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SGIA 2008

A Preview of the GA Show

Fall marks the beginning of trade show season. This year’s exhibitors plan to offer visitors the most innovative hardware, software, media, and inks available. The companies included here are just a sampling of what will be displayed at the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association’s (SGIA) expo taking place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. If you attend, make sure to visit us at booth 2457.

3M Graphics Market Center, booth 1831, introduces new 3M Scotchcal perforated 5.8-mil Window Graphic Film IJ66. The non-cast construction and increased print area—40 percent perforated/60 percent print area—make film IJ66 ideal for a wide range of short-term bus, train, and building window applications. The company will also introduce 3M Scotchcal Changeable Translucent Graphic Film IJ63. The new film has the ability to adhere to acrylic and glass surfaces, allowing sign and graphics manufacturers to consolidate inventories. The easy-on and easy-off features of the 3M changeable adhesive simplify installation and removal.

3P Inkjet Textiles AG, booth 3437, features the newest member of the Value line, Premium Flag FR. It shows perfect image sharpness and vivid colors on both sides when printed with dye-sublimation direct or transfer inks. The ink penetrates the polyester at 100 percent. Consequently, there is no visible difference between the front and back sides. The polyester with a matte finish passes flame retardant tests in Europe and the U.S.

Agfa Graphics, booth 3541, demonstrates the new :Anapurna Mv and the :Anapurna XL2, two of Agfa’s C3-Systems printers. The :Anapurna Mv has flood varnish to further improve the cosmetic appearance of printed materials. It offers a maximum media width of 62 inches, uses 14-picoliter printheads, and UV-curable :Anapurna ink. The :Anapurna XL2 wide format industrial inkjet printer is designed for indoor and outdoor displays, as well as printing on uncoated rigids and roll media up to 98 inches wide. The :Anapurna XL2 uses Spectra Galaxy printheads and :Anapurna UV-curable inks, specifically designed for this engine. It offers borderless, dual board, and white printing.

Alcan Composites USA, Inc., booth 441, encourages designers and fabricators to utilize the Legends Box, with the widest array of leading substrates for the North America graphics display market. All substrates may be mounted or directly printed and offer unique competitive advantages and outstanding capabilities for designers and fabricators. Choices range from paper-faced foam boards to expanded plastic boards, aluminum composites, and polystyrene foam boards with wood fiber veneers. Industry leading brands include—Fome-Cor, Structa-Board, Sintra, Gator, and Dibond.

Arlon, Inc., booth 2619, showcases DPF 2400 Printable Reflective Vinyl, a 5-mil printable reflective vinyl with repositionable pressure-sensitive adhesive. This digitally printed film is compatible with a variety of direct print systems, and conforms well to both flat and irregular surfaces, including vehicles. Highlights include seven year outdoor durability for flat surfaces in 48-inch by 25- and 50-yard rolls. X-scape Air Release Technology products on display include DPF 6000X, a 2-mil cast film with tinted, repositionable adhesive for full vehicle wraps. DPF 4560GTX is a premium 3-mil calendered product for everyday signage and partial vehicle wraps. Series 2100X is a premium 2-mil fleet cast film with X-scape bubble releasing adhesive.

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc., booth 1235, exhibits an expanded line of printable fabrics and canvas. Aurora’s new Weaves of Green line of fabrics are made from 100 percent post-consumer, recycled polyester. The fiber for these fabrics come from recycled plastic drink bottles. Aurora also launches the FabRecycle polyester fabric recycling program. Additionally seen, new Decoprint line of solvent/UV printable fabrics. These products have very unique characteristics such as metallic finishes and 100 percent light blocking capability. All Decoprint styles are flame retardent and available up to 120 inches wide.

Avery Dennison Graphics, booth 331, features several new digital products including DOL 3000 Luster, DOL 3100 Gloss, and DOL 3200 Matte overlaminates. DOL 3000, 3100, and 3200 are 3.2-mil clear, calendered vinyl films, which are durable for up to two years and ideal for protecting promotional campaigns including POP, trade show displays, outdoor signage, floor graphics, wall murals, and advertising from fading and abrasion. A permanent adhesive ensures ink and media compatibility. The new overlaminates are available in 30-, 54-, and 60-inch by 50-yard rolls.

Bienfang Products, a division of Elmer’s Products, booth 3737, displays foam board used for digital printing, screenprinting, POP displays, exhibits, cut graphics, and dry mounting. The Bienfang Foam Board line includes white, colors, black on black, acid-free, bright white acid-free, pressure-sensitive, SingleStep, Step150, MightyCore, and PilloCore. All products are made in the U.S. and are available in a variety of thicknesses and sizes.

Bruin Plastics Company, Inc., booth 1016, debuts its Value Banner line of substrates designed for digital imaging and screenprinting with solvent based inks. The collection includes Bruin Plastics’ ten-ounce single-sided, 13-ounce single-sided, 13-ounce double-sided opaque, and 18-ounce double-sided opaque. Products all are available in multiple widths with a matte finish and are competitively priced.

