By DPS Staff
Focused on the future of print, the Association for Print Technologies hosts the PRINT 19 trade show this October 3 to 5, 2019 at McCormick Place North in Chicago, IL. The three-day event enables visitors to check out the latest products and services, network, and attend educational sessions on a range of topics from design and marketing to growth strategies and emerging technologies.
Visitors are encouraged to participate in various seminars and educational sessions, which are scheduled throughout the show. Topics include business management, creative/design, data/IT services, marketing, production, purchasing, and sales/customer service.
The PRINT 19 trade show continues to evolve. Next year, APTech and Tarsus Group—the group behind LabelExpo—combine efforts to launch Brand Print Americas. The first event from the joint venture takes place instead of PRINT 2020 and is co-located with the 2020 edition of Labelexpo, which is planned from September 15 to 17, 2020 at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.
The partnership unites decades of expertise of the overall print market. Brand Print Americas offers converters and brand owners access to solutions for a variety of print needs.
The Brand Print Americas event is formed in response to market research that APTech says demonstrates the need for diversification in the print industry. Brands with labels and packaging requirements also need to source printed materials to meet their other marketing needs, including point of purchase, collation packs, outdoor advertising, fleet graphics, and direct mail. These two events bring together the entire supply chain under one roof, therefore providing greater synergies and opportunities for printers, converters, manufacturers, suppliers, and creatives.
The main event is the trade show floor, featuring exhibitors serving the print industry. The following is a snapshot of what will be shown in exhibitor booths.
Aleyant, booth 639, showcases its automated print software solutions, which create a solid foundation for growing print businesses by automating daily print processes such as ordering, pricing, file correction, production, and customer service. The automation print software reduces manual touches, errors, and production time. With it, users join online design to business to consumer and business to business online print stores. Connect your print store to estimating, production management, customer service, and prepress automation. Use Aleyant software products separately, together, or with over 1,500 third-party applications via direct API or Zapier.
American Ultraviolet, booth 2834, features standard and custom UV coater solutions including UV coating machines, substrate feeders and stackers, and envelope printers. The AUV-Coat UV roller coaters are available in 16-, 20-, 25-, 30-, 40-, and 52-inch sizes. The company also manufactures custom UV coaters and sells used UV coaters.
Anajet, booth 2205, highlights its solutions to customize clothing, accessories, and keepsakes with vibrant, high-resolution images up to 1,200×1,200 dpi. The next-generation RICOH Ri 1000 is a full-featured direct to garment printer that delivers professional quality printing at an affordable price. With high-performance printheads, automated maintenance, interactive touchscreen with smart notifications, and magnetized quick-change platens for printing a variety of garment styles and sizes, the RICOH Ri 1000 is ideal for new businesses or industry veterans looking to expand their offerings.
Avanti, booth 436, enables companies to work more efficiently, control their costs, and move more jobs through their shop with ease from order entry through to invoicing. Visit the company’s booth to see how it has advanced automation in Avanti Slingshot in Print MIS. Book a free 30 minute, in-person consultation with Avanti at the conference to discuss your goals and get recommendations tailored to your business.
BlueCrest, booth 821, is the former Document Messaging Technologies division of Pitney Bowes. The independent technology company has a long tradition of global leadership in enterprise print, mail, and customer communications. With a comprehensive line of printers, inserters, sorters, and parcel solutions—and a renewed commitment to providing innovative software—BlueCrest serves clients around the world.
Brandtjen & Kluge, booth 847, demonstrates the latest advancements in die cutting, foil stamping, and folding and gluing. On display is Kluge’s ApexFoil Automatic Platen Press and the OmniFold 3000 Automatic Folding and Gluing System.
C.P. Bourg, booth 117, showcases its full line of print finishing solutions including perfect binding, sheet feeding, booklet making, and the newly released Bourg Preparation Module. This product converts parent-size sheets with multiple pages printed on them to form-sized documents, automatically feeding them into the connected booklet maker or perfect binder without operator intervention.
