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SGIA ’06 Preview

A Look at the Upcoming Trade Show’s Highlights

By DO Staff

The industry is getting excited about this Fall’s Specialty Graphic Imaging Associations’ SGIA ’06 trade show, taking place September 26–29 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This show is known as one of the largest, most comprehensive events for the specialty printing and imaging technology community. With more than 500 exhibitors on hand, you’ll explore the latest equipment, inks, media, applications, and new market ideas. We have provided an overview of what just a few exhibitors will be featuring. If you attend the show, stop by booth 1103 to visit us.

Agfa Graphics, booth 5000, is showing the new :Anapurna XL, the larger of two new wide format flatbed industrial inkjet printers for indoor and outdoor signs and displays launched earlier this year. The UV-curable engine prints on uncoated rigids and roll media. The XL offers high-volume industrial printing applications using Agfa’s UV-curable :Anapurna ink. Maximum print width is 98.5 inches for :Anapurna XL. Its Dual-Mode System enables printing of two half-sized media simultaneously.

AIT Equipment, formerly Adams International, will show for the first time its new grand format, rotary drum, heat transfer machine for digital dye-sub fabric printing. The GFO Series is available in 96- and 120-inch printing widths and features a large 13-inch diameter heated drum for production speeds 30 percent faster than competitive models.

In addition, patent pending, the Fabric Frame system for dye-sub printed fabrics will also be featured. The entire perimeter of the booth will be constructed with Fabric Frame, an aluminum framing system for dye sublimated fabric graphics. It is designed for a quick and easy exchange of graphic inserts. It is available in Wall Mount Units, one and two sided units with a Stand Kit, and one and two sided hanging. Back lighting is also available.

Arlon, booth 946, will exhibit a broad range of self-adhesive film and vinyl designed specifically to address the needs of both the application and the method of printing. Recently introduced to its Digital Print product line, DPF 4590MT is a 3-mil matte, intermediate, white calendered film with tinted permanent pressure sensitive adhesive. This digitally printed film is compatible with a wide variety of direct print systems, and has a special tinted adhesive system that is designed for opacity to directly cover existing graphics or dark substrates. DPF 4590MT has a three-year outdoor durability, and may be digitally printed for production of attractive multicolor graphics. The film is designed for indoor and outdoor promotional graphics.

Also added to the Digital product line, DPF 2400 is a 5-mil printable reflective vinyl with permanent pressure sensitive adhesive.

AW Group’s AW Specialty Papers will showcase new grand format paper and banner vinyl. The company recently introduced a new grand format dye sublimation paper, Subli-Trans-SJ, designed for use with solvent-based printers.

All Weather Products introduced its Bandura line of banner vinyl. Designed for Point-of-Purchase and signage applications, Bandura is available in weights from 7 to 16 ounces, for both one- and two-sided printing. The Bandura line provides options for indoor and outdoor signage.

CADlink Technology Corporation, booth109 & 4420, will display PhotoScript Digital Factory, a leading edge RIP workflow solution for screenprinters, signmakers, and service bureaus using digital printing for production of color graphics. Digital Factory is designed to address three key production areas that make it the hub of your digital printing production process: File, Color, and Production management. With tools that support virtually seamless integration with all popular design applications, a color management engine based on world-wide recognized Agfa technology, and output tools that include an advanced queue system as well as drivers and color profiles for all major printers, Digital Factory is the complete solution for digital print output on all types of substrates including textiles.

