SGIA '06: Show Recap 'Exhibiting the Future Now'
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SGIA '06: Show Recap 'Exhibiting the Future Now'

When SignIndustry.com visits friends at the SGIA Expo, we are never surprised at the level of professionalism, expertise, and creativity that is displayed down the isles, in the booths, and at the seminars. SGIA '06 was no exception producing a special excitement in the air with abundant energy and a sense of exhilaration.

By Sean Scott

When SignIndustry.com visits friends at the SGIA Expo, we are never surprised at the level of professionalism, expertise, and creativity that is displayed down the isles, in the booths, and at the seminars. SGIA '06 was no exception producing a special excitement in the air with abundant energy and a sense of exhilaration.

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  • Displayed throughout the show were the fruits of long, laborious hours by men and women who work hard in an ever-changing industry. For all visitors to see were the results of advanced technology coupled with creativity that produces success for the manufacturers as well as the suppliers, installers, and end-users.

    SGIA '06 gave us a peek into the future allowing us to see the positive changes taking place in our industry. Manufacturers, from all sectors, exhibited added expertise and broader viewpoints enabling our industry to have a more extensive global impact.

    A sample of some of highlights that we found at the show is briefed below:

    Alcan Composites
    NEW Dibond Brushed Gold for Exterior Use
    The second member of the Dibond Metal Series features a newly formulated rich, metallic gold finish, which offers excellent outdoor durability, and is perfect for creating signage, exhibits and displays. Both Dibond Brushed Gold and Dibond Brushed Silver are cost-effective substrates that do not require any other products to be laminated to their surfaces to achieve these designer finishes.

    Dibond Brushed Gold and Dibond Brushed Silver are available in the 3mm thickness in 4-foot by 8-foot sheets.

    For more information visit: http://www.alcancompositesusa.com

    Corel
    The two latest releases from Corel are its CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 and Corel DRAWing X3. Both products feature many enhancements that show that Corel listens to their users. They've added features to simplify tasks, more interface customization options, integrated modules so you don't have to leave one program to use another product in the suite...they simply operate within the interface, and that's just to name a few.

    CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3, the comprehensive graphics suite, can confidently tackle a wide variety of projects - from logo creation and Web graphics, to multi-page marketing brochures, or eye-catching signs. From new bitmap-to-vector tracing in Corel PowerTRACE, new photo-editing features in PHOTO-PAINT, new suite-wide learning tools, and enhancements in illustration and page layout, this suite combines design capabilities, ease-of-use, and affordability that cannot be matched by any other graphics software.

    Corel DRAWings X3 offers the full creative power of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 - trusted by professionals throughout the specialty graphics industry - while delivering the digitizing control and flexibility of DRAWstitch®. Complete and easy-to-use package. New features include Corel® PowerTRACE that enables users to create high-quality embroidery from low resolution bitmap files, enhanced Appliqué controls, and integrated learning tools that make getting started a snap.
    Any user, regardless of skill level, can create designs and easily convert them to professional-quality, digitized embroidery files!

    For more information visit: http://www.corel.com

    Durst
    Showing their fine lines, you found Durst featuring their Rho 600, Rho 600 Pictor flat-beds and their roll printers the 350R and the 160R to round out their array of products featuring the Durst Quadro Array print technology.

    The Rho 600, a flatbed UV inkjet with a maximum printing width of 80 inches on up to 1.58 inches thick medias. Options include white ink, clear varnish and spot colors.

    The Rho 600 Pictor, a 62 inch wide print area flatbed UV inkjet that will accommodate up to 1.58 inch think media. Featuring a degassing station to remove excess air in the ink, allowing greater control of the ink droplet at the head by preventing outgassing. Options include white ink and a "effect lacquer"/varnish.

    The Rho 350R, a UV inkjet printer prints up to 11.5 feet on rolls with double-sided printing by a patented registration system and has options for white and spot colors available.

    The Rho 160R, a 62 inch roll-to-roll that rounds out the Durst line.

    Wide variety is the choice you'll find today from Durst.

    For more information visit: http://www.durstus.com/inkjet.php

    Expolinc Corporation
    Expolinc Pole System
    Our latest product is the convenient Pole System, which you can raise your message to the ideal height. The Pole System is suited for graphic panels of varying lengths and widths. You can adjust the height from 39" to 98" and the widths are 21", 27", 33" and 39". The same system can be used single- or double-sided. Graphics can be easily exchanged with our new snap-on panel attachments.

