By DPS Staff

The Fall trade show season is upon us, and this year, Graph Expo runs September 13 to 16, 2015 in the South Hall of McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. This year’s event is co-located with both the CPP Expo and Process Expo, which run from September 15 to 18 in the North and East Halls.

Graph Expo focuses on digital, offset, inkjet, flexographic, gravure, and hybrid printing and finishing technologies, products, and services for the commercial, transactional, converting and package printing, publishing, mailing, in-plant, photo imaging, marketing and industrial printing industries.

CPP EXPO serves the converting and packaging materials industry segment. Process Expo is owned and organized by the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA), a global trade association serving suppliers in the food and beverage industries.

Graph Expo host, the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC) note that trending topics related to food packaging design, migration, and expiration, the three events offer an opportunity for printers, packagers, processors, and converters to explore and learn more about these areas of graphic communications and packaging/processing industries. GASC says during the two-day overlap, attendees at either event will have all-access admission to the exhibit halls for all events.

In addition to vendor exhibits, Graph Expo 15 takes the theme, “Transform,” and presents the latest graphic communications technologies in live equipment demonstrations across the exhibition floor, plus education on in demand products. GASC notes that this year’s event offers more than 70 interactive learning sessions and over 50 co-located events across 12 key market segments.

Exhibitor Highlights

As printing professionals flock to Chicago, a variety of relevant products and companies exhibit on the show floor. In our expanded Web preview, we offer product highlights from vendors showcasing their latest and greatest products on the show floor.

Absolute Printing Equipment, booth 1944, debuts the KAMA CPX, a Quick and Precise cliché positioning system for foiling, holograms, die-cutting, and cold embossing. The CPX can be used on chases to 1300 millimeters and is adaptable to other die-cutters and stamping machines. Perfecta Paper Cutters will introduce micro-perfing on the cutter bed at the show. With 350 air jets per square meter, this process allows lifts to literally float on air, easing the handling process of large, heavy lifts. It is available on all Perfecta Paper Cutters from the 92 to the massive 225—from 36 to 88 inches.

Aleyant, booth 439, demonstrates Aleyant Pressero, a cloud-based B2B or B2C online storefront solution that can quickly and easily be customized to users’ needs. This includes mobile-first responsive designs for branded sites to ensure proper display regardless of the viewing device. Pressero includes Aleyant eDocBuilder, a Web-based online design and variable data publishing system. eDocBuilder was built specifically to easily integrate into Aleyant or third party Web to print or MIS solutions. Aleyant’s Automated Workflow Integrator connects online stores to back-end prepress and production workflow. Aleyant Print Job Manager is MIS/ERP simplified. It uses a new mobile, cloud-based approach to MIS that includes a fast means of generating market-driven pricing, job management, inventory control, planning, and estimating.

AnaJet, booth 660, invites attendees to see the new mPower i-series direct to garment printer, which prints vibrant full-color graphics live in as little as 20 seconds. The next generation printers are redesigned for improved performance and stability while still using Ricoh’s industrial strength printheads, built for speed and durability.

Avanti, booth 654, highlights Avanti Slingshot’s Automated Press Sheet Optimizer, which processes ganging criteria and calculates the optimal layout in an estimate or sales order, regardless of who is doing the planning, for consistent estimating and production planning. Reduce manpower, preparation time, makeready, and press wash-up, for better control of materials and resources and reduced waste/spoilage. The solution is ideal for commercial and in-plant shops looking to streamline optimal sheet requirements for the same and/or different finished sizes, including envelopes.

AveryPRO, booth 3845, features dry toner full-sheet and pre die-cut label stock engineered for high-speed and mid-range laser printers and copiers. The substrates yield premium print quality and ink adhesion and offer proprietary features such as Easy Peel and TrueBlock. The collection is available in 12×18-inch sheets that can be cut down to 8.5×11-inches, making it ideal for short-run, print on demand requirements. AveryPRO also offers free tools to help increase production and drive sales. Free Press-Align design templates offer accurate prepress positioning that saves valuable time and costs associated with alignment issues, error-related fixes, and reprints. Free sales and marketing tools help printers compete for more jobs, supplement existing jobs, and increase profits with easy-to-personalize marketing materials and video demonstrations.

