Core-Mark International Inc.’s Calgary location added a new Bizhub Pro C1060L press in September to produce marketing materials, booklets and in-house marketing. The facility also runs a Bizhub C258.

Core-Mark describes itself as one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America. Founded in 1888, Core-Mark offers a full range of products, marketing programs and technology solutions to approximately 44,000 customer locations in the U.S. and Canada through 30 distribution centres.

The Bizhub Pro C1060L produces up to 60 pages per minute in both colour and monochrome at up to 1,200 x 1,200-dpi resolution – with 8-bit processing. Running Konica Minolta’s Simitri HD toner, the press accepts paper sizes up to 13 x 19.2 inches wide and weights up to 300 gsm.
Maranda Digital of Vancouver, British Columbia, recently added three Ricoh presses to its production floor, including a Pro C9100, Pro C7100X and Pro 8120SE. The company also integrated new Ricoh Total Flow software.

Maranda Digital explains the installation of the Ricoh Pro C7100X, with its ability to print with clear and white toner, provides a broader range of applications and product offerings for their clients. The company is also leveraging advances in vacuum-fed and air-assisted feeding, as well as the straight paper path belt cooling technology, featured on the new Ricoh presses.

Maranda Digital Print is the brainchild of Maria and Kieran Austin, two people with a combined experience of 50 years in the printing industry. Before Maranda Digital Print, Maria was the co-owner and operator of Maranda Repro in Calgary, which opened its doors in 1988.

In 2004, Maria and Kieran Austin opened Maranda Digital in Vancouver to focus solely on the production of toner-base print. Before Maranda Digital Print, Maria Austin was the co-owner and operator of Maranda Repro in Calgary, which opened its doors in 1988. In 2016, Maranda Digital launched its new online e-commerce Website and began to build its strong relationship with Ricoh.
Jet Label & Packaging Ltd., described as Western Canada’s largest label manufacturer is installing two systems from print inspection manufacturer AVT at its manufacturing facility in Edmonton, Alberta.  Scheduled for deployment this fall, both systems are from AVT’s Helios set of solutions.  

Jet Label, with additional locations in Calgary, Vancouver, Prince George, Kelowna, Saskatoon and Winnipeg, focuses on industries like food & beverage, agriculture and pharmaceuticals. The label manufacturer plans to expand its AVT inspection to six lines by early 2017.

“Jet Label’s commitment to this leading-edge technology will have huge benefits realized by our staff, suppliers and most of all our loyal customers,” said Darrell Friesen, President & CEO of Jet Label.

AVT’s Helios technology can be integrated into any rewinder/finishing equipment to create a designated automatic inspection station for post-print processes. The system uses dedicated algorithms designed to detect any type of defect based on substrate and application. Helios also features built-in archiving and reporting, including its PrintFlow module, as well as an inline monitoring tool that reports on total good material printed.

Jet Label will adjoin one Helios inspection system at the finishing station of a digital printing line, and another to a conventional flexo printing operation. Both Helios inspection systems will be linked to AVT’s PrintFlow Manager and PrintFlow Central quality and process control systems.

More specifically, PrintFlow Manager ensures that data collected from all platforms is presented directly to the PCs of print house managers and key personnel. PrintFlow Central enables automatic storage of inspection and job setup data from AVT inspection systems into a single server.

Founded in 1998, Jet Label manufactures labels and printed tape from its 24/7, 55,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Edmonton. It produces a range of durable, reliably water- and weatherproof labels that stand up to the types of harsh conditions in which many of its customers operate.  Jet Label also produces a variety of address labels, and supplies parking and boarding passes and baggage tags to Edmonton International Airport.
Multitech Graphics of Whitby, Ontario, has installed a new Canon imagePRESS C8000VP. The four-colour toner-based press reaches speeds of up to 80 pages per minute on all media weights up to 350 gsm.

The Canon imagePRESS C8000VP also features gloss optimization tools to match the gloss of the paper and leverages the company’s Consistently Vivid (CV) toner technology. Canon explains the press’ Dual Fixing unit with enhanced cooling capability delivers better mixed media handling, while an external heat belt provides stable fixing performance at high speed. An air compressor featuring a separation function prevents multi-paper feeds making it possible to print onto thin, coated media as light as 70 gsm.

Multitech Graphics, which produces a range of commercial print work like marketing brochures, post cards, flyers, booklets and business cards, installed the new Canon press back in June 2016.
Ryerson University’s School of Graphic Communications Management has installed a new donated Esko CDI Spark 2530 flexo plate imager, which replaces the one they have been running for a few years. The new system will to allow Ryerson students continue to learn and practice flexographic platemaking processes. It will be used in conjunction with a complete Esko packaging workflow that is also in place at the university.

The Ryerson School of Graphic Communications Management (GCM) offers Canada’s only degree-granting program for the printing industries. The school’s four-year degree offers opportunities in all areas of digital imaging and print production leading to a management career in this rapidly growing field.

In recent years, Esko explains the number of students at GCM going to packaging companies has increased rapidly. Throughout the program, students network with potential employers and gain practical experience in the industry through formal internships or part-time work.

