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SGIA and IFAI Preview

A Sunny Look at the FL-Based Show

By Digital Output staff


Welcome to the first of two previews for the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association’s (SGIA’s) annual trade show. This year the event takes place in Orlando, FL at the Orange County Convention Center. Held October 23 to 25, 2013, SGIA is co-located this year with the IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo. The partnership exemplifies the importance and affect textiles have on digital print.


Below we include information on vendors at both shows. As of press time, space in the expo hall was 95 percent sold out, with over 450 exhibitors planning to attend. In our October issue, look for information on additional exhibitors.


3A Composites USA, booth 1212, announces Fome-Cor graphic display board is available with the brightest whitest surface. It is ideal for direct printing point of purchase displays, interior signage, and exhibits and kiosks as well as for mounting printed graphics. Fome-Cor board is manufactured in a range of standard sizes ranging from 20x30- up to 60x120-inch sheets in Bright White and Black and in 1/8-, 3/16-, and 3/8-inch thicknesses. INFO# 249


Advantage Sign Supply, booth 1243, showcases the latest printing technology. The HP 260 latex printer provides instant-dry prints, while the Epson SureColor series offers three options for printing performance. Looking for a plotter? Check out the new Graphtec FC8600 or get a printer/plotter combination with the Mimaki CJV30. Don’t miss the quality Gfp laminator, too. Plus, the company backs all its products with exceptional customer service and technical support. INFO# 250


Agfa Graphics, booth 2228, features the new Ardeco high-end printing solution for soft signage applications and direct printed textile output. Ardeco combines advanced sublimation capabilities with a highly accurate textile transport system. It comes in a choice of printhead configurations and features an inline cold-knife cutting system. This fully integrated digital textile solution is designed for volume production of backlit displays, flags, and general displays that benefit from being printed onto polyester-based fabrics up to 126 inches wide. INFO# 251


Canon Solutions America, booth 1606, promotes the Océ Arizona 660 XT UV flatbed printer featuring six independent ink channels; an oversized, true flatbed table of 98.4x120 inches; and high-production print speeds. The Océ Arizona 660 XT printer’s ink system can be configured to best suit varied print production needs—CMYK+White+Varnish, CMYK+C+M, or CMYK+White+White—to deliver print speeds of more than 495 square feet per hour. This model is designed to deliver high total and peak production capacity while maintaining uncompromising print quality. INFO# 252


Colter & Peterson, booth 2356, exhibits three Microcut retrofit back gauge controller kits for any size paper from 20 to 150 inches. It memorizes cutting sequences instantly, recalls them quickly, and improves production time and reliability for a fraction of the cost of a new machine. Microcut systems are designed for precise cuts, easy operation, and years of trouble-free service. INFO# 253


Creative Banner Assemblies, booth 2618, is a nationwide supplier of wholesale sign and banner displays, trade show displays, custom imprinted flags and banners, along with sign and banner finishing supplies. Its inventory also includes banner materials ideal for screenprinting and the Titan line of full-color digital print media. Creative Banner Assemblies provides the industry with reliable and high-quality products and is committed to complete customer satisfaction. INFO# 254


Digital Graphic Systems (DGS), booth 1206, highlights the DGS POP Store System. It is a turnkey design-print-cut system to fabricate point of purchase (POP) displays, trade show booths, and 3D elements using paper-based rigid media. Composed by powerful design software, a UV flatbed printer, and a digital table cutter, the system lets any printer get into POP display manufacturing with minimum experience and investment. The system includes materials and building accessories. INFO# 255


Drytac, booth 654, displays innovative products and unveils new roller laminators and aqueous-based liquid coaters. Featured products include WindowTac and ViziPrint, two simple solutions for stunning window graphics; and SilkScape, a cost-effective and curl-resistant print media for retractable banner stands. Visit the booth for equipment/product demonstrations and to speak with experts who will be on hand to answer questions. INFO# 256


Eastsign, booth 2043, demonstrates its new large format color printer/cutter. It is available in 35 and 48 inches wide. Maximum resolution is 1,440x1,440 dpi with a maximum printing speed of 161 square feet per hour. INFO# 257


Epson, booth 420, showcases its SureColor S-Series, a revolutionary line of 64-inch solvent printers. Incorporating Epson’s latest technological breakthroughs, including the Epson MicroPiezo TFP printhead and Epson UltraChrome GS2 and GSX ink technology, the S-Series produces incredible detail at high speeds, bringing previously unseen levels of quality, performance, and value to signage, vehicle graphics, and fine art. INFO# 258


