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SGIA 2007 Wrap-up

Highlights from October’s Show

The annual Specialty Graphic Imaging Association’s SGIA ’07 trade show took place October 24-27 in Orlando, FL. This show is known as one of the largest, most comprehensive events for the specialty printing and imaging technology community. With more than 500 exhibitors on hand, attendees explored the latest products and market ideas. Here we provide an overview of just a few highlights.

3M displayed its new 3M Scotchcal Graphic Film for Textured Surfaces IJ8624 with 3M Scotchcal Luster Overlaminate 8524. This patent-pending conformable graphic solution can be molded to rough surfaces to create crisp, digitally printed images. The film provides excellent adhesion to most indoor and outdoor painted block, brick, stucco, tile, or similar surfaces when properly applied. Its colored adhesive also effectively hides the original wall color and may be removed with heat. According to 3M, graphics created with films 8624 and overlaminate 8524 are easy to clean and can be produced in a wide variety of image options from block color to full photographic reproduction.

3P exhibited green fabrics for inkjet printing. The textiles contain no heavy metals, PVC resins, phthalates, or fungicides. Value fabrics can be used for soft signage, flags and banners, displays, and interior design. 3P's Value fabrics provide digital printers a fully green solution with fantastic printing results.

The Value Textiles from 3P are produced according to the environmental management system EN ISO 14001 and the quality management standard EN ISO 9001. Moreover the production is validated in regard to the EU-wide regulation about ecological audits. The certified manufacturing process avoids atmospheric and environmental pollution.

Agfa showed its C3 Systems. C3 stands for Complete Integration, Complete Services, and Complete Benefits. With the newest C3-System printers, including the :Anapurna family of inkjet printers, Agfa has a perfect fit for the wide format inkjet market including graphic screen printers, sign makers, and photo labs.

Running live in the booth was the :Anapurna M which gives excellent photorealistic printing results. With a print resolution of 720x1440 dpi, The M prints up to 63 inches wide on a wide variety of roll and rigid media. Also at the booth was Agfa’s :Anapurna XL2 which produces excellent print results at sizes up to 98.5 inches wide on a wide variety of roll and rigid media. Both printers are designed for printing quality POP, displays, posters, banners, fleet displays, exhibition panels, stage graphics, construction announcements, ad panels, and so much more.

Arlon exhibited its new digital print gloss finish banner, DPF 300. DPF 300 is a frontlit, economical, 13-ounce scrim banner with a blockout feature allowing for greater opacity. This indoor/outdoor flexible banner adds vibrancy to any graphic and is specially formulated for eco-solvent and solvent inkjet printers. Made for a wide range of applications, DPF 300 gloss is available in 30-, 36-, 48-, 54-, and 60-inch by 75-foot rolls. This banner is rated for an outdoor durability of up to one year unprinted.

In addition, X-scape Air Release technology was introduced to Arlon’s Print Media line with DPF 4560GTX. DPF 4560GTX is a 3-mil, high gloss, white PVC film with tinted, permanent adhesive. The X-scape technology has a built-in bubble release adhesive that allows for ease of installation and repositionability, yet permanent adhesion is not compromised so installers can rest assure that the finished installed graphic will remain in place.

Avery showed many of its new products, as well as conducted live demonstrations throughout the show. Avery media was printed on at several booths at the show, including Fellers, Fujifilm Sericol, Hewlett-Packard, Mimaki USA, Inc., Mutoh America, Neschen Americas, NUR, Triangle Digital, and Zünd. Every hour, Avery held vehicle wrap demonstrations featuring Easy Apply RS Technology. According to the company, attendees found out how the improved repositionability and slideability not only provides dependable performance, but also makes it the fastest applying film in the industry.