    For more information visit: http://www.expolinc.us/polesystem/

    Gerber Scientific Products
    Gerber SOLARA TM UV2
    The NEW GERBER SOLARA UV2 is a large format, hybrid, ultraviolet (UV) inkjet printer. So versatile and intelligent SOLARA UV2 prints either roll-to-roll or as a flatbed and can accommodate a variety of materials up to 60" wide including rigid materials up to 1/2" thick (13mm). With only a small conversion process, the SOLARA UV2 can be easily switched to accept different material types, enabling shops to run a full material portfolio.

    SOLARA UV2 is ideal for shops specializing in durable outdoor/indoor signs, point-of-purchase displays, banners, and backlit signage, producing prints that are instantly dry and ready to cut and apply. The unique properties of the UV inks allow easy maintenance with low odor, no ventilation requirements, or harmful VOCs. Gerber's exclusive CMYKVG (violet, green) inks and multi-drop technology enable SOLARA UV2 to produce beautiful and vibrant colors.

    For more information on this item, please visit: http://www.gspinc.com/

    NEW OMEGA TM 2.5 Design Software
    Gerber OMEGA 2.5 is the latest OMEGA release. Users can upgrade from previous versions of OMEGA or GRAPHIX ADVANTAGE® or buy new seats to design and drive new output devices. OMEGA 2.5 includes these new features:

    • Clipping paths let you create new effects by masking pictures or other vectors with vector shapes.
    • Embedded Images save time and effort by allowing images to be included with the OMEGA PLT file.
    • Improved file import for PDF, AI, EPS and Postscript files saves redesign time.
    • Dimensioning tools make it easier than ever to create customer layouts, proofs and installation drawings.
    • Layers make it easier to organize, design and output jobs more easily than ever.
    Additional bonus features include more standard fonts, the ability to pause the GERBER EDGE® before rewinding vinyl, a new preflight output preview tool, improved vinyl only to-front/to-back control and paper printing, and more!

    For more information visit: http://www.gspinc.com

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    Graphtec America, Inc.
    SignJet Pro JS300 InkJet Printers
    SignJet Pro JS300 Series: JS300-18ES 72" and JS310-25ES 100" Eco-Friendly, low Solvent Printers. The 72" is available now at $19,995, and the JS310-25ES 100" is also an incredible value at less then $25,000 MSRP. Graphtec's Eco-Friendly, Low Solvent Inks are durable up to 3 years outdoors (with appropriate media, print settings and conditions) and are compatible with a variety of manufacturers¹ solvent inkjet media, making these printers ideal for fast production of large outdoor text and graphics, full color banners, outdoor vinyl graphics, POP Display, posters, promotional graphics, floor graphics.

    For more information visit: http://www.graphtecusa.com/products.php

    HP
    Releasing a fleet of new printers at SGIA '06, there were printers for all occasions. For the photo line HP released the Z series family:

    HP Designjet Z2100 Photo Printer Series:
    HP's 8-ink Designjet delivers superior color accuracy and consistency with the first-ever embedded spectrophotometer, with Eye-One color technology. HP Vivera pigment inks produce vivid color and b&w prints. You can count on HP for printing that's easy, reliable, and predictable.

    HP Designjet Z3100 Photo Printer series:
    See exquisite quality using the new HP 12-ink Designjet with HP Vivera pigment inks and the first-ever embedded spectrophotometer, with Eye-One color technology. Get breakthrough color accuracy across a variety of papers, and easy, reliable printing while keeping costs down.

    HP Designjet 10000s:
    The perfect large format device for most outdoor applications up to 104 inches, including super-wide signs, banners, window and vehicle graphics, billboards, and wall murals. Featuring HP low-solvent pigmented inks.

    For more information visit: http://www.hp.com

    HumanEyes Technologies
    PrintPro 2.0
    HumanEyes PrintPro 2.0 is a multi-faceted, easy-to-use 3D creation and production application developed for designers, photographers, ad agencies, brand owners and printers; now based on next-generation technology. 2D to 3D conversion and an interactive Timeline feature for precise creative control head the list of new features in PrintPro 2.0. HumanEyes has employed the most sophisticated advancements in the renovation of its core technology. One of the most obvious changes is faster and more robust graphic processing power. The new software design makes the new features possible, and improves existing features including project creation, advanced animation, and flip tools; better combinations and enhanced output. Users will be able to perform the entire conversion within the HumanEyes application no other image processing tools are needed. In contrast to other lenticular processes, there is no need for complex, time-consuming tracing or layering. As part of HumanEyes bus iness approach, the process is simple, intuitive and easy to master.

