Sean Vizsy, Full Frame Signs’ Executive Director, has catered to the film industry since developing a relationship with Cinespace Film Studios, and is now located in two of Cinespace Film’s properties at the East and West Ends of Toronto. Full Frame Signs’ headquarters are located with their sister company, The Custom Apparel Shoppe, in Paris, Ontario.
Full Frame products used on screen range from taxi-cab decals to coffee shop store fronts and from background posters to flooring. “Unfortunately, until recently we were basically cutting everything by hand and were very limited to the designs we could offer. They could only be square cut. We would try using a belt sander to get rounded corners, but they are tough because it adds to the risk of introducing imperfections to the product,” said Vizsy. “We were also limited to the materials we could work with. We didn't even bother with MDF or Dibond. We stuck with substrates that could be knife cut.”
Esko launched the Kongsberg V cutting table in May 2014. The system designed for sign-and-display work is based on a MultiCUT tool head for cutting and routing. The MultiCUT has various insert options with an air-cooled milling spindle of up to 45,000 rpm, suitable for acrylics and other synthetics.
“We were looking for a table that could accelerate file setup, and do so easily—a table on which we could train someone in hours, not weeks, and which did not require advanced CNC software experience to program files. It's difficult to find a graphic designer who can also program a CNC machine,” said Viszy. “The Kongsberg table set-up is simplistic for super things. Using Esko i-cut Layout, we can step and repeat a number of pieces. The best part is that the interface feels and acts like Adobe Illustrator, because it's a plug-in for Illustrator.”
Summit Print, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary, moved into its newly renovated facility, located on Kebet Way in Port Coquitlam, to have more space for administration and production. The facility offers a new customer resource centre where customers can view product displays that showcase the labels Summit Print has recently created. To support this move, the company has also designed a new logo, Website and building signage.
“The majority of our clients are small and mid-sized companies,” said Ryan Lees, Production Manager at Summit Print. “Periodically we do work for larger companies when the project is very targeted, for example, 5,000 containers for one store.”
Summit Print operates two digital presses: an HP Indigo WS6000 press next to the company's new HP Indigo WS6600 press. Prior to the implementation of Automation Engine, Summit used the Macintosh OSX file system to hold and store files, relying on a directory that structured files alphabetically. Files were opened and RIPped with HP’s digital front end, which is OEMed from Esko.
“Using the Mac OSX system was tedious and time consuming,” said Lees. “With the number of daily jobs on the rise, the result of short run lengths and new orders, I came to the realization that we would either have to hire more people or invest in new technology… Our prepress team is essentially three people, including myself.”
The MIS interface within Automation Engine works seamlessly, explains Lees, with Summit’s MIS solution from Label Traxx. The data is acquired from the Label Traxx system to automate overall job processing. Jobs and the necessary data, entered into the Label Traxx MIS, are launched through Automation Engine with the workflow automatically pulling the correct files, even if a job has over 100 SKUs. MIS integration with Automation Engine also allows for automated step-and-repeat or imposition to generate gang runs.
The printing company, which recently changed its name from Atlantic Web Printers to just Atlantic Printers, is now branching out to produce trade and commercial printing, including packaging. The family run business is led by Avtar and Malika Bedi
Atlantic Printers has also installed new equipment for the web press, including a Reema Stacker that runs at speeds of up to 40,000 impressions per hour to match the production of the Web Press, as well as a new Agfa chemistry-free processor.
The Akiyama Bestech press, points out Atlantic Printers, can run anything from 60-lb offset up to 28-pt board, giving it the ability to do commercial work like direct mail, publications and packaging.
The printing system allows for the option of printing white ink, double-sided, matte/gloss and textured effects. A new tabletop roll holder for feeding flexible substrates is now available for the HP FB750 when printing short-run jobs.
“This investment with Grimco Canada will allow A+A Graphics Canada to continue to offer great value and turnaround time for our clients,” said Ara Sahakian, President of A+A Graphics.
