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SGIA 2009 Preview

Held in New Orleans, LA from October 7 to 9, 2009, the annual Specialty Graphics Imaging Association (SGIA) Expo & Conference is sure to be filled with innovation and education—from both the graphic arts community and the rich culture of New Orleans. 15,000 visitors are expected to attend the new, revamped three day event held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The show floor will be packed with over 300 exhibitors and 50-plus educational sessions. Visit Digital Output at booth 2139 to share your favorite technology and top jazz spots on Bourbon Street!

Advanced Greig Laminators Inc. (AGL), booth 719, showcases the Encore Maxim laminator and new Economy line of Cover-Rite pressure-sensitive vinyl overlaminates. These overlaminates are available in a gloss, lustre, and textured matte finish. Also on display, AGL’s new product guide, which displays Cover-Rite, Mount-Smart, and Shadow-Block products for the wide format finishing industry.

Advanced Innovative Technologies (AIT), booth 2619, exhibits two models of rotary drum, heat transfer machines for digital dye-sublimation (dye-sub) fabric printing. Both feature oil heated drum systems. Model 7240IJO is significantly upgraded in production speed and enhanced substrate handling systems. The popular 7372IJO for printing up to 72-inch wide fabric is also on display. A new pneumatic platen press, 120CR, with a 30x40-inch platen size represents the AIT range of platen machine sizes available up to 60x100 inches. The back wall of AIT’s booth is constructed from AIT’s fabric_frame system. fabric_ frame is a lightweight framing system for dye-sub fabric graphics with a quick and easy exchange of graphic inserts.

Agfa Graphics, booth 2223, demonstrates the :Anapurna M2, :Anapurna Mw, :M-Press TIGER, and a newly-configured :Dotrix Modular. The :Anapurna M² is a heavy-duty industrial UV inkjet printer, designed to produce output on a wide range of rigid and roll-to-roll media. The :Anapurna Mw adds single pass pre-white and multi-pass post-white to the :Anapurna M series, creating new possibilities for printing on transparent material and backlit applications or printing white as a spot color. Agfa’s :Dotrix Modular uses high-quality, economical, and eco-friendly UV-curable inks, which don’t contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), to produce folding carton, flexible, and POP. The :M-Press TIGER is a high-speed flatbed inkjet press that, when combined with an inline screenprinting unit, provides flexibility to screenprint varnish, spot colors, gold, silver, and opaque white without any loss in productivity.

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc., booth 1027, expands its presence with a ten- by 30-inch booth. The eco-friendly booth design incorporates Act II FR fabric. Act II FR is made from 100 percent recycled polyester and is part of the Weaves of Green eco-friendly collection of fabrics. Also on display, Aurora’s Northern Lights Printable Textiles line; which recently introduced several new products. Malibu Canvas GF is a grand format canvas for solvent and UV-curable printing. Continuing on the "green" trend Aurora launches Nature’s Cotton, a line of 100 percent cotton fabrics for UV-curable printing. In addition, several new surprise fabric designs are in the works. Be sure to stop by the Aurora booth and register to win a HSGM Heatcutter.

Avery Dennison, booth 917, debuts a new line of eco-friendly products and two new overlaminates in the Ultimate Cast product line and highlights the company’s sustainability efforts and. More than ten printer and distributor partners print popular Avery Graphics products in their booths so attendees can see first-hand the printability, image quality, and color pop that Avery Graphics digital media provide. Show attendees also experience a personal introduction to the Easier. Better. Faster. Program and new, streamlined product naming system.

Bienfang, booth 411, showcases the newest addition to the MightyCore family of foam boards—MightyPrint-Glossy, structured specifically for the digital flatbed printer market. MightyCore foam board, already noted for its superior strength and versatility, is now enhanced with white glossy paper, front and back, to allow for direct digital printing on one or both sides. No other board has the rigidity, warp-resistance, and dual-sided glossy paper layers required for more uniform and economical printing on aisle signs, POP displays, kiosks and exhibits.

Bruin Plastics Company, Inc., booth 2519, introduces the Value Banner line of substrates designed for digital imaging and screenprinting with solvent-based inks. The collection includes ten- and 13-ounce single-sided and 13- and 18-ounce double-sided opaque. All products are available in multiple widths with a matte finish and are competitively priced. Bruin also showcases a printable mesh with release liner, which allows banners to be printed while preventing ink flowing through the mesh onto the equipment.

