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If you want to take your sign business to the next level in 2013, then you probably already have your bags packed and ready to go to the ISA International Sign Expo in Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Convention Center (April 3-6, 2013). With more than 550 exhibitors and 18,000 colleagues under one roof, you will find the ideas and products that will make an immediate impact on your business.

For the first time ever, ISA International Sign Expo 2013’s exhibit space has topped 200,000 square feet—also marking the first time in the event’s history that it has been completely sold out. The previous record holder was the 2008 expo in Orlando with 199,900 square feet.

“This milestone proves that there is no better place to explore the diversity of the on-premise sign industry than at ISA International Expo 2013,” said Lori Anderson, president and CEO of the International Sign Association. “Every inch of the floor will be filled with the latest ways to grow business and I can’t wait to hear how sign industry professionals take advantage of information provided by the many exhibitors.”

In addition to the size of the exhibit space, Expo 2013 will feature the Dynamic Digital Park, which will showcase the latest in digital signage, with Samsung Electronics America, Daktronics, Inc., Almo Professional A/V, and Stratacache among the companies exhibiting. In addition, the Park features an opening reception at 4 pm Thursday, April 4.

Additionally, dozens of exhibitors will be hosting receptions or meeting during the expo.

“International Sign Expo always offers important opportunities to build or enhance relationships with other sign professionals and important vendors,” said Anderson. “By offering these receptions and meeting during expo, these exhibitors are providing yet another important networking option.”

Those scheduled to host receptions or events during Expo are: 3M Center; Accent Signage Solutions; Daktronics, Inc.; Denco Sales; GE Lighting; Grimco; KeyedIn Solutions; Matthews Paint; Mimaki USA, Inc.; Mutoh America, Inc.; National Association of Sign Supply Distributors (NASSD); Top Value Fabrics; Universal Lighting Technologies; and World Sign Associates.

 

Special Focus: Digital Signage

Wednesday, April 3—also known as Dynamic Digital Signage Day—will be dedicated to education on dynamic digital signage and how it’s revolutionizing the signage marketplace. These sessions are designed with the custom sign company in mind, and provide insights on how to add this new technology to a shop’s current business model.

Separate registration is required for this educational opportunity.

On the show floor, the Dynamic Digital Park will be the destination for attendees to find the latest digital signage solutions. This section of the exhibit hall will provide attendees with a one-stop-shopping experience. From custom sign companies, looking to add value to their business, to technology providers interested in finding new partners for their products, Dynamic Digital Signage Day and the Dynamic Digital Park will provide critical learning and networking opportunities for attendees.

 

Showstoppers

As is true every year, the trade show floor will be bursting with new products. Here is a selection of must-see new products that will be on display. (Listed in booth order.)

Mark Bric Display (Booths 311, 313)

Mark Bric Display’s ISOframe Wave is the world’s first fully flexible portable display and is sure to get the attention of your customers or prospects. It can be flexed 180° at every point due to the Flexi-wave link. It also features no tool assembly, with simple breakdown and compact transportation.

 

Caldera (Booth 913)

The PrintBoard plug-in displays information such as the daily square meter production rate, the rate per printing device, the percentage of production per printer and per type of printer, and the number of errors per day, alongside the sequence of jobs for each device. This allows for an at-a-glance overview of the workload and makes it easy for production managers to order jobs for optimum efficiency and productivity.

 

Seiko Instruments USA (Booth 1212)

Seiko Instruments will be featuring its new Jetrix 1212FK flatbed UV printer, with the industry’s fastest high resolution print speeds and lowest ink costs. It produces true 1440x720 dpi printing resolution with CMYK and white colors. The Konica 1024 industrial piezo inkjet printheads allow the printer to achieve printing speeds of 284 sqft/hr.

 

Zund America, Inc. (Booth 1315)

Zund is introducing Znd Cut Center 2.0. Features include: a production time calculator/estimator to facilitate production planning; automatic cut path/start point optimization; automatic overcut compensation based on blade geometry and material thickness; batch processing for extended production runs with email notification for required operator interventions.

 

Teckwin International (Booth 1321)

Teckwin International and Digital Graphics Systems will be demonstrating the TS-300, 8x4-foot fixed flatbed UV printer that operates at 480 square feet per hour, six colors plus white, and a 72-inch roll-to-roll feature at ISA.

 

Fujifilm North America (Booth 1512)

The Acuity Advance Select 8 UV flatbed inkjet printer delivers all of the market leading image quality, performance and reliability benefits of the Acuity Advance series. In addition, the Select 8 offers increased flexibility with a wider selection of color options. Its eight channels offer extended color, white, and clear ink options.

 

Durst Imaging Technology (Booth 1515)

The Durst Rho P10 320R UV printer sets a new standard for production level machines. Productivity of up to 1,650 sqft/hr is enhanced by its ability to print two 5-foot rolls of media side by side, using individual print queues. The 10.5 foot-wide printer delivers sharp, clear image detail and text, and precise color matching to produce “fine art” quality output.