Astro Machine Corp., booth 3343, launches and demonstrates the M1DX Color Duplex Printer. With the M1 Duplexer Conversion Kit, any M1 Printer can be instantly converted into a duplex printer, no special tools needed. The M1DX delivers fast, full color one or two-side printing for a variety of media types including premium glossy paper, matte labels, photo paper, envelopes and card stock. Demos of the M1DX will be available at the Memjet booth, #3443. INFO#

C.P. Bourg, booth 2443, demonstrates its unique print finishing solutions combining unrivalled flexibility, connectability, automation, and true throughput in its booth as well as in partner booths including HP and Ricoh. The company provides inline, off-line/near-line, and dual-mode finishing equipment to produce booklets, square edge booklets, and perfect bound books.

Canon USA, booth 1213, showcases its concepts on See Bold Solutions across a broad spectrum of products, including workflow, color management, finishing, and end-to-end applications. In the booth’s Solutions Oasis, visitors receive an in-depth look at Canon’s newest products and solutions designed to help customers address new challenges in a demanding marketplace.

The Challenge Machinery Company, booth 3621, features its new TC operating system, which operates the next generation of its popular CMT 130 On-Demand Book Trimmer. The TC’s large color touchscreen interface, integrated barcode reading system, and integrated inline and offline book feeding components makes the CMT 130 trimmer an ideal finishing solution for on demand and short-run digitally printed, perfect bound book production. Other new products displayed include optional large 20×26-inch side tables with a solid stainless steel main table air bed on the 26.5-inch heavy duty Titan 265TC programmable paper cutter and the Pak Rak XL stock truck with 14×20-inch shelves to accommodate expanding digital print engine sheet sizes.

CHILI Publish, booth 441, features CHILI Publisher, a professional level, online document editing solution that integrates with a range of workflows and production platforms. CHILI Publisher offers over 150 editing, layout, and design tools that can be used with a variety of document formats, including those created from scratch within CHILI Publisher and those imported from Adobe InDesign and Illustrator. In addition to utilizing the creation and editing tools, job collaborators—from client and agency account manager to print and web/mobile designer, and premedia and production—can review jobs using CHILI Publisher’s unique, interactive, folding simulation and 3D viewing within any application environment.

Colter & Peterson, booth 3625, displays the Prism P115. The 45-inch durable, affordable, and cost-effective cutter offers the latest automation and electronics. New features include a slotless table and Microcut computerized back gauge system with a 15-inch touchscreen.

Crawford Technologies, booth 344, demonstrates its modular and scalable workflow modules that enable users to get their inkjet presses into production quickly and profitably, without re-inventing the wheel.

Duplo USA Corporation, booth 1926, exhibits the latest in automation and precision finishing. Taking center stage is the 600i Duetto Booklet System, which integrates the new DBM-600 Bookletmaker with both the DSF-2200 Sheet Feeder and DSC-10/60i Suction Collator. With the DBM-600 Bookletmaker, users can produce professional saddle, side, or corner-stitched booklets as well as letter landscape applications at speeds up to 5,200 booklets per hour. The new, high-speed DSF-6000 Sheet Feeder will also be on display featured in configuration with the iSaddle System. Visitors to the booth will have the opportunity to see a variety of on demand finishing solutions in one place including Duplo’s popular range of Slitter/Cutter/Creasers and bookletmaking systems along with die cutting, perfect binding, and UV coating solutions.

