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A Preview Continuation

ISA's Annual Trade Show

To expand on last issue’s preview of the International Sign Association’s (ISA’s) annual International Sign Expo we look at even more exhibitors promoting products and services at the show. The event takes place April 4 to 6, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Visit Digital Output in booth 4151.

 

3A Composites, booth 3122, highlights FiberMate recyclable rigid print. It is comprised of wood fiber that is manufactured into a high-density fiberboard available in 3.2 and new 5.5 millimeter thicknesses. FiberMate graphic display boards are finished with Eco-Finish—a white water-based UV print coating. Eco-Finish is designed to provide excellent ink and paint adhesion on both sides, enabling double-sided applications. INFO# 346

 

3M, booth 4113, offers Envision Translucent and Diffuser Films, which optimize LED light. Enjoy brighter, improved light transmission, use fewer light sources and less energy—a “greener” solution without sacrificing performance. High-performance, non-PVC graphic films—3M Envision Print Wrap Films—offer a breakthrough boost in attributes, better conformability and lifting resistance, easier installs and removals, horizontal warranty, and a greener solution. INFO# 347

 

Advantage Sign Supply, booth 5151, promotes the latest technology and applications to expand business. It features three-dimensional printing, producing physical color models quickly, easily, and inexpensively. Also on display is color management software, printers from Epson and Hewlett-Packard, finishers from Graphtec and Mimaki, and laminators from GFP. INFO# 348

 

AGL, Inc., booth 4126, introduces its Print-Smart line of aqueous and solvent compatible digitally printable media to its line of materials. This new line includes a variety of light block and backlit media, as well as a Premium Photo Satin Paper and a printable polypropylene film. INFO# 349

 

Asphalt Art USA, booth 3701, introduces TexWalk, fully repositionable textured, non-slip media. No lamination is required and no adhesive residue is left behind. The media is ideal for trade show and retail point of purchase graphics on carpet, tile, wood, metal, concrete, and painted floors and walls. It is compatible with solvent, UV, and latex printers. INFO# 350

 

ATP Adhesive Systems, booth 3701, debuts Bannerbond, a permanent acrylic adhesive for vinyl banners and PVC coated textiles. It is an ideal solution for easily hemming banners together and making pole pockets. Bannerbond is available in one-, 1.5-, and two-inch rolls. INFO# 351

 

Avery Dennison, booth 4350, exhibits Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping Film, a full spectrum of 46 opaque cast films in matte, brushed metallic, and gloss colors. Black and white carbon fiber films are added in addition to Conform Chrome. These films feature Easy Apply RS technology, allowing the installer to easily reposition and slide the film into place and reduce air bubbles, minimizing total application time. No overlaminate is required. INFO# 352

 

CADlink Technology Corporation, booth 4315, displays SignLab, Digital Factory, EngraveLab, FilmMaker, and ProfileLab. The company also specializes in custom software development and creates private label, third party software products for companies worldwide looking to offer turnkey design to production solutions. CADlink focuses on online product fulfillment solutions that include graphics design, production, and delivery components. INFO# 353

 

Caldera, booth 913, introduces Discover PrintBoard, the first display solution of its kind to interact directly with a RIP engine. The plug-in allows users of Caldera’s RIP software to show an overview of their production activity on screen for all employees to see, with information including which files were recently added to the spooler, and the number of square meters processed daily by the RIP. PrintBoard displays information such as the daily square meter production rate, the rate per printing device, the percentage of production per printer and per type of printer, and the number of errors per day, alongside the sequence of jobs lined up for each device. INFO# 354

 

Continental Grafix USA, booth 3701, offers 80/20 Window Perf for ultimate color pop, sunscreen, and privacy. It is available in panoRama 1520 self adhesive and panoRama Film non adhesive for inside mount with panoRama Tape. The company’s universal print liners are engineered for latex, UV-curable, and solvent. panoRama is also available in 50/50, 60/40, and 70/30. INFO# 355

 

