Avant Imaging & Integrated Media Inc. this April is scheduled to install a Manroland R706PLV HiPrint perfecting press into its 100,000-square-foot facility in Aurora, Ontario. The 41-inch R706PLV HiPrint will be AIIM’s second manroland press, joining an existing manroland R710 HiPrint that was installed more than a decade ago and is to remain in operation.

Mario and Frank Giorgio founded what is now called Avant Imaging & Integrated Media (AIIM) in 1990. Today, the operation, with 90 full-time employees, provides a range of offset and digital printing capabilities, as well as fulfillment and mailing services. Focused on producing high-value products, AIIM has been at the forefront of leveraging data to drive its toner and inkjet presses for a number of years, which also includes integrating offset work.

AIIM explains its core strength is still commercial printing, but has developed what the company describes as 10 unique service lines for the enterprise output chain. These branded services include aiim•PRINTSMART, aiim•ON·DEMAND, aiim•FULFILLMENT, aiim•CONNX, aiim•ANALYTICS, aiim•1:1, aiim•DIRECTMAIL, aiim•SMARTSTATEMENTS, aiim•VICIMAP, aiim•LARGE FORMAT and aiim•SOCIAL.

“Over time, the industry changed and we entered the digital era. Early on, we foresaw the need to shift our business focus from basic print applications to more sophisticated print and direct-marketing capabilities,” said Frank Giorgio. “That’s why we’ve adapted and evolved into a high-ROI, highly integrated marketing company offering print collateral, high-response data-driven direct-mail campaigns, social media promotion – even augmented reality.”

Giorgio continued to explain that AIIM purchased the manroland press mainly because of its perfecting capabilities. The R706PLV HiPrint has a perfector in the second position, making it a 2-over-4 press, which the company describes as being well suited for producing high-quality, direct mail.

“We still do a lot of perfecting and sometimes we have a need, for example, for 1-over-1, 2-over-2, 2-over-4 or 1-over-4 jobs, or at the high end, for six-colour plus aqueous coating,” said Giorgio. “This press can do all those in one pass, which reduces our turnaround times and gets jobs to our clients much faster.”

The new R706PLV HiPrint press, purchased through manroland Sheetfed Canada, is also equipped with ColorPilot D&F on its console, which manroland states to be the fastest technology of its kind – providing high-end density and spectral colour measurement/control – on the market.

In recent years, Manroland Sheetfed has added new features to its Roland 700 HiPrint series, including simultaneous plate loading, higher precision sheet guiding technology, printing speeds up to 17,200 sheets per hour, an upgraded Inline Inspector quality control, a sheet-numbering system, low energy UV drying technology, and an Indexed Inline Foiler that creates less waste.
Sherwood Printers, a trade printer based in Mississauga, Ontario, has installed a twin LasX STP400 laser finishing system, which includes a robotic stripping system. Sherwood finishes orders from each of its 14 copy shops in the Greater Toronto Area, as well as a based of graphic designers, print brokers and advertising agencies in the region.

“We are located in one of North America’s most competitive print markets and this LasX twin laser and robot system will nicely complement our digital and litho print capabilities,” said Manoj Sheth, President & CEO of Sherwood Printers. “The highly automated LasX digital laser system provides our trade clients and our copy shop customers all the benefits of digital processing – fast and efficient turnaround from one central facility for printing, laser processing and shipping.

“Today, designs are limited only by an artist’s imagination and these designs can be incredibly intricate. Our LasX systems allows us to produce runs of two pieces up to medium and long runs all at very competitive prices.”

The Sherwood installation includes the LasX STP400-2, which is a 20-inch-wide sheetfed process, with two 400W lasers for performing multiple laser operations simultaneously all in a single pass. An integrated robot automatically removes the finished part from the waste and stacks the parts.

The dual-camera vision system of the LasX STP400-2 allows for what the company describes as precise print to cut registration and has an optional printed barcode job option to pass the job information instantly to the laser controller for short order and variable cut operations. Driving jobs from the printed barcode on the edge of the sheet, explains LasX, instantly loads the new job parameters for on-the-fly changeover at production speed to both the laser and the robot.
MPI Print Group, a trade-printing operation with two facilities in the Greater Toronto Area, installed a new Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS C1100, which also included an inline SD-506 Booklet Maker.

The new colour toner-based press, which was installed in December 2016, is integrated with the IC-310 Fiery RIP with Graphics Arts Package, Impose & Compose, Konica Minolta Color Care Software with FD-Auto Scanner, and an HM-101 inline humidifier. The bizhub PRESS C1100 runs at speeds of up to 100 pages per minute in colour and monochrome, producing 1,200 x 1,200-dpi resolution with 8-bit processing.

