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SGIA 2010

Fall brings the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association’s (SGIA) annual trade show. October 13 to 15 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, SGIA promises to be an event full of exhibitors, educational sessions, competitions, and networking opportunities. This issue includes the first part of our preview. Read about more exhibitors next month. Both September and October will be on the show floor—grab them at the doors or visit us at booth 727.

 

3A Composites USA, booth 637, announces Omni-Flute, a fluted polypropylene sheet designed for creating cost-effective short-term signage and point of purchase (POP) displays. It features a smooth, treated surface available in Bright White, Black, and Natural. Flutes are designed to run either vertical or horizontal. Bright White Omni-Flute standard sizes include 48x96-inch sheets in three millimeter thickness. In four millimeters, Bright White Omni-Flute is available in 24x36-, 36x24-, 48x96-, 96x48-, 48x120-, 60x96-, and 60x120-inch sheets. INFO# 206

 

3M Graphics Market Center, booth 772, exhibits matte 3M Controltac Wrap Film with Comply Adhesive Series 1080. Ongoing application demonstrations for vehicle wraps and electrocut graphics are also held at the booth. INFO# 207

 

Advanced Greig Laminators, Inc. (AGL), booth 2435, expands its material offerings to include an environmentally friendly line to replace polyester overlaminates. These products range from Cover-Rite PP2G, used to protect and enhance “green” earth-friendly graphics to Cover-Rite A2 G, a biodegradable product approved for direct food contact. INFO# 208

 

Agfa Graphics, booth 2479, displays its diverse portfolio of solutions including the new :Anapurna M 2050, a six-color plus white ink UV inkjet system with eight printheads, 1,440 dpi, and optimized output at 247 square feet per hour (sf/h). The new Jeti 1224 HDC FTR produces up to 1,182 sf/h with inline white and optional flat-to-roll. Plus, Agfa’s :Jeti 3324 Aquajet is on display. It prints up to 10.5 feet wide at more than 400 sf/h. INFO# 209

 

Arlon, Inc., booth 2423, holds live vehicle wrap demonstrations illustrating how to apply DPF 6000XRP, a 2-mil cast film with X-scape Technology. Also, Arlon features its DPF 8000, a 3.5-mil industrial grade film used for hard-to-stick surfaces such as brick, stucco, concrete, and floors. INFO# 210

 

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc., booth 856, shows six new fabric styles. Adding to the Weaves of Green line of recycled polyester fabrics is Encore FR. It is constructed of spun yarns with a rugged texture and durability of polyester. Aurora also adds to its Northern Lights Printable Textiles line Heavy Knit 9, Stretch Knit 5, Soft Satin Knit, Ultimate Knit, and Triple White. INFO# 211

 

Caldera Graphics, booth 2659, launches EASYCOLOR, an OEM version of the Barbieri SWING. With a new design, it is 30 percent faster than its predecessor and positioned under $3,000. The Caldera EASYCOLOR, an affordable, easy to use, versatile, and reliable calibration automatic device, is built to achieve top quality prints from digital output devices. It is a solution for linearization and profiling of photographic and wide format output devices for flexible reflective and transparent materials with a thickness up to 0.7 millimeters. INFO# 212

 

Clear Focus Imaging, Inc., booth 629, showcases its full line of One Way Vision perforated window graphics films. New products include value-priced EconoVue for short-term applications; retro-reflective ReflectVue; digitally printable, non-adhesive PosterVue for interior or exterior mounting; and non-printable, interior-mount SunSecure for security, privacy, and heat/light control applications. INFO# 213

 

Cyrious Software, booth 2738, displays Control OOB, an estimating and business management system that enables users to easily generate estimates, work orders, service tickets and invoices; track and schedule jobs; manage employees, inventory, and production; organize customer information; and more. The program provides specialized tools for vinyl, electric signs, wraps and fleet graphics, flat stock screen printing, ADA signs, and textile applications. INFO# 214

 

