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Graph Expo 2007 Preview

A Look At The Upcoming Trade Show’s Highlights

By DO Staff

The industry is getting excited about this Fall’s Graph Expo graphic communications exhibition and conference, taking place September 9-12 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Explore an array of equipment and services for wide format output in the Wide Format Pavillion. We have provided an overview of what just a few exhibitors will feature. Digital Output is a Wide Format Pavillion sponsor this year. If you attend the show, please stop by booth 5642 to visit us.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., booth 2400, showcases the new imagePROGRAF large format printers—the imagePROGRAF iPF6100 and iPF5100—as well as the newest imageRUNNER models, including the Color imageRUNNER C5185. Canon is on hand to discuss its new and emerging technologies in the digital color and B&W production market and how Canon and its dealers can provide the right tools and technologies to grow businesses and drive profitability for print providers.

EFI, booth 3000, exhibits its award winning VUTEk QS3200 UV-curing digital inkjet printer. The QS3200 delivers an unmatched combination of High-Definition print quality and high production speeds—both critical success factors for superwide format print shops and commercial printers wishing to enter the superwide format market. The ability to change between rigid and flexible substrates in under a minute to produce output up to 900 square feet or up to 22, 4x8-foot boards per hour enables shops to meet demanding turn around times.

EFI’s Fiery XF RIP is featured with VUTEk superwide format printers. The Fiery XF provides a powerful production solution for today’s higher volumes and tight turn around times. Its advanced user interface comes with production features that simplify work processes and includes nesting, step and repeat, tiling, job monitoring, and proofing functionality.

Epson, booth 4429, debuts new additions to it’s Pro Imaging line with the introduction of the Epson Stylus 4880, 7880, 9880, and 64-inch Epson Stylus Pro 11800. All four printers feature Epson UltraChrome K3 Ink. The Epson Stylus Pro 11800, the company’s first 64-inch printer, features a brand new print head. It has 360 nozzles per channel and can achieve resolution levels up to 2880x1440 dpi with variable-sized ink droplets as small as 3.5 picoliters. Featuring an even higher level of ink droplet accuracy, the MicroPiezo TFP print head features a new ink repelling coating technology to dramatically reduce nozzle clogging. Combined with Epson’s new AccuPhoto HD screening technology at an astonishing resolution of 2880x1440 dpi, Epson has once again raised the bar for professional image quality.

FujiFilm, booth 4406, exhibits Fujifilm Vybrant Series solvent printers. As its name implies, the Fujifilm Vybrant series of solvent printers provide bright, vibrant color and rapid production speeds, making them some of the most reliable roll-to-roll solutions available on the market today.

The Vybrant series of roll-to-roll printers are fully motorized in order to maximize productivity. The heavy-duty media unwinding/winding system is capable of handling materials in excess of 300 pounds for hours of trouble-free, unattended printing. The automatic head height adjustment feature means the Vybrant is compatible with a variety of substrates, ranging from 2.5 mm up to 4.5 mm in thickness. In addition, variable pressure rollers accept a wide range of flexible media, up to 10 feet wide.

Gandinnovations, booth 4474, showcases three of its fastest selling Jeti grand format printers.

Among the printers is an enhanced version of the Jeti 3150 UV flatbed with 48 Spectra print heads demonstrating the fastest output from a flatbed printer at the show. A true flatbed table using linear motion to control movement ensures perfect registration on rigid and flexible materials. A strong sectional vacuum table holds virtually any rigid material in place up to 2 inches in thickness. The white ink, clear varnish, and CMYK option provides even more versatility.

Also on display is the Jeti 1224, a compact and economical flatbed specifically designed to give print shops the versatility they desire. The Jeti 1224 UV True Flatbed uses 24 Spectra print heads to produce high speed graphics in 6 color. Easy loading and unloading of large and heavy material can be performed by one person with the 4x8-foot print area.

Hewlett-Packard, booth 1229, displays the 8-color pigment ink HP Designjet Z6100 Printer series. Available in 42- and 60-inch models, it can print over 1,000 square feet per hour. It also features new HP Double Swath Technology, the first-ever Optical Media Advance Sensor, and an embedded X-Rite i1 spectrophotometer.

Also on display is the HP Indigo press 5500. Designed for the production of marketing collateral, direct mail, photo specialty products, books, and manuals, the HP Indigo press 5500 delivers the offset look and feel afforded by HP Indigo technology and liquid HP ElectroInk.

HumanEyes Technologies demonstrates its latest software for 3D and lenticular production at numerous partner booths throughout the show, including HP’s booth 1229; Gandinnovations’ booth 4474; Fujifilm Graphic Systems’ booths 4381and 4480; and Océ’s booth 4463.

HumanEyes provides end-to-end solutions for easy content creation, design, and production of printed lenticular and 3D projects enabling wide format printers to create printable 3D, flips, and animated images. These solutions give wide format printers the opportunity to incorporate 3D and lenticular printing services into their portfolio as unique, added-value services and as a strong point of differentiation. 3D and lenticular images give an astounding first impression and are proven to provide true, lasting power for promotional messages.

