Installations
Sir Speed of Markham, Ont., has added a Ricoh Pro C7100X press to its printing and marketing franchise operation led by Neale McKittrick.

The Ricoh Pro C7100X, installed in late 2015, reaches speeds of up to 80 colour pages per minute and can support sheet sizes up to 13 x 27.5 inches, producing a maximum resolution of 1,200 x 4,800 dpi.

McKittrick explains he was attracted to the printing system’s ability to print with clear toner and to run 16-point card stock, in order to expand the shop’s product offerings. He also added features like a vacuum feed paper tray and finishing options to produce saddle-stitched booklets.
KKP Meyerside of Mississauga, Ont., has upgraded its paper cutter with a reconditioned EBA 551, purchased through Sydney Stone. The company has ran an EBA cutter since the location was opened more than 20 years ago and gains advanced programming and safety features with the 551 system.

“We have owned our EBA 10/550 for as long as I have been here and it has been very reliable and easy to operate,” said Ian Watson, owner of KKP Meyerside. “It was time to upgrade. The old fellah was starting to show its age and the new cutters offer the great benefit of being programmable, which will make cutting business cards much easier.”
Flora Graphic & Printing Inc. of Brampton, Ont., has installed an Agfa Anapurna M2540 FB wide-format printing system.

The Anapurna M2540 FB is a UV-curable flatbed machine for printing on rigid substrates, based on a six-colour system with white-ink options (CMYKLcLm). It reaches a maximum print speed of 484 f2 per hour, while carrying a format size of 8.3 x 5 feet and working with substrates of up to 1.77 inches thick. The system also features 11 retractable register pins for media transfer.

Established in 1997, Flora Graphic & Printing provides work for customers across Canada and in the United States, including a range of applications like vehicle wraps and graphics, real estate signs, exhibits and displays, point of purchase, among others.

In addition to its primary focus on large-format-inkjet printing, Flora Graphic & Printing also provides digital signage, finishing, CNC letter cutting, plastic fabricating and PVC cutting.
Access Labels Inc. of Amherst, Nova Scotia, has installed a Xeikon 3030 press to supplement its flexo equipment and expand into new markets. Founded in 1993, Access Labels has evolved to become a full-service label printer servicing customers in a range of markets and regions with a specific focus on food and beverage producers.

“From our location in Atlantic Canada, we provide a robust product line and the high level of our service customers have come to expect,” said Robert Sams, who leads business development for Access Labels. “To keep pace with the needs of this loyal customer base – and to help us grow into new markets – we needed to move into digital.”

Access Labels, owned by Paul Carr, is leveraging the Xeikon 3030 to expand its business to include the high quality, short run, prime label work. “Our customer base includes many specialty food providers who demand high quality labels, including vineyards, seafood providers, and dairies,” said Sams. “Previously, we were unable to be competitive with prime labels, but since adopting the Xeikon 3030, our customers now have access to all our expanding product offerings under one roof.”

The Xeikon 3030 is the narrow web entry-level press that is part of the Xeikon 3000 Series. In addition to prime label applications, Xeikon explains the press is also suitable for producing promotional and transfer applications.

With full rotary printing, which is independent of the number of colours being printed and the repeat length of the label, the Xeikon 3030 provides true 1,200 x 3,600-dpi imaging resolution, with a media width of up to 13 inches.
The Prolific Group of Winnipeg, Manitoba, has installed a new AMS LED-UV system on its 10-colour Komori LS 40 perfecting press. The LED curing system was sold to Prolific by Komcan Inc. of Georgetown, Ontario, which began to distribute Air Motion’s LED UV and UV curing technologies in Canada in May 2015.

“It is an exciting time for Prolific. We are strong believers in always bringing new products and technology to our clients,” said Tom Wilton of Prolific Group.

The Prolific Group was founded in 1975 in a 200-square-foot basement and has since become one of Western Canada’s largest printing operations. The company runs a range of presses from sheetfed offset and web offset to digital systems, in addition to bindery, direct mail and fulfillment services.

“Prolific has always been very conscious of taking care of our clients’ needs. The new LED-UV will allow us to continue fulfilling and even expanding our capabilities with the faster turns and effects UV inks offer,” said Al Alexandruk of Prolific.

Goldrich Printpak, a Toronto company specializing in folding-box manufacturing, has installed an Esko Kongsberg XN24 finishing system and new Esko software into its 67,700-square-foot facility. Both the XN24 finishing table and ArtiosCAD software will be aimed at producing samples and short production runs for its customers.

“One of the services we offer is short-run samples for our customers. A lot of our customers work with retailers who want just one pallet or less of product,” explained Leslie Goldberg, Goldrich President and CEO. “We had an older CAD cutting machine that worked, but had hiccups. It cut samples, but we had to manually make the creases.

“We realized last year that it was on its last legs. We handle cardboard, thin corrugated and plastics and were looking for a machine that could handle these substrates. We wanted a quality machine that could cut materials very well and that was durable enough to work for us for the next 20 years.”