DaVinci Technologies, booth 346, introduces EnviroScape Mural Plus!, a high-performance, dimensionally stable, breathable, and environmentally sustainable print media. EnviroScape Mural Plus! is designed with ten percent post-consumer waste fiber as an FSC-certified alternative to traditional and pressure-sensitive vinyl materials. Available with a water-activated and 100 percent removable adhesive system, it meets strict CA 01350 standards for indoor air quality—a prerequisite to meet LEED credit qualification, and carries a Class A fire rating upon ASTM E-84 testing. INFO# 215

 

DHJ International, booth 2659, displays a full range of innovative substrates for the soft signage market for solvent, UV, latex, and dye-sublimation (dye-sub) 122-inch printers. The company offers specially developed textile media for direct print sublimation as well as new high-tenacity polyester substrates for the outdoor market. INFO# 216

 

DreamScape, booth 3235, offers digitally printable textured wallcovering media. The largest selection of certified Class A commercial grade vinyl wallcoverings are available in roll widths of 30 to 75 inches and lengths from 75 to 300 feet. For projects requiring LEED credits choose new TERRALON. It is made with over 30 percent recycled materials, is highly breathable, and passes IAQ1350 for low volatile organic compound (VOC) emission. INFO# 217

 

Drytac Corporation, booth 2623, focuses on Drytac’s UV and aqueous liquid coater line along with application training. Drytac’s VersaCoater XL60 offers a high-speed finishing solution for just pennies per square foot. On-site demonstrations are provided throughout the day using Drytac’s InstaCure UV-curable coatings and EnduraCoat flood coatings in gloss and matte finishes. INFO# 218

 

Durst Image Technology U.S., LLC, booth 2713, introduces the new Rhotex 320 to address the demand for lightweight, easy-to-install, high-margin, reusable, green, and safe media options. The 10.5-foot Rhotex 320 utilizes environmentally friendly water-based dye inks and on-board hot-air dryers deliver POP-quality output at up to 775 sf/h. It features Quadro Array printhead technology, a linear magnetic drive system, and sophisticated media feed/take-up systems. INFO# 219

 

EFI, booth 413, features the VUTEk GS3200 with the VUTEk MediaMaster, a fully automated material handling system. The five-meter, UV roll-to-roll VUTEk GS5000r is on display. All of EFI’s digital inkjet printing solutions are optimized for use with the Fiery XF production RIP. INFO# 220

 

EnCore Products (formerly Bienfang Products), booth 2535, exhibits its full range of Foam Board products, including the newest addition, MightyPrint Expressions. MightyPrint Expressions is specifically developed for direct printing. It combines the rigidity of MightyCore with three textured surfaces that give images an ambiance. INFO# 221

 

Epson, booth 2749, shows the Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 printer. It features Epson UltraChrome GS solvent ink and a dual-array micropiezo AMC printhead. Epson UltraChrome GS ink produces virtually no odors or harmful VOCs. Also on display, two papers for professional display and signage applications—the new Epson GS Poster Paper for solvent signage applications and DisplayTrans Backlight Film. INFO# 222

 

EskoArtwork Solutions, booth 447, highlights the i-cut Suite, a new expanded collection of pre-production software for digital printers. It tackles workflow bottlenecks from preflighting PDF files, to preparing graphics, creating layouts, and finishing in perfect registration. Also shown, i-cut Kongsberg automated finishing systems including  the i-XE10A, i-XL24, and i-XP24. INFO# 223

 

Fisher Textiles, Inc., booth 2869, displays its newest grand format fabrics—GF 1480 Poplin (FR), GF 9049 EZ Stretch (FR), GF 8874 Tri Poplin (FR), and GF 8725 Crepe (FR). Also, the newest green textiles from the Enviro-Tex Plus fabric line, featuring fabrics made from 100 percent post-consumer waste and 100 percent repreve yarns—ETP 9372 Reclaim Soft Knit (FR), ETP 9373 Reclaim Heavy Knit (FR), and ETP 9374 Reclaim Open Knit (FR)—are also on display. INFO# 224

 

