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WHAT’S NEW IN INTERIOR DÉCOR PRINTING From the hospitality and restaurant industries, all the way to the fashion runway, there exists a great and increasing demand for printed interior décor items. Wide-format innovations are expanding the range of decor items and textiles PSPs can print on. By Carol Brzozowski

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Application Spotlight: Braille Printing in a Digital Age

Departments

Getting the Job Done with Cutters and Routers

Printing applications reconfigured

Upgrading to the latest iteration of

to print braille give visually impaired

cutting and routing equipment can

communities access to important

provide plentiful benefits to PSPs.

information.

By Jeffrey Steele

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By Amanda Luz Henning Santiago

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ACE Print Providers Engineer New Market Offerings

Wield these digital signage solutions best practices to effectively get your messages

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Editor’s Note Bring Spring In By Rebecca Flores

Sign Connection: Latest Trends in Technology and Digital Signage

Digital technology is changing the ACE

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What’s New at the FESPA Global Print Expo 2018 By Roz Guarnori

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Editor’s Note

Bring Spring In

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very year, Wide-Format & Signage takes account of the Top Shops in Wide and Large Format Printing. We’ll release our results in next month’s issue but while you’re waiting on those, maybe it’s time to begin thinking about what it may take to get your business to the next level.

At the core of why we do what we do at

information? Well, that’s up to you and I

Wide-Format & Signage is our mission to

certainly hope that the words across the next

equip you with the latest in industry knowl-

few pages you’re about to read inspire you to

edge and information about the newest tech-

claim a stake in our Top Shops in Wide and

nology so that you can maintain your edge

Large Format Printing in 2019.

and serve your customers excellently. In an effort to do just that, Carol Brzo-

Rebecca Flores Managing Editor Rebecca Flores is an editorial professional with more than 7 years experience in content management, corporate communications, and leadership. With a demonstrated history of success in writing and editing, in addition to a keen insight for current trends, she brings an energized approach to coverage of the print and graphics industry. Email Rebecca at Rebecca@ PrintingNews.com.

This Spring, allow yourself the permission to think outside of the box and smell the ros-

zowski reports what is new in the world of

es. When is the last time you really leaned

interior printing (page 8-9). Jeffrey Steele

into your creative side as a business profes-

offers a fresh perspective on an often over-

sional? Creativity is a precursor to innova-

looked segment of the industry, cutters and

tion so this Spring, make a point to equip

routers (page 16-17). Our Application Spot-

yourself with the continued learning our

light this month takes a look at the innova-

columnist Joe Marin at Printing Industries

tive world of braille signage.

of America impressed the importance of last

The truth is you can’t blame a lack of inspiration, not when powerhouses like the

month and don’t be afraid to try something new. Now, on to those ideas...

teams at the International Sign Association and the Federation of European Screen Printers Associations facilitate endless opportunities to converge with other leaders and discuss innovative ideas, new technology, and where to invest in the marketplace. The question is how do you use this

What’s New in Cutters & Routers New innovations include greater flexibility, reduced turn-around times, increased reliability, easier operation, and higher quality. In gaining such advantages, PSPs place increased sales, revenues, and profits well within their reach.

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Printing Pulse Onyx Graphics Awarded Another U.S. Patent for Color Technology Innovation Salt Lake City-based global software company Onyx Graphics Inc. has been awarded another U.S. patent for color technology innovations in wide-and grand-format print software solutions. U.S patent 9,917,955 has been granted for spectral transmissive measurement of media, a new method of obtaining color information for printing on media resulting in improved color accuracy, especially for backlit display and textile printing applications. The patent is the product of Onyx Graphics’ own staff of color scientists including Dr. Max Derhak, Dr. Lin Luo (Eric), and William Chase. “Onyx Graphics is continually investing in research and development,” said Kevin Murphy, President of Onyx Graphics. “With a technologically strong engineering staff working alongside our own color scientists, our in-house development teams are able to create and enhance our leading-edge technologies to deliver powerful and reliable, large format print solutions that lift the industry.” This latest U.S. patent includes technological advancements in the field of color management, an industry-known strength for Onyx Graphics, Inc. A new color experience is also promised with the company’s next major release, which will be integrated into the full spectrum of ONYX software solution including ONYX Thrive print workflow software and ONYX RIP products. PrintingNews.com/12407274

Heidelberg Optimizes Financing Structure, Basis for Investment in Future Growth Heidelberg has further optimized its financing structure and agreed to a new syndicated credit line with improved conditions with its banking group. By taking out the credit line with a higher total of €320 million and term that runs till March 2023, the company is creating financial flexibility and longer-term planning certainty. Besides supporting the dayto-day operational business of the global organization, the new credit facility underpins the strategy of further expanding new digital business models, like the newly established subscription portfolio. “This refinancing is another sign of the banks’ confidence in our strategic roadmap to a digital future,” said Dirk Kaliebe, CFO of Heidelberg. “The financial basis for our new digital technologies and business models has been secured for the long term. We have numerous options at our disposal for driving forward our growth strategy. At the same time, we are able to further reduce interest costs by optimizing the financial framework.” PrintingNews.com/12405104

FASTSIGNS Franchisees Recognized for Giving Back to Their Communities FASTSIGNS International recently recognized five FASTSIGNS franchisees for their local charitable works and community involvement as part of the FASTSIGNS Cares initiative. Franchisees across the United States and Canada participate in local philanthropic efforts throughout the year, including providing free or discounted signs and graphics, volunteering time, hosting events, donating banners to returning military servicemen and women, and giving financial donations to local organizations. This year, winners of the internal “Show Us How You Care” initiative were chosen by their peers during the 2018 FASTSIGNS International Convention in Houston, Texas. In addition to the recognition, each franchisee recognized earned a donation of $1,000 for their local charity of choice. “We know that FASTSIGNS centers do a lot in their local communities to give back and make a positive impact,” said Catherine Monson, CEO of FASTSIGNS International. “We are so proud of the many ways FASTSIGNS franchisees and their teams serve others. Th rough the FASTSIGNS ‘Show Us How You Care’ awards, we recognize the wonderful acts of kindness in our network and the local organizations that are very near and dear to franchisees’ hearts.” PrintingNews.com/1240719

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Canon Solutions America Examines How to Align Your Wide Format Printing Investment with New Applications & Customer Demands The ability to produce specialty applications presents tremendous growth opportunities for commercial printers. But in order to capitalize on these opportunities, it is imperative to have the right large format printing solutions and technologies in place to meet their customers’ requirements quickly and economically. Canon Solutions America examines the common large-format printing technologies and key considerations for selecting the technologies that are most appropriate for your business needs—both now and in the future. Understanding different printing technologies is the first step in selecting equipment that is most appropriate for your business needs. Aqueous inks come in two varieties—dye and pigment—with both using water to carry the colorant. Dye inks are suitable for dry environments, shortterm use where image quality and striking color are critical, whereas pigment inks are considered short term water resistant. Once you understand the different technologies, there are several key considerations when deciding which type is right for your business. What are the Strengths? What are the Limitations? What are Key Applications?

