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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.

, booth 1403, demonstrates the new NanoJet UV True Flatbed digital printer with photo-realistic results. Also shown, the new Jeti 3348 Jetspeed UV RTR digital printer which prints at lightning speeds of 2,500 sf/h and the EDP 2008 award winning Jeti 3324 Aquajet direct to fabric digital printer. Look for the full Jeti range of grand format digital printers as well.

GBC, booth 2053, introduces new Magnetic Stock. This ultra-thin, flexible magnetic material is ideal for creating changeable graphics. Running on wide format Orca 4064WF and 2064WF laminators, GBC’s thermal and pressure-sensitive films and mounting adhesives enhance and protect wide format output. Featuring a tough, textured finish, GBC’s Arctic UV Cast Sand is used to create durable outdoor graphics. GBC’s Arctic Graffiti film will be demonstrated in the creation of graffiti-resistant applications like outdoor signage for bus shelters and retail stores. For write-on/wipe-off applications, GBC’s Arctic Write Erase will be shown on indoor applications like message boards and schedules. GBC SurePrint media, including an adhesive-backed vinyl, is featured in all of these applications.

GCC, booth 3241, promotes the new grand format StellarJET K100UV, capable of printing refined details at true 720 dpi and apparent 1,440 dpi. Utilizing Konica printheads, the GCC StellarJET K100UV prints directly on both rigid and flexible substrates up to 98.4 inches in width and two inches thickness, delivering a printing speed up to 1,291 sf/h. The GCC StellarJET 183UVK includes a built-in flatbed and a roll-to-roll system for both rigid and flexible media, printing substrates up to 72 inches width and one inch thickness. Also on display, the new Jaguar IV-132 and Puma III-60 cutting plotters with AASII contour cutting function.

Graphics One, LLC (GO), booth 2761, highlights GO’s 48-inch RIO dye-sub printer, GO’s 1204 LA printer, Mutoh’s ValueJet 1608 Hybrid printer, and d.gen’s new 54-inch Teleios direct to fabric printer. GO’s 1204 LA printer is a versatile high-performance and low-cost start-up eco-solvent printer. With a printing width of 48 inches, a maximum resolution of 1,440 dpi, and a printing speed of up to 100 sf/h, the 1204 LA printer incorporates the I2 wave print technology. GO’s RIO PRO dye-sub printer is priced at $5,295 and the GO 1204 LA eco-solvent printer is priced at $13,495.

Hewlett-Packard (HP), booth 2203, debuts the HP Designjet L65500 printer for the first time in North America. It’s the first in a new category of large format, signage printers featuring HP Latex Inks and HP Wide Scan Printing Technology. Designed with the environment in mind, this 104-inch printer produces a wide range of applications—from POP displays, transit signage, wall murals, and exhibition graphics to vehicle graphics and a variety of exterior and interior event signage. Together with HP Latex Inks, the HP Designjet L65500 Printer produces durable outdoor and indoor applications that withstand the elements while also providing exceptional image quality at a resolution of up to 1,200 dpi.

Hilord Chemical, booth 2607, launches new dye-sublimation inks for the AJ series of 74- and 104-inch inkjet printers. With AJ dye-sublimation inks the 104-inch AJ-1000 and 74-inch AJ-740 print at speeds of 968 sf/h and 872 sf/h, respectively. Both printers are capable of dye-sublimation printing with transfer paper and directly onto fabrics with an optional mesh unit. The inks provide a large color gamut.

ILFORD, booth 3263, announces four updated products to the OMNIJET product range. Instant Dry Glossy Portable Display Film Application has two thicknesses with identical prints and consistent whiteness between. The polyester base contributes to the production of perfectly flat displays. Instant Dry Glossy Photo White Film Application is for high-gloss photographic images. Instant Dry Glossy Backlit Display Film Application targets light boxes. The high opacity of this film gives excellent contrasts even when the image is not backlit. The OMNIJET line is notable for its universal compatibility with all pigment inkjet printers, its excellent lamination properties, and consistent whiteness and homogenous colors.

Image Specialists, Inc., booth 263, exhibits a growing line of solvent inks—bulk and compatible cartridges, HP remanufactured cartridges, and Epson compatible cartridges for wide format plotters used in advertising, high-end photography, and the printing of quality artwork. Inks are guaranteed compatible with the OEM product and adhere to the highest standards for color fidelity and fluid cartridge performance.