Caldera Graphics, booth 743, showcases Flow+ to help print shop owners regain possession of their shop. Users can access information from all company departments including sales, production, finishing, logistics, and accounting. Flow+ is the first workflow software that interacts directly with the RIP spooler. A complete wide format business workflow solution, it provides information and control 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.

Chin.E Technologies (CET), booth 1423, displays the new RK512 roll-to-roll UV printer, available in two sizes, 62 and 120 inches, and capable of printing at 340 square feet per hour (sf/h) and 680 sf/h, respectively. Also on display, the Hybrid 72-inch Xpress HK512 UV printer. The HK512 allows for edge-to-edge printing, variable pressure rollers, integrated media guidance, and a smoothing function that eliminates UV banding. The printer handles media up to 72x96 inches and one-inch thick. CET’s Xpress F512, a four- by eight-foot flatbed printer, is capable of producing 360 sf/h and 675 sf/h, respectively. For finishing, the Xpress CNC router/cutter comes in two table sizes and is bundled with software for three-dimensional signage and contour cutting. The Xpress flatbed and router/cutter is available separately but works together in CET’s entry-level $100K Print & Cut System.

Clear Focus Imaging, booth 1634, debuts a 15-inch perforated window film for Gerber EDGE printers and an improved version of its screen-printable SuperVue clear interior-mount film, ideal for retail window signage that requires protection from weathering, abrasion, and graffiti. Other new products include 60-inch ImageVue, which features a 65/35 perforation pattern and 1.5-mm holes, and SuperVue, featuring a 50/50 perf pattern and 2-mm holes. Both products are compatible with wide format digital imaging using solvent, eco-solvent, and UV-curable inks, as well as screenprinting and thermal transfer. To complement these wide format window films, the company offers a 60-inch version of its CurvaLam conformable PVC overlaminate.

conVerd, booth 1817, presents a green product line that is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified and adheres to the highest social and environmental standards in the market. Enviroboard Moisture Resistant (MR) is a sustainable alternative to traditional foam core and corrugated plastic boards. It is 100 percent recyclable, FSC-certified, and moisture-resistant. Enviroboard is printable on both sides and ideal for indoor and short-term outdoor applications. Available in sheets for flatbed UV printing, it is ideal for POP, standees, menu boards, danglers, trade show displays, and educational signage. Easy to install, users cut and customize shapes and assemble using grommets, frames, easels, double-face tape, velcro, or suction cups. Also on display, Blox-Lite, a 100 percent opaque banner and sign material and CityLight Plus!, a FSC-certified bright white coated two-sided translucent backlit poster paper.

Cooley Digital Products, booth 1106, exhibits EnviroFlex. The media is up to 60 percent lighter in weight than an industry standard 12-ounce substrate, reducing installation time and lowers overall transportation costs. EnviroFlex seamless substrates are ideal for a variety of uses, including billboards, banners, 30-sheet poster or boards. It offers a 40 percent lower carbon footprint and uses less petroleum-based materials. Also on display, Weathertyte Lite Advanced Awning Fabric, an 11-ounce substrate, which offers the look and feel of an architectural fabric, with the waterproof protection of an advanced polymer. Weathertyte Lite is digitally printable, allowing for custom imaging of awnings and banners. It is UV, fungus, and flame resistant; and NFPA701 and CA Fire Marshall approved.

Cyrious Software, booth 451, provides estimating and business management software for the sign and graphics industries. The latest release of Cyrious Control software includes powerful new features for textile imaging, including screenprinting, embroidery, direct to garment, dye-sub, heat transfer, and packaging. Control also features new, detailed options for ADA signage.

DaVinci Technologies, Inc., booth 1951, displays Enviroboard MR, a ridged, moisture-resistant board, which is a multi-ply alternative to traditional foam board and corrugated plastic boards. Enviroboard is printable on two sides for indoor POP upright and hanging sign applications and is available in sheets for flatbed UV printing. Enviroboard is environmentally friendly because it is 100 percent recyclable and is FSC-Certified.

DHJ Int./Decoprint, booth 743, launches Bi-Theater for eco-solvent, solvent, and UV-curable inks. Similar to the company’s standard Decoprint media this product is printable on both sides. Additional products from the Decoprint line, such as Bi-Night High Drop and Pearl, are now offered as formaldehyde-free fabrics. Decoprint also launches a lightweight multi-purpose polyester canvas called Green Drop that is halogen-free with no antimony oxide, but is still classified fire retardant.

