The EFI Connect Advisory Panel and EFI's Pace Users Group, two user-driven communities of EFI software owners and their production teams, have announced plans to hold their meetings in Chicago this fall in conjunction with GRAPH EXPO 2010. GRAPH EXPO 2010, the year's largest graphic communications exhibition and conference in the Americas, takes place October 3-6, 2010, in Chicago's McCormick Place. Both EFI events, slated for Tuesday, October 5, will be co-located with GRAPH EXPO 2010 in McCormick Place.
The EFI Connect Advisory Panel will meet from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. to plan for the annual EFI Connect Conference, which welcomes leaders from around the globe to attend educational sessions, test-drive the latest EFI products, voice their opinions at user group meetings, discuss industry trends, and network with peers.
"EFI Connect, our annual user group, draws heavily from our users for input and direction for content and class development needs," explained Dan Crnarich, EFI's Director of Product Marketing. "We always appreciate the opportunity to meet with them at industry events, and now at this year's GRAPH EXPO, we can ensure Connect remains as relevant to their business success as is has been for the last 11 years."
The EFI Pace Users Group meeting will take place from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Open to all EFI MIS owners and their sales, marketing and production teams in North America, the purpose of the member-run EFI users group is to foster community to better utilize the solution, share ideas, exchange best practices and provide feedback to EFI.
"The Pace Users Group is a direct feedback channel to us at EFI Pace," said Jay Farr, General Manager of EFI Pace for EFI. "We are fully supportive of our user community and I encourage all of our customers to join this independent group. Having a meeting co-located with GRAPH EXPO is an excellent opportunity to meet face-to-face and maximize the benefit of attending GRAPH EXPO this year."
Recognized as the commercial printing, publishing, mailing and transactional exposition for the Americas, GRAPH EXPO 2010 themed, "The Next Generation of Print," has been designed to offer a customized show-going experience to a diverse spectrum of attendees. The exhibition will offer the latest graphic communications technologies in live equipment demonstrations across the expansive show floor and education on the most in-demand products and profit-making opportunities. Attendees will find eight special interest sections on the show floor. Along with the debut of News Print-the newspaper pavilion, these include PackPrint, covering package printing; Future Print, featuring two of today's hottest technologies Printed Electronics and RFID; the Mailing & Fulfillment Center, the industry's largest mailing event anywhere in the Americas; the second annual GREENspace, a showcase on sustainability and eco-friendly products and services; the Prepress/Software-Design and Press/Finishing sections; and Education Main Street, for attendees seeking well-educated, talented industry newcomers to augment their company's workforce.
"We're pleased to be able to host the EFI programs during GRAPH EXPO," said Ralph Nappi, President of the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC). "GRAPH EXPO has always been committed to digital press users. And by co-locating their program with the show in this October, EFI members will benefit from the expanded networking opportunities that GRAPH EXPO provides and find out about the very newest and innovative technology and productivity- and revenue-boosting ideas to apply to their businesses."
Mimaki, a world leader in manufacturing wide format inkjet printers and cutting machines, will be using its debut at the Fachpack exhibition in Germany to demonstrate its recently launched entry-level and high-end UJF Series UV inkjet printers and versatile print and cut solutions. Visitors to the Printpack Hall – where Mimaki are in Hall 7, on Stand 608 – will be able to experience their on-demand printing solutions for proofing, sampling and mockup creation, with its label printing solutions on show in the Labeling and Marking Equipment Hall (where their stand is in Hall 4, Stand 561).
Proofing, Mockups and Sampling
In Hall 7, Mimaki will showcase its groundbreaking range of entry level and high end proofing and package prototype printing solutions for the flexo, gravure and metal printing markets, developed in partnership with GMG, the world’s leading colour management solutions provider. The printing solution consists of Mimaki’s UJF Series (UJF-706 and UJF-3042), GMG’s ColorServer colour management software for fully automatic colour conversions, and the GMG SmartProfiler for printer calibration and profiling. This solution allows printers to digitally produce consistent and accurate colour on virtually any material, including untreated plastic materials (e.g. PET), polycarbonates, metal, soft packaging film, shrink film, PLA, as well as coated and uncoated papers. Furthermore, this innovative solution offers the ability to produce high quality on-demand full colour contract proofing on the final materials intended for the job.
