CJ Graphics Inc. of Mississauga, Ont., has added more new printing technology to its recently opened 240,000-square-foot plant. The company has added an Inca Onset UV flatbed inkjet printer, distributed exclusively through Fujifilm, to its growing digital large-format division.

InvestorCOM, an investor communications solutions company headquartered in Brantford, Ontario, has installed a Standard/Horizon HOF-400 with SPF/FC-200A high-speed sheet feeder and booklet-making system.

Purchased from KBR Graphics, this is InvestorCOM’s second such automated system purchased since 2014, adding to its previous investment in a Standard/Horizon Stitchliner 5500 with HOF-400.

“The simple [use of] automation makes it easy to operate and the non-stop production helps InvestorCOM keep up with increased production demands,” said Steve Klaric, Sales Manager at KBR Graphics. “Their first high-quality reliable booklet system had surpassed their expectations and it was a straightforward decision for them to expand with a second system.”
The HOF-400 sheet feeder is configured to run inline with the Standard/Horizon SPF/FC-200A booklet-making system. Variable page count production can be handled with integrity and verification using the standard mark reader, explains KBR Graphics, which the operator can quickly change between top and bottom reading for different applications.

The HOF-400 can feed up to 45,000 sheets per hour (8.5 x 11 inches) and can accommodate a maximum sheet size of 14 x 24 inches. Leveraging a 7-inch colour touchscreen for intuitive setup, the system can also accommodate sheet feeding, cover feeding, accumulating, and manual feeding depending on the job requirements.
The SPF/FC-200A is described as a high-performance inline booklet-making system with collating, stitching, folding and fore-edge trimming. Outputting up to 4,500 books per hour, it features 200-program job memory storage for instant recall, and an icon-based touchscreen.
Established in 2010, InvestorCOM was selected as one of Hamilton-Niagara’s Top Employers for 2018. It provides financial technology and outsourcing services to banks, asset managers, insurance companies and investment dealers. InvestorCOM has developed a suite of FinTech solutions in response to increasing regulation and the demand for more effective communication and disclosure from the financial services industry.
Prime Visual Marketing of Concord, Ontario, has installed its second EFI VUTEk HS100 Pro  inkjet system, as well as EFI Fiery proServer Premium digital front ends. Prime Visual primarily focuses on providing retail-printing services for a national client base.

“We bought our first VUTEk HS100 Pro to satisfy growing demand of our existing and expanding client base,” said Peter Lucas, CVO of Prime Visual Marketing. “It turned out to be an excellent decision. Our productivity increased 33 percent while consistently producing high-quality work. Efficient ink consumption and incredible reliability also added to the bottom line.

“We were able to successfully fulfill our original business plan and decided to further expand our future business plan,” Lucas continued. “That’s when we knew it was time to invest in a second press.” With its second press, the company explains it is better able to accommodate more multi-location, national brand accounts, and further expand its roster of Fortune 500 accounts.

“When dealing with national brands, you have a responsibility to fulfill your obligations from concept to execution. Competitive price points, performance, quality and the ultimate ability to precisely execute campaigns effectively are the cornerstone of our success. Not having the correct combination of human and mechanical resources would challenge any concept of success,” said Lucas.

At 10.5-feet (3.2-metres) wide, with hybrid flatbed and roll-to-roll capabilities, the two HS100 semi-automatic, wide-format systems can produce up to 100 boards per hour in six colours plus two white channels. The systems leverage EFI’s Pin & Cure imaging technology for what EFI describes as precise ink lay down for better image quality, gloss control, and increased colour gamut.

Prime Visual complements its EFI VUTEk inkjet presses with an eco-solvent large-format printer, an A3-format offset press, a toner-based press, and an assortment of finishing and binding equipment. The company has been an EFI customer for most of its 12-year history.
Nouveaux Concepts of Montreal, which recently moved into a new state-of-the-art location, has purchased a SwissQPrint IMPALA 2 through Cansel.