Caldera, booth 4508,  will showcase its GrandRIP+, a production and finishing oriented RIP solution dedicated to the grand format printing business. Relying on a unique client/server and distributed architecture, GrandRIP+ runs on Linux and Mac OS X platforms for more stability. GrandRIP+ proposes the latest developments in terms of color management, spot color support, screening techniques, and unique finishing oriented features such as tiling, nesting, eyelets positioning, stitching, and folding marks. GrandRIP+ also proposes CostProof, the first cost calculation system implemented in a production RIP in order to accurately calculate the cost of every print.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., booth 538, will put the spotlight on its imagePROGRAF large format printers, from the 17-inch printer—the imagePROGRAF iPF5000—up to Canon’s first 60-inch printer—the imagePROGRAF iPF9000. The iPF9000 printer, Canon’s flagship large format model, provides one of the industry’s largest color gamuts with a 12-color inkset of Canon’s LUCIA pigment inks, allowing images to achieve image permanence and longevity. Coupled with a suite of innovative image processing software and a range of substrates, the iPF9000 printer is ideal for professionals looking to make a big impression with their work.

CLEAR FOCUS Imaging, booth 4120 will showcase its complete line of One Way Vision perforated, pressure-sensitive vinyl films and overlaminating films used to produce and protect see-through window graphics. Latest CLEAR FOCUS product offerings include CurvaLam, an optically clear, conformable PVC overlaminating film designed for use on flat and simple-curved surfaces; and 54-inch by 25-foot rolls of its ClassicVue, SuperVue, and ImageVue exterior-mount perforated window graphics films. These films are made of 8-mil B&W composite flexible PVC with a removable pressure-sensitive adhesive. CLEAR FOCUS also offers two inkjet-coated films for aqueous dye and pigmented inkjet printing.

Corel will show two of its software solutions, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 and Corel DRAWings X3 Pro. With CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3, designers can successfully complete demanding projects of any scale—whether they are designing a business logo, multi-page brochures, eye-catching signs, or promotional items. Corel DRAWings X3 Pro answers real-life challenges faced in the embroidery industry—where creativity and production are often in balance with deadlines and budgets. The software enables you to easily change stitch direction, divide objects, and alter parameters, including density, offset, and underlay—saving time, money, and resources.

DigiFab Systems, booth 3716, a leading innovator of coated fabrics for digital printing, printing software technology, and sublimation heat press, will be showing its newest wide format printing system—including indoor and outdoor fabrics, a new Evolution RIP, and a new heat fixer—the Digital Textile Fixer. Live demonstrations will take place on the show floor.

Drytac, booth 4242, will be rolling out the new JetMounter JM63, a new larger addition to the company’s line of cold-mount laminators. The JetMounter motorized laminator series is engineered by Drytac to deliver a combination of performance and value. Compatible with any pressure-sensitive overlaminating film, JetMounters are also ideal for permanently mounting graphics onto cardstock, foam board, MDF, or rigid PVC board. All electric models include variable-speed electric drive, silicone rollers, all-steel construction, forward and reverse, supply shaft, foot pedal, and photo-electric safety stop. The five heavy-duty wide format models are the culmination of our three decades in the mounting and laminating business and offer a laminating width from 18 to 63 inches. Drytac will be doing live demonstrations at the show.

DuPont Imaging Technologies, booth 1878, will show the latest technology in the DuPont system solutions for wide format inkjet. The Cromaprint 22UV digital printing system featuring an 86-inch-wide combination roll-to-roll/flatbed with a 7-color-wide gamut UV cure inkset to produce high quality graphics and signage will be running live. Cromalin Largo, large format aqueous inkjet systems, will be shown featuring an all new 12-color ultra wide gamut inkset and several new models to choose from for dual purpose digital proofing and large format graphics applications. Cromanet CS, color control and digital workflow software suite, will be demonstrating its quality color matching capabilities driving Cromaprint and Cromalin Largo systems in a color server environment. Direct to textile print samples from the DuPont Artistri digital textile systems will be shown featuring the 4 - 8plus color inksets for a wide variety of applications including printed textiles, accessories, apparel, home furnishings, gaming table covers, flags and banners, soft signage, and trade show displays.