 

Polytype America (Booth 1726)

Polytype will be exhibiting the 3.2 Meter swissQprint Nyala, the only UV flatbed printer featuring six colors/varnish/white and spot colors, roll-to-roll printing, oversized board capability, tandem printing for maximum productivity and many more features.

 

Bordeaux Digital Printink (Booth 1918)

Bordeaux Digital Printink has launched a bulk ink solution for Epson Stylus Pro GS6000. The solution uses Bordeaux Mix & Match Eco Solvent ink and includes a fully automated chip emulator system that can replace original Epson chips. The product is branded InkonDemand.com and sold via Bordeaux’s distribution channels.

 

Mutoh America (Booth 2111)

The new ValueJet 2638 104-inch seven color capable inkjet printer prints up to a 1,168 sqft/hr, making it Mutoh’s fastest ValueJet yet. Optional one liter ink bags are available for high production environments, saving the user up to 27 percent on overall ink costs. The VJ2638 provides outstanding performance at a competitive price.

 

GBC (Booth 2315)

GBC will debut the new Spire line thermal and PSA wide-format laminators. From a 54-inch entry-level cold only model to a 64-inch dual heat thermal machine, experience a range of solutions to produce even the most challenging indoor and outdoor applications.

 

Epson Americas (Booth 2505)

The Epson SureColor F-Series printers are the first roll-fed dye-sublimation printers from Epson. Both the 44-inch SureColor F6070 and 64-inch SureColor F7070 support an extensive range of applications. The SureColor F-Series leverage a newly optimized Epson MicroPiezo TFP print head and specially formulated Epson UltraChrome DS ink with 1.5 liter bulk ink system.

 

Master Magnetics (Booth 2714)

FlexIRON Sheeting is a magnetically receptive material that attracts all types of low profile magnets, including flexible magnetic sheeting and strip, ceramic and neodymium magnets. It is now available in 48-inch wide rolls.

 

MACtac (Booth 2811)

MACtac Graphic Products has introduced MACmark Tuning Films. These films are designed for complete or partial vehicle wraps, interior vehicle trim, laptops, game consoles, cell phones, and more. The film faces are 6.9-mil cadmium-free polymeric vinyl and are available in five carbon fiber colors including black, white, silver, gold, and graphite plus matte white and matte black.

 

Foster Keencut (Booth 3343)

Foster Keencut’s new On-A-Roll Lifter provides the muscle to maneuver heavy media rolls by a single person—and without the risk of back injury. The Lifter’s sturdy steel construction allows the lifting and transport of media up to 440 pounds and up to 16.4 feet wide.

 

Canon Solutions America (Booth 3353)

New to ISA this year is the Océ Arizona 480 GT UV flatbed printer. This model features eight independent ink channels with support for varnish or double-opacity white ink printing, including additional cyan and magenta channels for higher print quality at faster speeds. The flatbed table includes six vacuum zones that have been configured to match the majority of standard-sized graphic arts media to reduce or eliminate manual masking.

 

Roland DGA (Booth 3511)

Roland will launch its newest “out of this world” innovation in high-speed digital printing technology, the SOLJET XF. Featured in Roland’s ISA exhibit, the XF joins the rest of Roland’s portfolio of printers, printer/cutters, and other production tools for sign businesses.

 

Ultraflex (Booth 3521)

Ultraflex’s SuperSmooth PET GreyBack, a non-curling front-lit banner with a grey back for opacity and super-smooth print surface. It is available from 38 to 126 inches wide.

 

Magnum Magnetics (Booth 3558)

Magnum Magnetics’ MuscleMag is specially formulated to be very thin to allow for smooth feeding and easy cutting, while having stronger holding power than a refrigerator magnet.

 

Asphalt Art USA (Booth 3701)

Asphalt Art USA will introduce TexWalk fully repositionable textured, non-slip media. It is compatible with solvent, UV, and latex printers.

 

Continental Grafix USA (Both 3701)

Continental Grafix USA’s 80/20 Window Perf is available in panoRama 1520 self-adhesive and panoRama Film non-adhesive for inside mount with panoRama Tape. The print liners are engineered for latex, UV-curable, and solvent. It is also available in 50/50, 60/40, and 70/30.

 

Kernow Coatings (Booth 3701)

Kernow Coatings’ 205STLR 8mil Satin Textured LightBlock contains 30 percent post-consumer recycled bottles in the polyester base at the same cost as other polyester films.

 

ATP Adhesive Systems (Booth 3701)

ATP Adhesive Systems will introduce BANNERBOND, “the strongest connection” permanent acrylic adhesive for vinyl banners and PVC coated textiles. Available in 1-, 1.5-, and 2-inch-wide rolls.

 

EFI (Booth 3721)

The EFI VUTEk QS2 Pro is a two-meter, production-level UV printer. It offers image quality up to 1000 dpi, six colors, and three-layer white ink print capability. It prints on rigid, sheet, and flexible media up to 80 inches wide and up to two inches thick.

 

Herculite Products Inc. (Booth 3748)

Herculite’s Bantex Curl Free 13 Ounce banner fabric is made in the USA and certified to the NFPA 701 flame standard.

