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ISA International Sign Expo Preview

Additional Vendors and Products Seen at the Show

Last month we provided you with the first installment of our ISA preview, highlighting vendors at the ISA International Sign Expo, held by the International Sign Association (ISA) at the Orlando County Convention Center in Orlando, FL this April. We continue this month with additional companies exhibiting at the expo. Pick up a copy of this issue at our booth 2106 or in the distribution bins in front of the hall.

3P InkJet Textiles AG, booth 1958, showcases Value Mesh FR IQ-IJ651 and Value Real Backlit FR IQ-IJ687. Both are PVC-free and 100 percent recyclable. 230 g/m2 tear-resistant polyester IQ-IJ651 with a matte finish offers outdoor durability with vibrant, detailed images. The wrinkle resistant and matte textile IQ-IJ687 with little stretch is perfect for backlit display systems. It is a tightly woven display fabric in compliance with flame retardant tests in Europe and the U.S.

Agfa Graphics, booth 972, displays its newly expanded portfolio of inkjet solutions. The :Anapurna M2 is a heavy-duty industrial UV inkjet printer designed to produce top-quality output. Additionally, the :Anapurna Mw prints single-pass pre-white and multi-pass post-white. The Jeti Aquajet prints at up to 10.5 feet wide with production speeds surpassing 400 square feet per hour (sf/h).

Avery Graphics, booth 2358, launches the Avery MPI 1005 Supercast Series, featuring enhanced conformability and stay down over complex curves and rivets with no tenting or lifting. MPI 1005 Supercast is available with Easy Apply RS, Easy Apply, and Gloss Opaque LTR. Easy Apply air egress technology helps eliminate wrinkles and bubbles while Easy Apply RS provides repositionability and slideability, allowing film to move easily before pressure is applied.

Bienfang Products, booth 1664, features MightyPrint Expressions Foam Board. Three textures accentuate images printed directly to the surface. MightyPrint Glossy adds a reflective dimension with a high-gloss surface, MightyPrint Canvas allows users to print directly to a rigid canvas substrate, and MightyPrint Premier Kraft gives images a rustic look. Free samples are available at Bienfang’s booth.

Budget Inks, booth 1172, offers one free 1,000 milliliter cap or wiper cleaning fluid to anyone that mentions this listing at the show. On display, OEM replacement inkjet cartridges and cleaning solutions for HP Designjet 9000 and Seiko 64s digital presses. 1,000 milliliter cartridges are ready to use, just insert and print. Long-term performance and excellent resistance to color fading make the ink ideal for vehicle graphics. Other applications include banners, exterior signage, point of purchase (POP) graphics, vinyl clings, floor graphics, and more.

Caldera Graphics, booth 2672, presents its new V8 software optimized for X-Rite i1Prism and the Adobe PDF Print Engine. The Adobe PDF Print Engine enables integrated, end-to-end PDF workflow for printing graphically rich content. Caldera print solutions powered by Adobe PDF Print Engine allow PDF files to render natively, without conversion to PostScript, helping to ensure complex designs and transparency effects. i1Prism, the new X-Rite color management engine, contains an ICC profile generator that enhances color separation and color matching in the Caldera print workflow.

Clearstar LP, booth 2824, demonstrates the StarLam R1600 liquid laminator and MaraJet DI-LS replacement ink. The StarLam R 1600 is a roll-to-roll liquid laminator designed to apply a coating of water-based ClearShield liquid laminate. It handles a variety of substrates up to 64 inches. MaraJet DI-LS cartridges are plug-and-play compatible with Roland VersaCAMM and SOLJET printers. MaraJet DI-LS is available in 220 and 440 milliliter cartridges and in bulk.

Cyrious Software, booth 2334, exhibits Control OOB, an estimating and business management system for sign and graphics companies. The latest addition to the software is an innovative pricing and work order tool for textile products, which quotes jobs that include screenprinting, embroidery, dye-sublimation (dye-sub), direct to garment printing, heat transfer, and garment decoration.

Digital Designware, booth 1090, partners with ISA for the American Wrap Star competition. A maximum of 128 installers compete in a five-round vehicle wrap contest spanning three days. The semi-finals and final occur on Saturday when one contestant becomes the American Wrap Star 2010. Also, at Digital Designware’s booth, the 2010 version of Pro Vehicle Outlines is available in a printed catalog. The detailed manual contains all vehicles from 2008 to 2010 model years.

Drytac Corporation, booth 1644, highlights the VersaCoater XL UV coater, a high-speed finishing solution. Both the VersaCoater XL60 and 80 are engineered to handle flexible or rigid cut sheets up to three inches thick or roll media with an optional roll-to-roll feature. Drytac’s newly engineered customizable power connection option for the VersaCoater XL80 allows users to operate the machine using 25 percent less energy.