Foster Keencut, booth 2335, showcases the SteelTraK multi-substrate cutter, Evolution, General Purpose Cutter, and Advanced Rotary Trimmer. The SteelTraK V-Groove Cutting Tool accessory allows operators to quickly produce three-dimensional POP displays and architectural signage. For creating seamless matches between panels, the Evolution is accurate to within .008 inches. It also includes a Fabric Cutting Tool for trimming the output of dye-sub printers. INFO# 225

 

Fredrix Print Canvas, booth 2941, presents a wide selection of canvas products for grand format inkjet, solvent/UV-curable, litho, silkscreen, and desktop printing. New products include Tempo 575SJ, a lightweight poly/cotton blend, semi-matte canvas. Pearl 901SWR, a medium textured poly/cotton blend canvas with a satin/pearl appearance, outputs a fast drying gloss finish. INFO# 226

 

GCC, booth 2691, demonstrates the StellarJET K72UV. Equipped with a user-friendly combination media handling system, including conveyer belt and roll-to-roll system, the GCC StellarJET K72UV expands media adaptability. It directly prints on flexible media up to 72 inches in width including vinyl, scrim banner, wallpaper, film, and rigid media including glass, acrylic, and aluminum. INFO# 227


Gerber Scientific Products, booth 2741, showcases the Gerber Solara ion and CAT UV cationic UV inkjet printers using breakthrough technology; GerberCAT Inks. Cold Fire Cure is a unique UV curing process that cures GerberCAT ink near room temperature, allowing printing on the widest array of materials. The M Turbo Router is a powerful, versatile solution for automatic print-to-cut finishing. EDGE FX and enVision 375 use heat and pressure to infuse resin pigments onto more than 30 substrates and work in a closed loop system with GerberColor foils and EDGE Ready materials. INFO# 228

 

Hartman, booth 2471, exhibits its full line of foam-centered boards. The company produces its boards with an eco-friendly process. INFO# 229

 

Hewlett-Packard (HP), booth 2339, showcases its expanded portfolio of large format print solutions. These new solutions include the 126-inch HP Scitex LX800 and 104-inch HP Scitex LX600. Its newest UV-curable solutions are the HP Scitex FB700 printer, a versatile 98-inch flatbed solution that loads up to six sheets of media simultaneously, and the 64-inch HP Scitex FB500. For the high-volume market, HP demonstrates the HP Scitex TJ8600, which features full and selective gloss print modes with exceptional quality and new HP TJ210 Scitex inks. INFO# 230

 

Hilord Chemical Corp., booth 747, works closely with OEMs for research and development of new products and innovative technology. The company boasts a reputation of making current equipment multifunctional for new applications. Hilord’s catalog of products includes a full portfolio of water, solvent, dye-sub, and UV-curable inks. The company’s manufacturing process and materials make its GEO INKS environmentally friendly. INFO# 231

 

INX Digital International Co., booth 3249, debuts EDX, a new line of eco-friendly inks. Designed for Roland printers using Epson DX4 printhead technology, EDX is color and chemically compatible with OEM eco inks. The dual compatibility allows users to enact cartridge-by-cartridge changeover without wasting ink. New color profiles are not required to obtain the same color when printing. Both HAPS- and TAPS-free, EDX is fast drying with low odor and offers cost savings over OEM eco inks. INFO# 232

 

Laminators Incorporated, booth 3038, manufactures a complete line of composite panels for the commercial construction and sign making industries in Canada and the U.S. Laminators’ lightweight rigid substrates are exceptionally strong and durable and provide various application solutions, making the panels quick and easy for users to fabricate and install. The new environmentally friendly, recycled paper composite product, Omega TerraMax is on display. INFO# 233

 

Magnum Magnetics, booth 3149, provides flexible magnetic sheeting with a selection of laminates and adhesives to provide options for a wide variety of printers. Ask about the new green product, NatureMag, and new digital-certified materials for HP Indigo and Kodak Nexpress, DigiMag Plus. Visit the booth for specifics about DigiMag Vinyl, DigiMag paper, MessageMag, and Magnetizers for post press. INFO# 234

 