MPI Print was founded by brothers Pal and Robbie Dhanju as Millenium Printing back in 1998 and, following the acquisition of Kingsweb, now operates out of a 45,000-square-foot plant in Concord, Ontario, and a 50,000-square-foot facility in Mississauga.

The company’s trade services include prepress, web (heat-set) printing, sheetfed offset printing, digital printing, variable printing and a full in-house bindery, as well as die cutting, a range of specialty finishes and other custom printing techniques.
Pinnacle Litho of Stoney Creek, Ontario, has installed a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL-75-4+L press. The commercial printing operation was founded in 1996 by Chris Fillingham, who previously worked in print shops in the Hamilton region before opening his own shop.

Pinnacle Litho began as a prepress services house featuring scanning and proofing services, as Fillingham over time purposely evolved his company into a full-service shop. “Our first printing machine was a QMDI. From there, we added folding, cutting and complete workflow,” he explains. In 2002, ready to enter the midsize offset market, Pinnacle upgraded to a 4-colour Heidelberg Printmaster 74 press.

The company’s new Heidelberg Speedmaster XL-75 represents another stage in its evolution, as Pinnacle’s market position now requires a press that can provide flexibility and fast turnarounds. “There is a lot of print here in the region, but in many cases, I simply wasn’t competitive enough with my current equipment to win those jobs,” said Fillingham. “So for months I tested how many of those jobs I could win if I could reduce make-ready time and improve my turn-around time. Soon a new business plan came together”    

Fillingham explains his goal to continue the growth of Pinnacle required the support of a 4-colour press with advanced job-change technology. “While speed is nice, mine is a short-run market. Make-ready is where it is at.”

To this end, Fillingham automated the Speedmaster XL-75-4+L press to the highest level possible to significantly reduce make-ready times. This press can output a new job of 1,000 sheets in a third of the time of his previous press. It is integrated with AutoPlate Pro (fully automated plate changing), Inpress Control (inline colour and register without interruption), Press Center with Intellistart operating system (capable of job change without interruption), and an Anilox Coating system for instantly dry sheets. “The automation we have now is what the industry demands. You can’t compete without it,” said Fillingham.

Fillingham is the driving force behind Pinnacle sales: “Filling a void in the region and focused on the trade element of the market. Customer’s with smaller projects often need support and want input. The larger job providers are difficult to talk with to directly, and that is where we come in. “I am expecting to be able to double my sales this year,” said Fillingham, “based only on work I have had to turn away. That is the goal.”
Ellis Packaging West Inc., one of three primary facilities of The Ellis Group, one of Canada’s largest independent packaging manufacturers, has purchased a 41-inch, seven-colour Komori GLX press. This is the third new generation Komori press The Ellis Group has installed across its three Ontario plants over the past few years.

The newest machine, sold by Komcan, Komori’s press dealer for Canada, is scheduled to be installed in Ellis Packaging West’s Guelph, Ontario, facility in March 2017.

It represents the second Komori GLX technology purchased in Canada after an 8-colour Komori GLX was installed in The Ellis Group’s Pickering plant just over one year ago. (See PrintAction’s November 2015 cover story, Packaging Power, on Ellis Packaging's first GLX installation).

“Witnessing the exceptional results achieved by our sister plant over the past year, including the reduction in makeready times, while reducing waste and maintaining very impressive run speeds, convinced us that we had to follow suit in Guelph,” said John Clarke, President of Ellis Packaging West. “[The new Komori GLX will] assure our customers that The Ellis Group will continue to provide the very best quality and value added product in the folding-carton market today.”

Ellis Packaging West’s GLX is equipped with Komori’s PQA-S inline inspection system and colour control, which scans each sheet for defects and automatically adjusts for ink consistency. The press will also feature a fully automatic feeder and delivery with logistics package, along with an integrated conveyor system, to enable continual operation at 18,000 sheets per hour.

The new seven-colour Komori GLX going into Guelph will also be equipped with low-energy Benford UV curing. Komori states its new line of G series are the first presses to be sold in North America running with food-grade lubricants rather than petroleum based products.
The Dieppe, New Brunswick, operation of Advocate Printing & Publishing in December 2016 installed Canada’s first Kodak NexPress ZX3300 press, which also features Kodak’s Fifth Imaging Unit for applying dimensional clear, gold, clear and light black colours.

Advocate’s NexPress ZX3300 includes a one-metre (39.37 inch) long feeder to run sheets into the machine’s offset-press-like paper handling system. The NexPress ZX3300 works with more than 800 qualified substrates.