The printing company, which in addition to printing also provides creative, display solutions and agency services, runs a range of large-format-inkjet systems. This includes an EFI 1625 LED, two HP Latex 570 machines, and now the new SwissQPrint machine. The EFI large-format system was also purchased through Cansel 16 months ago.

Installed in February 2018, the new SwissQPrint IMPALA 2, featuring a Caldera rip, is built around 16 print heads to provide high-speed 8-colour + White (CMYKlclm + Varnish + White) printing.

Benoit Toupin, President and owner of Nouveaux Concepts, explains the SwissQPrint allows the company to not only expand its existing digital-printing capabilities, but to also differentiate itself in the market place.
Cambridge Label of Cambridge, Ontario, has acquired a new FA flexo press from Nilpeter. Described as the largest printer of trade labels in Canada, Cambridge Label manufactures custom printed labels in quantities from 100 up to several million, specializing in work for food and beverage, health and beauty, household products, industrial products, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical, as well as medical facilities.

“We strive to deliver in three to five days. In this business everyone wants it yesterday, and the quicker, you can deliver, the better,” said Terry Sinclair, President and Owner of Cambridge Label. “In order to deliver a high quality product quickly and consistently, you need to invest in the best equipment possible.”

The company’s machine from Nilpeter, which the press maker brands as the All New FA, is an automated 8-colour, 17-inch-wide press equipped with full UV. The FA press design allows printers to enhance the performance of their press with Value-Adding Units, Application and Automation Packages.

“We were drawn to the FA because of its efficiency and improved print quality,” said Terry Sinclair. “We anticipate we will be able to nearly double our print speeds, while also drastically decrease our press setup times. These time savings will translate into more competitive pricing for our customers, allowing us to win more long-run jobs.”

Sinclair also highlights how well the FA registers at high speeds, which enables the company to more efficiently produce technically challenging labels. “We currently have a high-quality digital label press, and matching the digital print quality on our existing flexo presses while also maintaining efficiency, has proven challenging at times,” he said. “We don’t foresee that challenge anymore given the capabilities of the new FA.”
Jet Label & Packaging Ltd., described as Western Canada’s largest producer of labels and printed tape, has acquired duplicates of critical machinery and components to provide what the company describes as total platform redundancy at its primary manufacturing facility in Edmonton, Alberta.

The redundancy, explains Jet Label, is necessary to maintain customer satisfaction – in terms of diminishing delay due to scheduled or sudden machinery downtime – and to also grow revenue by double digits annually.

At its Edmonton production plant, Jet Label has doubled up on all equipment, including its twin HP Indigo presses and Delta die cutters. Other couplings include a pair of wide presses, eight-colour flexo presses, and rewinders for each press width. The company also is moving toward complete redundancy at its Coquitlam, British Columbia, facility, which it secured by acquiring United Label Company last year. 

“Although outliers rarely occur, we don’t want to jeopardize our customers,” said Darrell Friesen, Jet Label’s President & CEO, describing the redundancy move despite the robustness of modern press equipment. “Our customers do not worry about having all their eggs in one basket.”

Jet Label explains its commitment to total redundancy is a calculated risk, considering most printing-industry manufacturers typically make infrastructure investments based on anticipated business needs. “Our decisions in adding redundant equipment has been realized across platforms,” said Friesen, “with causes like unexpected downtime, unexpected operator availability to unexpected growth.

“Part of our commitment to total redundancy is an expectation of continued growth,” continued Friesen. “We're willing to put the pieces in place as a landing zone for new business, a proactive approach that lends itself to in-person appraisals by prospective customers or, increasingly, cyber-tours.”

With manufacturing facilities in Edmonton and Vancouver, Jet Label produces labels and printed tape for what it describes as a diverse portfolio of customers, including grocery stores like Safeway and Sobeys, international forest product companies like Canfor and West Fraser, consumer product companies like Bee Maid Honey and Arctic Chiller, industrial application companies like Acklands Grainger, Gregg Distributors, and All Weather Windows.

