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SGIA 2008 Features Innovative Eco-Friendly Solutions

This year’s Specialty Graphics Imaging Association (SGIA) Expo & Conference held in Atlanta, GA at the Georgia World Congress Center attracted 19,201 attendees. 487 exhibitors spread over 225,686 square feet of expo floor. Highlights included WrapQuest ’08—held in conjunction with the Professional Decal Application Association (PDAA), the Interior Design Display, the Golden Image/André Schellenberg Awards display, and the Digital Apparel Production Zone.

3M Graphics Market Center exhibited new products and several updates. The company improved its 3M Scotchlite Removable Reflective Film with Comply Adhesive Series 680CR and IJ680CR with slideability, longer air release, and better removability. 3M introduced 3M Scotchcal Graphic Film IJ35E-20R—excellent for indoor and outdoor applications, with an expected one year performance life. 3M also developed a new perforated window film specifically for transit applications—3M Scotchcal Perforated Window Graphic Film IJ66. 3M announced a new 3M Comply v3 Adhesive, available on Controltac Graphic Film IJ180Cv3. Building on its predecessors, Cv1 and Cv2, the newly updated film is ideal for deep channels or curves.

3P InkJet Textiles AG introduced a new suede-like media for fine art reproductions and wallscapes. IQ-NW907, part of the EVO FR product line, is suitable for print with aqueous, dye, solvent, eco-solvent, sublimation, and UV-curable ink. The media is environmentally friendly, recyclable, lightweight, and flame retardant.

Agfa Graphics showcased its :Anapurna line of products, from the entry-level :Anapurna M4f—a six printhead, flatbed device with a maximum printing width of 62.2 inches, to the :Anapurna XL2—a hybrid grand format printer with a maximum width of 97.6 inches. The company’s new wide format printer, the :Anapurna Mv was also shown. Printing at 97.6 inches in width it is ideal for displays, posters, banners, billboards, stage graphics, and more.

Arlon, Inc. promoted DPF 2400, a 5-mil printable reflective vinyl with repositionable pressure-sensitive adhesive. It is available in 48-inch by 25- and 50-yard rolls. Also on display, DPF 6000X, a 2-mil cast film featuring Arlon’s X-scape air release technology. With maximum flexibility around curves and deep channels it is perfect for full vehicle wraps. DPF 8000 is a 4-mil engineered vinyl film for low energy surfaces. It is installable in cold temperatures or on hard to stick surfaces. DPF 6500 was also shown at the Arlon booth. It is a 2-mil translucent cast film with permanent adhesive digitally printable by solvent-based printers.

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. highlighted the Weaves of Green fabric collection, composed of 100 percent post-consumer recycled polyester. Act II is a plain weave, 7.5-ounce fabric with a canvas-like structure. It is used for dye-sublimation printing as well as direct, UV-curable printing. It is available in 60- and 120-inch widths.

Avery Dennison announced three new digital films—MPI 2601 Wall Film, a 6-mil calendered film with removable adhesive; MPI 2150 Translucent Film, a 3.2-mil film designed for long-term projects; and MPI 3900/3910 Promotional Films, three year films available in matte and high-gloss finish with a smooth face. New 3.2-mil upgrades include DOL 3000 Luster, DOL 3100 Gloss, and DOL 3200 Matte. Also on display, SX Readycal 1001 Promotional Film, which is used in short-term, changeable graphics specifically for screenprinting.

Caldera received the DPI Best Product of the Year Award for its RIP product line and new FLOW+ Business Automation and Control workflow solution. From quote to invoice, while managing the production process, inventory analysis and planning, automation of the RIP, outsourcing, delivery notes, financial statistics, and accounting synchronization, FLOW+ is a complete wide format business workflow solution. The product is an intelligent combination of a management information system, enterprise resource planning, and customer relation management.