Flexpress Buys EFI Pro 16h LED Hybrid Wide-Format Printer to Win in DFW’s Growing Graphics Market Electronics For Imaging, Inc. has announced that Flexpress has purchased an EFITM Pro 16h LED hybrid flatbed/roll inkjet printer from authorized EFI distributor Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. With its new acquisition, the Dallas-based digital printing company can broaden its local and national customer base by offering a much greater range of high-quality signage and graphics work. With its newly installed printer, Flexpress is offering many different types of applications on both rigid and flexible media. The printer’s outstanding quality and broad media compatibility has even opened the door to fine art reproductions. “One of the benefits of the Pro16h is that it can run canvas,” said Ward, adding that his company is working with three international artists to produce fine art work on both canvas and on watercolor paper. In the signage market, the printer gives Flexpress the added ability to capture some of the opportunities that come with being in the rapidly expanding Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) metropolitan area. “More than 100,000 people move here every year, the area has a large con-

Even with an understanding of the trade-offs of each large-format printing technology, determining which one is the best investment for your business may still be a challenge. In many instances, there is no one “perfect fit,” and you will need a combination of these technologies in order to print the widest variety of customer requested applications in-house. Talk to your preferred large format hardware partner to determine which technologies make sense for your business needs – both now and into the future.

centration of Fortune 500 companies, and is a popular destination for large- scale events,” said Ward. “Companies come in and they need signs and other services. And with the growth of condos and apartment, the demand for signage, banners, and related products is going up as well. The EFI Pro 16h puts us in a position where we can take advantage of this opportunity.” Within the next 12 months Flexpress intends to explore short-run packaging and package prototyping services with the printer, including printing custom products for local events and tradeshows. PrintingNews.com/1240625

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Printing Pulse New Case Study: Wide Format Printer Automates Production Process Successfully More and more wide-format print-

working with twenty different wide

ers are relying on web shops to of-

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fer their customers a fast, simple

products. In the printing process,

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and digital printing.

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more flexibly, saving time and cost.”

manager in one single system.

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Koenig & Bauer Large Format Rapida 164 Eight-Color Supports Explosive Demand and Growth at Huston Patterson Tonya Kowa-Morelli took over the reigns at Huston Patterson, her family’s privately owned package printing business in August 2013, when the industry as a whole was still rebounding from economic and digital challenges. But in the past four years she has re-shaped and re-invigorated the company to compete effectively and efficiently, posting double-digit sales and demonstrating that the next generation has the leadership chops to continue its fast-paced growth. Kowa-Morelli, the third generation to operate the business, was named presiZach Kowa, Director of Post Press Operations; Joseph R. Morelli, Vice President of Sales and Marketing; and Tonya S. Kowa-Morelli, President; chose a new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 164 64-inch eight-color press with coating to support the firm’s explosive demand and growth.

dent of the firm after serving in various sales, marketing and leadership roles for nine years. In her first year as president, her sales team notched a 30% increase while reducing spoilage and seeing in-

creased efficiency in the pressroom. Under her guidance both Illinois facilities—Huston Patterson in Decatur and Sigma Graphics in Ottawa—continue to add the latest technology to benefit their clients. This month under her watchful eyes, Kowa-Morelli signed a contract for a new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 164 64-inch eight-color press with coating to be installed later this year at its 110,000 square ft Decatur facility. After careful consideration, the new press was chosen to provide additional capacity for the extraordinary increase in sales and boost its capabilities (especially for the growing specialty coating market), and further its fast-turnaround and flexibility for the large format package printing industry it serves. The new press will be installed alongside the firm’s existing Koenig & Bauer 64-inch seven-color with UV, 64-inch six-color, and 56-inch

ISA Sign Expo 2018 Closes in Orlando— Attendance Tops 20,000 ISA International Sign Expo 2018 closed with attendance topping 20,387—making it the largest ISA Sign Expo in Orlando and one of the largest in ISA Sign Expo history. The trade show floor was the largest-ever footprint for the event. “Significant weather issues throughout the country affected air travel, but attendees found a way to get here anyway,” said Lori Anderson, ISA President and CEO. “And they came in a mood to buy. Exhibitors reported that sales were outstanding. This reinforces that ISA International Sign Expo is the only industry event connecting sign and print companies with vendors who can help them capitalize on the expansions in the sign, graphics and visual communications industry.” PrintingNews.com/1240504

six-color as well as the Rapida 105 40-inch seven-color UV press at Sigma Graphics. PrintingNews.com/1240654

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Interior Décor Pr From the hospitality and restaurant industries, all the way to the fashion runway, there exists a great and increasing demand for printed interior décor items.

Mimaki Japan Living Space, image courtesy of Mimaki.

By Carol Brzozowski

print shops to mom and pop shops are producing printed interior décor items, according to Lily Hunter, Product Manager of Textiles and Consumables at Roland DGA. “Since there are so many different types of décor, each PSP can supply something within the interior décor category depending on their respective customer bases, equipment and

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rom the hospitality and restaurant industries, all the way to the fashion runway, there exists a great and increasing demand for printed interior décor items. Print service providers with operations ranging from commercial

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their specific capabilities,” Hunter pointed out. All Roland printers including dye-sublimation, eco-solvent and UV models can be used for interior décor applications, Hunter noted. “Dye-sublimation inkjets, such as those offered within our Texart series, are commonly used for—but are not limited to—textile applications such

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rinting Wall Covering, image courtesy of HP.

as window coverings, drapes, pillows, cushions, furniture, upholstery and artwork—either on fabFashion printed with rics or poly-coated Epson, image rigid substrates like courtesy of metal, wood and Epson. flooring such as rigid substrates like hard floor panels, or soft materials like rugs and bathmats,” she added. Eco-solvent applications through Roland TrueVIS VG and SG series printers and cutters include wall coverings, decorations for cushion and pillow covers, art on canvas, and window blinds. All of those applications can be done using UV printers and inks, like those found on the VersaUV LEF and LEJ series printers, according to Hunter. She added that in addition to printing on polyester fabrics, UV inks can be printed directly on natural fibers like cotton. The fast evolving digital fabric printing market has touched many industries so far but seems to be having the biggest effect on the fashion industry. Digital fabric printing offers designers new ways to produce their work on a range of fabrics, according to Mark Radogna, Strategic Marketing at Epson

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America. This was made especially clear during the fourth annual Epson Digital Couture Project, a fashion showcase that lead up to New York Fashion Week. The show highlighted the work of 13 North and Latin American designers, who utilized Epson’s dye-sublimation printing technology to showcase their signature style and create high-quality original prints for the show. A fashion and technology panel weighed in on how digital technology is evolving the fashion industry. “The future of fashion is customization. From the colors and prints to the size and shape of garments, all on-demand,” said Keith Kratzberg, President and CEO of Epson America. The Epson SureColor F-Series—including SureColor F9370—is designed for high-speed, economical, medium to large-volume dye-sublimation transfer printing at speeds up to 1,169 square feet per hour. PrecisionCore TFP printheads and Epson UltraChrome DS with high

