The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) held its annual SGIA Expo at the Georgia World Congress Center at the beginning of November in Atlanta, GA. As of November 6, 2015, the association reported 23,864 total registrants. It was whirlwind week of new printer announcements and trending applications.
A popular theme found in vendors’ booths was speed. Many hardware announcements focused on enhanced productivity features.
Agfa Graphics debuted the Anapurna M2540i FB for the first time in the U.S. It outputs at speeds up to 1,000 square feet per hour (sf/h).
Canon Solutions America exhibited the Océ ColorWave 910. A successor to the Océ ColorWave 900, it prints at up to 10,000 sf/h.
Durst US highlighted its Rho 1312 with Quadro Array printhead technology.
EFI introduced what the company refers to as “the fastest VUTEk product ever developed,” the EFI VUTEk HS125 Pro inkjet press.
Epson launched the new SureColor S60600.
Fujifilm North America Corp., Graphic Systems Division, debuted the scalable Inca Onset X Series from Inca Digital.
Hewlett-Packard (HP) showcased the HP Latex 3500, which is ideal for high-volume, dedicated application production.
Media One highlighted a 74-inch, 792 sf/h, pigment textile printer, the Arachne Hexa.
Mimaki USA, Inc. announced the TX300P-1800 direct to fabric inkjet printer.
Mutoh America, Inc. debuted the new X series of printers. All include Mutoh’s newest Smart Printing Technology, DropMaster.
OKI Data Americas, in its first appearance since acquiring Seiko’s wide format printer division, highlighted the ColorPainter H3-104s.
Roland DGA Corp. introduced the Texart XT-640, a 64-inch dye-sublimation printer. This newest device satisfies demand for high-volume fashion and sports apparel production.
Screen USA promoted new functions on its Truepress Jet W3200UV, like a high-speed print mode using five-pass, bi-directional printing to reduce turnaround time.
swissQprint announced its official U.S. subsidiary at the show. It exhibited the Nyala 2, an economical 3.2×2-meter machine.
Notable applications included window media, wallcoverings, car wraps, and digital textiles.
Many companies highlighted their newest products for windows, from Drytac Corporation’s ViziPrint Illuminate PET film for day or night graphics, to Mactac Distributor Products responding to market demand by launching IMAGin WindowVIEW Cling. Lintec of America, Inc. showcased its Digital Window Graphics line. Newlife Magnetics promoted its Cling-King with micro-suction.
For wallcoverings, DreamScape announced four products—three of which were additions to existing lines and one new line, Satara. LexJet Corporation promoted its relationship with York Wallcoverings, exhibiting WallPro by York. For car wraps, ORAFOL Americas demonstrated Oracal 970RA Premium Shift Effect Cast with RapidAir Technology.
Digital textiles were prevelant throughout the exhibitor hall, whether popping up in specific booths or maintaining a large presence in the Digital Textile Printing Zone.
Vendors such as Aurora Specialty Textiles Group exhibited its textile range; DHJ Corporation promoted its capability to manufacture textiles up to five meters in width; Expand Systems partnered with U.K.-based Premier Textiles to bring its fabric to the U.S; FDC Graphic Films, Inc. encouraged attendees to check out Heytex textiles in its booth; Fisher Textiles showcased DD 6788 MoJo, a wrinkle-resistant backlit fabric; Pacific Coast Fabrics promoted Jennifer S/914, a four-way stretch performance apparel fabric; Perception Wide Format Media exhibited Repreve 100 percent recycled polyester Canvas 2.0; Top Value Fabrics debuted eight new textiles, including Flag Elite; Ultraflex Systems, Inc. promoted its Vortex Soft Signage Solutions line; Value Vinyls exhibited its textiles portfolio; Verseidag seemee US launched seemee Select; and Yarrington Mills Corporation promoted its Power-Stretch athletic fabric.
In the Digital Textile Printing Zone, attendees witnessed the creation of a small bag from end to end. Printing with a DGI Fabrijet FD-1904 printer to Aberdeen Fabrics media, individual bags were cut using a laser finisher from Axiom America. The final output was stacked in a pile with multiple design options for attendees to choose from and then have someone sew in a zipper and assemble the entire bag right in front of them.
