Will you be in Orlando in March? If you’re not, then you’ll be missing one of the biggest trade shows for the sign and graphics market in the first half of 2012. In addition to hundreds of products—some of them brand new and shown to the industry for the first time here at the International Sign Expo 2012 in Orlando, March 22-24 and in the following ISA Showstoppers section—there will also be a cornucopia of learning opportunities for the savvy sign shop owner.
More than 75 courses covering 13 distinct tracks will be offered as part of the educational lineup. “These educational sessions showcase the breadth of the sign industry,” said Lori Anderson, ISA’s president and CEO. “Throughout the four days of Sign Expo 2012, there will be opportunities to learn the latest technical skills and management practices as well as ways to grow and expand business.”
In 2012, however, ISA has made several changes to its instructional offerings:
A track of courses devoted to digital dynamic signage has been developed in conjunction with the Digital Signage Foundation. Topics include business and technical aspects as well as building vendor partnerships.
Workplace safety issues have been expanded as well, and now constitute a separate track. Edwin Foulke, former head of OSHA, will lead three sessions: Handling an OSHA Inspection, Avoiding the New Enforcement-Driven OSHA, and Moving to Zero Injuries. Joel Oliva from the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) will detail the mobile crane operator safety certification program.
Some of the most popular sessions now will be offered multiple times
A new company package allows all employees to attend an unlimited number of educational sessions and visit the exhibit hall. This package joins three other plans which provide significant savings for individuals.
All educational attendees receive ISA Professional Development Unit (PDU) credits for each session. The PDUs demonstrate a participant’s commitment to remaining current on the latest sign industry information. In addition to expo educational sessions, PDUs may be earned throughout the year at other seminars or webinars.
This year, our ISA Showstoppers section highlights products from 50 companies exhibiting at the ISA International Sign Expo 2012. Some of these products include brand new, never-before-seen products as well as best-selling products released at the end of 2011. Be sure to stop and check them out in person on the show floor.
Complete Display Provider
Creative Banner Assemblies (Booth 2156) is your complete display provider. We provide the largest selection of displays, wide-format digital media, and imprinted signs and banners at the best wholesale prices. As a nationwide supplier, our inventory also includes banner materials ideal for screen-printing and our Titan line of full color digital print medias made especially for wide-format digital printers.
Creative Banner Assemblies also offers a great range of printing capabilities including digital printing technologies, dye sublimation printing and a full service finishing department. We offer complete turnkey solutions to offer your customers.
Visit Creative Banner Assemblies at the ISA Sign Expo to see examples of our Banner Displays and Retractors and also our new line of outdoor Sail Signs and fabric Pop-up Displays.
FSC and Rainforest Alliance Certified Materials
conVerd LLC (Booth 2502) will be showcasing two materials at ISA 2012.
Blox-Lite Chrome is the metalized variation of conVerd’s Blox-Lite product family. It is available for one or two sided printing, moisture resistant and is suitable for sewing, grommeting, double-face tape, Velcro, and suction cups. It is 100 percent opaque and a green alternative to PVC vinyl.
EnviroScape Mural Plus HD-Textured is a heavy duty version of the EnviroScape Mural Plus with an enhanced surface finish designed to provide an easier and more sustainable installation.
conVerd will also be exhibiting other FSC and Rainforest Alliance certified, recyclable, renewable and sustainable products including conVerd Board, GreenLight Plus, and the original Blox-Lite and EnviroScape Mural Plus.
Digital Printing Products
Cooley Commercial Graphics (Booth 1844) will be exhibiting a variety of products, including its Weathertyte textured, waterproof, printable awning fabrics. Weathertyte fabrics are as tough and versatile as they are beautiful.
Also being introduced is EnviroFlex PE, one of the most innovative, sustainable and lightest billboard fabrics offered today. Available in 2.8 to 6.0 ounces and up to five meters in width, EnviroFlex PE is 100 percent recyclable. Don’t let its light weight fool you; EnviroFlex PE is extremely strong and durable and offers great printed graphic quality.
Flatbed Cutter System
Colex (Booth 1852) will showcase its Sharpcut Flatbed Cutter System, including vision registration systems camera and software. The cutter/router allows finishing technicians to perform intricate cuts with the Sharpcut multi-functional mechanized capabilities, all at an incredible value investment. The unique Colex solution is its Triple Interchangeable Tool Head station selects the proper tool for the job.
Flatbed Product Portfolio
CET Color (Booth 1892) brings a UV flatbed product portfolio to this year’s Sign Expo. They will demonstrate value-added combinations of hardware, software, and consumables that make solutions for the wide-format printing market more attractive and profitable. CET Color will also team up with Drytac, displaying its VersaCoater XL UV Coater, to bring attendees a true solution.
CET Color will be demonstrating the X-Press 1000, a 4x8-foot UV flatbed capable of printing 960 sqft/hr in production mode and the X-Press 1000HL, a hybrid printer that is 126 inches wide with R-T-R and flatbed operation that is also capable of printing 980 sqft/hr. ISA will also mark the debut of the new Q-Series 500, a true 4x8 flatbed, and the Q-Series 1000HL, a 126-inch hybrid printer.
Digital Removable and Wall Wrap Films
Arlon Graphics (Booth 2036) will feature several new digital removable and wall wraps films for interior and exterior use at ISA. The removable products include DPF 4300, DPF 206, and DPF 50WD Clear and White. In addition to these new products Arlon will have daily vehicle wrap and wall wrap demos going on throughout the show. All of this will be on display in Arlon’s booth in addition to having eight concrete columns wrapped all over the show floor with its DPF 8000 and DPF 6700 used for exterior surfaces such as brick, stucco, and concrete.
