By DPS Staff
Every four years the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC) presents the Print 17 exhibition and conference from September 10 to 14, 2017 at McCormick Place South in Chicago, IL.
Print 17 offers a show of inkjet, digital, offset, flexographic, gravure, and hybrid printing technologies, products, and services serving the printing and imaging industry.
A variety of vendors showcase the latest technologies targeting print professionals. Here we present a sample of what to expect on the show floor.
Alyeant, booth 542, offers attendees a chance to learn more about its web to print solution, Pressero; online designer, eDocBuilder; MIS/ERP, PrintJobManager; and automated prepress workflow, tFLOW.
Aurigma, booth 251, demonstrates its flagship Customer’s Canvas technology. Today’s printing companies face many unique challenges, like finding an effective solution that enables customers to create personalized designs online. Customer’s Canvas online web to print editor allows printers to create multiple ordering workflows for a variety of products. It also provides the end user with a user-friendly experience.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., booth 1213, showcases advancements that push the boundaries of the graphic arts through its solutions portfolio. The company highlights some of its newest developments to its lineup, including the Océ Colorado 1640, Canon’s new 64-inch wide format device. Other products and solutions displayed include the latest imagePRESS, imagePROGRAF, PRISMA, varioPRINT iSeries, and Arizona devices. For the first time in North America, samples from the latest ProStream device are exhibited.
Crawford Technologies, booth 454, showcases its portfolio of configurable and scalable solutions for automated workflows that support the migration to new inkjet presses as well as streamline and monitor production processes to gain efficiencies and reduce costs. The company highlights its new PRO Preference Manager, a flexible solution that makes it easy to transform documents into new formats and seamlessly deliver them according to customer preferences via multiple parallel delivery channels.
Diversified Nano Solutions Corp, booth 854, introduces INKcrypt Ink, designed to eliminate counterfeiting and fraud worldwide; Qtouch authentication readers for quick distinction between originals and unauthorized copies; UV Spector ProX invisible UV fluorescent ink-signature analyzer; and X-Series pigment powders and dispersions for custom development and production of ink, paint, paste, dispersion, gel, cream, and powder.
Duplo USA, booth 1225, spotlights its new DDC-810 Digital Spot UV Coater. Utilizing inkjet technology together with an ultra violet lamp for instant curing, the DDC-810 applies a gloss varnish to defined areas of the substrate and gives images an eye-catching layer of texture and depth. Equipped with Duplo’s air suction feed system, the DDC-810 handles paper sizes up to 14×29 inches and processes up to 21 ledger size pages per minute (ppm) and 36 letter-sized ppm. Its CCD camera automatically corrects for shrinkage, stretch, and skew while the unique registration marks ensure the accurate alignment of the spot UV layer onto the printed document. Ideal for production output, the DDC-810 Digital Spot UV Coater offers print providers a design-driven and highly viable solution.
EMT International, booth 3819, showcases a full roll-to-sheet finishing line. The EMT International finishing line highlights two new technologies offered within its finishing portfolio. EMT International features live demonstrations of its new Chameleon RFX Dual Head Chip-Cutting and Stacking finishing line configuration. Also displayed is EMT’s StatRx, which helps mitigate the impact of static in the sheeting and inserting processes.
Gluefast, booth 3657, demonstrates its entry-level case making system to produce hardcovers at rates of 40-plus books per hour. The company also shows its gluing equipment for mounting large prints, edge gluing pocket folders, and acrylic coatings.
Glunz & Jensen, booth 431, showcases the iCtP PlateWriter 3600 Pro Ctp solution. The iCtP PlateWriter 3600 Pro is an affordable computer to plate system that produces press-ready aluminum plates for small to mid-size commercial print and newspaper applications.
GP2 Technologies, booth 3636, offers live demonstrations of its latest innovations including the Cover-1 casemaking system and the CT-1 Cover Trimmer. Together, this equipment provides maximum automation, quality, and profitability in runs down to just one book but with the speed to quickly produce runs in the hundreds.
GPA, Specialty Substrate Solutions, booth 3840, gives attendees the first look at new additions to its digital and wide format offerings, including Ultra Digital Wood Veneer Boards and Pressure Sensitive Boards for HP Indigo and offset presses, premium synthetics for dry toner presses, and Bantex and GPA Banner Media for wide format presses.
Graphic Technology, Inc. (GTI), booth 545, features the GTI Graphiclite product portfolio, which includes desktop viewers, floor stand models, large format viewing solutions, and soft proofing systems.
ImPress Systems, booth 4510, features its range of digital foil printing solutions. These versatile, on demand printers are used to print foil on stationery products, book covers, photo, and specialty items, as well as writing instruments and a variety of other items. The company highlights its newest printer, Foil Direct, which is available in both manual and automated feeding models.