Colter & Peterson, booth 405, highlights three new products, a new Challenge 305 full-cut clamp control system, in addition to new 45-inch SABER S115 and 30-inch PRISM P80 paper cutters. The Challenge paper cutter includes a retrofit package with a ten-inch touchscreen display system and automated programs that help print shops of all sizes, especially smaller organizations with less experienced workers. Representing the company’s top brand lines, the SABER and PRISM machines include the latest Microcut electronics.
Cooper Enterprises, booth 554, features its end boards for web-fed printers. Made from high-density fiberboard, its end boards are optimally sized, unbreakable, and splinter-free. Cooper Enterprises is a contract manufacturer of wood and laminated components.
Crawford Technologies, booth 541, highlights its software solutions including PRO Conductor, PRO Inkjet Express, and QA in the Cloud. PRO Conductor is an integration platform solution that orchestrates every step of an end-to-end print production workflow. PRO Inkjet Express allows print and mailing service providers and in-plant operators to take advantage of the inherent efficiency of inkjet when converting to inkjet presses. QA in the Cloud automates document testing and manages continuous regression testing, as well as quick comparisons with on-premises or secure cloud licensing options.
Customer’s Canvas, booth 131, demonstrates its web to print (W2P) editor. The online editor enables printing companies to implement product personalization workflows of any complexity. The company presents its latest variable data printing technology as well as a new backend that facilitates the management of products and their digital assets, bridging the gap between ecommerce and W2P. Aurigma also showcases its font engine, which improves text rendering features within the web browser and brings them up to par with desktop publishing systems.
D&K Group, Inc., booth 121, introduces its Endura Overlams. Endura Overlams offer a waterproof durable thermal laminating solution. Endura Overlams are suitable for outdoor environments and other demanding applications including cards, menus, and durable labels.
Duplo USA, booth 621, exhibits a selection of print embellishment and specialty finishing solutions. Products displayed include the DDC-810 Raised Spot UV Coater, DC-646 Integrated Folding System, UD-300 Die Cutter, DFL-500 Dry Coat/Foil/Laminator, and the 600i Duetto Booklet System.
EFI, booth 141, displays the latest version of the EFI Midmarket Print Productivity Suite workflow. The solution is designed to help print service providers and display graphics professionals eliminate touchpoints, increase efficiencies, and ultimately increase margins. The workflow integrates everything from ecommerce and job submission through shipping to give users critical control and visibility of their business. The company also highlights the EFI Quick Print Suite, a web-enabled digital printing and business management workflow tool. It is built around EFI PrintSmith Vision MIS/MES and EFI MarketDirect StoreFront.
EMT International., booth 614, features the Chameleon RFX series roll-to-sheet finishing line. The finishing line configuration features live demonstrations of the company’s next generation unwinder, dynamic cross perforating with cross creasing capability, chip-cut sheeting, and stacking.
Epson, booth 1227, showcases a variety of graphic printing applications, including the new SureColor T5470M. The ultra-productive print/copy/scan solution provides a convenient collaboration system. The SureColor T5470M 36-inch printer and integrated scanner offer a faster, multifunction solution for printing and sharing graphics and produces accurate A1/D-size prints in as fast as 22 seconds. It comes equipped with a variety of usability features including an intuitive 4.3-inch LCD touchscreen and integrated wireless plus router-free Wi-Fi Direct printing.
GBC/SEAL, booth 2801, invites attendees to discover a new way to laminate with the fully automated desktop laminator featuring Auto-Cartridge—the GBC Foton 30. Users are able to load up to 30 letter-size sheets and move onto other projects.
GTI Graphic Technology, Inc., booth 2808, showcases its viewing stations. Quality from today’s printers is excellent and print jobs often require components to printed output using different technologies on various substrates. To ensure accurate color matches and fidelity—and to maintain brand integrity—all output should be viewed in controlled conditions. GTI offers a range of ISO 3664:2009 compatible viewing stations including desktop viewers, floor stand models, and large format viewing areas up to 25 feet wide.