    For more information visit: http://www.humaneyes.com/products/printpro_sgia/

    Oracal USA
    ORAJET® Series 3551RA with NEW RapidAir™ technology
    Ideal for partial vehicle wraps over simple corrugations, flat surfaces and rivets, as well as general signage, conformable Series 3551RA features an advanced, air-release liner and a solvent-based, repositionable adhesive to make smooth application a breeze. Plus, 7-year, 2.75-mil Series 3551RA features a smooth, ultra-glossy surface to produce vivid, life-like prints that can be removed cleanly for up to four years.

    For more information visit: http://www.oracal.com

    Roland DGA
    Never one to miss a great opportunity, Roland DGA had their new printer to show its vibrancy and speed.

    SOLJET PRO III XC-540
    The SOLJET PRO III XC-540 is the ultimate high-volume production tool for stunning indoor and outdoor banners, signs, vehicles, decals, POP displays and more. Numerous upgrades make this the industry's most advanced printer/cutter including an impressive maximum print speed of 441 sqft./hr. Engineered to support high-volume environments, the XC-540 delivers vibrant 6 color CMYKLcLm images, features a tri-heating system and advanced media feed and automatic take-up system, and can be upgraded with an optional dryer/blower.

    Roland's Booth also won top honors for its size group and feature regularly scheduled wrap sessions on a Scion xB, which also featured the winner of the Roland Vehicle Graphics contest.

    For more information visit: http://www.rolanddga.com

    TexPress Inc.
    DSS-1800II
    By far one of the most unique arrivals at the show was the official release of the DSS-1800II. A Direct Dye Sublimation System that wraps up printing directly to fabric, color developing and heat cutting, all in one at an average rate of 172 square feet per hour at 360x720dpi. A 72 inch width gives it a wide variety of uses for soft signage applications. Look to hear a lot more from them as this one will make a lot more news as people learn about it.

    For more information visit: http://www.texpress.us/system/dss.html

    TUNEDColor
    PrintDoctor LFP
    TUNEDColor announces the release of new production software designed specifically for the large-format print industry. The program is called PrintDoctor LFP™. While sharing certain functionality with preflight programs, it is a true production tool that we have termed Pre-OP (Pre-OutPut) software.

    Pre-OP software combines preflight with unique production-oriented capabilities. PrintDoctor LFP™ dissects commonly used large-format data files, including Acrobat, Postscript and raster formats, and delivers a diagnosis, including alerting you to problems with color space, fonts, and image resolution. It also offers a host of production tools, including linking with your RIP hot folder, ink usage and job costing, and distributed job balancing. Take Control of your workflow with PrintDoctor LFP v1.0™.

    For more information visit: http://www.printdoctorlfp.com/

    Wasatch Inc.
    WASATCH SOFTRIP 6.0
    You don't need to be an expert to print like one. With SoftRIP 6.0 you skip the learning curve and go straight to easy.

    Digital Tool Kit
    SoftRIP's new Digital Tool Kit brings together the key settings you need to quickly ready images for efficient printing. Size, crop, check color gamut, tile and more without ever leaving the home screen. With navigation that easy, who needs a map?

    A New Way to Work
    SoftRIP 6.0 creates new workflow paths to speed your production. Use a standard workflow, or combine them to create a hybrid workflow optimized just for you. Direct-to-Layout Workflow, Job-Based Workflow & Server Based Workflows to give you a choice of what works best for you and the projects you're working with.

    To save you RIP time again and again, SoftRIP creates Queue entries for every image in your layout as well as the layout itself. Once your image is RIP'd you can drop it into any layout to reprint without re-RIPing. Any layout scenario you can imagine is easier with SoftRIP 6.0.

    For more information visit: http://www.wasatch.com/softripv6.html

    Conclusion
    So you can see that if you didn't make it, you missed out on a lot exhibits as well as a phenomenal seminar track that covered many hot topics in the industry for experienced veterans to beginners and everyone in between. So block out your calendar for SGIA '07 in Orlando, Florida October 24 - 27th. We'll be there and we hope to see you there as well.

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