EFI, booth 1902, showcases technologies from its broad portfolio of UV and LED inkjet printers and management information systems (MIS) and digital print workflow technologies. Products in EFI’s booth will include the EFI H1625 printer, an entry-level, 65-inch LED inkjet hybrid roll/flatbed printer; new digital print technologies, including advanced new offerings from the EFI Fiery Workflow Suite, and the industry’s most comprehensive selection of MIS/enterprise resource planning and Web to print software available as part of EFI’s new Productivity Suite. Users can see the DFE technology featuring the new EFI Fiery FS200 Pro, an advanced platform that can RIP four jobs simultaneously, as well as process single jobs up to 55 percent faster. EFI also features displays of its Jetrion narrow-web inkjet label printing technology and digital inkjet thermoforming applications. Plus, EFI presents the new EFI 3M SuperRange Ink, which is ideal for roll-to-roll double-sided graphics, billboards, wall coverings, banners, window films and other flexible media applications.

Enfocus, booth 444, debuts a variety of new products. The next version of the company’s automation powerhouse, Enfocus Switch, is shown. Attendees can view live demonstrations of PitStop 13, which now includes customizable preflight messages, preflight restrictions, and automatic bleed generation. Also shown, Enfocus Connect 13.1 answers the need for better communication—and documents—between graphic design and premedia, production, and print.

Epson, booth 841, showcases its lineup of large-format digital imaging solutions, including the new SureColor F-Series dye sublimation transfer printers. Available in 44- and 64-inch models, the SureColor F-Series features the Epson UltraChrome DS ink system with an all new high density black ink to deliver improved black density with better tonal transitions and neutral grayscale for improved ink efficiency and high quality results in the roll-to-roll fabric production, customized promotional production, soft signage, and cut-and-sew sports apparel, fashion, and home décor markets. The next-generation SureColor S-Series line of 64-inch solvent inkjet printers will also be on display. Incorporating the latest technological advancements, the SureColor S-Series provides outstanding levels of reliability, durability and image quality to the signage, vehicle graphics, fine art, and packaging markets.

GBC/SEAL, booth 2454, introduces its newest product, the ProCut 17P, a digitally programmable paper cutter. The ProCut units feature fully electric operation, including an electric clamp, knife, and back gauge; an LED optical cut line; and a light curtain safety shield. ProCut by GBC delivers all the features needed to simplify operation and increase productivity at an affordable price point.

GMC, booth 4051, demonstrates how GMC Inspire R10’s more than 500 enhancements all designed to move interactive, batch, and mobile communication leap years forward. Based on GMC Software Technology’s GMC Inspire, Inspire R10 offers one of the first single platform environments designed for all communication channels, making it possible for both print and Web designers to navigate and define multi-channel experiences from an easy-to-use intuitive graphical user interface. Once the design is on its way, Inspire R10 once again offers a multi-channel and omni-channel proofing technology that makes it possible to view documents from every channel side by side. Designers of these documents can ensure cross-channel consistency much earlier in the process. When it is time to share the design with stakeholders, the platform offers cloud-based proofing technology making it possible to preview the output on individual browsers, mobiles and tablets. Additionally, Inspire R10 makes the compliance process easier by making it possible to generate a single PDF for print, email, mobile Web, and tablet output with all navigation links in the document. This ability alone drops the time it takes for approval of compliance language from over a week to just a few minutes, because all channels can be approved simultaneously from a single file.

GPA, booth 3822, features its growing line of papers, synthetics, and pressure sensitive papers for HP Indigo 10000 presses, and showcase new ways to use traditional and non-traditional digital substrates for profitable applications on HP Indigo and toner digital presses. It also highlights an expanded offering for wide format inkjet printing. Attendees can get a free t-shirt, created with GPA’s Ultra Digital Heat Transfer paper, pressed live in the booth while supplies last as part of GPA’s 75th anniversary celebration. As part of Fedrigoni Group, GPA is the premier source for specialty substrates and solutions for offset, digital, and wide format printing. Products include coated and uncoated papers, pressure sensitive and specialty papers, synthetic films and substrates exclusively engineered for HP Indigo, toner digital, wide format, and other presses.

Graphtec America, booth 3852, demonstrates its full line of flatbed cutters used for packaging mock ups, high performance FC8600 roll feed cutters performing print and cut applications, and the professional CE6000 series roll feed cutters. Additionally on the floor, the LCX603 label finishing system which prints, cuts, weeds, and laminates labels of any shape without the use of dies, and is ideal for short-run applications.