Using the Kongsberg for more than a month now, Goldrich has been leveraging the system particularly for more efficient cutting and creasing of specialized cosmetics boxes, as well as to cut coating blankets for its offset presses, which Goldrich describes as an environmentally progressive way to reduce waste and save costs.

Founded in 1953 as a commercial printer and lithographer, Goldrich Printpak is also focused on continuous improvement in environmentally progressive packaging. The company prints using vegetable based, non-toxic, low VOC and direct contact eco-certified inks.

Before the Kongsberg XN 24, Goldrich explains it would image a plate and then manually cut a sticky back blanket for the press. “The blankets were non-renewable. We’d throw them away. In essence, we would purchase blankets at a cost of $130 to $140 each, plus waste an hour and a half of press time,” said Simo Molkanen, Litho Supervisor and Pressroom Manager. “We are now able to set up standard templates on our Kongsberg table and cut coating blankets that can be reused on our presses. There is both an economic and sustainable benefit for us. We're in the early stages of preparing these.”

The Kongsberg XN comes with a range of specialty tools and, explains Esko, and the speed, power and flexibility to handle a variety of materials like corrugated, folding carton, solid board, foam, coating blankets, and plastics. The Kongsberg XN 24 can work with materials as large as 1,740 x 3,575mm (68 x 140 inches). The speed of the Kongsberg tables, according to Esko, allows Goldrich to produce short runs of 100 to 300 units.

“One large retail customer recently asked for a full pallet of samples – 160 pieces. Previously it was a nightmare to try to get these projects done. Now, we're excited to push the table to the limits,” said AJ Goldberg, Vice President, New Business Development. “This morning I'm meeting with a cosmetics customer to deliver 24 box samples made of virgin SBS with a bright silver metallized polyester surface. I do not think we would have been able to get there with our old cutting table. The quality would be much different. Every bad cut would show itself as wavering in the corners and the folds. This is important to us, because it's our target market – high quality upscale customers where clean folding is important."

Goldrich is also using Esko ArtiosCAD software to create structural design files to drive the Kongsberg table for both folded cartons as well as the coating blankets. At the same time, they take the artwork file from ArtiosCAD and import it into Adobe Illustrator to add graphics and to send 3D interactive virtual PDF files for clients. They also include the 2D and 3D artwork files with a die line with the factory order as a traveller and quick check of the correct art file, structural shape, and job to be produced. The final job specs are sent from ArtiosCAD to estimating and the company’s software operating system.
Kwik Kopy on Sherbourne Street in Toronto has purchased a Digixpress Bold from PDS. The Digixpress Bold reaches print speeds of up to 50 pages per minute in both colour and monochrome, while providing a resolution of 1,200 x 1,200 dpi.

The system handles stock of up to 360 gsm, as well as 3 x 5-inch cards up to 52-inch banners, while also supporting tabloid extra (12 x 18 inch) and Super-B (13 x 19 inch) sizes.

In addition to the optional external Fiery XF 5 server, Digixpress Bold has paper capacity expandable to 2,950 sheets, 1 Gigabit network, and front access to toner cartridges and image drums.
Pazazz Printing has acquired the first Xerox iGen 5 Press (installed in November 2015) equipped with both the optional extended colour gamut and the optional capability to print on thick stock. The new press, according to Warren Werbitt, founder of Pazazz, will help the Montreal-based printer expand its product mix, particularly with short-run packaging.

“The first time I compared an image printed on the iGen 5 with four colours to the same image printed with five, I almost lost my marbles. The fifth colour made it just so much more vibrant,” ,” Werbitt said, explain the investment decision was also based on the iGen 5 handling thicker stock and a larger sheet size.

The iGen 5’s extended colour gamut is enabled by a fifth toner station that supplements CMYK with orange, green or blue to match a wider variety of spot colours, including up to 90 percent of the Pantone Plus Coated library. The thick-stock capability enables the iGen 5 to feed, image and stack media as thick as 24 points.
The DATA Group, headquartered in Brampton, Ont., has invested $6.7 million to acquire multiple new Xerox presses, which Xerox describes as one of the single largest toner-production upgrades by a Canadian printing company in 2015.

Installations of the new Xerox equipment, which are to be used across Data Group’s nine production facilities in Canada and Chicago, began in December 2015. The DATA Group has approximately 1,400 employees and generates around $313 million in annual revenue. All of the Xerox systems are built around Xerox FreeFlow Core workflow software.

“The biggest thing we’re getting from this deal is improved productivity, primarily from having a single, consistent workflow,” said Alan Roberts, Senior VP, Operations, The DATA Group. “We’re also getting more capacity, and we’re getting an expanded colour gamut, to closely match brand colours that we couldn’t match before with Xerography.”

The expanded colour gamut, according to the companies, largely comes from the optional fifth toner stations on the Xerox iGen 5 presses acquired by DATA Group. The fifth toner station enables either orange, green or blue in addition to CMYK, which enables the iGen 5s to more accurately match up to 90 percent of the Pantone Plus Coated library.
 