Label Inkjet Printing and Cutting
As run lengths shorten and turnaround times decrease; digital print with its short run, short lead time and variable data propositions is expected to make even more of an impact on the packaging industry. On stand in Hall 4 (Stand 561) Mimaki will show its integrated inkjet print and cut solution, the CJV30, and their compact UV printer, the UJF-3042. The CJV30, available in four sizes (with 60,100,130 &160cm print widths) and incorporating the award-winning printing technology used in the popular JV33-series, will print and cut labels in a single process. Also on display is the recently introduced UJF-3042, the world’s first A3 size UV LED printer. This printer offers direct printing onto all kinds of substrates up to 5 cm thick, such as labels made of plastics and more.
Gert Jan van Hilten, Manager Marketing Communication, at Mimaki Europe comments: ”Our show debut comes at a time when Mimaki is the only manufacturer to offer both entry level and high end UV inkjet printing solutions for proofing, producing mockups and package prototypes for the gravure, flexo, offset and digital print sectors. Together with software vendor GMG, Mimaki offers complete solutions to the market.”
SGIA is pleased to announce that Hewlett Packard Company will once again participate as a platinum partner of the 2011 SGIA Expo (New Orleans, October 19-21). The SGIA Expo - a unique industry event showcasing the fastest, widest and highest-quality technology available today - is the North American gateway to the global imaging marketplace.
"SGIA has been an important HP partner for many years," said Claudia Barbiero, Sign & Display Marketing Manager, Americas Graphics Solutions Business, Hewlett Packard. "We look forward to the annual SGIA Expo as a key venue for engaging with our customers, demonstrating our leadership within the industry, and showcasing our comprehensive portfolio of digital large-format solutions that help print service providers enter new markets, grow their businesses and prosper."
The anticipation for the 2010 Expo (Las Vegas, October 13-15) is already overflowing into 2011 with chart-topping booth interest and early sponsorship commitments from industry leaders. This year's Expo guarantees hard-hitting educational sessions and eye-opening demonstrations for all members of the specialty imaging community.
Pro-File, Uvistar and Acuity Advance HS also available on stand
Fujifilm will give visitors to its stand (E56) at Viscom Paris the opportunity to take part in its ‘Euromedia Experience’ and also to see its recently launched process independent colour control system, ‘Pro-File’, which standardises colour between screen and inkjet production.
In order for visitors to fully understand how different media can work on various surfaces, a ‘test-drive’ wall will feature samples of indoor and outdoor surfaces commonly used for posters and signage, including brick, plaster, plastic, glass and even a car door. Visitors will be able to apply the various media to see first-hand the results that can be achieved with the hundreds of products within the em range.
“We feel that by demonstrating with real life scenarios just how the many varieties of media work under different day-to-day situations, customers gain a much better understanding of the em range and the various applications that we cater for,” says Jérôme Delplanque, commercial director, Fujifilm Sericol France. “Euromedia aligns with Fujifilm’s philosophy of providing best-in-class, application-driven solutions, and visitors will be able to see the performance benefits, underpinned by expert advice, during their visit to the stand.”
WonderTack and WonderTack Ghost
WonderTack and WonderTack Ghost are the latest innovative solutions that have been added to Fujifilm’s em range.
WonderTack is a solvent printable, white satin gloss polypropylene film, and WonderTack Ghost is a clear PET media. Both adhere to smooth, flat surfaces without the use of adhesive, and are available for UV-curing and water-based systems.
These environmentally friendly solutions are very quick to print, and their sticking ability is down to the unique, micro-porous suckers on the adhering side. The lack of adhesive gives these media their ‘green’ characteristics, as well as making them reusable on multiple occasions. For example, POS graphics printed on WonderTack can be applied even by inexperienced users as it is easily repositionable and reusable.
