By Digital Output staff
Printing United—the latest iteration of the SGIA Expo—takes place October 23 to 25, 2019 in Dallas, TX. Held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, the event promises a new look at the printing industry by combining wide format and commercial print. Here we provide information on vendors exhibiting at the show.
Above: Global Imaging, booth 7659, showcases the endless applications possible with its assortment of products.
AXYZ, booth 1000, showcases some of the printing industry’s most versatile machines—the AXYZ Trident and Infinite CNC routers. From routing aluminum and acrylic to cutting and trimming paper, the Trident offers unparalleled flexibility, ease of use, and precision. For a heavier duty machine, the Infinite provides superior high-speed performance and ease of use for one-off, small-batch production as well as high-volume and high-productivity applications.
Brett Martin, booth 7952, presents its newest foam PVC substrate for the print and display sectors—Foamalux Calibre. It features a hard silky surface and possesses excellent engraving properties, printability, and graphics adhesion. Brett Martin also displays Foamalux Ultra—a high gloss, strong and durable substrate available in seven colors; and Foamalux Xtra, which contains up to 80 percent recycled content and is Brett Martin’s most environmental sign and display solution. Brett Martin’s transparent sheet ranges Marpet FS and Marlon FS, which possess outstanding clarity, durability, and thermoforming capabilities, are also present.
The Challenge Machinery Company, booth 8503, introduces the new Champ series of paper cutters. The 15-inch Champ 150 and 18.5-inch Champ 185 are portable floor model and free standing hydraulic guillotine cutters that deliver a major improvement over traditional lighter duty electric cutters. The Champ 150 features a manual back gauge and the Champ 185 is available in both manual and programmable models.
E.L. Hatton Sales Co., booth 125, supplies Banner Ups Adhesive Banner Corner Tabs, PowerTabs, PowerTape and MegaTape Hem Reinforcing Tapes, and new BravoTabs. These Banner Ups banner finishing solutions allow for the creation of super strong banners in just minutes. The Banner Up SEGDesign modular frame system is a new way to create fabric silicone edge graphic signs. No assembly tools needed. SEGDesign snaps together instantly. SEGDesign frames are lower cost than aluminum and made 100 percent in the U.S. They work great with Banner Ups KederTape—a complete no sew simple solution. Stop by the booth for discounted show specials.
Expolinc, booth 7530, launches the backlit version of its silicone edge graphic (SEG) fabric frame. The backlighting is LED with no shadowing coupled with complete balanced illumination. The Expolinc Frame is one of the most user-friendly SEG systems in the marketplace. It requires no tools or specialized labor to setup. The unique magnetic connectors guide a smooth, stable, and safe installation. The optimized packaging minimizes shipping, drayage, and storage costs. Its design of smooth, rounded edges provides a finished solution for a stylish environment.
Foster, booth 7844, encourages attendees to see two new innovative products. The All-A-Board Lifter is the ideal addition for flatbed printers and cutters. It helps improve safety, while saving time and money. Foster also introduces the Keencut M-Bench System, creating the bench to meet exact needs. The modular design of the M-Bench System enables businesses to quickly re-configure and expand work benches as needed and be configured in endless different ways. Visit the booth to see a complete line of roll lifters, cutters, and trimmers for wide format, display, and fabric graphics finishing.
Fujifilm, booth 8220, exhibits the new J Press 750S, with press speeds up to 3,600 sheets per hour, and introducing a larger sheet size; this third generation J Press doubles letter-size output over the previous version, making it the most productive production inkjet platform available. Attendees also experience the Acuity Ultra, a superwide UV printer available in 126- to 197-inch versions. It features impressive cost in-use, allowing for the power to profit from interior and exterior applications where high-impact, near-photographic quality is required. Rounding out the Fujifilm booth is the Acuity LED 40 Series of flatbed printers, featuring up to eight color channels, including the options of white, varnish, and light inks making it an all-around solution.
GBC/SEAL, booth 4004, invites attendees to experience the evolution of lamination. Start with the new GBC Foton 30—a fully-automated desktop laminator with auto-cartridge. Feed up to 30 letter-size sheets and walk away, ideal for on demand jobs. Try the ultimate laminator for sign professionals, the 64-inch SEAL Pro MD wide format laminator, packed with advanced features including dual quartz heated rollers and pneumatic pressure adjustment. Plus, the 61-inch SEAL 62 Base promises versatility and performance to easily finish almost every application from floor graphics to vehicle wraps.