“Esko always tries to offer solutions to top tier graphic, design and packaging schools so that their students are working with the latest technology and ready resources for the industries we serve,” said Larry Moore, Esko Vice President, North American Partner Programs. “Ryerson, in my opinion, is an extremely important and valuable resource for packaging companies across Canada. I have met many Ryerson graduates and they have always been key players.”

The CDI Spark 2530 flexo plate imager, explains Esko, is used by companies that particularly produce tags and labels and folding cartons. It images digital flexo plates up to 25 x 30 inches (635 x 762 mm) and comes with an incorporated plate loading table and an EasyClamp II drum for easier and faster plate loading.

 “This major donation will allow our 600+ GCM students to learn platemaking on the most up-to-date equipment. The process creating packaging requires challenging, evolving technology and the tools our students use are on the cutting edge,” said Natalia Lumby, Associate Professor at the School of Graphic Communications Management at Ryerson University. “Students are introduced to platemaking in their first year. By the third year, they produce flexo plates on the CDI on their own.”

The Esko CDI also allows Ryerson to participate in competitions, including the Phoenix Challenge, where Ryerson has received awards both in 2013 and 2015. “It's an opportunity for our students to challenge themselves, and to see what it is like to design and create packaging for a real company,” said Lumby.

GCM this past year introduced a brand new curriculum with a packaging concentration and will be launching consumer packaging courses, including workflow this academic year. The curriculum encompasses the theory of design and production.
Mr. Printer of Toronto has installed a Duplo 616 Pro system purchased from PDS. The Duplo DC-616 PRO Slitter/Cutter/Creaser is aimed at short-run, on demand digital printing work. Designed to remove white borders and prevent toner cracking on toner documents, the all-in-one finisher can process up to six slits, 25 cuts, and 20 creases in a single pass.

Mr. Printer was founded in 1978 and continues as a family owned and operated company. Today, the company produces general printing and signage work with a focus on short-run print projects. Mr. Printer has a strong online presence and is based in a 10,000-square-foot facility.

Hueneye of LaSalle, Quebec, one of the region’s only dedicated trade shops, has installed a five-colour RMGT 9 Series press with coater purchased through Canadian dealer KBR Graphics.

Installed about nine months ago, the press, manufactured in Japan by RYOBI MHI Graphic Technology (RMGT), features maximum printing speeds of 16,200 sheets per hour, RMGT’s Insta.Color makeready automation, and varnish coating capabilities. It joins Hueneye’s existing  23 x 29-inch sheetfed press, which was also purchased from KBR Graphics.

Hueneye has 30 full-time employees housed in a 12,000-square-foot facility. “We needed a compact footprint,” said Mike Green, President of Hueneye. “The 9 Series’ [maximum] sheet size of 25x36 inches is the majority of our work now. We are printing flyers on gloss, 16-page signatures for booklets and brochures, and even 23x35-inch posters in varying quantities ranging from 250 up to 100,000 sheets.”

Green notes production efficiency is gained through the SMART RPC technology on the RMGT 9 Series press, including: fully automatic plate changing to support the frequent job changeovers and the diverse small-lot printing done at Hueneye. The RMGT 9 Series press also allows Hueneye to expand its business by tackling eight-up projects, and not being limited to a six-up format.

“We serve ‘jobbers,’ so we’re always looking to fill in holes on the press sheet,” said Green. “The larger format is particularly convenient for running book work more efficiently.”

Green continues to explain Hueneye has seen additional cost savings by reducing the amount of outsourced work and the fact that the 9 Series press consumes less electricity than a larger press. “Plates for this press are roughly 30 percent cheaper than for a 28 x 40-inch press because their pricing is based on square inches,” said Green. “We can run the 9 Series press with one operator, which we could not do on a 40-inch press.”

In late August, KBR Graphics, which is celebrating its 40th year in business in 2016, expanded its distribution of RYOBI MHI Graphic Technology sheetfed offset printing presses to include all of Canada. Previously, KBR Graphics had been the RYOBI MHI Graphic Technology (RMGT) distributor in Central and Eastern Canada since 2012. In mid-July 2016, the company also moved its head office to a new modern facility in Laval, Quebec.

Flash Reproductions of Etobicoke, Ontario, last week began the installation of its new 6-colour, 40-inch Heidelberg Speedmaster CX 102 press. Recognized as one of Canada’s leading high-end print shops, Flash was established in 1969 and today runs a range of offset, letterpress and UV screen technologies to print on practically any surface, in addition to the company’s finishing expertise in areas like stitching, punching, die cutting, foil stamping and embossing.

The Speedmaster CX 102, explains Heidelberg, is a modern press concept that combines the reliability of the CD series (with well over 100,000 printing units installed worldwide) and press maker’s newest sheetfed technological innovations found in the XL platform. It is described by Heidelberg as “the universal press.”

The CX 102 is a straight press in 70 × 100-cm format (28.35 x 40.16 inches) with the ability to reach printing speeds of up to 16,500 sheets per hour. Its flexibility – and ability to process materials from lightweight paper through to rigid cardboard – allows the press to be aimed at commercial, label, and packaging printing.