Caldera Graphics, booth 2253, shares Caldera’s Flow+, full featured digital print business workflow software. Flow+ is a solution interacting directly with a RIP to provide detailed information and full control over the key processes of jobs. The objective of Flow+ is to provide consistency and predictability throughout the entire workflow in order for print professionals to have better job management, increased productivity, better service performance, and an improved ROI.

Catalina Graphic Films, Inc., booth 2153, exhibits new printable versions of specially coated HP Indigo media for select POP pressure-sensitive product brands including Wall Graphics—a 6-mil white flexible cast vinyl with an ultra removable and reusable adhesive for high-quality interior marking in decal applications requiring easy removal from clean, dry walls with smooth surfaces. Sign-Ad—a 3.5-mil matte white flexible vinyl with a low-tack adhesive used for interior and exterior applications with no solvents required utilized as an alternative to flood coating clear film with white ink. Additionally shown, Mojave Digital Wall Graphics with four caliper thicknesses—4-, 6-, 8-, and 10-mil. Mojave Digital Wall Graphics are enhanced for use with eco-solvent, solvent, and UV-based inkjet printers.

CLEAR FOCUS Imaging, Inc., booth 631, showcases CLEAR FOCUS SuperVue perforated window graphics film. The product’s 50/50 perforation pattern and 2-mm hole size is ideal for full coverage of glass walls. The product is available in 60-inch by 100- and 1,000-foot rolls. SuperVue is 8-mil thick, white on the print side and black on the reverse, and features a clear removable acrylic adhesive and a solid release liner. The PVC film is compatible with wide format digital printers using solvent, eco-solvent, mild solvent and UV-curable inks, as well as screenprinting and thermal transfer. CLEAR FOCUS offers CurvaLam, an optically clear cast 2-mil PVC overlaminate, in 60-inch rolls. Other products on display include ReflectVue and PerfxCoat.

Continental Grafix, booth 2647, highlights four new products. New 30- and 60-inch versions of the company’s 50/50 window perf. The 30-inch version is ideal for vehicle windows. Also shown, new 60-inch versions of 70/30 window perf; new panoRama Screen, non-adhesive material for roll-up blinds, room dividers, and window screens; and improved panoRama Star, non-adhesive PVC, a solution for inside mount, window graphics.

Cooley Group, booth 2163, displays EnviroFlex, up to 60 percent lighter in weight than an industry standard 12-ounce substrate. This can reduce installation time and lower overall fuel costs by providing more graphics per roll. EnviroFlex substrates offer a variety of uses including billboards, banners, 30-sheet poster boards, or virtually any digital printing application. EnviroFlex offers a 40 percent lower carbon footprint making it environmentally responsible. UV and solvent printable options available in 3.8 to seven ounce weights.

D&K Group, Inc., booth 3762, features the EXP 42-inch Plus and EXP 63-inch wide format laminators. The EXP 42-inch Plus is a heavy duty, industrial strength, wide format laminating machine which features variable speed, heated rollers and a release liner rewind. Designed for multi-purpose laminating, the EXP 63-inch laminator offers the functionality of laminating, mounting, or encapsulating. An extra wide chassis allows flexibility in mounting and laminating. With extra storage and pullout mandrels, changeover from project-to-project is a breeze. Also on display, D&K’s line of SuperStick Heat Assist Vinyl Laminates, which feature UV inhibitors, no release liner, and are available in eight different finishes including new Brushstroke Laminate.

DaVinci Technologies, Inc., booth 3130, promotes Citylight Plus DPI, a new backlit poster paper. This paper is specially coated for mild and eco-solvent ink, offers excellent uniform transparency, superior dimensional stability, and is economically priced below backlit films. This backlit paper is ideal for bus/transit shelters, airport and mall signage, and also frontlit applications. Profiles are available for specified Roland printers and more are on the way.

Digital Designware, Inc., booth 3336, demonstrates Car’n Truck Pro Vehicle Outline 2008 Basic with over 21,000 templates covering model years from 1992 to 2008. A free one year upgrade is included. Besides the Basic version, 3D vehicle models with Car’n Truck Pro Vehicle Outline 2008 3D are available. This 3D presentation software package is specially designed for vehicle lettering and popular vehicle wraps. A one year free upgrade is included. Also shown, the Print’n Wrap Bundle, which comes with hundreds of high resolution graphics on four DVDs—Full Wrap Graphics, FX Flames, Ghostflames, and Tiles & Textures. Lastly, the Xtreme Wrap Bundle is the ultimate collection of the aforementioned products.

DuPont Graphics, showcases a range of products appropriate for specialty imaging applications such as signs, banners, and displays. Indoor and outdoor signs and banners made with DuPont Tyvek print media are strong, lightweight, and easy to handle. Signs and banners made of Tyvek are printed using traditional processes or on digital UV-curable inkjet equipment. DuPont Tyvek provides environmental advantages. Its exceptionally low basis weight allows more banners to be produced per roll, potentially reducing energy use in transportation. And, because Tyvek is made of high density polyethylene, signs and banners made of Tyvek are recyclable.

