PRINT 19 to Recognize RED HOT Technologies

APTech has announced the the return of the RED HOT Technology Recognition Program at PRINT 19 in Chicago (McCormick Place North, October 3-5). The RED HOT Technology Recognition Program highlights “what’s new” on the show floor, by showcasing publishing and printing technology, equipment, or services that have come to market within the past 12 months.

RED HOT Technologies will be recognized in 10 categories:

  • Analog presses and add-on devices
  • Color management, prepress, and pre-media
  • Consumables and substrates
  • Digital production printing devices
  • Imprinting, mailing, shipping and fulfillment
  • Marketing and multi-channel solutions
  • Post-press, specialty, and finishing
  • Sales and management systems
  • Wide-format digital printing devices

Each of the RED HOT Technologies identified at a show may also be eligible to win one of three RED HOT Vanguard Awards:

  • The RED HOT Vanguard Awards recognize products that may be industry game-changers.
  • The RED HOT Collaboration Awards recognize innovative new products that result from a collaboration among different manufacturers.
  • The RED HOT Pioneer Award will be given to a product that is the first of its kind or entirely new to the industry.

“The RED HOT program showcases ‘what’s new’ without judgement,” explains Thayer Long, president of APTech. “The Vanguard Awards recognize technology that breaks new ground, opening new markets and business opportunities that the industry needs.”

Produced by the Association for PRINT Technologies (APTech), PRINT 19 will feature an array of printing equipment and technology and 80+ educational sessions including hands-on labs,

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SGIA Pre-Conference Workshops Focus on Small Business Success

If you are new to the printing business or seeking to expand into wide-format printing, consider attending one of the two half-day education sessions that the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) is offering the day before the 2018 SGIA Expo (October 18-20 in Las Vegas). Both SGIA pre-conference workshops will be offered from 1:30 to 4:00 pm on Wednesday, October 17. One workshop will cover essential skills for success in wide-format printing; the other will cover essential strategies for small businesses.

Wide-Format 101: Essential Skills for Success discusses expanding opportunities in wide-format inkjet printing and some of technology, processes, and business strategies needed for success.

Travis Barcelona of Nazdar will explain how to decide what type of wide-format inkjet printer is best for your business and applications.

Jim Raffel of ColorCasters and Ray Weiss of SGIA will explain why the ability to produce accurate, repeatable color is critical to landing top, quality-driven accounts. They will unlock the secrets or producing great color in wide-format printing.

Chuck Payne of Image 360 will explain why setting up your equipment and getting your process in check is only part of the wide-format path to success. He will discuss strategies for business growth and how to make your wide-format business stand out from others.

The SGIA Expo October 18-20 in Las Vegas will feature more than 550 exhibitors of printing technology, products, and services.

Essential Small Business Strategies includes thought-provoking presentations by five experts in key business functions, including branding, sales, online marketing, employee retention, and meeting regulatory and sustainability requirements. Speakers include Marci Kinter of SGIA,  Brian Adam of Olympus Flag & Banner, and business consultants Dave Fellman, Ryan Sauers, and Aaron Montgomery.

“If you plan to join us in Las Vegas this October, you will not want to miss these exclusive sessions,” said Dan Marx, Director of Content Development, SGIA. “The expert instructors and comprehensive agendas we have assembled will give small business owners and wide-format printing companies the skills needed to take advantage of growth opportunities.”

Tickets for these pre-conference workshops are $49 and are not included with the Expo + Education pass. To learn more about education at the 2018 SGIA Expo and to register, visit SGIA.org/expo.

Marketing Guru Seth Godin to Keynote PRINT 18

Best-selling author Seth Godin will be the Opening Keynote speaker at the PRINT® 18 conference and exposition from September 30 through October 2, 2018 in Chicago. PRINT® is the annual printing conference and exhibition sponsored by The Association for Print Technologies (APTech℠).

Godin’s presentation will kick-off The Learning Experience at PRINT 18 on Sunday, September 30. Afterwards, he will sign copies of his best-selling book, What to Do When It’s Your Turn (and It’s Always Your Turn).

During the presentation, Godin will look back (briefly) on a century of marketing, industrialism and print, and paint a picture for how we can each make a dent in the future with the work we do. Godin promises the PRINT 18 audience will leave with actionable takeaways that can shape their personal and professional lives into the future. “If I could put it all in a memo, I would,” he says. “But bullet points just don’t work. If you are in the room, I will be able to help you think differently.”

Godin is the author of 18 books that have been bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 35 languages. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything. His most popular books include LinchpinTribesThe Dip and Purple Cow.

In addition to his writing and speaking, Godin founded both Yoyodyne and Squidoo. His blog (which you can find by typing “seth” into Google) is one of the most popular in the world. In May, he was inducted into the Marketing Hall of Fame.

The keynote session with Seth Godin is included with PRINT 18 registration. For more information about PRINT 18 and to register, visit www.PRINTevent.com.

 

New Networking Conference for Wide-Format Printing Providers

WFX: Wide-Format Exchange is a networking-focused, educational conference for top executives from high-volume, wide-format printing companies and printers poised to add wide-format inkjet printing to their businesses. This wide-format business conference takes place May 21-23, 2018 at the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The conference is sponsored by two long-time providers of information about wide-format digital printing: the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) and ST Media Group. The WFX Advisory Council includes representatives from 28 leading printing companies and helped steer the development of the program.

“WFX is all about connecting with peers to discuss solutions to common challenges,” said Sarah Perkins, Director of Community Development, SGIA. “At WFX, you’ll learn almost as much from your peers as you do from the conference program.”