DigiFab Systems, booth 5148, promotes its Evolution RIP. It features exceptional color control and color capabilities all within an easy to use interface. Users can customize Evolution RIP for workflows that best suit their environment. Evolution is time tested, industry approved, and developed by a company dedicated to being a leader in inkjet printing. INFO# 356

 

EFI, booth 3721, demonstrates the VUTEk QS2 Pro. It is a robust, production-level UV printer combining true grayscale print quality, color accuracy, and consistency for print service providers looking to grow business with color-critical and higher premium jobs. It offers point of purchase image quality with up to 1,000 dpi, six colors, and three-layer white ink print capability. Grayscale technology offers higher ink yield with some imagery, lowering the cost per print. The QS2 Pro, which now comes standard with roll-to-roll functionality, prints on rigid, sheet, and flexible media up to 80 inches wide and up to two inches thick. INFO# 357

 

EnCore Products, booth 3935, manufactures foam board products used for digital printing, screenprinting, point of purchase displays, exhibits, cut graphics, and dry mounting. All products are made in the U.S. and available in a variety of size and thickness combinations. INFO# 358

 

Fisher Textiles, booth 4844, one of the leading suppliers of fabrics for dye-sublimation, UV, latex, and direct digital printing has on hand all of its fabrics for backlit, flag, point of purchase, trade show exhibit, banner stand, awning, outdoor, and apparel. Print demonstrations are featured throughout the duration of the show. Visit the booth for product samples. INFO# 359

 

Fujifilm North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division, booth 1512, highlights the Acuity Advance Select, an eight-channel UV flatbed inkjet printer. White and clear ink offers high productivity and versatility to produce high-impact graphic displays and signs. Also on display in the booth, the Acuity LED 1600 hybrid inkjet printer offers a patent-pending UV LED ink curing system and standard eight-color ink set including white and clear for exceptional quality displays/signs on roll or rigid substrates. INFO# 360

 

GCC, booth 2324, displays its quality GCC RX series and Expert 24 LX cutting plotters, GCC LaserPro Spirit GLS/S290LS laser engraving systems, and X500II laser cutting system. The latest GCC RX series cutting plotters are available in four sizes. Designed with a stylish appearance and new functional features, the RX series is ideal for professional sign makers. Also, the GCC LaserPro X500II laser cutting system combines cutting and engraving capabilities, offering high product performance in terms of both durability and feasibility. INFO# 361

 

Global Imaging, booth 5343, offers everything for wide and grand format success. See a complete workflow including UV, dye-sublimation, and solvent/UV printers from PrinterEvolution and Novus Imaging and a Klieverik ten-foot transfer calendar, all driven by Caldera’s print-and-cut workflow. Also a Zünd G3 digital flatbed cutter is demonstrated as well as Panoply Supplies alternative inks and unique materials portfolio, Global Garage used equipment and parts brokerage, and Panoply Finance leasing and financial services. INFO# 362

 

Graphics One (GO), booth 5166, launches its new GO RIO 900X dye-sublimation (dye-sub) printer. The RIO 900X is a 44-inch high-speed four-color printer using GO’s NeoTack dye-sub ink featuring its newly patented, heat-activated Tacky Ink technology and neon capabilities for printing and transferring dye-sub applications. Priced at $7,995 and $125 per liter of NeoTack Ink, the GO RIO 900X is a must see. INFO# 363

 

Graphtec America, booth 5753, promotes its full line of flatbed cutters, high performance FC8000 and professional CE series roll feed cutters, and entry level Silhouette Cameo. i-DesignR software for sign making, print/cut, and garment decoration, including rhinestones, is also featured. The new LCX603 label finishing system prints, cuts, weeds, and laminates labels of any shape without the use of dies, and is ideal for short-run applications. INFO# 364

 

Grimco, booth 3348, demonstrates the Hewlett-Packard (HP) Scitex FB700 flatbed, HP Designjet L26500 latex, Epson SureColor S70670, and a Mimaki JV33. It also displays a Royal Sovereign RET-1500 Electric Trimmer and a Fletcher-Terry FSC Cutter. In addition, there are car wrap demonstrations with 3M and Avery media plus information on many more of its offered products and brands. INFO# 365

