Ontario,Canada-based Holland & Crosby Limited, a sign and graphics company that dates back more than four decades and specializes in point-of-purchase signage programs, announces that its production capacity has been dramatically increased thanks to the recent purchase of two new digital printers and two cutters.
The company received the first-ever North American installation of FUJIFILM’s Inca Onset 3X, a high-productivity, high-quality flatbed press. The Onset 3X is capable of printing nearly 9,700 square feet—or 180 beds—per hour. It features 3 x CMYK ink channels plus the choice of white or orange, and 14-picolitre printheads.
“When we went to Cambridge, United Kingdom, for the Onset launch, the decision was made right then and there to move forward with the Onset purchase,” says Scott Crosby, VP of sales and marketing for Holland & Crosby.
The company also purchased an Onset 1X, he says.
Both the 1X and the 3X are based on Inca’s “scalable architecture” concept, meaning each X-Series press is based on a new platform that can be upgraded on-site when additional capacity or capability is needed.
Along with the purchase of the new, faster digital flatbed printers, Holland & Crosby have also invested in two new Esko Kongsberg C64 finishing tables to eliminate the extra demand on the finishing department.
“By increasing the throughput in our presses, we knew we needed to match it with our cutters, or we would create a bottleneck in our finishing department,” says Crosby. “Our existing finishing tables were eight years old and out of date compared to most other cutters. Our investment in new presses almost doubled throughput. We needed new tables that were fast and reliable.”
After looking at tables from a few suppliers, Holland & Crosby decided on the Kongsberg C64s. One has been outfitted with automation on the front end, the other with a router and an adaptor for roll stock.
Founded in 1932, Mississauga, Ontario-based Holland & Crosby and their 53 employees provide a complete range of services from creative and structural design through to storage and distribution, including digital, screen and litho print production as well as prototyping and finishing. It became an all-digital shop six years ago, moved into a new 71,000-square-foot facility last year near Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, and earlier this year acquired the screen printing company Colormark Ltd.
Along with the new Inca and Esko equipment, Holland & Crosby’s production floor also employs a Durst 320R roll-to-roll printer and a 60-inch Seal laminator.