New display design software from SA International (SAi) can help expand the range of products you can create with a wide-format flatbed inkjet printer and automated cutting equipment. SAi will demonstrate the software in their booth (#3250) at the 2016 SGIA Expo September 14-16 in Las Vegas.
DisplayGenie streamlines the process of designing and creating freestanding point-of-purchase (POP) displays, folding cartons, and boxes made from materials such as corrugated paperboard, corrugated plastics, or rigid honeycomb material.
SAi DisplayGenie integrates with the Designer interface in Flexi, SAi’s all-in-one design, print, and cut software for signmakers and print service providers. This means you can use Flexi’s popular graphic design tools. You can easily add text, logos, ready-made artwork, and other design elements.
“SGIA Expo is the ideal platform to demonstrate the plethora of business-enhancing capabilities that SAi DisplayGenie provides.” explains Annette Plummer, director of marketing for SAi in North America.
SAi DisplayGenie is compatible with all existing wide-format RIP software that drives flatbed printers and cutters. DisplayGenie features:
a simple, but complete toolset for easier display and box structural design
an extensive and continuously expanding library of display and box templates
an intuitive interface for personalizing each template to meet each client’s specifications
an animated 3D folding preview that helps you catch any mistakes before the job goes into production
With DisplayGenie, designers don’t have to start from scratch each time a client submits new specifications for a display or box. When a designer enters new geometric values, the DisplayGenie software rebuilds the design in seconds.
To enable your customer to preview how the finished job will look before it goes into production, you can export package display or box designs as 3D PDF files. Your client will be able to rotate the design and view it from all sides.
About SA International (SAi)
Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, SA International (SAi) is a global leader in providing complete, professional software solutions from design to production for the signmaking, digital printing, screen-printing and CNC machining industries.
SAi has resellers around the world with over 100,000 customers in more than 50 countries. SAi has offices in Brussels, Belgium; São Paulo, Brazil; Pune, India; Shanghai and Hong Kong, China and Tokyo, Japan. For more information, visit: www.ThinkSAi.com
At SGIA Expo 2016, Kiian Digital (Booth 1171) will host live demonstrations of the sustainability of its vast portfolio of sublimation inks. The company’s advanced range of 12 specially engineered inks contain reduced or no hazardous chemicals.
Visitors to the Kiian booth can watch live demonstrations of the sublimation production process, from a digital file to a fully decorated finished garment. You can also see the premium quality that can be achieved with these innovative, sustainable sublimation inks.
“As part of our long-term commitment to sustainability, we are continually developing inks that enable our customers to produce supreme-quality prints and at the same time environmentally conscious products,” says Marco Girola, Kiian Digital marketing specialist. “This commitment to product development has seen a number of our products surpassing testing against industry benchmarks, including Nike’s Restricted Substances List (RSL).”
With 81 colors, Kiian Digital’s portfolio offers the most extensive gamut of high-quality water-based inks for sublimation printers. These inks can produce striking, market-leading graphics on textile and rigid materials for applications such as high-fashion apparel, performance sportswear, and household textiles.
The company’s range of inks have been formulated and tested to comply with numerous textile standards without sacrificing image quality and accuracy of color reproduction. These include the Restricted Substances Lists such as: Adidas A-01, CTW and OEKO-TEX® Standard 100.
The product range is also fully compatible with a wide range of printheads for wide-format printing machines including: Epson, Ricoh, Kyocera and Panasonic.
To eliminate the need for global shipping, Kiian Digital supports the principle of printing locally and has established an expansive chain of regional dealers.
About Kiian Digital
Kiian Digital is a leading manufacturer of inks for digital print. With offices in Italy, China and the USA, Kiian delivers to over 90 countries worldwide. Its products include sublimation, disperse and pigmented inks.
With its roots in industrial, specialty and screen-printing products, Kiian Digital has a long history of developing dedicated products for various printheads and applications such as sportswear, promotional wear, visual communications, and graphic arts.