Water-Based Clear Coatings
PRO-TECK AQ Water-Based Clear Coatings from Bordeaux (Booth 327) are specially designed to protect sign & banner applications. They are now available in matte, semi-gloss, and gloss finishes.
The coatings offer a cost effective solution for image enhancement and protections compared to film laminates. It protects graphics from UV and visible light degradation, oxidation, moisture, and temperature extremes as well as resisting abrasion while maintaining the flexibility of the media. It enhances the color density and improves color contrast. It is designed to deliver a smoother finish and improve adhesion properties to substrates. It is easily applied by machine or manually, depending on the type of coating and substrate.
PRO-TECK Fleet AQ Water-Based coatings have all the properties of Pro-Teck Water-Based Clear Coatings Plus:
Additional UV inhibitors provide superior fade resistance
Extra resistance to water and pressurized water/detergent and alcohol mixtures used for washing vehicles
Increased flexibility to aid in vehicle wrapping
Printing Systems and Applications
Agfa Graphics (Booth 1036) will showcase several printing systems and unique applications. Attendees will be inspired by Agfa’s “Application Zone,” a creative portrayal of inkjet output in various environments—home decor, an art gallery, outdoors, and a retail setting.
The booth will also feature the :Jeti 3020 Titan FTR, a high-speed, grand-format, UV-curable flatbed system with 10 levels of upgradeability. The Titan’s modular format offers a base configuration of 16 heads—expanding to 48—providing a wide spectrum of speed, image quality, and color capabilities.
The Titan’s color range includes light cyan and light magenta, which produce a more photo-realistic image; single white, pre- and/or post white for specialty applications; orange and violet to extend the color gamut and hit more spot and Pantone colors accurately; and inline varnish for creativity. The FTR option offers printing on roll materials up to 126 inches wide without losing speed.
Agfa will also demonstrate the :Anapurna 2540 FB, a flatbed UV inkjet printer that delivers near photo quality output and features a quick-change vacuum bed that accepts different size media without having to tape off the whole area.
Dry Erase Overlaminate
AGL, Inc. (Booth 710) will showcase a new, low-cost Dry Erase overlaminate. Cover-Rite PP1G Dry-Erase overlaminate is a pressure-sensitive, non-treated 1 mil polypropylene film, with excellent write-on and write-off characteristics. It can be used for variety of applications. It’s 1.0 mil clear gloss finish, permanent acrylic adhesive, and low cost make it an ideal choice for your dry erase needs.
Inkjet Printer Portfolio
Mimaki (Booth 1944) will be demonstrating its lineup of solvent, UV, and dye-sublimation wide-format and flatbed printers at this year’s ISA Sign Expo in Orlando. The CJV30 Series, a favorite for its integrated print and contour cut functions, along with the award-winning JV33 Series will highlight eco-friendly ES3 inks including silver ink for eye-catching metallic effects. Also showcased will be the grand-format JV34-260, a super-wide (103-inch), super fast (323 sqft/hr), and super affordable digital printer for under $60,000. The JV34-260 is capable of running solvent or dye-sublimation inks.
You will also see an outstanding collection of UV flatbeds from small to large, depending on your need. The newer UJF-3042FX features expanded media versatility with the use of a new primer ink that allows you to print on glass, plastic, metal, and more. The larger UJF-706 and the award-winning JFX-1631plus will also be available for demonstration. Anticipate the centerpiece of Mimaki’s booth to be the unveiling of a new printer.
Direct to Garment Printer
AnaJet Inc. (Booth 2256) will demonstate the mPower mP10, a high-capacity, high-performance direct to garment printer. The mPower’s industrial-strength print heads tolerate high-pressure cleaning. In addition, the advanced closed-loop ink delivery system enables ink recirculation for all channels.
The new printer offers total control of ink flow and ink drop size, which enables users to determine the ideal saturation for prints. AnaJet’s PowerBRIGHT water-based, pigmented CMYK and white inks show up equally vibrant on light and dark garments. They reproduce beautifully on cotton, cotton blends, and other general purpose printing substrates.
Flexible Magnetic Material
Master Magnetics, Inc. (Booth 936) will showcase its flexible magnetic material. Available in 42- and 24-inch widths, PrintMagnetVinyl allows for high-resolution printing directly on flexible magnetic material with solvent, eco-solvent, UV, and now latex ink systems.
PrintMagnetVinyl sheeting is available in thicknesses of .015, .020, and .030 inches; widths of 12, 24, 30, 40, and 42 inches; standard roll lengths of 10 and 25 feet; and can be cut, slit, or die cut for customized widths and lengths.
For aqueous ink printers, Master Magnetics also offers PrintMagnet flexible magnetic sheeting with a paper topcoat instead of vinyl that allows for printing directly to the magnet.
Optically Clear Cast Vinyl Printing Film
3M Commercial Graphics’ (Booth 2001) authorized distributors will showcase recently introduced 3M products at their respective ISA booths, including 3M Scotchcal Clear View Graphic Film IJ8150, a durable cast vinyl film with superb optical clarity, allowing new approaches to graphics for windows. Unprinted areas permit a completely clear view through glass. Its easy removability makes it a great option for promotions or short-term applications. It is compatible with digital and screen printing and it is optimized for wet applications. The new film is offered with the 3M Performance Guarantee or 3M MCS Warranty, 3M Scotchcal Clear View Graphic Film IJ8150 boasts an effective performance life of seven years.