InteliCoat Technologies, booth 2015, displays several new products, including Magic POS PRO+ GS 200 for solvent and eco-solvent printers and a new Magic brand polyester fabric product line with the addition of FAB-FR, FAB-LITE, and FAB-MESH. A cost-effective solution for indoor applications, the new Magic POS PRO+ GS 200 features the same high image quality, durability, and bright white printing surface with the added benefit of a gloss finish. The new fabric product line includes Magic FAB-FR, a 7-mil, flame retardant, luster, woven polyester banner fabric for solvent and eco-solvent printing applications; Magic FAB-LITE, a 5-mil, semi-sheer, 100 percent polyester, woven matte-finish fabric for aqueous pigment printing systems; and FAB-MESH, a 12-mil, polyester mesh knitted fabric for aqueous pigment ink printing applications.

KAPCO Graphic Products, booth 2809, showcases new blockout polyester films and cost-effective banner material for solvent printers. 6- and 12-mil gloss and matte blockout polyester film is a gray anti-static backing and anti-curl print surface for trade show banners/graphics and retractable applications. Available in 36 inches or 50 inches by 100 feet. Print on KAPCO’s Gloss and Matte 13-ounce banner for front lit applications and billboards for promotional advertising and POP. Sew or grommet. Available in 38 inches or 54 inches by 90 feet. Fire Resistance Coating passes NFPA 701-2004 Test I fire resistant certification test. Both film and banner are compatible with OEM solvent and mild solvent inks.

Laminators, Inc., booth 917, features Omega-Bond panels with painted aluminum bonded to a solid 3-mm polyethylene core for digital flatbed printing. Omega-Bond’s factory-baked polyester surface accepts paint, screen print ink, vinyl letters, and UV-curable or solvent-based inks. These panels are available in nine colors and one or two finished sides. OmegaEP is rigid, lightweight, and durable with superior dent and scratch resistance. These panels are available in a wide variety of colors and thicknesses. Both Omega-Bond and OmegaEP are excellent for digital printing, directional signage, POP displays, graphic mounting, exhibits and kiosks, and interior signage.

Lintec of America, Inc., booth 3208, highlights its WINCOS UV optically clear polyester-based window films, these are compatible with most UV IJ printers. Lintec introduces MISTLASS—its new line of textured polyester and vinyl window graphic films. Also on display, Soft Solvent Jet Media, which is ideally suited for making clear film displays for glass, as well as labels and decals.

MACtac Graphic Products, booth 231, launches new StreetRap for short-term, high-impact messaging in areas previously untapped for advertising efforts. With the use of StreetRap, indoor and outdoor concrete, asphalt, or cinder block surfaces can quickly transform into eye catching graphics. Paired with MACtac’s Permacolor PF6300—a durable, slip-resistant 5-mil clear overlaminating film that offers graphics protection from scratching, tearing, and UV light—the StreetRap system is easy to apply and remove from properly prepared surfaces. It’s the perfect solution for unique graphics on a multitude of applications and surfaces.

Mikkelsen Graphic Engineering, Inc. (MGE), booth 1853, demonstrates both families of MGE/Kongsberg i-XL and i-XE digital finishing systems. The i-XE-32 system kiss- and through-cuts label stock and similar flexible materials in non-stop automated production. The i-XE, the fastest vision-based digital cutting plotter on the market, is now available in cutting widths up to 60 inches. Also displayed, seamless i-script print-to-cut workflow solutions with RIP partner ONYX Graphics. Also look for the new Kongsberg XP digital finishing system, capable of double the routing and cutting speed of the i-XL model. Over eight booths at SGIA will feature i-cut technology.

Mimaki USA, Inc., booth 405, expands its YES-Class line-up of products with two innovative printers capable of multitasking for greater productivity. The CJV30 Series is an integrated print/cut system that automatically prints and contour cuts without any steps in-between. It is available in four printing widths for a wide variety of applications. The UJV-160 is a roll-to-roll large format UV-curable inkjet printer that utilizes ultra-low heat emitting UV-LED curing technology to accommodate heat sensitive media, such as PVC. An optional flatbed attachment allows for printing on rigid materials. The UV-LED curing technology cuts power consumption and eliminates ozone generation for a more environmentally friendly environment. In addition, Mimaki announces Eco-HS1, a newly developed solvent ink that contains no cyclohexanone or NMP. This low odor, environmentally friendly ink features an expanded color gamut, improved magenta and light black inks, and reduced media shrinkage from solvent migration.

