Great Ideas are Waiting in Orlando

The sign and graphics industry is making unprecedented advances in products and technology that are changing how people engage and interact with signage. Are you prepared for these changes? A good place to start to explore these changes is at the 2014 ISA International Sign Expo in Orlando, FL, April 23-26. Since the show’s debut in 1947, ISA International Sign Expo has been breaking records in exhibit sales and attendance, growing from a few hundred booths to more than 1,800 representing 500 companies and serving an audience of 17,000 attendees.

Education is a key part of the Expo, and whether you’re new to the sign industry or a seasoned industry pro, the ISA Sign Academy sessions cover a variety of topics and skill levels, and will provide attendees with critical insights into trends, technology, best practices, and more. The Dynamic Digital Signage programs at ISA Sign Expo 2014 will connect attendees to the information, technology, and people they need to be successful in this growing market. The Dynamic Digital Signage Park on the ISA Sign Expo show floor will be THE destination for attendees to find the latest dynamic digital signage solutions. This section of the exhibit hall will provide access to a one-stop-shopping experience.

For ISA International Sign Expo 2014, ISA has added a brand new INKJet Print Theater in partnership with GRAPH EXPO to the trade show floor. This is a hands-on solutions center where attendees will be able to see printers in action, participate in free education sessions tailored to solve daily issues, and see the solutions to problems.

Below is a schedule of the sessions to be held in the INKJet Print Theater (current as of March 4, 2014):

Thursday, April 24, 2014

How to Achieve 80% Profit Margins Using Direct to Garment Printers

Company: AnaJet LLC

Speaker: Chuck Northcutt, DTG Ready and Creative Promotions; Joe Longtin, AnaJet LLC

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Grow Your Business with the Magic of On-Demand Personalization

Company: Roland DGA

Speaker: Hiroshi Ono, Group Product Manager, Roland DGA Corp.

Time: 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Color Control Myths & Mysteries: Leveraging G7 Calibration for Process Control

Company: Mutoh

Speaker: Chris Brown, Mutoh America, Inc.; Jim Raffel with ColorMetrix

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

UV-LED – New Digital Printing Possibilities

Company: Mankind Digital

Speaker: Shawn Liu, Director of Digital Technologies, Mankind Digital UV-LED Printers

Time: 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Making the Move to Textiles (Fabric, Finishing, Dye Sublimation)

Company: Global Imaging

Speaker: Greg Lamb, CEO, Global Imaging Inc.

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Product Highlights

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

Elliott, Booth C5 (Truck Area)

Since 1948, Elliott has manufactured industry-leading material handling aerials. This year at ISA, Elliott will showcase HiReach aerial solutions for the sign business including the L60 HiReach. The L60 HiReach model is the mainstay of the sign industry featuring a 62-foot working height, 5,900 pound main winch, 500 pound platform capacity, 500-pound jib capacity, all mounted on a non-CDL 4x2 truck. During the show, Elliott will showcase L60 product advancements including a new 40x60-inch platform, intelligent short-jacking system option, and a wide range of improvements to the hydraulic and electrical system to simplify maintenance and improve control responsiveness.

Zünd, Booth 217

Zünd is adding a new, ultra high-performance electric oscillating tool to its arsenal of cutting/routing options: The air-cooled EOT250 has an extended, 2.5mm stroke and oscillates at very high frequencies. These characteristics make it the perfect tool for processing a wide range of thick, tough, multilayered/cored materials at full speed. This tool is compatible with a wide range of Zünd oscillating blades. Additionally, the Zünd Tandem Vacuum is a highly productive, semi-automated “pendulum” workflow. It allows for loading/unloading boards and sheeted material on alternating sides of the machine, while cutting/processing continues without interruption.