Additionally, 3M is proud to sponsor the ISA Basketball & Social Media Lounge (Booth 1992), where attendees can check out the latest scores and log in at the cyber cafe. A 3M representative will be available in the lounge to answer specific questions about 3M products.
MACmark Line Expansion
MACtac Graphic Products (Booth 1585) has expanded its MACmark line to include three new adhesive-backed vinyls designed for creating unique window decorations and functional applications. The new adhesives are ideal for a variety of applications used by interior designers, architects, photo labs, sign shops and exhibitors.
MACmark Glass Décor 600: A transparent indoor film with decorative patterns, suited for interior glass partition or internal window surface. The MACmark Glass Décor 600 line features four designer styles—rice paper, lines, small lines, and large squares.
MACmark Glass Décor 700: A translucent high-performance indoor and outdoor film, the MACmark Glass Décor 700 series is ideal for the decoration of windows and glass decor for an etched, frosted, or sandblasted effect. Glass Décor 700 is available in frosted and dusted matte finishes, as well as five matte colors.
MACmark 8400: A transparent vinyl film designed for use in illuminated signs made from opaline acrylic sheets and for window decoration. It’s available in 17 bright-gloss colors to create transparent window graphics.
Production Print System
KIP America (Booth 2672) will showcase the KIP C7800, a color and black & white high production print system. The system is a comprehensive solution for all types of wide-format printing tasks that require the highest levels of quality and performance. The KIP C7800’s workflow provides powerful print control for any production environment from a range of print submission applications, cloud printing, scan & copy, variable data printing, and fully integrated stacking and folding.
The KIP C7800 saves serious time and money—making ultra-high-quality wide-format printing more cost effective than ever before. Printing is faster. Operation is simpler. Finishing is automatic. Reliability keeps you up and running.
Window Graphics Film
LINTEC Corporation (Booth 2508) is a pressure sensitive manufacturer with many capabilities including clean room coating. In the digital print market we specialize in optically clear and textured window graphics film with our WINCOS UV and Mistlass product lines.
Optically Clear PET for UV and Latex printing
Clean room manufactured
Scratch resistant printable hardcoats
Textured PET Films
Digital Media and Laminates
Kapco (Booth 2451) will have six new products on display at ISA 2012. At the booth, attendees can learn about the new PSA 5 mil Indoor/Outdoor Floor Laminate compatible with Kapco’s new PSA 3 mil Sidewalk Gloss White Vinyl for slightly textured exterior applications. PSA 3 mil Gloss and Matte White Vinyl with Air Release Liner and Gray Removable Adhesive, great for medium-term side panel vehicle graphics and smooth surface indoor floor graphics. PSA 5 mil Wall Graphics Gloss White Film with Ultra Removable Adhesive allows easy removability and edge-to-edge printing without a white border. Acquire excellent whiteness and smoothness for photographic resolution on our 200 gram Semi-Gloss Photo Paper.
CADlink Technology (Booth 2184) will feature two new software releases and custom software solutions at ISA. SignLab Version 9.1 introduces a brand new color management engine licensed from ColorLogic, a world-leader in high fidelity color printing solutions. The SignLab Print and Cut package now includes a RIP back-end that provides unmatched color accuracy and vibrancy for print and print/cut solutions. SignLab V9.1 also includes an entry-level package (SignLab CutPro) that provides complete design to cut features for vinyl cutters.
Newly released EngraveLab V9, provides engravers with a software solution that features design and production tools for both laser and rotary engraving. Also included within EngraveLab V9 is an extensive toolset for ADA production.
Product managers will also be on-hand to discuss any custom software related requests. CADlink has recently completed custom, online product fulfillment and manufacturing software solutions in the garment decorating, engraving, routing, wide-format digital printing, and signmaking markets.
Truly Lifelike 3D
Integra Technologies International (Booth 856) will be showcasing the new SoliDDD Truly Lifelike 3D— the most realistic 3Dimages ever printed that need no special glasses for viewing. The Integra-supported Mimaki JFX UV wide-format flatbed printer has been certified as the only inkjet printer qualified to print the SoliDDD patents-pending technology. Together, Integra and SoliDDD can help you produce realistic, autostereo 3D posters with far more depth and greater viewing freedom than most 3D experts thought could ever be possible. To view samples, please stop by Booth 856.
Also check out the AJet Plus, a hybrid UV inkjet with seven-color, high-definition printing capabilities and eight Konica Minolta 1024 print heads. Use it to print on media up to 2.5 inches thick and 65 inches wide. The AJet Plus comes with a roll-fed take-up mechanism so you can print on both rigid and flexible substrates. The Anderson Ajet hybrid UV inkjet printers start at under $100k, include 1-yr warranty, installation, training, and full support by qualified Integra service engineers across the US and Canada.
Sign and Display Solutions
HP (Booth 420) will exhibit its large-format sign and display solutions and debut its newest Latex solutions for the first time in the US. The 104-inch HP Designjet L28500 Printer delivers speeds up to 70 percent faster than its predecessor, while the 61-inch HP Designjet L26500 Printer addresses a variety of applications, including soft-signage. Both systems feature the new HP 792 Latex Designjet Inks, providing a consistent performance across substrates with better durability than eco-solvent inks. Ideal for high-impact point-of-purchase displays, soft signage, bus shelters and vehicle graphics, the new devices produce 1,200-dpi output for high-quality, long-lasting prints. The output also dries inside the printer, boosting productivity for double-sided print jobs and allowing immediate finishing or use.
