In just one week, the 2010 SGIA Expo (Las Vegas, October 13-15) will showcase the most diverse range of new technology, market trends and business strategies for the specialty imaging community.
"The SGIA Expo is the North American gateway to the global imaging marketplace," said Michael Robertson, SGIA's President and CEO. "Attendees and exhibitors alike have the opportunity to experience the broadest range of advancing, creative applications and total imaging solutions that are driving the specialty imaging industry."
Pre-registration for the 2010 Expo has blown away registration numbers from last year. As of today, more than 17,000 participants plan to come from around the world to experience one-of-a-kind booth demonstrations, hard-hitting educational sessions and unique networking opportunities.
This year, SGIA also will present its first-ever Pre-Expo Business Development Conference on October 12, the day before the Expo floor opens. This exclusive programme, featuring nationally-recognised business authors and speakers, will show attendees how to immediately implement unconventional business tactics to boost their bottom line.
As graphic arts continues to be challenging, integrated solutions are increasingly important as a means of making packaging, sign and display, and print more efficient. At Graph Expo 2010, booth 217 - shared with its business unit, Enfocus - EskoArtwork will demonstrate how its Suite 10 portfolio of packaging and print pre-production software can cut costs by integrating not only with products within the suite but also with software products from numerous partners. In addition, EskoArtwork will demonstrate i-cut Suite, a collection of pre-production solutions that streamline the workflow for the large-format digital printing and finishing throughout the entire production process, from prepress to the finished product. EskoArtwork Kongsberg finishing tables and complementary software will be on display at a number of partner booths.
"EskoArtwork has received a terrific response from our customers to both Suite 10 and i-cut Suite. They are both easy to use and provide complete production solutions for virtually any print organisation," explains Mark Quinlan, President, EskoArtwork North America. "Meanwhile, we are also fortunate that many of our partners are also demonstrating EskoArtwork solutions at Graph Expo. For example, visitors can stop at the Pitman or Fujifilm booths and see a fully functioning Kongsberg i-XL24 dieless cutting table, visit the HP booth to learn how EskoArtwork Digital Front End tools help drive the HP Indigo, or stop by the Xerox booth to see how the Kongsberg i-XE Auto finishing table completes a digital workflow. Whether a company needs software or finishing tables, there are a number of places where they can EskoArtwork's outstanding products at Graph Expo."
Suite 10: Complete prepress solution
Two principal industry drivers have inspired EskoArtwork's Suite 10. First, packaging converters and commercial printers are in need for "best-in-class" tools to service their customers better. Brand Owners demand top-quality workflow solutions that encourage innovation and provide high throughput and rock-solid quality. In today's highly pressurised market, quality must be a given and errors are unacceptable. Reducing the risk of human errors is built into every aspect of Suite 10 – in the first instance by automating the workflow as much as possible, and secondly by introducing 3D capabilities as QC tools to the workflow.
The second driver is related to the increased globalisation and consolidation in the packaging and print industry, leading to larger manufacturing groups. This trend spurred EskoArtwork to adopt a more enterprise-like model for its software.
EskoArtwork's Suite 10 is a major, step-change release of its software solutions for packaging prepress, 3D structural design and quality assurance, collaboration and automation, and colour management. Visitors can follow demonstrations of the new Automation Engine 10 and new version 10 releases of all editor applications: ArtPro 10, PackEdge 10, DeskPack 10, ArtiosCAD 10 and Studio 10. The workstation software is more integrated than ever, with Automation Engine 10, adding capabilities to the automation of repetitive tasks, and taking more human interaction out of the prepress production process. This avoids mistakes and saves considerable time and money.
New i-cut Suite production software for large format digital printing and finishing
i-cut Suite is a collection of pre-production software targeted specifically at users of large format digital printers and/or digital finishing systems. The different modules of i-cut Suite provide sign and display companies extraordinary efficiency and productivity, regardless of the type, source and variety of incoming job information. i-cut Suite tackles all bottlenecks in a workflow, from preflighting PDF files, preparing graphics, creating layouts, to printing, and finishing in perfect registration.
"Shops producing large format displays often receive files that have not been properly prepared, often containing errors or missing information," explains Bill Hartman, EskoArtwork vice president of marketing for sign and display solutions. "Without the proper workflow tools, such deficiencies lead to costly losses of time and materials. By using i-cut software, potential issues are caught and resolved at the beginning of the workflow, resulting in a smooth and cost-effective manufacturing process. It's comprised of different modules: i-cut Preflight for efficient PDF preflighting and editing, i-cut Automate for data workflow and i-cut Layout for interactive layout and nesting. For precise and accurate die-less cutting, the i-cut Vision Pro control system is essential."
Committed development based on customer input
A number of influential printing industry partners will be participating with EskoArtwork, showing hardware and software solutions for a diverse range of print applications:
Agfa/Pitman, booth 844: Pitman, a long time partner and reseller of EskoArtwork hardware and software, will also be demonstrating the Kongsberg i-XL24 dieless cutting table - along with the complete EskoArtwork Suite 10. The Esko Kongsberg i-XL digital finishing system delivers record-breaking productivity and versatility. The table is easy to operate, comes with excellent tools for any application and has an unsurpassed track record for durability. The Kongsberg i-XL comes with tooling specifically for the sign and display market, and offers perfect registration. Visitors can discuss commercial print, packaging, and wide format solutions with EskoArtwork and Agfa/Pitman representatives.
Fujifilm, booths 627 and 1469: Fujifilm, an EskoArtwork partner particularly for wide format applications, will be showing the Kongsberg i-XL24 dieless cutting table, primarily routing rigid materials. They will also offer information about the i-cut suite.
