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Last issue, we provided a preview on many of the companies exhibiting at the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association’s (SGIA’s) annual expo in New Orleans, LA October 19 to 21, 2011. We follow up with information on additional companies showcasing new products, demonstrating upgrades to tried-and-true favorites, and hosting informational sessions to aid in the advancement of the graphic arts.

 

3M Commercial Graphics, booth 1437, features Scotchprint brand Wrap Film Series 1080. Series 1080 comes in a range of finishes, textures, and gloss colors. The product’s pressure-activated adhesive allows it to slide and be repositioned until firm pressure is applied and the non-visible air release channels assure virtually bubble-free installation. Entire sections are covered with these removable, 60-inch wide, dual-cast films. INFO# 176

 

A.T. Inks, booth 1325, exhibits its plug-and-play as well as higher color gamut eco-solvent inks for Mimaki, Mutoh, and Roland printers in cartridges as well as bulk along with Xaar- and Spectra-approved inks for multiple Xaar and Spectra printheads. A.T. inks is opening distribution channels in U.S. and looking for dealers to distribute their products in areas where they are not yet offered. INFO# 177

 

AGL, booth 2015, displays its updated laminator model 64I featuring seven unique features not available on other laminators. Also showcased, the environmentally friendly, “green” certified, UL-approved floor laminate Cover-Rite V4.75T, as well as its UL-approved, eco-solvent floor media Print-Smart 4.4 MWBO-RA. INFO# 178

 

American Ink Jet Corp., booth 2455, debuts compatible inks for Hewlett-Packard Designjet Z6100 printers, eco-jet mild-solvent inks for Roland printers, and the company’s new aqueous-based ink for printing on textiles including cotton, cotton blends, and silk. INFO# 179

 

Beaver Paper, booth 2645, is at the forefront of application engineered media. The company is a global industry provider of digital sublimation technology and continually demonstrates why TexPrint is at the leading edge in digital sublimation. It doesn’t matter if you use water- or solvent-based sublimation systems, both substrates are offered. TexPrint is available in desktop, large format, and grand format, with sizes up to 126 inches. INFO# 180

 

Bruin Plastics, booth 2018, highlights reinforced vinyl and mesh substrates for banners, signs, and digital imaging.  Customers choose from a range of standard in-stock constructions or can have a custom material engineered to specific requirements. INFO# 181

 

Colex, booth 823, showcases the Fotoba Dreamcut for X-Y roll cutting complemented by the Colex Sharpcut Flatbed Cutter/Router for rigid substrates. The newly-designed Sharpcut, powered by i-cut, is now faster and features all the tools for finishing substrates for signage, point of purchase and point of sale promotions, and display graphics. The triple interchangeable tool head station allows the operator to change application tools within the same job without manual intervention. INFO# 182

 

Contex, booth 1450, demonstrates its scanners, which provide a complete large format scanning and imaging solution that delivers quality, speed, and performance to businesses. Contex solutions are recognized in a range of industries for reliability, value, high performance, and image quality. INFO# 183

 

Cyrious Software, booth 724 and 2719, offers Cyrious Control to estimate jobs while tracking actual costs, manage production, and automate daily tasks. View hundreds of reports, monitor inventory levels, and integrate shipping and accounting. Live demonstrations will be held at the booth. Cyrious Online is a low-cost, online estimating and management solution. It generates quotes, tracks jobs, creates work orders, and easily invoices. INFO# 184

 

D&K Group, Inc., booth 113, manufactures laminating films and equipment. For over 30 years, D&K has been an innovative force in the lamination industry, offering quality solutions for narrow web and wide format applications, as well as custom and toll coated products. D&K exhibits narrow and wide format laminating films and equipment, including the new Diamond Hard Velvet Matte Finish that features scuff-resistant properties. The company also participates in the new Narrow Format Educational Zone with a high-speed label demonstration using the Double Kote Jr. High Speed Laminating System. INFO# 185

 

DigiFab Systems, booth 2619, features its StampaJet fabric printers and DigiHeat rotary heat presses in its booth. Recognized for its groundbreaking processes and patents for pre-treating fabrics for use in digital printers, DigiFab continues its innovation in the sign and graphic arts sectors. Product lines currently include pre-treated fabrics, inkjet inks, inkjet printers, RIP software for textile and graphics applications, heat presses, and steamers for finishing. INFO# 186

 

Drytac Corporation, booth 1631, introduces the JetMounter JM55Fuzion, which offers similar features of the JM63Pro laminator, with a smaller laminating width and price point of a standard wide format roller device. Equipped with top and bottom auto-grip supply shafts, rear and front take-up or feed shafts, and a heat-assist top roller, the JM55Pro is ideal for shops that want to add roll-to-roll laminating capabilities at a lower price tag. It is excellent for laminating vehicle wraps, creating window decals, and mounting graphics to substrates. INFO# 187