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density black ink produce fabric output with color saturation and high contrast. The Wasatch SoftRIP workflow with specialty features for textile and fashion printing enables flexibility and control in original design creation. The Epson SureColor F2100 offers high-quality printing at production speeds, with the ability to print directly onto garments that range from 100% cotton to fabric blends, using four-color ink technology plus white ink, a quick-load platen and Epson Garment Creator Soft ware. The Mona Lisa, produced by F.lli Robustelli, equipped with Epson PrecisionCore printheads and Genesta inks, designed by Epson in collaboration with For.Tex is available in widths of 180, 220 and 320 cm, enabling custom designs to be printed on a wide range of fabrics. Epson America also introduced its new microsite that provides fashion designers with solution-based guidance for a range of digital fabric printing applications, including dye-sublimation, direct-to-garment, and direct-to-fabric printing on a variety of fabrics. It also connects fashion designers directly to digital fabric printers. In most cases a digital textile printer can print designs on the same fabrics that designers typically screen print on in as little as seven working days, according to Ragdona. Accommodated fabric types include polyesters, blends



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and silks, cotton, linen, wool, and rayon. Digital fabric printing provides a 90% reduction in water use and a 30% reduction in electricity consumption compared to traditional fabric printing methods. HP Latex technology prints on a variety of materials and is environmentally friendly—safe for indoor use and odorless, according to Asaf Lavi, a Senior Business Development Manager at HP’s large Format Digital Printing division. It is EFI’s winning entry, image courtesy of EFI.

fluorescent inks and ideal for smaller items and ‘proofing’ designs. The Mimaki TS300P-1800, a 77” production speed printer with available fluorescent inks is used to create seating surfaces and pillow covers. Draperies and bedding without seams can be created with the Mimaki TS500P-3200 is a 130” production speed printer with bulk ink for long runs. Direct-to-textile printing can be done on the Mimaki TX300P-1800, a 75” printer with dual-ink capability to print on natural materials with textile pigment ink or on polyester materials with direct dye sublimation inks. The Mimaki TX300P-1800B is a 75” printer with belt-drive for stable transport of sheer or stretchy fabrics, dual ink capability to print on natural materials with textile pigment ink, or on polyester materials with direct dye sublimation inks (it also creates seating surfaces and pillow covers). Long runs such as draperies and bedding without seams can be used with the Mimaki TX500P-3200DS is a 130” production speed, bulk ink printer. An inline fixation unit eliminates the need to calendar press the printed fabric. According to Martin a significant demand for décor printing comes from the hospitality industry, as well as hospitals and corporate offices. PSPs who cater to these markets are usually specialists in digital textile printing, noted Martin, adding that many have specialized knowledge in textiles and have various methods of printing or transferring, color management and finishing operations. Ken Hanulec, Vice President of Marketing at EFI, noted that décor and wall coverings can be printed on a wide range of materials using EFI’s VUTEk LED hybrid and rollto-roll printers. A number of PSPs are tapping into the fast-growing market

often used for wall coverings, canvas, window shades, window blinds, wall decals, fabric, drapery, and upholstery. Two types of customers attracted to décor printing include the B2B market (primarily interior design and architectural firms) and B2C, direct to consumers, noted Lavi. A PSP with an HP Latex printer can often expand from interior projects for corporate offices, retail stores, and SM businesses to the hospitality and healthcare sectors, according Printed canvas, image courtesy of HP. to Lavi. PSPs who specialize in wall coverings and window shades and are embracing digital printing as an avenue for expanded creativity and profitability are tapping into market trends, Lavi added. Among the tools offered by HP in this effort is a cloud-based HP WallArt Solution and a media certification program. Tommy Martin, Product Manager of Textiles and Apparel for décor work printed on textiles using VUTEk FabriVU and Business Development and Marketing for Mimaki USA, noted EFI Reggiani dye-sublimation printers, according to Hanulec. that Mimaki’s printers can produce soft surface décor includA significant demand for digital print in retail décor has led ing window coverings, seating surfaces, lampshades and PSPs who traditionally produce POP display work to expand bedding as well as hard surfaces such as tabletops, decorative their work. Consumer-focused applications such as décor panels and glass accents. work printed for interior designers and specialty applications Transfer dye sublimation is made possible through the like decals and graphics ordered online have also increased Mimaki TS30-1300, a 54,” entry-level printer with available PSPs’ work, Hanulec added.

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Application Spotlight:

Braille Printing in a Digital Age We live in an age where information is seemingly limitless and it’s assumed that everyone has equal access to it. Unfortunately, for those who are blind or visually impaired this isn’t the case. By Amanda Luz Henning Santiago

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lack of texts and signage printed in braille is among one of the many roadblocks to information that the visually impaired face. While automated text-reading devices and programs have been a big help to many in the visually impaired community, braille is irreplaceable. Braille enables visually impaired individuals to read, write, and comfortably navigate throughout their communities. A lack of accessibility to braille means a lack of information.

Access Precedes Change The reconfiguration of different printing applications has made braille text and signage much more accessible to the visually impaired. Roland DGA, for example, has diligently worked on new workflows and applications for braille printing and signage is. Kitt Jones, Head of Applications at Roland DGA, spoke to Wide-Format & Signage about its VersaUV printing and EGX engraving machines, braille applications, and the key differences between Roland’s two methods of creating braille signage. As the Head of Applications, Jones creates new uses and workflows for existing applications. “If somebody wanted to print on a candle, I would help them develop a workflow, figure out if it can be done, and then document that for future use,” Jones explained. “I also do demos, when we get new machines, I figure

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out how they work, and what can be done with them. Where the breaking Roland DGA ADA signage, image courtesy of Roland DGA. points are and where placed by the EGX engraving machines. the sweet spots are. We “It’s very tedious. With UV you can document that information and give it print graphics on signage, you can print to users and dealers.” a background on it, and you can also The American Printing House for the have braille, to make the signage a little Blind (APHB) approached Roland to asbit more diverse.” sist with creating new and easier braille Engraving machines can engrave printing applications. Jones helped wood, plastics, metals, and ADA APHB make use of Roland’s products signage—unfortunately engraving mafor their specific needs. chines have no graphic abilities. Roland continues to provide the tools While it’s evident that there are big necessary to print braille with both UV advantages to choosing UV printers printers and their engraving machines. over engraving machines, according to UV Gloss Applications Jones, there’s a large profit margin for UV gloss printing is a multi-layering ADA signage no matter the technique. ink process that creates raised text The Future of Braille and images. Applications “The way we make our braille is by As time goes on it’s likely that new layering our UV gloss ink to a certain workflow, machines and printing appliheight that makes it [ADA] compliant,” cations will be invented to better suit said Jones. (Jones also noted that it’s up the needs of the visually impaired. 3D to customers, and the owners of these printing, for example has been hailed machines to make sure their signs are for its ability to quickly generate braille ADA complicit.) printed products, such as books and Roland offers a range of UV gloss puzzles. (Some exemplary examples of printers that can meet a variety of this include the Fittle, and The Tactile braille printing needs, that include the Picture Books Project.) VersaUV LEJ and LEF printer series. There’s still much more work to be Engraving Applications done in order to give visually imAn engraving application involves two paired communities the same access layers of sign material being chipped to signage and text that non-visually away at, according to Jones. The first impaired people have. But hopefully in layer is chipped away leaving a graphic time new applications will help bridge or pictogram in place, and then little the information gap. holes are drilled for braille beads

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ACE Print Providers Engineer New Market Offerings New Printing has long played in a critical role in the ACE market. It is the backbone of the design process performed by the architectural firm. By Joann Whitcher

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he bid process lead by the general contracting firm on behalf of a project owner and the build process performed by the hired subcontractors help make a construction project come to fruition.