Durst, booth 4400 World-class flatbed and roll large format UV inkjet printers from Durst—in both full-size and economical versions—will be represented at the show. The Rho 600 and Rho 600 Pictor flatbed printers, and the Rho 350R and Rho 160R roll printers, offer a choice based on size, application, and productivity needs. All Rho platforms utilize Durst’s Quadro Array print technology. The Rho 600, Rho 600 Pictor, and Rho 350R deliver the industry’s most complete and innovative printing options—versatile white ink printing, special-effect varnish, and spot colors. For full-size needs, the Rho 600 prints on rigid materials up to 80 inches wide at up to 1,600 sf/hr, while the Rho 350R prints on roll materials up to 11.5 feet wide at up to 2,500 sf/hr. Durst quality comes in fully featured but more economical platforms as well. The Rho 600 Pictor for rigid materials and the Rho 160R, designed primarily for vehicle graphics, print up to 62 inches wide at resolutions up to 600 dpi.

EFI, booth 1600, will introduce its new VUTEk QS2000 UV-curing digital inkjet printer—this fourth-generation UV printer bridges the gap between superior image quality, productivity, and connectivity, opening the door to new applications and increased profitability for EFI customers. The VUTEk QS2000 is the first in an all new category of printers that combine EFI’s production and workflow management technologies with the market-leading digital print capabilities of its VUTEk superwide format printers.

The VUTEk QS2000 printer will be available with the EFI Fiery XF production RIP or optional Colorburst RIP. EFI Fiery XF delivers high productivity and excellent color management today and allows the integration of additional business processes in the future through the extensive and proven EFI portfolio of software workflow products.

Gandinnovations, booth 700, will debut the new Jeti 5024 UV Roll To Roll 5.1 meter wide (16.8 feet) grand format printer. The head carriage hosts 24 Spectra print heads, while ink designation is 4 heads per color allowing for 6 color combinations. The Jeti 5024 UVRTR, like all Jeti printers, will be available in 300 or true 600 dpi format options, maintaining true production of a grand format printer.

Visit GBC, booth 1736, for the latest in wide format lamination including the new Titan 1264WF running the revolutionary new Octiva Lo-Melt thermal film with PreLume. This new technology stops color shifting, fading, and yellowing of laminated graphics. See the SignMaker 44 laminator in action with AccuShield, the improved optically clear alternative to liquid coating. Running on the new Arctic Titan 1040c laminator, GBC introduces the matched solutions of SurePrint Choice and Select Vinyl media with Arctic Choice and Select over-laminates for creating vehicle graphics and outdoor signage. Also featured, the 2080WFt laminator mounts prints up to 79 inches wide while the new ProTrim 63 trims prints and laminated materials up to 20 mil thick in one continuous motion.

Gerber Scientific Products, booth 746, will showcase a variety of its newest production systems enabling sign and specialty graphics companies to automate traditionally labor intensive processes. Among the equipment being demonstrated will be two SOLARA UV2 hybrid inkjet printers. These impressive 60-inch-wide printers are hybrid ultra-violet systems, which is the current buzz of the industry because of their versatility/ability to print on a huge variety of both rigid and roll-to-roll materials. The SOLARA UV2 boasts an exclusive color system (CMYKVG-violet and green) allowing it the largest color gamut available today. Also being demonstrated will be the brand new GerberCUT, an option for the renown Gerber Sabre 404 and 408 routers allowing for the automatic contour routing of printed graphics on rigid materials. Also on display will be the Gerber EDGE FX, the latest member in the EDGE legacy which once again delivers large scale capability and versatility in durable digital output from a convenient and economical platform.

Graphics One, booth 680, will introduce the new TeeRex Jr. digital t-shirt printer. With a printing width of up to 24 inches and resolution of 1440 dpi, TeeRex offers high resolution printing of t-shirts in as little as two minutes. Combine the high resolution imaging with GO’s FabriColor inks, you will be able to print on most garments with new designs and images you thought were not possible. Included with the TeeRex is the SoftRIP from Wasatch.

Also on display, will be the GO dMax 4 Pro film line, a direct positive waterproof film with quick drying capability. As the developer of the new OptiCoat 4 coating technology that controls dot gain, UV characteristics and drying, makes dMax 4 a perfect film for color separation with a thickness of 4 mils. Manufactured for use with piezo printers, GO dMax 4 PRO Film offers a Visual dMax of 4.0, a UV dMax of 3.7, and a dMin of .07.