Mutoh America, Inc., booth 419, displays the ValueJet 1608-64-inch Hybrid. The ValueJet 1608 uses Mutoh’s Mubio ink, recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency Design for the Environment program. The ink allows direct printing on a wide range of rigid materials. Mutoh’s patented intelligent interweaving printing technology is standard on the ValueJet line. This technology allows for increased print speeds and virtually eliminates banding. Its increased accuracy and consistency of dot-to-dot contact improves the printed image, allowing for more latitude in profile settings. The new Mutoh 64-inch sign-cutting plotter for vinyl and contour cutting applications uses Mutoh’s patented Epos Technology and a unique job recognition feature, enabling cutting with practically no user intervention.

Nazdar Inks, booth 1241, announces the new Lyson TX6500 series digital water-based dye-sublimation inks formulated for use in Epson, Mimaki, Mutoh, and Roland digital printers. The Nazdar TX6500 series of Lyson brand digital wide format sublimation inks are designed to offer the user a vivid color set with good durability for both lightfastness and washfastness. When printed in conjunction with Nazdar Presstex heat transfer paper, maximum ink transfer is achieved to allow the highest level of ink to permeate the end textile substrate. The TX6500 inkset is specially formulated to run on an array wide format printers. The Lyson TX6500 inks are available in 1-liter bottles and 440ml and 220ml cartridges.

Neschen Americas, booth 2141, features Neschen Pure Color Media. Five fabrics cover applications ranging from signs and banners, to exhibit graphics, to art reproduction, theatre sets and more including Golden Gate Fabric, VersaFabric, Monet Canvas, Mambo Fabric, and Calypso Breeze Satin. Roll sizes range from 20 inches by ten feet to 98 inches by 164 feet. Also shown, a PVC coated media, SolvoTex PVC Standard Blockout. It is a 100 percent polyester media with a true 100 percent opaque blockout liner to allow double-sided printing with no shadows, washout, or bleed-through. SolovTex PVC Standard Blockout is certified fire resistant per NFPA 701 2004 Test #2 for use in indoor public display applications. It is fungus and UV resistant for use outdoors in bright sunlight and humid environments. It can be printed with solvent, eco-solvent, and UV-curable inks. The media is available in rolls from 20 inches by ten feet to 189 inches by 164 feet.

Océ North America, booth 1041, demonstrates a variety of products designed to take business "Beyond the Ordinary." For printing versatility, the Océ Arizona 250 GT offers printing without compromise on both rigid and flexible media. It uses UV-curable inks and Océ VariaDot imaging technology to deliver near-photographic image quality, includes a true flatbed platform to print a variety of rigid substrates, and features an optional roll-to-roll module for printing onto flexible media. For indoor and outdoor prints, the Océ CS9050 and Océ CS9160 eco-solvent roll-based printers deliver high-quality images without the need for an air purification system. Also on display, the Océ Streamlined Workflow—including a Zünd digital cutting table with appropriate tools, software for preparing and interpreting the cutting data, and pre- and post-installation application training and support.

ONYX Graphics, Inc., booth 2747, showcases the ONYX Graphics software suite. Now shipping is version 7.2 of its universal RIPs, including ONYX PosterShop and ONYX ProductionHouse, which provide printer support to more than 350 popular printer models. New features in Version 7.2 are designed to boost productivity, help realize additional cost savings, and ensure consistent output quality. ONYX Graphics software packages includes an impressive array of pre-flight tools that give users the ability to easily perform difficult tasks with consistent results. ONYX ProductionHouse software, designed for high-productivity commercial environments, enables users to work across platforms and drive multiple printers from various manufacturers.

Oracal USA, Inc., booth 2961, exhibits a range of products ideal for large scale POP, transit, and corporate identity applications. 3-mil ORAJET Series 3628 features a special low-tack adhesive that enables the graphic to be removed easily after initial application. It is compatible with today’s popular eco-solvent, solvent, and UV-curable inkjet printers. ORAJET 3268 Movable Wall Graphics Media is an economical 6-mil PVC film featuring a special low-tack adhesive that enables the printed graphic to be moved and re-applied multiple times after initial application with no adhesive residue. It is ideal for printing contour-cut graphics for promotional campaigns and in-home wall decorations. ORACAL Series 8800 Premium Cast Translucent Film is a 2-mil cast film that features outstanding day/night color consistency and a silk matte finish to reduce unwanted reflections. It is suitable for use on rigid, thermoformed, or flexible surfaces.