However, digital technology is changing the paradigm. Print providers that service the ACE industry are facing challenges all to familiar to their fellow PSPs—digital technology is shrinking print volumes. “As more and more ACE documents are created digitally, fewer and fewer of our members’ clients are utilizing print,” said Ed Avis, Managing Director of the Association of Printing and Data Solutions Professionals (APDSP). APDSP members looking elsewhere for opportunities and expanding the types of services they provide current customers. Vendors are meeting this need with equipment and technology, allowing their customers to tap into these opportunities.

Color Printing “We have been seeing an increased demand for large-format devices capable of color output but with the productivity of a monochrome system,” noted Bob Honn, Senior Director of Marketing Support in Canon Solutions America Large Format Solutions division. “Up until three or four years ago, the cost difference between monochrome and color was too great—it didn’t make sense for print providers to join the ACE market just to offer color CAD drawings,” said Avis. “Now the cost of doing color is affordable because of single color pass color printing.” “Historically there have been compromises in mechanical print speed, processing speed, dry time, media/document handling, and other aspects when compared to monochrome large format systems,” said Honn. “Today however, users do not have to make such compromises and can implement large-for-

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The Ricoh MP CW2201SP is a color wide format printer with multifunction capabilities and the power to integrate cloud-based solutions into AEC workflows.

mat color into their workflow with similar productivity and user experience to the monochrome system they are used to sending jobs to.” Print providers are finding that their ACE customers want to include more color into their building proposals, submittals and printed communications. Color in large format technical documents is primarily used for presentation quality sales and marketing applications, exhibits, and posters—namely to ease interpretation and comprehension for faster decision-making. “Architects use color in presentations to convey detailed designs, while engineers rely on color to clarify complex drawings to reduce mistakes in the production process,” Honn said. “In the GIS market, more maps are now produced in color to facilitate interpretation.” “Color is becoming more essential to understanding electronic drawings of chips and circuit boards with many levels, fine lines and small elements partly overlapping each other,” continued Honn. “The use of color is important in industrial designs to make products appear more realistic and assist with product evaluation.” Color is also used for educational and training purposes, as color-coded views of schematics, and drawings

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aid retention of material. In short, color workflows can reduce error and improve decision making by clearer communication in the collaboration process. “The Océ PlotWave and ColorWave systems designed for these environments can improve the design, bid, and build workflow process for the AEC market,” said Honn.

Scanning Legacy Documents Color is not the only new service offering in the ACE print provider toolkit. Job site technology and document scanning have also been added into the mix. “There is still a large volume of legacy documents that need to be scanned into a computer, and forward thinking repro shops have tapped that market. If you know who buys that service, and where their budget comes from, you can profit from it,” Avis said.

Canon’s offers large format technical document management with advanced security options with the Océ PlotWave 345/365 large format printing systems.

For example, ADSAP members have tapped municipalities because they often have streets or their sewer lines mapped out on paper documents, and now need those all ancient documents digitized. Scanning solves another problem for the paper-dependent AEC industry—disaster recovery. “Thanks to multifunction capabilities, these shops now have the ability to scan archival documents, categorize them, name them, and find

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Many shops can print and scan to meet their customers’ needs, but some are seeing an opportunity to take it a step further by offering a full solution around printing and scanning. Job Site Technology

them with an intelligent PDF search feature whether they’re saved in the cloud, on a DVD, on a USB,” said Ray Bauer, Production Marketing Manager of Commercial & Industrial Printing Business Group at Ricoh USA, Inc. “When implementing a disaster recovery plan, these capabilities are vital and help save crucial time.” Many shops can print and scan to meet their customers’ needs, but some are seeing an opportunity to take it a step further by offering a full solution around printing and scanning. “Ricoh’s Consulting Services team helps customers to build out smart scanning solutions that go beyond simply scanning in File 1, File 2 and so on,” added Bauer. Print providers are finding that there is a need to be able to produce more documents faster, which is why many are turning to integrated print, copy and scan systems. Users don’t want to wait a long time for files to process or documents to print. Some of the newer print, copy and scan equipment on the market today features technology that offers faster file processing power. The Océ Power Logic Controller embedded in the Océ TCS400 processes large color files at record speeds. In the AEC space, Ricoh exclusively sells multifunction devices that allow customers to reduce their device footprint while still meeting customer needs. “We offer a number of features on these devices including high resolution scanning as well as the ability to scan to a variety of endpoints including to USB, to email, to folder, and to file on a network,” said Bauer. “Our scanning solutions are also able to detect title blocks and name scanned documents accordingly, minimizing wasted time spent sift ing through a number of ambiguously named files. “

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Still another new service being provided is job site technology, which involves using technology other than printing to meet the builder’s needs on the job site, such as 3D scanning, and virtual and augmented reality. In 3D scanning, a special type of scanner is attached to a drone to take accurate, detailed images as it moves throughout the building. This is useful during renovation projects, when the scanner can take detailed images of the building in its original state, and import that data into an AutoCAD program to create an overlay rendering of the renovation. It’s also useful in monitoring construction as it proceeds. Virtual reality isn’t just for gamers. In this instance, data is exported either from a scan of the image or from an AutoCAD program to create a walkthrough for the builder. This tool can be helpful to the builder when selling the project to a client. Augmented reality is also being used. A walkthrough of the building can be created to show the client, for example, where the pipes are going to be installed. “These new services do require a specific expertise,” Avis pointed out. The repro shop can buy the equipment and either hire someone with that expertise or train an in-house employee, or act as reseller and hire a third party. Want to learn more about opportunities in the ACE market? “The Association of Printing and Data Solutions Professionals has developed a series of webinar on topics that,” shared Avis, “reprographic shops are most in need of learning.” You can find the webinars of and additional information on The Association of Printing and Data Solutions Professionals website.



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2018 ENGINEERING PRINTER & COPIER RESOURCE CHART Type (Inkjet/Toner)

Model

Max Resolution Width

Speed (D-size per min)

Length

B/W

Color

Speed (E-size per min) B/W

Color

First Print Out (seconds) B/W

Color

# Media Rolls

Accepted Media Widths

Integrated Scan (Y/N)

Base Price (USD)

Canon Solutions America | 800-652-2666 | PrintingNews.com/12303268 Océ PlotWave 345

LED toner

600

1200

4-D/min

<40 sec.

1 or 2*

11” - 36”

Optional

Contact Manufacturer

Océ PlotWave 365

LED toner

600

1200

6-D/min

<40 sec.

1 or 2*

11” - 36”

Optional

Contact Manufacturer

Océ PlotWave 450

LED toner

600

1200

8-D/min

<40 sec.

2 or 4

11” - 36”

Optional

Contact Manufacturer

Océ PlotWave 550

LED toner

600

1200

10-D/min

<40 sec.