DigiFab Systems, booth 2743, shows its newest StampaJet eight-color, high-speed, textile digital printer for high-quality production runs on virtually any kind of textile substrate. This latest addition to DigiFab’s line of products reaches a production speed of up to 39 linear yards per hour. The printer uses a new self-cleaning adhesive belt transport system that prevents even the smallest movement of the substrate—ensuring perfect registration with any kind of fabric, woven, stretch, and sheer. In addition, DigiFab unveils new textile/printing products.

DreamScape, a division of Roysons, Inc., booth 2255, highlights the DreamScape brand of embossed vinyl media, a unique product line engineered for solvent, eco-solvent, and UV printers. DreamScape also presents new products including Bling!, a new metallic look media for solvent printing and GalleryPro, an economical artist canvas textured vinyl for giclée and volume art reproduction. Also, a new lightweight economical, digitally printable wallcovering called DreamScape Light is displayed.

DuPont Graphics, booth 1128, exhibits DuPont Tyvek print media—strong, lightweight, and easy to handle, without fear of ripping or tearing. The versatility of Tyvek allows for a variety of production options and a broad range of applications including POP and indoor and outdoor signage. And it’s responsibly recyclable - Tyvek offers a recycling program with Waste Management. The latest wide format offering from DuPont is Tyvek Vivia. Tyvek Vivia offers all the high-performance benefits of traditional Tyvek, plus a brighter white surface for more vivid colors and a soft texture that helps resist wrinkles and creases.

Durst Technology US LLC, booth 2201, features the Rho 1000, Rho 500R, and Rho 800HS printers. A continuous UV printer integrated into existing manufacturing processes, Durst’s Rho 1000 guarantees a maximum output of over 200 four- by eight-foot boards per hour, without interruption, while ensuring optimum quality with true 600x600 native dpi. The Rho 500R is a superwide five-meter roll UV printer, which provides a print output of 4,300 sf/h. The Rho 800HS is a continuous UV flatbed printer that increases production by 80 percent. Users of the Rho 800 series are able to realize increased levels of profit as a result of faster and more cost-effective completion of print orders, releasing extra capacity for additional business.

Drytac Corporation, booth 1925, displays the UV Liquid Coater line along with application training for our new products. The most recent addition is the DES4-Foam Edge Finishing System. The edge finishing system is specifically designed to work with medium to lightweight and heat-sensitive display boards to enhance substrates with an inexpensive decorative edging that adds protection and decreases warping. Drytac’s VersaCoater XL60 is also available for demonstration. Whether its posters or POP displays, flexible or rigid substrates, the XL60 offers a high speed finishing solution for just pennies a square foot.

Eastsign International Limited, booth 2417, displays five-meter wide PE woven for UV printing composite panels such as PS foam laminated by PVC foam and honeycomb panel wrapped by PVC foam. Also on display, an oil heating thermal transfer machine.

EFI, booth 1901, showcases a variety of printers from its VUTEk and Rastek lines. The GS5000r is a 5-meter printer producing backlit and display graphics with amazing image detail and crisp four-point text. The GS2000 offers eight colors plus two channels for white for traditional two-meter applications such as banners, signs, and POP displays. The GS3200 prints media up to 3.2 meters wide at up to 2,400 sf/h. EFI’s new Rastek T1000 is a best-in-class UV flatbed printer with a stationary vacuum table handles a wide range of rigid media.

Epson America, booth 2241, displays the Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 with solvent-based printing technology that creates output up to 64 inches and offers a solvent solution with a less harmful impact on the environment and worker health, while being fully compatible with virtually any solvent-based media. Epson also displays the Epson Stylus Pro 9900 44-inch printer that incorporates the latest achievements in photographic inkjet technology. It combines the precision of a MicroPiezo TFP printhead with the extraordinary performance of Epson UltraChrome HDR inks.

EskoArtwork, booth 1931, demonstrates both hardware and software tools for increased productivity. SignUp Auto is a fully automated nesting solution to help companies operate workflow in a nearly lights out process. The Kongsberg i-XE10 is one of a new range of fast, productive, automated digital finishing systems. The table handles kiss- and through-cutting of vinyl, polycarbonate, polyester, polypropylene, and carton on materials as large as 35.4x47.2 inches. The Kongsberg features a maximum cutting speed of 66 inches per second XP24 digital cutting machine and a working area of 66x126 inches. The Kongsberg i-XL 24, with a maximum material size of 69x135 inches, complements digital printing of sign and displays providing automation, high productivity, and precision.