 

EskoArtwork, booth 2433, showcases i-cut Suite, a modular pre-production software for large format digital printing and/or digital finishing systems. i-cut Preflight handles efficient preflighting of incoming PDF data, ensuring jobs RIP and print correctly. Corrections to the PDF file are made without accessing the native design application. i-cut Layout builds and edits sheet layouts, saving printing time and increasing substrate utilization. i-cut Vision Pro assures accurate die-less cutting. Advanced modules include structural design, graphics preparation, and true shape nesting. i-cut Automate, the newest addition, lets users set up and operate automated, dynamic workflows. INFO# 188

 

General Formulations Inc., booth 1801, is a leader in U.S. manufactured pressure-sensitive films. It offers Concept digital media, laminates, and mounting films as well as Comp-U-Cut CC500 - CC700 sign and fleet graphic vinyl. From point of purchase, wall, floor, and carpet graphics to fleet and vehicle wrap materials the company has the end user covered. At the booth, visit the Application Station for hands on installs to a variety of surfaces with General Formulations materials. Don’t forget to ask about AutoMark wrap media, Graphi-Tex adhesive-backed wall fabric, and MotoMark—LSE digital media and laminate for demanding surfaces. INFO# 189

 

Gerber Scientific Products, Inc., booth 1401, exhibits the Gerber EDGE FX Digital Printing System for short-run durable graphics. Visitors learn how the Matched Technology System of the EDGE FX thermal printer, Gerber plotters, OMEGA software, GerberColor thermal transfer foils, and Gerber EDGEReady printable materials produce money making graphics. Gerber provides hands-on demonstrations showing visitors how to produce industrial labels, decals, overlay switches, graphics, and promotional items. Learn how to create over 3,000 colors using Gerber Spectratone, Gerber foils, and materials such as Gerbermag, LexEdge, label stock, high-performance vinyl, reflective, fluorescent, static cling, and Permagrip. INFO# 190

 

Hilord Chemical Corporation, booth 401, manufactures inks and toners. At SGIA it showcases the 3.2-meter EFI VUTEk TX3250r dye-sublimation fabric printer. It is an ideal solution to grow soft signage and textile business at production levels. It also is a great printer for diversifying product offerings by converting traditional vinyl signage to a product with lower shipping costs, a “greener” footprint, easier installation, and higher margins. INFO# 191

 

ImageOne Impact, booth 2331, supplies high-quality sign mounting, installation, and banner hanging systems. The company also provides safety tools, cutting equipment, panel saws, banner finishing tools, and installer tools. Everything to make a job faster, safer, and easier. INFO# 192

 

InkTec, booth 2729, presents its new sublimation ink, SubliNova Pro, which features a fume-free fixation process and fewer odors in printing. SubliNova Pro is designed for Epson Piezo printheads and can be used in both direct-to-textile printing and heat transfer printing with sublimation paper. Six colors are available in either a 440 milliliter pre-refilled cartridge, one liter bottle, or 20 liter bottle. INFO# 193

 

Magnum Magnetics, booth 859, unveils high-energy portable desktop magnetizers. Increase product offerings by including digitally printed high-strength car sign magnets. Use the high-energy desktop magnetizer to magnetize Magnum’s MuscleMag digitally printed high-energy flexible magnetic material. Close the case for easy storage when not in use. This unit is durable and reliable, constructed of stainless steel, aluminum, and plastic with enclosed chain drive and magnetizes at 60 fpm. It comes with an instruction manual and view screen for viewing magnetic pole lines. INFO# 194

 

Miller Weldmaster, booth 335, introduces the T3 Hot Wedge Welder made especially for smaller sign and banner shops. It welds hems, overlaps, pockets, and rope in hem seams. The T3 is compact to fit on a table and also travels on a track for welding larger banners. Easy to operate controls are mounted on the front of the machine. It welds PVC, mesh, PE, and other industrial fabrics. INFO# 195

 

Novus Imaging, booth 2119, debuts the Synergia H, a patent pending 3.2-meter, hybrid printer that boasts speeds of 2,000 square feet per hour. With a minimum seven picoliter drop size, the Synergia H is a full grayscale device that prints exceptional photorealistic quality and flawless continuous tone printing. Additionally, the Synergia H features minimal emissions and no volatile organic compounds. AquEpoxy ink is a new, patent pending ink technology. The eco-friendly, aqueous-based solution boasts improved adhesion characteristics and adheres to virtually any substrate, including glass and acrylic. INFO# 196

 

Oki Data Americas, booth 411, announces the addition of the pro920WT to its proColor series. The pro920WT digital color printer brings new creative options to the short-run marketplace with the addition of white toner, allowing direct imaging to transfer, colored, or transparent media—including films. The pro920WT expands the graphic arts print on demand market by increasing the usefulness of digital printing with the capability to produce print output on non-white media. INFO# 197