Canon U.S.A., Inc. displayed the new imagePROGRAF iPF6000S. A 24-inch wide format printer, this device uses eight-color LUCIA pigment ink. LUCIA pigment ink includes cyan, photo cyan, magenta, photo magenta, yellow, black, matte black, and gray ink. The printer employs two high-density printheads, totaling 30,720 nozzles, with 5,120 nozzles per color for accuracy. The printer driver for the iPF6000S features an economy color mode, minimizing the use of inks such as photo cyan and photo magenta.

Clear Focus Imaging highlighted several new products including PosterVue, a 12-mil non-adhesive One Way Vision film used in retail and commercial see-through graphics. ReflectVue is a 10-mil pressure-sensitive retro-reflective One Way Vision film with clear removable acrylic adhesive and a solid paper release liner. PerfxCoat is a 0.2-mil optically clear protective coating designed for use with Clear Focus perforated window graphics. Lastly, SuperVue, a perforated pressure-sensitive film and CurvaLam, a PVC overlaminating film are now available in 60-inch rolls.

Coldenhove Papier exhibited the newest dye-sublimation transfer paper—Jetcol Thermal Adhesive. This new product has all the advantages of the original Jetcol line—high transfer yield, contour and final detail printing, unsurpassed color gamut, consistency, and stability—but with thermal adhesive coating.

d.gen International, Inc. launched the Teleios 54-inch digital textile printer. The printer offers the benefits of existing Teleios printers. Printing at maximum widths of 54 inches, the printer outputs in superior quality mode, six-color at 155 square feet per hour (sf/h). This Teleios targets in-house users and designers concerned with color gamut and price performance. A fit for a variety of applications including soft signage and home décor, the Teleios uses water-based ink. Also displayed, the S printer, which prints at both the front and rear simultaneously. Named the S for stylish printing, it is ideal for soft signage and apparel.

DaVinci Technologies showcased its ConVerd "green" line of media products. Distributed by DaVinci, ConVerd by Aconda Paper products are FCS and Carbon Neutral Certified. Blox-Lite is a printable, 100 percent banner and sign material. It is available for digital, offset, screen, and flatbed UV printing applications. For backlit applications ConVerd offers CityLight and CityScape products. Other products in the ConVerd line include Enviroboard FR, Enviroboard MR, Hydros Board, Hi-T, and Mural Azul.

Digital Designware showcased the Car ‘n Truck Vehicle Outline Collection 2008 and profiled new add-ons. Ghost Flames includes 125 flame designs that are 12 inches when printed at 720 dpi and editable in Adobe Photoshop. FX Flames include 525 flame designs registering at eight inches when printed at 720 dpi, also editable in Photoshop. Tiles & Textures Volume 1 includes 140 seamless texture tiles and Full Wrap Graphics Volume 1 includes 25 design and backgrounds—both are editable in Adobe Photoshop. Packaged with the Car ‘n Truck Vehicle Outline Collection 2008, these add-ons are $999.

Drytac Corporation promoted the Green Umbrella line. Products under this line include Panda Stand Bamboo Banner Stands, PolystyGreen UV—a biodegradable overlaminate film, BioFab—a PVC-free banner fabric that does not require lamination, and MHA Heatset Mounting Adhesive. Also announced, a special consumable and warranty program for the VersaCoater XL, which includes a one year free supply of InstaCure UV-curable coating with the purchase of the device and a three year extension on the original manufacturer’s warranty.

Durst Imaging Technology U.S., LLC showcased its Rho 800 Presto and new Rho 320R roll printer. The new 126-inch wide Rho 320R large format UV inkjet roll printer is used for lightboxes, posters, window graphics, point of purchase (POP), and textiles. It prints at 710 sf/h in two-pass mode. A media handling option allows printing from two rolls side-by-side, up to 62 inches wide. It is also compatible with Durst’s heavy-duty roll media feed/take up accessory. The Rho 320R uses Durst’s new TH Inks, UV inks that are volatile organic compound (VOC) free, or the Rho Flexible Ink Set. The Rho 800 Presto prints up to 98 inches in width at a top speed of 1,200 sf/h. Like the Rho 320R it prints in two-pass mode and is compatible with the heavy duty roll media feed/take up accessory.

