Since 1952, the Middleton Group (Markham, Ontario) has been known for merchandising, design and unique printing innovations. The most recent addition to its printer repertoire is a new Onset X3 wide format UV flatbed inkjet printer from Fujifilm North America’s Graphic Systems Division, the exclusive Onset distributor for North America. It’s equipped with three-quarter automation that includes a feed table and a robotic arm takeoff. The Middleton Group also upgraded its existing Onset LT to a full-build Onset with white, allowing for a 50% increase in output.
“We create a great amount of point-of-purchase displays for our clients, including food and beverage and toy companies in Canada,” said Craig Riethmacher, Chief Operating Officer at the Middleton Group “The speed and quality on the Onset X3 are amazing. A lot of four by eight boards and a tremendous amount of corrugated jobs go to the Onset X3. The most remarkable aspect is the speed. We’re producing upwards of 200 boards an hour, and able to turn jobs very quickly. We can sell larger runs to our clients for a reasonable price that are comparable to screen printing or offset.”
With a maximum throughput of nearly 10,000 square feet per hour, the Onset X3 is ideal for producing fast-turnaround retail POP graphics. A choice of uni-directional, bi-directional, high speed and super-high-quality print modes can be selected depending on the specific job requirements. “The three-quarter automation with the Onset X3 is also amazing, and allows us to utilize the full capabilities of the press. We’re running two shifts seven days a week on both of our Onset presses,” Riethmacher added.