Jet Label also supplies parking and boarding passes and baggage tags to the Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton International Airports. The Edmonton Police Service has also been a longstanding customer. In addition to Edmonton and Vancouver, Jet Label has sales and distribution operations in Calgary, Prince George, Kelowna, Surrey, Saskatoon and Winnipeg.
The Lowe-Martin Group installed a Standard/Horizon RD-4055 DMC rotary die cutter at its production facility in Mississauga, Ontario. Purchased through KBR Graphics, the RD-4055 DMC is a recent addition to the Standard/Horizon portfolio and it includes a range of robust, innovative features for short-run die-cutting of digital and offset work.

KBR Graphics explains the RD-4055 DMC is a reliable, precise system that can die-cut, crease, perforate, slit, hole-punch and round corner in one process, both digital and offset-printed sheets up to 0.5 mm. Its repeat-register function enables the running of multiple-up imposed applications with a smaller die to reduce costs (up to five repeats in a single pass). The RD-4055 runs at speeds up to 6,000 cycles per hour.

Since operators can also run male and female dies simultaneously, KBR Graphics explains that finished products come out clean with sharp creases and without cracking or slitting. The RD-4055 DMC is ideally suited for applications like shaped promotional items, business cards, greeting cards, playing cards, coasters, door hangers, coupons, tickets, packaging, stickers (pressure-sensitive, gum back, static), merchandise labels, pocket folders, and unique mailers.

“Lowe-Martin is now far more efficient, and turnaround times are much faster,” said Karl Belafi Jr., Vice President of KBR Graphics. “In fact, they've doubled capacity with this innovative and cost-effective method. The flexible cutters are more accurate and jobs can be initiated from a PDF file, making the set-up times faster with less material wastage. This is always an important factor when considering digital printing.” Belafi also notes the RD-4055 DMC adds more creativity and flexibility to Lowe-Martin's existing range of products and services.

Lowe-Martin has production facilities in Ottawa, Ontario, where it is headquartered, and Mississauga. One of Canada’s largest printing operations, Lowe-Martin provides integrated printing and communication solutions that span an range of products and services like offset, digital large-format and security printing; direct mail; marketing; bindery services and more.
Simpson Print of Bloomingdale, Ontario, in February 2018 installed a new SwissQPrint Nyala LED large-format inkjet system to expand its range of digital services.

Founded more than 50 years ago, Simpson Print is one of the country’s most-diverse printing operations running high-quality screen printing presses, a 40-inch Komori LS640 UV press and digital presses, including a 6-colour HP Indigo, as well as a range of post-production capabilities – with a team of kitting specialists.

“The Swiss Q represents the future of our digital wide format legacy,” said Simpson Print President, Carla Johanns. “Simpson Print views investment in technology as critical to our clients' print marketing and branding requirements. Each of our new acquisitions furthers our commitment to our all-under-one-roof capability. This is a wonderful new addition to our UV offset and high-resolution screen print capabilities.”

Simpson Print’s new Nyala is a high-speed, 8-colour + White (CMYKlclm – Violet, Orange and White) system. The company plans to focus its new large-format technology on a range of display graphics applications like P.O.P, banners and decals, among similar marketing work.

The Nyala LED was introduced in May 2017 as an updated version of swissQprint's existing engines, based on the addition of LED-curing technologies and a range of mechanical improvements. For example, the system’s beam architecture was reworked for more stability and swissQprint also ensured that the flatbed is indeed perfectly flat over its entire surface – 3.2 × 2 metres with the Nyala LED.
Ellis Paper Box, a member of the Ellis Group, Canada’s largest privately held manufacturer of folding cartons, is providing produciton details from its recently installed Optima 106 K die cutter from KBA-Iberica. The purchase is part of Ellis Group’s investment in new automated high-speed die cutters across its three facilities, with another new die cutter purchased from KBA North America set to be installed at its Ellis Packaging facility later this year.

