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Previewing SGIA

The Second Installment of Pre-Show Coverage

Continuing our pre-show coverage of the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association’s (SGIA’s) annual expo, which takes place October 18 to 20, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV, a second preview profiles additional companies. From hardware announcements to expansions of media portfolios, vendors stepped up this year to provide print service providers with more solutions to grow their business. Digital Output is at the show in booth 3491.

 

3A Composites USA, booth 2741, offers literature on its newest product, FiberMate. A two-page, four-color sheet describes how the wood-fiber panel is comprised on 100 percent recycled fiber manufactured into a high-density fiberboard. The media is available in a 3.2 millimeter thickness and 49x97-inch sheets.

 

3M Commercial Graphics, booth 2259, debuts 3M Envision Print Wrap Film 480Cv3 and 3M Envision Gloss Wrap Overlaminate 8548G. It is a high-performance non-PVC wrap film with a sustainability edge.

 

Agfa Graphics, booth 2059, provides a diverse inkjet portfolio from entry level to high-end production. It features the :Anapurna M2540 FB, a high-speed, UV-curable inkjet flatbed for graphic screenprinters, photo shops, and sign shops. It delivers near-photo quality, value, and ROI. There’s also the field upgradeable :Jeti 3020 Titan, a high-production, high-resolution, inkjet hybrid designed with a modular format.

 

Arlon Graphics, LLC, booth 3069, features several new digital removable and wall wrap films for interior and exterior use. Removable products include DPF 4300, DPF 206, and DPF 50WD White and Clear. It also holds daily vehicle wrap demonstrations using DPF 6000XRP and wall wrap demonstrations using Arlon’s exterior wall graphic films featuring DPF 8000 and DPF 6700.

 

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc., booth 1501, displays its line of Northern Lights Printable Textiles and Decoprint fabrics from DHJ. It offers over 50 styles of fabrics to meet any print technology and application. The fabrics are engineered to be compatible with latex, solvent, UV-curable, dye-sublimation, screenprint, and litho print technologies.

 

Bordeaux Digital PrintInk, booth 1300, exhibits premium ink and both water-based and UV-curable liquid laminates for a spectrum of inkjet technologies and applications. With proven success on Hewlett-Packard, Mimaki, Mutoh, and Roland printers, it offers new solutions for Epson eco-solvent printers as well as a water-based latex ink for use in piezo printheads. The inkjet solutions benefit from Bordeaux’s Mix & Match technology enabling easy transition from OEM ink, higher productivity, and increased savings.

 

Caldera, booth 2271, launches a new update of its RIP software, Caldera V9.1. It now integrates PSD/PSO Fogra Process Control into the RIP workflow for greater control, consistency, and stability of wide format printing processes. The cutting module, VisualCut+, is improved with a new user interface, features, and drivers for the Caldera Print-to-Cut application, giving users increased productivity with more than 30 plotters supported. Version 9.1 also integrates a new HPGL engine, optimized for all CAD and technical applications.

 

CET Color, booth 2837, partners with Integra International to demonstrate print/cut solutions designed to help reach new markets and generate additional revenue. CET showcases its new X-Press 500Q 4x8 UV flatbed and the X-Press 1000HL hybrid printer. These printers along with the Aristo GL and TL Series CNC cutters provide a true print/cut system.

 

ClingZ, booth 2219, promotes ClingZ Wide Format UV electrically charged film that adheres to any dry indoor surface. It’s versatile, clinging to drywall, glass, wood, metal, and brick without adhesive. ClingZ is environmentally friendly, recyclable, and non-toxic. The film is easy to use, place, position, and remove; for short-term retail advertising, trade show graphics, or posters.

 

Colex, booth 2223, introduces its latest Sharpcut Flatbed Cutter with optional semi-automatic board and digital roll feeders. The Sharpcut is Colex’s most productive solution for finishing complex digital display graphics jobs. Its fully integrated hardware and software solution turns a digital cutting table into a true, short-run production system. The Sharpcut includes a fixed knife, oscillating knife, creasing wheel, kiss-cutting knife, and router that allows for a multitude of applications.