KAPCO Graphic Products, booth 5170, exhibits its new Solvent Specialty PVC Banner/Wallcovering—great for indoor and short term outdoor promotional advertising and point-of-purchase banners when a unique textured appearance is needed. Its special backing is designed for Type I and 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 widths of 30-, 54-, and 60-inch by 75-foot rolls. Choose from three texture finishes—Leather, Canvas, and Plaster.

Kodak, booth 1246, displays the KODAK NEXPRESS S3000 Digital Production Color Press. The latest high end production press in the NEXPRESS Platform runs 3,000 A3 sheets per hour, or 100 A4 pages per minute, for a full range of supported substrate types and weights (60-350 gsm). Maximum sheet capacity totals 11,000 with targeted monthly print volumes of 450,000 or more.

MacDermid ColorSpan, booth 5081, demonstrates the ColorSpan 5465UV printer. The 54-inch-wide printer combines ultra-high print quality, with the outdoor durability of a solvent printer, and the media versatility and cost savings of a UV printer. It uses variable drop printheads to achieve addressable resolutions of 600x300, 600x600, and 1200x600 dpi and an apparent resolution up to 1800 dpi.

Also on display is the ColorSpan 9840UV, the company’s high-speed industrial flatbed inkjet printer. This belt-feed UV-curable inkjet printer can print on media up to 98 inches wide and 2.75 inches thick at speeds up to 811 square feet per hour.

MGE, booth 4882, exhibits the MGE/Kongsberg i-XL and i-XE lines of digital cutting plotters. The i-XL system is being shown utilizing full automation including an auto-feeder for loading wide format printed sheets of flexible and rigid printed materials onto the cutting table. After the pieces are precision-cut or routed, they go into the stacking unit where the finished printed pieces are automatically stacked. The i-XE smaller format system also utilizes auto feeding capability, and demonstrates finishing for flexible printed material from smaller format offset and digital presses.

Mimaki, booth 4874, exhibits the new Mimaki JV33 Solvent Printer, which takes the best of the JV3 and makes it better with two models. The JV3-130S 54-inch and JV33-160S 64-inch are ideal for printing seemless graphics and vehicle wraps. The JV33 is the perfect wide format printer for those who are budget minded but can’t afford to give up performance.

Mutoh, booth 5274, displays the ValueJet 1204-48 and ValueJet 1604-64, starting at $14,995. The line includes a 48-, 64-, and a 100-inch model, generating print speeds up to 185 square feet per hour in production mode. Standard on the ValueJet is Mutoh’s Patented Intelligent Interweaving Printing Technique. Revolutionary in the piezo printing application world, this technique allows for increased print speeds and virtually eliminates banding.

Also on display is the Ultima Cutter 1400, Mutoh’s fourth generation of cutting plotters. Offering the traditional quality of Mutoh drag-knife cutting plotters, the Ultima series has been developed for extreme ease-of-use. As a stand-alone cutting plotter, the Ultima can cut, plot designs onto paper, or perform punching as required.

Nazdar SourceOne, booth 5074, exhibits the TeckWin TeckSmart UV1600 and UV2500 series printers. The printers are capable of printing up to 7-color graphics at up to 720 dpi. Selectable uni or bi-directional print modes for edge-to-edge printing on roll fed, or rigid sheet media. The TeckSmart UV1600 and UV2500 series printers offer the perfect combination of quality, performance, versatility, and value that Nazdar SourceOne’s customers have been seeking.

Océ Wide Format Printing Division, booth 4463, demonstrates a streamlined large format workflow featuring the revolutionary Océ Arizona 250 GT UV flatbed printer. This award winning UV-curable printer continues to be one of the hottest large format flatbed printers on the market. A variety of substrates will be used, demonstrating its versatility and near-photographic image quality. The Océ CS9000 Series roll-based inkjet printers will also be producing prints using odor-free, eco-solvent ink with an outdoor durability of up to three years.

Visitors can also see 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.

Rollem International, booth 3429, offers the new Jetstream, a high speed, high volume system that processes an 8-up postcard sheet from press sheet to individual cards at speed up to 32,000 cards per hour. Also displayed is the TR Continuous Feed Strike system, performing streamlined production on a letterfold coupon mail piece. Rollem also demonstrates new paper drilling technology with the PB-15.

Zünd America, booth 4274, exhibits digital flatbed cutting systems for high-speed, high-accuracy cutting and routing of printed materials, including flexible, rolled, sheeted, and up to 2-inch-thick rigid substrates. With three fully configured Zünd models and the new OptiScout cut-to-print registration system, Zünd demonstrates automated finishing workflow with Prepare-it pre-flight suite in a variety of screen-printed and digital print applications. In addition, Zünd shows advanced machine options including AKI, Tool Manager, Driven Rotary Tool, V-Cut Tool, and High Speed Foam-Cut tool.

Graph Expo 2007 features hundreds of exciting new products and announcements for wide format digital output.

We hope to see you there!

Sep2007, Digital Output

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