GTI Graphic Technology, Inc., booth 435, features The PDV-3e a desktop viewing system with a 13×19-inch viewing area. The EVS-2540, a viewing station with a 25×40-inch viewing area. The EVS is available with a range of floor stand and storage options. Wall Viewing Systems that include luminaires, metal panels, and mounting brackets. Wall Viewing Systems deliver proper light intensity and uniformity over a large vertical area to create an ISO 2009:3664 compliant viewing area for large format prints. The company also showcases the Soft View SOFV-1xiQ, a desktop viewing system that is optimized for soft proofing applications.

Harris & Bruno International, booth 3205, introduces Corona Treating and a Duplexer—new options available on the ExcelCoat Series of Offline/ Inline Coaters for UV and aqueous. Visitors are invited to witness a live demonstration of a fully automated ExcelCoat ZR with the company’s high-pile feeder and stacker. Also showcased will be information about Harris & Bruno chambered doctor blade systems, circulators, anilox rolls, and web coaters.

HP, booth 1202, showcases its latest HP Indigo digital presses, HP InkJet Web Presses, and large format printers. HP devices on display include HP Indigo 10000, 7800, WS6800, and 5600 Digital Presses, which enable breakthrough productivity and high print quality. New High Definition Nozzle Architecture Technology and HP T1100 Color InkJet Web Press samples are featured in the booth. Also demonstrated are the new HP PageWide XL 8000 Printer, which according to the company, delivers the fastest large format mono and color printing with up to 50 percent savings in total production costs, and the new HP Latex 3500 Printer, ideal for high-volume, dedicated sign and display application production. HP “Discover” display areas in the booth highlight unique applications enabled by HP digital printing technology.

Imaging Solutions AG (ISAG), booth XXX, displays the new fastBook10CF bookbinding machine. This solution is the ideal entry volume book block system for the fully automated production of lay flat photo books, calendars and greeting cards. The fastBook10CF is perfect for minilabs to start with the automatic production of high quality photo books. Professional photo laboratories as well as digital printers can expand their premium services with this new bookbinding system, too. The compact fastBook10CF produces LayFlat book blocks from single sheets of photo or digital paper. It automatically feeds single sheets into the machine, creases, folds, presses, and assembles them with purePhoto X-Strong Cleantec Hotmelt glue. The fastBook10CF significantly reduces the production time and costs. Additionally to cost savings, this bookbinding machine is easy to operate via a touchscreen menu. With a possible daily output of up to 100 photo books, 250 calendars, or 1,000 greeting cards, the fastBook10CF substantially increases production.

INX International Ink Co., booth 3617, features a selection of inks for commercial, package, and digital printing and low migration solutions.

KAMA, booth 1944, offers live demonstrations of the KAMA DC 76 Foil die cutter, equipped with AutoRegister and inline Stripping and Blanking Unit. The versatile finishing die cutter for short to mid-sized runs covers a range of applications and also provides fast set-up and speedy changeover—such as hot foil stamping to die cutting in just ten minutes. The AutoRegister secures highest precision for each sheet and KAMA’s patented inline SBU does all stripping and blanking without the need for expensive tools. KAMA’s latest development, the first inline gluer dedicated to short-run folding carton production, FlexFold 52, completes the end-to-end workflow for folding boxes.

KBA North America, booth 213, touts the advantages of its new KBA RotaJET L and RotaJET VL digital inkjet presses that serve a range of applications for book, advertising, and publications printing as well as additional industrial application fields, like decorative and packaging printing. The KBA RotaJET features robust engineering combined with an intelligent web guidance system over two large cylinders without turner bars, which result in optimum web tension and a high print and register quality even on thin paper. The modular RotaJET L platform is available in five different web widths from 35.2 to 51.1 inches and can be upgraded to the maximum printing width and color content or configured to suit all fundamental application areas in the high-volume digital printing segment. Retrofitting future generations of printheads is also possible, allowing users to react quickly and economically to changing demands. Along with the new 89-130 series based on the RotaJET L platform and the RotaJET 76 for book, commercial, magazine, and newspaper printing, KBA built the RotaJET VL inkjet range with a printing width of over 5.2 feet or even over 6.6 feet for industrial applications.