2 or 4

11” - 36”

Optional

Contact Manufacturer

Océ PlotWave 750

LED toner

600

1200

9-D/min

<40 sec.

2 to 6

11” - 36”

Optional

Contact Manufacturer

Océ PlotWave 900

LED toner

600

1200

18-D/min

<40 sec.

4 or 6

11” - 36”

Optional

Contact Manufacturer

Océ ColorWave 500

Océ CrystalPoint Toner

600

600

1,216 sqft/hr

1,141 sqft/hr

1,389 sqft/hr

1,292 sqft/hr

2 or 4

11” - 42”

Optional

Contact Manufacturer

Océ ColorWave 700

Océ CrystalPoint Toner

600

600

1,216 sqft/hr

1,141 sqft/hr

1,389 sqft/hr

1,292 sqft/hr

4 or 6

11” - 42”

Optional

Contact Manufacturer

Océ ColorWave 910

Single Pass Aqueous Inkjet

1600

3,450 sqft/hr

3,450 sqft/hr

4,529 sqft/hr

4,529 sqft/hr

6

11” - 42”

Optional

Contact Manufacturer

Epson America | 800-GO-EPSON | PrintingNews.com/10005229 Epson T3270

Inkjet

2880

1440

28 sec/page

28 sec/page

7

7

1

up to 24

No

$2,995

Epson T5270

Inkjet

2880

1440

25 sec/page

25 sec/page

51 sec/ page

51 sec/ page

7

7

1

up to 36

Optional

$3,995

Epson T5270+MFP

Inkjet

2880

1440

25 sec/page

25 sec/page

51 sec/ page

51 sec/ page

7

7

1

up to 36

Yes

$8,495

Epson T5270D

Inkjet

2880

1440

25 sec/page

25 sec/page

51 sec/ page

51 sec/ page

7

7

2

up to 36

Optional

$5,995

Epson T5270D+MFP

Inkjet

2880

1440

25 sec/page

25 sec/page

51 sec/ page

51 sec/ page

7

7

2

up to 36

Yes

$10,495

Epson T7270

Inkjet

2880

1440

25 sec/page

25 sec/page

48 sec/ page

48 sec/ page

7

7

1

up to 44

Optional

$4,995

Epson T7270+MFP

Inkjet

2880

1440

25 sec/page

25 sec/page

48 sec/ page

48 sec/ page

7

7

1

up to 44

Yes

$9,495

Epson T7270D

Inkjet

2880

1440

25 sec/page

25 sec/page

48 sec/ page

48 sec/ page

7

7

2

up to 44

Optional

$6,995

Epson T7270D+MFP

Inkjet

2880

1440

25 sec/page

25 sec/page

48 sec/ page

48 sec/ page

7

7

2

up to 44

Yes

$11,495

HP Inc. | 866-229-7313 | PrintingNews.com/10005824 HP DesignJet T120 Printer

Inkjet

1,200

1200

40 D prints per hour

241 sqft/hr

70

1

8.3 to 24

N

$1,201

HP DesignJet T520 24-in Printer

Inkjet

2,400

1200

70 D prints per hour

275 sqft/hr

35

1

8.3 to 24

N

$2,105

HP DesignJet T520 36-in Printer

Inkjet

2,400

1200

70 D prints per hour

275 sqft/hr

35

1

8.3 to 36

N

$2,995

HP DesignJet T730 Printer

Inkjet

2,400

1200

82 D prints per hour

25

1

8.3 to 36

N

$3,595

HP DesignJet T790 PostScript® Printer

Inkjet

2,400

1200

93 D prints per hour

400 sqft/hr

32

1

8.3 to 24

N

$3,600

HP DesignJet T795 Printer

Inkjet

2,400

1200

103 D prints per hour

445 sqft/hr

28

1

8.3 to 44

N

$5,395

HP DesignJet T830 Multifunction Printer

Inkjet

2,400

1200

82 D prints per hour

25

1

8.3 to 36

N

$7,195

HP DesignJet T930 36-in Printer

Inkjet

2,400

1200

120 D prints per hour

21

2

8.3 to 36

N

$5,395

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Max Resolution

Speed (D-size per min)

Type (Inkjet/Toner)

Width

Length

B/W

HP DesignJet T930 36-in PostScript® Printer

Inkjet

2,400

1200

120 D prints per hour

HP DesignJet T1300 PostScript® Printer

Inkjet

2,400

1200

103 D prints per hour

HP DesignJet T1530 Printer

Inkjet

2,400

1200

HP DesignJet T2530 36-in Multifunction Printer

Inkjet

2,400

HP DesignJet T2530 36-in PostScript® Multifunction Printer

Inkjet

HP DesignJet T2530 36-in PostScript® Multifunction Printer

Speed (E-size per min)

First Print Out (seconds) # Media Rolls

Accepted Media Widths

Integrated Scan (Y/N)

Base Price (USD)

21

2

8.3 to 36

N

$6,145

445 sqft/hr

28

2

8.3 to 44

N

$8,395

120 D prints per hour

N/A

21

2

8.3 to 36

N

$8,395

1200

120 D prints per hour

N/A

21

2

8.3 to 36

Y

$9,895

2,400

1200

120 D prints per hour

N/A

21

2

8.3 to 36

Y

$10,995

Inkjet

2,400

2300

HP DesignJet T7200 Production Printer

Inkjet

2,400

1200

165 D prints per hour

1265 sqft/hr

15.5

HP DesignJet SD Pro Multifunction Printer

Inkjet

2,400

1200

103 D prints per hour

445 sqft/hr

HP DesignJet HD Pro Multifunction Printer

Inkjet

2,400

1200

108 D prints / hour

HP DesignJet Z2600 PostScript® Printer

Inkjet

2,400

1200

HP DesignJet Z3200ps 24-in Photo Printer

Inkjet

2,400

HP DesignJet Z3200ps 44-in Photo Printer

Inkjet

HP DesignJet Z5200 Photo Printer

Model

Color

B/W

Color

B/W

Color

$17, 195

17.5

2 (upgradeable to 3)