Hitting a resolution of up to 1,200 x 600 dpi, the HP FB750 produces what HP defines as indoor quality at up to 21.1 m2/hr (227 f2/hr). Billboard speed runs at 85 m2/hr (915 f2/hr), Express at 43.6 m2/hr (469 f2/hr), and Photo quality runs at 10.3 m2/hr (110 f2/hr). The system slows slightly when using white inks.
As part of the 3M Preferred Installer program, AG Event Graphics specializes in custom-printed event materials, such as tents, flags, table linens and skirts, backdrops, banners and vehicle wraps. The company is also a dealer for Testrite and Prism Trade Show Lighting, as well as a distributor of Penguin Tents.
The cut-sheet Ricoh Pro C7100x was introduced in late-2014 with a fifth colour station for printing with either white or clear toners. The press prints at 80 pages per minute (ppm) with a maximum sheet size of 13 x 19.2 inches and a rated maximum monthly volume of 240,000 letter-size pages. The Ricoh Pro C7100x produces 1,200 x 4,800-dpi resolution on a range of medias of up to 360 gsm in both simplex and duplex.
GCM’s Kongsberg V20 table, introduced by Esko a little more than one year ago, can be used for both packaging and large-format imaging applications. The V20 system includes FlexiHead technology – attached to a servo axis for controlling tool depth – for cutting and creasing of packaging materials like folding carton and corrugated board. The V20 works with materials of 1,700 x 1,300-mm (66 x 51-inch) format. The Kongsberg installation also includes Esko’s DeskPack collection of packaging prepress plugins for Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
GCM also added a new GTI Graphiclite viewing system, using lamps that are manufactured with what the company describes as a unique blend of fluorescent phosphors. GTI explains these lamps, as opposed to other 5000K lamps, result in a superior D50 spectrum with proper colour rendition. The GTI viewing system allows GCM’s faculty and students to better work to ISO Standards.
Introduced in the summer of 2014, the Komori GLX press is rated to run at 18,000 sheets per hour. The Ellis press is equipped with a dual UV system and includes fully automatic non-stop feeder and delivery with an integrated conveyor system, as well as the Komori PQA-S and PDC-SX systems for colour control and inline inspection. The press is installed on a 36-inch raise.
Ellis Group provides packaging for clients in food, beverage, confectionary, pharmaceuticals, and nutraceuticals. The company is comprised of three large plant locations throughout Ontario, including its Mississauga plant that also installed an 8-colour Komori GL with coater at the end of 2014.
“We are very excited to add this amazingly efficient press to our Pickering, Ont. plant, which is our first Komori at this location,” said Cathie Ellis, president, The Ellis Group. “I am especially thrilled about the advanced technology of the Lithrone GX40. It is very important for us to be able to control quality and if there is an issue, we can correct it on the spot… We are so gratified to be the first in North America to have this technology to offer to our customers.”
Around 40 percent of the company’s revenue is driven by the folding-carton sector, 50 percent from commercial sheetfed work and the remaining 10 percent from digital printing. The company focuses its attention on high-end print work.
“Every key position in our company is filled with an experienced, but young, and super energetic individual,” said General Manager James Rowley. “The average age of our management team is about 32, which is comparatively very young by industry standards. But it’s our youthful and fresh spirit that inspires us to always aggressively pursue new opportunities, embrace bigger and better, and connect with the newer generation of print buyers.”
Rowley continues to explain this business approach led to its partnering with Eagle Systems to produce unique applications. For more than 25 years, Eagle Systems has provided the printing industry with the design and manufacture of foil application and print enhancement equipment. Founded by Mike King, CEO, President and inventor of all Eagle products, the company has hundreds of installations around the world, including the Eco-Eagle Cold Foil and the Eco-Eagle Cast and Cure systems.