Leveraging NexPress HD Dry Inks, Kodak explains Advocate’s five-colour ZX3300 press features improved imaging-unit components and intelligent software modules to deliver images described by the company as offset-class with smooth, flat tints, richer deeper black and photo quality production. With a Matte Finish option, Kodak explains the printed pieces coming off the NexPress take on a rich aesthetic effect that rivals offset.

“The sales team and production staff are excited about the opportunities for sales growth, and customer satisfaction with the recent [NexPress ZX3300] installation,” said Tom Badger, General Manager of Advocate Printing’s Dieppe operation.

The Fifth Imaging Unit of the Kodak NexPress ZX Platform provides Advocate with an ability to produce print with a tactile feel through Dimensional Clear toner, which creates a raised/textured 3D effect. Applying Gold through the fifth unit provides metallic impact, while Clear can be used for watermarking, spot or flood coating, and Light Black can be used for producing ultra-high quality printing (photographic quality), particularly with neutral tones, gray layers and flat fields.
“As a diversified print communications company, quality, versatility and speed are imperative.  The Kodak NexPress delivers on all aspects. We expect this strategic acquisition to be transformational for our clients and digital print offerings in general,” said Sean Murray, owner of Advocate Printing and Publishing. “We look forward to optimizing the performance of this technology, enhancing our offerings and strengthening customer relationships”

Founded in 1891, Advocate is described as the largest independent printer in Atlantic Canada. The company services clients throughout the Atlantic Provinces, the eastern seaboard and across Canada through printing facilities in Pictou, Bridgewater, Nova Scotia; Dieppe, New Brunswick and St. Stephen, New Brunswick. The print business includes production of a range of work from national flyers, magazines and direct mail to brochures, business cards, and promotional materials.

Additionally, Advocate publishes 10 newspapers, 21 trade and regional magazines, runs a flyer distribution organization, and operates commercial photography, creative design and digital services operations.

In July 2016, Advocate acquired most of Transcontinental Inc.’s Dartmouth-based commercial printing business, including associated assets, sales force, and the client-services team.
SOHO Printing of Markham, Ontario, has installed a Triumph 7260 cutting system. Purchased through PDS, the 28-inch programmable cutter features patented EASY CUT electronic blade activation bars for two-hand operation; IR light beam safety curtain on front table and a safety cover on rear table, among other safety features.

The Triumph 7260 also includes an hydraulic clamp drive and foot pedal for pre-clamping, as well as a power back gauge and 7-inch touchpad control module. The system stores 99 programs with up to 99 steps in each (up to 15 repeat cuts can be integrated as a single step).
The Print Three franchise in Calgary, Alberta, recently installed a Ricoh Pro C9110 press. The Pro C9110 runs a range of media stocks from 52 to 400 gsm, with duplex printing, and reaches speeds of up to 130 pages per minute in both colour and black-and-white production.

The press, explains Ricoh, allows users to produce two-sided specialty and oversized projects up to 27.5 inches long, with an ability to print on specialty media like super-gloss, metallic, coated, transparent and other synthetics. The press’ elastic transfer belt and toner transfer technology also allows for working with textured media like vellums and linens.

Leveraging Ricoh’s Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) technology, the Ricoh Pro C9110 reaches imaging resolutions of up to 1,200 x 4,800 dpi.
Impulse Graphic and Display Solutions Inc. of Mississauga, Ontario, has invested in new prepress software, most prominently Esko Automation Engine workflow and ArtiosCAD for structural design. The company is using Automation Engine to reduce operator time and automate step-and-repeat layouts moving to their printing systems and Kongsberg cutting tables.

Founded 40 years ago, Impulse Graphic and its 35 employees now focus on retail in-store marketing, display and POS, providing a range of services like project management, creative solutions, printing, kitting and warehousing, shipping and installation. In 2007, Impulse Graphic invested in a high-volume flatbed printer, recently added a new hybrid printer to boost its printing capacity to over 7,000 square feet per hour and has invested in its third Kongsberg cutting table. “We felt the need to have the same family of cutting tables, moving away from another cutter brand to create consistency and greater throughput in our bindery department,” said Alexander Cachia, President of Impulse.

Cachia explains the decision to go with Esko’s Automation Engine was in part based on its ability to customize Impulse Graphic’s workflow based on its scope of work. “We also wanted our creative department to take advantage of other software tools Esko offers that tied into prepress,” said Cachia. “With the implementation of Esko ArtiosCAD we now have the ability not only to create structural designs in 2D or 3D, but also link these files to Automation Engine to output to our printers and to the Kongsberg tables. This make the prepress operation very seamless.”