“It’s a time of great change in wide-format printing, but also of great possibilities,” said Steve Duccilli, senior VP of content for ST Media Group and the chair of the inaugural WFX. “We’ve worked with leading graphics producers to create a program that will keep them abreast of these changes.”

Sessions at WFX: Wide-Format Exchange will cover topics such as

  • Preserving Customer Loyalty
  • Why the Retail Store is Evolving, Not Disappearing
  • What Single-Pass Printing Means for Your Business
  • The Automated Printing Plant
  • New Opportunities in 3D Printing
  • Why Sustainability and Profitability Go Hand in Hand
  • New Opportunities in Textile Printing
  • Leveraging the Power of Technology and Social Media to Maximize Profit
  • Managing Breakthrough Performance in the New Economy
  • The WFX Buyers’ Panel
  • Meeting  Your Clients’ Color Expectations
  • Becoming a One-Stop Shop

For more information, or to register, visit the WFX: Wide-Format Exchange website.

About the Organizers

SGIA is a trade association for professionals in the industrial, graphic, garment, textile, electronics, packaging, and commercial printing communities. SGIA helps guide members who want to grow their businesses into new market segments by incorporating the latest printing technologies.

ST Media Group International is a Cincinnati-based publisher of seven brands related to visual communications. Publications include: Big Picture, Signs of the Times, Screen Printing, S&S en espanol, Boutique Design, VMSD (Visual Merchandising and Store Design), and BXP (Brand Experience.)

Graph Expo Preview: Must See ‘Ems and Executive Outlook Conference

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

PrintGraph 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.

MustSeeems_2016The 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

Canon U.S.A.: PRISMAsync Color Print Server – G7 Calibration

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

Canon U.S.A.: Océ VarioPrint i300

Electronics for Imaging: EFI Nozomi C18000

HP Inc.: HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press

HP Inc.: HP PageWide Web Press T390 HD

MGI USA: Meteor Unlimited Colors Press Series

Xeikon: Trillium One

Xerox: Xerox Brenva HD Production Inkjet Press

Pressroom: Wide-Format

Electronics for Imaging: EFI AquaEndure Inks

Electronics for Imaging: EFI Armor Erase UV Coating

Epson America: Epson SureColor S80600

Postpress and In-line Finishing

C.P. Bourg: Bourg Preparation Module

MGI USA: JET Varnish 3D Evolution

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

Management Systems

Electronics for Imaging: EFI and Esko Integrated Workflow for Digital Packaging

Electronics for Imaging: EFI Corrugated Packaging Suite

HP Inc.: Print OS

Xerox Direct to Object Inkjet Printer can print on three-dimensional objects.
Xerox Direct to Object Inkjet Printer can print on three-dimensional objects up to 1 cubic foot in size.

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.

 

InPrint USA Show Will Feature Industrial Inkjet Printing, 3D Printing, and More

InPrint USA Industrial Printing Show

Following the successful 2014 launch and continued growth of the InPrint: Industrial Print Show in Europe, FM Brooks of the Mack Brooks Exhibitions Group is launching InPrint USA. The industrial printing show will feature cutting-edge technologies in industrial inkjet printing, screen printing, specialty printing, digital printing, and 3D printing.

The first InPrint USA show will take place April 25-27, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

InPrint Show USA
Manufacturers who want to incorporate industrial print technologies into their production lines will attend the first InPrint USA show, April 25-27, 2017 in Orlando Florida. (http://www.inprintshow.com/usa/)

Since 2014, the InPrint Show in Europe has been providing a high-quality exchange of ideas for the development of industrial printing technologies for a diverse range of industries, including packaging, pharmaceuticals, automotive, aeronautics, consumer electronics, and interior decor.

A recent survey FM Brooks conducted in partnership with I.T. Strategies showed that demand for industrial printing technology has accelerated worldwide, particularly in North America.

“North America is one of the world’s most important manufacturing regions and a market leader in the field of industrial printing,” explains In Print co-founder Frazer Chesterman.

Companies that have already reserved space on the show floor include Heidelberg, Fujifilm, Thieme, Sensient, Mimaki, Wikoff, Nazdar, Phoseon Technology, TTP Meteor, INX Digital, SPT, Kuei, Metis, Colorgate, ImageXpert, DPS Innovations, and Alchemie.

InPrint USA Industrial Printing Show

 

“Heidelberg supports the launch of InPrint USA 2017,” says Jason Oliver of Heidelberg. “At InPrint 2015 we showcased Heidelberg’s direct-to-shape technology, the Omnifire 250, and generated a huge response. We expect the same kind of response at InPrint 2016 in Milan for the launch of the Omnifire 1000. The U.S. marketplace is significant both in its size and it innovative culture. We believe our technology will suit the fast developing nature of the market. InPrint is an event that is needed in order for us to connect our ideas and technology to the right kind of people —those focused on industrial print.”

InPrint USA will be co-located with ICE USA, an event dedicated to the conversion of paper, film, foil, nonwovens, and other flexible web-based materials in the Americas.”

For more information about InPrint USA visit http://www.inprintshow.com/usa or contact Mack Brook Exhibitions by phone at 777-358-0330 or via email at inprintusa@mackbrooks.com

To get a taste for the type of information to be covered, visit the Industrial Printing blog or download one of the white papers available from the organizers of InPrint USA. Recent white papers have covered topics such as “Why Is Industrial Printing Booming?” and “What is Industrial Printing?”