SGIA Digital Expo was held December 8-10 in Phoenix, Arizona. Over 140 exhibitors were present, offering exciting products and announcements. More partnerships were realized, joining technologies and continuing industry consolidation.
DPI (Digital Printing & Imaging Association) held the DPI Product-of-the-Year competition in conjunction with the annual SGIA Trade Show. The competition honors those digital imaging products having a major and beneficial impact on the industry.
3M Commercial Graphics launched their new family of short and medium-durability films for solvent piezo inkjet printers. The Scotchcal Graphic Film Series IJ20 and RG20, and IJ40 and RG40 are non-cast products that 3M says are ideal for outdoor or indoor use. In addition, 3M released their new film for solvent-based piezo printing—Colortrac Plus Removable Graphic Film with Comply Performance 3545C.
Aries Graphics International and Onyx Graphics, Inc. announced their joint Design-to-Print large format printing solution, consisting of Aries Graphics Sign Wizard 6 and Onyx Graphics Workflow Version 6.5 color production software. Onyx also announced their release of CUT-Server 2.0 with an easier interface and improved cut accuracy, as well as new specialty ink tools.
DuPont showed the newest addition to the DuPont proofing family. The Cromalin Largo2406 and Largo4406 DuPont inkjet proofing systems are controlled and driven by an all new DuPont Cromanet CS software-based color output controller. The company also had its Cromaprint 22UV UV curable inkjet flatbed, launched in November 2005, on hand.
Durst Image Technology featured the Durst Rho 600 Large-Format Flatbed UV Inkjet Printer, equipped with white ink and varnish printing as well as their proprietary Quadro Array printing technology.
Durst also gave presentations on the Rho 350R Roll-to-Roll UV Inkjet Printer. The Rho 350R, available in the second quarter of 2006, is an 11.5-foot-wide digital imager that utilizes highly flexible, adhesive proprietary Durst-branded inks.
ErgoSoft announced the release of PosterPrint 12, its digital printing RIP. ErgoSoft tells us that PosterPrint is an industrial level solution for production of large format graphics which combines outstanding image quality and color fidelity with speed, and functionality unlike any other RIP on the market today for large format graphics.
ErgoSoft was chosen as a DPI product award winner. ErgoSoft TexPrint RIP won a Product of the Year Award for Software & Related Systems.
Fisher Textiles showcased some of its newest fabrics, including ES 400 Lite Poly and ES 300 Thermal Banner, for ecosolvent printers. Both are available in 58" width, 50 yard rolls. Other new additions to their line include three fabrics for aqueous inkjet printing—Micro Poly, Poly Taffeta, and Poly Duck.
Fujifilm Sericol USA featured the Inca Spyder 320, with a new increase in speed to 860 sq/ft an hour in bidirection printing mode. First introduced at FESPA 2005 in May, the Spyder 320 has since been Inca’s best-selling machine. The unit has a large format bed size that measures 126 x 63 inches, pin registration facility, and a precision motion system. For those just entering the flatbed market, the Spyder has a low price of $350,000.
Graphtec America, Inc. had their new SignJet Pro JS300 eco-solvent inkjet printer on hand. The $19,995 unit features eight print heads, 200/400 dpi resolution, and a maximum print width of 72".
InteliCoat Technologies showed its new additions to its Magic line of media for solvent inkjet printers—GFPOLY, a 10-mil glossy polypropylene banner, and GFMP140/GFMP212/GFMPTRP 72" matte latex, wet strength papers. InteliCoat also introduced Magic DS130 Dye Sublimation Paper for aqueous piezo wide format printers.
Leggett & Platt Digital Technologies introduced the industrial quality Virtu7200 with the new, optional AutoLoad System, which reduces substrate handling, and enables the printer to achieve maximum throughput by eliminating dependence on the operator to keep up with the high speed printing output. L&P Digital Technologies also promoted the company’s new Virtu7200 textile printer with DirectUV UV+Dye Ink printing that prints direct to textiles without transfer paper.
MGE and Esko-Graphics announced the introduction of the Kongsberg i-XE-10 system, based on the technology of the Esko-Graphics Kongsberg family of cutting and creasing tables, scaled down to a new platform and smaller format. The new table combined with the i-cut Vision system, is designed to offer a faster and more productive solution for sign, decal, and other specialty graphic applications.
Mimaki USA was awarded five prestigious DPI Awards. The JV3-75SP with Mimaki ES3-Eco Solvent ink and Avery 1005EZ media won for the Presentation Size category. The JV22160 with Mimaki Pigment ink and Mimaki PET Gloss Media won for the Photo category. The JV3-250SPF with Mimaki HS1 ink and UltraFlex Gloss media won for the Grand Format Category. The JV22-160 with Mimaki Dye ink and InteliCoat Magic Fab 6 media won for the Banner Fabric Category. And finally, the GP-604D with Mimaki Textile Pigment ink and Gildan Heavy Cotton T-shirt media won for the Direct Inkjet Garment Printer category.
Mutoh showcased the new Toucan LT Board Printer for rigid and flexible materials. It also displayed the new Diamond Shield media line, which includes gloss and calendared vinyl, scrim banner and double-sided banner, photo paper, and backlit film.
Mutoh won two DPI Awards—Mutoh Toucan LT Board Printer for Output Devices/Rigid Substrates category; Mutoh Toucan LT for Output Devices/Poster Size.
Nur Macroprinters introduced a new roll-fed wide-format inkjet press equipped with UV-curable inks as well as updates and enhancements to existing products. Visitors saw the first public preview in North America of the new NUR Expedio 3200 wide-format UV-inkjet press and demonstrations of the NUR Tempo flatbed inkjet press running white ink.
Océ North America, Inc. ran the Océ CS6060 large format solvent inkjet printer, highlighting the PAT Captivair air purification system. This system dries the printed media while removing nearly all solvent odors directly from the source and exhausting clean, filtered air back into the room.
On display for the first public viewing in the U.S., Spartanics featured their laser cut system from Klemm for marking, kiss-cutting, and through-cutting labels, promotional items, and more. A high speed laser beam allows web speeds of 100 ft/min+.
VUTEk, a division of EFI, exhibited its popular PressVu UV family of UV-curing flatbed/roll-to-roll printers. Visitors to the booth saw the new 3.2-meter, PressVu UV 320/400 and the PressVu UV 200/600.
Those who had the chance to attend SGIA Digital Expo most likely left with a host of new technologies to grow their business. SGIA ‘06 is scheduled for September 26–29, 2006 in Las Vegas.