Kiian Digital is headquartered in Novedrate, Italy and is a member of the JK Group. Formed in July 2015, the JK Group is the world’s largest industrial digital sublimation group.
About SGIA Expo
The SGIA Expo 2016 will be held September 14-16 in Las Vegas. SGIA Expo is a trade show and educational conference for print-business leaders who use a combination of digital and analog printing technologies to produce many types and sizes of printed materials for brand marketers, retailers, design studios, event planners, facility designers, and product manufacturers.
SGIA members produce indoor and outdoor advertising signage and graphics, promotional products, marketing collateral, decals, apparel, vehicle wraps, fine art, retail displays, and decorative wallcoverings, glassware, textiles, and furnishings.
At Labelexpo Americas 2016, Durst will introduce the increased capabilities of its portfolio of inkjet label presses. Durst’s market-leading Tau 330 inkjet label press will be integrated with near-line pre- and post-press finishing solutions in cooperation with OMET, the world’s leader in flexographic printing presses.
For the first time in the U.S., Durst will show the new, economical single-pass Tau 330 E UV Inkjet Label Press. It features high-pigmented UV inks for reduced ink consumption and is especially designed for small and medium-sized label converters.
Durst also will demonstrate its own production workflow software designed specifically for label print production providers.
Durst Tau 330
Durst’s Tau 330 platform is a UV inkjet label press with more than 100 installations worldwide. It features a 330 mm (13 in.) print width, up to seven colors (CMYKOVW), and printing speeds of up to 48 linear meters/min. (169 ft./min.) with up to 1,260-dpi print resolutions. Thanks to the seven color stations, the Tau 300 achieves close to 90 percent coverage of the Pantone™ color gamut.
In cooperation with OMET, the Tau 330 series presents unlimited material flexibility for a vast range of applications. Its new near-line primer station provides increased material flexibility and cost-saving potential, and its flexible post-press finishing options complete near-line label production needs.
Durst Tau 330 E
The Tau 330 E is a UV inkjet label press featuring print widths of 200 mm or 330 mm, four or five colors, a printing speed of up to 48 linear meters/min. (157 ft./min.), and a printing resolution of up to 1,260 dpi.
This system has been engineered with particular attention to equipment cost while maintaining the proven speed and printing quality of the flagship Tau 330 printing press. Its newly designed, high-pigment UV inkjet inks provide a noticeable cost reduction. The result is a system with an unmatched Total Cost of Ownership for the print provider.
Durst Workflow Label
Together with the Tau 330 platforms, Durst will introduce its completely new Durst Workflow-Label. This modular, expandable prepress software can handle a variety of processes, including: order entry; prepress; print-file management (RIP); color management; ink costing; and production data management.
Durst Workflow Label offers an optimized workflow with specialized functions such as:
automated knock-out of non-print areas for lower ink consumption;
high-access, browser-based interface for immediate job costing; and
easy-to-use high-speed variable data functionality.
Labelexpo Americas 2016 takes place Sept. 13-15 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. It attracts: printers and converters of labels, flexible packaging, and folding cartons; brand owners; and label and packaging designers.
Durst will be showing the products in Hall F, Booth 5901.
About Durst Phototechnik AG
Durst Phototechnik AG manufactures professional digital imaging systems for graphic communications, signage, retail display, labels and packaging, textiles, and industrial applications. Durst Phototechnik AG as headquarters in Brixen Italty and operates manufacturing facilities in Brixen and Lienz, Austria.
Durst also has major offices in the U.S., France, United Kingdom, Germany, Scandinavia, Spain and Mexico, and partners with exclusive agents in 120 countries. Durst’s solid reputation for quality, precision, innovation and reliability spans more than 80 years. www.durst-online.com
Expect to see innovative, high-end color management software in GMG Americas’ booth (2123) at SGIA Expo 2016 in Las Vegas, September 14-16. GMG Americas will demonstrate advanced solutions that wide-format graphics producers can use to manage color, produce consistent proofs, and automate production work.