KBA North America, booth 213, focuses on the latest press innovations for its core commercial and packaging markets. The group’s portfolio includes sheetfed offset presses in all format classes from 29 to 81 inches, post press die-cutters, inkjet presses and systems, flexographic presses, commercial and newspaper web presses, corrugated presses, and special presses. Information on its alliances with HP and Xerox are highlighted.
Komori, booth 2607, highlights its vision of the future by showcasing its Impremia IS29 inkjet sheetfed UV printing system. Komori’s theme underscores the company’s continued commitment to offer print providers solutions that expand their potential and improve margins with the ability to produce diverse print communications. Following that path, Komori shares technology and solutions that include offset presses, digital printing systems, and post-press equipment along with software products for the integrated control of these systems, as well as K-Supply products that support quality and productivity.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA Inc., booth 2031, showcases its latest product solutions and services for commercial print, labels, packaging, and wide format print applications. A few hardware highlights include the AccurioPress C6100 and MGI digital finishing solutions. The Accurio Press C6100 is Konica Minolta’s latest flagship model for 100 page per minute, toner-based digital color printing, featuring the new IQ-501 Intelligent Quality Optimizer. MGI digital finishing solutions open the doors to digital embossing and hot foil stamping with the JETvarnish 3D and iFOIL solutions.
KTI, booth 3445, highlights its automatic splicers and turret rewinders. KTI produces cutting-edge equipment with a solid steel frame and precise engineering in an operator-friendly design resulting in highly dependable, durable equipment for the print industry as well as tag and label, film, paperboard, and envelopes. Most recently, KTI offers Monomatic equipment. Monomatic is a manufacturer of non-stop unwinders and rewinders based in France. Monomatic machines offer roll diameters from 600 to 1,500 millimeters (mm), web widths of 410 to 2500 mm, and speeds of up to 1,000 meters per minute.
Magnum Magnetics, booth 448, showcases its range of direct printable magnetic media for multiple printer types including roll-fed inkjet, laser/toner, and latex presses. Magnum also showcases its line of aqueous and UV coatings from its sister company, Magnum Inks & Coatings.
Martin Yale, booth 3834, introduces the Count KF-250 Stand-Alone Knife Folder. Heavier-weight digital media coming off creasers and slitter/cutter/creasers can’t be folded inline and are not possible to fold on most buckle folders. The new Count KF-250 from Martin Yale is a stand-alone knife folder designed to quickly and easily fold heavier-weight digitally produced media—up to 350 gsm. The KF-250 is ideal for environments with an existing creasing machine or a multi-directional slitter/cutter/creaser. It features a bottom vacuum feed with register guide, and a user-friendly touchscreen control with speeds up to 4,300 sheets per hour. Also on display is the Count NumberJet.
Masterpiece Graphix, booth 3143, showcases its wood veneer, which is back by popular demand. It is available in 19×13-inch sheets with a 14 pt birch or cherry wood veneer finish and a white backer. Applications for wood veneer include bar and restaurant menus, direct mail promotions, postcards and bookmarks, licensed and sports-themed graphics, indoor signage, invitations, packaging, business cards, shelf talkers, table tents and coasters, tickets and event/VIP passes, and hang tags.
Neopost USA’s Digital Print Group, booth 2007, brings its suite of digital color printers. Visitors have the opportunity to see and test the new production-ready MACH 6 full-color thick-media printer as well as the Neopost-brand AS-450 and AS-650 high-speed, monochrome inkjet address printers. Visitors will want to take a moment to inspect the MACH 5DX full-color inkjet duplex print system and HD-CX series digital printers to compare Neopost’s toner-based print solutions with its cost-effective inkjet technologies.
PressWise by SmartSoft, booth 538, shows off the latest enhancements to its print MIS and workflow automation platform. These include a new Purchase Order functionality, to allow ordering of non-inventory items and services, with the ability to tie these to specific orders. A new Delivery Signature Capture feature lets delivery drivers view a map of delivery locations and capture the signature of the person receiving the shipment. Proof of delivery can then be mailed to the customer along with the invoice email. Full service mailings are now also accomplished through PressWise with the use of Intelligent Mail barcodes and connection to the PostalOne! portal. In addition, numerous shipping enhancements are included. Users now define any number of shipping carriers, along with their associated shipping methods.
Pro-Bind, booth 3760, highlights its tabletop thermal binding equipment for hardcover and softcover book binding and photobooks, document packaging products for all formats of binding, and custom sealed vinyl products. Manufacturing capabilities include offset and digital printing, foil stamping, silk screening, embossing and de-dossing, die cutting, and fulfillment of custom products.
ProImage America, booth 344, develops browser-based digital and production automated workflows, ink optimization, color toning and correction software, tablet and mobile digital solutions, and press registration solutions for commercial and newspaper printers. The company showcases NewsWay, a browser-based fully automated workflow, output management, and production tracking solution. Additionally, its OnColor ECO Ink optimization reduces ink consumption while maintaining the highest possible print quality. Finally, the company showcases Eversify, an innovative cloud-based solution for the creation of digital publications for tablets and other mobile devices.