Gerber Technology, booth 8833, demonstrates MCT Cutters, a 3.2×3.2-meter option with laser for finishing textiles and 1.6×3.2-meter device routing or knife/creasing rigid materials equipped with full conveying and automation and TigerVision software. An enhanced Digital Control Box and a new modular motor attachment for the 1.6×3.2-meter device with a number of tool options for a variety of applications is on display. All-new ImagePerfect large format media, EDGE READY heat transfer textile film, LexEdge Wide Format Specialty Media materials, and GERBER EDGE FX printer are showcased alongside Gerber’s small format design-print-cut system powered by OMEGA software.
Global Garage, booth 7860, reaches buyers looking to make room for equipment seen on the show floor. Or if you’re looking to save 50 to 80 percent as you upgrade your capabilities, be sure to stop by the booth and find out how the company can help you do that. Global Garage features its live inventory of used grand format equipment. Skilled brokers are on site to provide backgrounds on the listings or to value your current equipment and help you list online. Also at the booth, find out how to save on fast and affordable printhead cleaning and new, used, and refurbished printer parts.
Global Imaging, booth 7659, showcases some of the endless applications possible using the digital textile, silicone edge graphic frames, flatbed UV, and grand format 3D equipment that it specializes in selling. Stop by the booth to see examples of exciting and unique applications produced by merging grand format technologies. The consultative sales team is available to inform on how it accomplished the company’s booth applications, or to walk the floor and provide expert knowledge on the products you see.
GTI Graphic Technology, Inc., booth 11447, is a manufacturer of lighting systems for critical color viewing. It features desktop viewers, viewing stations with rolling floor stands, and large format viewing solutions. Single-source daylight D50 or D65 and multi-source viewing solutions are available. All products comply with industry viewing standards. Highlights include the new MiniMatcher-2436e, an affordable multi-source mid-size viewing solution.
Heidelberg, booth 10143, intends to highlight its solutions for the commercial, packaging, and label markets through a variety of presentations and live demonstrations—attracting new customers while also empowering current customers to transcend traditional segmentation and expand into new areas of business. A highlight of the booth is a live digital packaging demonstration, which showcases a sample job printed on Heidelberg’s Versafire EP digital press, die cut on the new Digimatrix 60 FC, and folded and glued on the new Diana Go 85.
Inkcups, booth 2011, displays a range of machines. Stop by the booth for demonstrations of digital printers, pad printers, and laser plate makers. Stay tuned for some exciting news as well.
Jacquard Inkjet Fabric Systems, booth 2426, makes its first appearance at the SGIA/Printing United show. The company showcases a range of natural fabrics pre-treated for digital textile printing, focusing on silks treated for pigmented inks as well as fabrics ready to work with graphics printers. Its proprietary chemistries yield strong, bold colors with high degrees of fastness with a range of ink types.
Lawson Screen & Digital Products, booth 2316, highlights its hybrid screenprinting and traditional screenprinting equipment. Lawson is also an official re-seller of Epson direct to garment and solvent printers. The company distributes Roland printer/cutters and has certified Roland Technicians on staff. 24/7 technical and print support is available.
Mactac, booth 7627, celebrates its 60th anniversary by providing hands-on demonstrations featuring media and overlaminates for wall, window, and floor applications. Rely on the company for quality, service, and trust that it has the next up-and-coming innovation to transform your business. That’s its unwavering commitment to you. Plus, on Wednesday, Ross Burnham holds a session focusing on Demystifying Your Pressure-Sensitive Media Choice No Matter Your Printer Platform. Mactac is your one-stop shop for all wide format graphics and also narrow format sheets.
Master Magnetics, booth 4207, demonstrates ThinFORCE high-energy magnetic sheeting, which provides exceptional strength in a thinner, lighter material. ThinFORCE is ideal for vehicle graphics, retail point of purchase displays, wallcoverings, and other applications where lightweight printable magnetic sheeting is needed. The material is engineered for both indoor and outdoor use and has the same strength in half the thickness and weight as industry-standard 30-mil sheeting. It is compatible with UV, solvent, eco-solvent, and latex ink systems. It is available in standard widths of 24 and 48 inches, up to 50-foot lengths. Custom cutting and slitting are available.
