By Digital Output Staff
The inaugural InPrint USA was held in April 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Co-located with ICE USA, the two shows drew in 3,400 verified registrants according to the event organizers, Mack Brooks Exhibitions, Inc.
With a focus on industrial print, the InPrint USA show centered on manufacturers that use print as an essential component of their manufacturing process. This includes fields such as industrial specialty, screen, digital, inkjet, and three-dimensional technology.
Digital Output was on the scene and examined some of the digital technology impacting the industrial space.
Cruse Digital Imaging Equipment exhibited a version of its Portal 2D + 3D scanner. The device was developed to capture flat originals such as décor, paper, maps, and wallpaper. It captures fine details thanks to high optical resolution. Many manufacturers in the flooring industry use the device.
Engineered Printing Solutions debuted its Roto-jet industrial cylindrical printer. Print on flat walled or tapered objects using white, CMYK, primer, or varnish. The device accommodates objects from 1.5 to six inches in diameter and up to ten inches in length.
Inkcups Now showcased several inkjet printers including the Helix, X2, and Xjet800. The Helix is a rotary inkjet printer for straight walled and tapered cylinders. The X2 features a 20×24-inch flatbed print area. The Xjet800 is an industrial inkjet printer designed for high-volume production demand.
INX International exhibited its CP 100 UV digital cylindrical printer, designed for prototyping, short runs, and promotional items. It provides four-color capability with resolutions up to 1,400×1,400 dpi.
Mimaki USA, Inc. demonstrated its UJF-7151 plus UV LED flatbed printer. It prints on a variety of substrates including plastic, metal, wood, leather, and glass. Print dimensions are 28 inches wide by 20 inches long and six inches thick.
Roland DGA Corporation displayed its VersaUV LEF-300 UV flatbed printer. Attendees of the show who happened by the Showcase Theater to hear a speaker or two were treated to a notebook printed on the device. The printer outputs on items up to 3.94 inches thick.
Major ink manufacturers were also at the show, discussing how their products play a role in the manufacturing process. These vendors included Afford Industrial, Amica Systems, Fujifilm North America Corporation, Kao Collins, Mankiewicz, Marabu North America, Nazdar, Sensient Imaging Technologies, Staedlter Industrial Products, Sun Chemical Corporation, and Wikoff Digital.
Agfa Graphics showcased the various applications that can come from digital print in the industrial realm. The booth displayed flooring, chairs, wallcoverings, and even sneakers.
InPrint USA and ICE USA will be held in Louisville, KY April 9 to 11, 2019.
June2017, Digital Output