FloorSignage, LLC, booth 213, features its AlumiGraphics Grip, a wide format media made of pliable yet rugged aluminum foil. Easily peel and stick to naturally conform to the texture of concrete, asphalt, brick, tile, and cinderblock walkways and walls without heat. It offers proven durability outdoors to withstand heavy pedestrian traffic and harsh weather for up to one year. Print direct to ASTM slip-resistant surface, with no overlaminate required. It is compatible with UV, latex, solvent, and eco-solvent inks. Environmentally friendly, AlumiGraphics Grip contains no PVC and can be disposed with aluminum recycling. INFO# 259


Foster Keencut, booth 1436, is a leading brand of manual cutters and trimmers for signs, point of sale, and wide format graphics and displays. See the new Hot Cut System for fast, safe, and accurate fabric cutting and finishing; plus the On-A-Roll Lifter that allows operators to move wide and heavy rolls of media from the warehouse to the printer. Visit the booth for a demonstration of the SteelTraK, Evolution-E2, Javelin Integra, Sabre Series-2, Rotary Trimmers, and Straight Edges. INFO# 260


GCC, booth 616, exhibits the LaserPro X500II laser cutter, offering high product performance in terms of both durability and feasibility; LaserPro Spirit GLS and Spirit LS laser engravers with an abundance of useful and innovative features; as well as the supreme RX Series and quality Expert 24 LX cutting plotters that satisfy customers’ extensive demands. INFO# 261


Graphic-al DP by Mitsubishi, booth 1940, highlights Graphic-al DP, which is a lightweight aluminum composite material (ACM) with high rigidity and half the weight of competing boards. DP features a unique hybrid surface designed for digital UV flatbed printing. It delivers clean boards, ready to print with superior ink adhesion and excellent color and detail. Graphic-al DP is the ideal ACM choice for signage, exhibits, displays, and dimensional UV printing. INFO# 262


Hewlett-Packard (HP), booth 1628, premieres the HP Scitex FB10000 Industrial Press for the first time in the U.S. The new press features HP Scitex High Dynamic Range Printing Technology delivering high quality at industrial productivity and dynamic dot size. Also ideal for high-volume shops, the HP Latex 3000 Printer prints on heat-sensitive substrates with the HP Latex Optimizer. This new ink solution ensures consistent image quality at high speeds and with less energy compared to previous HP Latex solutions. INFO# 263


Image One Impact, booth 730, manufactures and supplies high-quality sign mounting, installation, and banner hanging systems. It exhibits safety tools, cutting equipment, panel saws, banner finishing tools, vehicle wrap tools, and installer tools. INFO# 264


InkTec, booth 561, introduces a new range of dye-sublimation inks, SubliNova. The ink is specially formulated to suit plotters equipped with the newest Epson DX7 and Epson TFP printheads. InkTec also features a range of new eco-solvent inks, EcoNova ID, compatible with Mimaki, Mutoh, and Roland plotters. The solution assures an easy switch over, no need to change color profile, and plug and play is possible. INFO# 265


InteliCoat Technologies, booth 236, promotes the Magic bulletproof latex product line, which features ECO-Satin indoor paper for promotional signage; ECO BLOCK-2S opaque, two-side printable paper; and POS PRO+ LX anti-curl, blockout film. InteliCoat also highlights the new Magic POLY-SATIN 100 percent polyester canvas and Magic Ink, which offers a complete, alternative solution for highly accurate color reproduction and superior print longevity. INFO# 266


INX Digital, booth 2122, previews new Triangle brand EGS alternative solvent inks designed specifically for use with the Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 printer. EGS features many benefits, including better Isopropyl Alcohol resistance and your choice of optional ink sets; match OEM with no color profiling necessary or one that offers a significant increase of outdoor durability compared to OEM inks that require color profiling for best color gamut. INFO# 267


Lintec, booth 3220, demonstrates its WINCOS UV, eco-solvent, and latex digital print films for glass decoration. It also shows several new products including textured polyester, 10-mil optically clear polyester, as well as its most popular PVC window film with a paper liner for better cutting. Also new at the show is a 2-mil white polyester for window displays. INFO# 268


Miller Weldmaster, booth 3824, manufactures hot wedge, hot air, and impulse seaming welders for finishing billboards and banners. Its 112 Extreme features a large production capacity for any size job. The Impulse Extreme 3.0 is precise and accurate. The T300 Extreme Edge meets all high-speed finishing needs. The T3 Extreme is built to fit shops with small production demands. INFO# 269


Mimaki USA, booth 3201, showcases the performance-driven 500 series line of digital printers as well as the JV400 series, which features new orange and green latex ink and a revolutionary solvent UV ink. In addition, Mimaki also introduces innovative, never-before-seen equipment that continues to set an industry standard in quality and productivity. INFO# 270


Mutoh America, Inc., booth 248, operates the new ValueJet 1617H 64-inch hybrid printer. Printing on both rigid substrates up to a half-inch thick and roll-to-roll material, the VJ 1617H features a white ink capability. Create limitless applications such as point of purchase signage, trade show graphics, and packaging prototypes. With its low price of $49,995 and custom leasing options, the VJ 1617H is affordable. INFO# 271