HP will also showcase its newest UV-curable solutions, including the HP Scitex FB7600 Industrial Press with new HP FB225 Scitex Inks offering workflow improvements for increased productivity and versatility. For the high-volume market, HP will display the 16.6-foot HP Scitex XP5500 and 10.5-foot HP Scitex XP2500 Industrial Printers, printing at industry-leading speeds.
High Performance Cast Series
HEXIS USA (Booths 1980 and 1984) will be demonstrating the latest additions to the HX20000 and HX30000 High Performance Cast series.
The main feature at the show will be new multi-layered HX30000 cast vinyls with exciting surface finishes such as chrome, carbon, leather, alligator, and super-matt, all available in different colors.
The HX20000 Colored Cast Series has new additions with the Metal Night Blue, Coffee Brown, Marrakech Brown, Raspberry Pink, and Pink Candy.
Also on display will be the overhauled range of Flex films for textile marking and printing, and a new anti-microbial laminate. The vehicle wrap demos carried out by HEXIS expert installers will be on daily throughout the show.
Large-Format Digitally Printed Graphics
Gregory, Inc. (Booth 1379) is now offering its most popular large-format digitally printed graphics in a convenient wholesale Square Foot Pricing format. This new pricing format will allow our sign shop customer’s quick access to the most competitive wholesale pricing in the sign industry. Flex Face wholesale square foot pricing is now available along with decals/promotional graphics, vehicle graphics, banners, and wallpaper. As always, we look forward to the opportunity to service your digital printing needs.
GCC (Booth 914) will display its cutting plotters and laser engraving systems at ISA 2012. On this display, GCC will present the latest GCC RX series cutting plotters, available in four sizes: 61/ 101/ 132/ 183 cm. Features include:
Multi-Pressure Pinch Rollers
New Advanced One Click Driver
New Driver Interface
Touch Key Panel
Auto Cut-off function
Advanced automatic contour cutting system-AASII
Dual port (USB, serial port) connectivity
Up to 600 grams of cutting force
Cutting speed of up to 1530 mm (60 inches) per second
Can work with up to 0.8mm (0.003-inch) thick material
The RX series is the most ideal choice for high performance cutting plotters, providing users perfect cutting quality and tracking capability with the accuracy up to 10 meters.
Digital Printing Fabrics
Fisher Textiles (Booth 214) will have its newest fabrics for digital printing on hand at ISA 2012.
GF 6640 Poly Canvas, 8.4 oz/sqyd, 121 inches, is the improved version of GF 6640 Poly Linen for Dye Sub and UV printing. The new version is whiter than the original and passes NFPA 701. It has a soft cotton, linen-like feel, excellent for home furnishing, banner, and table cover applications.
1010 Element, 8.5 oz/sqyd, 60 inches, is Fisher’s newest awning fabric for Dye Sublimation and UV printing, excellent at withstanding the elements of outdoors. It can also be used for street pole banners and patio furniture. It is very sturdy, whiter and more cost effective than other awning fabrics. It produced excellent results when tested under AATCC test methods for water repellency.
GF 7110 X-Out, 6.7 oz/sqyd, 110 inches, is comparable to GF 4100 Sheeting. The base fabric is polyester with viscose/rayon flocking and compatible with UV printing. Unlike GF 4100, it can be sublimated, passes NFPA 701 and is formaldehyde free. Applications include block out liner and opaque single sided banners.
Singage Solvent Printer
Epson (Booth 1547) will showcase its new Epson SureColor S30670 64-inch solvent printer which delivers the ultimate in value to the signage, vehicle graphics, and fine art markets.
The SureColor S30670 uses the Epson MicroPiezo TFP print head which is capable of droplet sizes as small as 3.5 picoliters and has double the nozzle density of previous solvent printers. The SureColor S30670 utilizes an entirely new print engine that has been designed from the ground up using the latest manufacturing technologies and introduces several new convenient features that automate many of the time consuming processes usually associated with solvent printing, such as nozzles checks, media feed adjustments and tensioning, and complicated media and print head alignments.
The SureColor S30670 is a four-color solvent printer (CMYK) leveraging Epson’s new UltraChrome GS2 solvent-based ink technology. Similar to the UltraChrome GS ink, UltraChrome GS2 was developed exclusively by Epson and delivers virtually odorless printing without the need for external dryers, special ventilation, or air purification systems. In addition, the ink does not contain Nickel (Ni) compounds, minimizing the impact on the environment and employees.
Pre-Production and Production Software
EskoArtwork (Booth 1026) will showcase the i-cut Suite which offers companies that drive digital printers and/or digital finishing systems tools to streamline workflows with a complete, integrated solution.
i-cut Suite components include i-cut Preflight, handling efficient preflighting and editing of incoming PDF files. It also lets users make corrections working within the PDF file. i-cut Layout interactively builds and edits sheet layouts, ensuring jobs make the optimum use of the substrate. It also adds grommet marks and creates cut paths and bleeds. i-cut Vision Pro ensures that die-less cutting contours match printed images perfectly. i-cut Vision Pro registers the actual dimensions and positions on the printed result. Then, finishing is adapted to the shape of the graphics. i-cut Automate ties the i-cut Suite pieces together, automating the entire production process from design to print to cut. Users can build dynamic workflows that will automate repetitive prepress tasks, enhancing productivity, reducing operator intervention and errors, and saving valuable time, money, and materials. i-cut Automate can also be integrated with MIS, enabling automatic job creation and the submission of job parameters to the workflow.