 

Hewlett-Packard (HP), booth 4357, showcases its large format sign and display solutions that help print service providers from all backgrounds increase application versatility and grow their businesses. HP displays its versatile flatbed, UV-curable devices, including the HP Scitex FB7600 Industrial Press and the HP Scitex FB700 and FB500 Industrial Printers. HP also features devices from its HP Latex Ink portfolio, including the HP Designjet L28500 and L26500 Printers and the HP Scitex LX850 Industrial Printer. INFO# 366

 

Hexis USA, booth 4539, presents its FLEX marking films for heat transfer on textiles and the company’s line of textured cast films for wrapping applications with a need for long durability. Hexis is a leading manufacturer of self-adhesive vinyl films and digital media for large format printing for signage and vehicle marking. It specializes in PSA coating thin plastic films and pioneered its own process to produce high-performance cast vinyl. INFO# 367

 

KAPCO Graphic Products, booth 5264, exhibits new media, its 8 mil Backlit Polyester Film – Front Print, 9 mil Textured Blockout Polyester Film/Anti Static - Anti Curl, 14 mil Fabric PopUp, and PSA 3 mil Etch Glass. Visit the booth to receive a ten percent off coupon. INFO# 368

 

Kernow Coatings, booth 3701, highlights HydroSol Polyester Films. The new 205STLR – 8-mil Satin Textured LightBlock contains 30 percent post-consumer recycled bottles in the polyester base at the same cost as other polyester films. HydroSol offers a full line of non-curling, temperature stable polyester films for roll-ups, pop-ups, backlit and window displays, menu boards, and other signage. INFO# 369

 

Lintec of America, booth 3718, debuts Wincos EZ. It is designed for those with easy installation and removal in mind. The construction is a 4-mil scratch resistant optically clear polyester with an ultra-removable and optically clear adhesive and polyester liner. It provides easy installation and the benefit of being easily removed from scratch resistant surfaces without any damage to the surface. INFO# 370

 

Magnum Magnetics, booth 3558, promotes the use of digital presses or wide format inkjets to create car sign magnets using Magnum Magnetics’ MuscleMag high-energy printable magnetic material. MuscleMag is specially formulated to be very thin to allow for smooth feeding and easy cutting, while featuring stronger holding power than a refrigerator magnet. This thinner material allows the magnet to contour to the surface it is being applied to, and also reduces wind resistance. INFO# 371

 

MCT, booth 5964, displays the Versa-Tech finishing system in collaboration with Blackman & White. It features heavy-duty, fully integrated cutting tools including a liquid cooled router spindle. In addition, the cutting head’s two tangential tools allow for a choice of plug-in tools for driven rotary pizza wheel cutting, kiss cutting, tangential knife cutting, and oscillation cutting, as well as creasing. The finishing systems are available in machine sizes ranging from 1.6 to 3.2 meters wide by 3.2 meters long. INFO# 372

 

MTL Print, booth 609, presents its flagship NURStar 304D wide format UV flatbed press as well as showcasing the new NURStar 305D, a five- by ten-foot UV flatbed, both printing at speeds up to 2,700 square feet per hour. Both machines feature an interchangeable tables system, allowing non-stop production by setting up the next job while the current job is printed. NURStar utilizes grayscale technology to offer the lowest ink consumption, contributing further to cost effectiveness. INFO# 373

 

MultiCam Inc., booth 3953, demonstrates its MultiCam 3000 Series CNC Router, Digital Express, and Graph-X-Cutter. These affordable, easy-to-use CNC cutting solutions route, knife cut, crease, and perforate at speeds up to 7,000 IPM. Dan Sawatzky, owner, Sawatzky’s Imagination Corporation in Yarrow, BC, Canada, demonstrates and discusses how the MultiCam 3000 Series Router made him a creative force in the sign industry. INFO# 374

 