CADlink featured Digital Factory Version 2, which builds upon existing leading edge color management technology from the initial release of the software RIP in 2005. CADlink has taken a unique approach to the digital print workflow software market by integrating the three key areas of the job management process—Pre-Production, Job Schedu-ling, and Color Management—into an easy to use, automated single software solution. The key differentiator from some other RIP competitors is that CADlink does not license individual parts of the software in order to tie together bits and pieces of a required workflow solution. CADlink custom develops its own technology and this generally provides a more seamless, intuitive user interface to the digital print workflow.

Drytac introduced its new line of magnetic substrates, magnet-receptive primers, and printable magnet-compatible materials. They may be used together to create an innovative changeable graphics environment or as individual components in a wide range of display applications. The new product line includes FerroCoat primer, which creates surfaces that are receptive to magnets and magnetic graphics; DisplayMag, a pressure-sensitive material with white magnetic surface; and FerroJet media graphics, a new printable media compatible with magnetic surfaces. The result is a two-component display system that can be changed out whenever necessary.

DuPont showed its new Cromaprint UV gamut enhanced UV n3 curable inkset. The new UV n3 seven color inkset features a new ink formulation to enable color any way you want it with technology to faithfully produce smooth process color and spot colors including most of the new Pantone Goe Library. The new DuPont UV inks are designed to work with both rigid and flexible media, also featuring excellent abrasion resistance, industrial piezo printhead compatibility, and durable outdoor performance. Besides great color performance, other features of the new DuPont expanded gamut UV inks include uniform gloss characteristics; temperature/ viscosity stabilization; and cleaner performance for ink lines, filter, buffers, and print heads.

EFI/VUTEk showcased a full range of superwide format solutions at SGIA. The VUTEk QS3200r is a high quality, high speed roll-to-roll UV printer that produces images up to 3.2 meters wide with High Definition Print at 1,080 dpi, and speeds up to 1,850 sf/h. EFI also demonstrated the QS3200, VUTEk 3360, PV200, and QS2000 at the show. All VUTEk printers were running the EFI Fiery XF RIP.

In addition, the new VUTEk QS3200r won the DPI product of the year award for the Grand Format UV category, and the VUTEk 3360 with BioVu won the DPI product of the year award for the Grand Format Solvent category.

Epson America, Inc. displayed its 64-inch Epson Stylus Pro 11800. Featuring Epson’s latest high-performance print head technology coupled with Epson’s UltraChrome K3 ink with new Vivid Magenta high-density pigments, the Epson Stylus Pro 11880 enables print shops and graphic designers alike to consistently produce prints with a wider color gamut.

Vivid Magenta pigments deliver up to 64-inch-wide archival prints with a significantly wider color gamut, amazing color fidelity, gloss-level, and scratch resistance, with consistently stable colors. Whether producing color accurate proofs for client approvals, sellable color, or fine art reproduction, the Stylus Pro 11880 offers creative professionals a powerful tool allowing them to produce their vision without compromise.

Fisher Textiles unveiled its newest line of fabrics containing recycled materials. Made with Repreve yarn, these fabrics meet FTC guidelines for recycled products. The manufacturing process reduces energy consumption while also conserving petroleum resources by offsetting the need to produce virgin polyester. Certification is available on all of these products.

Fisher Textiles also introduced the Direct Dispersed fabric line for direct dye sublimation printing. These fabrics have a special coating that allows for direct printing onto the fabric and does not require heat transfer paper. No post treatment is necessary. Direct Disperse fabrics can be used on the d-Gen Teleios, DuPont Artistri, and Mimaki DS-1800.

Fujifilm Sericol featured the Columbia Turbo from Inca Digital in its booth. What the company calls the most reliable and productive UV digital flatbed, the Columbia Turbo incorporates unique print head technology providing more accurate dot placement for stunning high resolution prints at unmatched speeds. The machine produces variable print speeds up to 1,720 sf/h and is now available in either 6-color or 4-color plus white.