EFI VUTEk displayed a series of products. The VUTEk DS Series digital screenprinter debuted for the first time in North America. With eight ink channels it prints up to 6,000 sf/h at 1,200 dpi quality. The VUTEk QS3200r, a roll-to-roll UV printer, was also shown. New at the show was a heavy duty media handling option for this device, enabling two-sided printing. The VUTEk 3360 with the Fusion Option was on display. EFI also announced the acquisition of Raster Printers, Inc. Products will be marketed under the EFI Rastek brand name. Current Rastek products include the Rastek H700 UV Hybrid Flatbed and the T600 Stationary Vacuum Table Flatbed.

ElevenTen Color launched S-1151 Series solvent ink for Seiko I Infotech’s ColorPainter printer series. These 1000ml cartridges are available with an equipment and application warranty. An OEM ink color gamut match eliminates the need for new profiles. Ultra-Removable Matte White Vinyl for solvent ink was also introduced. Microsphere adhesive technology allows for re-application and re-use. It is applicable to most indoor smooth, painted surfaces including wallpaper and wood paneling. This 6- or 8-mil matte is available in 54-inch by 50-yard rolls. Also on the show floor, A-1141 Series solvent inks for Mimaki printers and R-1121 Series eco-solvent inks for Roland printers.

Epson featured its new Stylus Pro GS6000. A solvent-based printer, the device utilizes Epson Ultrachrome GS ink with eight colors, including orange and green. At 64 inches wide, the printer outputs at 340 sf/h. Also shown, the recently introduced 64-inch Epson Stylus Pro 11880. Targeted toward creatives, commercial print shops, and photo labs the device uses Epson Ultrachrome K3 ink technology, enhanced by vivid magenta pigments.

Fisher Textiles introduced Power Stretch fabric, an addition to the company’s Enviro-Tex fabric line. It is 95 percent repreve polyester and five percent regular polyester. Also on a display, a wide variety of media products including knits, polyester duck, satins, and silks. Product names include—ET 9450 Symmetry, GF 4831 Heavy Knit, GF 1066 Power Net, SI 660 PVC, DD 7801 Flag, DD 7825 Poly Satin, DD 2515 Dacron, DD 7878 Poly Silk, and DD 2560 Duck. A special coating on DD products allows for direct printing onto fabric, eliminating the need for heat transfer paper.

The Fletcher-Terry Company showcased the new Alta99 automatic substrate cutter. It cuts substrates up to 99 inches wide. Compatible substrates include corrugated plastics, foamboard, PVC, aluminum sheets, and aluminum composites. A motor driven lead-screw drive mechanism provides consistent cutting speed for edge quality. The cutting head design includes a quick interchange blade and wheel cutting tools. Four different starting height locations are offered depending on size of the material—24- , 48- , 72-, or 99-inch.

Gandinnovations exhibited an expansive line of digital printers. On display, the Jeti 1224 UV True Flatbed, which uses 24 printheads to produce six-color graphics at 600 dpi. It prints at 450 sf/h in production mode. Also showcased, the new Jeti 3348 Jetspeed UV RTR digital printer, which creates output at 2,500 sf/h, and the Jeti 3324 Aquajet direct to fabric digital printer.

GCC highlighted the Jaguar IV cutting plotter, available in both 24- and 72-inch widths. With the Accu-Aligning System customers achieve precise cutting on a range products including sandblast, reflective sheets, vinyl, and masking films. Also on display, the StellarJET 183UVK. It prints up to 72 inches wide and has a hybrid media handing system with a heavy duty roll feed to allow for long banners or adhesive vinyl.

General Binding Corporation (GBC) featured the GBC 2064WF-1 system for laminating and mounting graphics up to 64 inches wide. Control panels are located on sides of the laminator for bi-directional operation. Using multiple rollers the device runs both thermal and pressure-sensitive finishing jobs simultaneously. At the show, the laminator ran using GBC’s Artic White Erase film and GBC SurePrint Adhesive-back Vinyl. The company also announced the completion of its Ultra-Dry line of photobase media by adding gloss and satin finishes, both of which support dye and pigment inks.