Until recently, Impulse was receiving job files from FTP sites and manually sending them through a pre-flight program. One-ups were manually stepped and repeated in Adobe Illustrator, and a separate layer was created for a cut line. Once approved, the files were sent to the printers and cutting tables. “With a growing customer base, some of which operate more than 3,000 locations across North America, we needed a powerful tool to automate our workflow,” explained Cachia. “Our most pressing need was that we wanted to reduce prepress operator time, especially for repetitive tasks.”

Impulse has been using Automation Engine for about four months and, based on its majority of clients, the company will handle on average 100 files a day. “We recently completed a project where we processed over 800 files through Automation Engine on a variety of substrates,” said Cachia. He continues to explain, that in the past, Impulse Graphic used to create a variety of templates to step-and-repeat and output jobs. The company’s operators have customized them all within Automation Engine. “The operators are more efficient. We can accept larger jobs and turn them around faster. Prepress used to be the bottleneck. Now it's pushing production.”
Factor Forms and Labels, headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, has purchased Canada’s first Domino N610i UV inkjet label press. The N610i is Factor Forms’ sixth digital press purchased since 2008.

“Our focus for labels has been the short-run marketplace and our exclusive use of digital label presses and laser die cutters allows our dealers to be very successful going after this short-run business,” said Tom Moore, Vice President and General Manager of Factor Forms and Labels. “However, we are now seeing requests for larger quantities and the Domino N610i will allow our dealers to pursue mid-range quantity orders, especially those with multiple SKUs. We also see texturing being a great value-add to what our dealers offer their customers.”

The texturing described by Moore refers to a recently introduced capability, called Textures by Domino, that allows Domino N610i users to produce inkjet-printed tactile, textured labels – with the goal of increasing shelf presence to allow brand owners’ products stand out. Domino explains it Textures innovation provides a cost-effective way to create “feel appeal” without the use of expensive textured label materials.

The N610i press runs at a minimum speed of 165 feet per minute and can reach up to 246 feet per minute, producing a native resolution of 600 x 600 dpi. The system’s white ink channel, explains Domino, produces opacity of more than 70 percent.

Factor Forms and Labels describes itself as Canada’s largest trade-only business forms and labels manufacturer, with plants in Edmonton, Niagara Falls and Victoria. The company’s national network also includes sales offices in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Niagara Falls.

Celebrating its 38th year in business, Domino is headquartered in the UK as a manufacturer and distributor of digital printing and product identification solutions. The company has 25 subsidiaries, more than 200 distributors, representation in over 120 countries, and 2,600 employees worldwide. Domino’s North American headquarters is located in Gurnee, IL.
Oakville Blueprinting, a digital print provider catering to the architectural and engineering industries, has installed a Morgana DigiFold PRO. Back in 2015, the company purchased a Morgana AutoCreaser 33 PRO with the intention of eventually upgrading to the DigiFold PRO through distributor Sydney Stone, which provided both systems and organized the one-year trade-in program for the printing company.

“We had been using a Morgana Creaser for years and the finish made our jobs look so much better,” said Mike Monkhouse of Oakville Blueprinting. “Now with the DigiFold PRO we are able to crease and fold with such ease, accuracy and reliability. We have had it for some months now and we are able to turn jobs around so much faster for our customers.”

The Morgana DigiFold PRO provides creasing and folding in one pass at speeds of up to 6,000 sheets per hour. Founded more than four decades ago, Oakville Blueprinting provides both printing and online services primarily for its Halton Region clients in the architectural and engineering industries.
Ryerson’s School of Graphic Communications Management recently received a donation from Color-Logic, developers of colour communication systems and software for a wide range of special effect printing applications.

The Color Logic Process Metallic Color System software provides a selection of 250 different metallic colours and it only requires a total of five inks to print. Special effects are pre-built into palettes allowing for easy accessibility in designing for metallic colours and decorative effects. There are plugins available for Adobe Creative Cloud applications and QuarkXPress, and offer printers and converters both an accurate system for exchanging colour information for metallics, as well as the ability to print on foils and other substrates with white plus CMYK inks.

The software is compatible with offset, inkjet, flexography, digital presses, screen printing, and gravure processes. It is also cross-media compatible with the user’s existing workflows and can work without the need to purchase any additional equipment.

With the new donation, students at GCM are able to have more innovative options when designing for packages, labels, brochures, and projects. The Color Logic Process Metallic Color System provides new practices and possibilities for students to expand their knowledge in printing and design.
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.

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