The Optima 106 K die cutter installation at Ellis Paper Box will be targeted at the demanding standards required by the pharmaceutical industry. “We’re successful due in part to our commitment to the industry, commitment to our employees, and our relentless pursuit to remain the most progressive carton company in Canada,” said Dave Ellis. “We offer a total in-house capability to control all aspects of structural design, electronic proofing, and die making. Our three-phase electronic verification is critical to our assurance of full responsibility for product quality and compliance to Good Manufacturing Practices.”

Over the past several years, Ellis Paper Box explains it has detected a number of important trends in terms of production throughput at its 60,000-square-foot facility in Mississauga, Ontario. By investing in new equipment, Ellis explains it has become a one-stop shop producing as little as 500 cartons with spot colours to five million eight-colour specialty work with inline inspection. The facility holds 100 percent inline carton inspection systems to handle its international clientele, requiring a variety of languages imprinted on the boxes.

Recently, KBA explains new legislation enacted in Canada has deemed that all pharmaceutical boxes must be redesigned to include additional compliance information for plain English text. Ellis has been instrumental in working with its clients to increase the size of the folding carton or add a fifth panel to existing styles to accommodate this legislation. In addition, the packaging producer reports its over-the-counter packaging is being designed with more value-added properties, such as inline cold and hot foil, embossing, inline Braille, and specialty coatings such as matte and high gloss.

“The KBA-Iberica Optima 106 K die cutter has become our workhorse in the die cutting department,” said Ellis. “It is capable of handling production of paper, cardboard, plastic and corrugated boards up to 1.5 mm. It is running at 8,000 sheets per hour. We currently operate it two to three shifts per day, five days a week. Our preference is to schedule all jobs containing detailed embossing and critical print to cut registration on this new machine.”

Not only is Ellis receiving these benefits but it has also recorded the machine’s efficiency and savings. For example, the firm has witnessed a 63 percent increase in throughput and a 32 percent increase in run speed compared to the last six running months over the previous machine. This allows Ellis to provide faster speed-to-market and get its product to its customers in two weeks or less. It has also recorded a 20 percent to 40 percent reduction in makeready due to the Optima 106 die cutter. Ellis is also blanking more difficult jobs thereby reducing its stripping costs by $35,000 per year.

“The improvements to our die cutting department have been staggering,” said Ellis. “Due to the Optima 106 K’s increased automation, there are less tools involved and our employees are pleased with its push button automation. Our quality has improved due to this new die cutter and we have no downtime because the machine is so dependable. Improvements to uptime and quality have resulted in improved bottom line. The new die cutter from KBA-Iberica has had a fantastic impact on our company.”

Founded in 1946, the Ellis Group is comprised of over 250 employees at Ellis Packaging, Ellis Paper Box and Ellis Packaging West servicing and specializing in the food, confectionary, pharmaceutical, neutraceutical and beverage industries.
ICON of Markham, Ontario, has installed a Konica Minolta AccurioJet KM-1 UV inkjet press. Founded in 1995, ICON now holds four divisions, including ICON Visual, Media, Motion and Print, specializing in large format and display graphics, digital signage, film production and commercial printing, respectively. (The company was featured in PrintAction’s February 2017 issue, All things visual, inside ICON Digital.)

“The 23 x 29-inch sheet size, speed and quality output of Konica Minolta’s [AccurioJet KM-1] technology is a perfect marriage that combines desirable traditional press attributes, with the power of digital creativity and the ability to print on the widest range of substrates,” said Juan Lau, President, ICON. “We see the KM-1 as game-changer in the digital-marketing and variable-print arenas; and as a company constantly striving to be different, we feel this system will really set us apart in the marketplace.”

The AccurioJet KM-1’s 23 x 29.5-inch sheet size allows for 6-up, full-bleed letter-size printing at 3,000 pages per hour (18,000 letters per hour). The press, explains Konica Minolta, prints on traditional offset stocks, as well as textured, synthetic and canvas medias. It is capably of handling materials like 17-lb vellum and 24-point weights, without any substrate pre-coating. The press also features automatic perfecting/duplexing up to 18 point.