Durst Imaging Technology US, LLC, booth 1861, exhibits the new Durst Rho 320R and Durst Rho 800 Presto. The Rho 320R is a 10.5-foot UV inkjet roll printer with Durst Quadro Array printhead technology and a magnetic linear drive system. Other features include the environmentally friendly, Rho Roll Ink, with options of Durst’s proven white printing and additional light colors. The Rho 320R has options for printing two rolls side by side and another for perfectly registered double-sided printing. The Rho 800 Presto 98-inch printer is one of the most productive and efficient UV flatbed printers in the market.

EFI/VUTEk, booth 1807, introduces its new VUTEk DS Series digital screenprinter. The innovative DS Series design and architecture enables cost-effective production of high-volume jobs. The DS Series produces sellable output at up to 6,000 sf/h. Also on display will be the 2007 DPI award winning VUTEk QS3200r, a high-speed roll-to-roll UV printer that produces images up to 3.2 meters wide; the VUTEk QS3200, a UV printer with the flexibility to print both rigid and flexible substrates up to 3.2 meters wide and two inches thick; and the VUTEk 3360 with the Fusion option, which enables the printing of both solvent and dye-sublimation solvent inks with a two minute changeover.

ElevenTen Color, booth 1055, highlights its extensive portfolio of products, including wide format media for aqueous and solvent inkjet printing as well as a line of ink for solvent inkjet printers. The company’s private label media program is unique to the market. Resellers customize media by adding logos and branding to media packaging. ElevenTen Color released the industry’s first non-OEM wide format solvent ink with an application and equipment warranty. The high-quality ink is affordable, saving users up to 30 percent in comparison to OEM brand inks.

EXPOGO Displays & Graphics, booth 3655, offers diverse and value-added ExpoStar Displays products, Prezenta Presentation Products, and ArchiForm Sign System product lines. Products range from custom panel systems to innovative and stylish presentation products that include ShowStyle briefcase displays, ShowMax portable tabletops, Pactiva ultra-light panel systems, TranZibit portable trade show tables, SmartPak graphics and banner cases, MagicPak retractable and non-retractable banner systems, StarLite freestanding and tabletop pop-up systems, and ArchiForm modular pedestal and yardarm signs. EXPOGO offers a special Go-Ninety dealer demo program that allows first time buyers to place a demo in their showroom for 90 days, risk free.

Expolinc Corporation, booth 2435, displays new outdoor systems from the company’s flexible and portable display range. Expolinc Arena and Expolinc Flag System create message possibilities outdoors in any type of weather. Expolinc is one of the leading manufacturers of portable displays. Wherever the customer wants their message to be seen Expolinc promises that their products will help present the message in the best way possible—whether it be indoors and outdoors.

Fisher Textiles, booth 2631, showcases ET 9450 Symmetry, used for dye-sublimation and UV printing. It is a 5-ounce knit that is 88 percent repreve polyester recycled, 12 percent spandex, and 125 inches wide. GF 4831 Heavy Knit is a 100 percent polyester product that is wrinkle resistant and moderately opaque. It is available in 61- and 122-inch widths. GF 1066 Power Net is a warp knit that is 84 percent polyester, 16 percent spandex, and 120 inches wide. SI 660 PVC is an 8.5-ounce PVC coated polyester duck fabric. Also shown, DD 7801 Flag, a 3.2-ounce polyester warp knit; DD 7825 Poly Satin, a 3.2-ounce spun satin polyester; DD 2515 Dacron, a 3.2-ounce polyester woven; DD 7878 Poly Silk, a 2.1-ounce soft texturized polyester woven; and DD 2560 Duck, a 6-ounce 100 percent polyester duck. DD 7801 Flag, DD 7825 Poly Satin, DD 2515 Dacron, DD 7878 Poly Silk, and D 2560 Duck have a special coating that allows direct printing onto fabric, eliminating the need for heat transfer paper.

The Fletcher-Terry Company, booth 131, exhibits its Fletcher Substrate Cutter (FSC) wall mounted or free-standing unit featuring a cutting capacity of 65 inches. The FSC cutting head design features quick interchange blade and wheel cutting tools. It also includes a Laser Sight Line Cutting Guide that projects a cut line on the substrate. This eliminates error in the post-printing process. Also on display, the Titan Cutter/Trimmer. The Titan provides straight, square, and accurate cutting of light board materials up to one half-inch thick as well as flexible materials. It features a Lift and Shift hinged rail assembly for ease of loading material with an open ended design that allows for cutting oversized materials. The Titan size ranges from 40 to 120 inches. The Gemini/Gemini Pro Rail Cutter provides straight, square, and accurate cutting of foam board, corrugated plastics, and flexible materials up to one half-inch thick with the ability to either cut with a blade or trim with a trimmer wheel on the same unit. This cutter/trimmer size ranges from 40 inches to 120 inches.

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