Harris & Bruno International (H&B), booth 1839, highlights the ExcelCoat series of sheet and web coaters for aqueous and UV. The ExcelCoat ZRS Spot Coater utilizes a quickchange flexographic-style plate system and sophisticated camera registration technology, which registers spot coating to the printed sheet. For web, the ExcelCoat ZRW Duplex Web Coater features a quick change sleeve system for both anilox and applicator rolls, which allows for job changes in minutes. Equipped with the H&B chamber/anilox system, ExcelCoat lays down everything from primers to common liquid chemistries and specialty embellishment coatings.
Impress Systems, booth 204, offers visitors a $1,500 discount off the price of its newest printer, Foil Direct with Automated Paper Feeder.
InSoft Automation, booth 249, launches its Estimation module on top of its Layout Planning & Ganging software. The software features a single interface for creating print-ready layouts for packaging, commercial, and signage segments of the print industry. While automation is a buzz word, InSoft’s solution walks the extra mile to provide optimization with built-in software intelligence to improve the bottom line.
Koenig & Bauer, booth 1221, exhibits a full display of new technology providing the high productivity, the fast makeready, and fast press speeds of up to 20,000 sheets per hour. This past year, the firm expands its reach into new post-press products including the formation of Koenig & Bauer Duran and its Omega folder-gluer products. This introduction complements its popular Iberica flatbed die cutter line to offer a complete line of printing and processing of folding boxes from a single source.
LogoJET, booth 421, features its R-Series UV Printers, which are equipped with Ricoh printhead technology. See live demonstrations of large format, direct-to-substrate printing on the UVx90R and rotary printing on the UVx40R model. LogoJET’s UV printing solutions help expand product customization capabilities while saving time and money on production.
Magnum Magnetics, booth 2233, showcases its range of printable magnetic media for multiple printer types including inkjet, digital, and offset presses. Users will see how to easily and profitably print directly to magnet to create attractive printed pieces that really stick. Featured products include DigiMaxx, DigiMaxx Engage, DigiMag Prime, and MessageMag.
Messe Düsseldorf, booth 2412, promotes its global portfolio of international printing trade fairs. Find visitor and exhibitor information on drupa 2020, taking place from June 16 to 26, 2020 in Düsseldorf, Germany; indoprint 2020, happening from September 2 to 5, 2020 in Jakarta; and All in Print China 2020, held October 12 to 16, 2020 in Shanghai. According to the organization, drupa attracts more than 1,800 exhibitors and 260,000 visitors from around the world. The drupa exhibit categories are divided into six main segments—prepress/print; pre-media/multichannel; post press/converting/package printing; future technologies; materials; and equipment/services/infrastructure. Highlights include special exhibits such as touchpoint packaging and dna—drupa next age.
Mutoh America, booth 2601, displays the 626UF and 1627MH printers, demonstrating how to use these solutions for various packaging applications.
Photobook Technology, booth 215, highlights its fully automatic equipment to produce layflat, panorama book blocks and hardcover books in small quantities.
PressWise, booth 539, demonstrates its print MIS and workflow automation software. Packed with a holistic toolset that includes estimating, quoting, proof approval, job tracking, impositioning, production automation, mail processing, shipping, outsourcing, inventory, accounting, W2P storefronts, reporting, and the ability to integrate with third-party web storefronts and accounting systems, PressWise coaches busy print providers on how to automate and grow with its cloud-based software through live demonstrations.
Print Reach, formerly known as Virtual Systems, booth 134, brings a 40-foot motor home to PRINT 19. Virtual Systems and PagePath merged to form a new company called Print Reach. The company is excited to offer more W2P and MIS/ERP products to both the biggest and smallest shops in the industry.