ICON generated sales of approximately $37 million in 2016 with offices in Toronto, Montreal and NYC. The company’s primary markets include fragrance, cosmetics, retail, sports apparel, lifestyle and luxury CPG companies, corporate and event marketing, auto dealerships, financial institutions, hospitality, transportation, health care, property development, and digital out-of-home advertising and promotion.
Swiss Print International of Etobicoke, Ontario, is adding a Komori LS 440 sheetfed offset press to its facility, which has two existing 40-inch presses. The company’s incoming press, purchased through Komcan Inc., includes a tower coater and extended delivery, as well as a full automation package.

Swiss Print describes itself as a full-service printer with the ability to run a range of work from business cards to large format, through its digital and offset printing machines. The company also provides full finishing capabilities, graphic design, photography, copywriting, website design, data asset management, and warehousing and fulfillment.

Associated Labels and Packaging of Coquitlam, British Columbia, a premium label printing and flexible packaging company, has added a new HP Indigo 20000 digital press to its service offerings.

The Calgary, Alberta, location of ARC Document Solutions has added a Seal 62 Pro D laminator, largely based on an earlier successful installation of a Seal 65 Pro MD laminator at the company’s Burnaby, BC, facility.

The installation of both systems were overseen by GBC Canada, one of the country's leading providers of print finishing technologies for digital production, as well as hybrid digital-offset environments, focusing on Seal and GBC finishing, laminating and media products.

The Seal 62 Pro Series offers industrial performance, explains GBC, based on its capabilities for running a range of media at high speeds. It features fully adjustable temperature, speed and pressure settings and, according to GBC, it is ideally suited for experienced finishing departments requiring a versatile laminator.

“The dual heated rollers make most applications, including encapsulation, really easy to use. It maximizes versatility, minimizes waste and is a real value add for us,” said Joyce Wong, ARC’s Production Supervisor in Calgary.

ARC (formerly American Reprographics Company) is a global company, with approximately 170 service centres throughout North America, in addition to European centres, specializing in the distribution of information through printing and IT services. Founded in 1988 in southern California, ARC’s fiscal 2017 revenue was more than US$400 million generated by more than 2,600 employees around the world.

The company has nine service centres in Canada (BC, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec) focusing on providing document solutions to businesses of all types, with an emphasis on the commercial segments of the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. The company is also investing more into providing more health care document services.
Groupe Lettra of in Boisbriand, Québec, has installed an Agfa Anapurna M3200i RTR wide-format inkjet system. Founded in 2000, under the name Lettra D.Sign Inc., the company originally specialized in vehicle lettering.

In 2008, the company changed its name to Groupe Lettra Inc. and acquired industrial printing equipment making it one of the first companies in Quebec to move in this direction for wide-format imaging.

Lettra today specializes in all types of vehicle lettering and large-format printing on both rigid and flexible medias. The company’s new Anapurna M3200i RTR is a 3.2-metre wide roll-to-roll UV inkjet printer that produces indoor and outdoor applications at speeds of up to 123 metres square per hour.
Groupe dpi of Drummondville, Quebec, has installed two Agfa wide-format-inkjet systems, including a Jeti Titan HS and a Jeti Ceres 3200. Founded in 1974, the company, with more than 70 employees, focuses on providing turnkey display graphics solutions, working with clients throughout Canada and the United States, from the concept stage to final installation.

The Jeti Ceres is a 3.2-metre roll-to-roll UV LED inkjet printer that produces print of up to 10.5 feet wide. The system, capable of unattended printing, reaches speeds of up to 2,002 square feet per hour.

Leveraging Agfa’s Asanti workflow software, the Jeti Ceres provides six colours plus an optional white and/or primer. It is also configurable with an optional dual-roll and back-up camera, allowing the Ceres to print mesh and porous substrates without a liner. 

The Jeti Titan HS is a flatbed, 3-metre–wide, 6-colour UV inkjet system that reaches speeds of up to 160 square metres per hour (1,722 f2/hr) in Express Mode. The system, which can include a flat-to-roll printing option, producing a resolution of up to 720 x 1,200 dpi.

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