Marabu, booth 2769, presents the Marabu-ColorDispenser MCD Micro—an automated ink dispensing machine for special mixed colors, with an excellent price-performance ratio. Digital highlights include new UV curing inks and mild solvent-based inkjet inks. Clearstar LP, a Marabu subsidiary, presents water-based liquid lamination clears on the StarLam roll-to-roll water-based coater for flexible substrates. INFO# 235

 

Master Magnetics, Inc., booth 2939, features PrintMagnetVinyl, which allows for high-resolution printing directly to flexible magnetic material using solvent, eco-solvent, and UV printers. Ideal for a variety of indoor and outdoor uses such as graphics, POP displays, signage, and vehicle graphics, it is available in 24- and 42-inch widths. INFO# 236

 

Miller Weldmaster, booth 3159, demonstrates the T-300 Edge, which comes setup for high-speed hems, pockets, and rope-in-hems. The 112 Extreme is designed for large format printers to weld printed media. The Impulse Extreme creates seams using thermo-impulse sealing and seams digital textiles. INFO# 237

 

Mutoh America, Inc., booth 2313, presents live vehicle wrap demonstrations by Justin Pate. On display, the ValueJet printer line, which includes the ValueJet 1608HS hybrid printer with built in spectrophotometer. The ValueJet 1628TD and 2628TD are designed for soft signage. The Kona Cutter line is available in three sizes, 30, 54, and 65 inches. INFO# 238

 

Nazdar, booth 433, combines products, services, and support to fulfill wide format digital inkjet needs. With 89 years of color expertise, Nazdar mobilizes the people, skills, technologies, and products to help enhance quality, increase productivity, and lower production costs. The company assists with questions on equipment performance, selecting the best ink, RIP software, printer profiles, and more. INFO# 239

 

Océ North America, booth 4235, showcases the Arizona 550 XT flatbed printer, featuring an extra-large flatbed table for oversized rigid media or objects. It is capable of producing high-quality prints at 462 sf/h. The oversized flatbed table can be used in a continuous imaging mode for rigid media up to 49.2x98.4 inches; up to 110 boards of this size can be printed in production mode in a single eight hour shift. Roll media and white ink options are available. INFO# 240

 

ONYX Graphics, Inc., booth 2523, exhibits new Version X10 RIP products. The software provides an improved profiling process and an automated print-and-cut workflow. It includes native PDF, PS, and raster image processing for reliable and optimized file handling. Version X10’s smart 16-bit processing technology delivers enhanced image quality without slowing RIP time. Also included is ONYX PrintMetryx JobView service, an advanced job log that enables tracking of job costs and resource usage. INFO# 241

 

Pacific Coast Fabrics, booth 367, displays printed samples of dye-sub, direct to print, and pigment-compatible fabrics. At the booth, printed fabric samples produced from a variety of different manufacturer’s ink sets and equipment are on display. Many special finishes, including Deko-Tex Lotos, a water-repel fabric, are offered. Check out sample garments from the Performance Apparel Fabric line using the latest wicking technology. Meet with print textile specialists regarding specific fabric requirements and discuss solutions for unique applications. INFO# 242

 

Palram Americas, booth 4435, features PALIGHT Premium, a versatile, flexible, lightweight, and durable foamed PVC substrate; PALIGHT GPS, a general purpose foamed PVC substrate for construction, display, and lamination applications; and PALSUN flat polycarbonate sheets, which offer the transparency of glass at less than half the weight. The new, reformulated PALCLEAR clear PVC sheet is also on display, offering less haze and better light transmission, which opens up new applications to replace acrylic in thin gauge decorative applications. INFO# 243

 

Roland DGA Corporation, booth 2759, displays VersaCAMM VS-640 and SOLJET PRO III XC-540MT metallic inkjet printer/cutters. Perfect for signs, banners, vehicle wraps, labels, and heat transfers, both feature metallic silver and white inks, contour cutting, and an automated ink circulation system. Roland also showcases its VersaUV UV-LED inkjet printer/cutters featuring CMYK, white, and clear inks. Other featured products include VersaArt printers, GX cutters, VersaCUT print trimmers, the MPX-90 impact printer, and EGX engravers. INFO# 244

 

