Part three of four
Graph Expo is a comprehensive trade show for the digital printing industry in the Americas. It features exciting exhibitions of digital, inkjet, offset, flexo, gravure, and services for packaging, publishing, mailing, digital imaging, and industrial printing industries.
The event recently took place in Orlando, FL, showcasing some of the latest and greatest equipment for the printing industry. However, solutions such as media and inks also play an important role of the future of print. This week, we highlight these products displayed at the show.
Appvion highlighted Triumph, its treated and coated high-speed inkjet papers designed for the new generation of high-speed inkjet presses. Available for both dye- and pigment-based inks, the papers give customers more choices from one supplier. Triumph high-speed inkjet papers offer excellent runnability and post processing for trouble-free operations and are qualified on major OEM presses. All Triumph products are manufactured in the U.S. and are backed by Appvion’s 100 percent satisfaction guarantee.
Avery Products Corp.
AveryPRO expandied its offering of 12×18-inch pressure-sensitive materials that are specially engineered for liquid and dry toner digital presses. The new label stock complements the existing collection of quality substrates, with the addition of some exciting new materials like Soft Touch and a Durable PET. All of the new products are ideal for short-run, print-on demand applications and are available in a variety of full-sheet and pre die-cut shapes and sizes.
Diversified Nano Solutions Corporation (DNSC)
DNSC introduced the INKcrypt identity ink-trace technology used to uniquely mark materials, products, IDs, checks, tags, tickets, and printed output. The technology is based on advanced biological encryption to provide counterfeit elimination. The ink was built in biological identity tracers to protect brands and authenticate products.
Using the INKcrypt Ink Verification Kit the ink’s identity is confirmed. The kit is a pocket tool set that is specific for each ink so that anyone can authenticate documents, goods, and materials.
The company also presented the DNSC X-Series pigment powders and dispersion used to serve as base components for the production of ink, paint, paste, dispersion, gel, cream, and powder. The X-Series changes color with light or heat and its customizable properties allow for market applications associated with digital and non-digital printing applications.
Epson America, Inc.
Epson presented the Standard Proofing Paper Premium, the newest addition to product portfolio of proofing papers that meets the GRACoL 2017 Fogra 52 certifications. With little to no additional paper tinting it produces a close match between the color proof and the press stock.
The company issued the proofing paper to address industry problems of proof to press matches. The proof media creates a desired proof to press visualization as it aligns with the higher levels of OBA content on press stocks. The proof to press measurements and visualization can be certified with proof verification software.
Epson’s proofing paper has common widths of 17-, 24-, and 44-inches and 13×19-inch sheets. The product is available in 10-mil caliper of 250 gsm weight and 8-mil caliper of 200 gsm weight.
GPA Specialty Substrates
GPA introduced a new collection of Ultra Digital specialty papers designed for dry toner presses that are used for stationery, photo prints, photo books, direct mail, marketing collateral, and other communications. The papers offer shimmer, translucency, and opulent textures that are compatible with a wide variety of finishing processes like die-cutting, coating, and foil stamping.
GPA also announced the addition of Azuna 3D Film to their offset presses. It is a translucent film that creates a realistic illusion of depth with a three-dimensional bubble pattern. It meets the FDA requirements for food contact applications and is number five recyclable plastic. It works with common finishing methods and is available in 20–mil caliper of 28×40-inch sheets for offset presses.
Magnum Magnetics showcased its range of direct-printable magnetic media for multiple printer types including inkjet, digital, and offset presses. The company showed attendees how to easily and profitably print directly to magnet to create attractive printed pieces that really stick around. Magnum also featured its expanding line of aqueous and UV inks and coatings from our sister company, Magnum Inks & Coatings, a full-service ink and coating manufacturer specializing in markets ranging from graphics, and printing to flexible packaging.
Masterpiece Graphix offered samples of its new printing materials swatchbook and digital substrates. The company featured a number of different products including synthetic paper, LuXe Soft Touch, silver board, solid core polyester, woven polyester, and printable fabric.
Masterpiece Graphix also demonstrated their substrates’ role in all print jobs and featured extensive information about their products.
Mohawk showcased 17 new specialty digital items designed for dry toner digital presses. Products include eight new synthetic premium polyester colors, five smooth-edge dimensional premium polyester items, high energy magnet designed for limited use on outdoors on automobiles, pressure sensitive kiss-cut items for two-sided window signage, synthetic durable textile for runners’ bibs, and synthetic MetaliK Silver Board for signage and packaging.
The company also expanded its wide format inkjet portfolio with six new products compatible across multiple ink types. The products include wide format inkjet textured light-block economy film, inkjet Dupont Tyvek 11 mil, inkjet magnetic indoor strength, and inkjet magnetic outdoor strength. Mohawk’s portfolio new features over 30 different products engineered for durable print and vibrant colors.
Relyco invited attendees to visit Relyco City and explore their range of products including various applications across industries. For financial business, Relyco featured the IRDS and Ultraseal self-mailers and the new integrated Payment Solutions suite. The Payment Solutions suite allows businesses to manage 100 percent of their invoice and payment processes using contemporary and traditional payment technology.
The company also showed their REVLAR labels, TriDura durable paper blue prints, and marine grade labels. The REVLAR durable labels are designed for frequent and extreme environmental conditions. They are waterproof, tear-resistant, and tough. The labels’ large particles limit physical contact with the surface to create a discontinuous film that forms a solution that sticks on anything.
Media and other Consumables
Media, inks, and toner help make or break a great application. As new solutions are introduced for electrophotographic and inkjet technologies alike, print providers benefit.
Next week, we conclude our wrap up with a look at software and workflow tools shown on the Graph Expo show floor. dps
Sept2016, DPS Magazine