Durst Image Technology US LLC, booth 2548, introduces new Rho UV inkjet printers. The Rho 500R is a five-meter roll-to-roll UV inkjet printer that provides 600 dpi six-color print quality with an exceptionally high output of up to 4,000 sf/h. The new Rho 800 HS increases production by 80 percent. 72 four- by eight-foot boards are printed on per hour in high-speed mode. Also on display, the Durst Rho 1000 allows for maximum flexibility and production efficiency.

EFI, booth 2420, exhibits the VUTEk GS3200 UV-curable printer. It delivers 1,000 dpi high-impact color and consistency, two to three times higher print capacity for same day turnaround jobs, and unique three-layer white ink printing that extends offerings into high-end, premium margin applications. Also on the floor, the affordable Rastek UV hybrid wide format flatbed printer line. All digital inkjet technology solutions are optimized for use with the EFI Fiery XF production RIP.

Epson, booth 940, showcases the Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 64-inch solvent printer and new Epson Stylus Pro 7700 and 9700 24- and 44-inch printers. The Epson Stylus Pro 7700 and 9700 combine the precision of a MicroPiezo TFP printhead with Epson UltraChrome Vivid Magenta ink. Epson UltraChrome Vivid Magneta utilizes four colors—including dual-black ink technology—to produce industry-leading color with true archival capability.

FDC Graphic Films, booth 2126, announces in conjunction with 3M Graphics Market Center that FDC now provides expanded service levels to 3M distributors for certain 3M Scotchcal Electrocut and Scotchlite Reflective products. Products are shipped same day in a broad range of sizes with no order size minimums. Also on display, the Air Advantage air egress adhesive system. Combined with popular performance-matched digital print film, Air Advantage is designed to provide easy application for installers.

Fisher Textiles, booth 1762, debuts 480L Soft Poly Pad, compatible with both dye-sub and UV-curable roll-to-roll or flatbed printers. A three-layer material consisting of the company’s 480 Poplin makes up the printable side, which is laminated to a polyester fiber layer 100-mil thick. It is laminated to 480 Poplin Black on the backside. The middle layer consists of a high-quality polyester fiber made from 100 percent certified recycled plastic PET bottles.

Foster Keencut, booth 2173, displays the SteelTraK and V-Groove Cutting Tool, cutting materials up to five millimeters. The SteelTraK is available in 65- and 82-inch cut sizes. It includes a utility blade, scoring blade, glass scoring wheel, and a twin wheel cutting head. The V-Groove Cutting Tool attachment creates 3D pop-ups. Also on the floor, the Foster Keencut Evolution, available in five sizes from 64 to 144 inches.

Fredrix Print Canvas, booth 2102, presents Pearl 901SWR, a medium-textured poly/cotton-blend canvas with a satin/pearl appearance that outputs a fast drying gloss finish. It features a large color volume, excellent d-max, and high definition. Encore 901GSJ, a new premier glossy solvent canvas, is for those demanding the finest results in fine art reproduction. Encore is a glossy medium textured poly/cotton-blend canvas.

Graphics One, LLC, booth 764, showcases new SEPIAX water-based resin ink on a number of printers, including the RJ-900 indoor/outdoor. Priced at $9,495, the RJ-900 is the first printer to ship with SEPIAX ink. The ink is a direct-to-anything “green” product. Graphics One also exhibits its GO Salsa direct-to-fabric and dye-sub printers with GO Xtreme ink.

InteliCoat Technologies, booth 1641, features Magic inkjet media products now available in new sizes and put-ups. Popular Magic specialty media includes SCF-7 and SBL-7 polyester films, GFPHOTO and PosterMAX papers, STICK 2 and PPM-7 Polypropylene Banners, and POS PRO + UV- Block-Out retractable banner material for UV-curable printing. All products are now available in 54- and 60-inch widths.

INX Digital, booth 2772, demonstrates newly launched dye and pigmented inks for the HP 5000/5500 series printers and a newly formulated mild-solvent ink for the HP Designjet 8000, 9000, and 10000 and Seiko ColorPainter series. New HPS inks offer color and chemical compatibility with OEM inks, which means no profiling is required. This ink set also boasts higher resolution due to more accurate drop placement. They are available in 1,000 milliliter cartridges and one liter bottles.

Laminators Incorporated, booth 1226, offers a complete line of high-quality rigid substrates. The product line includes double- and single-sided panels with a solid or corrugated core, in various colors, sizes, and thickness. As an environmentally friendly alternative, the company offers Omega TerraMax, a new recycled paper composite board that features a lightweight honeycomb core.

Lintec Corporation of America, booth 2437, displays its line of pressure-sensitive adhesive films. Optically clear WINCOS and textured Mistlass window graphics films are compatible with UV-curable and eco-solvent printers.

Master Magnetics, Inc., booth 1759, exhibits PrintMagnetVinyl, available in 24- and 42-inch widths. It 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 displays, signage, and vehicle graphics, PrintMagnetVinyl sheeting is available in standard roll lengths of ten and 25 feet.