 

DreamScape, booth 3375, offers digitally printable wallcovering media for solvent, eco-solvent, and UV-curable and latex inks. It is a certified commercial grade wallcovering available in 15 textures and optically tuned for digital printing. Also, WallWrap adhesive-backed textured wallcovering and Terralon, PVC-free wallcovering are available. New at SGIA 2012, Silver Flash and Gold Flash chrome finish wallcoverings. With Silver Flash and Gold Flash designers, artists, and printers create a modern, high-end look in brilliant colors.

 

Drytac Corporation, booth 701, shows ViziPrint, a clear, UV printable polyester film easily installed on glass with a squeegee. No water or soapy concoction is required. ViziPrint is cost effective for retail and gives a higher end look than static cling. Also in the booth, JetMounter laminators, the JetMounter JM55Fuzion, the AFC SmartCoater 1.6 liquid coater, banner stands, and Visual Magnetics’ magnetic graphics system.

 

Durst Image Technology US LLC, booth 401, displays two of its innovative digital printing platforms, the new Rho P10 250 and Rho P10 320R UV printers, plus its workhorse printer, the Rho 1000 Continuous Print Production System. Durst demonstrates exceptional image quality, workflow efficiency, productivity, and versatility.

 

Epson, booth 2359, showcases two all-new series of printers, as well as new ink. The SureColor S-series offers opportunities for manufacturers to produce quality signs faster. The SureColor T-series introduces a line of printers to the GIS, mapping, and technical and point of purchase signage/corporate technical printing markets. Epson also introduces UltraChrome GS2 and GSX ink boasting a new chemistry that enables durablility.

 

Esko, booth 2081, features its new Kongsberg XN24, a versatile and productive digital finishing table that operates in a range of applications, from kiss-cutting to heavy-duty milling delivered by the MultiCUT-HP milling spindle. Also on display is the Kongsberg XP24 with auto-feeder and i-XE10 Auto—all with i-cut Vision Pro. i-cut Suite workflow software, recipient of a 2012 InterTech Technology award, is accompanied by Esko Studio and ArtiosCAD.

 

FLEXcon, booth 3151, invites attendees to release their inner “green” and learn about sustainable alternatives for large format graphic applications. See a full line of WALLdeco, COUNTERdeco, WINDOWdeco, and FLEXmark floor art products. Novelty films like SHIMMERcal and PRISMcal to high-performance adhesives like FLEXmountSELECT offer customers more options for their brand/visual application needs.

 

Fujifilm North America Corporation, booth 2015, highlights the Inca Onset S40i flatbed UV inkjet printer with a zoned bed to boost productivity; the Uvistar Pro 8 hybrid superwide printer that produces print for point of purchase and outdoor advertising on flexible and rigid media; the Acuity Advance inkjet flatbed printer, offering stunning quality with a white ink option; and the Acuity LED 1600 eight-color hybrid wide format inkjet printer. Fujifilm software updates include Colorgate and Caldera RIP software; ColorPath Sync, a cloud-based software color correction solution; and automation software for greater efficiency.

 

Gans Ink & Supply Co., booth 3321, offers its Pyrojet Sublimation Inkjet series for strength, amazing optical density, and unsurpassed color gamut for any sublimation medium. With a 63 year tradition, Gans Ink is a one-stop shop to all things sublimation. With extensive knowledge in commercial, security, sublimation, and energy curable offset inks; it understands the reality and challenges faced by many companies in adopting new digital inkjet printing technologies.

 

GBC, booth 521, exhibits new films including Arctic Light, a 3-mil PVC pressure-sensitive film for indoor signage and short-term outdoor applications and Arctic Premium Vue-Thru, an optically clear adhesive best used for backlit displays. Featured equipment includes 2064WF and 640t wide format laminators. The 2064WF is designed to laminate and mount graphics up to 64 inches wide and the 640t runs cold finishing jobs roll to roll at speeds of up to 16 feet per minute.