“For wide-format printing firms, GMG offers three significant ‘pillars’ for exceptional printing: color quality and repeatability; the ability to provide accurate proofs on print devices other than digital presses used for production; and production automation,” asserts Bart Fret, GMG Director of Wide Format Sales. “GMG will demonstrate how all of these important goals are within the reach of every print provider.”
GMG ColorServer and GMG SmartProfiler Color Software Whether your customers want you to produce a large-format banner, a motif wallpaper, or elegant curtain fabric, they all specify that the color must be exact.
GMG ColorServer provides a reliable way to achieve high levels of quality and consistency, no matter which printer or digital press you use for the project. Users of GMG ColorServer can achieve highly automated workflows that oversee color for every digital press on the floor. This saves time and money for everyone involved.
GMG SmartProfiler relieves your staff of the enormous amount of work involved in separations and file conversions. Using the software wizard in GMG SmartProfiler, any employee can easily calibrate, recalibrate and profile digital and large format printing systems without advanced knowledge of color management. The software wizard guides users through each task, step-by-step.
Unlike other technologies, GMG SmartProfiler software includes useful presets for the different ink types used in large format and digital printing.
Creating proofs on the same large-format printer or digital press you use for production. Is very inefficient. If you must substitute a different substrate to create one or two sheets for a proof, it can delay jobs that are generating income.
Using a smaller, more affordable printer for proofs makes much more sense, so your production presses can run uninterrupted. For years, GMG ColorProof has been the preferred solution for industry leaders for efficient and safe contract proofing. GMG ColorProof offers uncompromising color fidelity and is compliant with globally accepted printing standards.
Its reliability and remarkable performance make it an indispensable tool among leading color management experts. GMG ColorProof comes pre-loaded with color profiles of all common standards, so you can get started right away. To print the first proof, just select the printer, calibrate it, and you will be ready to print in just a few seconds.
PrintFactory, powered by GMG
PrintFactory, powered by GMG, is a complete production workflow software suite for printing banners, signs, and superwide graphics. Whether you run a small sign and graphics business, a medium-sized company specializing in retail graphics and posters, or a superwide-graphics business, PrintFactory can revolutionize the way you operate your print shop.
One workflow offers all the professional job preparation and file correction tools you needed to set up jobs for printing, cutting, and finishing. It includes an editor for tweaking submitted job files, one central RIP for all printers and cutters, a powerful tiling tool, industrial cutter and roll cutter support, tools for marking grommets, bleeds, folds, and pole pockets, and the ability to submit jobs from any workstation to any printer and cutter in the plant. The PrintFactory RIP can drive more than 1500 makes and models of printing and cutting devices.
PrintFactory is easy to access and quick to operate.
With a centralized color management system delivered by GMG, PrintFactory delivers exceptional color control with much easier management of digital presses.
With built-in GMG color management tools, PrintFactory also offers the latest ink optimization technology that uses a proprietary algorithm to reduce the ink consumption by as much as 20% while improving the quality of the colors in general. Print quality is stabilized and improved without any change to image quality.
PrintFactory can also add GMG ColorProof proofing into the workflow, increasing machine up-time and reducing waste of expensive production media and ink. With PrintFactory, powered by GMG technology, your print company can provide customers colors that are consistent throughout their entire campaign.
“With increasing color demands from brand owners, wide format printers are investing in GMG tools to ensure that the color they produce is accurate—and consistent between each and every printer,” explains Fret. “The best part is that it’s easy to do. We look forward to showing that to printers at SGIA Expo.”
About SGIA Expo
SGIA Expo is a trade show and educational conference for print-business leaders who use a combination of digital and analog printing technologies to produce many types and sizes of printed materials for brand marketers, retailers, design studios, event planners, facility designers, and product manufacturers.
SGIA members produce indoor and outdoor advertising signage and graphics, promotional products, marketing collateral, decals, apparel, vehicle wraps, fine art, retail displays, and decorative wallcoverings, glassware, textiles, and furnishings.
Printed electronics are functional electronics in which lines of conductive materials are laid down through screen printing, inkjet printing, gravure printing, flexography, lithography or other printing method.