Hanky America, Inc. showcased a full range of UV flatbed printers—FB-200, FB-200CD, FB-500, and FB-1000. Printer line features include an automatic height detecting sensor, vacuum table, dual UV-curing systems, and an automatic ink cleaning system. Printable substrates include lenticular, leather, acrylic, tile, corrugated paper, glass, steel, textile, wood, and stone. The printers are available in widths of 25, 94, and 125 inches, respectively.

Hewlett-Packard (HP) exhibited its complete portfolio of graphic arts digital printing solutions. Displayed for the first time in North America was the HP Designjet L65500 printer. It is the first to feature HP Latex Inks and HP Wide Scan Printing Technology. The 104-inch printer is able to produce a wide variety of exterior and interior signage. Also on display, the HP Scitex FB7500, HP Scitex FB950, and the HP Scitex XP2700 with a flatbed table option.

Inca Digital Printers displayed the recently launched Spyder V flatbed printer. The Spyder V prints on substrates up to 63 inches wide and 1.18 inches thick. Standard color set CMYK is available, or a six-color version is optional using Fujifilm Sericol’s Uvijet Ultratone color system. Also shown, the Inca Onset flatbed, which recently won the PIA/GATF Intertech Technology Award for 2008. The Onset prints at production pieces up to 6,458 sf/h.

InteliCoat Technologies promoted a finished fine art solution with Clearstar LP. InteliCoat’s Torino 17M with Clearstar’s ClearShield Type C is currently undergoing testing to ensure a fail-safe, matched-component solution. When the tests are finally completed, this product will exhibit the ideal coating for giclée canvas applications, with the flexibility required to stretch canvas with no cracking of the clear coat. InteliCoat also showcased a full line of recyclable media products.

LG Chem introduced additions to their VIZUONPRINT product line. VIZ-UONPRINT LD823AG is a cast vinyl with AiRFREE technology allowing trapped air to be released during application. Also shown, new VIZUON- XIGN, a curling resistant banner product used with UV-curable digital and screenprinted media.

KAPCO Graphic Products promoted a new cost-effective 13-ounce banner material. Great for frontlit applications and billboards, it is sewn or grommeted. Available in matte and gloss finishes, it is sold in rolls of 38 or 54 inches by 90 feet. Also shown, new 6- and 12-mil gloss and matte blockout polyester films with an anti-curl print surface and anti-static backing. These films are compatible with OEM solvent and mild-solvent inks and are available in 36- or 50-inch by 100-foot rolls.

Kornit Digital Ltd. launched new Kornit QuickP RIP Software, created to replace the external RIP software used with Kornit’s industrial inkjet printers. Tools include tailor-made screening and calibration processes, color saturation, image sharpening, and color adjustment. Also shown, the Kornit 931DS, Kornit 932NDS, and the Kornit 933 digital add-ons.

MACtac Graphic Products expanded the company’s bubble-free media line with IMAGin B-free 5929 Plus and IMAGin B-free 5800 Series. IMAGin B-free Plus is a 2.7-mil glossy white film designed for both digital and screenprinting. IMAGin B-free 5800 Series is a 3.8-mil gloss intermediate film. MACtac also launched the new IMAGin M-Series intermediate vinyls. The series is designed for eco-solvent, solvent-based, and UV-cured inkjet printing. The new line currently features two vinyls; IMAGin EM328P, a 3.2-mil matte white PVC vinyl film and IMAGin EM329P, a 3.2-mil glossy white PVC vinyl film. Lastly, MACtac showcased the new PERMACOLOR ColorGard series of overlaminating films.