Gandinnovations introduced the new Jeti 3324 AquaTex 10.5-foot-wide grand format printer. The head carriage hosts 24 Special Edition Gandinnovation print heads, while aqueous ink designation is 4 heads per color allowing for 6 color combinations. The Jeti 3324 AquaTex is a textile printer with a built in heater, producing images available in 300 or true 600 dpi format options, while maintaining the production speed of a grand format printer.

GBC displayed the latest in wide format lamination including the Orca 4064 running the revolutionary Octiva Lo-Melt thermal film with PreLume. This new technology keeps colors brilliant while whitening the white areas of printed images. See the SignMaker 44 laminator in action as it runs improved AccuShield, the optically clear dry transfer coating. Running on the Arctic 1040WF laminator, GBC featured the matched solutions of SurePrint Choice and Select Vinyl media with Arctic Choice and Select over-laminates for creating vehicle graphics and outdoor signage. Also shown, GBC’s ProTrim 63 trims, prints, and laminates materials up to 20 mil thick in one continuous motion.

GCC presented their latest advancement in printing at SGIA—the 250UV and 183UV StellarJET UV-curable inkjet printers. The printers employ UV-curable inks to print across a wide range of flexible and rigid substrates with quick and easy changeover from flatbed to roll-to-roll. The 250UV is available with seven ink colors, and allows media up to 98 inches of width and two inches in thickness.

Graphtec America, Inc. exhibited the FC7000MK2 Cutting Pro series high-performance cutting plotters designed for sign design and vehicle graphics. They are available in 24-, 30-, 42-, 54-, and 64-inch models.

Features include an Advanced Registration Mark System (ARMS), a system that takes into account several different print distortions, ensuring the highest accuracy for every type of die/contour cutting job. The new PERF LINE feature allows users to cut completely through the backing without damaging the cutter. This is great for creating pop-out decals. Finally, it has a newly improved design that enhances tracking of up to 50 feet.

Hewlett-Packard unveiled and demonstrated for the first time its new large format industrial digital printing solutions. The latest advancements to HP’s graphic arts portfolio, including the HP Scitex XL2200 Super Wide Format Industrial Printer featuring the new HP Scitex X2 printhead technology and the new HP Scitex TJ8300/8500 Double Sided Upgrade, further extend HP’s Print 2.0 strategy by empowering PSPs to address diverse markets and target new, high margin applications.

Ilford showcased its new and improved film and specialty wide format media in the OMNIJET product line. The OMNIJET product line is designed to meet the demanding needs of today’s commercial graphics, photographic reproduction, and fine art markets. New premium quality OMNIJET films aim at saving time on both simple and complex print jobs.

InteliCoat Technologies showcased its Magic POS PRO+ 200 and 300 Block-out Film, GFPHOTO PSA, and Palermo White Film. Additionally, InteliCoat introduced its new Magic Technical Bulletin for Recycle and Disposal, which details suggested recycle streams for InteliCoat products to make recycling easier for customers, and en-courage active involvement in the recycling process as a whole.

POS PRO+ 200 and 300 Block-out Film provides cost-effective solutions for indoor applications such as high-quality promotional roll-up applications, trade show graphics, and point-of-sale applications. GFPHOTO PSA is a photorealistic paper with a permanent, pressure-sensitive adhesive coating for solvent and eco-solvent inkjet printers, making it ideal for high-resolution glossy posters and displays.


KAPCO Graphic Products exhibited its solvent Specialty PVC Banner/ Wallcovering and 5 mil Backlit Polyester Film. Great for indoor and short term outdoor promotional advertising and POP banners, Specialty PVC Banner/Wallcovering offers a unique textured appearance—choose from leather, canvas, and plaster finishes. Its special backing is designed for Type I & II commercial grade wallcovering applications. Unlike many other PVC substrates this material is mold and mildew resistant and meets or exceeds smoke certification and fire testing. Compatible with most OEM and mild solvent inks and printers the Specialty PVC Banner/Wallcovering is wound PSO and available in rolls of 30, 54, and 60 inches by 75 feet.

