The Printing Association of Florida (PAF) is busily preparing for its 37th annual Graphics of the Americas Expo & Conference (GOA), being held this week on March 1 - 3, 2012 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, FL. Non-stop show floor activities include a powerful keynote presentation by AGI's Christopher Smith; the popular Wide Format Print Shop Live area, live demonstrations, free sessions by Xerox and HP, and more.
George Ryan, GOA President, says, "This week marks the 37th year of our annual mega event. I am happy to report that this year's offerings are one for the record books. Between our expert speakers and sessions and exciting show floor demonstrations, attendees will leave the show with more useable information and insight than they could have imagined possible."
GOA 2012 is the one-stop event of the year, where attendees have the unique opportunity to meet and consult with the world's foremost experts, and see in action the latest and most popular technologies in the industry today. Just some of the free sessions and features at GOA 2012 this year include the following:
KEYNOTE EVENT - Thursday, March 1 - 9 am: Publishing 2012: What it means to be a modern publisher
Putting ink on paper is no longer enough, as customers expect to find their favorite content both in print and on their favorite devices: smart phones, tablets, and e-readers. In the Publishing 2012 keynote, publishing technology expert Christopher Smith helps attendees gain an understanding of new and emerging devices, tools, and applications that are changing the way content is consumed and delivered. In this presentation, attendees will:
- Learn about the methods and tools that are reshaping the way content is created and viewed
- Discover how to get content onto multiple platforms, including Apple, Google, and Microsoft
- Learn ways to adapt businesses to succeed as modern publishers in 2012
- Achieve a better understanding of the major forces impacting graphics, media, and publishing
SHOW FLOOR EVENTS
Wide Format Print Shop Live, sponsored by Caldera
The Teckwin TS-300 and Zund M2500 Cutter will be featured with Caldera's Print-to-cut workflow software in demonstrations of end to end workflow. Visitors will see how wide format inkjet technology can be integrated within a manufacturing environment. In addition, Caldera will be conducting free, bonus educational sessions on APPE Workflow, Print-to-cut workflow, Costview Option, and InkPerformer Option. These free sessions will take place on the Wide Format Print Shop Live stage from 11:45 am - 1:30 pm on Thursday, March 1, and Friday, March 2.
Vehicle Wrap Center, sponsored by Arlon Graphics & Mutoh
A popular Show Floor feature, the Vehicle Wrap Center features live vinyl installation demonstrations. Installers will get firsthand tips, tricks and techniques to improve their skills. Graphic arts professionals and brand owner representatives can use the area to connect with qualified installers.
Here, MUTOH and Arlon will present live vehicle wrap demonstrations. Graphics are printed by the 64" ValueJet 1614 using Arlon's DPF 6000XRP, a 2-mil gloss white cast film with bubble releasing, tinted, repositionable, permanent pressure-sensitive adhesive.