In addition to the iGens, DATA Group acquired the following Xerox printing systems: Versant 80 Press, Color C75 Press, DocuPrint180MX Enterprise Printing System, D125 Copier/Printer, D136 Printer, inline/near-line C. P. Bourg booklet making solution, and several Xerox workflow products, including Xerox FreeFlow Core and the Xerox FreeFlow Print Server.
Clean Edge Bindery of Vancouver, BC, has installed the Duplo 600i Booklet System, which was introduced in August 2015 as Duplo’s new flagship collating and booklet-making technology. This is the first 600i installation in Canada, sold through Bell & Howell.

The 600i System produces saddle, side, or corner-stitched booklets as well as letter landscape applications, running at up to 5,200 booklets per hour or collating up to 10,000 sets per hour into a stacker.

Booklet production can be doubled, for certain applications, by adding the optional 4-stitch head kit along with the DKT-200 Two-Knife Trimmer and Gutter Cutter for 2-up booklet-making. Clean Edge Bindery’s 600i installation includes four stitch heads and square-back finishing.

The Flyershop of Calgary, Alberta, has added the first Ricoh Pro C9110 in Canada, following the system’s installation this past November.

The Ricoh Pro C9110 runs at speeds of up to 130 pages per minute in full colour and monochrome, running media stocks from 52 gsm to 400 gsm, with duplex capabilities. The system can also print on a range of textured, coated and oversized medias of up to 27.5 inches, producing a resolution of up to 1,200 x 4,800 dpi VCSEL.

First on Colour, located in Calgary’s East Village, added a Ricoh Pro C7110x press with a fifth station, allowing for the printing of clear and white toner. The press, installed in March 2015, prints at 90 pages per minute with resolutions of up to 1,200 x 4,800 dpi.

The Ricoh Pro C7110x supports oversize media of 27 inches through its LCT or Bypass Tray, while also holding the ability to feed stacks of special media, including envelopes. First on Colour plans to leverage the maximum sheet size of 13 x 27.5 inches to open up more business in short-run brochures.

First on Colour, founded more than 20 years ago, focuses on both toner and offset colour printing, while also providing design and finishing services.

Impression Paragraph Inc. of Saint Laurent, Quebec, has installed an Agfa Avalon N8-80 imaging system, with a capacity to image up to 60 plates an hour. The company is running Agfa’s Energy Elite Pro plate on the new CTP system.

Impression Paragraph, a GRACoL-certified facility, runs six sheetfed offset presses of varying sizes and capabilities, as well as a robust toner-printing department for both colour and monochrome work. The company also houses large-format systems and a range of finishing technologies.

Design Label Systems of Mississauga, which produces integrated product ID and label solutions, is acquiring a new Durst Tau 330 UV inkjet press to be installed in January 2016 at the company’s 25,000-square-foot facility.

“The decision was sealed after our staff attended LabelExpo in Brussels earlier this year and came back with a glowing recommendation that verified our preliminary research… We’re looking forward to having the Tau on-site in January,” said Zeb Faruqui, President of Design Label Systems.

Faruqui also noted that nearly 40 percent of Design Label’s jobs are below 7,000 feet. Design Label is installing a seven-colour Tau 330 with an in-line SMAG finishing system as its configuration.
 
The Tau 330 is designed for short- and medium-run narrow web applications, covering widths from 16.5-33.0 cm (6.5-13.0 inches) and running at print speeds up to 48 metres (157 feet) per minute – output capacity can reach 950 sm (10,225 sq. ft.) per hour.

The inkjet system is based around Durst’s proprietary UV inkjet print head technology, which features drop-on-demand, variable drop size, and gray scale capabilities to deliver a print resolution of 720 x 1,260 dpi.
 
Durst explains the Tau 330 can be integrated with any third-party finishing system – conventional or digital – and requires no in-line priming to handle industry-standard substrates.
 
Founded 26 years ago, Design Label Systems focuses on Canada’s pressure-sensitive label market. The 75-employee company provides label and packaging solutions to a wide range of industries including food, household products, health and beauty, wine and spirits, pharmaceutical, petrochemical and manufacturing.
Encore Print Solutions of Kitchener, Ont., has installed a DigiXpress Bold Digital Envelope Press, purchased through PDS. In addition to its digital printing capabilities, Encore provides wide-format and a range of finishing services.

The DigiXpress, in addition to its envelope feeding system, works with a range of applications and substrates like postcards, labels, banners and card stock up to 14 point. It feeds sizes from 3 x 5 inches up to 12 x 18 inches. In addition to duplex printing, DigiXpress also features scan, fax and email capabilities.

In a single pass, DigiXpress can produce around 50 full-colour, personalized envelopes per minute, or up to 36 full-colour 11 x 8.5-inch pages per minute (40 ppm in monochrome). The system has a print resolution of 1,200 x 600 dpi and a monthly duty cycle of 150,000 pages.

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