Miller Weldmaster, booth 7646, showcases the T300 Extreme Edge, which combines versatility with precision adjustments. It comes equipped for finishing high-speed hems, pockets, and rope for banners, signs and printed media. The Digitran sewing system is a synchronized transport system for sewing that makes it simple for operators to handle small or large projects. The 112 Extreme is designed for large and grand format printers. It produces some of the fastest seams in the industry. The dual vacuum and high-speed welding system ensures perfect print alignment at a pace suitable for keeping ahead of printing. The T3 Extreme is designed with the smaller business in mind. This efficient hot wedge welder produces all the seams required for banner and sign makers.
Mohawk, booth 8459, is the exclusive North American distributor of Xanita Board. At the show, the booth is completely made of this substrate. Xanita Board is an industry-leading sustainable, lightweight fiberboard, designed for direct to media flatbed inkjet printing and CNC cutting in the creation of structural displays. The closed cell design of Xanita Board makes it stronger than similar honeycomb boards. Its strength and denser core makes Xanita Board ideal for structural applications such as shop fitting, trade show booths, and weight-bearing retail displays.
Palram Americas, booth 7527, offers a range of substrates for printing, signage, and display. Its latest product, PALBOARD 3D, is an innovative, multilayer sheet that combines two ultra-smooth surfaces of solid PVC with a black or white dense foamcore, providing high structural strength. Its uniform surfaces are bright white, allowing for a vibrant color reproduction. PALBOARD 3D is easy to fabricate and can be cold bent with a v-groove, making it ideal for retail signs and 3D structures, point of purchase displays, and exhibits. Ship it flat and assemble on site, saving costs.
Piedmont Plastics, booth 7441, invites attendees to learn more about its vast product offering, including many of the top graphic films, laminates, and substrate brands in the industry. This year, Piedmont’s booth features products including Dispa by 3A, FloorAppeal from Infinity Media, Timberline from Vycom, Contra Vision window perf, Dreamscape by Royson’s, Bubble-X from Primex, as well as its Piedmont Sign Grade product families including AluPOLY, SteelPOLY, and SupraPRINT PSA Vinyl. Come visit us to find out why material matters.
Print Reach, booth 10362, combines Virtual Systems and PagePath Technologies. Print Reach is a provider of print and mail productivity software that drives real business value for customers in commercial and in-plant print. Print Reach offers a family of integrated solutions that include leading print and mail management software, shop management software, and web to print (W2P) solutions for printing, mailing, and fulfillment companies. Some of the company’s most notable products include Printer’s Plan MIS, Midnight MIS & Fulfillment, and MyOrderDesk W2P. At the show the company offers ten percent off its entire product suite.
Propago, booth 10263, is an intelligent web to print software platform, enabling printers to create private branded portals for their enterprise customers. The cloud-based solution supports print, promotional, apparel, and digital with powerful personalization options and advanced user experience controls. The user-facing front end is modern and intuitive. The back end is designed to streamline the entire supply chain, including production, procurement, inventory, and warehouse management. Propago helps hundreds of companies across the nation to automate, consolidate, and integrate fulfillment operations and simplify the process of getting marketing materials into the hands of those that need them.
Rollem, 10351, features the new Insignia 6 Die Cutter plus a preview of two specialty finishing systems, the Rollem SS for partial slitting of pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) materials and the automated PB16 drilling system. Insignia6 is capable of a 20×20-inch sheet size and the ability to cut up to 30 pt. thickness. Insignia die cuts and also performs kiss cutting, creasing, cut scoring, embossing, and inline fold/glue, ideal for producing folded carton work and a variety of packaging, labels, and promotional products. Finish PSA with confidence and accuracy on the 30-inch SS Semi-Slitter. The PB-16 is a heavy-duty modular drilling machine with up to 13 drilling heads and more standard features.
