By Digital Output Staff
The International Sign Association (ISA) is back with its ISA International Sign Expo held May 4 to 6, 2022 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. Celebrating 75 years, the event is not one to miss! We encourage you to visit and explore the show floor and all the event has to offer.
Continuing our show preview from the April edition of Digital Output, here additional vendors share what they plan to exhibit at ISA.
3A Composites USA, booth 4407, specializes in manufacturing composite substrates for display, graphic arts, signage, and framing. Category defining brands like DIBOND, GATORFOAM, SINTRA, and FOME-COR are proven solutions for a variety of applications, while innovative new products such as DISPA offer a uniquely sustainable option for graphics applications.
Avery Dennison, booth 2713, looks to “celebrate the wins,” which sums up its focus on the wins achieved through perseverance, commitment, and collaboration with and for its community and customers. In addition, all-new Dusted Crystal decorative architectural window film is featured. Dusted Crystal offers a distinctive frosted glass effect and features a wet-apply, quick-release adhesive that allows the film to be repositioned during installation and removed easily after drying with virtually no residue left on the glass.
Canon, booth 1917, invites attendees to experience why its printers are an ideal platform for innovation and profit. With the Colorado 1650 printer, the Arizona 2380 GT printer with roll media option, Colex SXC1732 cutter, and the DGI FH-3204 dye-sublimation printer, this portfolio features solutions to help expand business with large format point of purchase signage, banners, displays, car wraps, and interior décor applications.
Colex Finishing, Inc. and Fotoba International, booth 4619, demonstrate the new Fotoba XLA170 Automatic X/Y Cutter featuring automatic vertical blade positioning, which allows cutting of multiple sizes without operator intervention. The XLA170 handles flexible media up to 67 inches wide and 40-mil thick.
DAF Products, booth 3605, exhibits self-adhesive vinyl and perforated window films, PP and PET films, floor and wall materials, fabrics, laminates, and mounting films and tapes. Its booth features hands-on displays.
Direct Color Systems, booth 4021, is a leading manufacturer of direct-to-substrate UV LED printers. Notable innovations include inline printing; Textur3D, a patented ADA/Braille UV LED printing process; EasyCyl for cylindrical and conical printing; and a patent-pending direct-to-garment printing process. Direct Color Systems showcases two new printers—UV84-DTS and UV53-DTS printing ADA/Braille signs, Textur3D signs, and flat graphics.
Fisher Textiles, booth 3342, showcases its newest print media fabrics for backlit and frontlit silicone edge graphics (SEG), pillow case tension displays, and floor graphics. Radiant backlit SEG fabrics are on display including GF6050 Super Sonic, a foldable knit with excellent light dispersion, available up to five meters wide; and GF33 Prime Backlit, a stretch polyester that is three meters wide with excellent crease resistance.
Fluid Color LLC, booth 1805, makes waves with its world-class UV inkjet technology. Come see best-of-class flatbed, hybrid, and roll-to-roll UV printers in action. According to the company, Fluid Color offers the largest catalog in the industry of UV printers with many different configurations in order to create the right machine for your company’s needs today and tomorrow.
GBC & SEAL, booth 3117, features SEAL precision engineered wide format laminators, which are made in the U.S. On display is the 65 Pro MD, which is a high production, versatile laminator capable of running both hot and cold applications and the SEAL 62 Base ideal for mounting and laminating pressure-sensitive graphics.
General Formulations, booth 2331, presents a new look and product introductions this year at ISA. Learn wrap techniques from a special guest installer, stroll along floor graphics options, and engage with active demonstrations designed to help pick the right material for applications. Learn why semi-rigid films are a money saver and why textured surfaces require special handling, in addition explore a broad pallet of products for walls, windows, floors, and beyond.
Georgia Printco, booth 1030, was founded in 2001 and headquartered in Lakeland, GA. It is a wholesale print service provider with large format, grand format, dye-sublimation, and rigid printing capabilities. The company strives to provide a great product with superior reliability and customer service. At the expo, it introduces a new application guide book.
Graphic Finishing Partners (Gfp), booth 2405, displays the 663TH Production Top Heat Laminator with Smart Finishing Technology. This advanced laminator includes a digital microcontroller system, touch screen user interface, swing-out supply film shafts, inline rotary slitters, rear take up for roll-to-roll operation, and a roll label printer to help manage supply inventory. Gfp also features the 363TH Top Heat Laminator with integrated rear rewind; 255C Cold Laminator; and FT48 Finishing Table with transfer and cutting table sides.
GSG, booth 3841, invites you to put on your game face. Get ready to crush your goals with game-changing product solutions to help grow your business. Drive home the win with expert tips and game plans. Score major points with live demonstrations, show specials, and giveaways. This is one event you don’t want to miss.
Jessup Mfg. Co., booth 1119, promotes graphics media to flip over—with prints from Area 51 to zombies. The booth background graphics are printed on TexWalk Print-N-Go graphics media. TexWalk is a printable, fabric reinforced, non-slip PVC that is easy to apply and remove and leaves little to no adhesive residue. It has a matte finish, sticks to almost any indoor surface, and can be cut into any shape. TexWalk is ASTM D-2047 certified for non-slip and most recently received CCC-W-408D Type I for wallcoverings.
Kongsberg Precision Cutting Systems, booth 2501, showcases the power, performance, and versatility of its digital finishing solutions with its flagship Kongsberg C64 system, its modular Kongsberg X24 table, and newly released MultiCam Celero 4322.