11 to 42

N

$12,644

28

2

8.3 to 44

bundled

$18,495

650 sqft/hr

33

2

11 to 44

bundled

$24,745

78 D prints per hour

469 sqft/hr

32

1

11 to 24

N

$3,245

1200

30 D prints per hour

183 sqft/hr

120

1

8.3 to 24

N

$4,605

2,400

1200

31 D prints per hour

183 sqft/hr

120

1

8.3 to 44

N

$5,789

Inkjet

2,400

1200

42 D prints per hour

445 sqft/hr

42

1

11 to 44

N

$5,345

HP DesignJet Z5600 PostScript® Printer

Inkjet

2,400

1200

108 D prints / hour

650 sqft/hr

33

2

11 to 44

N

$5,445

HP DesignJet Z6200 Photo Production Printer

Inkjet

2,400

1200

204 D prints / hour

1225 sqft/hr

18

1

11 to 42

N

$10,619

HP DesignJet Z6600 Production Printer

Inkjet

2,400

1200

250 D prints per hour

1500 sqft/hr

15

1

11 to 60

N

$10,995

HP DesignJet Z6800 Photo Production Printer

Inkjet

1,200

1200

250 D prints per hour

1500 sqft/hr

15

1

11 to 60

N

$16,495

KIP America | 800-252-6793 | PrintingNews.com/10006264 KIP 770K

Toner

600

1800

3

35

1 + Cassette

11 to 36

Y

$13,995

KIP 7170K

Toner

600

2400

6

20

2

11 to 36

Y

$19,995

KIP 75 Series

Toner

600

2400

10

12

2 or 4

11 to 36

Y; optional

$22,250

KIP 79 Series

Toner

600

2400

14

12

2 or 4

11 to 36

Y; optional

$28,000

KIP 850

Toner

600

2400

10

8

30

35

2

11 to 36

Y; optional

$26,800

KIP 860

Toner

600

2400

10

8

30

35

2

11 to 36

Y

$29,800

KIP 870

Toner

600

2400

10

8

30

35

4

11 to 36

Y; optional

$29,800

KIP 880

Toner

600

2400

10

8

30

35

4

11 to 36

Y

$34,800

KIP 890

Toner

600

2400

10

8

30

35

4

11 to 36

Y

$40,800

KIP940K

Toner

600

2400

11

9

24

24

3

11 to 36

Y; optional

$59,995

Ricoh Americas Corp. | 800-63-RICOH | PrintingNews.com/10007712 RICOH MP W6700SP

Toner

600

600

6.7

0

3.3

19

Up to 2

up to 36

Y

$22,000

RICOH MP W7100

Toner

600

600

10

0

5

13

Up to 4

up to 36

Y

$42,548

RICOH MP W8140

Toner

600

600

14

0

7

10

Up to 4

up to 36

Y

$55,223

RICOH MP CW2201

Ink

600

600

3.8

2.1

1.9

Up to 2

up to 36

Y

$14,500

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Getting the Job Done with

Cutters & Routers By Jeffrey Steele

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o matter which way you cut it, there’s little doubt that cutters, routers, and finishing tables are evolving into increasingly sophisticated tools. That’s good news for print service providers (PSPs), who benefit greatly by upgrading to the latest iteration of cutting and routing equipment. Some benefits of upgrading to newer equipment includes greater flexibility, reduced turn-around times, increased reliability, easier operation, and higher quality. With these upgrades PSPs can expect to see increased sales, revenues, and profits well within their reach.

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Advancements in wide-format digital printing technology, allow for printing to be done on a wider variety of dense and semi-rigid materials, such as card stock and packaging substrates. “Along with the enhanced printing capabilities, have come a new era of large-format cutters, such as those in Roland’s new CAMM-I GR series,” said Daniel Valade, Product Manager of Color Products and Cutters for Roland DGA. These cutters offer increased down force, overlap cutting, and an array of additional features that mean making corrections or revisions to an original design is easier and faster. Pairing a reliable, value-packed printer like the Roland VersaEXPRESS RF-640 with a next-generation large-format cutter, such as the 64-inch Roland CAMM-1 GR-640, expands PSPs’ capabilities while substantially trimming their turnaround times. “The growing popularity of different types of vehicle graphics, from window tint to paint protection films, and fully digitally-printed wraps has increased demand for these reliable and highly capable large-format cutters,” said Daniel Valade, Product Manager of Color Products and Cutters for Roland DGA Roland’s compact and affordable desktop cutters have become increasingly advanced, easy to use and powerful, Valade

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added. The company’s most recent addition, the CAMM-1 GS-24 desktop cutter, is its most technologically advanced to date. It offers a solid build, resigned cutting carriage and blade holder, 10x overlap cutting capability and 350 g. of down force, representing a 40% increase over its predecessor. The increased cutting power and accuracy enables users to cut through a wide variety of materials, including vinyl, paint mask, twill, heat transfers and even magnetic materials and card stock at 20 inches per second. Some might consider finishing tables to be outdated. But two key trends are increasing their popularity and usage. One trend is software embedded in a table that can enable consistent production and increase the speed of a table, according to Russell Weller, Product Manager for Esko. For example, Esko’s Shared Resources analyzed an incoming cut file, automating table set up and tool choices according to the parameters decided by the operators. The second trend is adding fast, efficient media handlers, according to Weller. “Good feeders and take-up devices, or robotics can really accelerate the speed of a machine,” he said, adding that by eliminating the delay of waiting for a job to be placed on a table, the table becomes much more productive than it would have been, simply by installing a slightly faster cutting tool.

Newest Innovations Zund continually seeks to provide additional capabilities for PSPs. It has added an automatic router bit changer that can be supplied with new or existing systems. “Th is allows the device to automatically select specific router bits from a built-in magazine, which can hold up to eight different bits,” said Heather Roden, Zund Strategic Account Manager of graphics and packaging. “For instance, say you rout a oneinch piece of acrylic and once that process completes, the beam comes over and picks up a diamond bit for polishing the edge. Then, if there’s something decorative that needs to be routed in the center, the system changes the bit again

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and [routs] the decorative pattern.” Enhancing operator efficiency is another Zund objective. Zund has added an upgrade to the Zund Cut Center software that drives the machine. One of the new features in version 3.x that replaces 2.x is an optimized process for reading registration marks. “It allows the system to look at the first piece in job processing and determine there are 20 marks to be read,” explained Roden. Zund has also recently unveiled its brand new Over Cutter Camera (OCC), as an upgrade or as a component of a brand new system. A camera mounted above the cutter captures an image of the entire cutting surface and reads all registration marks in mere seconds, according to Roden. “What previously had to be read by moving the beam to multiple points on the bed can now be captured instantly,” he added. “And the machine proceeds immediately to creasing, perfing, cutting and routing.” Roland’s new CAMM-1 GR series

large-format cutters permit greater automation than previous generations of cutters, allowing for increased efficiency, productivity and ease of use. These cutters offer unprecedented versatility. They incorporate a variety of advanced features that make it easy to change the pressure to cut substrates of different thicknesses and textures with precision and speed.

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product offerings and services. By using digital fi nishing tables, a wide-format shop can provide better service with an in-house fi nishing department. “By keeping jobs inside and ‘owning’ the work, they can complete them [projects] faster,” said Weller. “They also might be able to offer more fi nishing options. Of course, compared to die cutting, they save because there is no die cost, nor waiting time for dies.”

Making Money The new generation of cutters and routers promises to put more money in PSPs pockets by greatly increasing efficiency. Valade says cutter and software advancements have not only delivered greater ease of use, they have made it easier than ever for sign makers and other PSPs, as well as marketing companies and manufacturers with in-house providers, to expand their

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Industry Insights:

What’s New at the FESPA Global Print Expo 2018

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ESPA Global Print Expo 2018 returns this month to Messe Berlin GmbH. From May 15 to 18, the Expo will be bringing together ten halls full of innovation, education and inspiration in digital, textile and screen printing, as well as non-printed signage solutions.

By Roz Guarnori Exhibitions Manager Roz is an exhibitions management professional with over 17 years’ experience.