Expolinc, booth 2049, features the Expolinc Soft Image System. The Soft Image is a large backdrop that easily unfolds in seconds. The fabric image is stored and transported already assembled. The systems’ lightweight makes it efficient and cost effective to transport. SGIA offers a special on the Expolinc Soft Image, stop by for details. Expolinc offers a lifetime warranty and products are in stock with 98 percent of orders shipping within 24 hours.

Fisher Textiles, booth 2833, feature printing demonstrations of it’s solvent fabric line throughout the duration of the show. Samples of Fisher’s various lines for dye-sublimation, UV, direct disperse, solvent, and aqueous printing will be readily available. New products include 110-inch Silver Flag liner and GF 4915 Pro Knit, which is a similar but less expensive version of Fisher’s very popular GF 4417 Soft Knit for dye-sub and UV printing. Fisher’s fabrics will also be featured in print demonstrations in Advanced Innovative Technologies' and Gandinnovations' booths at the SGIA show.

The Fletcher-Terry Company, booth 3233, manufactures a line of cutting and trimming products for the sign, digital, and visual communication markets. The Fletcher Substrate Cutter is an affordable solution for any sign making or graphic development business working in a pre- or post-print process. It cuts clean, straight, accurate, and debris-free materials such as Dibond, PVC, acrylic, polycarbonate, corrugated plastic, Alumalite, Gatorboard, and foam board. The Alta99 is an automated substrate cutter featuring a motor-driven lead-screw drive mechanism that cuts materials up to 99 inches with one pass. the Gemini Pro and Titan Cutter/Trimmers have a unique cutting head design that allows cutting positions to switch depending on the type of materials cut.

Fujifilm Sericol, booth 1301, showcases the latest innovations in wide format inkjet printers and solvent, UV, screenprinting, and textile inks. On display, the Inca Onset S20, which produces finishes ranging from satin to high gloss. The Onset S20 can be configured with CMYK and a choice of white, light cyan and light magenta, or orange and violet. Also on display, the Acuity Advance UV flatbed with a roll printing option. Available in four-color or with optional white ink, the Acuity series of printers are the ideal entry point UV flatbed printer. Both presses are driven by ColorGate, RIP technology to match and control color across multiple printers.

Hartman Plastics, Inc., booth 1539, exhibits Harty, an extra strong and dense ultra-rigid foam-centered board. Harty is offered for use where superior foam board strength is necessary. The lightweight panel is printable; an excellent choice for screenprinting and digital imaging. A complete line of foam boards is available from Hartman.

Hewlett-Packard (HP), booth 601, demonstrates the new HP Scitex FB7500 printer, a versatile UV flatbed printer designed for high-quality POP/POS applications, exhibition graphics, signage, backlit displays, and posters. With maximum speeds of up to 5,380 sf/h, a low cost per sheet, outstanding media versatility, and efficient, three-quarter automated loading, the HP Scitex FB7500 delivers the highest productivity of digital flatbed printers. Additionally, HP displays the HP Designjet L65500 printer with HP Latex Printing Technology. The HP Designjet L65500 offers print service providers a versatile printing system that produces durable outdoor and indoor applications up to 104 inches wide, while lowering the impact of printing on the environment. HP’s water-based Latex Inks provide many of the benefits of solvent-ink technology while producing odorless prints that emit low VOC levels.

Inca Digital Printers at Fujifilm Sericol, booth 1301, features the Inca Onset S20 UV flatbed printer, which delivers POP-quality production at speeds up to 2,688 sf/h. It allows users to manually handle one offs, with an optional material handling system for medium to long print runs, offering limited operator involvement for simple material and size changes. Users can replace individual printheads, further reducing maintenance costs. With a variety of inks and a choice of finishes, the S20 can print a range of products. While the standard color set is four-color CMYK, Fujifilm Sericol Ultratone inks offer lights, orange, violet, and white. Additionally, a choice of satin, semi-gloss, and gloss finishes, deliver versatility.