Lintec, booth 2344, strives for environmental consciousness, which is why it offers high-quality, eco-friendly window graphics. Its recycled polyester films take 40 percent less energy to produce than non-sustainable counterparts and are made from 80 percent recycled materials, making them eco-friendly on more than one front. Lintec’s recycled polyester films don’t require a sacrifice in quality in favor of sustainability. They’re perfectly optically clear and fully compatible with the latest UV inkjet printing technologies.
MultiCam, Inc., booth 2912, demonstrates its CNC routers with knife capabilities priced to fit any budget. Engineered and manufactured in the U.S., the APEX3R, can cut everything from aluminum to wood to acrylic to HDU sign foam with a single setup. Designed for entry-level to small businesses, the APEX1R offers the same superior accuracy, cutting, and motion expected from a MultiCam system. According to the company, the APEX1R is the most affordable servo-driven router with spindle and knife capabilities to date.
Nekoosa, booth 3239, inquires whether printing with eco-solvent, latex, or UV wide format inks? Look to Nekoosa for an extensive portfolio of pressure-sensitive vinyls, specialty print media, overlaminates, mounting films, and barrier films used to produce general signage and window, wall, and floor graphics on wide and grand format printers. Paired with its market leading RTape application tapes and premasks, the company offers everything needed to create attention-grabbing signage and displays.
Orbus, booth 2243, encourages attendees to visit and talk with its knowledgeable sales team and learn about a new online store that makes ordering easy and fast. View pricing and lead times, receive artwork quality checks, e-proofs on the spot, and shipping estimates. Stop by the booth to see the extensive selection of banner stands.
Roehm America LLC, booth 4410, manufactures ACRYLITE acrylic. Engineers and product experts are in the booth showcasing the various ACRYLITE acrylic for signage solutions, including two new acrylic products. Other featured products include digital print for UV flatbeds, color changing backlit (day/night) for illuminated signs, and ADA compliant non-glare for wayfinding. It also showcases sheet and reel options backed by a 30-year non-yellowing warranty. Stop in to see live product demonstrations and to find an ACRYLITE signage solution.
Roland DGA, booth 3131, exhibits new TrueVIS VG3 and SG3 large format printer/cutters—third-generation inkjet printers that take TrueVIS productivity, color control, and convenience to a whole new level.
Safety Speed Manufacturing, booth 4725, provides a full line of finishing equipment from desktop cutters to dust-free substrate cutters and the latest vertical panel saw/router/dust-free cutter. Visit the booth to see the DFC-H5 that combines a vertical panel saw and dust-free substrate cutter into one, as well as the newest product the Helios all-in-one desktop cutter.
Tekra, booth 4823, encourages attendees to discover the “Power of Plastic” during the International Sign Expo. Tekra showcases digital print films that display how durability and print create a powerful combination that highlights capabilities and value. Stop by to check out polyester and polycarbonate films for UV inkjet printing. JetView UV films are available in a variety of gauges and finishes while providing ink anchorage. If you’re more in the market for signs that make a statement, check out rigid vinyl options for UV inkjet, latex inkjet, and HP Indigo printing.
Trotec, booth 1019, showcases its SP2000 high-speed laser cutter for large format materials. Built for efficient production, the laser safety class 2 system offers processing speeds up to 3.25 feet per second, laser power up to 400 watts, a working area of 66×98 inches, and access from all four sides. Cut and engrave a range of materials for all your signage and display applications including acrylic, plastic, wood, and textiles.
Ultraflex Systems, booth 2941, features high-performance digitally printable textiles, flexible materials, and rigid substrates. VorTex Soft Signage returns with signature solutions including T, D, and S Line fabrics and textiles optimized for various printing techniques. A full range of décor solutions are featured, including Floorscapes, wallcoverings, and upholstery material. Ultraflex introduces new products in the EcoVantage line. The expansion of products offers PVC-free, phthalate-free, and eco-conscious solutions.
Vision Engraving, booth 3653, highlights it 25 Series CNC router/engraver and 1624 Pro engraver. The 25 Series has multiple options making it a highly versatile system. Options include Auto Braille Inserter, Oscillating Knife, and DACS Print-To-Cut System. The 1624 Pro engraver fits on most counter tops. It can make a variety of custom signs including cut outs, industrial signs, ADA Braille, and other types of signage, it is ideal for sign shops with limited space.
Vycom, booth 2423, is committed to stewarding sustainable practices. At ISA 2022, Vycom collects printed and unprinted PVC and acrylic sheets, and PE materials for recycling into the company’s residential and commercial products. Designated collection bins are at the Vycom booth and around the show floor to help reduce this material waste. Attendees using these materials in everyday projects are invited to stop by the Vycom booth to learn how to take advantage of the program, which can benefit their businesses, their customers, and the environment.
Zünd, booth 4331, is all about workflow. For sign and graphics professionals looking to optimize individual cutting processes, material handling, or overall digital production workflow, Zünd’s most advanced solutions for workflow automation are on display. One of these is the Visualizing Option designed to create workflow efficiencies from parts removal to dispatch. A projection system helps mark and identify individual cut parts for quick and easy cutting and kitting/picking and sorting.
We look forward to the show and plan to see you there. If you need more background information on the event, check out our last few issues, as well as a webinar were we spoke with the president/CEO of ISA, Lori Anderson.
May2022, Digital Output