SmoothWall and StarWall
SmoothWall and StarWall are PVC-free, 190g fleece wallpapers. They are easy to apply, fire retardant in accordance with DIN EN 13501, and can even be dry-removed without leaving a residue. StarWall is completely unique with a discretely structured surface design, and both wallpapers have a special finish to ensure photorealistic image reproduction.
At Viscom, visitors can also see Fujifilm’s process independent colour control system, ‘Pro-File’, which was recently launched at FESPA 2010 in Munich. Utilising its understanding of colour chemistry, Fujifilm has designed a system to allow screen printers to deliver consistent colour output and optimise production efficiencies across both screen and inkjet technologies to deliver the wide variety of print demanded by customers in the 21st century.
The ability to control colour independent of printing device location, substrate, printing method, ink or people will enable printers to have complete confidence that the colour of every single job for any brand will always match, and at the right price point.
The Pro-File system is a package of products and services that synchronises print output between processes to a recognised industry standard. This enables printers to deliver consistent colour and quality print output across proofs, screen and digital print through process-independent colour control, providing users with a flexible, cost-effective solution to meet the increasing demands for print to comply with ISO 12647-2 (FOGRA 39).
Superwide Outdoor Applications
Demonstrating how printers can take advantage of the emerging market for clip-frame billboard banners printed on woven polyethylene (PE) and other superwide format display graphics, the recently-launched Uvistar superwide format printer will be shown on the stand as the most flexible, cost efficient printer in its class.
The Uvistar is available in four different models, producing high quality output at throughput speeds in excess of 300m2/hour. A proven multi-roll system with a highly intuitive user interface, it provides fast and efficient start up with low media wastage, and has the ability to handle rolls of varying widths up to five metres. In combination with the new vibrant Fujifilm Uvijet QK inks, the printers can produce jobs on a very wide range of flexible media, including PE, with no curing or ink starvation issues and with excellent inter-coat lay down for backlit and solid prints.
Acuity Advance HS
Completing the line-up is Fujifilm‘s Acuity Advance HS, which delivers more daily output than any other printer in its class, offering potential for high profit generation and a quick return on investment. With typical production speeds of 40m2/hr, and an 'express' mode for images viewed from greater distances which operates at 65m2/hr, it is excellent mid-range flatbed for high-quality POP and signage.
“We are inviting visitors to come along and test the different technologies and media on our stand,” concludes Jérôme. “Fujifilm prides itself on creating new end user applications and we are confident that the range of innovative products on offer will generate a positive reaction. We look forward to demonstrating this to visitors at the show.”
Experience the latest digital signage innovations first-hand at the DSA Digital Signage Zone during the 2010 SGIA Expo (Las Vegas, October 13-15). Hosted by the Digital Screenmedia Association, this all-new Expert Advice Zone is a great opportunity to examine the process of dynamic signage workflow and discover how this growing market fits into your imaging business.
According to SGIA's 2010 Technology Adoption Survey, most graphic imagers report they are not currently offering electronic signage/dynamic display (82 percent). However, one third of these graphic imagers plan to eventually adopt the technology. Of those who currently offer this technology, an overwhelming 77 percent expect this to be a growing part of their business.
"Graphic producers have existing relationships with clients and should want to offer a full suite of signage," said DSA's Executive Director David Drain. "They also are looking for new product offerings and growth areas. Digital signage has experienced tremendous growth and interest over the last several years."
The DSA Digital Signage Zone will provide an educational setting for Expo attendees to experience all of the requirements needed to manage and display dynamic content. Participants will meet leaders in the digital signage industry, establish contacts for future partnerships and test out the latest technologies.
See these companies currently scheduled to participate in the Zone:
In addition to the DSA Digital Signage Zone, SGIA will offer four more sales-free Expert Advice Zones at the Expo, tailored to each of the diverse specialty imaging communities.