 

General Formulations, booth 747, is a leader in U.S. manufactured pressure-sensitive films including Concept Digital Media, Laminates, and Mounting Films and Comp-U-Cut CC500 - CC700 sign and fleet graphic vinyl. It offers the solutions needed for point of purchase, wall graphics, windows, floor, carpet, fleet, and vehicle wrap materials. Also at the booth are AutoMark wrap solutions, Graphi-Tex wall fabric, MotoMark- 4mil GRIP, and 12mil ARMOR.

 

Gerber Scientific Products, booth 601, is a leader in the development and manufacture of computerized sign making and specialty graphics systems, software, materials, and accessories. It integrates start-to-finish digital design, printing, and production products to provide sign shops and graphics professionals with comprehensive engineered solutions for durable vinyl cutting, digital color printing, and dimensional signage needs. Join the company as it celebrates its 30 year partnership with 3M.

 

Graphics One, LLC (GO), booth 121, launches GO AquaMax SX and DX printers. The printers offer 64-inch high-speed performance and an eight-color channel using Sepiax direct to anything water-based resin ink for printing indoor/outdoor applications and GO Xtreme V dye-sublimation (dye-sub) ink for high-quality dye-sub printing. Priced at a great value of $14,495 for the 64-inch and $10,995 for the 54-inch, the AquaMax is a must see.

 

Graphtec America, booth 2691, demonstrates its full line of roll feed and flatbed cutters. The roll feed cutters include the professional, high-performance FC8000 series; professional CE series; and entry level Silhouette Cameo cutter. Along with the roll feed cutters, Graphtec’s best-in-class flatbed cutters are demonstrated. The popular i-DesignR software series for sign making, print and cut, and garment decoration, including rhinestone applications, is also featured.

 

Grimco, Inc., booth 3213, exhibits the following printers, a Hewlett-Packard (HP) Scitex FB700 flatbed, an Epson SureColor S30670, an HP Designjet L26500, and a Mimaki JV33. It also hosts car wrap demonstrations with both 3M and Avery films.

 

Hilord, booth 2317, is a state-of-the-art ink manufacturer with more than 42 years of innovative history and awards in wide and grand format digital graphic arts. The company exhibits products to meet the growing demand and requirements of soft signage and digital textiles, including the 3.2 meter EFI VUTEk TX3250r dye-sublimation fabric printer that combines industrial productivity, high-quality output, and application versatility and Hilord’s new fast speed, high-quality ECO-SUB ink for the Mutoh 1638.

 

Innova Art Ltd., booth 4518, debuts the new direct print version of its patented JetMaster Display System, JetMaster Direct Print. Designed specifically for flatbed printers, these specially coated blanks are printed and then immediately folded into dimensional signage, décor gallery wraps, or point of purchase. No tools or messy adhesives required. INFO# 185

 

Lintec Corporation of America, booth 637, specializes in optically clear and frosted printable window films for solvent, latex, and UV-curable inkjet printing. Lintec films are virtually invisible and offer the appearance of painted glass with the convenience of easy removability. For over a decade Lintec has produced the highest quality printable window films for advertising, promotions, and long-term architectural glass applications. It also offers a full line of overlaminating films.

 

Marabu North America, booth 2727, demonstrates a new UV printer for printing directly onto promotional products and novelties. The UV LED printer prints up to 11.8x16.5 inches. State-of-the-art printhead technology combined with the company’s UV ink expertise results in the perfect solution for short-run promotional items. UltraJet DUV ink provides superior adhesion, durability, and performance.

 

McGrann Digital Imaging, booth 3841, the exclusive distributor of Natura Products, offers innovative solutions for printer platforms that include water-based dye, pigment, solvent, eco-solvent, UV-curable, and latex. It pledges that the quality of its backlit films, photo and matte paper, roll-up banners, PVC/polypropylene banner, trade show display films, specialty media, point of sale/point of purchase, and adhesive products always exceed expectations each and every time.

 

Media One, booth 111, displays the number one solution on the market for direct dye-sublimation printing, the Teleios Grande. It is a 3.5-meter, 1,200 square foot per hour, high-resolution direct-to-textile device. The Teleios Grande is a print and fixate all-in-one solution, eliminating the need for labor and doubling production times. Also on display is a compatible line of textiles from Berger Textiles.