Mikkelsen Graphic Engineering, Inc. (MGE) exhibited popular finishing devices including the i-XE and i-XL series. The MGE Kongsberg i-XE 10/32/54 models are used for POP displays, pressure-sensitive films, and polycarbonates. A software controlled blade is able to enact both kiss-cutting and through cutting. The i-XL 20/24/ 44 series of cutting tables is ideal for processing sheets and boards. Several inserts are available for the product including oscillating knives, kiss-cutting tools, a rotary textile cutting tool, and engraving tools.

Mimaki USA, Inc. announced Eco-HS1, a solvent ink with no cyclohexanone or NMP. Environmentally friendly, this ink features an expanded color gamut, improved magenta and light black inks, and reduced media shrinkage from solvent migration. Mimaki also displayed products from the YES-Class line, including the CJV30 Series of printer/cutters and the UJV-160 roll-to-roll UV-curable inkjet printer.

Mutoh America, Inc. displayed the ValueJet 1608-64 hybrid printer, which won a DPI Product of the Year award in the output device solvent rigid substrates category. The printer uses Mubio ink, recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for the Environment Program.

Nazdar Source One showcased ImageStar laminate—available in a 4-mil white vinyl, 8-mil gloss overlaminate, and 12-mil gloss overlaminate.

Neschen Americas promoted the company’s current media line, Pure Color. Golden Gate Fabric is a polyester fabric with PVC coating for solvent and eco-solvent inks, at 12-mil thick. VersaFabric is a 100 percent polyester, textile media that is 16-mil thick. Monet Canvas is an 18-mil thick, poly/cotton, coated canvas for giclée art reproduction. Mambo Fabric is a 100 percent polyester fabric offering rich blacks at 15-mil thick. Calypso Breeze Satin is a polyester fabric with a satin finish at 7.5-mil thick.

Océ North America expanded the popular Arizona GT line with the Océ Arizona 350 GT printer. Using UV-curable inks and Océ VariaDot imaging technology it prints on media up to 86.2 inches wide. Océ says the printer is 40 percent more productive than its predecessor, the Arizona 250 GT. Additional features include white ink and a roll media option—both field upgradeable. True production print speed is 239 sf/h. Also on display, the new Océ ColorWave 600 using Océ TonerPearls toner cartridges.

Onyx Graphics, Inc. displayed the current version of the RIP software suite, ONYX 7.2. New features are designed to boost productivity, achieve cost savings, and ensure consistent output quality. There is improved cut contour speed; multi-select jobs are included in layout; localization and translation updates; new spot color matching capabilities; and a new dot pattern—FDRP Enhanced, which produces a finer, smoother output.

Oracal USA, Inc. showcased ORAJET Series 3165RA Intermediate PVC Digital Media with RapidAir Technology, a 3.75-mil product used in short-term promotions, POP, and exhibition graphics. ORAJET 3268 Movable Wall Graphics Digital Media is a 6-mil PVC film with low-tack adhesive that allows a printed graphic to be continuously removed. ORAJET Series 3628 Removable Wall & Window Graphics Digital Media has a low-tack adhesive and is compatible with Oracal laminating films.

Roland DGA Corporation highlighted two recently announced printers. The VersaArt RS series is the company’s newest four-color wide format eco-solvent inkjet printer/cutter. Both the 64- and 54-inch models utilize VersaWorks 3.0 RIP software and Roland Intelligent Pass Control. The VersaUV LEC-300 inkjet printer/cutter is a 30-inch device using UV-inks, printing CMYK, white, and clear on substrates including foil, metallic paper, BOPP, PE, and PET film. Clear coats add effects such as high-gloss finishes, faux leather, crocodile skin, and Braille.

R Tape Corporation introduced a new line of Eclypse patterned overlaminates. Five new patterns are included—carbon fibre, frost, glitter, linen, and diamond plate. These 3.2-mil overlaminates are ideal for graphics used in displays, exhibits, store interiors, and POP applications. Also on display, the R Tape line of printable metallized vinyl—VinylEfx films.

Screen USA displayed the Truepress Jet2500UV printer. At 1,500 dpi, the device prints at 726.5 sf/h with a maximum printing width of 98.4 inches. It is ideal for a variety of applications including signs, backlit, interior building materials, posters, POP, and fleet graphics. It uses Screen UV inks, which do not crack when printed media is bent. In addition to traditional CMYK, optional light cyan, light magenta, and white inks are usable.