3M Commercial Graphics, Booth 220

3M Scotchcal Perforated Window Film IJ67 is a removable film for short-term promotional first surface window applications. The 5.9 mil vinyl film has a pressure-sensitive adhesive and a 40 percent die-perforated pattern, allowing a full image to be seen on the outside of a window, while allowing viewing through retail and non-regulated vehicle windows from the inside. Film IJ67 gives graphic manufacturers a solution for interior/exterior window or divider applications. It comes with a polycoated paper release liner backed with a continuous paper layer, enabling easier registration on UV, solvent and latex digital printing platforms and screen printing equipment.

D&K Group, Booth 272

D&K Group is launching the new EXP 55 wide-format laminator. The EXP 55 is designed for applications including mounting to substrates up to .5-inch thick and roll-to-roll lamination of pressure sensitive vinyl. The EXP 55 features a working width of 54 inches with a top heated roller that operates up to 300F for laminating and mounting applications of all types. Stop by for a demonstration of the EXP 55 and other new product offerings from D&K including the Brilliance line of laminating films and window adhesives.

Kapco, Booth 329

3 mil Embossed and 10 mil Textured Vinyl (PSA) laminates have a clear permanent acrylic adhesive and a special embossed surface to help reflect light. This laminate offers a variety of applications, including point of purchase, exhibit booths, banner stands, retail advertising, and many more. It is thick enough to use as a full backdrop for the booth, but easy to roll and transport; effortlessly take your banners from one tradeshow to the next. In addition to exhibit booths at tradeshows, the laminate offers a wide variety of indoor and outdoor applications, including point of purchase, roll-up banner stands, retail counter-top and mouse pad advertising, and more.

PrinterEvolution, Booth 409

PrinterEvolution expands into the commercial textile printing market with the introduction of its Neo Series of dye-sub printers. The Neo’s innovation is its turn-key printer/ sublimation solution. It uses an on-board fixation unit that is a true calendar, with even heat and pressure. Built-in fume extraction units keep the air clean. Epson DX variable drop heads produce excellent image quality with rich blacks, heavy pigment load, and superior GreyScale tones. Neo printers feature a smart cork roller that facilitates printing on stretchable fabrics and other sports textiles and a trough and sponge system that allows printing on open-weave products like mesh and flag without marking the back with “blow-by” ink. The Neo Series is available in three sizes: Neo64 DS, Neo74 DS, and Neo104 DS (64, 74, and 104 inches).

Ricoh Americas, Booth 479

The new RICOH Pro L4160 and RICOH Pro L4130 deliver high print productivity and quality as a result of technological innovations, which include the use of Ricoh piezoelectric print heads. These roll-to-roll large-format printers handle media sizes up to 63.8 inches (L4160) or 54 inches (L4130) wide, and support up to seven colors in various configurations, including orange, green and white inks in addition to CMYK. Both printers use standard 100-120v power, eliminating the need for rewiring to 220-240v. Additionally, the RICOH Pro L4160 and RICOH Pro L4130 are designed to help lower energy consumption and costs, and have the ability to use a much broader range of heat sensitive media, which make the L4100 series a smart choice for customers.

Epson, Booth 519 

Epson will be showcasing its new Epson SureColor F7170 64-inch dye-sublimation printer designed for the roll-to-roll digital textile market. The SureColor F7170 integrates true roll-to-roll support for unprecedented levels of performance, reliability and image quality for the fabric production and soft signage markets. Designed exclusively by Epson, the optimized Epson MicroPiezo TFP print head and Epson UltraChrome DS ink system enables the SureColor F7170 to deliver high-quality printing with superior dot control, precise and repeatable performance and excellent longevity for a wide range of digital textile applications, including flags, banners, home furnishings, and apparel manufacturing.

ONYX Graphics, Booth 637

The right tools are critical in taking advantage of the expanding textile market. Onyx Graphics has taken a vibrant, simple and smart approach to addressing the unique color challenges in digitally produced textiles. New functionality in ONYX [RIP] Textile Edition software helps print service providers achieve their client’s desired results quickly and easily. A single, simple process streamlines job preparation and enables PSPs to run their entire shop using one RIP and print workflow product.

