcan Inc., which in mid-2015 became the exclusive distributor of Air Motion’s LED UV and UV curing technologies in Canada.

"AMS LED UV is a perfect fit for in-mould labeling,” said Donald Canon, Vice President of IML. “Our main goal is to reduce the heat that is involved in the printing of our thin polypropylene film. Currently we have to run with the minimum amount of intensity to keep heat low. Removing virtually all the heat from the curing process should enable our press speeds to increase over 50 percent.”

Canon continued to explain Etiquettes IML expects to reduce its curing energy consumption by 75 percent based on the AMS LED UV installation, which presents a significant opportunity for return on investment. The company will run LED-compatible inks from its existing supplier INX.

“With virtually no heat being emitted into the press or on the substrate, and the fact that curing at high intensities is achievable with a single [LED] module, AMS now has an entire new process to bring forward to in-mould labeling, which will change the face of this industry,” said Steve Metcalf, CEO of AMS. “We are very excited to work with IML as they pioneer this new process.”

Etiquettes IML has specialized in the production of in-mould labeling since 2006 when the company, which server the North American packaging market, responded to a growing demand for the printing process. With more than 60 employees, Etiquettes IML also operates a plant in Chicago, Illinois.
Georgian Copy, a trade printing operation, based in Barrie, Ont., has purchased a Triumph 5560 cutter through PDS. The company is located in the north end of Barrie and has more than 50 years of combined printing experience.

The programmable 5560 cuter with hydraulic blade and clamp-drive, includes a power back gauge, digital touchpad, and IR safety light beams on front table. It stores 99 programs with up to 99 steps in each (up to 15 repeat cuts can be integrated as a single step).
Commercial Digital Print, with three locations in the Golden Horseshoe, has installed a Duplo DC 616 Pro, purchased from Sydney Stone.

The Duplo DC 616 Pro is an automatic slitting, cutting, creasing and perforating device, which allows users in a single pass to produce a range of work from business cards (24 up on a 12 x 18-inch sheet) to postcards, tear off tickets and booklet covers.

Commercial Digital Print is a full-service reprographics and digital printing company with locations in St. Catharines, Beamsville, and Stoney Creek. Its roots date back to 1946 as Commercial Photo Copy Ltd., which served the Architectural, Engineering and Construction industries providing quality blueprints.

The company recently added Action Print to its group. Established in 1994, Action Print is a commercial printing operation with both offset and digital.
Design Label Systems of Mississauga has added an Esko CDI 2530 plate imager with Full HD Flexo, the first such system sold in Ontario. The company has also added Esko’s Automation Engine workflow, which imports job information directly from Design Label's LabelTraxx MIS.

Founded 27 years ago, Design Label Systems provides label and packaging solutions to a range of industries from its 25,000-square-foot facility, including food, household products, health and beauty, wine and spirits, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, and manufacturing. “We print and convert a variety of pressure sensitive labels, ranging from blanks to 10 colours using many types of print technologies,” said Imran Faruqui, Vice President.

The CDI 2530 with Full HD Flexo is part of Design Label’s new premedia workflow, engineered by Faruqui with Esko's support. The company also invested in Esko DeskPack plug-ins for Adobe Illustrator to clean up artwork.
Drive Products has installed a Ricoh Pro C7110X press to focus on printing a range of sales materials in house. Founded in 1983, Drive Products is national specialty vehicle systems integrator that distributes, installs and maintains a range of vehicle-mounted equipment.

A major focus for the company is to maintain current sales and marketing information, which is constantly changing in its business environment. Drive Products explains the Ricoh Pro C7110X, installed at its head office in Mississauga, Ont., allows staff to produce new material in a timely manner to satisfy demands from the field.

“It lets us be far more agile with our workflows, and produce a lot of highly customized low- to medium-volume requirements for our sales staff,” said Mike Edmonds, Chief Information Officer of Drive Products. Drive Products has been a Ricoh customer for more than 10 years.

KBA North America has worked with Toronto’s Metroland newspaper operation to retrofit two reelstands, in addition to a retrofit of the motion control and drives in one of four printing towers in the pressroom. Metroland is one of Canada's largest community media companies with operations in newspapers, digital properties, flyer distribution, printing, consumer shows, magazines, directories and online commerce.

During the month-long installation, KBA worked hand-in-hand with the newspaper’s production team. KBA’s web service retrofit/rebuild program is designed to provide preventative changeover installation from drive components from AMK and BRC on an existing web offset press and replaces them with new enhanced technology.

“We print over 100 community newspapers with over 125 editions that span from London in southwest Ontario to Ottawa in the northeast, with concentration around Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area,” said Wayne Savage, Maintenance Supervisor at Metroland Media. “It’s imperative that we need reliable running equipment.

“The drives control all of the press’ components," continued Savage. “We knew we had to quickly make a decision to ensure that the press continued its production. When we realized that replacement drives were no longer available, we turned to KBA.”

The KBA team delivered the new AMK reelstands and BRC motion control and drives to the Metroland Toronto newspaper pre-assembled and ready to be mounted and re-wired. “At KBA we are able to audit, analyze, and recommend programs to our customers and even non-customers to increase output and quality,” said Stefan Prohaska, Director of Customer Service at KBA North America. “Asset condition and reliability is key to dependable production and delivering products on time.”
Minuteman Press in Vaughan, Ont., has installed the new MOHR 80 ECO paper cutter, which is made in Germany by Adolf Mohr Maschinenfabrik GmbH. Minuteman Press purchased its MOHR 80 ECO through Sydney Stone.

“We purchased the Mohr 80 ECO cutter as our older unit was falling into disrepair and was becoming both costly to service and making our finishing process slower than what we need in order to be efficient,” said Fred Lai, owner at Minuteman Press Vaughan.

Adolf Mohr has manufactured more than 140,000 cutting units. The new MOHR 80 ECO provides a 30.5-inch cutting width with fully adjustable hydraulic knife and clamp. Programming of the MOHR 80 ECO cutter is done via a keypad that enables advanced math and push-out to help ensure operator safety.

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