KIP, booth 2613, exhibits a new series of wide format color systems. The new KIP color print systems offer industry leading print speeds with high-capacity paper handling and low cost of operation, as well as a range of features for greater productivity, media versatility, networkability, and flexible system configurations. Seamless networked production software and dependable cost controls are integrated into every KIP color series system to ensure your company’s competitiveness. As a world leader in wide format document production technology, KIP offers an extensive wide format digital printing and scanning product range that meets the increasing demand for fast, high quality and cost effective digital reproduction. Compact in size and efficient in design, KIP wide-format digital imaging systems deliver high speed output and low cost of operation with an easy to use color touchscreen.

Kodak, booth 823, offers several product showcases on-site, including the Kodak PRINERRGY Workflow 7, Kodak INSITE Prepress 7, Kodak Trendsetter Q2400/Q3600, Kodak NexPress Digital Production Color Press, Kodak Sonara XP Process Free Plates, Kodak Electra MAX Thermal Plates, and Kodak Prosper iOS Offline Coating Solution.

Konica Minolta, booth 1913, invites attendees to witness some of the cutting-edge products under the theme of Inspired Innovations. In addition to hardware, Konica Minolta also offers options to manage print workflow and reduce costs.

Magnum Magnetics, booth 3048, features its direct-printable magnetic media for a variety of printing presses and applications. The company plans to showcase new options for magnetic receptive and magnetic signage systems that will bring maximum flexibility to printed graphics, point of purchase displays, and in-store marketing pieces. Magnum Magnetics also introduces its new line of aqueous inks and coatings to complement its diverse offerings to the commercial printing industry.

Master Magnetics, Inc. (The Magnet Source), booth 3243, features its magnetic graphics system for easily and quickly changeable graphics, signs, and point of purchase displays. The system consists of PrintMagnetVinyl magnetic sheeting and FlexIRON magnetic receptive. Both are available in up to 48-inch widths, printing directly using solvent, eco-solvent, UV, and latex ink systems. Also highlighted are magnets with adhesives, magnetic assemblies, and strip. Magnets provide cost effective and simple solutions for graphics, sign building, and display projects.

Magnum Magnetics, booth 3048, highlights its diverse selection of printable magnetic media that allows printing directly to magnet using most popular press types, including digital, inkjet, and offset. All magnets are made in the U.S. Printer profiles and custom media available upon request. Magnum Magnetics also introduces its sister company, Magnum Inks & Coatings, which provides aqueous and UV coatings and water-based ink solutions for printing and labeling applications.

MBM Corporation, booth 3218, provides innovative finishing products to meet the demands of today’s digital and offset print finishing industries. The company’s extensive product line includes its Triumph cutters, digital finishing systems, folders, creasers, collators, and bookletmakers. All MBM products are backed by a team of factory-trained technicians, customer support specialists, and warranty packages. The company introduces the new Lytrod Software VisionDP solution bundle. Lytrod VisionDP is a robust Variable Data Printing document design and composition tool for producing high-volume personalized PDF output. With VisionDP, customers have access to a number of MBM Aerocut and Aerocut G2 document templates, making formatting of various imposition requirements as easy as possible. The solution bundle allows customers to be more efficient in preparing documents for the Aerocut devices, while also having the ability to create more personalized and impactful documents.