 

Esko (Booth 3759)

The Esko Kongsberg XN is available in sizes up to 87x258 inches. Five tool heads and a full assortment of insert tools guarantee versatility, configured for the widest range of applications: from kiss-cutting to heavy-duty milling.

 

Sihl USA (Booth 3815)

Sihl Permovable is a 2 mil, NON PVC, pressure sensitive film developed for use on walls, sidewalks, and other unsealed outdoor surfaces for short term event promotion. Sihl Permovable films exceed the coefficient of friction requirements under ASTM C-1028 testing.

 

Neschen Americas (Booth 3915)

The SEAL 65 EL is a cold roll laminator designed for new users. Its durable uniframe construction requires no assembly and minimal maintenance. It is ideal for mounting and laminating pressure sensitive graphics up to 65 inches wide.

 

ONYX Graphics (Booth 3949)

ONYX Thrive production workflow software is an end-to-end PDF workflow product for wide-format digital printers based on Adobe PDF Print Engine technologies. It manages the print production workflow process offering PSPs accurate, predictable, high quality printing results, and reducing costly errors.

 

Clear Focus (Booth 3951)

Clear Focus PromoVue is a value-priced perforated window graphics film having a 60/40 perforation pattern, 1.6-mm holes and a clear removable adhesive. The film is compatible with solvent, eco-solvent, UV-cure, latex, screen printing and other print technologies.

MultiCam (Booth 3953)

The MultiCam Digital Express uses digital registration with routing and knife cutting on a sheet-fed cutting platform to register, route, and knife-cut at high speeds for digital finishing. The three axes are capable of moving simultaneously, which allows for 3D cutting.

 

3M Commerical Graphics (Booth 4113)

3M Envision Translucent and Diffuser Films optimize LED light. These films allow users to achieve the same level of brightness with fewer LEDs so you can use fewer light sources and less energy. Available in several standard colors, custom colors, and as an inkjet printable film, 3M Envision Translucent and Diffuser Films offer an increased number of construction options.

 

AGL (Booth 4126)

AGL, Inc. will showcase its new Print-Smart Digital Print Media line of aqueous and solvent compatible media. This line includes Litebloc and Backlit medias, Premium Photo Satin Paper, and a Printable Polypropylene film.

 

Agfa Graphics (Booth 4253)

Agfa Graphics will demonstrate several UV inkjet printing systems, including the :Anapurna M2540FB, an entry-level, flatbed system, specifically designed for printing on rigid substrates. The quick-change vacuum bed technology is divided into dual zones, allowing printing on different-sized media without taping off the whole bed.

 

Mimaki (Booth 4515)

Mimaki’s new UJV500-160 is the latest in UV LED roll-to-roll printing technology. It’s capable of printing 645 sqft/hr while producing high quality images, as well as 258 sqft/hr when using white ink. The maximum printing width is 63 inches. It uses Mimaki’s LUS-200 UV ink which can stretch up to 200 percent after curing.

 

HP (Booth 4357)

The HP Scitex FB7600 Industrial Press delivers fast printing speeds, optional automatic or multi-sheet loading and high-quality results across a range of applications. HP FB225 Scitex Inks are GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certified and color inks meet AgBB criteria. The HP Scitex FB7500/FB7600 White Ink Kit lets customers add white to process colors and produce high opacity white prints on clear or colored materials without switching inks.

 

Verseidag seemee US (Booth 4551)

3P Value Premium Backlit was developed for LED lightbox and backlit applications using direct or transfer dye sublimation print outputs. Its premium treatment, tight weave and wrinkle, crease resistant yarn, make this product a perfect solution for high-end interior applications.

 

Hexis USA (Booth 4738)

Hexis USA will showcase the new FLEX marking films (color and digital) for heat transfer on textiles and the upgraded line of textured cast films for wrapping applications with long durabilities (up to 10 years).

 

Miller Weldmaster (Booth 4763)

The Miller Weldmaster Impulse Extreme 3.0 has been enhanced with a fully automatic folding function. The automatic folding function increases productivity by eliminating operator set up time prior to welding. The folding bar creates the precise fold for a perfect weld every time.

 

Fisher Textiles (Booth 4844)

GF 9766 Poly Cube (FR) for dye sub printing allows users to create customized office environments. It is 6.6 oz/sqyd and 118 inches wide. This bright white woven fabric is flame retardant and passes NFPA 701.

 

Top Value Fabrics (Booth 4964)

Top Value Fabrics is featuring 15 oz. Double Sided PET Blockout Banner at ISA. This Anti-Curl material is engineered to achieve 100 percent opacity to blockout images on the reverse side or image washout due to lighting behind the sign.

 

Value Vinyls (Booth 4966)

Value Vinyls’ Rio 18-ounce Opaque Matte can be used for printing on one or two sides. It is compatible with screen printing, digital printing, and pressure-sensitive lettering.

 

CET (Booth 5764)

CET Color will unveil a 5x10-foot UV flatbed printer capable of producing astonishing print quality at speeds up to 700 sqft/hr using a seven-level grayscale printhead and variable dot technology with a minimum dot size of 3.5 pl.

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