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ISA International Sign Expo Preview

This April 24 to 26, 2014, the International Sign Association (ISA) presents its International Sign Expo. The event, which is held in Orlando, FL at the Orange County Convention Center, offers a range of educational opportunities both on and off of the show floor. A variety of sessions are available, organized into eight different tracks—architectural design, dynamic digital signage, management, peer networking, project management, regulatory issues, sales, and technical.

 

Throughout the expo floor, several areas are devoted to popular and up-and-coming trends in the sign space. Returning from its introductory year in 2013 is the Dynamic Digital Park. Here attendees learn about the newest solutions and products in dynamic digital signage via networking events and educational seminars.

 

New this year is the INKJet Print Theater, created in partnership with Graph Expo. The hands-on solution center showcases printers in action and free educational sessions for attendees.

 

Here, we’ve compiled information on ISA International Sign Expo exhibitors. The next issue includes additional companies planning to showcase products and solutions. And as always, come visit us, we are in booth 2025!

 

3A Composites USA, booth 1213, introduces SMART-X graphic display board. It is a premium-quality, distinctive lightweight foamboard consisting of an all-plastic sheet constructed with a moisture-resistant expanded polystyrene core and two layers of UV-resistant solid polystyrene. SMART-X is made from 100 percent polystyrene with no adhesive applied between the core and cover layers.

 

Advanced Greig Laminators (AGL), booth 2525, debuts the AGL Patriot, a laminator designed to overcome the challenges of laminating UV prints. The key is AGL’s proprietary roller design. With throughput speeds of up to 9,000 feet per hour, the Patriot laminator doesn’t compromise performance, quality, or production.

 

Agfa Graphics, booth 1736, demonstrates the new upgradeable Jeti Titan S (speed) and HS (high speed) true flatbed UV inkjet printers. Show attendees can tour The House of Asanti, which is named after the new Agfa automated wide format workflow solution. Also on display are several printing systems from Agfa, including the Anapurna M3200 RTR, the Anapurna M2500, the Anapurna M2540 FB, and the Jeti 1224 HDC FTR.

 

Asphalt Art, booth 359, showcases TexWalk—a repositionable, textured vinyl with fabric backing. Lamination is not required and no adhesive residue occurs after removal. The media is ideal for carpet, sidewalk, tile, linoleum floors, and wall graphics. TexWalk is compatible with solvent, eco-solvent, UV-curable, and latex inks. Also in the booth, Continental Grafix’s INNOVA 20uv, a self-adhesive 80/20 window perf, which is ideal for storefronts and commercial buildings or delivery vans. Kernow Coatings’ HydroSol 200CTL is displayed as well. It is an 8-mil satin textured light block polyester film for aqueous inks. From ATP Adhesive, learn more about OPEN AIR, micro-perforated, repositionable window and wall films.

 

Esko, booth 2103, displays the Kongsberg C, which is a fully featured superwide—126-inch—digital finishing system. A powerful, rigid, carbon-composite traverse technology assures exceptional precision and speed—the fastest throughput of any superwide digital finisher. The Kongsberg C offers a 3kW continuous duty high-performance milling unit. It processes a wide variety of materials. One Kongsberg C fits all production needs—rolls, sheets, corrugated, and milling.

 

Fisher Textiles, booth 1849, one of the leading suppliers of fabrics for dye-sublimation, UV, and direct digital printing showcases all of its fabrics for backlit, flag, point of purchase, trade show graphics, banner stand, awning, and apparel applications. Fisher Textiles presents a new booth design featuring backlit displays made with its newest backlit fabrics printed with direct disperse, UV-curable, and latex technologies.

 

Foster Keencut, booth 1752, premieres the new On-A-Roll Lifter that allows operators to move wide, heavy rolls of media from the warehouse to the printer, plus the Heat Knife Holder for fast, safe, and accurate fabric cutting and finishing. Demonstrations of the SteelTraK, Evolution-E2, Javelin Integra, Sabre Series-2, Rotary Trimmers, and Straight Edges are also in the booth.

 

GCC, booth 1247, debuts the GCC JC-240E printer/cutter. It is equipped with six colors—CMYK plus optional Lc and Lm—producing high-quality image printing with GCC’s eco-solvent ink. Furthermore, the GCC JC-240E works at a higher speed of up to 41.2 square feet per hour. The device is bundled with the FlexiPRINT DX - GCC Edition RIP software, helping users easily complete the print-and-cut workflow with a user-friendly interface.

 

Gfp, booth 2456, launches the 865DH Dual Heat Laminator, designed for finishing professionals looking for versatility, quality, and economy in one machine. Thermal encapsulate up to 65 inches with low melt films—1.5- to 10-mil, laminate PSA cold films, or mount boards up to 4x8 feet. The 865DH accepts film rolls to ten inches OD on swing out supply shafts.

 

Global Imaging, booth 409, promotes the best-in-class PrinterEvolution Evo33 DS water-based dye-sublimation (dye-sub) printer, the Neo Series all-in-one dye-sub printer, the Monti Antonio calendar, the Novus Imaging Synergia H with warp engine, REXframe reusable fabric framing system, and the Zünd G3 high-speed automated cutter.

 

Graphtec America, booth 255, exhibits its full line of flatbed cutters, high-performance FC8600 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. Several demonstration areas are also featured.