Miller Weldmaster, booth 1564, manufactures the T-300 Edge, which is setup for high-speed hems, pockets, and rope-in-hems to finish banners, signs, and printed media. The 112 Extreme welds pre-printed or printed media. The dual vacuum and high-speed welding system ensure perfect print alignment. The Impulse Extreme incorporates an effective thermo-impulse sealing technology with precision-controlled welding parameters.

MultiCam, Inc., booth 2080, announces the Digital Express high-speed digital registration, routing, and knife cutting system. It is available in a range of table sizes from 60x60 to 80x120 inches with a high-flow vacuum table. Router options are available from 2.7 to 5.5 hp with spindle speeds up to 50,000 rpm. Up to three knife-cutting heads can be configured with quick change cartridge options.

Mutoh America, Inc., booth 1246, holds vehicle wrap demonstrations daily at 11:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. by Todd LaBrie, CEO, Carwraps and Justin Pate. Also on display, the ValueJet 1628TD and 2628TD aqueous printers, designed for soft signage printing, incorporating innovative technology using a new printhead, best suited for polyester fabrics. The ValueJet line of printers incorporates Mutoh’s patented Intelligent Interweave Printing Technology.

Neschen Americas, booth 2042, releases the Seal Print Shield Xtreme UV. This premium grade, vinyl overlaminate increases the lifespan for indoor and outdoor applications by protecting them against environmental factors, as well as from UV-A and UV-B rays. A solvent-based acrylic adhesive prevents moisture damage, which increases the longevity of indoor applications to five years and outdoor to three years. Seal Print Shield Xtreme UV is available in gloss, luster, and matte.

Oracal USA, booth, 1850, introduces new Oracal Series 975 Carbon Fiber Cast. This three-dimensional film features a textured surface. Series 975 offers exceptional dimensional stability and conformability over uneven, arched, curved, and flat surfaces. It also features a transparent, solvent-based, repositionable adhesive-backed PE-coated silicone liner. It is available in black, brown, silver gray, and anthracite.

Pitman Company, booth 2172, features the HP Designjet L25500. Increase business opportunities with a printer that delivers unrivaled versatility with a wide range of outdoor and indoor applications. Experience easy, reliable HP Designjet printing and attract environmentally conscious customers.

Screen (USA), booth 1776, showcases the Truepress Jet1600UV-F. It prints images up to 122x63 inches at speeds of 140 sf/h on substrates up to 1.96 inches thick. The imaging system features eight individual printheads. The high-resolution linear scale incorporated into the head-positioning system results in extremely precise dot placement at fast printing speeds.

Seiko I Infotech, Inc., booth 1372, exhibits the ColorPainter V-64s, offering high-performance color printing with a new, low-solvent ink set, LX ink. LX inks use an average of 30 percent less ink to create the same color density compared to other eco-solvent ink printers in its price class. In addition, the ColorPainter H-104s and H-74s are on display.

Techno, Inc., booth 2701, debuts the new Techno Vision digital image verification system. It is equipped with a digital camera that automatically locates reference markers on a print file, verifies the image, and adjusts it for linear and rotational distortion. Vision Software, in operation with Techno’s G-Code CNC Interface, transfers this information to the LC Series CNC router.

Teckwin International, booth 2746, introduces the TeckPro UV3200 130-inch roll-to-roll printer that supports production speeds up to 990 sf/h with a double-sided backlit printing option. The media handling system supports rolls up to 750 pounds and prints on vinyl, banner, films, paper, and fabrics, all with a visible resolution of up to 800 dpi.

Universal Laser Systems, booth 1614, features VersaLASER customizable laser solutions, with laser power from ten to 60 watts and work areas from 16x12 to 32x18 inches. They provide flexibility with on demand signage, prototyping, packaging, and POP. Cut, engrave, and mark a wide variety of material, including acrylic, wood, Coroplast, glass, marble, plastic, leather, stone, paper, and rubber. Patented Rapid Reconfiguration allows for a tool-less, quick-change of laser power.

WP Digital AG, booth 1484, displays its newest Virtu RS UV flatbed/roll printer. Virtu RS printers are available in 8.2- and 11.5-foot widths. They are roll-to-roll ready and print on virtually any substrate, roll or rigid. The Virtu RS printers are available in six color CMYKlclm, six color plus white, or configured in four color CMYK mode. WP Digital also shows Europe’s hottest new printer, the SwissQprint Oryx UV flatbed.

Zünd America, Inc., booth 2957, demonstrates how Zünd cutting systems increase efficiency while reducing operating costs. Zünd systems are built for processing materials as wide as 125 inches and up to two inches thick. The company introduces the Zünd Cut Center. The cut-to-print registration software is an end-to-end solution from design, printing, to cutting of signs, displays, decals, banners, wraps, and more.

Apr2010, Digital Output

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