Institute for Graphic Communications and Printability (ICI)

Collège Ahuntsic

ICI is an integrated centre of innovation and expertise in graphic communications and printability that actively supports businesses in their technological and commercial development. ICI is a resource centre for the industry. Regardless of your line of business, we partner with you to develop innovative printing applications!

Digital media and graphic communications

Areas of Innovation Expertise

  • Applied research and development
  • Consultation
  • Laboratory analyses
  • Printability tests
  • Public or customized training for the industry
  • Conferences


Point of contact :

Diane Pagé

Director of Business Development

Office : (514) 389-5061 poste 361

Email :


Mailing address:

Institut des communications graphiques et de l’imprimabilité (ICI)
Collège Ahuntsic
999, avenue Émile-Journault Est
Montréal, Québec
H2M 2E2


Technical and Business Services

Technical assistance (consultation, comparative analysis of technologies, tests and analysis)

Sample analysis & testing

Technology & workflow consultation

Technology development

Field trials/Simulation

Technology evaluation / validation

Concept ideation & design review

Fabrication, Prototyping and Installation Services

Project management


Scientific report writing

Reverse engineering

Problem solving

Ingredient selection and recommendations

Facilitation service (introduction)

Testing Services

Design Services

Performance Monitoring and Management

Printability testing and analysis

Proof of concept

Scientific and technological monitoring


Applied Research and Development

Manufacturing process design and development

Product Design & Development

Provincial and federal grant proposal development

Cost avoidance

Measurement inspection and alignment

Sensory research facilities

Process optimization

Report preparation on R&D results

Laboratory/industrial/pilot scale protoyping

Product Re-design & Improvement

Performance monitoring and analysis

Concept validation

Technology validation and transfer



Design, development, and delivery of customized training

Curriculum development

Needs assessment and gap analysis

Skills assessment/Competency evaluation

Train the trainer

Corporate on-site & in-house training

Training planning

Qualitative & quantitative research

Interactive Workshop Sessions


Technology Diffusion

Networking events

Industry-specific events & symposia

Field site product demonstration

Customized technology demonstrations

Rental of space & equipment

Participation at trade shows & other venues with or on behalf of partners

Presentation of results at conferences

Publishing in Peer Reviewed Literature

Seminars and Workshops

Evening speaker series

Literature reviews

Technical publications


Inventory of Specialized Equipment

Printability testing and prototyping:

  • Varyflex VF 430 press (unique in Canada) 17” width, 5 units with mobile processes: 4 flexo stations / 2 rotogravure stations / 1 rotary silk-screen station, mobile drying: hot air or UV, mobile UV coating, explosion-proof press for rolling water-, solvent- or UV-based inks, out-feed in rolls, sheets or label die-cutting.
  • Rotary Harris M110 offset, 4 recto/verso units, 26” width, coldset or heatset mode
  • Heidelberg SM 74 offset sheet press, 5 units
  • Aquaflex flexographic printing machine, 6 units, 10” width, IR or UV drying
  • Ekra Series X1 semi-automatic silk-screen printer, 13.5” x 17”, with possibility for hot-air or UV drying

Ink preparation laboratory:

  • Bhuler FPML2-EX dispenser and shredder
  • Mastersizer M3000 diffraction particle-size analyzer (Malvern), 0.01 – 3,500 microns
  • Liquid-ink mixer
  • 6” UV laboratory dryer with conveyor (mercury, gallium and iron lamps)
  • Ink analysis laboratory:
  • ATS rheometer
  • Datacolor spectrophotometer
  • IGT (offset ink use and trapping analysis, paper absorption)
  • RK Flexiproof 100 (laboratory flexographic printing, hot-air or UV drying) and Phantom proofer
  • K Printing proofer (laboratory rotogravure printing)
  • Inkometer (measuring ink tack)
  • MB3000 infrared spectrometer (ABB), IR close and IR medium
  • Other: Water intake, grind (particle size), gallon weight of viscose or liquid inks

Analytical laboratory of papers and prints:

  • Technibrite (whiteness and brightness, opacity)
  • Spectrodensitometer by ATS and eXact by X-Rite
  • 60° glossmeter
  • Verity image scanner and analyser
  • Taber Abraser and Ink Rub Tester (resistance to abrasion)
  • Cobb water absorption
  • Dynamic water penetration measuring (IGT)
  • Lint measuring (paper linting)
  • Micrometres
  • Static meter