Industry leaders including Ricoh, Fujifilm, Konica Minolta, HP and Screen have previewed the new technology they’ll be showcasing at the inaugural PRINTING United trade show (formerly the SGIA Expo) in Dallas, TX next month.
|SGIA Expo, 2018|
As outlined last year by Wide Format Online’s Andy McCourt, PRINTED United will still be owned and run by the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) - but now in partnership with NAPCO Media – publishers of Printing Impressions and other trade titles.
“One of the most anticipated features of PRINTING United is the showcase of the newest technology in the printing industry today, across all market segments,” said SGIA president and CEO Ford Bowers. “The energy and excitement we are hearing from exhibitors and attendees already is contagious. We’re delivering the multifaceted experience they’ve been asking for, for years.”
Features on the sold-out show floor will include:
FUJIFILM North America Corporation (booth #8220), Graphic Systems Division, along with strategic partner Inca Digital, are showcasing a new addition to the market-leading OnsetX UV flatbed series — the OnsetX HS (High Speed) range. Featuring two new machines, the Onset X2 HS and the Onset X3 HS, the new range offers a dramatic increase in speed and productivity — now printing up to 15,597 square feet per hour, utilizing a new single cycle mode. Compatible with Inca’s range of application specific robotic handling systems and incorporating ‘30 second’ job set up and ‘single cycle’ printing mode.
The next-generation RICOH Ri 1000 from Anajet (booth #1800) is a full-featured direct-to-garment printer that delivers professional-quality DTG printing at an affordable price. Customize clothing, accessories, and keepsakes with vibrant, high-resolution images up to 1200 x 1200 dpi. With high-performance print heads, convenient automated maintenance, interactive touchscreen with smart notifications, and magnetized quick-change platens for printing a variety of garment styles and sizes.
SCREEN (booth #10951) has broadened the colour gamut for its Truepress Jet L350UV+ digital inkjet label press with the recent introduction of its Truepress UV Blue Ink, developed to afford label converters the ability to reproduce a greater range of blue hues increasingly demanded in contemporary packaging designs. The Blue Ink is formulated for use on the L350UV+ in concert with conventional C, M, Y, K and white inks for precision output of blue tones frequently found on labels for cosmetics, toiletries and body care products, and more. The L350UV+ features industry-leading print speeds up to 197 feet per minute.
HP (booth #6416) is introducing its HP STITCH S Printer Series.
International rigid plastic media manufacturer Brett Martin (booth #7952) will be presenting the latest addition to its Foamalux range for the print, display and signage sectors — Foamalux Calibre — along with its well-established range of Foamalux products. The company’s transparent sheet ranges, Marpet FS and Marlon FS, will also be on display.
FLEXcon Company, Inc. (booth #8024) will launch and demonstrate its new FLEXcon HX5000 with HOV-X technology at PRINTING United. This new slideable, repositionable, removable adhesive system is designed for full and partial bus and train wraps, shuttle bus, and box truck wraps, and bus posters where the application surface is primarily vertical. This product allows the installer to remove the graphic, snap it up and reposition it without the risk of stretching or distorting the graphic. The air egress liner reduces air entrapment and makes bubble removal a snap.
Konica Minolta (booth #9536) is displaying the latest version in its digital toner label press portfolio, the AccurioLabel 230 at PRINTING United. This technology delivers benefits in productivity, flexibility and stability to meet growing market needs for shorter label runs and more customization. The AccurioLabel 230 is built on Konica Minolta’s AccurioPress engine technology and is targeted at print providers, brand owners, packaging companies and commercial printers looking to bring label production in-house. The new model has enhancements over its predecessor, the AccurioLabel 190, including a faster speed (23.4 meters/min), shorter warm-up time between jobs and overprinting capabilities.
Ricoh (booth #7001) is highlighting its RICOH Pro VC70000 continuous-feed inkjet platform at PRINTING United in its “Inkjet Lounge” in the booth. This technology delivers quality and productivity on offset coated paper without priming or post-treatment. With speeds up to 492 ft/min, expanded-gamut Ricoh-developed inks and Ricoh-patented dryer technologies. This empowers commercial printers to produce quality applications traditionally expected from offset, such as high-end catalogues and magazines, at comparable quality, with the benefits of digital print. Newly available Ricoh inks enable up to 40 percent savings in paper costs, while media support is expanded to offset-coated papers, untreated papers and more.
OmniPrint International (booth #2210) will be highlighting its line of award-winning printers. Its newest, the Cheetah Industrial DTG Printer, features industrial printing speeds and premier print quality. The FreeJet 330TX Plus prints on a wide range of garments, and has been awarded SGIA's "Product of the Year - DTG Printers" for two consecutive years.
Debuting at PRINTING United, the new Heidelberg (booth #10143) Digimatrix 60 FC is a flexible, small format die cutter and foil stamper. With a very small footprint, the Digimatrix can process sheets up to 23.6" x 17.7" — perfect for finishing a variety of short run or small format jobs. With speeds of 5,500 sheets per hour, the Digimatrix also supports medium runs. The foiling version of the machine (FC) allows for hot-foiling on a wide array of substrates. The machine can be equipped with Masterset, which registers each sheet individually for excellent print-to-cut registration.