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.
Graph Expo is produced by the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC) for multiple printing-related trade associations.
2016 MUST SEE ‘EMS
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:
Sales and Order Entry
Infigo Software Ltd.: Catfish-Mega-Edit
Pixopa: Web-to-Print Solutions
Radix Software Services: Unified W2P Advanced B2B nConnect
Prepress and Premedia
CGS Publishing Technologies: ORIS Flex Pack // Web Visualizer
Electronics for Imaging: Optitex Collaborate
Ultimate TechnoGraphics: Impostrip Automation v10 AutoNesting
Xerox: Xerox FreeFlow Core version 5.0
Xerox: Xerox FreeFlow Digital Publisher
Color Management and Quality Control
Electronics for Imaging: EFI Fiery Color Profiler Suite G7 Calibration and Verification
Lake Image Systems: Discovery Roll Inspector
Variable, Transaction, and Multi-Channel
Electronics for Imaging: EFI Digital Marketing Automation Platform
HP Inc.: Link Technology
XMPie, a Xerox Company: Campaigns on Demand
Pressroom: Analog Presses
RYOBI MH Graphic Technology: RMGT 920ST-5-A+LED-UV
Pressroom: Digital Presses
Electronics for Imaging: EFI Nozomi C18000
Xerox: Xerox Brenva HD Production Inkjet Press
Electronics for Imaging: EFI AquaEndure Inks
Electronics for Imaging: EFI Armor Erase UV Coating
Postpress and In-line Finishing
C.P. Bourg: Bourg Preparation Module
Scodix: Scodix Ultra Pro Digital Print Enhancement Platform with Scodix Foil
Imprinting, Mailing, Shipping and Fulfillment
BCC Software: Integratec API Platform
Neopost USA: MACH 6
Neopost USA: Neopost AS-650
Solimar Systems: Inkjet Mailing and Efficiency Solution
Electronics for Imaging: EFI and Esko Integrated Workflow for Digital Packaging
Electronics for Imaging: EFI Corrugated Packaging Suite
The Future of Print
MGI USA: AIS SmartScanner
PrinterPresence: PrinterPresence App for Zapier
Xerox: Xerox Direct-to-Object Printer
Executive Outlook Conference
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.”
Nick Bruno, owner and president of Harris & Bruno International, will discuss “Breaking Barriers: Doing Business Internationally.”
Clemson University instructor Erica Walker will give “The ROI Report: The Case for Offering Creative Services In-House.”
Gary Rikes, president of SproutLoud Media Networks, will be interviewed about “Creative Success in an Omni-Channel World.”
Other speakers include: Thayer Long, president of GASC, Andrew Paparozzi, Chief Economist, Idealliance, Cary Sherburne, senior editor of WhatTheyThink.com.
The Executive Outlook Conference concludes with the presentation of the 2016 Positively Print Award. The award honors companies that are promoting the power of print in the media mix.