Green Surface Technologies and Sihl Digital Imaging launched Permovable outdoor graphic film. It is a self-adhesive, digitally printable graphic media for use outdoors on rough, porous surfaces. It can be printed on commonly used large-format digital printers. It is easily installed without need for special tools or surface preparation. It meets the anti-slip standards for outdoor walkways, and requires no over-laminate. Permovable is “vinyl-free”.
9. Zund Cut Center 2.0
The first major new release since ZCC was launched in 2010 includes these new features: a production time calculator/estimator to facilitate production planning; automatic cut path/start point optimization for the least-possible amount of non-cutting movements; automatic overcut compensation based on blade geometry and material thickness; batch processing for extended production runs with email notification for required operator interventions. ZCC 2.0 is now being delivered with all new Zünd G3 and S3 cutting systems and is also available as upgrade to existing ZCC installations.
10. swissQprint Nyala flatbed
Polytype America Corp. showcased its nine ink, swissQprint Nyala flatbed, UV-cure printer that features a 10.5 x 5.25-foot bed and comprises the same platform as SwissQprint’s Oryx and Impala flatbeds, but with a larger chassis. It features Konica Minolta’s 1024 (variable, 4 to 42 pL) printheads that can be arrayed with up to 18 printheads of standard CMYK; multiple sets of CMYK; plus white, light cyan, light magenta, gray, orange, violet ink, or primer or varnish. Resolution is 720x360 dpi to 900x720 dpi and images at speeds up to 1,504 sqft/hr—or 2,148 sqft/hr with its quadruple CMYK configuration.
Skin & Win Printer Wrap Design Award Winner
Mutoh America, Inc. announced (along with The Bad Wrap and MyPrintResource.com) the winner of the Skin & Win printer wrap design contest: Jacob Lechuga of SmartWrap in Phoenix, AZ for his winning design named “Mutoh Cruiser.” His wrapped printer was also featured in the booth at ISA Sign Expo.
"When The Mutoh Skin & Win contest came about, I was somewhat apprehensive about it because the printer is so uniquely shaped it’s a real challenge to design around. I started thinking about what we use our ValueJet 1624 for, which is specifically for printing vehicle wraps, so I turned the printer into a car! I've always been a fan of classic cars. The front of the Mutoh printer looks like a car grill, so I went with a Chevy Bel Air look.
“I love working with vehicle graphics and really enjoy the satisfaction the clients express when they drive away with a SmartWrap design. It’s a tangible accomplishment, and very rewarding when you see something that you created printed and wrapped. Printing on our Mutoh ValueJet makes it that much easier and more attractive."
Top Product Award Winners
At the opening of the 2013 ISA Sign Expo, Wide-Format Imaging also had the opportunity to honor several exhibitors with the 2013 Readers' Choice Top Product Awards. For more information about the products receiving this honor, be sure to check out the article on the 2013 Top Product winners. Winners highlighted in the pictures include:
- Bill Ehrich & James Walters of Canon USA
- HP received 7 WFI Top Product Awards; accepted by Ed McCarthy, Large-Format Marketing Manager
- Angela Mohni and Ernie Brodbeck from Neschen Americas
- Jim Luttrell, X-Rite/Pantone
- Caldera President and CEO Joseph Mergui and Sebastien Hanssens, VP Marketing
- Reed Hecht, product manager at Epson America
- Reto Woodtli, GM at Zund America
- Steve Blanken from Contex
- Tim Boxeth and Chad Klostermann of 3M Commercial Graphics
- Paul McGovern, national sales manager of Mimaki USA
- Brandon Wyatt, 3A Composites
Be sure to mark your calendars for next year's Expo--April 24-26, 2014 in Orlando.