Next year’s SGIA Expo takes place in Las Vegas, NV, September 14 to 16, 2016 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
|Products for Show at SGIA 2015|
|3M Commercial Solutions||Installer programs|
|Aberdeen Fabrics||6653 Backlit|
|Accura MIS||Scheduling module for Accura|
|Adams Magnetic Products||MagBond Magnetic System|
|Advanced Greig Laminators||Patriot laminator|
|Advantage Sign & Graphic Solutions||Optima media|
|Agfa Graphics||Anapurna M2540i FB|
|AnaJet||mPower i Series|
|Athens Paper||Converting solutions|
|ATP Adhesive Systems||GP-410 wg g AE2|
|Aurora Specialty Textiles Group||Latex Banner Light with ColorPro|
|Axiom America||FB Series of laser cutters|
|AXYZ International||Trident 4010 ATC|
|Beaver Paper & Graphic Media||TexPrint XPHR|
|Biesse America||Rover J1530|
|Bordeaux Digital PrintInk||Plasma AR|
|Canon Solutions America||Océ ColorWave 910|
|Casper-Easynet Solutions||Casper Sign Business Software|
|Catalina Graphic Films||Catapaque|
|Colex Imaging||Sharpcut with conveyor belt|
|Continental Grafix USA||panoRama Walk&Wall|
|ContraVision||Perforated window media|
|Cooley Group||EnviroFlex PVC front lit|
|Coveris Advanced Coatings||Magic SBL7|
|DGI||Fabrijet HS FT II|
|DHJ International||Textiles up to five meters|
|DigiFab Systems, Inc.||StampaJet XP-64|
|Digital Graphic Systems||DYSS DGS V Pro X5 1625C|
|Direct LED Frames||Direct Sound with frames|
|DreamScape||Satara Steel and Pearl|
|Drytac Corporation||ViziPrint Illuminate|
|DuPont||Artistri Brite White|
|Durst Image Technology US LLC||Rho 1312|
|EFI||VUTEk HS125 Pro|
|Epilog Laser||Fusion M2|
|Expand Systems||Premier Txtiles|
|FDC Graphic Films, Inc.||Heytex textiles|
|Fisher Textiles||DD 6788 MoJo|
|Flech Paper Products||Paperboard|
|FloorSignage, AlumiGraphics||AlumiGraphics Smooth|
|Foster||On a Roll Lifter|
|Fujifilm North America Corp.||Inca Onset X Series|
|Gans Ink & Supply Company||Gans Media|
|GBC||Seal Easy Dot|
|GCC America||J500 laser cutter|
|General Formulations||CC500 R|
|Global Imaging||PrinterEvolution Eos126DS|
|GoVivid, a Rowmark Division||Breeze|
|GPA||Concept flexible vinyl|
|Graphic Finishing Partners||255C laminator|
|Graphtec America, Inc.||FC8600 series|
|Herculite Products, Inc.||Bantex Digital Media|
|Hewlett-Packard||HP Latex 3500|
|Huntsman||Terasil XKS HL disperse inks|
|International Imaging Materials (IIMAK)||Ink for HP Z6200|
|INX Digital||EDX Eco inks|
|Jessup Manufacturing Co.||TexWalk|
|Kapco Graphic Products||3 oz. Polyester Flag Fabric with liner|
|Katz Group||Katz Display Board|
|Kern Lasers||Light Wave|
|Kernow Coatings||HydroSol 165SSL|
|Kiian Digital||Digistar Sublisonic|
|Kornit Digital North America||Samples from Allegro|
|Laguna Tools||SmartShop I MT|
|LexJet Corporation||WallPro by York|
|Lintec of America, Inc.||Digital Window Graphics|
|Mac Papers||Gandy Sl8te printer|
|MACtac Distributor Products||IMAGin WindowVIEW Cling|
|Magnum Magnetics Corporation||DigiMaxx|
|MagX America Inc.||48-inch MagX|
|Marabu North America||EPS Fjet24 with UltraJet ink|
|Master Magnetics, Inc.||PrintMagnetVinyl|
|MCT Digital||VersaTech with VersaFeed|
|Media One||Arachne Hexa|
|Mimaki USA, Inc.||TX300P-1800|
|MTEX America||Blue digital printer|
|MultiCam Inc.||Digital Express with IMC 2000 Auto Board Feeder|
|Mutoh America, Inc.||X series of printers|
|Neenah Paper||conVerd DuoBoard 050|
|New Force Magnetics||New 48-inch wide product|
|New Hampshire Plastics Inc.||Eco-Board|
|Newlife Magnetics LLC||Cling-King Spider Mat|
|Next Wave Media Solutions||EFI Reggiani PRO 180|
|OKI Data Americas||ColorPainter H3-104s|
|ONYX Graphics, Inc.||ONYX 12|
|ORAFOL Americas||Oracal 970RA|
|Orbus Inc.||Coyote banner|
|Pacific Coast Fabrics||Jennifer S/914|
|Penguin Exhibits||20-foot curved zip tube|
|Perception Wide Format Media||Canvas 2.0|
|Photo Tex Group||Photo Tex Blockout|
|Plaskolite||Optix NG DA|
|PrintMatics||PrintMatics workflow software with Electronic Planning Board|
|Quality Media & Laminating Solutions||EuroStand with Fabjet Banner|
|Racad Tech||Web to Print Shop|
|Real Time Designer||RealTimeDesigner online design software|
|Ricoh Corporation||Pro L4160|
|Roland DGA Corporation||Texart XT-640|
|Royal Sovereign International||RSC-S500H|
|Rtape Corp.||Vinyl Efx|
|SA International||Update for SAi Cloud mobile app|
|Screen USA||Truepress Jet W3200UV|
|Sensient Imaging Technologies||ElvaJet Punch|
|Testrite Visual Products||Charisma fabric frames|
|Top Value Fabrics||Flag Elite|
|Trotec Laser, Inc.||SP500|
|Ultraflex Systems, Inc.||Vortex Soft Signage Solutions|
|Universal Laser Systems, Inc.||VLS2.30 desktop laser|
|Value Vinyls||Value Vinyls Textiles|
|Vanguard Digital Printing||VR5D flatbed printer|
|Verseidag seemee US||seemee Select|
|Vision Engraving & Routing Systems||Vision 2550 router|
|Visual Magnetics||VM Wall|
|VKF Renzel USA Corp.||Framing systems|
|Xarisma||Creative media displays|
|Xcel Products, Inc.||Double-Sided Magnetic Receptive|
|Yarrington Mills Corporation||Power-Stretch athletic fabric|
|Zünd America, Inc.||S3 M-800 with Zünd robot integration|
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