Users with more specific requirements can easily add supplementary modules: a structural design module, a graphics preparation module, and a true shape nesting module.
Double-Sided Finishing Tape
E. L. Hatton Sales Co.(Booth 2675) will showcase the Banner Ups MegaTape, a double-sided version of PowerTape products.
MegaTape is made of the same super-strong film as PowerTape, but is adhesive coated on both sides. This provides banner makers with the strength of PowerTape and the fold-finished banner edge which some prefer in a single product.
Available in 1.5-inch widths, MegaTape is applied just like ordinary double-sided banner hem tape, but has more than triple the strength, plus it adds firmness to the banner edge for a much cleaner appearance. Banners made with
MegaTape withstood winds of over 90 MPH in wind tunnel tests. Also, MegaTape can be used to reinforce hems in two-sided banners, as the tape itself is invisible after folded into the hem.
Digital Display Solutions
DSA/Phototech LLC (Booth 636) will feature DSA/LED edge lit light boxes and Digital Display solutions which include digital cosmetics displays, LCD touch screens and pop players. We will also be showing a broad line of ultra thin LED light boxes that include Outdoor LED, LED with internal power supply, LED with fabric graphics, and large-format, high output LED displays.
Pictured is our new large-format, high output LED light box 60x120 inches with a front snap frame, external power supply, 6500K, and UL approval. DSA Phototech is the leading supplier of illuminated, digital and non-illuminated graphic presentation systems. We offer an extensive selection of LED, Digital and fluorescent illumination options, with products available in popular sizes, finishes, and extrusion styles quoted in minutes and shipped in days.
Tabletop UV LED Inkjet Printing
Direct Color Systems (Booth 1836) has made a breakthrough in UV LED inkjet printing, bringing this cutting-edge technology to a line of economical, small-format flatbed printers that are perfect for producing signage of superior quality for both interior and exterior applications.
The Direct Jet 1014UV and Direct Jet 1024UV tabletop printers produce crystal-clear, high-resolution photo-quality images and crisp text with outstanding solvent resistance and abrasion durability. Print on vinyl, plastics (including acrylic), wood, glass, ceramics, metals, and more. The printers’ opaque white ink allows users to print onto virtually any colored substrate, resulting in vibrant, bright colors with a white under base. DCS’s UV LED inks are very flexible and won’t crack or flake off, even in very flexible vinyl applications. The Direct Jet line boasts a printable area of up to 10x24 inches (254mm x 610mm) and up to a 6-inch (152mm) Z axis. These printers have options for both uni- and bi-directional print modes with resolution of up to 5760 dpi.
EFI (Booth 2302) features the new EFI R3225, VUTEk GS3250LX, Rastek T1000, and Fiery family of products.
EFI’s new printer, the R3225, is a 3.2-meter roll-to-roll, UV inkjet printer that offers superior image quality, low total cost of ownership, and access to the widest range of flexible substrates at production speed. This affordably priced printer is ideal for premium soft signage applications. Using true eight-level variable drop grayscale technology, the R3225 delivers stunning images, durability prints, and optimized ink usage. This environmentally friendly printer produces minimal VOC levels, compared to solvent-based printers, and less heat than latex, reducing owner energy costs.
The Rastek T1000 offers high definition photographic image quality on a larger flatbed vacuum table platform and is the perfect choice for traditional signage and specialty markets where CMYK plus white printing are essential at the same speed.
The fully loaded VUTEk GS3250LX is an LED-based printer that produces more jobs, extends application offerings, and lowers operating costs with cool cure technology and high productivity features. The VUTEk GS3250LX contains no VOCs, uses less consumables, produces less waste, uses less energy, and has the ability to print on recycled and other materials without warping or head strikes.
Multifuntional Cutting System
Znd America, Inc. (Booth 2358) will showcase the brand-new S3, a super-fast, lower-cost version of Znd’s successful G3 line of multifunctional flatbed cutting systems. With a direct-drive system, the S3 is built for speed. The new cutter line excels with unprecedented price/performance as well as exceptional productivity. Expect amazing throughput levels with materials such as vinyl, plastics, paper, and cardboard, without sacrificing the quality and modularity characteristic of Znd!
The S3 line features smaller, space-saving footprints and ultra-fast Z- and T-axis control for kiss-cutting, through-cutting, oscillating and rotary cutting, creasing/scoring, and even a 300W router insert. Znd Cut Center, Znd’s popular design-to-cut software suite, completes this exciting new addition to the Znd cutter family.
Remote Service Crane
Wilkie Mfg. LLC (Booth 1902) will display the recently introduced Wilkie model 52XLR remote service crane with a standard power level, power rotate two man basket with a jib winch in the basket and a main line winch that is capable of lifting 1000 to 45 feet and has a working height of 52 feet from the basket. The Wilkie model 52XLR can be mounted on a 19,500 GVW truck with a 120-inch CA with a wide range of body configurations to custom fit your application. This unit will be on display at the ISA show in the truck area or stop by the booth to discuss this or other Wilkie units, as Wilkie Mfg. LLC offers a range from 52 to 94 feet in Wilkie remote service cranes as well as the popular Wilkie model 60 service ladder.
