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MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Sept. 12, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd. (Konica Minolta), a leader in the Graphic Communications industry, in partnership with Focus Pre-Press Systems Ltd., is pleased to announce the first order in Western Canada for its flagship MGI JETvarnish 3D Evolution at Horseshoe Press Inc. in Burnaby, British Columbia.  The unique capabilities of the MGI JETvarnish 3D Evolution promise to create significant growth and differentiation in the marketplace for the award-winning commercial printer. A photo accompanying this release is available at: http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/0bdb8962-4ca8-451b-a6c0-9ef17e526540 The MGI JETvarnish 3D Evolution is the world’s first B1+ scalable sheetfed digital enhancement press. It has been specially designed to help digital and offset printers extend the life of their investments with a seamless upgrade path to manage a full range of production and post-press applications. End-users benefit from print and packaging work that is more engaging, differentiated and visually appealing. Other key product highlights include the following: According to Chris Dewart, President and CEO, Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd., “Having recently delivered our first MGI JETvarnish 3D Evolution in Ontario, we are excited to see the adoption of this innovative technology gaining momentum across Canada. By delivering shorter-run, personalized and high-impact printed material, Horseshoe Press has a premium print offering that will delight their customers and grow their business profitably.” “Innovation and market leadership have always been our guiding principle at Horseshoe Press,” commented Mr. Dickey Tam, President and Owner of Horseshoe Press.  “Working with an experienced team from Focus Pre-Press and Konica Minolta helped us recognise the opportunity to rapidly grow our business.  We are excited to expand our offering and bring differentiated products and services to our clients at price-points that simply cannot be matched with traditional finishing methods. With the continued support of both companies, we are confident that this will prove to be a wise investment for Horseshoe Press.” Paul Kiendl, President of Focus Pre-Press Systems Ltd. stated, "Horseshoe Press has always had a vision towards the future of print, looking for equipment and software that will enhance their operations and propel them to become an industry leader in the digital special effects finishing sector. The innovative technology of the MGI JETvarnish 3D Evolution will allow Horseshoe Press to offer their customers 3D and foiling opportunities that enhance all aspects of the finished printed product.” About Konica Minolta Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd. is reshaping and revolutionizing the Workplace of the Future™ (www.reshapework.ca). With our comprehensive portfolio, we deliver solutions to leverage mobility, cloud services and optimize business processes with workflow automation. Konica Minolta's IT services division IT Weapons offers a range of IT strategy, support, and network security solutions across all verticals. Konica Minolta has been recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys for 10 consecutive years. Konica Minolta, Inc. has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for five years in a row. We partner with our customers to give shape to ideas and work to bring value to our society. For more information, please visit: www.konicaminolta.ca and follow Konica Minolta on LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter @KonicaMinoltaCA. About Horsehoe Press Since 1988, Horseshoe Press has been a Canadian family-owned and operated business proud to operate in Vancouver, BC. We invest heavily in community improvement both at home and around the world. Our mission is to deliver the best printing experience possible. By continually upgrading our technologies, expertise, and processes, we strive to stay at the forefront of printing and publishing innovation. We are environmentally responsible, taking all necessary steps to make ongoing improvements in how we manage our operation, always acting with sustainability in mind. As a corporate citizen, we also play a proud and active role in our community. Focus Pre-Press Systems was created in 1992, originally to provide sales and repairs of Pre-Press equipment including Film/Platesetters, Newspaper Systems and Processing equipment. We quickly expanded to offer Consumables, Workflow Software, Colour Management, Digital Presses, Roll/Flatbed inkjet Systems and Finishing Equipment. We serve commercial sheet-fed operations, newspaper printing facilities and the print sign market. We pride ourselves in offering unique local service and in bringing exciting new products to our customers. We are one of the largest independent suppliers of pre-press equipment in Western Canada. We invite you to visit us at Focusprepress.com.


