Installations
Etiquettes IML of Montreal, Quebec, is investing an LED UV system developed by Air Motion Systems to replace its existing UV technology on its roll-to-sheet press. The technology investment was overseen by Komcan Inc., which in mid-2015 became the exclusive distributor of Air Motion’s LED UV and UV curing technologies in Canada.

"AMS LED UV is a perfect fit for in-mould labeling,” said Donald Canon, Vice President of IML. “Our main goal is to reduce the heat that is involved in the printing of our thin polypropylene film. Currently we have to run with the minimum amount of intensity to keep heat low. Removing virtually all the heat from the curing process should enable our press speeds to increase over 50 percent.”

Canon continued to explain Etiquettes IML expects to reduce its curing energy consumption by 75 percent based on the AMS LED UV installation, which presents a significant opportunity for return on investment. The company will run LED-compatible inks from its existing supplier INX.

“With virtually no heat being emitted into the press or on the substrate, and the fact that curing at high intensities is achievable with a single [LED] module, AMS now has an entire new process to bring forward to in-mould labeling, which will change the face of this industry,” said Steve Metcalf, CEO of AMS. “We are very excited to work with IML as they pioneer this new process.”

Etiquettes IML has specialized in the production of in-mould labeling since 2006 when the company, which server the North American packaging market, responded to a growing demand for the printing process. With more than 60 employees, Etiquettes IML also operates a plant in Chicago, Illinois.
Georgian Copy, a trade printing operation, based in Barrie, Ont., has purchased a Triumph 5560 cutter through PDS. The company is located in the north end of Barrie and has more than 50 years of combined printing experience.

The programmable 5560 cuter with hydraulic blade and clamp-drive, includes a power back gauge, digital touchpad, and IR safety light beams on front table. It stores 99 programs with up to 99 steps in each (up to 15 repeat cuts can be integrated as a single step).
Commercial Digital Print, with three locations in the Golden Horseshoe, has installed a Duplo DC 616 Pro, purchased from Sydney Stone.

The Duplo DC 616 Pro is an automatic slitting, cutting, creasing and perforating device, which allows users in a single pass to produce a range of work from business cards (24 up on a 12 x 18-inch sheet) to postcards, tear off tickets and booklet covers.

Commercial Digital Print is a full-service reprographics and digital printing company with locations in St. Catharines, Beamsville, and Stoney Creek. Its roots date back to 1946 as Commercial Photo Copy Ltd., which served the Architectural, Engineering and Construction industries providing quality blueprints.

The company recently added Action Print to its group. Established in 1994, Action Print is a commercial printing operation with both offset and digital.
Design Label Systems of Mississauga has added an Esko CDI 2530 plate imager with Full HD Flexo, the first such system sold in Ontario. The company has also added Esko’s Automation Engine workflow, which imports job information directly from Design Label's LabelTraxx MIS.

Founded 27 years ago, Design Label Systems provides label and packaging solutions to a range of industries from its 25,000-square-foot facility, including food, household products, health and beauty, wine and spirits, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, and manufacturing. “We print and convert a variety of pressure sensitive labels, ranging from blanks to 10 colours using many types of print technologies,” said Imran Faruqui, Vice President.

The CDI 2530 with Full HD Flexo is part of Design Label’s new premedia workflow, engineered by Faruqui with Esko's support. The company also invested in Esko DeskPack plug-ins for Adobe Illustrator to clean up artwork.
Drive Products has installed a Ricoh Pro C7110X press to focus on printing a range of sales materials in house. Founded in 1983, Drive Products is national specialty vehicle systems integrator that distributes, installs and maintains a range of vehicle-mounted equipment.

A major focus for the company is to maintain current sales and marketing information, which is constantly changing in its business environment. Drive Products explains the Ricoh Pro C7110X, installed at its head office in Mississauga, Ont., allows staff to produce new material in a timely manner to satisfy demands from the field.

“It lets us be far more agile with our workflows, and produce a lot of highly customized low- to medium-volume requirements for our sales staff,” said Mike Edmonds, Chief Information Officer of Drive Products. Drive Products has been a Ricoh customer for more than 10 years.

KBA North America has worked with Toronto’s Metroland newspaper operation to retrofit two reelstands, in addition to a retrofit of the motion control and drives in one of four printing towers in the pressroom. Metroland is one of Canada's largest community media companies with operations in newspapers, digital properties, flyer distribution, printing, consumer shows, magazines, directories and online commerce.

During the month-long installation, KBA worked hand-in-hand with the newspaper’s production team. KBA’s web service retrofit/rebuild program is designed to provide preventative changeover installation from drive components from AMK and BRC on an existing web offset press and replaces them with new enhanced technology.

“We print over 100 community newspapers with over 125 editions that span from London in southwest Ontario to Ottawa in the northeast, with concentration around Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area,” said Wayne Savage, Maintenance Supervisor at Metroland Media. “It’s imperative that we need reliable running equipment.

“The drives control all of the press’ components," continued Savage. “We knew we had to quickly make a decision to ensure that the press continued its production. When we realized that replacement drives were no longer available, we turned to KBA.”

The KBA team delivered the new AMK reelstands and BRC motion control and drives to the Metroland Toronto newspaper pre-assembled and ready to be mounted and re-wired. “At KBA we are able to audit, analyze, and recommend programs to our customers and even non-customers to increase output and quality,” said Stefan Prohaska, Director of Customer Service at KBA North America. “Asset condition and reliability is key to dependable production and delivering products on time.”
Minuteman Press in Vaughan, Ont., has installed the new MOHR 80 ECO paper cutter, which is made in Germany by Adolf Mohr Maschinenfabrik GmbH. Minuteman Press purchased its MOHR 80 ECO through Sydney Stone.

“We purchased the Mohr 80 ECO cutter as our older unit was falling into disrepair and was becoming both costly to service and making our finishing process slower than what we need in order to be efficient,” said Fred Lai, owner at Minuteman Press Vaughan.

Adolf Mohr has manufactured more than 140,000 cutting units. The new MOHR 80 ECO provides a 30.5-inch cutting width with fully adjustable hydraulic knife and clamp. Programming of the MOHR 80 ECO cutter is done via a keypad that enables advanced math and push-out to help ensure operator safety.
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.

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