PET Scrimless Products
Value Vinyls (Booth 236) will showcase a new line of PET scrimless products at ISA 2012. Rio PET Sign Media has an extremely smooth matte finish that is compatible with screen printing, digital printing, and pressure sensitive lettering. This material is intended for long-term indoor and short-term outdoor display usage and engineered to provide low-curl and vibrant prints when producing hemless signs.
Rio PET 16 oz Opaque Ultra Smooth can be printed on one or two sides and is the only Latex Ink Compatible PET material available that is high heat tolerant. Possible widths up to 126 inches.
Rio PET 13 oz Backlit can be printed on one side and is engineered to provide a high quality and vibrant print when back lit. Possible widths up to 126 inches.
Rio PET 13 oz Grey Back can be printed on one side and features a grey back to minimize image show through. Possible widths up to 126 inches.
Magnetic Graphic Display System
Visual Magnetics’ (Booth 2846) Graphic System, which will be displayed at ISA 2012, matches magnetic-receptive technologies with the highest quality print media, enabling the creation of high-quality signage and graphics that can be applied to virtually any surface, incorporated into frames and fixtures, or simply mounted directly to a wall. Visual Magnetics’ MagnaMedia is so thin that when combined with the properties of the InvisiLock magnet, it is possible to create multi-layer graphics to update images instantly for specific promotions, without the use of frames, fasteners, or adhesives.
The company will also be displaying its new MagnaMedia Digital Fabrics Collection, which includes VM-Canvas 22 and VM-Bamboo17.
Ultraflex (Booth 2314) will introduce several new products at ISA 2012 in their golf-themed booth. Pole Banner Pro 18 oz. is a fire-rated, heavy-duty blockout banner material for indoor and outdoor two-sided applications such as pole banners and event signage. MultiTex C220 is a 6.5 oz multi-purpose canvas made from 100 percent polyester spun yarn. It is a great economical choice for fine art reproduction, indoor displays, wall murals, and other art décor applications. It can be stretched and framed and comes in widths ranging from 39 to 122 inches. Billboard 520' Eclipse is a 7 oz. black-backed substrate for billboard applications. Its 520-foot length increases a print facility’s production and efficiency by reducing the amount of time changing out material. Billboard 520' Eclipse is solvent and UV printable and comes in 193-inch widths. FloorFlex is a printable floor vinyl that is suitable for Latex and UV printers. It is engineered with a non-slip Latex backing and is ideal for indoor use, but may be used outdoors for short-durations.
Top Value Fabrics (Booth 1263) will be showcasing its new PET BLOCKOUT, available in 13 oz. and 15 oz. weights. We are also presenting our new line of specialty Premium Textiles, which includes our 9 oz. Blockout With Silver Back, 4 oz. PVC-Free Fabric, and our 4 oz. PVC-Free Repositionable Self-Adhesive Wall Covering.
As a supplier of printable banner and fabric solutions, Top Value Fabrics offers a complete line of digital, screen, and dye sublimation print media for indoor and outdoor use in addition to our lines of Industrial and Printable Activewear Fabrics.
We supply a wide selection of laminated or coated Frontlit, Blockout, PET, Water-Based, Direct-For-Print, Mesh, and Dye Sublimation Fabrics. Our materials are compatible with printers using UV, Screen, Solvent, Latex, and Eco-Solvent ink. Top Value Fabrics offers standard and custom widths from 38 to 197 inches in both white and colors, manufactured to our specifications.
Fully Flexible Display
Mark Bric Display Corp. (Booths 142, 242) will feature the ISOframe Wave at ISA 2012. Each section of the Wave is fully flexible. Every panel section is 31.5 inches wide—perfect for Lambda prints and the output from any and all digital inkjet printers of 36 inches wide or larger. Graphics attach easily and align perfectly with a new mechanical/magnetic mounting system.
The fully flexible ISOframe Wave adapts to any space, any shape challenges, any obstructions without missing a beat. Even a small 8-foot wide, three-section Wave can be flexed into a full circle display if desired, or used to form a perfect backwall for your next exhibit opportunity. Bring in more sections to fill a space of any size required. Attach tables, monitors, and spotlights for maximum adaptability.
SID Signs (Booth 2626) will feature the new SID Triton S 250 98-inch Eco-Solvent Printer at the ISA Show in Orlando.
The S 250 is the newest addition to the popular SID Triton Series. The S 250 features two Epson DX5 print heads, producing impressive print speeds up to 430 sqft/hr—more than twice as fast as the current SID Triton 180 and 210 models. The new SID Triton S 250 has a maximum printing width of 98 inches, a cost-saving bulk ink supply system, and a user-friendly display panel. A PhotoPRINT DX 10.5 RIP solution is included with all SID Triton Series printers.
The pre, platen, and post heating system ensures print quality and quick drying, while the balanced automatic media take-up system is flexible and user-friendly. The height adjustable printer carriage enables printing on substrates such as foam board and PVC. Optional printer tables enable quick conversion from roll to flatbed printing.
The SID Triton S 250 printer is a valuable addition to our printer lineup. Its powerful combination of speed, affordability, and dependability place the SID Triton S 250 at the forefront of viable solutions for the outdoor sign market.
