Printability and Graphic Communications Institute (I-CI)

Collège Ahuntsic, Montréal, Québec
What the facility does

At ICI, we print energy! Through innovation, R&D and training, ICI develops electronics and functional printing for the printing industry. The ICI, which is the only centre in Canada that has cutting-edge expertise in printability, has also completed work for manufacturers of all kinds of coverings, flooring, food, wallpaper, etc.

Area(s) of Expertise

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!

Research Services
  • Technical assistance (consultation, comparative analysis of technologies, tests and analysis)
  • Sample analysis and testing
  • Technology and workflow consultation
  • Technology development
  • Field trials/simulation
  • Technology evaluation/validation
  • Concept ideation and design review
  • Fabrication, prototyping and installation services
  • Project management
  • Logistics
  • 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
Sectors of Application
  • Clean technology
  • Defence and security industries
  • Information and communication technologies and media
  • Manufacturing and processing


OMET Varyflex VF 430 press  (unique in Canada) 17” width, 5 units with mobile processes, mobile drying: mobile UV coating, explosion-proof press

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

Bhuler FPML2-EX dispenser and shredder

Mastersizer Malvern 3000 diffraction particle-size analyzer (Malvern), 0.01 - 3,500 microns

Liquid-ink mixer

6” UV laboratory dryer with conveyor (mercury, gallium and iron lamps)

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)

Ink analysis laboratory

ATS rheometer

Datacolor spectrophotometer

MB3000 infrared spectrometer (ABB), IR close and IR medium