L&P Digital Technologies unveiled the VirtuHD8 grand format printer, which has a maximum print width of 98 inches. The VirtuHD8 prints with high definition, high resolution 8-picoliter fine drop size for the finest quality. The company also displayed the Virtu130 Direct UV grand format printing system. The Virtu130 prints direct to uncoated textiles, both polyester and poly/cotton—without transfer paper—using patented UV dye inks for reduced ink costs and dramatically improved quality.

MacDermid ColorSpan featured the new ColorSpan 5465UV printer. The 54-inch-wide UV-curable inkjet printer combines ultra-high print quality typical of an aqueous-based printer, with the outdoor durability of a solvent printer, and the media versatility and cost savings of a UV printer. It uses the latest generation of variable drop printheads to achieve addressable resolutions of 600x300, 600x600, and 1200x600 dpi and an apparent resolution up to 1800 dpi.

MACtac formally kicked off the Graphics that Rock branding campaign by introducing new products for interior, exterior, and wrap graphics. The booth featured three application stations where visitors got hands-on experience using IMAGin B-free media and Permacolor RAYZor, the highest gloss and most conformable wrap system in the industry. New products displayed included wallNOODLE, a versatile pressure-sensitive vinyl; DigiTrans Removable Transit Graphics, for short-term bus and vehicle graphics; MACmark Iridescent Lustres 6400 Series; and the Enhancer 6300 Series of clear gloss overlaminates.

MGE Inc. demonstrated both families of MGE/Kongsberg i-XL and i-XE digital cutters as well as its i-cut GraphicsRouter. The i-XE, the fastest vision-based digital cutting plotter on the market, is now available in cutting widths up to 60 inches. The i-XL was shown in full production mode and demonstrated the capability of full automation with auto-feeding of any graphics materials from paper, or film up to 1-inch PVC boards. MGE explained how you can cut production costs by 30 to 50 percent, eliminating nearly all waste materials, steel-rule dies, and die storage while significantly improving cutting quality.

Mimaki USA, Inc. announced new flatbed cutting plotters, CF3-163/1610, which can cut rigid materials up to 5x10 feet. Mimaki also displayed two large-sized flatbed UV-curable inkjet printers, JF-1631 and JF-1610. These printers can print directly on un-coated rigid materials like acrylic and plastic. Needs for contour cutting of rigid materials has appeared as a new request with the advent of UV-curable inkjet printers. To meet these demands, Mimaki has developed new flatbed cutting plotters equipped with a router head. These cutters are the same sizes as JF series to make contour cutting of prints on rigid materials like acrylic and aluminum products.

Mutoh displayed the ValueJet 1608, a new biological friendly hybrid printer solution. The ValueJet 1608 Hybrid Bio prints at speeds up to 140 sf/h in production mode, and can print on media up to 1/4-inch-thick with an automatic head height adjustment function. The maximum resolution of the printer is 1440 dpi.

Mutoh also debuted the ValueJet 1304J, 54-inch printer. The ValueJet 1304 Eco-Solvent/MUBIO Ink printer incorporates Mutoh’s intelligent print technology that virtually eliminates banding, and can print speeds up to 140 sf/h with a maximum media width of 54 inches and print width of 52.6 inches. The printer includes four ink cartridges required at initial installation, four bottles of cleaning solution, RIP software, and roll-up device.

Nazdar SourceOne displayed the Teckwin TeckSmart UV1600 series of hybrid roll-to-roll and flatbed digital printers. Features of the TeckSmart UV 1600 series printer include 7- or 5-color printing at up to 720 dpi resolution, and selectable uni- or bi-directional print modes for edge-to-edge printing on roll-fed or rigid sheet media. According to Nazdar SourceOne, the TeckSmart UV1600 series printer offers a combination of quality, performance, versatility, and value that their customers have been looking for.

Neschen Americas introduced new productivity features to its popular lineup of SEAL Ultra Plus roller laminators. According to SEAL, the new Ultra Plus laminators are aimed at entry-level to intermediate-level image finishers working in low- to mid-volume environments. With productivity enhancements, they will replace the current SEAL Ultra laminator line. MSRPs range from $6,495 to $8,995 depending on the model selected.