Roland DGA Corp., booth 731, highlights a host of innovative solutions for the sign and specialty graphics industries. Roland demonstrates its Pure Print Performance line of wide and grand format inkjet printers including AdvancedJET and SOLJET models ranging from 54 to 104 inches in width. The Hi-Fi Express FP-740 74-inch sublimation printer and popular SOLJET and VersaCAMM printer/cutter in 30- and 54-inch models will be featured with new R-Wear custom apparel solutions and ADA signage solutions featuring the Roland EGX-350 engraver. Live "Born to Wrap" vehicle wrap demonstrations are scheduled throughout the show.

Rollem Corporation of America, booth 2614, demonstrates the Champion ETR System, one of the newest models in Rollem’s two directional finishing line. It’s loaded with features like die-scoring, micro-perforating, automatic pile feeding, and flawless registration. The ETR increases production and profitability with the ability to load up to 30 inches of stock at one time as sheets are trimmed and cut in two directions. Process coated or cross grain paper can be used at speeds up to 18,000 sheets per hour with no toner cracking. Also shown, Advantage, Rollem’s most affordable suction feeding scoring, slitting, trimming, and perforating system. It is ideal for both short to mid-run digital and offset work. Combined with an economical price and its ability to run inline with eight page folders, inkjets, and gluing systems, performs multiple processes with a single operator, greatly reducing labor expenses and increasing profits. Circle 261

Royal Sovereign International, Inc., booth 3153, displays the latest laminators to the market including the RSC-1400H, RSC-1050CL, and the RSC-1400L cold laminator designed for the vehicle wrap market. Many of the laminator models now have the availability of optional front feed and rear take-up attachments designed for long rolls of printed graphics.

Sawgrass Technologies, booth 223, features Sublim and SublimDirect—next-generation digital sublimation inks for transfer or direct to textile commercial/industrial applications, and M-Ink—a groundbreaking new digital printing technology that delivers vivid, full color images on a vast array of substrates. From signage to car wraps, from fabrics to fine art, wide format digital printing solutions provide greater flexibility, more printer platforms, improved productivity, and industry-leading color. Ask about water-based formulations for the lowest possible impact on the environment.

Screen USA, booth 663, promotes the new Truepress Jet2500UV wide format ultraviolet inkjet press. The Truepress Jet2500UV handles rigid, sheet, and rolled media up to 98.4 inches wide and 1.96 inches thick. The top speed of 726.5 sf/h and maximum output resolution of 1,500 dpi are ideal for printing POS displays, banners, poster, and backlit signs, as well as billboards, wallpaper, and fabrics. The ability to switch from roll-fed stock to rigid materials expands the variety of printable substrates. The digital front end accommodates rotation, step-and-repeat, media optimization, and tiling. The press uses a grayscale printhead with seven levels. It comes standard with four process colors and is optionally available with light cyan, light magenta, and white inks.

Seiko I Infotech, booth 1019, introduces the ColorPainter H-104S. It prints up to 1000 sf/h with eight colors, while maintaining extremely high image quality and density due to eight high frequency drop on demand piezo inkjet heads. The new inkjet heads offer true 720 dpi resolution and bigger droplet sizes by firing multiple drops to maximize ink density levels—even at high print speeds. The new mild solvent inkset has excellent color and adhesion. The printer incorporates Smart Pass Technology to optimize pass-to-pass dot placement for smooth spot colors and gradients, as well as automatic head height adjustment to ensure the best image quality.

Summa, Inc., booth 247, demonstrates its DC4 54-inch and DC4sx 30-inch printer-cutters, which use thermal transfer ribbon printing technology to provide outdoor durability without costly lamination or harmful fumes. Summa printer-cutters are ideal for producing vehicle wraps, decals, labels, and signage. Also displayed, products from the highly advanced Summa S Class D and T series vinyl cutters, as well as the SummaCut-R series. All Summa vinyl cutters are optimized for contour cutting digital and screenprinted vinyl graphics using Summa’s OPOS-X, an accurate and reliable contour cutting technology.