Returning to Berlin, Germany for the first time since 2007, FESPA 2018 will be an international platform for suppliers and manufacturers to present new technology and applications across the specialty print markets. It’s the foremost international event where print service providers (PSPs) and sign-makers looking to enhance their output and develop their businesses can scout for new ideas and network with peers. We know from previous events that visitors are in search of new potential areas of diversification. This is also supported by our 2015 Print Census findings, which highlighted that 45% of respondents investing in digital printing equipment are motivated to do so by moving into new markets with new products and services. This insight has already helped us to develop FESPA Global Print Expo to meet the evolving needs of our global speciality print community. In the last year our information partner Smithers Pira, who identified and reinforced five dominant trends in our sector: digital textile, digital print for corrugated packaging, signage, and décor and industrial printing. Armed with their findings, we have worked to enhance our visitor proposition even further for FESPA 2018, with a specific focus on three areas—corrugated, digital textile and décor.

Corrugated Packaging

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The brand new FESPA Digital Corrugated Experience is an educational and experiential area that will showcase the advantages of digital print for corrugated packaging and retail display applications. The feature aims to highlight packaging converters and box-makers, and the benefits of integrating digital technology into their production mix.

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Digital Textile We will be launching Print Make Wear, a new interactive feature designed to replicate a fast fashion factory focused on fashion textiles, garments and printed accessories. It will take the form of a live production environment, highlighting every step in the screen and digital printing production process, from initial design to finished product.

Décor Printeriors will return to FESPA 2018. Themed as the Airport Lounge of the Future, Printeriors 2018 seeks to imagine a futuristic airport arrival and transfer experience. Here, visitors will be able to discover printed interior décor applications including furniture, wall coverings, flooring, window graphics and soft furnishings, all provided by FESPA 2018 exhibitors.

Trend Theatre Program Our seminar program sessions will be located in a single Trend Theatre, where visitors will also be able to hear about the latest findings from the FESPA Print Census and gain insights into the future direction of the market from the perspective of other print service providers around the world. It will be broadcast live here: www.fespaglobalprintexpo.com/features/trend-theatre.

Where Print Takes Off With over 600 exhibitors and two brand new show features to explore, there is so much for visitors to discover at FESPA Global Print Expo 2018. FESPA is a major platform for technology innovation and we expect this year to be no different. I personally can’t wait to see all the new products make their debut at FESPA 2018, to experience the buzz of being onsite, and to see the impact these technology and media innovations have on the market in the months after the show. For information on FESPA Global Print Expo visit: www.fespaglobalprintexpo.com. For free entry use code FESM848 when registering.

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Industry Insights:

Reflecting on Another Fruitful ISA International Sign Expo

F By Lori Anderson President & CEO of the International Sign Association Lori Anderson is president & CEO for the International Sign Association (ISA), which serves the international on-premise signage and visual communications industry. ISA’s programs include educational conferences, government relations, technology research, and the International Sign Exposition.

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or a few days each spring, the sign, graphics and visual communications industry come together to connect, learn and be inspired at the ISA International Sign Expo. Th is springs forth amazing projects, great insights and important relationships that all attendees take back to their businesses.

This year’s ISA International Sign Expo 2018 was no different. It is always a highlight of my year to meet attendees, hear how your businesses are growing, and the amazing projects that different companies are working on. In the weeks leading up to the show, many of the exhibitors announced new products, and ISA Sign Expo provided the first opportunity to see them in person. The ISA Sign Expo Innovation Awards highlighted truly inspiring products in three categories: business solutions/soft ware, electrical and traditional signage, and print. Fifty-four products were entered and all have the capacity to transform your business. But three rose to the top. Cirrus Systems’ SIGHT, which provides digital analytics reporting for digital display campaigns, earned the Innovation Award in the business solutions/software category. It can count cars or track faces, providing new opportunities for measuring success. Component Signage’s INCISEON Skeletonized, the 2018 Innovation Award winners in the electrical and traditional signage category, is a direct replacement for glass tube neon. For 2018, INCISEON introduced tube coated colors, expanding to 26 standard colors. Mimaki USA’s UCJV300-160 UV-LED cut-andprint device, receiving the 2018 Innovation Award in the print category, is a 60-inch UV printer offering in-line cutting capability and white ink for four-layer printing. The breadth of our industry is truly spectacular—and these products only highlight that. The Sign Research Foundation co-located its National Sign Research & Education Conference (NSREC), where participants spent a day

envisioning the city of the future. It is the only spot where retailers, urban planners, designers, architects, engineers, academics, and the sign industry meet to discuss optimal practices in sign regulation, placement and design. ISA International Sign Expo also included the XDP Scholars, which brings those in design, architecture and brand management to the event to learn more about signs, the fabrication process and sign materials. For the first time, ISA brought the popular Planning for Sign Code Success event to ISA Sign Expo. This event has trained thousands of planners throughout North America about developing reasonable sign codes. While having these influencer groups at ISA Sign Expo is important, the vast majority of participants continue to be sign, graphics and visual communications professionals. This year, we added a number of events designed to build businesses. The Executive Boot Camp—a daylong seminar provided by Florida State University’s College of Business—helped participants master skills in management and leadership, financial acumen, change management and organizational performance. A half-day workshop provided sales professionals with the skills and tools to sell wide format print to new customers while providing creative solutions for the existing customer base. The popular three-day car wrap competition returned, hosted by MR Clipart, crowned the ISA Sign Expo 2018 Wrap Star. All participants took home a ton of products and prizes—no doubt tools that they will use to drive the wrap business forward. I hope you’ll join us in Las Vegas for ISA Sign Expo 2019.

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Products Monadnock Paper Mills Envi Wall Art Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. introduced Envi Wall Art. Envi Wall Art is a beautiful, matte canvas-embossed substrate designed for on-demand printing of fine art, photography, residential and commercial décor, and point-of-purchase signage. Envi Wall Art provides a unique new revenue stream for photo labs, on-line custom decor portals and front-gate photographic print service providers (PSPs). Envi Wall Art, when properly scored, die-cut and folded, looks just like a quality canvas gallery wrap, without the fuss of a wood frame construction. It is UV flatbed inkjet printable. It scores, die-cuts cleanly, and folds easily to create beautiful, sturdy, dimensional artwork. This canvas-like replacement for conventional gallery wrap may be printed, scored, diecut and shipped flat, saving time and money in assembly and mailing. The consumer can fold and hang their new artwork on the wall in less than a minute. All the PSP needs is a UV flatbed printer, scoring and die-cutting equipment.

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Canon Weather Resistant Media for Aqueous Large-Format imagePROGRAF Printers Canon U.S.A. announced two new media options for their imagePROGRAF Large-format printers: Canon Water Resistant Adhesive Matte Vinyl (330gsm) and Canon Water Resistant Matte Banner Vinyl (480gsm), both designed to withstand most weather elements for up to six months without lamination. Ideal for banners, posters and signage, these media types can find a home in a variety of different markets, including construction, beverage, education and retail. An exciting aspect of these new media types is their ability to be used in conjunction with aqueous imagePROGRAF printers, helping users produce bold colorful output for their outdoor displays. These new media offerings feature a unique durable ink-receiving layer that sits on top of the base material, helping to protect absorbed ink from running when exposed. The Water Resistant Adhesive Matte Vinyl (330gsm) features a peel away back to allow for easy application and repositioning. Air release grooves provides the ability to smooth out air bubbles when hanging directly onto a surface. Canon’s Water Resistant Matte Banner Vinyl (480gsm) lends itself to outdoor banners, tapestries and long displays, featuring attached grommets for rope or wire hanging. The Canon Water Resistant Adhesive Matte Vinyl (330gsm) and Canon Water Resistant Matte Banner Vinyl (480gsm) are both available in 24, 36, and 42 inches. The Water Resistant Adhesive Matte Vinyl is also available in 54” and the Water Resistant Matte Banner Vinyl in 60”. Both media types are available now.