Avery Dennison, Booth 655 

Avery Dennison will highlight the full spectrum of its popular Supreme Wrapping Film line with 78 opaque cast films in gloss, matte and brushed metallic, matte, pearlescent, carbon fiber, conform chrome and satin colors that are ideal for interior and exterior accents for vehicles, point-of-purchase signage and architectural installations. Supreme Wrapping Films feature Easy Apply RS technology which allows the installer to easily reposition and slide the film into place and reduce air bubbles, minimizing the total application time.  In addition, due to its construction, no overlaminate is required before installation. Black, white, white pearlescent, carmine red and bubblegum pink satin films were recently added to the portfolio. Several new colors will be unveiled at ISA.

Direct Color Systems, Booth 737

Direct Color Systems recently released the latest addition to its popular UV LED printer line, which allows users to effortlessly create flat photo-quality signage, ADA-compliant/Braille signage and much more. The new Direct Jet 1024UVMVP is a max volume production model designed to increase profitability by producing more, in less time, with the same industry-leading print quality that users have come to expect from DCS.

Magnum Magnetics, Booth 813

Magnum Magnetics is unveiling DigiMaxx, its new printable, flexible magnetic material designed for super-wide signage and graphics applications (40 inches and above). DigiMaxx is made in the USA, meaning better lead times, outstanding product quality, and unparalleled customer service. Available soon in stock 25- and 50-foot rolls in widths of 40 and 48 inches, or custom sizes to order. Perfect for magnetic retail signage, POP displays, menuboards, wall graphics, and more.

Image1Impact, Booth 936

Image1Impact’s Alumalite Squeegees are used by professional shops and installers. Made of lightweight aluminum for easy use, solid construction and years of use. These squeegees are perfect for large applications and make fast work during large format installs on windows, vehicles, banners and most any large sign surface. We have a variety of sizes and options and discounted package pricing, so whether you're starting a signage company or simply looking for tools for a project, our signage squeegees are the solution. The "sooper-glide" felt edges make for a smooth application with no harm to the sign or substrate.

Splash of Color, Booth 1017

The ATPColor DFP-1320 132-inch direct-to-fabric printer is a complete solution that enables you to print directly onto polyester fabrics with flawless results. The precision feeding system and on-board sublimation system ensures sharp image quality with rich, saturated colors. You can easily print flags, banners, textiles and soft signage with minimal employee oversight. Available with optional InLine Cutting System.

GBC, Booth 1025

GBC is showcasing the new Spire III 64Ct 64-inchcold with top heat assist laminator and the Spire III 44T 44-inch thermal laminator. Durable all steel construction and features including swing up feed tables, speeds up to 20 fpm, and 2-inchmounting gap make Spire wide format laminators a low cost, high productivity solution for operators at any skill level. The Spire III 64Ct is also equipped with roll-to-roll capabilities standard, taking the hassle out of vehicle wraps, window graphics, long banners and more.

SEAL, Booth 1025

SEAL will feature the many possibilities of window, wall and floor graphics, including Easy Dot, a revolutionary new print media with a unique dot patterned adhesive, for easy installation of POP and retail signage. This 4 mil self adhesive vinyl is available in a white matte or clear (frosted translucent) finish. Additionally, you’ll love the new UltraClear PET, an optically clear printable film that can be used for window graphics, glass office partitions and much more. It has a unique ultra clear silicone adhesive that is both repositionable and removable. Both products are designed for use with solvent, eco-solvent, latex and UV printers.

Roland DGA Corp., Booth 1036

Visit Roland to see the company’s newest innovation, the DisplayStudio digital signage system. A complete, affordable solution, DisplayStudio is the perfect platform for print providers looking to increase profits by expanding into the fast-growing digital signage market. Designed for ease of use, DisplayStudio transforms a wide variety of graphics into eye-catching digital presentations that can be changed on demand. The solution includes feature-rich production software, a compact media player and a choice of high-resolution commercial-grade LED-LCD displays ranging from 32 to 55 inches with mounting hardware.