Meadows Publishing Solutions, booth 351, demonstrates the latest versions of its DesignMerge and AutoPrice software programs, now available for Adobe InDesign Creative Cloud 2015. DesignMerge takes any document and makes it variable, while AutoPrice automates the updating of catalogs and price lists. Two of the company’s newest product offerings include the AutoPrice PDF Exporter module, designed to export catalog pages into a format that is compatible with all major online page flipping systems. The AutoPrice links in the catalog pages are automatically converted into hyperlinks that are used to reference SKU-level information on an external website. The AutoPrice Squinch Reporter module produces comprehensive square-inch analysis reports from one or more catalog pages to prepare for AutoPrice. Full SKU-level details about catalog square inch utilization is provided in a customized report format. Support for global, shared, and combined square inch areas is also included as a standard feature.

MGI Digital Technology, booth 3013, demonstrates a new high-speed digital production printing press, the Meteor DP1000 XL, which is completely integrated inline with the DF Pro finishing system; as well as a new digital toner foiling solution, the iFOIL T. The new MGI Meteor DP1000 XL and DF Pro solution is an integrated production print and finishing platform with 20 functions of cutting, creasing, perforating, and trimming into one single package. The DP1000 XL and DF Pro product suite delivers personalized, variable data printed documents that are finished for job completion and customer delivery in a single pass. The new MGI iFOIL T is demonstrated live in production mode with the MGI Meteor DP8700 S+. The Digital Inline Hot Foiling Solution seamlessly integrates with the MGI Meteor DP series of production digital presses. For the first time, printers now have an integrated digital and finishing solution to create elegant, eye-catching foiled effects directly on uncoated paper using toner at high production speeds.

Mimaki USA, booth 2644, shows a variety of printers for the sign and graphics, textile and apparel, and industrial printing markets. Featured is a flatbed, roll-based and cutting solution for a variety of applications. The JFX200 UV-LED flatbed printer accepts rigid media up to 4×8 feet and two inches thick. Tabletop UJV Series UV-LED flatbed models can print on materials up to 6-inches thick. The combination of these flatbeds with the new CFL-605RT compact cutting plotter offers the ability to easily facilitate creation and delivery of high quality, cost-effective designs and prototypes. Also displayed is the JV400LX latex printer featuring white, orange, and black inks for gamut-extending output. The CJV300 cut-and-print device offers eight ink channels and nine eco-solvent ink colors to suit a wide range of applications, with on-board contour cutting capability.

Mohawk, booth 3002, presents the collaborative Materials Matter space with the Graphic Arts Show Company. The pavilion features fine paper and substrate companies to demonstrate the powerful role that paper and non-paper substrates play in every print project. In its booth, 3002c, Mohawk features high-quality envelopes, innovative digital substrates including a new Performance Polyester digital synthetic film, and a new line of swatchbooks, redesigned to make the paper specification process clearer, easier, and more intuitive for printers and designers. The company also showcases its Mohawk Maker Quarterly publication, featuring stories of manufacturers, printers, and designers that value high-quality materials and celebrate the power of print in the midst of a digital age.

Mutoh, booth 4241, promotes the VJ426UF 19-inch tabletop printer. It is ideal for shops looking to expand their applications and add UV LED printing. Print on a variety of materials, up to 2.75 inches thick, using CMYK, white, and varnish for an embossed effect. Mutoh’s UV LED ink is 100 percent solid, meaning no volatile organic compounds or hazardous air pollutants and comes with an installation CD and Windows print driver, ideal for fast setup. Printing specialty items and prototypes has never been easier. The printer is available for $19,995 MSRP.

Multifeeder Technology, booth 3740, highlights its third generation MFT Industrial Performance IP3 Friction Feeder. The company also showcases the third generation 1300 Dual High Speed Lugged Conveyor Precision Web Tipping system.

Nordson, booth 3640, features PURfect Binding Solutions to simplify the efficient use of reactive hot melt polyurethane (PUR) adhesives for producing anything from a single digitally-printed book to a long production run. With decades of experience dispensing hot melt adhesives and particular expertise with PURs, Nordson’s closed PUR adhesive application systems optimize adhesive use and enhance production efficiency and product quality. These systems help maintain PUR bonding integrity by protecting PUR from exposure to moisture in air that causes premature curing. Nordson specializes in integrated spine glue applications for single or multi-clamp binders. The established EP48V applicator has been used for perfect binding spine gluing by commercial binders for nearly 20 years. And our more recent offerings, including the EP48 BoD and SB60 applicators, are designed to handle the short runs—even a single book—and quick changes seen in digital book binding.