Nazdar, booth 4121, features its range of digital UV-curable inks that offers users quality and cost efficiency. State of the art production and development techniques create products with a range of features and benefits; these include OEM color match and enhanced gamut options, increased printing and drying performance, and convenient packaging sizes. Nazdar manufactures various formulation options for specific purposes and can recommend the right inks for your application needs. INFO# 375

 

Nazdar SourceOne, booth 4121, is the leading supplier of screen and digital printing equipment, inks, and supplies. With multiple locations in Central America, Mexico, and the U.S., SourceOne offers premium products from the world’s foremost manufacturers. Stop by and experience the cost-effective alternative to latex printing, true hybrid capability, and the new standard in dye-sublimation printing solutions. INFO# 376

 

Neschen Americas, booth 3915, introduces the SEAL 65 EL laminator. The 65 EL is a high-quality, affordably priced wide format cold roll laminator designed for graphics up to 65 inches wide. Additionally, Neschen launches Pure Nature ecologically friendly paper print media. Pure Nature is FSC certified and contains ten percent post-consumer waste. The portfolio includes Orion Backlit, a fully recyclable backlit poster paper with uniform light diffusing properties; and Giotto Wall Mural, a high-performance paper wallcovering that is easily installed and removed. INFO# 377

 

Orbus Exhibit & Display Group, booth 5232, is the trade’s one-stop shop for everything displays—from portable signs and display products to custom-made solutions. Products on display at the show include the Formulate Flip 20-foot tension fabric exhibit kit and the Giant ten-foot tall Mosquito. Orbus also introduces the new Hopup tension fabric display with a lighter and smaller footprint that also includes new stabilizer feet on every straight frame over seven feet high. INFO# 378

 

Photo Tex Group, Inc., booth 4032, highlights Photo Tex—the U.S. patented peel and stick self-adhesive polyester material, which recently added two new family members. Photo Tex - OPA (Opaque) blockout is designed for water-based/UV and latex printers. Photo Tex - EX features 50 percent stronger adhesive for outdoor venues and textured surfaces that require a little more kick. It is available in solvent and water-based versions. INFO# 379

 

Plaskolite, booth 4766, showcases brilliant signage applications with the help of its multiple product offerings. From sign grade acrylic to co-polyester sheet, Plaskolite provides the solutions that help brands look their best. Its extensive range of colors, textures, and finish options deliver the performance that top signage and POP/display fabricators demand. Products include OPTIX SG – Sign Grade Acrylic, VIVAK - PETG, MUSTANG - Copolyester, and FABBACK - Acrylic Mirror. INFO# 380

 

PrinterEvolution, booth 5343, demonstrates its portfolio of dye-sublimation (dye-sub) and S/UV printers. This includes its Evo-33 DS industrial ten-foot water-based dye-sub printer for direct or transfer printing with true grayscale printheads and orange and violet inks. New for 2013 is the Evo-33 S/UV, an industrial ten-foot solvent UV printer for glossy, instantly dry, conformable roll prints. Also new is the Neo series direct-to-fabric water-based dye-sub printers; the Neo-64, Neo-72, and Neo-104. INFO# 381

 

Pro-Finish.com, booth 2511, launches the newest member to its product line, the Gromminator. The Gromminator is an automatic clear grommet press. It can press several grommets in the same time it would take to traditionally press a single grommet. The grommets are made of clear plastic, which allows for more visibility of the printed graphic and easier recycling. INFO# 382

 

Ritrama, booth 4303, manufactures a comprehensive range of cast and calendered self-adhesive vinyl from wall applications with print-to-edge technology for a range of vehicle wraps in a variety of textures and colors designed to transform cars and images. The media is compatible with a variety of printing methods including solvent, eco-solvent, latex, and UV inkjet. Let Ritrama be your one-stop shop for pressure-sensitive wide format media, overlaminates, mounting films, and vehicle wrap materials. INFO# 383

 