Seiko I Infotech Inc. announced two new high-speed mild-solvent inkjet printers, the ColorPainter H-104s and the ColorPainter H-74. The ColorPainter series won the 2008 G-Mark Good Design Award in Japan for its innovative product concept, high degree of usability, and superior product design. ColorPainter H-series printers print over 1,000 sf/h without sacrificing color quality. With eight printheads, the printers are configured into two formats—eight colors with one printhead or four colors with two colors a head. Environmentally friendly 1.5 liter ink packs hold GX inks.

Sihl Digital Imaging added 13 new products to its range of coated papers, films, and specialty media for aqueous, solvent, and UV printing. These include the Tucson line of matte papers—Tucson 3130, 3150, and 3151; the USA Spirit dry screen-positive inkjet film; Baja Photopapers 3140, 3141, and 3142—which are available in a variety of gloss and satin finishes; Photosal 3190—a high resolution satin solvent photo paper; Fusion Flexible Films—3191 a 5-mil light block film, 3192 a 4-mil gloss white film, 3193 a 7-mil clear gloss film, and 3194 a 5-mil gloss backlit film; and the SuperDry 7-mil gloss roll-up film.

Teckwin showcased a range of printers including the TeckStorm, a high resolution UV flatbed printer; the TeckThunder, a UV-curable ink hybrid printer with resolution greater than 1,440 dpi; the TeckSmart, a UV-curable inkjet printer with Xaar printheads available in five or seven colors; and the TeckStone, a solvent ink printer available in four or six colors offering prints at 322 sf/h in production mode. Also on display, the company’s routing solution—the TeckRouter.

Testrite Visual Products highlighted its Cobra Stands and Mega Wave Walls. Cobra Stands are 84 inches high and sides are approximately 140 inches in length. With an easy five minute assembly, these products are easy to take anywhere—they are portable, lightweight, and sturdy. Frames are eight, ten, or 12 feet wide and four, six, eight, or ten feet high. Pillowcase mounting with an industrial zipper closure makes for easy assembly.

Tex Visions LLC focused on the Q-Frame fabric product. Using an aluminum frame, fabric prints are easily stretched and held in place. It is perfect for ceiling, wall, or free-standing displays as a single- or double-sided banner. 3D effects can also be added to the display with Dekoflag L. Q Frame is available in any size depending on customers’ needs.

Triangle Digital INX Co. displayed the Milano printer line. UV-curable, these devices—the Milano 2054cS and Milano 2504cS—print with four colors in a quality mode at 215 sf/h. Also shown, the EasyFill PRO bulk ink delivery system for the Mimaki JV5 or JV33 printers using Triangle PicturePerfect JVV inks. The new bulk system helps curb costs and sustains an efficient workflow. New JVV inks are available in six colors.

Ultraflex Systems, Inc. showcased a variety of media including textile, PVC frontlit, and green products. The company’s green products, branded UltraGreen, currently include BIOflex, PolyeLite, and UltraCotton C200. By January 2009 the company plans to release three additional eco-friendly products.

Zünd debuted the G3 Digital Cutter for the North American market. The cutter features improved material hold down and a robust frame that sets it apart from its predecessor. This finishing device offers a host of equipment including a universal cutting tool, a kiss-cutting tool, an oscillating cutting tool, a driven rotary tool, a 1 kW router, and a V-cut tool.

New products and innovative updates to existing lines defined SGIA. Many of the people we talked to labeled the expo as a UV show. Certainly sustainability and eco-friendly products are on everyone’s mind. The challenge is to create environmentally friendly products in conjunction with the profitability and productivity the graphic arts industry is accustomed to. We look forward to attending SGIA 2009 in New Orleans, LA to see what the future holds. We hope to see you October 7 to 9, 2009 at the revamped, three day show! 

Dec2008, Digital Output

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