Rollem International, booth 3153, demonstrates its line of high-quality trimming, slitting, scoring, and semi-slitting machines. The SS kiss cutting/back or face slitting system is a proven solution for slitting peel-off materials. Ideal for products with pressure-sensitive labels, shelf talkers, tags, auto decals, and much more, the Champion SS is 100 percent accurate and easy to set up. The 2D Automatic Finisher previews photo card and greeting card trimming, slitting, and scoring in one system with one operator. INFO# 245

 

Seiko I Infotech, booth 999, displays the ColorPainter H and V series wide format high-performance, low-solvent printers that deliver impressive image quality. Equipped with exclusive Seiko industrial piezo inkjet printheads, ColorPainter delivers high productivity and up to 44 percent savings in ink. This translates into thousands of dollars in savings a year. ColorPainter utilizes low-solvent inks that offer a huge color gamut and great adhesion to produce prints at a low cost per square foot. INFO# 246

 

Spectra Jet, booth 813, showcases sublimation paper—the only sublimation paper that prints with water-, oil-, and solvent-based sublimation ink. One grade covers all with no duplication of paper. The paper is so consistent it saves on waste, set up time, and print speed. Paper is created and coated simultaneously. INFO# 247

 

Splash of Color, booth 2669, offers the affordably priced—$59,995—HeatWave DFP-64 direct to fabric printer, which enables printing onto polyester fabrics with flawless results. The precision feeding and on-board sublimation systems ensure outstanding image quality with rich, saturated colors. Easily print flags, banners, textiles, soft signage, and stretchable fabrics like Spandex. INFO# 248

 

Summa, booth 373/369, demonstrates the new F Series Pro Flatbed Systems, along with the Summa DC4 printer/cutters, which use thermal transfer ribbons that are outdoor durable without lamination and free from harmful fumes. The printer/cutters are ideal for signs, labels, and vehicle decals and are offered in 30- and 54-inch widths. Also on display, Summa S Class vinyl-cutters, optimized for contour and die-cutting of screen and digitally printed vinyl graphics. INFO# 249

 

Tex Visions, booth 816, showcases The Classic Display—a traditional design with modern versatility. The adjustable hardware and custom cut option ensures this display remains in style. Tex Visions specializes in custom printing and display hardware. The company provides flags, banners, umbrellas, and displays to suppliers worldwide. Exclusive solutions include the Bowflag, Q-Frame, and T-Pole. INFO# 250

 

Ultraflex Systems, Inc., booth 613, displays BB420-a lightweight billboard vinyl, UltraVision 60/40 Window Perf UV—a UV printable window film, and SuperSmooth PET—a double-sided smooth blockout recyclable banner media. Ultraflex also features its TEXTILE line, including eco-friendly and universal textiles, as well as Descor, a specialty stretch wall and ceiling fabric system. INFO# 251

 

Value Vinyls, booth 647, introduces EcoLogic, an entirely PVC-, plasticizer-, phthalate-free; recyclable; frontlit material. PET scrim-less Blockout is a 15-ounce, curl-free double-sided material ideal for banner stands, retail signage, and upscale applications. INFO# 252

 

Vycom, booth 2327, showcases Celtec graphic display materials. Celtec Expanded PVC is a foamed PVC sheet with a matte finish, available in a wide range of sizes, thicknesses, and colors. It can be screen or digitally printed using UV-curable inks and resists UV degradation. Ideal for outdoor signage, Celtec Ultra White is a PVC substrate featuring a high-gloss finish and available in two-, three-, four-, and six-millimeter thicknesses and in 48x96-inch sheets. INFO# 253

 

Wasatch Computer Technology, booth 731, announces a new hybrid screening option that covers all state-of-the-art halftoning. Wasatch Precision Rosette Screens are fundamental to producing high-end separations on inkjet printers. Its freedom from rosette failures and tonal quantization problems on inkjets remains unmatched, while support for hybridization with FM plates is a powerful tool for control of moiré. The latest release also includes enhanced support for Fotoba, Kongsberg, Optiscout, and Zünd cutters. INFO# 254

 

Sep2010, Digital Output

 
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