Next Wave Media Solutions exhibited its premier dye sublimation solution utilizing Coldenhove Jetcol Paper and BASF Bafixan P 100 HS sublimation ink. Also, a wide range of specialty inkjet media, including canvas, signage products, and high end paper for use on both aqueous- and solvent-based printers. Next Wave also offers Translution, a next generation inkjet transfer product for use in t-shirt and other small format transfer applications. Show highlights include a new Jetcol sublimation paper developed by Coldenhove matched with Hilord Solvent sublimation ink, designed specifically for the digital solvent printer.

Nur Macroprinters presented the advanced NUR Expedio Inspiration at SGIA, along with the NUR Expedio Revolution and the popular NUR Tempo Q. The NUR Expedio Inspiration is a high-quality, high-productivity 10.5-foot UV roll-to-roll wide format printer with a flatbed option. It offers high resolution up to 800x635 dpi and a printing speed of up to 1,200 sf/h and is extremely versatile for both outdoor and indoor applications. The printer offers superior quality 4- and 8-color printing modes for high quality indoor and outdoor applications. The company also boasted the printer’s no solvent emissions for environmental friendliness.

Océ North America demonstrated the Océ CS9060 eco-solvent inkjet printer for creating indoor and outdoor display graphics prints. It is designed for light production environments where high quality output and outdoor durability are required.

Visitors also saw firsthand the Océ VariaDot advantage of grayscale inkjet technology that reduces ink usage by up to 35 percent over 6-color systems. By printing different sizes of ink drops, the need for light magenta and light cyan inks is eliminated.

ONYX Graphics featured the new Version 7.1 software release for its popular workflow software packages—ONYX ProductionHouse, ONYX PosterShop, and ONYX RIPCenter. New features in version 7.1 include a new profile download client that makes it easier to obtain media profiles; support for the PANTONE Goe color system; support for the Windows Vista operating system; and dual-mode printer drivers for simultaneous continuous-tone and half-tone printing. Also included are improvements in RIP-and-Print, Layout, and Media Manager functions.

Oracal USA exhibited ORALITE Series 5600 Fleet Engineering Grade Reflective Film, which combines reflectivity, printability, flexibility, and removability with heat. Series 5600 is an ideal film for applications over curved surfaces, rivets, and corrugations. The film is available in 14 high-impact colors, as well as white in digital widths up to 60 inches. 5-mil Series 5600 features a solvent-based adhesive; an 84-lb PE-coated liner; 7-year outdoor durability; and is compatible with solvent-based inkjet, eco-sol, and UV-curable printers.

Raster Printers showcased the white ink capability of its new UV flatbed printer, Daytona T600UV. Two channels of white ink are offered to provide sufficient opacity when printing white color on dark substrates. Based on a stationary vacuum table and moving gantry design, T600UV offers the most versatile rigid media handling from small tiles to large two-inch-thick boards. This design approach achieves precise dot registration resulting in sharp text and photographic image quality. Utilizing six grayscale print heads, T600UV can produce graphics at 1080 dpi resolution in two configurations—CMYK and light cyan, light magenta, or white ink.

Roland was a Gold Sponsor of SGIA ’07. The company featured its entire product line-up including wide format inkjet printers and printer/cutters, vinyl cutters, and engravers. Show highlights included the industry debut of Pure Print Performance, featuring new AdvancedJET and SOLJET six-color wide format printers designed for high performance and productivity.