HAPs-FREE Ink Printer
The new ColorPainter W series wide-format printers from Seiko Instuments USA (Booth 1371) offer two high-performance ink sets: GX low solvent ink for maximum outdoor durability, and IX HAPs-FREE low odor inks for better employee health. ColorPainter W series printers deliver rich gloss colors on PVC, banner, backlit films, canvas, fabrics at the fastest speeds in the industry—quality prints at up to 191 sfph. Available in 64- or 54-inch widths. Looking for a printer built for a professional sign shop, not a desktop publisher? Look no further than the Seiko I Infotech ColorPainter W series printers, available exclusively from Seiko Instruments USA. Better colors, better images, better long-term value.
Print Production Software
PixelBlaster is the latest offering from SAi’s (Booth 1936) growing line of professional software solutions. This revolutionary new software offers standardized printing across multi-printing device environments. PixelBlaster ensures each printer automatically generates exactly the same predictable and reproducible output quality and color—regardless of the brand of hardware, inks, or substrates used. PixelBlaster is also designed to reduce bottlenecks, streamline your workflow, and increase profitability.
Consider the NEW EnRoute 5 your shop’s Swiss Army knife that helps drive new business. At the ready to make you money, EnRoute Software is specifically designed for use with your three-axis CNC machine. EnRoute tools are developed to help save design time and cut time, increasing your shop’s productivity.
Released as a free update in January, Flexi 10.5 features a brand new PDF RIP engine that uses cutting edge technology to process jobs. We’ve also amended a color management issue (resulting in better color), added Pantone Plus libraries, improved the nesting algorithm to save even more media, and enhanced program stability.
After Market Performance Upgrades
PrinterEvolution (Booth 2192) will demonstrate its after market performance upgrades for grand-format printers. These unprecedented upgrades are designed to take a quality chassis and bring it to specs that outperform the most expensive industrial printers on the market today, for less than $200,000. Now business owners can leverage their original investment and at the same time be truly “green” by recycling their old printers and using a choice of ink options, all of which are greener than the original inks being used in their current printer. PrinterEvolution products are distributed exclusively in the US by Global Imaging.
PrinterEvolution products include
Evo33 Printer (can be configured with AquaSub33 water-based dye sublimation ink or LoSol33 bio-solvent ink)
Evo33-U aftermaket kit for existing VUTEk 3360 chassis (can be configured with AquaSub33 water-based dye sublimation ink or LoSol33 bio-solvent ink)
AquaSub33 water-based dye sublimation ink
LoSol33 bio-solvent ink
Hybrid UV-LED Inkjet Printer
At ISA, Roland (Booth 2072) is featuring VersaUV LED printers, featuring CMYK, white, and clear inks for premium varnishing and embossing effects. Roland’s hybrid flatbed model, the 64-inch VersaUV LEJ-640, prints on substrates up to a half-inch thick for signage, POP, packaging prototypes and more. The 12-inch VersaUV LEF-12 flatbed printer prints directly on three-dimensional objects up to 3.94 inches thick for customized awards, accessories, promotional items, and consumer products.
Stop by to see the VersaStudio BN-20 inkjet printer/cutter, the company’s most compact and affordable desktop device for producing labels, decals, signs, POP, and apparel heat transfers with stunning metallic effects.
Other featured products include the VersaUV and VersaCAMM VS wide-format inkjet printer/cutters, as well as the VersaArt printer, GX cutters, and EGX engravers. Live presentations and vehicle wrap demonstrations daily.
Grand-Format Polycarbonate Media
Palram (Booth 1052) has announced additional coil width capacity in the United States with its new polycarbonate line. Pamram now has the ability to produce PALSUN coils up to 104 inches wide. Also, PALSUN SG and PALSUN CS are UL listed and have been added to the SAM manual. Other products include; PALCLEAR, a clear PVC monolithic sheet with water-clear clarity, PALOPAQUE, a flat solid PVC sheet, easy-to-fabricate and form, and perfect for durable signage, and the PALIGHT family of products. They include PALIGHT Premium, a bright white, smooth, foamed PVC substrate for optimal printing quality; PALIGHT EPS, an economical foamed PVC substrate option; and PALIGHT Outdoor, foamed PVC with an industry-first 25-year warranty, is created to withstand the great outdoors.
Vehicle Wrap Media
Oracal USA (Booth 1672) will showcase the ORAJET Series 3751RA Wrapping Cast with RapidAir Technology. This 2.25-mil cast film features a low initial tack, repositionable adhesive and an advanced air release system for impressive performance over difficult curves, corrugations, and rivets.
And if that wasn’t enough, Series 3751RA offers exceptional print quality, producing vivid, life-like prints with an eight-year outdoor durability. For outstanding extended protection of your graphics, use ORAGUARD Series 290, 290F, or 293 laminating films.
UV Flatbed Printer
Océ North America (824) will showcase the new Océ Arizona 318 GL UV flatbed printer that delivers the highest quality printing and predictable productivity without compromise at ISA 2012. The Océ Arizona 318 GL printer delivers quality printing on the same robust platform as the Océ Arizona 360 GT printer at a price positioned for low-volume production environments, while delivering the same application versatility. The Océ Arizona 318 GL printer is ideal for sign makers, smaller print providers, reprographers, and other graphics producers that need true flatbed quality and capability but cannot afford a large capital investment. With the Océ Arizona 318 GL printer, print providers can produce sellable output with print speeds of up to 194 square feet per hour in Express Mode. A factory-installed White Ink Option is available, and a Roll Media Option is also available for printing on flexible media. Now you don’t need to settle for a hybrid printer when you can own the true flatbed capability of an Océ Arizona 318 GL printer.