Because printing represents a low-cost method of fabricating electronics, printed electronics can help expand the “Internet of Things” that will enable all types of networked objects to collect and exchange data.
Printed electronics are already being used to embed circuitry and sensors into textiles, apparel, wallcoverings, labels, and furnishings.
To help printing business owners learn more about emerging technologies and opportunities in printed electronics, the SGIA is hosting a Printed Electronics Symposium on September 13 and 14 in conjunction with the SGIA Expo, September 14-16 in Las Vegas.
The Printed Electronics symposium program runs from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm on Tuesday and from 8:30 pm to Noon on Wednesday. There is a networking breakfast at 7:30 am each day and a reception at 5 pm on Tuesday.
Topics to be discussed each day are as follows;
Tuesday, September 13
NanoCopper Ink and Paste Conductors Printed on Flexible Substrates
Advances in Flexible Substrate Technology to Improve Resolution, Definition, and Accutance of Screen Printed Conductors
The Emergence of Capacitive Switch Technologies
Strategic Designs for Printing Textile Electronics
Advanced Functional Coating Brings Drying to the Fore
Isolating Screen Process Variables for Non-Standard Inks and Substrates: A Case Study
Advancements in Film Insert Molding, Designs, Materials, and Electronics
Printed Electronics in the Third Dimension
Wednesday, September 14
Solutions for When Standard Connectors Do Not Meet the Requirements of Printed Medical Sensors
A Case Study of Capacity Sensor Design and Production for Medical Applications
Designing Smart Devices with Force Sensing Technology
Printing on Flexible Hybrid Electronics System Integration
Speakers will include experts from MacDermid Autotype, Intrinsiq Materials, Chromaline Screen Print Products, GM Nameplate, NC State University, Natgraph Ltd, HPCI Hazardous Print Consulting, nScrypt, California Polytechnic State University-Graphic Communication Department, and Teksan.
The IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® has partnered with SGIA to offer two education sessions during the Symposium. IPC is a global trade association dedicated to furthering the competitive excellence and financial success of its members from the electronics industry.
If you are having trouble finding tech-savvy design professionals to help your business serve clients who want more than print communications, there’s a good reason. A new wave of opportunities for designers is coming from technology companies, start-ups funded by venture capitalists, and professional services companies.
Since 2013, companies such as Google, Facebook, AirBnb, IBM, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Accenture, PWC, and Shopify have been acquiring digital design firms with expertise in fields such as user experience, app development, creative technology, industrial design, and video storytelling.
Instead of hiring graphic designers and other design professionals to aid in short-term, campaign-related projects, these big technology and professional services companies want design teams that can assist in planning and developing new products and digital experiences for their customers.
Design in Tech
In his 2016 “Design in Tech” presentation, John Maeda, design partner of the venture capital firm KPCB, attributes the recent wave of acquisitions to the growing importance of customer experience as a competitive advantage.
He cites a Temkin Group study that shows that if people have a positive emotional experience with a company, they are 6 times more likely to buy from that company, 12 times more likely to recommend that company, and 5 times more likely to forgive a mistake.
Maeda believes a new type of design is emerging that will require designers with skills that are radically different from classic design disciplines such as a graphic communications, fashion design, architecture, interior design, and landscape design.
When designing for digital experiences, he says, “Design isn’t just about beauty. It’s about market relevance and meaningful results.”
Instead of spending weeks or months to create a “perfect” design for traditional distribution channels, designers of digital experiences can have their work instantly delivered to hundreds of millions of users. The design will never be “final,” but continuously evolving through continuous testing and data analysis.
Because classic design and design thinking are not the same as computational design, Maeda believes “The general word – ‘design’ – will come to mean less as we will start to qualify the specific type of design we mean.”
Computational designers will be business-savvy professionals who know how to use research and data analytics in their designs. In addition to coding and testing skills, computational designers will need to be able to design systems and cultures.
Design Education is Lagging
Maeda predicts “The large influx of designers into top services companies through mergers and acquisitions activity will reboot the design industry,” predicts Maeda. “We will see more designers becoming investing partners at VC firms, and eventually starting their own funds.” He said many designers in tech are active angel investors.