“We’ve spent the last month dialing the Eagle system in and learning its unique capabilities. So far the reaction from our clients has been positive,” said Rowley. “While cold foil will have an impact on our overall folding carton business, it’ll really help us cultivate our higher-end confectionery, beverage, cosmetic, and pharmaceutical packaging segments. In addition, Eagle also offers us a new product range to offer our POP signage clients.”
Founded by Glenn Rowley in 1981, Glenmore Custom Print + Packaging today is a family owned and operated company with 90 employees. It is noted as one of the most prominent independent custom print and folding carton manufacturers in Western Canada, providing conventional and UV offset printing, as well as toner and wide format inkjet production. Glenmore services the retail, manufacturing, and design communities.
Founded in 2009 by Aviv Ratzman and Michael Zimmer, Highcon unveiled its Euclid finishing system at drupa 2012, describing it as the first fully digital cutting and creasing machine for converting paper, labels, folding carton and micro-flute.
The Euclid, supporting both conventional and digital press production, incorporates Highcon’s patented Digital Adhesive Rule Technology (DART) and polymers to produce creases, as well as high-speed laser optics to cut a range of substrates.
“The Euclid is a game-changing, revolutionary die-cutting device,” said Jay Mandarino, CEO and President of C.J. Graphics. “It handles a 40-inch sheet, it’s fast, and the shapes you can cut are limited only by your imagination. We’re proud to be the first in Canada to offer this service to our clients.”
C.J. Graphics is a member of the C.J. Group of Companies, one of the largest privately owned communications and graphics solutions firms in Canada. The C.J. Group of Companies offers a range of services including traditional lithography, digital printing, large-format production, screen printing, interactive solutions, bindery services, fulfillment and logistics services, and publishing.
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 ft2/hr) in Express Mode. The system, which can include a flat-to-roll printing option, produces resolutions of up to 720 x 1,200 dpi.
In what is defined as Express Mode, the Anapurna reaches speeds of 45 m2/h (484 sqf/h), while Production Mode hits 26 to 28 m2/h (279 to 301 sqf/h), Poster Mode 15 to 17 m2/h (161 to 182 sqf/h), and 8 m2/h (86 sqf/h).
Tracing its roots back to 1967, Aulward Graphics, built around sheetfed-offset production, provides a range of services in addition to large-format inkjet, such as digital printing, full bindery, fulfillment, design and die-cutting.
Founded in 2005 by Matthew Clark, the company specializes in large-format production, including interior and exterior signage, grand format banners, point of purchase displays, window and floor graphics, glass printing and building wraps, among other applications.
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 ft2/hr) in Express Mode. The system produces resolutions of up to 720 x 1,200 dpi.
Annex Business Media has installed its new 8-colour, 40-inch Komori LS perfecting press, after announcing the press purchase back in March 2015. The press, acquired through KOMCAN Inc., is based in Annex’ Simcoe, Ont., plant, which houses production, editorial, sales and administration facilities.
Annex is Canada’s largest independent business-to-business publisher, controlling more than 55 brands including PrintAction magazine. In late January 2015, Annex teamed up with Newcom Business Media to acquire 67 trade-publishing brands from Vancouver-based Glacier Media Inc., a deal worth $19.65 million. Annex immediately took control of 15 Glacier Media properties, adding to its existing stable of 40 B2B brands, the vast majority of which continue to publish a magazine, in addition to online, digital and event components.
The Komori LS press, replacing an existing 29-inch, 8-colour press, comes equipped with a range of automation features, including: APC fully automatic plate changers, PDC-SII close-looped colour control, AMR automatic make-ready, fully automatic wash-up systems and KHS Komori high-speed inking.
In mid-July, Annex also purchased a new Kuda 115 CL cutting system, through KOMCAN, for its Simcoe plant. The Kuda cutter is fully programmable with a 15-inch TFT colour touchscreen and features management software for service, diagnostics, scheduled maintenance and knife changing. It cuts at up to 45 cycles per minute with a 115 cm (45 1/4 inch) cutting width and depth.
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