Paradigm Imaging Group Introduces its New Mobile Scanner Case Paradigm Imaging Group announced the release of the new Mobile Scanner Case. As mobile technology becomes increasingly popular, this new mobile scanner case allows for easy transport of the Colortrac SC 36” series scanner and the Graphtec DT530 36” large format scanner to field or remote office personnel. The new Mobile Scanner Case (MSC) is a waterproof travel case that is molded of ultra-high strength polypropylene copolymer resin. It comes equipped with a gasketed, water and dust tight, submersible design that is resistant to corrosion and impact damage. It features a molded-in hinge, patented trigger release latch system, comfortable, snap-down rubber over-molded cushion grip handle, automatic ambient pressure equalization valve, resistance to UV, solvents, corrosion, fungus and impact damage.

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Avery Dennison Cut Vinyl Film Portfolio Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions announced the launch of its new Cut Vinyl Film Portfolio, re-engineered for industry-leading weeding performance and a longer shelf life at the ISA Sign Expo, March 22 - 24, 2018 in Orlando, Florida. The Cut Vinyl Film Portfolio features HP750 High Performance and SC950 Supercast Film in the broadest color selection available. The films feature an enhanced shelf life and the fastest and easiest weeding, when compared to competitive products. The films in the Cut Vinyl Film Portfolio are ideal for indoor and outdoor signage, fleet graphics and craft ing. Additional product details can be found at graphics.averydennison.com/CutVinylFilms. MPI 1105 Supercast Films and the MPI 1405 Film Series were used in live car and wall wrap demonstrations at ISA Sign Expo 2018 as well. MPI 1105 digital Supercast wrapping films create bold, memorable branded graphics for a variety of indoor and outdoor applications. MPI 1405, a non-PVC, digitally printable film, is GREENGUARD certified for low VOC emissions and can be applied to vehicles or tough textured surfaces, such as brick or cinder block.

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HP Satin Wrapping Paper HP introduced HP Satin Wrapping Paper, a printable, high-quality wrapping paper designed to create memorable gift s and products with a personal touch. HP Satin Wrapping Paper allows consumers to print their own photos, logos and custom messages on this recyclable, FSC-certified paper. “Now print service providers can create custom gift wrap for their customers for all occasions using their HP PageWide XL, HP DesignJet Z6XXX, and HP Latex printers for little to no investment,” said Doug McMahon, Product Specialist for HP Large Format Media. “This paper is not only for personal use, HP Satin Wrapping Paper can promote a brand or product and is perfect for point-of-sale displays or posters.” Prints dry quickly and stay intact with handling. Available in AMS region only.

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Mutoh High Speed UV-LED VJ-1638UR 64” Roll-to-Roll Printer Mutoh will launch the “VJ-1638UR,” a new 64” wide UV-LED inkjet printer for the commercial print and sign & display markets. The new “VJ-1638UR” is specifically developed for “Roll to Roll” printing at an affordable price with the quality and performance of Mutoh’s current UV-LED printers. The staggered dual print head design and the dual UV lamps on the both sides of the print heads provide high productivity while also offering environmentally friendly features such as UV ink that is VOC free, low energy consumption and odorless after curing. Mutoh UV-LED ink provides a wide range of applications. In addition, MUTOH “Cool technology” reduces working temperature allowing printing on heat sensitive media. Varnish ink will contribute to your sign and display business by allowing spot varnish and multi-layer printing which is not possible with solvent printers. The printer also comes standard with an automatic media registration pin system and a vacuum table with “blow-back” feature for easy handling and positioning of heavy media. The vacuum table is divided into four zones firmly fi xing various media sizes and improving work efficiency. The PJ-2508UF will expand a print shop’s production capability and product offerings such as promotional items, directional signage, awards, specialty, labels and packaging prototypes. The VJ-1638UR is scheduled to be released sequentially in the US, Asia, EMEA. The release in Japan is planned for May.

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T By Wayne Rasor Digital Signage Product Specialist for FASTSIGNS Wayne Rasor is a digital signage expert. As the Digital Signage Product Specialist for FASTSIGNS International, Inc., Wayne combines his passion for interior and exterior digital signage with 20 years of experience in the traditional and electrical sign industry. Most recently, Wayne has specialized in interior digital signage including interactive, contextual and responsive technologies.

echnological advancements and innovations move at lightning speeds in today’s world. It’s like the old saying goes, “nothing is as constant as change.”

Digital signage has come a long way from the early days of hooking up a device and playing pre-recorded content from a DVD player, VCR, or a bulky tube TV. Now, we send full-motion and fully interactive content at impressively rapid speeds all over the world to myriad of devices, from flat screens to our smartphones. The terms “omni screen” or “omni channel” have coined the idea of digital content being viewed on various devices and venues for unique and contextual personal experiences. “Contextual” in this sense refers to the idea of delivering the right content to the right person at the right time. People are bombarded with media and content at a rate the world has never been seen before, and we have learned to tune most of it out. We are looking for information that is useful and relevant, depending on where we are and what we’re doing. Brands and corporations are spending huge amounts of money to learn when it’s the right time to deliver their message to the end user. The best way to make a message stick is to infuse it into a personal experience. Experiences are created to evoke emotions and increase the chance that a user will remember the message.

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One of the biggest innovation in digital signage solutions today is in analytics. Analytics are used to measure and assess data from many different sources. This enables content to be modified for its intended audience, timing and interactive responses that can be made by the user, based

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on the data’s findings. This starts to look very “1984”, but software platforms are very mindful of privacy and take great measures to ensure that their user’s personal information is not shared, stored or leaked. 20 years ago, someone would gather audience data by standing at the door of an establishment with a clipboard keeping count of who entered and left, along with as much info as they could guess about the demographics of each person. As you can imagine, a computer is able to do this much faster, on a much larger scale and be much less intrusive. Interactive and immersive experiences (as their name suggest) pull users into a world where they are part of the experience, not simply viewing content. They can interact with some degree of freedom. If emotions can be invoked, the user can potentially remember the experience for a very long time, possibly forever. Connecting a display to a user’s personal smartphone is a great way to do this, and possibly interact with the user after they leave the initial experience area. Taking all of the data around us, and creating a multimedia experience that a user will find engaging and fulfilling is the end goal. This is easier said than done, as user pools change almost as fast as the technology. While the world of digital technology grows and evolves, there is no question that staying up to date on the latest innovations can be a challenge. However, every sign company needs to understand digital signage and how it benefits customers. If you are not providing digital signage solutions to your signage customers a competitor is, you risk losing the entire account. It is very common that the vendor that supplies digital signage also provides all the surrounding signage.

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