INX Digital International Co., booth 2131, highlights 440ml mild solvent and solvent ink cartridges designed for use in Roland SOLJET series printers and Mimaki JV5 and Mimaki JV33 printers utilizing Triangle inks. Triangle answers the market with high-quality inks in smaller packaging for printers that are not ready to make the switch to bulk inks. Triangle recommends cartridge inks for printers using less than one to two liters per month. Cartridges are available in four or six colors dependant on the printer series, and offer the same high-quality formulation, performance, and color gamut as the company’s regular bulk inks.

KAPCO Graphic Products, booth 1448, features several new water-based inkjet and solvent media. Learn about products like the water-based inkjet water-proof 11-mil Tyvek banner and 7-mil gloss white blockout film and solvent PSA 6-mil matte white vinyl in permanent, removable, or ultra-removable adhesive and Clear Focus Imaging EconoVue, PosterVue, and ReflectVue 60/40 Window Films. Also on display, solvent PSA 3-mil white vinyl with air release liner and gray permanent adhesive and PSA 3.5-mil premium white vinyl with clear permanent or removable adhesive now available in both gloss and matte finishes.

KIP, booth 2072, displays KIP 80, which delivers high-speed printing, precise imaging, and expressive color output at true 600x600 dpi. The printer includes a production-class print server that provides fast color file processing. Four online media decks feature on-the-fly roll changing. Users print CAD and GIS applications with the integrated AutoCAD driver. A comprehensive solution, the KIP 80 allows users to RIP, copy, and scan wide format documents with a single system.

MACtac, booth 1243, unveils new laminate and media products serving both the screen and digital printing markets. Additionally, MACtac features the company’s latest innovations including IMAGin B-free Window Films, RoughRap, and StreetRap. Through exceptional service, certified training, global research and development, and more, MACtac develops the solutions that address customer challenges.

Master Magnetics, Inc., booth 2523, features PrintMagnet Vinyl, available in 24- and 42-inch widths, which allows for high-resolution printing directly onto flexible magnetic material from solvent and eco-solvent printers. Ideal for a variety of indoor and outdoor uses such as graphics, POP, signage and vehicle graphics, Master Magnetic’s PrintMagnet Vinyl sheeting can be cut, slit, or die-cut for customized widths and lengths. Master Magnetics also offers ZipGrip flexible magnetic sheeting that can be laminated with a variety of high quality topcoats, such as vinyl or paper, depending on the required function of the magnet.

Matan Digital Printers, booth 1315, present new capabilities on the Barak UV superwide format product line, record production speeds combined with unique algorithms and features that position it in a class of its own. New automatic camera-based backlit workflow ensures fast and accurate workflow with full support up to 16 inches. Matan also holds the first presentation of the new eight separation workflow developed by Matan and Caldera for Barak high-quality modes.

Mimaki USA, Inc., booth 231, demonstrates the UJV-160, a hybrid roll-to-roll/flatbed, large format, UV-curable inkjet printer that utilizes ultra-low heat emitting UV-LED curing technology to accommodate heat-sensitive media, cut power consumption, and eliminate ozone generation for a more environmentally-friendly working environment. The UJV-160’s unique flatbed attachment converts the printer to a flatbed for printing on rigid substrates. Mimaki also introduces its next generation flatbed printer, the JFX-1631, which also utilizes UV-LED curing technology and is the successor to the JF Series flatbeds. The JFX-1631 incorporates eight printheads to achieve print speeds twice that of previous Mimaki flatbeds. Two types of eco-friendly UV inks are available—flexible and hard—for a wide range of printing applications.

Mutoh America, Inc., booth 2461, presents vehicle wrap demonstrations by Todd LaBrie, president/CEO, Car Wraps and graphic installer Justin Pate. On display, the ValueJet line-up, including the ValueJet 1614-64" printer, the roll-to-roll ValueJet 1618-64" dual –headed printer using Eco-Ultra Inks, and the ValueJet 1608-64" hybrid, which is an environmentally friendly solution using Mubio ink.

Nazdar SourceOne, booth 1237, provides textile and graphic screen, digital printing, and wide format digital imaging solutions including supplies, accessories, software, and equipment. With 88 years of color experience, Nazdar SourceOne is set apart from other distributors with skillful technical specialists, a knowledgeable sales team, and Nazdar Consulting Services. Nazdar SourceOne represents leading manufacturers of wide format digital imaging.