HP, booth 3812 & 3830, will highlight productivity-building digital printing products from its HP Scitex, HP Designjet, and HP Indigo lines in two booths at the show. Through its product lines, HP Graphic Arts offers high-quality, high-value solutions for digital sign shops, print service providers, and screen printing firms of all sizes. Combined, the range of HP digital printing solutions represents the graphic arts industry’s most complete portfolio for the production of everything from postcards to billboards. In the large and superwide format markets for banners, signage, and building and vehicle wraps, HP will feature brand new solutions from the HP Scitex and HP Designjet lines. HP Indigo solutions at the show will include the HP Indigo press s2000 equipment with lenticular printing solutions from HumanEyes.

HumanEyes Technologies, booth 974, will launch PrintPro 2.0, a multi-faceted, easy-to-use 3D creation and production application developed for designers, photographers, ad agencies, brand owners, and printers; now based on next-generation technology. 2D to 3D Conversion and an interactive Timeline feature for precise creative control head the list of new features in PrintPro 2.0.

Ibena, booth 904, will display its newest development, the ARTIST Cotton Canvas, designed for the needs of art reproduction, available in 63- and 126-inch widths.

InteliCoat Technologies, booth 3612, will launch Magic DS90 and Magic GFCVG at the show. Magic DS90 is a lightweight inkjet dye sublimation paper used for quality sublimation transfers. The 90-gram specialty paper prints a wide gamut of vibrant colors, while enhancing the release of ink during the sublimation process. Magic DS90 transfers onto a variety of sublimation surfaces, from flat and soft fabrics to rigid substrates such as tiles and snowboards.

Magic GFCVG is a glossy poly/cotton blend, 21-mil canvas for solvent printers. This new canvas provides a glossy printing surface with increased densities over matte finished solvent canvas products. GFCVG complements InteliCoat’s existing solvent canvas offering and is great for high volume production and stretching applications.

Kapco Graphic Products, booth 615 Attendees can view some of the newest products KAPCO Graphic Products has introduced into its extensive line of digital media including 7 oz. Mesh Banner with Liner. Just added to its solvent line, 7 oz. Mesh works well for both indoor and outdoor use. Applications include banners, billboards, partitions, window shades, fences, and more. Remove liner after printing for see-through media. Offers stability in high wind areas. The 7 oz. Mesh Banner with Liner has a one-year minimum durability. Available in widths of 38, 54, 63, and 72 inches.

Leggett & Platt Digital Technologies, booth 200, will exhibit the new VIRTU with DirectUV, the industry’s first production digital textile printer. The DirectUV Printing System has been designed to provide substantial savings to textile manufacturers by printing direct to textiles—without transfer paper—on uncoated textiles. Additional savings are achieved by printing five to ten times faster than competitive textile printers and the lower ink/dye costs per square foot.

LexJet, booth 1480, will feature its latest products for UV-curable, solvent, and aqueous inkjet technologies. New for 2006, is the company’s latest line of solvent inkjet-receptive banners, LexJet ProSolvent Ink, replacement ink cartridges for the HP 5000 and 5500, and the DuPont Cromaprint 22 UV 82-inch UV-curable flatbed printer.

MacDermid ColorSpan, Inc., booth 4112 will show its newest industrial-grade flatbed UV inkjet printer, the ColorSpan 9840UV. The new ColorSpan 9840UV offers the ability to print on rigid sheets or flexible roll stock up to 98 inches wide and 2.75 inches thick. Designed around a vacuum belt-driven media feed system and 16 600 dpi Micro-Quad piezo-electric printheads, the 9840UV delivers true 600x600 dpi quality and print speeds up to 811 sf/hr.