The press is equipped with AutoPlate Pro for fully automatic, staggered printing plate changes and Prinect Inpress Control 2 to spectrophotometrically measure and control the colour inline during production. Prinect Inpress Control 2 allows users to also check register at the same time and readjust if necessary.
JC Accuforms Inc. of Toronto, Ontario, in July 2016 installed a new Canon imagePRESS C8000VP. The four colour press reaches speeds of up to 80 pages per minute on all media weights up to 350 gsm.

The press, which joins existing Canon toner production equipment at JC Accuforms, will be aimed at producing variable-data statements, advertising materials and corporate stationery.
JC Accuforms was founded in 1968 as JC Printing Company Ltd. In 1983 the assets of a Markham printing company called Accuforms were purchased and in 1986 both companies were moved to the operation’s current location under the name JC Accuforms Inc. Today, the company produces a range of wide-format, toner and offset printing work, in addition to housing bindery and finishing services.

Formost mediaOne of Brampton, Ont., installed an HP T230 PageWide Colour Web Press earlier this year. The company plans to use the new press to provide customized marketing materials for its clients.

Formost was founded in 1981 as a business forms manufacturer and merged with mediaOne in 2000 to become a document and services outsourcing company specializing in transactional, statement and tax form processing, custom programming, variable imaging and mailing. Today, printing and processing millions of pieces monthly, Formost mediaOne services the marketing and billing sectors for clients in a range of industrial sectors, financial services, health care, utilities, telecoms, distribution and general manufacturing.

“Over 80 percent of our business is in transactional and transpromo servicing government, utilities and banking industries producing tax, water bills, statements and cheques... We needed a solution that could deliver any time of day, at a lower cost, with quick turnaround times,” said John Johnstone, who also pointed to leveraging the HP T230’s MICR configuration.

Formost mediaOne also installed in line with the HP T230 an EMT finishing line with dynamic perforations, hole punching and sheeting. With the ablity to produce 1,800 2-sided full colour letter size impressions per minute, the new press brings Formost’s overall imaging capacity to over 100 million impressions per month.
The Minuteman Press location in Mississauga, Ontario, has installed a Triumph TR5551-EP cutter, purchased from Print Digital Solutions. The hydraulic cutter features a programmable EP back gauge control module and can store up to 99 programs with up to 99 steps in each. Up to nine repeat cuts can be integrated into a program in a single step.

The Triumph TR5551-EP holds a cutting width of up to 21 5/8 inches and a cutting height of up to 3 5/8 inches. Its safety package includes front safety light beams, cover on rear table, main switch and safety lock with key, and electronically controlled two-hand operation, among other features.
Category 5 Imaging of Burlington, Ontario, is now leveraging Esko’s Automation Engine technology for its large-format production, primarily targetting retailers, outdoor advertising companies and advertising agencies.

Housed in a 20,000-square-foot facility, the company’s 30 employees operate a number of EFI VUTEk inkjet systems, as well as providing full-service creative, prepress, fulfillment and shipping.

Category 5 explains it was using Adobe Creative Suite to prepare its projects, but found the software required repetitive tasks to create layout patterns for signage. Esko’s Automation Engine, among other features, is designed to help reduce the time requirements of operators by eliminating the repetitive task of placing one-up artwork onto print sheets. The new Esko software, installed in March 2016, also better integrates with the company’s Kongsberg cutting system.

“We really liked the versatility of Automation Engine,” said Dave LePoidevin, Prepress Technician, Category 5 Imaging. "It could customize the workflow in any way we wanted. Another workflow system we explored was more structured, basically telling us how to create our banners and signs. We wanted more flexibility when outputting artwork, and the freedom of deciding where we wanted to place registration dots for our Kongsberg table.”

LePoidevin explains Category 5 built a new workflow approach with Automation Engine, i-cut Layout, and its previously purchased i-cut Preflight. The prepress team began with a few easy workflows after the initial installation and then added more automated tasks for their specific needs.

“For everything we have presets for sizing, Automation Engine will automatically prepare a press ready file,” said LePoidevin. “We created presets for how many 'up', and stepped out the one-ups into that layout, with all the marks we need for the Kongsberg table. I like that the more junior people in our production department can start using Automation Engine almost immediately.”

Category 5 setups are now automated rather than manually done in Illustrator. LePoidevin explains the company previously loaded a folder with what seemed to be 50 million templates, whereas Automation Engine receives the job with the push of a button, allowing it to be applied in i-cut Layout. Category 5 continues to produce some work manually in i-cut Layout for specialized projects.

"Those jobs that we produce over and over – and we receive a lot of them – would take 15 to 20 minutes each to manually process,” said Greg Priede, General Manager at Category 5. “It also required an experienced person, most of the day. When Dave built his new job templates, we were able to significantly reduce that time to about a minute per job.

“We are also able to use a very capable, but inexperienced intern for those jobs. She is able to process the jobs nonstop, where it took our higher level prepress operator a half to three-quarters of a day to produce. It also used to take 30 to 45 minutes to create mural panels manually. Now we do it in less than half the time,” continued Priede. “We are able to keep the presses running with template-based work, giving us time to prepare the more complicated retail jobs we get.”
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.

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