Because this new field of design is still evolving, it has been difficult to traditional design schools to adapt their programs. Maeda notes that, “Currently design education lags behind the technology industry’s needs for data-oriented, coding-enabled graduates with business acumen. Many resources are available on the internet to supplement formal education in design. Becoming a skilled self-learner is a critical skill for a new designer.”
Industrial printing refers to functional or decorative printing that is part of a larger manufacturing process. For example, industrial printing equipment is used to decorate ceramic tiles, laminates, textiles, glassware, flat glass, packaging, and many different types and sizes of 3D parts.
Custom technologies and inks are typically required to meet the specific requirements of the product manufacturer.
For insight into opportunities and possibilities for industrial printing, register for the day-and-a-half SGIA Industrial Printing Symposium. It will be held September 13-14 in conjunction with the SGIA Expo September 14-16 in Las Vegas. The Industrial Printing Symposium will discuss technologies, processes, applications, and production strategies in key segments of this rapidly developing field.
Topics to be discussed each day are as follows:
Tuesday, September 13
Single-Pass Inkjet Developments as They Affect Industrial Printing
Why Screen Printing is Still Relevant in 2016
Developments in High-Production and Industrial Textile Printing
Utilization of UV Curing Technology for the Industrial Printing
Market Solutions to Production and Performance Problems
Ceramic Tile Production: Analog to Digital Changeover Timeline
Ink Performance Testing: Processes and Limitations
Printed Packaging: A Technology and Progress Report
Exploring the Future of Industrial Printing
The schedule includes networking opportunities during a 7:30 am continental breakfast on both days and during a 5:00 pm reception on Tuesday, September 13.
Speakers will include experts from FUJIFILM Dimatix, Durst Image Technology, Nor-Cote International, Nazdar, Global Inkjet Systems Ltd, Meto-Grafics, SGIA, Expand Systems LLC, and other firms.
The sessions at the SGIA Industrial Printing Symposium run concurrently with the SGIA Printed Electronics Symposium. Registrants can choose to attend sessions at either the Industrial Printing Symposium or Printed Electronics Symposium.
If you register before August 23, you can receive $100 off the full registration fee of $425 for SGIA members and $475 for non-members.
Even in this age of “printvergence,” printing-related trade shows continue to have different audiences, cultures, and traditions. In this Graph Expo preview, let’s look at two outstanding traditions: the MUST SEE ‘EM Awards for innovative products and the Executive Outlook pre-show conference. Together, these traditions make it easier to understand what new products are most exciting at the show and why they are being introduced.
Graph Expo is the largest print-centric trade-show in the Americas. Graph Expo 16 will be held September 25-28 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.
Here, you’ll see products and services related to inkjet, digital, offset, flexo, gravure, and hybrid printing. And, you can network with attendees from a variety of fields, including: commercial, transactional, package, and in-plant printing; mailing; publishing; marketing; and signage and display.
To help show-goers learn about some of the most innovative new products, the Graphic Arts Show Company publishes a list of “MUST SEE ‘EMS.” The list is compiled by a committee of anonymous industry experts. They evaluate and rate new products submitted for consideration by Graph Expo exhibitors.
The 2016 MUST SEE ‘EMS in 11 major categories are listed below and will be described in detail during a free webinar on August 25 at 1 pm EDT:
At the Executive Outlook Conference from 8 am to noon on Sunday, September 25, the “Best of Category” winners in each of these categories will be revealed. A “Legacy Award” will be given to a previous MUST SEE ‘EM award winner that has had a lasting and profound impact on the graphic communication industry.
The Executive Outlook Conference is a fast-paced overview of technologies and marketing trends that are affecting the printing business. Experts provide up-to-the-minute economic and marketing information and technological reports that can give you a better understanding of the huge range of products and services you will see in the Graph Expo show floor.