 

Heytex, booth 2837, stands for premium quality of coated textiles and fabrics. In the product range of large format digital print, Heytex supplies the international market with a comprehensive portfolio for indoor and outdoor applications. At the show, Heytex presents a 5x5-meter light box with a seamless PVC-free digitex heylux backlit textile. digitex heylux is a premium sign material, which is certified by Hewlett-Packard and Mimaki for latex printing.

 

InkTec America Corp., booth 1492, features high-quality SubliNova Rapid dye-sublimation ink and 100 percent compatible EcoNova eco-solvent ink for Mimaki, Mutoh, and Roland printers.

 

KAPCO Graphic Products, booth 329, offers 3 mil Embossed and 10 mil Textured Vinyl (PSA) Laminates. This material features a clear permanent acrylic adhesive, and a special embossed surface to help reflect light. Also on display, PSA Wall Fabric Solvent Media, which bridges the gap between adhesive vinyl wall graphic and fabric media. The material features an ultra-removable adhesive that leaves no residue, is reusable, repositionable, and sticks to any non-porous flat surface.

 

Laminators Incorporated, booth 1718, a leading manufacturer for 50 years, offers a complete line of rigid substrates that are the industry standard for professional sign makers. Laminators’ lightweight rigid substrates are exceptionally strong and durable, and ideal for digital print applications. Manufactured in a variety of colors and sizes, finished surfaces are extremely flat; smooth; and will not crack, chip, flake, or peel even under harsh weather conditions.

 

MultiCam, Inc, booth 2113, demonstrates its lineup of digital finishing systems including the Digital Express and Graph-X-Cutter. Designed to bridge the gap between routers and knife cutters, these versatile machines eliminate the bottlenecks that occur in the finishing stages of the production process. High-speed digital registration is combined with reliable routing and knife cutting capabilities to increase throughput and achieve exceptional cut quality.

 

Mutoh America, Inc., booth 1073, displays all-new technologies and three new printers. Visit the booth to see the new ValueJet 1638X and other never-before-seen printers.

 

ORAFOL Americas, booth 2073, highlights automotive applications with daily vehicle wraps of ORACAL 970RA, ORAJET 3751RA, and ORALITE 5650RA Fleet Engineering Grade Reflective Film. Also on display in the booth, Reflexite V98, ideal for highly reflective chevrons and graphic applications on ambulances, police, fire, and other EMS vehicles.

 

Orbus Exhibit & Display Group, booth 1109, is the trade’s one-stop shop for exhibits and displays, portable to custom. From portable signage, displays, and banner stands to tension fabric structures, systems-based exhibits to custom-fabricated exhibits and installations, it supplies and manufactures a full spectrum of solutions. Companies within the group that service the graphic arts include Orbus365, Origin, SignPro Systems, and Nimlok.

 

Polytype America, booth 1455, promotes the swissQprint Oryx, Impala, and Nyala 2.5- and 3.2-meter UV flatbed printers; the Jetrix 2030; and the new Polytype 4x8-foot UV flatbed printers and the Polytype NQ 32 3-in-1 flatbed UV printer. At the show, the company introduces to the North American market for the first time the new Polytype entry-level 4x8-foot six-color plus white UV flatbed printer.

 

Presto Tape, booth 2718, highlights its removable/repositionable adhesive-backed print media. Products include CanvasTac, PrestoTex, and PaperTac. CanvasTac is an adhesive-backed canvas, PrestoTex is adhesive-backed polyester, and PaperTac is an adhesive-backed paper. PaperTac comes in 6- and 10-mil thickness. The company also introduces PaperTac Gold Iridescent and PaperTac Silver—ideal for retail applications. All of the substrates from Presto Tape do not damage walls or peel paint during install and removal.

 

Royal Sovereign, booth 765, showcases the new RSC-6500H heavy-duty, high-performance cold laminator and its 55- and 65-inch high-quality, economically priced hot and cold laminators specifically designed for users to easily and professionally finish wide format graphics. Also displayed are new electric trimmers with fast trimming speeds to improve productivity in the workshop, as well as various LED signboards, open signs, and roll laminating films.

 

TradeSoft, booth 651, provides a total job and production management solution. Users estimate with accuracy and confidence, print professional quotations and change orders automatically, quickly generate and track work orders, and integrate job costing, tracking, purchasing, receiving, shipping, and inventory. The company’s real-time shop floor data collection and comprehensive multi-job scheduler pull it all together. The solution links to accounting and engineering packages, tying front office and shop into a seamless, efficient business.

 

Ultraflex Systems, booth 2121, displays an out-of-this-world exhibit with advanced, new product lines. The company rolls out G-Floor Graphic products and its leading edge digital media certified for latex inks. This comprehensive line of substrates are tested and certified for superior compatibility with Hewlett-Packard’s line of latex printers.

 

Verseidag seemee US, Inc., booth 2029, features its versatile product range of PVC-coated and laminated products, which include frontlit, backlit, mesh, and blockout. seemee also offers a full range of innovative textiles that perform across the full gamut of print outputs, including 3P Premium Backlit or Sheen, ideal solutions for growing LED backlit frame application.  

 

Mar2014, Digital Output

 
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