Edge Imaging, a leading Canadian school photographer, has installed a MGI Meteor DP8700 S
digital press. The Meteor DP8700 S joins a suite of other MGI equipment, including a Meteor DP60 Pro multi-substrate digital press, UVarnish
offline UV coater and two PunchCard Pro
credit card (CR-80) format die cutters. KBR Graphics
, MGI’s distribution partner for eastern Canada, handles all sales and support for the equipment.
Headquartered in Burlington, Ontario, Edge Imaging
is the fastest growing school photographer in North America. One in every four schools in Ontario have switched their business to Edge Imaging within the last five years, a direct result of their unwavering commitment to innovation, quality (developing their own in-house processes for color management and photo retouching) and customer service. Edge Imaging has won multiple awards, including 2009 Business of the Year from the Burlington Chamber of Commerce, and boasts a 98% customer satisfaction rating.
Edge Imaging added their first MGI digital press, a Meteor DP60 Pro, in 2009. The Meteor DP60 Pro had an immediate impact on their business, allowing them to drastically expand their product offerings, improve productivity and keep more of their print projects in-house. Student ID cards are one of Edge Imaging’s key applications, with over one million cards produced between August and December each year. Thanks to the Meteor DP60 Pro, they were able to reduce their turnaround time for ID cards by 50%. Other new applications included yearbooks, photo books, envelopes, signage and many other projects that utilized the Meteor DP60 Pro’s multi-substrate and format capabilities.
As business continued to grow, Edge Imaging needed to add another digital press in order to meet increasing customer demand. In May, they installed a MGI Meteor DP8700 S from KBR Graphics, the first in North America. With print speeds up to 4,260 A4/letter pages per hour, the Meteor DP8700 S was the perfect complement to the Meteor DP60 Pro, doubling total print production capacity.
Both MGI Meteor presses in Edge Imaging’s facility; the Meteor DP60 Pro is in the background, the Meteor DP8700 S in the foreground
The two MGI digital presses worked side-by-side in multi-shift operation during Edge Imaging’s busy summer production season, often combining capabilities on projects. One example is a student planner, which features a personalized cover printed on synthetic material on the Meteor DP60 Pro, while the full color, personalized pages were printed on uncoated paper on the Meteor DP8700 S. In addition, the Meteor DP8700 S produced a variety of yearbooks and photo books, along with photo information kits distributed to all the schools Edge Imaging services.
“The Meteor DP8700 S has been a great addition to our workflow and was a workhorse during the height of our production schedule,” said James Dunning, Production Lab Manager at Edge Imaging. “Not only is the print quality outstanding, the increased production capacity the Meteor DP8700 S affords has enabled us to keep all our work in-house for the first time. We also really appreciate the great support that we get from KBR Graphics.”
First introduced at drupa 2012, the Meteor DP8700 S is the newest member of MGI’s flagship series of dry toner digital presses, offering users the power of digital production on paper, envelopes and specific synthetics with variable data/personalization, at an affordable price point and with no click charge.
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