Propago, booth 315, unveils the next generation in web to print (W2P) technology. Propago enables print producers to offer their clients intelligent W2P storefronts that handle any type of marketing products, more advanced business rules configurations, and an intuitive user experience that works for anyone on any device. While on the front end Propago ensures clients’ brand, budget, and inventory are always protected, on the backend Propago Warehouse Management System helps producers run a lean and intelligent operation.
Quantum Roll Sheeters, booth 3444, highlights its roll sheeters, which range in size from 40 to 81 inches. Though its name is new to the industry, its technology and designs have been around for more than a decade. Quantum machines are backed by a highly innovative design staff in mechanical and controls engineering. Its parent company, Quantum Design Inc., has been in the control systems design, engineering, and panel building industries for over 30 years.
Relyco, booth 3055, invites attendees to take a trip to Relyco City to explore its range of products in use. Relyco features the company’s entire product line, including REVLAR waterproof paper, TriDura durable paper, DigiPOP packaging solutions, REIMAGE carbonless paper, ULTRASEAL pressure seal forms, ID cards, Integrated Label Forms, and custom solutions.
RISO, Inc., booth 3213, showcases both current and conceptual products at this year’s show. Come see the 150 page per minute SF series duplicator, the slim FW series business inkjet, and the GD series professional inkjet printer, which incorporates a fifth color of ink to enrich the look of images and enhance overall color quality. A high productivity conceptual inkjet printer is also shown.
Rochester Software Associates (RSA), booth 231, showcases its streamlined production workflow. See live demonstrations of the latest releases of WebCRD in-plant web to print software, QDirect output manager, and ReadyPrint universal prepress suite. Experience a technology demonstration of Amazon’s Echo voice recognition integrated with RSA’s QDirect for flash briefings about job workload and printer status and give verbal commands to control job flow.
Rollem International, booth 845, features its die-cut Insignia Series. See two Insignia models—the 20×20-inch IS6 and 30×24-inch IS7 on display. Both feature live die-cutting demonstrations. Additionally, attendees see three versatile Jetstream applications; including inline UV coating; XY slitting of postcard sheets, cutting and collating of poker decks, tickets, or tags; plus the CP Bourg BSF Sheet feeder inline with Jetstream finishing 36-up business card sheets at 200,000 cards per hour. Rollem also offers a direct mail finishing system, all models of digital finishers from 24 to B2 30 inches, plus perforating and scoring devices up to 42 inches.
Spiel Associates, booth 220, showcases its Digibinder line of perfect binders, including The Sterling Digibinder and Digibinder Plus. Both can bind books from as thin as two sheets up to two inches thick at speeds up to 300 books per hour.
Spiral, booth 3808, demonstrates its James Burn machines. The DocuPunch MINI can punch up to 11,000 sheets per hour (sph). The DocuPunch PLUS punches quantities of up to 77,000 sph. Punch and die changeovers take only seconds, saving users time and labor. The EX610 High Speed Automatic Punch’s outputs reach up to 125,000 sph and punches virtually any type of stock and material.
TEC Mailing Solutions, booth 1950, has its #CloudMailingGuys on hand with a certified USPS cloud solution for address hygiene and sortation, MailPreparer.com; along with postal workflow solutions and a hosted API. Stop by to see how cloud solutions provide the freedom to work anywhere.
Ultimate TechnoGraphics, booth 540, offers results-driven software solutions for imposition and finishing automation. Ultimate Bindery automates digital finishing equipment to efficiently produce short-run books or booklets. Users are able to manage an entire finishing workflow and connect it to a prepress workflow for maximum return on investment. New device support includes Horizon CRF-362 and Smart Binding Solution.
VITS International, Inc., booth 3602, runs a two-web Sprint Book Line, which is intelligently registering two preprinted, inkjet webs to produce a multi-page commercial flyer. The line consists of two unwinds, two infeeds, two ribbon decks, inline former folder, and the Sprint Variable Repeat Rotary Cutter. Samples are on hand and produced live at the show. The company also showcases the latest addition to its product line, the VITS DS splicer.
Xerox, booth 1302, showcases next-generation digital printing technologies including inkjet and xerographic presses, revenue-generating applications, and workflow and personalization solutions. An array of production print devices are on display, including the Xerox Brenva HD Production Inkjet Press, the Xerox Rialto 900 Inkjet Press, the Xerox Trivor 2400 Inkjet Press with High Fusion Ink, the Xerox iGen 5 Press, and the Xerox Versant 3100 Press. XMPie, a Xerox Company, highlights solutions that deliver highly effective, personalized cross-media communications and web to print portals.
Zünd, booth 4404, exhibits the fully configured G3 M-2500, a highly versatile, multi-functional cutting/routing/finishing system with a cutting area of 52×98 inches. Also displayed is the latest version of Zünd Design Center, an Adobe Illustrator plug-in for creating packaging and three-dimensional displays.
See You On the Floor
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July2017, DPS Magazine