 

ONYX Graphics, Inc., booth 1909, exhibits ONYX Version X10.1 RIP software. Key features include a new G7 support tool to help achieve gray and color consistency, smoother Smart 16-Bit color blends and gradients, better native PDF file handling, faster and easier media profiling, better control of ink costs and color, and an automated print-and-cut workflow. Also on display, the new SmartApps Sign&Banner Plug-in, a tool for Adobe Illustrator that simplifies and accelerates the set up of wide format signs and banners. Quickly add banner grommets and finishing marks, and set up bleeds directly in Illustrator. INFO# 198

 

Palram Americas, booth 1721, features PALIGHT Premium, foamed PVC substrate, which exhibits the whitest color available and features a consistently smooth surface; PALIGHT GPS, a general purpose foamed PVC substrate, is best for construction, display, and lamination applications; for high-traffic signage, PALSUN flat polycarbonate sheets offer a high-impact resistance, PALSUN SG and PALSUN CS polycarbonate sheets/coils are now listed in the SAM manual; SUNLITE multi-wall polycarbonate sheet; and PALCLEAR, a water clear PVC. INFO# 199

 

Photo Tex Group, Inc., booth 2333, showcases Photo Tex, a polyester patent fabric and adhesive with a backer that is both removable and repositionable. Printing high-quality signs, banners, posters, murals, and cut-outs using any inkjet, DI, or lithographic press is possible. Photo Tex provides many ways to accommodate small or large orders and can be placed indoors or outdoors. Free samples of any size are available for testing. INFO# 200

 

Polytype, booth 1445, introduces its Virtu RR50 five-meter UV roll-to-roll printer. It delivers up to 3,300 square feet per hour. At 22,000 pounds the RR50 provides a vibration-free platform delivering ideal six-color print quality. Features include a water-cooled vacuum print platen allowing printing on thin heat-sensitive material, water-cooled UV lamps for complete curing and extended bulb life, multiple roll capability, and mesh guard. Polytype, swissQprints’ exclusive North American distributor, also introduces the Impala UV flatbed printer’s newest feature, the Endless Flatbed intelligent feeding system for printing oversized boards. INFO# 201

 

SA International, booth 2811, unveils Pixel Blaster, a new software solution for high-volume production shops. Pixel Blaster is designed with workflow in mind. Standardize production and guarantee color consistency over time, regardless of devices, inks, or substrates. Set aside tedious calculations and let Pixel Blaster do all the heavy lifting for finishing. For specialty printing such as textiles, ceramics, and glass, the N-Color feature allows for custom ink sets. INFO# 202

 

Sawgrass Technologies Industrial Division, booth 3045, displays its complete line of inks and ink solutions for the wide and grand format digital textile market. Technical experts are on hand to develop the best solutions for your application—from apparel to home furnishings to sporting goods to soft signage. High-performance digital inks include M-TT, MxF, SubliM and SubliM Direct, and SubliM Direct SPS. INFO# 203

 

Seiko, booth 2245, highlights the Seiko I Infotech ColorPainter family of products, which consists of the H and W series printers. The ColorPainter H series is available in 74 and 104 inches, and it’s capable of printing at up to 1,075 square feet per hour. It offers high-density, low-solvent GX ink, with great outdoor durability and superb adhesion to substrates. The new ColorPainter W series, available in 54 and 64 inches, includes unique advantages such as ONYX RIPCenter, Smart Nozzle Mapping, and CP manager. Users have the choice of utilizing environmentally friendly IX ink. INFO# 204

 

Spectra Jet, booth 401, showcases Silver Back 3. It not only enhances a finished product, but requires reduced ink loads and offers faster production speeds. The sublimation paper works efficiently with all three commercial ink systems, solvent, oil, and water. At the booth, Spectra Jet demonstrates the new TX3250R printer from EFI using Silver Back 3 paper. Silver Back 3 is FSC-, SFI-, and PEFC-certified; chlorine-free; and FDA-compliant. INFO# 205

 

USTech Inc., booth 2425, offers professional finishing equipment and other signmaking equipment. Driven to produce affordable, intuitive, industrial-strength products with long lifecycles and a high return on investment, the company’s engineers excel at continually improving leading edge technology to enhance product durability, cost, ergonomics, and usability. USTech-brand professional cold laminators, heat assist cold laminators, and hot/cold laminators are sold through a global network of specialized dealers, distributors, and a direct sales force. INFO# 206

 

Come See Us

Visit Digital Output at booth 1056 and say hi! Let us know your favorite parts of the show—from the educational seminars to new products and even the sights of New Orleans, LA. Check back for a show wrap up, which will include a comprehensive list of products seen on the show floor in the December issue.

 

Oct2011, Digital Output

 
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