Toronto’s Middleton Group installs new Inca Onset R40-LT from Fujifilm

Craig Riethmacher, Chief Operating Officer at Middleton Group.
Craig Riethmacher, Chief Operating Officer at Middleton Group.

Fujifilm North America’s Graphic Systems Division has announced the installation of the new Inca Onset R40-LT – an upgradeable wide-format UV flatbed inkjet press – at Middleton Group, a Toronto-area based design, merchandising and print facility that’s been providing large-format printing, creative concepts and eye-catching retail displays to its customers since 1952.

“Inca Digital offers proven products and the R40-LT is our third Inca press,” said Craig Riethmacher, Chief Operating Officer at Middleton Group. “We’ve had nothing but success with Inca products. I didn’t have to shop around too much before I bought our new Inca R40-LT. The decision was simple.”

Built utilizing Inca’s unique scalable architecture, the Onset R40LT delivers “stunning quality prints” at speeds of 40- 5’ x 10’ beds an hour, and can be field upgraded to boost speed as well as enhance its productivity. With a cost-effective plan to modify this press into a full Inca Onset R40i, printers have the unique ability to upgrade the Inca Onset R40LT as their business grows, said Fujifilm.

The Inca Onset R40-LT wide-format UV flatbed inkjet press.
The Inca Onset R40-LT wide-format UV flatbed inkjet press.

In 2005, Middleton Group purchased its first Inca press, the Eagle. “It met our needs and we ran it all the time,” added Riethmacher. “As technology advanced we bought the Columbia Turbo, which was another giant leap. We ran two shifts constantly for seven years. It was our only digital machine at the time of purchase.”

Fast forward to 2015, and its recent purchase has taken the company to the next level. “We are in the visual display business and we need to be able to print on thick substrates with a variety of highly creative outputs,” said Riethmacher. “Our new R40-LT has been fantastic thus far. Having the option to upgrade the R40-LT over time is perfect for our business model – it complements our other equipment nicely. One of our current projects involves heat-bending, while printing on quarter-inch acrylic with a curve, for a global high-end vacuum manufacturer – and the adhesion is amazing.”

fujifilmmiddletongroup2-inThe Group is also experiencing success with Uvijet white ink. “The white is really opaque, it’s truly amazing,” said Riethmacher. “We manage a lot of work on black signage, and this process is very efficient on the R40-LT. I see us using a lot of white ink. Also, the ‘gloss mode’ with the R40-LT looks like UV clear.”

Fujifilm is the exclusive distributor of Inca Onset presses in Canada and worldwide.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.