Pina A.,University of Lisbon | Pina A.,Focus Systems | Silva C.A.,University of Lisbon | Silva C.A.,Focus Systems | And 2 more authors.
Applied Energy | Year: 2013

The design of transition pathways for sustainable electricity systems with high penetrations of renewable energy sources requires the use of energy modeling tools that are able to account for two key aspects: the evolution of fossil fuels and technology prices, and the natural dynamics of renewable resources. However, the modeling methodologies most currently used focus on only one of these two aspects, which hinders their suitability for performing long-term analysis with high penetrations of renewable energy sources. This paper presents a modeling framework that is able to optimize the investment in new renewable generation capacity on the long-term while taking into account the hourly dynamics of electricity supply and demand. The framework combines two of the most used energy planning tools, each able to account for one of the aspects of the modeling of energy systems. The framework was applied to continental Portugal for the time period of 2005-2050, in order to identify optimal investment plans in new renewable and fossil generation capacity with the goal of achieving significant CO2 emissions reduction, under different scenarios. The results show that the inclusion of dynamics in the modeling methodology can help avoid overinvestment and reduce the excess of electricity from renewable energy sources that cannot be used by the system. These results can have a significant impact on the design of a sustainable electricity system and may lead to a diversification of the energy sources used. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.


Pina A.,University of Lisbon | Pina A.,Focus Systems | Silva C.,Focus Systems | Silva C.,University of Lisbon | And 2 more authors.
Energy | Year: 2012

High fuel costs, increasing energy security and concerns with reducing emissions have pushed governments to invest in the use of renewable energies for electricity generation. However, the intermittence of most renewable resources when renewable energy provides a significant share of the energy mix can create problems to electricity grids, which can be minimized by energy storage systems that are usually not available or expensive. An alternative solution consists on the use of demand side management strategies, which can have the double effect of reducing electricity consumption and allowing greater efficiency and flexibility in the grid management, namely by enabling a better match between supply and demand.This work analyzes the impact of demand side management strategies in the evolution of the electricity mix of Flores Island in the Azores archipelago which is characterized by high shares of renewable energy and therefore the introduction of more renewable energy sources makes it an interesting case study for testing innovative solutions.The electricity generation system is modeled in TIMES, a software which optimizes the investment and operation of wind and hydro plants until 2020 based on scenarios for demand growth, deployment of demand response technologies in the domestic sector and promotion of behavioral changes to eliminate standby power. The results show that demand side management strategies can lead to a significant delay in the investment on new generation capacity from renewable resources and improve the operation of the existing installed capacity. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.


Marx S.,Focus Systems | Ndaba B.,Focus Systems | Chiyanzu I.,Focus Systems | Schabort C.,Focus Systems
Biomass and Bioenergy | Year: 2014

Sweet sorghum is a hardy crop that can be grown on marginal land and can provide both food and energy in an integrated food and energy system. Lignocellulose rich sweet sorghum bagasse (solid left over after starch and juice extraction) can be converted to bioethanol using a variety of technologies. The largest barrier to commercial production of fuel ethanol from lignocellulosic material remains the high processing costs associated with enzymatic hydrolysis and the use of acids and bases in the pretreatment step. In this paper, sweet sorghum bagasse was pretreated and hydrolysed in a single step using microwave irradiation. A total sugar yield of 820gkg-1 was obtained in a 50gkg-1 sulphuric acid solution in water, with a power input of 43.2kJg-1 of dry biomass (i.e. 20min at 180W power setting). An ethanol yield based on total sugar of 480gkg-1 was obtained after 24h of fermentation using a mixed culture of organisms. These results show the potential for producing as much as 0.252m3tonne-1 or 33m3ha-1 ethanol using only the lignocellulose part of the stalks, which is high enough to make the process economically attractive. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.


Patent
Focus Systems | Date: 2014-11-17

A system for improved camera focusing systems using subject location tags. More particularly, the disclosed subject matter relates to providing a system comprising camera accessories and in-lens technologies that allows for the continuous, automated focus of a subject by measuring the distance between the camera and a subject that has been tagged with a locator beacon.


Patent
Focus Systems | Date: 2014-11-14

A system for improved camera focusing systems using subject location tags. More particularly, the disclosed subject matter relates to providing a system comprising camera accessories and in-lens technologies that allows for the continuous, automated focus of a subject by measuring the distance between the camera and a subject that has been tagged with a locator beacon.


Trademark
Focus Systems | Date: 2014-12-04

Computer software for implementing chemical classification, identification, and notification requirements issued by regulatory agencies in the chemical and manufacturing industries.


Trademark
Focus Systems | Date: 2014-12-10

computer software for implementing chemical classification, identification, and notification requirements issued by regulatory agencies in the chemical and manufacturing industries.


Trademark
Focus Systems | Date: 2014-12-03

Computer software for use in the chemical and manufacturing industries.


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