Roland DGA Corp., booth 3511, premieres the latest wide format printing innovation from the company, the new SOLJET XF. In addition, view Roland’s most versatile production inkjet printer/cutters including the SOLJET Pro 4 XR-640, VersaCAMM, VersaUV, VersaArt, and VersaStudio models. Test EGX engravers, GX cutters, custom apparel solutions, personalization devices, and a range of media including the company’s new Paparazzi Premium Matte Paper. INFO# 384

 

Sawgrass Technologies Industrial Division, booth 4513, offers a proven suite of superior ink offerings, coupled with fully integrated, leading-edge print solutions specifically tailored for high-production digital printing environments. Solutions offer superior color gamut, unsurpassed image quality, reduced downtime, and trouble-free printing. INFO# 385

 

Seiko Instruments, booth 1212, features its new Jetrix flatbed UV printer, with high-resolution print speeds and low ink costs. Also on display is the full line of ColorPainter roll-to-roll printers—H2P, H2, and W series printers, with the richest colors and outdoor durability backed by 3M MCS warranties. INFO# 386

 

SignPro Systems, booth 5232, provides affordable, modular wayfinding and directional sign frames and systems to the trade. In addition to the range of frame sizes and styles on display SignPro also shows the Observe Deluxe, the newest addition to its information center line. This sleek info center features a sturdy base and double-sided bubble panel graphics. The Observe Deluxe is easy to assemble and includes back-to-back literature pockets. INFO# 387

 

Sihl, booth 3815, develops Sihl Permovable Films, which easily and quickly transform any outdoor unsealed surface into advertising potential. Gone are the days of PVC-based products that require a certified installer, an afternoon, and a heat gun to transform a blank outdoor floor space into a viable advertising message. INFO# 388

 

Summa, booth 4132, debuts the next generation of the S Class model series cutting plotter, the S Class 2 (S2). Also on display in the booth, Summa’s DC Series print-and-cut technology, a full line of performance vinyl cutters, and the cutting edge versatility of the Summa F1612 flatbed digital finishing system. INFO# 389

 

Tex Visions, booth 1501, promotes the Display Cylinder, a unique advertising tool. It features a core of thick, compact foam, making this display lightweight enough for stacking yet dense enough for seating. The custom print slips onto the core and secures with zippers for a seamless appearance. This easy setup allows prints to be changed easily for reuse. Use the Display Cylinder as an advertising column, seating area, or free-standing display for office lobbies and events. INFO# 390

 

Top Value Fabrics, booth 4964, is a leading supplier of printable substrates. With over 39 years of success in the textile industry, the company offers a complete line of digital, screen, and dye-sublimation (dye-sub) print media. Sign media products include laminated or coated frontlit, blockout, textiles, and mesh. Materials are compatible with printers using UV, solvent, screen, dye-sub, and latex ink, and are manufactured in standard and custom widths from 38 to 197 inches. INFO# 391

 

Ultraflex Systems, Inc., booth 3521, showcases groovy new products in its Woodstock-themed booth. Strip Mesh Pro LTX is a latex compatible mesh with easy to remove liner. It is ideal for outdoor banners, building wraps, or virtually any graphics in high wind areas. Ultima Pro 13 oz FL Matte is an outdoor durable semi-coated banner ideal for harsh weather, long-term applications. True Canvas Giclée 65/35 is an 11 oz polyester cotton blend canvas with an acrylic-gesso top coating ideal for art reproduction. INFO# 392

 

Verseidag Seemee US, booth 4551, is a manufacturer and distributor of over 50 digital print medias, including PVC coated vinyl, laminated flexface, and textiles. It showcases a number of new products, such as high-quality, price competitive Frontlit Extra Plus and TFlex Mesh Supreme. It also displays its 3P Inkjet Textiles, offering solutions for solvent, UV, latex, aqueous, and direct/transfer dye-sublimation outputs. INFO# 393

 

See You in Vegas

With all of the new products and solutions slated to be exhibited at this year’s show anticipation is great. We look forward to recapping the event in the May issue.

 

Apr2013, Digital Output

 
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