Neschen Americas, booth 2143, offers training sessions featuring Seal laminators, as well as Seal and Neschen laminates, adhesives, and SAV products. The company also partners with Expolinc to bring the art of display solutions to life. Check out new product launches as well, including the new Neschen Pure Color Apollo Flag.

Océ North America, booth 1643, exhibits the Océ Arizona family of UV flatbed printers, including the new Arizona 350 XT printer. It produces rigid prints as large as 98.4x120 inches or continuous two-up printing of four- by eight-foot rigid boards. While one board is printing, the other can be switched out. Océ VariaDot imaging technology delivers near-photographic image quality and up to 50 percent ink savings. Roll media and white ink options are added as business needs grow. With the roll media option, users print onto flexible media up to 87 inches wide. The printer features production print speeds up to 248 sf/h in rigid media and up to 188 sf/h using roll media.

ONYX Graphics, booth 2250, demonstrates ONYX RIP solutions, support offerings, and PrepEdge software for job preparation tasks and other new workflow products that improve the efficiency and profitability of your operation such as ONYX PrintMetryx. ONYX helps improve your bottom line results by reducing printing costs and increasing productivity. By combining color science, image processing, and print production knowledge, ONYX delivers powerful, reliable printing workflow solutions.

Oracal USA, booth 2555, demonstrates many of the company’s newer and most popular digital printing films. Among the materials highlighted Oracal’s new DT digital media (designed for low-temperature applications); ORALITE 5600, a flexible, printable reflective film designed for vehicle graphics; and ORAJET Series 3165GRA, a low-cost flat-surface film featuring the company’s RapidAir liner. Additional applications of Oracal digital media and laminating films are featured throughout the show in the PDAA Graphic Application Zone.

Pizazz, booths 421, 2125 & 2618, displays Pizazz multi•mounts, standoff systems that mount and connect panels for a vast range of retail and commercial applications. The patented design of Pizazz multi•mounts delivers significant functional benefits for incorporating layers of color, textures, offsets, and other dramatic display effects. And because they are individually secured, changing images is easy, fast, and safe. Pizazz multi•mounts are manufactured from a variety of materials including aluminum, brass, and resin and are available in a range of colors and finishes. There is also a line of resin standoffs that match Palight and Sintra foam PVC panels. Applications include sign panels, image displays, feature panels, menus, portable displays, building directories, posters, light boxes, point of purchase, mirrors, product displays, trade show and exhibition displays, reception area displays, artwork, and more.

ProEDGE, booth 1312, introduces the newest fourth generation precision mitering tool and thirteen decorator colors of the company’s hi-tech edging, including the new Brown Burlwood, their first woodgrain edging. ProEDGE’s booth workshops demonstrate how quick and easy it is to go from raw edge to finished ProEDGE in under two minutes.

R Tape, booth 2060, demonstrates eco-solvent and UV printable Claritex Polycarbonate Films in 10- and 15-mil 95 percent opaque white and clear, available in ten- and 20-yard roll lengths and up to 60-inch widths. Also on display, Eclypse Patterned Overlaminating Films, an embossed PVC with pressure-sensitive adhesive compatible with solvent, eco-solvent, UV inkjet, and screenprinted images. VinylEfx Metalized Vinyl films come in a wide selection of silver and gold chrome, brushed, florentine, engine turn, and colorful Mulit-Lens and prismatic patterns that draw attention to signage. Use as cut vinyl to an existing print or as a digital print media. Available in 15-, 24-, and 48-inch widths by ten- and 50-yard rolls.

Roland DGA Corporation, booth 2231, features the company’s entire product line including inkjet printers and printer/cutters, vinyl cutters, engravers, and photo impact printers. Live Born to Wrap vehicle wrap, VersaWorks Productivity, and Imagine 100 Ways to Make Money with your Roland presentations are scheduled throughout the show. Learn how to start a business or build one in the Biztools Pavilion. Hands-on demonstrations teach users to produce ADA Braille signage, personalized souvenir and gift items, unique R-Wear rhinestone apparel, and how to cut flock, twill, and a host of heat transfer materials.

Seiko Instruments USA, booth 843, exhibits the 64-inch mild-solvent inkjet ColorPainter V-64s, engineered for the mid-volume digital printing industry. It produces true 720x720 dpi printing resolution with CMYK, light cyan, and light magenta colors. The newly developed printhead allows the printer to achieve a printing speed of 172 sf/h. The new EG-Outdoor EX mild-solvent ink set features a low odor, offerings a better working and display environment and expanded media versatility, exceptional color, faster dry times, higher glossiness, and outdoor light fastness. The V-64s’ Smart Pass Technology enhances the beauty of the EG-Outdoor EX ink by eliminating or reducing pass-to-pass banding. A free blower unit comes with the printer; it supports media drying and take-up at maximum productivity.