Tara Materials, Inc., booth 3713, Fredrix 901SGSJ is a cost-effective canvas formulated for use with the latest generation of solvent jet printers. The specially designed top coat provides a wide color gamut and is available in assorted widths and sizes including widths up to 126 inches by the end of 2008. The 901SGSJ canvas product offers a price point closer to traditional solvent media while competing with the color gamut and D-max of water based canvas for fine art. This canvas can also be used for applications other than fine art such as creating POP banners, posters, roll-up displays, décor art, and trade show graphics.

Teckwin, booth 3331, provides the opportunity to experience Teckwin printers—the TeckStorm, the revolutionary high resolution UV flatbed printer; the TeckThunder, the printer with perfect integration of variable dot technology and hi-tech UV digital printing; and the TeckRouter, the digital cutting system equipped with i-cut Vision software, the industry’s most utilized vision finishing system.

Testrite Visual Products, booth 3306, manufactures portable trade show booths designed for all corporate, exhibition, and display needs. The company also produces banner stands, pop-ups, roll-ups, 3D Collage System, wall, and ceiling displays. Testrite offers products at a budget that every business can afford.

Tri Vantage, LLC, booth 2556, introduces eight new window graphics. panoRama Star and panoRama Film allow one-way see-through features for posters, room dividers, and advertising on or near windows. panoRama Vision allows applications on advertising space, such as shop windows and doors. panoRama Design is a perforated woven textile that features a one-way vision transparent effect with a white and black side. panoRama Translucent Eye Catcher is suitable to communicate messages on glass and transparent materials such as those found in vehicles, doors, and buildings. The panoRama 1550 range is perfect for images needing fine text and details and is recommended for vehicle and window graphics requiring close viewing. The panoRama 1540/1530 range is great for maximum contrast and printing results.

Triangle Digital INX Co., booth 2831, exhibits EasyFill PRO bulk ink delivery system for Mimaki JV5 or JV33 printers using Triangle PicturePerfect JVV inks. Grouped with the Easy Reset, an automatic chip-emulation system that replaces the need for OEM chips, the new bulk system helps curb excessive ink costs and keeps workflow moving efficiently. EasyReset, a main component of the new system, generates special codes each time a printer reboots, bypassing the need to use and replace OEM chipped cartridges. The new JVV inks, available in six colors are cyclohexanone free and boast a higher chroma, is most noticeable when evaluating magenta.

Ultraflex Systems, Inc., booth 1731, displays BIOflex, PolyeLite, and eco-friendly textiles. These earth friendly products are amongst over 30 other unique Ultraflex product offerings including various front lit, backlit, blockout, mesh, wallscapes, carpet, and rigid medias. BIOflex is a biodegradable PVC front lit sign media that breaks down and turns into a non-toxic dust when exposed to landfill conditions. BIOflex can be digitally or screenprinted. It is available in 1.37, 1.6, 1.83, 3.2, and 5 meters by 50 meters in length. PolyeLite is a recyclable lightweight—5.5- and 7.5-mil—durable polyethylene for UV printing of billboard applications. Green textiles include UltraCotton C200 and UltraTex Organic C260.

Wasatch Computer Technology, booth 2337, continues to revolutionize the production of color separations for screen, flexo, and litho printing with its release of SoftRIP Version 6.4. This latest upgrade includes a new feature that enables users to compute their own Wasatch Precision Rosette Screens. These screens produce perfect center-filled rosettes eliminating moiré and produce excellent quality output. This feature provides increased flexibility on angles, lines per inch, and dot shape, and the ability to support nearly every image setting device in the world. Version 6.4 also includes new screens specific to the flexo industry, Press Curves that allow for two-stage calibrations and controls for linearizing the press, output to TIFF files that make Wasatch compatible with a wide range of output devices, and full compatibility with 64-bit versions of both Windows XP and Vista.

Zünd America, Inc., booth 453, debuts the new Zünd G3 flatbed cutter to the North American market. Developed specifically for around-the-clock operation, the construction of G3 is solid and heavy duty. Improved material hold down and a more robust frame set G3 apart. A brand new modular tooling system based on hot-swappable, configurable modules combines up to three tools for cutting, creasing, and heavy-duty routing of materials up to two inches thick. The G3 offers, nine sizes to choose from, three modules, 11 different tools; integrated camera for optical registration; easy, touchscreen-based registration software with an extensive materials database and workflow automation; optional material advance and cutter extensions; and extremely user friendly operation with automated tool setup and management.

These are just a few of the vendors who plan to exhibit at SGIA. At least 15,000 attendees are expected. We hope to see you there.

Sep2008, Digital Output

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