Hewlett-Packard Co., booth 1200: EskoArtwork collaborates with HP to support HP Indigo digital label and packaging presses with EskoArtwork Digital Front End tools. This combination has been well received by converters who are making the transition to digital production in a highly competitive market. HP SmartStream Labels and Packaging workflow solutions are powered by EskoArtwork to bring advanced RIP, workflow and color management tools to HP Indigo users.
Xerox, booths 400/600: Xerox customers use EskoArtwork packaging design and pre-production solutions-particularly ArtiosCAD, DeskPack and Plato-to drive the Xerox iGen3 and Esko Kongsberg dieless cutting table as an end to end printing finishing solution for short-run folding carton packaging applications. On display will be the Kongsberg i-XE Auto finishing table, cutting folding cartons. The Kongsberg i-XE10 Automated works along any small-format to medium-size digital press and to profitably finish a wide range of digitally printed applications up to print-runs of several thousands, depending on design complexity.
"We look forward to seeing the print community at Graph Expo - whether it's at our booth or at one of our partners' locations. EskoArtwork account and support executives are available throughout the hall to answer any questions regarding printing companies' future business and production directions," concludes Quinlan.
Dscoop (Digital Solutions Cooperative) announces a digital finishing Webinar for the HP large-format and Scitex community. Dscoop recently expanded its scope to provide education and resources for the large-format and Scitex community, making it the go-to resource for all HP Graphic Arts customers. For HP large-format press owners, Dscoop membership is free for the first year.
This Webinar is focused on helping HP equipment owners grow their business. Presented by recognized industry experts, Dscoop Webinars provide convenient, online education and professional development opportunities to both owners and operators of HP presses. Webinars are free for Dscoop members. To register for this Webinar, visit www.dscoop.org.
Date: Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
Wide-Format Market Developments and Growth Opportunities
Presented by Tim Greene, InfoTrends
Discuss the latest wide-format graphics market developments, including production technologies (solvent, UV, Latex) and how they are developing. This Webinar examines the wide-format graphics print volume by application, and illustrates growth areas and growing vertical markets
The show team for Sign & Digital UK, the industry’s annual exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham, are pleased to announce the launch of the Sign & Digital UK Awards & Networking Event 2011.
Planning is well underway for this special addition to the UK’s premier visual communications event which is next being held on the 12th – 14th April 2011.
Rudi Blackett, the show’s event director comments: “We feel as the organiser of the event, it makes real sense for us to complement the show with an awards and networking evening. The Sign & Digital UK Awards & Networking Event will provide exhibitors and visitors attending the show with the perfect opportunity to network and socialise with business contacts & colleagues, entertain customers, progress business opportunities and celebrate the high level of skills and innovation of those working in this vibrant market.’’
The event will be held on the evening of 13th April at the National Motorcycle Museum near the show at the entrance to the NEC, Birmingham and will include pre-dinner drinks, 3 course meal, entertainment, awards presentation and the facility to spend time socialising with other attendees. Further details on the event, as well as the awards entry procedure will be announced shortly.
FESPA Digital 2011 (Messe Hamburg, Germany, 24-27 May 2011) has received a phenomenal response from the supplier community, with 70% of available floor space already sold by the beginning of September 2010.
Following the outstanding success of this year’s flagship FESPA 2010 event, the Digital show has also attracted an impressive line-up of corporate supporters. HP will retain its position as FESPA’s Corporate Sponsor for three years through to FESPA 2013 in London, including FESPA Digital 2012 in Barcelona. EFI and Kiian have both reconfirmed their role as Platinum Sponsors for FESPA Digital 2011. FESPA’s Global Technology Partnership with leading inkjet technology develop Xaar has also been extended, and Durst continues to support FESPA as its Innovation Partner.
FESPA Marketing Director, Marcus Timson comments: “Vendors have been extremely decisive in committing to Digital 2011. The buzz that we all felt at FESPA 2010, and the sales successes reported by exhibitors across all five halls, gave a clear indication of optimism and forward-thinking among printers. Looking ahead to 2011, there is a common belief that our industry will have put the economic downturn behind it and be ready to embrace the future with a new generation of digital investment.”
68% of visitors to FESPA 2010 highlighted digital technology as a priority interest area, the highest at any FESPA event to date. All the respondents to FESPA’s April 2010 Worldwide Survey 3, indicated that the proportion of their revenue coming from digital output would increase in the next two years, rising to close to 50% of income for smaller businesses. Demand for new digital equipment, media and consumables reflects this trend and points to FESPA Digital 2011 being a decisive event in the continued progress of the wide format community.
Timson concludes: “Our loyal sponsors and partners play an inestimable role in creating the compelling, interactive, multi-faceted events that have become FESPA’s trademark. These companies are at the forefront of technology innovation in their respective fields. Their financial support helps us to develop content-rich educational and inspirational satellite events, and the customer insights they share openly with us are invaluable. They complement our own research and help us to shape FESPA events to reflect the changing needs and concerns of the global print service provider community we serve.”
Customers of Antalis McNaughton’s Sign and Display division were invited to participate in the recent MACtac open house week at the company’s UK HQ in Northampton where they were treated to series of hands on workshops aimed at giving useful and informative tips and tricks on wrapping cars, vans and motorcycles along with a session devoted to wall and floor graphic applications.
Chris Green, Market Manager at Antalis McNaughton Sign & Display says: “It was great to be able to show our customers how to get the best out of handling MACtac’s long term outdoor film for vehicles, and how easy it is to apply graphics to a range of flat, curved, embossed and riveted surfaces.”
A great deal of interest was shown in the company’s three new special effects films in Black Matt, White Matt and Carbon Fiber which can also be used to add special detail to vehicle interiors.
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