With a maximum print speed of 871 sf/h and a precision print mode of 473 sf/h, the AdvancedJET AJ-740 brings grand format performance to wide format digital printing. The AJ-740 is ideal for high-volume applications including banners, billboards, outdoor signage, and other durable graphics. Circle 189

Sawgrass Technologies demonstrated SubliM, the newest break-through sublimation ink from Sawgrass Technologies, designed especially for high-volume and high-speed graphic users. Formulated by Sawgrass Europe, the new ink includes a direct print option, best of class color gamut, outstanding running ability at high speed, and faster drying time. Desgined for wide format Mimaki and Roland printers, SubliM inks are available in ten colors—yellow, orange, magenta, cyan, blue, black, deep black, light magenta, light cyan, and a yellow for direct print applications.

Screen USA introduced the large format Truepress Jet 2500UV. According to the company, this UV-curable flat and roll inkjet system excels at large-size, high-speed production. The Truepress Jet2500UV is ideal for the wide format display market. It covers a maximum printing width of 98.4 inches. The Truepress Jet2500UV is compatible with a wide variety of media types, such poster board, banners, wallpaper, and textiles, up to a media thickness of 1.96 inches. It has a maximum speed of 726.5 sf/h. Maximum output resolution is 1,200 dpi. The press uses CMYK UV inks as standard, plus optional LcLm and white inks.

Tara Materials featured two new print canvas products, Fredrix 569SJ and 777WBR. Fredrix 569SJ is composed of 100 percent cotton, which offers a natural feel and appearance with great longevity. 569SJ is well suited for large murals, decor art, and visual display items among others. Widths range from 54 to 126 inches.

Fredrix 777BWR Polyflax/Cotton blend offers a smoother and brighter canvas compared to those available in the current market. As with all Fredrix water-resistant canvases, the 777BWR is de-signed for pigmented inks and water-based top coats with sizes ranging from 17- to 60-inch widths.

Tech View showcased its Lumaline product, named 2007 DPI Product of the Year in the Finishing category. Lumaline is a new product range from Tech View, the makers of FLEX-display. Lumaline is a bright new perspective on exhibition furniture, offering a range of sleek counters and display units for trade shows, in-store activities, and other promotional campaigns. The units can be equipped with inside illumination to light up your message.

Triangle Digital displayed two grand format printers in its booth. Manufac-tured by an Italian company, Anteprima, and distributed by Triangle Digital, the Milano is a UV-curable printer and the San Francisco is a solvent-based printer. In addition, Triangle Digital exhibited its own waterbourne, UV-curable, oil-based, and solvent-based inkjet inks for wide and grand format digital inkjet printers.

Ultraflex exhibited BIOflex, the first biodegradable PVC. Other products on display were fine European looped printable Carpet and SuperSmooth Scrimless Blockout and Backlit, a smooth, white vinyl that produces photo quality output without any edge curling. Various printable wallpaper embossments were also featured in use along with Ultraflex premium and economy mesh, frontlit, backlit, and blockout materials.

Wasatch Computer Technology LLC showed its newest inkjet RIP products for inkjet printing. SoftRIP 6.2 features 16-bit color rendering and new capabilities for implementing white ink workflows. With this release, white ink workflows are easier and image quality is improved by taking advantage of SoftRIP’s 16-bit color pipeline. 16-bit rendering produces smooth gradients and crisp, high definition color by preserving color data at full depth. Color data is maintained to produce output that is truly faithful to the original source image.

Zünd America Inc. demonstrated Zünd digital flatbed cutting systems for high-speed, high-accuracy cutting/routing of printed materials, including flexible, rolled, sheeted, and up to two-inch-thick rigid substrates. With three fully configured Zünd models and the new OptiScout cut-to-print registration system, Zünd demonstrated automated finishing workflow with Prepare-it pre-flight suite, with particular emphasis on exciting new software features. In addition, Zünd showed advanced machine options including AKI-II; Tool Manager; Driven Rotary Tool (DRT); V-Cut Tool; and High Speed Foam-Cut tool.

What’s Next
Those who had the opportunity to attend this year’s SGIA most likely left with several new ideas to grow their business. The 2008 show is scheduled for October 15-18 in Atlanta, GA. We hope to see you there!

Dec2007, Digital Output

 

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