Splash of Color, booth 2437, introduces an innovative new HeatWave 64 direct to fabric printer. Affordably priced at $59,995, the new HeatWave DFP-64 is a complete solution that prints directly onto polyester fabrics and other substrates for flawless results. The system features precision media handling components and an advanced on-board sublimation unit that ensures outstanding image quality and rich, saturated colors for flags, banners, textiles, and soft signage. The DFP-64 is engineered with a cork-covered cylinder that is used to print on stretchable fabrics such as lycra, spandex, and other sports textiles.

Teckwin International, booth 2067, launches an entry-level roll-to-roll UV printer, the TeckPro UV. Print speeds are comparable to most water-based color printers. Production mode printing is 968 sf/h with a resolution of 400x800 dpi. Highest quality mode printing is 538 sf/h with a resolution of 800x800 dpi. Maximum media width is ten feet and the ink works well on most banner, vinyl, and canvas substrates. The TeckPro UV and Teckwin’s UV flatbed with a roll-to-roll option, the TeckStorm R, are also on display.

Tex Visions, booth 647, displays the second generation Bowflag, the Bowflag 200, released in the Summer of 2009. The media was in R&D for almost two years to meet and surpass industry standards. These extensive tests were executed to support Tex Visions’ drive to provide the highest quality products in the industry.

Ultraflex Systems, Inc., booth 1235, promotes StripMesh Plus. Strip Mesh Plus is available in up to 3.2 meters wide with a PVC backing, replacing the previous porous paper-like backer that existed on StripMesh. The un-lined version of this mesh is called UltraMesh Plus. Descor, a high-quality, printable textile used primarily in decorative applications, which can be mounted in a frame or hung in traditional fashion is also displayed. This product meets the most stringent industry standards for structural materials including the IMO, M1, B1, NFPA701, CSFM, and various other certifications. Ultraflex also offers a wide variety of high-demand textiles such as UltraCanvas Lite C190, UltraCanvas Heavy C285, and new UltraCotton C370.

Value Vinyls, booth 911, is a supplier of digital and screenprinting media, as well as extensive industrial PVC options. The company provides laminated, coated, and mesh substrates for UV and solvent printers ranging from 26 to 196 inches wide with expansive custom capabilities. Value Vinyls recently introduced EcoLogic, an entirely PVC-free, 100 percent recyclable frontlit material. EcoLogic is plasticizer-, phthalate-, and heavy-metals free, produced for solvent and UV printing. At the SGIA show, all the entry banners are printed on Value Vinyls’ EcoLogic!

Vision Engraving & Routing Systems, booth 1125, manufactures a complete line of marking systems, offering table sizes from eight by ten inches up to four by eight feet. Visitors to the Vision Engraving booth learn how to make a fully compliant ADA sign using the 1624 Engraver and Vision Pro ADA-Assistant software. Also on display, the new 2550 CNC router with the digitally aligned cutting system camera to create graphics cutouts in Sintra. This new router is also capable of creating cutout letters, material cutouts of up to two by four feet, three-dimensional designs, and much more.

Wasatch Computer Technology, booth 2263, shares new features and the latest enhancements to Wasatch SoftRIP. The most recent upgrade, Wasatch SoftRIP Version 6.5, includes Wasatch Cost Estimator, which provides an accurate estimate of every job printed before the production process begins. Version 6.5 also includes the latest update to Wasatch Precision Stochastic Screens, an expanded suite of ICC input profiles that help make color matching more convenient, an improved profile view to assist users with visualizing color mapping; and a new performance mode for faster textile printing.

Zund America, Inc., booth 2215, demonstrates the new Zund G3 digital cutter. This next generation of digital cutters offers modularity and flexibility. The G3 cutter can be configured with up to two Universal Modules and the 1kW Router Module. The hot swappable modules allow you to cut and/or route a variety of materials common to the printing industry without giving up the benefits of speed and cut quality. Two new table sizes will operate in the booth, the G3 M2500 and the G3 3XL-1600.

Sep2009, Digital Output
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