MACtac’s, booth 4150, focus at the show is all about the drive to B-Free with the addition of JT5529BF, bubble free digital media to the IMAGin line. JT5529BFD is a 2-mil cast-like polymeric vinyl designed for full vehicle wraps. JT5529BFD is ultra-conformable, ultra-smooth, ultra-glossy, and ultra-hot. Stop by the show’s wrap pit area to see how MACtac can help you B-free to do any kind of vehicle graphic you can dream up.

Mark Bric will showcase its three latest BannerUP products and its very versatile MultiMaster banner stand displays available in both standard and custom widths. These easily portable banner displays feature no grommet systems and single and double sided functionality. The full range of modular, portable displays includes banner stands, banner holders, POP displays, sign holding systems, light boxes and trade show exhibit kits, and related accessories for instant visual impact.

In addition to the MultiMaster and BannerUP, the company’s most popular product lines will also be on display—FLEXIFRAME frames and poster stands, BannerRail banner suspension systems, SnapUP pop-up exhibits, StandUp literature racks, and LightUp backlit boxes, towers, and exhibits.

MGE, booth 522, will display its patented i-cut Vision software on four different classes of flatbed cutters, showing cutting of small format digitally printed semi-rigid sheets, wide format printed rolled goods, flexible and rigid materials, and rigid only materials on systems ranging from $50,000 to $200,000. This span of digital cutting technology allows the customer to choose the right solution for specific needs.

As digital printing, and the substrates that are printed on become more diverse, automated technology to cut, route, and finish short run specialty graphics have become mandatory. Combined with i-script workflow software that minimizes the effort necessary to easily go from Design to RIP, to Print, and to Cut/Finish, these capabilities can make the difference in your company’s maximum earning potential.

Also view MGE’s systems and solutions at HP Indigo’s booth the SGIA sponsored Workflow pavilion.

Mutoh, booth 1658, will exhibit the Toucan LT 100, the ValueJet 1204-48", and the ValueJet 1604-64". The ValueJet has an innovative X-rail design and its new piezo print head technology allows for increased print speeds and exceptional image quality. Mutoh’s new patented Intelligent Interweaving Technique will be encompassed in both ValueJet models and the Toucan LT 100. The ValueJet’s small footprint design fits into any user’s workspace printing up to 140 sf/hr in production mode. The LT 100 prints widths up to 98 inches at print speeds of 185 sf/hr in production mode, and can accommodate a 220-lb. roll of media, for unattended, overnight printing.

Additional products that will be displayed are the Ultima Cutter that features a built-in laser-based optical sensor, which automatically detects registration marks on inkjet printed adhesive back vinyl, enabling the user to perform contour cutting of pre-printed signs and decals effortlessly and the Diamond Shield Media Line.

Neschen and Seal, booth 4230, will introduce DirectTex, a revolutionary line of direct-printable textile media for dye-sublimation. DirectTex lets you print direct to fabric—no transfer paper required. Neschen will also introduce PrimeX banner stands and portable displays. PrimeX offers lightweight display solutions ranging from Roll-Up displays, to L-Banner, X-Banner and Flag banner stands, to Pop-Up fabric exhibit walls and more.

Neschen will also show its six new colors in its Pro Gloss line of sign vinyl—Ice Blue, Light Blue, Violet, Forest Green, Soft Pink, and Turquoise Blue. Pro Gloss vinyl features a high-gloss surface, is easy to handle, cut, and weed, with a durable adhesive.

Onyx Graphics, Inc., booth 3724, will showcase its printing software and solutions for the digital color printing marketplace, such as ONYX ProductionHouse Version 7.0, with new features and tool sets that continue to increase productivity and meet the demands of new business opportunities. Version 7.0 includes an all new Media Manager application, which dramatically reduces the time and effort needed to calibrate and color profile media. ONYX Profile Generator is also included as a standard feature in ProductionHouse v7.0. Other new features include a layout application for custom placement of print jobs and a Variable Data Tool. Version 7.0 also offers new nesting which automatically rotates tiles and jobs for better media savings and print speed.