“Finding New Markets” is the theme of this year’s Executive Outlook Conference. Hal Hinderliter, principal of Hal Hinderliter Consulting Services, will talk about “Finding New Markets: At Home and Abroad.”
Keynote presenter Doug Grant, president of Westamerica Communications, will talk about “Winning the Omni-Channel Challenge: Inside Westamerica’s Journey.”
The Massivit 1800 3D printer is a fast, large-format 3D printer for use in making signs, displays, and props for marketing, advertising, and themed environments. It will be displayed for the first time in the U.S. at the SGIA Expo, September 14-16 in Las Vegas.
The Massivit 3D printer can produce 3D objects up to 6 ft. high at build speeds of up to 1 vertical foot per hour. This fast build speed is possible because the Massivit 1800 uses an innovative Gel Dispensing Printing (GDP) technology. The printing gel is a photo-sensitive polymeric material that cures when exposed to UV light.
“The Massivit 1800 enables print providers to produce stunning 3D graphics with the added value of better audience engagement,” said Avner Israeli, CEO, Massivit 3D Printing Technologies, Ltd. “With recent studies suggesting that 3D advertising has five times the stopping power and four times the staying power of 2D advertising, it is clear why this technology is right for sign and display applications.”
Carisma, a large-format graphics provider in Brooklyn, New York, has been using the Massivit 1800 since March. They have produced a number of visually striking 3D models for movies, including The Angry Birds Movie.
“Using the Massivit 1800, we produced spectacular, larger-than-life Angry Birds models that were installed onto a number of double-decker buses in the run up to the release of the movie,” said Moshe Gil, CEO of Carisma Large Format. “Initially we produced one 3D model to demonstrate our new promotional capabilities. Sony was immediately taken with the quality, scale and speed and quickly increased the order.”
“The Massivit 1800 has allowed us to increase our business opportunities and provide our customers with game-changing, engaging, high-quality applications at a competitive price,” says Gil.
The three co-founders of Massivit 3D understand the sign and display market well. Gershon Miller, Moshe Uzan, and Igor Yakubov were all involved with Idanit, the Israel-based start-up that developed the Idanit-162AD, the first, production-speed wide-format inkjet printer for outdoor advertising graphics in 1996. Idanit was purchased by Scitex, rebranded Scitex Vision, and later acquired by HP.
Massivit’s CEO Avner Israeli previously worked for Stratasys LTD, a global leader in 3D printing.
If your potential clients want proof that print is not dead or dying, encourage them to visit the Print is Big website. The graphics software company Aleyant created this print statistics website to demonstrate the importance of print in the world’s economic ecosystem.
The Print is Big site includes facts and statistics about the printing business in the U.S. and worldwide. For example, the $898 billion global print industry is far bigger than the global video game industry ($102 billion), online music industry ($15 billion), and online advertising industry ($133 billion).
“We wanted to provide industry professionals with a ready resource to debunk the ‘Print is Dead’ myth,” explains Aleyant President Greg Salzman. “Print is a vibrant industry that provides necessary services to just about every industry. In North America alone, 8.5 trillion letter-size simplex pages are printed annually, which speaks to how important print still is in today’s marketplace.”
“Print is entering a new era of specialized communication that leverages modern data and analytics technologies and the experiences of a new generation of print business owners who came into the industry at the start of the Internet age,” said Dr. Joe Webb, Director of WhatTheyThink’s Economics and Research Center. “Many communications decision-makers have little personal experience in the strategic and tactical use of print, and it’s up to our industry to demonstrate how multichannel communications can be more effective when incorporating offline media like print.”
Founded in 2005, Aleyant provides robust software services to the graphic communications. Its flagship web-to-print software, Pressero, is a highly customizable retail and business-to-business storefront interface. Pressero has launched many of Aleyant’s clients into the expanding world of Internet-based print sales.
Aleyant eDocBuilder is a Web-based design and variable data publishing (VDP) system, Aleyant PrintJobManager™ is a mobile, cloud-based approach to MIS that includes a fast means of generating market-driven pricing, job management, inventory tracking, real-time job tracking and estimating.