Orafol Americas, previously known as Oracal USA, booth 2208, highlights several new products—ten new Oralite 5650RA Fleet Engineering Grade Reflective colors; Oracal 620, Oracal 640, Oracal 352, and Oracal 1640HT screen printable films; and Orajet 3164RA and 3164XRA. Orajet 3164RA features a clear, water-based permanent adhesive and Series 3164XRA offers a grey, water-based permanent adhesive. Both are ideal for a variety of outdoor signage applications, including short-term promotions, point of purchase, and exhibition graphics. INFO# 272


Palram Americas, booth 1713, features PALSUN flat polycarbonate sheets and roll stock that are now UL listed and appear in the SAM manual; the PALIGHT family of products, foamed PVC substrates, which include Premium, EPS, and Outdoor; SUNLITE multi-wall polycarbonate sheet, lightweight and impact resistant, is used for decorative signs and displays; and PALCLEAR, a flat, water-clear PVC sheet for indoor applications. INFO# 273


Polytype America, booth 1263, is swissQprint’s North American distributor of the Oryx, Impala, and Nyala 2.5- and 3.2-meter UV flatbed printers. At the show, Polytype spotlights the 2.5-meter swissQprint Impala, a UV flatbed printer featuring six colors/varnish/white and spot colors, a roll-to-roll printing option, oversized board capabilities, and tandem printing to offer maximum productivity. INFO# 274


Ritrama, booth 1012, 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. Its vinyl is compatible with a variety of printing methods including solvent, eco-solvent, latex, and UV inkjet. INFO# 275


Royal Sovereign, booth 464, exhibits its new electric trimmers. The wide format rotary blade trimmers save time and increase profitability making it easy to quickly and accurately finish graphics, posters, and various laminated materials compared to using slower manual trimmers. Royal Sovereign also showcases its high-quality, economically priced, hot and cold laminators specifically designed for users to easily and professionally finish wide format graphics. INFO# 276


RTape, booth 736, displays 54-inch VinylEfx metalized vinyl print media for wide format digital printing and screen printing; SEF polyurethane heat transfer films for garment decoration; ClearChoice film application tapes; and Conform heavyweight paper premasks. RTape also features Eclypse vinyl and polycarbonate overlaminates; ChalkTalk chalkboard film; and EZErase dry erase vinyl. INFO# 277


Ultraflex, booth 3006, 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 that is ideal for art reproduction. INFO# 278


Value Vinyls, booth 4027, supplies digital and screenprinting media, as well as industrial PVC. It provides laminated, coated, and mesh substrates for UV, solvent, and latex ink printers ranging from 26 to 196 inches wide. Visit the company’s booth to see new fabrics including Soluna Printable Awning Material and an updated line of Rio Opaque Ultra Smooth, Backlit, Blockout, and Mesh products. INFO# 279


Visual Magnetics, booth 1412, features magnetic-receptive materials designed for point of sale, directional and informational signage, and custom printed wall graphics. On display are the latest additions to the Digital Veneers Collection of wood grain finish products, the Digital Fabric Collection, and specialty media including VM-CHALKboard and VM-DRYerase films. The easy-to-use Visual Magnetics Graphic System enables displays to be easily installed, updated, layered, transported, stored, or recycled. INFO# 280


VKF Renzel USA Corp., booth 2369, shows a selection of its product line, which consists of signage hardware such as aluminum snap frames and aluminum poster and banner holders. It also heat bends PVC, PETG, and acrylic items including price labeling and shelf management systems. INFO# 281


Xcel Products, Inc., booth 1134, is a leading manufacturer and converter of high-quality, printable plastic substrates for the printing and graphic industries. With its diverse product line and converting capabilities it works with customers to find and create the best solution for any application. INFO# 282


Xerox Corporation, booth 801, promotes the new Wide Format IJP 2000, a single-pass inkjet printer with speeds of up to 4,520 square feet per hour. Increased speed means printers can accept and produce more wide format jobs, even last minute requests. This device is ideal for indoor signs, posters, banners, point of purchase displays, presentation graphics, and maps. INFO# 283


Zünd America, Inc., booth 2440, demonstrates the G3 and S3 series of Zünd multifunctional flatbed cutting/routing systems with the full gamut of tooling and automated material-handling options. Zünd Cut Center 2.0, Zünd’s user interface and production workflow suite, now includes Zünd Design Center, a new AI plug-in with a library of parametric designs, 3D visualization, and PDF export, as well as a production calculator/estimator, automatic cut path/start point optimization, automatic overcut compensation, and batch processing for ultimate productivity. INFO# 284


See You There!

Stop by and visit us while you’re browsing around the hall—Digital Output is in booth 1060.


Sep2013, Digital Output

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