Oracal USA, booth 1164, will exhibit Series 3551RA digital media for solvent-based inkjet printing. Ideal for general signage and vehicle wraps over flat surfaces, simple curves, corrugations, and rivets, conformable Series 3551RA features an advanced air-release liner and a repositionable adhesive to make smooth application a breeze. Plus, 2.75-mil Series 3551RA has a smooth, ultra-glossy surface to produce vivid, life-like prints that can be removed cleanly for up to four years. Series 3551RA is the first Oracal product to feature innovative RapidAir technology, an intersecting design embedded into the liner that creates a system of channels in the film’s adhesive.

ORAJET Series 3551RA Inkjet Media is offered in 164-foot rolls that are available in widths of 30 54, 54 reverse wound, and 60 inches. When used for vehicle wraps, the use of ORAGUARD 290 Laminating Film is recommended to provide ease of handling and long-term protection for the printed graphic.

Roland DGA Corporation, booth 2800, will demonstrate the new 54-inch SOLJET PRO III XC-540, the company’s most advanced printer/cutter to date. Combining precision 6-color (CMYK+LcLm) printing and contour cutting in one device, the XC-540 achieves a maximum print speed of 441 sf/hr and up to 1440x1440 dpi resolution. ECO-SOL MAX ink delivers vibrant color and rugged scratch resistance. Powerful VersaWorks 2.0 RIP software is included.

The exhibit will also feature the new 104-inch AdvancedJET AJ-1000 grand format inkjet printer. New Eco-Xtreme solvent ink offers outstanding scratch, water, UV and alcohol resistance, and VersaWorks 2.0 RIP software is included.

In addition, the winning design from its first-ever Vehicle Graphics Contest will be on display, and demonstrations of vehicle graphic installations will be conducted at regular intervals during the show.

SA International, booth 2500, will showcase its latest products, Flexi 8.0v2 and PhotoPRINT 5.0v2. New and existing users alike will be impressed with the new features and improvements in both PhotoPRINT 5.0v2 and Flexi 8.0v2, including new drivers and Color Profiles powered by GretagMacbeth, plus numerous improved features such as current Adobe support and faster loading speeds.

Throughout the show, SA International will be offering a series of training presentations to help attendees get the most out of their time and equipment with sessions on Color Management, Variable Data, and Print/Cut opportunities.

Sihl Digital Imaging, booth 4307, will showcase a popular new exhibit and display product for solvent printing. DuraSOL Display is a unique, satin-coated, tear-resistant, rigid PVC film with a waterfast coating for eco- and true-solvent inks. It comes in a light-weight, medium-weight, and heavy-weight version for maximum versatility; thickness ranges from 12 to 18 mils. DuraSOL is fast-drying with high stiffness and good lay-flat without memory effect—roll it up for easy transport without damage. Perfect for signs, pop-up displays, and short-term promotions, it is a one-step solution as a direct print replacement for self-adhesive vinyl on styrene. Sharp image definition and color brilliance makes the heavy-weight version ideal for trade show booths.

Sihl is also pleased to present two new films for wide format applications, 3533 TransSOL Frontprint WF 220 satin and 3505 ClearSOL Film WF 125 gloss. Additionally, Sihl has added a new canvas to its artNow media line for wide format inkjet printing, 3833 Universal Instant Dry Canvas WR 350 satin.

Tara Materials, booth 4038 will announce a new SolventJet Canvas for fine art reproductions, wall murals, and up-scale retail signage. Fredrix 901SolventJet Glossy Canvas, a Polyflax/Cotton blend, is now available with a specially designed top-coat to give a wider color gamut and better dot control in 54 and 60-inch widths. The product has excellent printing results on Mimaki, Mutoh, NUR, Roland, Scitex, VUTEk by EFI, and other solvent-based machines.