Mutoh America, Booth 1073

Mutoh America, Inc. has enhanced its dye-sublimation/aqueous line with the new ValueJet 1638WX – 64-inch printer, replacing the ValueJet 1638W model. The VJ 1638WX is priced at $27,995 MSRP, including rear media feed lever (for easy material handling), take-up system, new sleek design and one year limited onsite warranty. The 64-inch four color aqueous printer prints up to 1,012 sqft/hr, making it Mutoh's fastest ValueJet yet. The swift print speeds offer fast turnaround times on large print jobs. A simple learning curve, easy-to-navigate control panel, convenient maintenance door and sheet off function makes the VJ 1638WX exceptionally user friendly.

Master Magnetics, Inc., Booth 1103

Master Magnetics, Inc. (The Magnet Source) features wide-format printing directly on to flexible magnetic material up to 40-inch widths, with custom cutting and slitting available. PrintMagnetVinyl allows for high resolution printing using solvent, eco-solvent, UV and latex ink systems. For aqueous inks, PrintMagnet is available with a paper topcoat.

Flexmag, Booth 1129

Flexmag’s FlexCoat - EZ eliminates the issues associated with conventional flexible magnetic products laminated with a printable surface. FlexCoat - EZ utilizes a strong magnetic sheet and printable surface coating making it easy to use with wide format printers and many others. Directly printing to FlexCoat-EZ printable magnetic media will save you time and money while you provide your customers with high quality magnetic car signs and promotional products.

3A Composites USA, Booth 1213

SMART-X graphic display board has been introduced by 3A Composites USA as the first heavy-duty foam board available in the Americas that is 100 percent recyclable. This lightweight foam board consists of an all-plastic sheet that is uniquely constructed with a moisture-resistant expanded polystyrene core and two layers of UV-resistant solid polystyrene (HIPS). It can be installed outdoors without experiencing any significant change in color for a period of up to two years. And, as a mono-material composite that is manufactured without adhesives applied between its core and facers, SMART-X cannot delaminate during exterior applications. It produces vibrant color in direct digital printing applications and is easily routed and milled for signs, displays and dramatic in-store lettering. SMART-X also can be used in mounting applications for indoor display.

Bordeaux Digital Printink, Booth 1373

Bordeaux Digital Printink is introducing its newest 700ml cartridge ink solution for the Epson SureColor S printer, an addition to the already existing 1L bag solution fitted for the company's Smart Cartridge System intended for these printers. The new cartridge is an additional ink feeding option for these printers.  The newly offered cartridge solution is also Mix & Match with the original ink, preserving original ink quality without requiring new ICC profiles and enables the user to change cartridges on the fly without requiring any prior or post preparations. The 700ml printer compatible cartridge is offered in CMYK colors and flush.

SAi, Booth 1436

SAi will introduce the all-new Flexi software subscription with full-featured design, RIP and print & cut capabilities starting at $49.95 / month. With the Flexi subscription, sign businesses with older versions of sign making and RIP software never have to pay for upgrades again, receive free phone support in the US & Canada, and always have the latest features and drivers. It’s also a breeze to add or remove subscription licenses as needed.

Mimaki USA, Booth 1473

Mimaki USA will be showing a wide variety of flatbed and roll-based printers for the Sign & Graphics, Textile & Apparel, and Industrial Printing markets. Featured at ISA 2014 will be the Mimaki JFX200-2513 LED UV-cure flatbed printer that can print up to 269 square feet per hour. The flatbed table can easily accommodate standard 4-by-8-foot boards and it can print on rigid media up to 2” thick. Layout pins ensure easy media set-up. The standard Mimaki Advanced Pass System and variable dot printing ensure high quality output. White and spot inks are available.

Top Value Fabrics, Booth 1717

Top Value Fabrics delivers a complete line of high performance media to 197 inches while featuring the latest advancements in textiles with additions to the Direct Print Textile line. New fabrics Geo Mesh and Canvas Prime are ideal for banners, exhibit graphics, and interior décor. Additional applications for Canvas Prime include POP displays, fine art reprints, and retractables. From flag to backlit media, the entire line is specially engineered to achieve brilliant prints with Latex, UV, or Dye Sub.