SAi, booth 6424, presents live demonstrations of Flexi 19, the latest version of SAi’s flagship signmaking software. Featuring a powerful new 64-bit RIP, Flexi 19 delivers a speed increase of over 30 percent enabling large format print providers and sign shops to boost production capabilities. Alongside Flexi 19, SAi showcases for the first time at a major trade show the capabilities of its new EnRoute 6.1 CAD/CAM software, which is available to those customers accessing the software on subscription. Recently upgraded to include additional features such as improved previewing options, job statistics, and cutting, EnRoute 6.1 delivers increased control and time-saving capabilities for users within signmaking, woodworking, and other industries.
Shark Finishing Machinery, booth 11736, offers a diverse line of digital print finishing machinery including paper cutters, perfect binders, business card cutters, creasers, perforators, corner rounders, stitchers, joggers, and UV coaters. Shark showcases its new SB-460 perfect binder, which binds up to 18.5 inches long and 2.65 inches thick. The company also features its line of glass coaters. Using traditional UV coating these glass coaters give a superior glass-like shine.
Showdown Displays, booth 4221, is a trade-only partner for signs, banners, and event displays. It offers the largest selection of displays, wide format digital media, and imprinted signs and banners at the best wholesale prices. It also offers a range of printing services to provide complete solutions to your clients. Showdown Displays’ best-selling hardware ships the same day from remote warehouses located around the U.S., allowing it to operate at the speed of your business.
Splash of Color, booth 2905, exhibits the NEPATA 1650 ADWS converting center and Guardian dye-sublimation (dye-sub) calender. NEPATA rewinders and slitters deliver precise material cuts, highly accurate rewinds, and advanced inventory control across a range of media at competitive prices. Guardian calenders are affordable, easy-to-use rotary heat presses for all dye-sub paper transfer and direct to fabric applications. The Guardian’s intuitive design makes for quick and easy use, maintenance, and cleaning, saving time on production. Solid, all-steel construction provides high-quality performance and ensures Guardian calenders are built to last.
Summa America, booth 8841, displays its full range of cutting solutions. The L3214 3.2-meter wide laser cutter stands out with its on-the-fly cutting concept, combining continuous material scanning with continuous cutting, simultaneously. The F3220 and F1612 finishing cutters demonstrate their versatility, able to process numerous types of materials thanks to a modular tooling system. And finally, two best in class Summa roll cutters, the S2TC160 and D140RL, prove their worth while cutting vinyl most accurately at astonishing speeds.
Tekra, booth 7427, brings the most vibrant and versatile in plastic films and adhesive products, guaranteed to add value to your product portfolio. ProTek Velvet Texture Heat Stabilized Hardcoated Polyester features a unique texture with scratch and chemical resistance. It can be coated for HP Indigo and UV. 3M Versatile Print Label Material works across six different label printing platforms, including water-based flexographic and dry toner. The company’s array of durable polyester, polycarbonate, and rigid vinyl products make colors pop in point of purchase graphics and graphic overlays. Complete with matched adhesive products to get the job done.
Top Value Fabrics (TVF), booth 8838, focuses on convergence in the industry with its booth theme Discover What’s Possible with TVF. The booth features new graphics printed on Microlux Soft backlit fabric. The company is participating in the first ever Experience Zone where expo visitors can view the variety of applications achievable with digital printing. Its booth is not only a showpiece, it is a resource center with expert staff advising attendees on the possibilities and growth opportunities that can be attained working with TVF.
Verseidag US, booth 9557, announces its newest backlit fabric for digital print applications. Introducing seemee Backlit Select FR (B4420), a 270 g/m2 knit polyester preshrunk fabric, optimized for direct dye-sublimation. It offers a 21 percent translucency and designed with a water-based PVC-free finish. The fabric is available up to 126 inches wide.
Zünd, booth 7827, demonstrates fully configured S3/G3 and dual-beam D3 cutting systems equipped with the high-speed Over-Cutter Camera system OCC, a registration system that captures all registration marks in the cutting area with one image. Various automated production workflows are displayed for cutting a full gamut of printed substrates, from fabric and corrugated cardboard to MDF, acrylics, and various types of display board—all designed to take full advantage of Zünd high-performance tooling with automation features including the ARC automatic tool changer.
Be sure to check out our October issue for even more exhibitors plans for Printing United.
Sep2019, Digital Output