Quadient, booth 443, showcases its leading Customer Communications Management (CCM) solutions. Demonstrations include Quadient Inspire, which enables the quick and easy repurposing of existing print-based content into high-impact digital communications and Quadient Interactive, which enables digitalization of key processes and empowers business users within service providers and enterprise clients to streamline content change management.
Quantum Design, booth 304, presents all of its product lines that serve the print industry, including Quantum Roll Sheeters, KTI, CTC, and Quantum Design Control Systems. With roll sheeters to support the sheet-fed printing industry, splicers and rewinders for both traditional and digital printing applications, and automation services for all industries, Quantum brings a lot to the table. Stop by the booth to learn about all of these products and how they can help improve your printing process and save your company time and material costs.
Rollem International, booths 1239 and 1539, features the Insignia die cutter models and demonstrates automated slitting, scoring, and kiss cutting finishing demonstrations.
Rochester Software Associates, booth 527, helps visitors with automation production workflow. See live demonstrations of the latest releases of WebCRD in-plant W2P software featuring new ImpactVDP, QDirect output manager, and the ReadyPrint universal prepress suite.
Skandacor, booth 2217, exhibits the latest print finishing equipment and processes. The company believes in empowering digital printers to create finished prints that leave a lasting impression for a competitive edge. Be sure to stop by for live demonstrations.
Solimar Systems, booth 636, showcases the latest innovations in PDF optimization with its new ReadyPDF. This solution repairs and streamlines PDF files for high-speed print engines such as inkjet. The company also showcases its print workflow tools including an out-of-the-box tracking and dashboard solution and other innovations like personalized and location-based augmented reality.
Spiel Associates, booth 2401, features its new perfect and PUR binders, along with automatic punching and wire binding equipment. It also debuts the new Coilmaster Jr. TS with inline coil forming.
Standard Finishing Systems, booth 810, showcases a comprehensive lineup of feeding and finishing solutions. As always, the booth is packed with equipment set up for live demonstrations in die-cutting, perfect binding and trimming, slitting and creasing, folding, saddlestitching, and roll-fed print solutions. Standard produces a variety of finished products throughout the show, demonstrating format flexibility, short-run capability, and smooth setup and changeover. Among the highlights are machines featuring advanced automation and new technology, with the Horizon BQ-480 Perfect Binder raising the bar in variable book production and the StitchLiner Mark III Saddlestitcher delivering higher quality booklets in a wider range of sizes. In addition, Hunkeler’s Generation 8 Modules are on display in a Roll-to-Cut/Stack solution designed for the unique requirements of inkjet printing. PRINT 19 attendees are invited to arrange a private equipment demonstration tailored to their application requirements by pre-registering for the Standard VIP Program atsdmc.com/print19.
Tecnau, booth 410, showcases its CutReady system running a postcard application. CutReady is a cost-effective solution for the production of postcards, book covers, dust jackets, calendars, posters, banners, and portraits. With a modular configuration, the output can be delivered to a shingling conveyor or to a vibrating collection box.
Tharstern, booth 548, provides demonstrations of MIS throughout the day. Head down to see how its MIS could help your workflow. Tharstern presents new features to event visitors, including project estimating, mailing, and sheet optimization.
Ultimate TechnoGraphics, booth 627, releases the new generation of its imposition solution, Ultimate Impostrip 2019. With new Imposition Agent powered by artificial intelligence, new advanced dynamic marks preview, and new power and memory capabilities, users benefit from an enhanced experience in a completely redesigned and intuitive Mac and Win OS interface. The Ultimate Team also offers live demonstrations of the new Ultimate Impostrip 2019.
Xanté, booth 610, highlights the X-32 Industrial Production UV Printer, the En/Press Multimedia Digital Press, the iQueue 14 Workflow Software, and EnVite Multimedia Digital Press.
An Industry Event
We look forward to seeing you on the show floor! Stop by booth 2547 to say hello, check out our sister publications, and renew your complimentary subscription. dps
Oct2019, DPS Magazine