Wide-Format Workflow Software
ONYX Graphics will showcase its new ONYX Thrive workflow software, the only true end-to-end PDF workflow product for large-format digital printers, based on Adobe PDF Print Engine technologies at ISA 2012. ONYX Thrive software is designed for all sizes of service providers that want to invest in workflow software to manage their print production. Print service providers can feel confident about investing in workflow software that fits the way their shops work today, with the peace of mind that comes with the ability to scale their ONYX Thrive software as business grows. The SmartApps family of Adobe plug-ins include products that help companies work smarter by giving them the job preparation tools they need. The new SmartApps VehicleWraps plug-in for Adobe Illustrator software is for designing print-ready vehicle wraps. The SmartApps PitStop Pro plug-in easily preflights PDF files and delivers print-ready digital master PDFs to your workflow from within Adobe Acrobat software.
Hybrid Inkjet Printer
Novus Imaging’s (Booth 2392) Synergia H/UV is a patent-pending 3.2 meter, combination flatbed and roll-to-roll printer for the ultimate in flexibility. It delivers speeds of up to 2,000 square feet per hour of high quality, sellable output. The Synergia H/UV is a full grayscale device that prints exceptional photorealistic quality and flawless continuous tone printing with its 10-30pL variable drop technology. It also has a patent-pending belt design that combines enhanced material handling, increased vacuum, and improved step accuracy. The Synergia H/UV printer boasts brighter, more vibrant colors than other UV solutions on the market and, because of the way the ink is applied to the substrate in micro-thin layers, the amount of energy required is also significantly reduced, making it comparable to UV LED technology. All of these things synergistically contribute to its superior print quality. Additionally, the Synergia H/UV is the only printer in the industry backed by a three-year manufacturer’s warranty. The Novus Imaging Synergia H/UV brings together quality, productivity, customer support, and eco-friendliness to provide the best grand-format printing alternative for our customers. Novus Imaging plans to launch the Synergia H/AQ version later this year which utilizes its new aqueous-based ink known as AquEpoxy.
Mutoh (Booth 1662) will showcase the new ValueJet 1638 high speed production printer. With its built in Intelligent Interweave technology, VMS (ValueJet Status Monitor) for remote diagnostics, ColorVerify process control capability, and optional SpectroVue-10 spectrophotometer, Mutoh and the new 1638 printer are the smart choice.
Increase your productivity today with the new ValueJet 1638-64" high speed printer from Mutoh. With its new staggered dual-head print technology, you can now print the jobs of multiple printers using just one ValueJet 1638.
The 1638 is a four-color (CMYK) eco-solvent printer that produces beautiful, brilliant prints up to 500 square feet per hour. Print durable graphics on coated and uncoated substrates up to 64 inches wide to produce posters, banners, backlit display panels, directional signage, POP displays, floor graphics, vehicle graphics, and decals.
All ValueJets are built with Mutoh’s Intelligent Interweave (i2;) print technique, which lays down ink in a wave pattern, eliminating banding!
Equip the 1638 with Mutoh’s SpectroVue VM-10 spectrophotometer for fast, simple, and accurate color measuring. With the addition of the SpectroVue you can add process control to your workflow and produce consistent color prints every time with the free on-board ColorVerify system.
Dye Sublimation Printing System
Nazdar SourceOne (Booth 2414) will feature the new Nazdar SourceOne dye sublimation printing system. This all new system features Nazdar LysonTX650 dye sublimation inks and a customized wide-format printing solution that offers premium quality at high speeds.
Nazdar Lyson TS650 dye sublimation transfer inks offer exceptional brightness, color consistency, and outline definition; creating prints with outstanding durability and longevity. TX650 inks are designed for transfer applications and compatible with all leading paper manufacturers.
Bright Vibrant Colors
Superior Fastness Properties
Excellent Transfer Definition
Wide - Vivid Color Gamut
Long Shelf Life
Industry Leading Warranty
Excellent Outline Definition
The system is completed with your choice of a customized wide-format printer from leading manufacturer Roland. Select from the RS and FP series printers which are modified with a custom bulk ink system to maximize productivity and TX650 performance. The system is completed with both an integrated dryer and take-up system.
Width: 54 to 104 inches
Maximum Speed: 548 sq/ft an hour
Maximum Resolution: 720x720 dpi
OEM Alternative Inks
Nazdar (Booth 2414) Lyson 7470 Series Inks are a true alternative to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) ink sets for use in the Inca Eagle, Columbia, and Spyder models; Agfa/Gandi 1224 and 3150; Annapurna M and XL; Chromaprint 22UV; and L&P Virtu 36 UV Flatbed printers. The 7470 Series offers expanded substrate compatibility and improved adhesion over the OEM inks.
Lyson 7400 series offers expanded color gamut to the current OEM ink set, so profiling will maximize your available colors. Unattended printing is safe and reliable with our no clog, fast curing formula. Our outdoor performance matches that of the OEM ink and, as with all Lyson branded solutions, you will realize substantial cost savings over the OEM product.
Lyson 7470 Series Digital Imaging Inks are designed for superior performance on standard POP materials. Primary uses of this product are for POP displays, durable graphics, and billboard banners where flexibility and adhesion are of primary importance. Typical substrates are polypropylene, styrene, Sintra, Dibond, and foamboard.