 

Miller Weldmaster Corporation, booth 2327, is a manufacturer and innovator of rotary hot air/hot wedge welding equipment for several industries including industrial, fabric, and thermoplastic. For the fabrication of various products, from awnings to truck tarpaulins, to flexible air ducting, Miller Weldmaster offers the experience to research, design, and build practical systems with the latest in heat-sealing technology.

 

Mimaki USA, Inc., booth 2334, brings an impressive portfolio of printers that cover almost every printing need—from vehicle wraps to point of purchase/point of sale to indoor/outdoor signage to industrial, textile, and promotional applications. Both roll to roll and flatbeds, these printers utilize solvent, UV, dye-sublimation, and latex ink technologies for printing on virtually any substrate. The new JV400LX Series is showcased, which utilizes white ink and lowered power consumption.

 

Océ North America, booth 435, showcases a range of solutions for digital printing needs including several models of the Océ Arizona series of UV flatbed printers that deliver the highest quality printing and predictable productivity without compromise. Or check out the Océ ColorWave 650 printer that uses Océ CrystalPoint technology to deliver instant-dry prints on plain paper. To finish prints, it offers the Océ ProCut digital cutting system to trim rigid and flexible media.

 

ONYX Graphics, Inc., booth 2779, promotes ONYX Thrive print workflow software, a true end-to-end PDF workflow product for large format digital printers based on Adobe PDF Print Engine technologies. ONYX Thrive software manages the wide format print production workflow process offering print service providers accurate, predictable, high-quality printing results, and reducing costly errors. An ONYX Graphics Color Scientist is available to answer questions on color management and print workflow.

 

Pacific Coast Fabrics, booth 3135, debuts new fabrics. It is a leading supplier of polyester, cotton, and silk textiles for the digital print industry. The company specializes in providing an array of fabrics for dye-sublimation, direct to print, latex, and UV printers. Fabrics are stocked and ready to ship from both the West and East coast. Offerings include textiles for flags, banners, point of purchase, trade show, gaming, apparel, and home furnishings.

 

Paradigm Imaging Group, booth 4013, is a leading distributor of wide format equipment including printers, cutting plotters, and scanners from Colortrac, Graphtec, Mutoh, and SID. With a large selection of sizes ranging from 24 to 126 inches, it has a solution for virtually any application.

 

Photo Tex Group, booth 3134, offers its U.S. polyester patented material that peels and sticks for easily install. Photo Tex set the industry standard in the removable, repositionable, and reusable adhesive inkjet media market worldwide. Photo Tex does not shrink, rip, curl, or wrinkle in any weather or temperature change.

 

Polytype America Corporation, booth 135, features new products including the Polytype Quantum 10pl printer and swissQprint Nyala 3.2-meter flatbed. Experts and executives are on hand to answer questions and discuss new business opportunities.

 

PrinterEvolution, booth 900, demonstrates a leading industrial dye-sublimation printer, the Evo33. It’s American made, recycled from an old frame, uses environmentally friendly water-based inks, and runs faster at higher quality and for significantly less cost than other industrial textile printers. The Evo33 is an upgraded VUTEk 3360/FabriVu/2360 available as a kit or printer. The old frame is stripped then rebuilt with an all new ink delivery system, Spectra Q-class grayscale variable drop printheads, motion control system, electronics, and computer interface.

 

Ritrama, booth 713, manufactures a comprehensive range of cast and calendered self-adhesive vinyl from wall applications with print-to-edge technology to a range of vehicle wraps in a variety of textures and colors designed to transform a car and image. Vinyl is compatible with a variety of printing methods including solvent, eco-solvent, latex, and UV inkjet.

 

Roland DGA Corporation, booth 2659, launches the all-new 64-inch SOLJET Pro 4 XR-640 inkjet printer/cutter, engineered for production printing with a dual inline and mirrored printhead configuration, integrated contour cutting, VersaWorks 4.8 RIP software, and new Eco-SOL MAX2 inks in nine colors—CMYK, light cyan, light magenta, white, metallic silver, and new light black. Roland also showcases VersaCAMM, VersaUV, VersaArt, and VersaStudio printers and printer/cutters; EGX engravers; GX cutters; and the MPX-90 impact printer.