Foster Keencut, Booth 1752

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 880 pounds and up to 16.4-feet wide. Designed specifically for grand- and wide-format printers and sign makers, the unit allows single users to roll any size media onto the lifter and then directly onto the printer feeder.

EFI, Booth 1812

Advancements from EFI will highlight the company’s continued expansion in LED inkjet technologies, including the new EFI VUTEk GS3250LXr Pro printer – the first dedicated roll-to-roll printer in the industry’s largest portfolio of environmentally friendly LED inkjet offerings. The six-color printer is ideal for fleet and vehicle graphics that withstand stretching and pre- and post-heating without cracking on rivets and convex curves. Users can obtain excellent quality on lightweight and thin roll substrates that cannot withstand the heat of traditional drying or UV curing, and an optional chiller extends the range of compatible media even further. 

Fisher Textiles, Booth 1849

GF 4834 Luxury Banner (FR) for Dye Sublimation and UV-curable printing is Fisher's newest fabric for soft signage, high end displays and retail advertising applications. It is 5.88 oz/yd2 and stocked at 125 inches and 62 inches wide. This bright white satin knit fabric has a medium level sheen, is flame retardant and passes NFPA 701. The fabric presents a polished look for upscale signage while also maintaining a soft hand. Free sample rolls are available for testing. Stop by booth 1849 for more information.

Durst Image Technology US, Booth 1859

Durst Image Technology US will feature today’s leading Rho UV portfolio at the ISA Sign Expo 2014. With the continuous development towards today’s inkjet technology, Durst’s R&D has contributed to the innovative transformation of both roll and rigid applications. Our printing equipment delivers sharp clear image detail and text, accurate color matching to produce optimum print quality—with the flexibility to quickly change from one media to the other.

Seiko Instruments U.S.A., Inc., Booth 1873

The ColorPainter series of wide-format inkjet printers and ink from Seiko run true to the legacy of precision engineering and innovation. Debuting at ISA this year is the ColorPainter M-64s which delivers unmatched speed and quality while reducing the impact on the environment. It is an excellent printer for durable outdoor prints and/or maintaining low running costs. The ColorPainter W-64s, H2-104 and Jetrix KX5 4x8 UV Flatbed will also be displayed.

Clear Focus Imaging, Inc, Booth 1909

Clear Focus Imaging, Inc. has introduced EasyCling, an unperforated gloss clear polyester film compatible with UV digital, UV screen, latex inks and conventional screen printing. The product can be reverse-printed; double-sided printing is also possible with printers having white-ink print capability. Applications include decals, POP and retail window signage, architectural enhancement and decoration. Special polymer technology allows the film to cling to glass and other smooth surfaces. EasyCling’s static-cling-like properties make it exceptionally easy to apply, reposition and remove. The film can be used for indoor or outdoor applications.

Verseidag seemee US, Booth 2029

Verseidag seemee US will be showcasing its full line of wide and grand format digital print substrates at ISA. With its versatile range of PVC Coated & Laminated Flexface, to our printable fabrics, seemee offers products ranging from 36 inches up to 196 inches. seemee Sheen is a lightweight frontlit and/or backlit textile perfect for SEG frame systems. Compatible with solvent, UV and Latex inks, this coated polyester fabric offers vivid, photo-like printability.

HP, Booth 2057

The HP Latex 3000 Printer helps industrial print providers produce high-value applications with improved productivity, quality and versatility. With the HP Latex Optimizer, the printer offers broader media versatility, including heat-sensitive substrates, as well as consistent image quality at high speeds and lower curing temperatures. Third-generation HP 881 Latex Inks provide a scratch resistance comparable to hard-solvent inks on certain substrates, making them ideal for retail displays, outdoor advertising, vehicle graphics and interior décor. The printer’s increased production capacity lets high-volume customers meet tight deadlines, producing indoor applications at up to 830 sqft/hr and outdoor applications at  up to 1,290 sqft/hr.