Tekra Corporation, booth 3741, will display solutions designed to deliver high performance in severe environments. Terrapin G Nano-Hardcoats is available on either polycarbonate or polyester film substrates, and use nanotechnology to raise the bar for surface durability while retaining substrate flexibility and optical clarity. Melinex ST polyester films and Teonex PEN films from DuPont Teijin Films, and Makrofol polycarbonate films from Bayer Films America will also be shown, in addition to Tekra’s Dura-Go, DuraKote, and DuraView digitally optimized films. They incorporate stabilized substrates as well as a range of functional hardcoats for enhanced durability.

Ultraflex Systems, Inc., booth 1911, will show its patented biodegradable sign material called BIOflex that will revolutionize the way we look at the sign industry globally. Ultraflex has been working diligently to demonstrate its dedication to environmental responsibility and is proud to be the first sign supplier to create this new formula for biodegradable PVC sign materials. When exposed to conditions in a landfill—darkness, high heat, and moisture—BIOflex releases microbes that break down PVC and turn it into dust. It is well-suited for frontlit solvent and UV printed signs and banners.

Universal Laser Systems, booth 1454 Attendees can learn how a computer-controlled laser system can help them expand into more markets than they ever thought possible with a single piece of equipment. Using patented technology, Universal’s laser systems can process a wide variety of materials including fabric, acrylic, wood, glass, metal, rubber, and more with amazing speed, depth control, and accuracy. For example, Universal’s laser systems can etch control panels; engrave membrane switches and flex circuits; cut stencils and multi-layer appliqués; create point-of-purchase displays and 3-D signage; permanently mark tools and equipment; personalize gifts and promotional items; and much more. Universal’s laser systems function like printers and run from Windows based graphic software. Systems are available with engraving tables in sizes ranging from 16x12 inches to 48x24 inches and laser power from 10 to 400 watts.

US Sublimation, booth 516, will debut its UV MAX light fast inks. This four color ink set triples the UV resistance of sublimated images. Light fastness has been tested using xenon arc and carbon arc exposures. Testing for water, perspiration, rubbing, and dry cleaning has also been performed. UV Max is formulated to match US Sublimation’s Digital LFP Inks, formerly known as Rotech Digital USA, with unsurpassed color gamuts, color vibrancy, dense blacks, and will not clog printers for optimum results. Ideal for outdoor sublimation applications such as banners, flags, apparel, floor mats, totes, tiles, surfboards, skis, and snowboards.

Wasatch Computer Technology, booth 1570, will display high density color separations produced with an Epson x800 series printer. Its new release of SoftRIP SP doubles the usable print modes and achievable dMax levels for these printers. With this halftoning advance, users can produce high quality films up to 150 lpi with the necessary densities and dot accuracy. Visit the booth to see Wasatch’s live Epson printing demonstration.

ZBE Inc., booth 634, will showcase its large format digital photographic printers. Printing at 50 inches wide with unlimited length, Chromira5x 50 provides professional imagers with high-quality backlit images and photographic prints.

Zünd America, Inc., booth 1032, will present Automatic Knife Initialization (AKI-2). Together with Zünd Tool Manager, this device dramatically reduces set-up and tool-changing times for Zünd multifunctional cutting/routing systems and eliminates the potential for error inherent in manual setup. As tool inserts are initialized, Zünd Tool Manager automatically saves cutting-depth and speed parameters for up to nine inserts, including tangential, oscillating, or rotary cutting tools and routing spindles.

Optiscout, a highly accurate, cost-effective optical registration/compensation system perfectly matches Zünd cut to print. Optiscout accepts various file formats and offers automated workflow integration with most major RIPs. The system recognizes predefined register marks, material edges/corners, and effectively compensates for print and/or material distortions. It easily handles oversized jobs exceeding the given work area/table surface, includes a material database, remote support and error-message/job-status reporting, and many other user-friendly features.

It is clear from this preview that this Fall’s SGIA ’06 show floor will be full of new and exciting technology. Along with exhibitor booths, there will be numerous presentations, seminars, and award ceremonies worth taking advantage of. Digital Output is exhibiting at the show, so we hope to see you there.

Sep2006, Digital Output

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