 

Rollem, booth 1201, exhibits the Advantage Rollaway 2D Cutting system for finishing all types of greeting and photo cards. This two-directional system edge trims the images in both directions, slits each card, and applies the finest quality score available. There is no need for guillotine cutting and additional manpower as the cards are finished in one process. Key is the accuracy of the cutting and the ability to score digitally printed products with no cracking or marking while running inline or near-line with digital presses.

 

RTape Corp., booth 3125, debuts heat transfer products. Its polyurethane and flock films for plotter cutting are available in a variety of colors. The line also includes printable polyurethane and flock films compatible with solvent, eco-solvent, and latex inks. RTape heat transfer materials feature thin profiles for a soft hand, outstanding stretchability on performance fabrics, and excellent durability.

 

Seiko I Infotech, booth 3713, introduces the new ColorPainter H2P wide format printer. The ColorPainter H2P is available in two sizes, 74 and 104 inches, with the company’s new high-capacity VX ink set. Printing in four-color mode with high-capacity inks provides a low running cost and low ink prices. The H2P runs at a maximum speed of 856 square feet per hour with excellent print quality.

 

Sensient Imaging Technologies, booth 2373, is a global leader in the development and manufacture of inkjet inks for digital dye-sublimation. The company continually strives to develop innovative, state-of-the-art solutions to help customers break into new markets, substrates, and opportunities with high-quality products and superior performance. With a range of inks for both existing and emerging digital print systems and printheads, Sensient is a pioneer in sublimation.

 

SpectraJet, booth 2313, provides Spectra Jet Sublimation Paper, 100 percent made in the U.S. Silver Back3 is created on a paper machine as the base paper is made to provide the best consistency. It prints with water, oil, and solvent-based sublimation ink.

 

Summa, booth 341, showcases the unique process of thermal transfer print-and-cut technology, the unparalleled tracking and contour cutting accuracy infused into a full line of vinyl cutters, as well as the cutting edge versatility of Summa’s first flatbed digital finishing system, the F1612.

 

Tex Visions, booth 110, is a leading manufacturer of custom printed products and display hardware. It specializes in textiles and provides innovative display solutions for suppliers worldwide. It offers many high-quality, unique products such as the Display Cube, a three-dimensional display wrapped in fabric and made of foam dense enough for sitting yet light enough for stacking.

 

Van Son, booth 4318, highlights its popular line of Premium Wide Format Inkjet inks for Epson, Mimaki, Mutoh, and Roland printers. This ink line offers an efficient and cost-effective alternative to major printer manufacturers’ inks and answers the common concerns for increased printhead durability, wide color gamut with virtually no possibility of printhead clogging, and offers better adhesion on a range of substrates.

 

Verseidag Seemee US, booth 3317, shows a number of new products including high-quality, price-competitive Frontlit Extra Plus and TFlex Mesh Supreme. Also on display is the newly acquired textile range from 3P Inkjet Textiles, which offers solutions for solvent, UV, latex, aqueous, and direct/transfer dye-sublimation output.

 

xpedx, booth 2481, is full service print expertise. No matter what you print or how you print it, xpedx provides end-to-end solutions to help print it better. The company employs print professionals with broad industry experience, deep technical knowledge, and unparalleled customer service. Live demonstrations and samples of equipment, consumables, media, and substrates are available at the show.

 

Zünd, booth 3459, debuts the Zünd BHS, a fully automated Board-Handling System shown with the G3, Zünd’s line of high-performance digital cutting systems. The BHS consists of an automatic feeder, transport system, and stacker. Also showing is the compact S3, with a direct-drive system that is superfast, quiet, and maintenance free. The S3 accommodates the range of Zünd tool options for cutting, routing, creasing/scoring, punching, and marking.

 

Oct2012, Digital Output

 

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