Arlon Graphics, Booth 2137

Arlon Graphics will feature the Ultimate PremiumPlus Films in 60+ colors, textures, and finishes used for automotive restyling and interior decor as well as its full line of digital print backlit films including: translucent, flex, and clear. Learn from the Pro's a Tip or Trick on how to wrap a vehicle or install on a difficult surface with one of our many films.

Cyrious Software, Booth 2273

This year at ISA, Cyrious Software will debut the initial phase of Cyrious Online, a web system which lets sign and graphics companies create customized storefronts for each large customer (franchise, chain, etc.). Customers can build their own graphics or modify templates via the online designer and place orders directly. Cyrious Online is on the cloud and runs on all major browsers.


E. L. Hatton Sales Co., Booth 2386

E. L. Hatton Sales Co. supplies Banner Ups Adhesive Banner Corner Tabs with its New BravoTabs for hanging banners. BravoTabs are crystal clear to allow full-color banner images to shine through. BravoTabs have an elegant square shape that works great on corners and edges. One size fits all. They are also lower priced than Clear PowerTabs and come without the neck loop so you don’t have to cut it off when not needed. Create super-strong banners instantly in your own shop using the new BravoTabs. Available through distributors worldwide.

Colex Imaging, Booth 2459

Colex is an industry leader in wide-format finishing solutions. Manufacturer of the Sharpcut Flatbed Cutter, the Sharpcut is the perfect companion to flatbed printers. Colex is also the exclusive dealer in North America for Fotoba X/Y Cutters. At ISA, Colex is previewing the new XLD-170WP Wall Paper Cutter & Rewinder, the perfect solution for cutting tiles of wall paper with high accuracy to enable butt joint wall application.

Hexis USA, Booths 2553 and 2753

Hexis USA is launching a new type of digital printing vinyl for large format solvent, eco-solvent, and Latex inkjet printers. The HX190WG2 is a 2mil layered cast vinyl film and because of its particular formulation is more versatile and more “tolerant” with regard to the imperfections of the different print systems. The layered structure will ensure that ink will not affect the adhesive properties and thus maintains the excellent handling properties of the film. Also available is a dedicated clear cast cold laminate, the PC190G2, which directly matches the properties and performances of the HX190WG2.

Presto Tape, Booth 2718

Presto Tape is showcasing its new product line PaperTac, an adhesive-backed paper that is removable and repositionable that doesn’t peel paint or damage walls. PaperTac is available in three versions to meet market expectations and applications. PaperTac #329 is a 6 mil paper which can be printed with UV cure and latex inks, PaperTac #330 is a 7 mil paper which can be printed with UV cure, latex, solvent and eco-solvent inks, and PaperTac Heavy #350 is a 10 mil paper with a heavier feel and can be printed with UV cure and latex inks. PaperTac is ideal for surface graphics, wall murals, or in place of traditional wallpaper.

DGI, Booth 2725

DGI will showcase its new printer, the FG-3206. This 3.2m dye-sub direct printer is designed for soft signage and home textile market.

Trans-Lux, Booth 2829

Trans-Lux Corporation is showcasing its LED digital display technologies at ISA 2104. Highlights include Trans-Lux’s TL Vision LED Cabinet Systems that virtually eliminate common alignment issues, expedite display set-up time, and reduce overall costs; a comprehensive line of LED displays ranging in pitch from 1.5mm to 20mm that rival HD flat screen image quality; and the company’s powerful epic Series LED System Software Suite that makes LED display set-up, control and content management easier and more efficient.

Heytex, Booth 2837

In the product range of large format digital print, Heytex supplies the international market with a comprehensive portfolio for indoor and outdoor applications. At the ISA 2014, Heytex will present the 5x5m Lightbox with a seamless PVC-free digitex heylux backlit textile. digitex heylux is a premium sign material, which is certified by Mimaki and HP for latex printing.