OKI Data Americas, booth 4031, showcases the C900 Series of production-quality, full color A3 devices. Part of the series, the C941e offers innovative features and functionality to meet the unique needs of the graphic arts market, boasting game-changing media handling capabilities including transparent media, magnets, envelopes, banners, and heavyweight cardstock. The C941e includes an LED five station toner configuration with CMYK plus white or clear in the fifth position. An optional envelope feeder allows users to print up to 70 fully-embellished envelopes per minute. In addition, OKI debuts a new five-station device with white for printing on colored stock in a single pass. OKI also demonstrates its revolutionary C711DW digital label press with finishing system.

OnPrintShop, booth 136, showcases the optimized Designer studio, featuring a new administration panel, enhanced retail, corporate features, and advanced third-party integrations. Other highlights include the company’s Trader Printer Solution, which is specially designed for SME printers to help them partner with marketing companies/designers offering online Web to print re-seller stores and integrated order management Additionally, Automated Quote Management allows end-users to generate quote online and on confirmation convert into online order for less paper work and easy reordering. The company also demonstrates its upgraded Online Photobook, Book Module, Wide Format and Custom Solutions – Market Place, Print & Mail Fulfillment.

Pitney Bowes Inc., booth 1239, showcases physical and digital technologies that are designed to change the world of production print, mail, and shipping . Pitney Bowes’ solutions experts are on hand to demonstrate the company’s latest innovations in hardware, software and data analytics. More than 1.5 million clients in approximately 100 countries around the world rely on products, solutions, and services from Pitney Bowes in the areas of customer information management, location intelligence, customer engagement, shipping and mailing, and global ecommerce.

Presstek, booth 2640, hightlights its eco-friendly imaging and plate technologies are engineered to remove complexities from the print production process. Available brand new and Certified Pre-Owned, Presstek’s highly automated and waterless four- to six-color DI digital offset presses feature on-press media imaging, no click charges, and enable for greater profitability on jobs between 500 to 20,000 impressions. For shops needing offline platemaking for conventional presses, Presstek’s thermal computer-to-plate systems offer high resolution, streamlined, and chemistry-free metal platemaking. The company launches the all new GemPlate, a direct on press, 100 percent process-free and chemistry-free thermal plate. With GemPlate, simply image, mount on press, and print.

PSI Engineering, booth 156, debuts Color Laser Mail 7000. Available in four and five colors, the digital press envelope printer prints up to 70 full-color personalized envelopes per minute in one pass. With on demand variable data/variable image printing, the Color Laser Mail 7000 prints opaque white or clear, adding depth, impact, and style to prints, allowing white on dark colored media. It is ergonomically designed for comfort and safety and can be used as a multifunctional office color laser printer or high-quality proofing printer.

Relyco, booth 1955, showcases its new durable paper product, TriDura and REVLAR Vibrant Colors. The company’s exhibit, Navigating Print to the Next Stop, also features the company’s entire product line, including DigiPOP Packaging Solutions, REVLAR Waterproof Paper, REIMAGE Carbonless Paper, and ULTRASEAL Pressure Seal Forms.

Rochester Software Associates (RSA), booth 231, offers live demonstrations of the new releases of WebCRD Web to print software, QDirect output manager, and ReadyPrint, RSA’s new make ready solution. Join us for daily in-plant receptions, including IPMA and our annual WebCRD User Group, and in-plant seminars. WebCRD V10.0 further automates and simplifies workflows, reduces costs, and increases customer satisfaction. See how customer ordering is easier than ever with new visual job ticketing. New features also include production workflow by line item within an order and tight integration with ReadyPrint makeready software. The integration of WebCRD and QDirect offers a unique in-plant workflow with one source to manage all jobs including data center, network, and Web submission. These new automated workflows save touches, time, and money while freeing up staff for higher value work.

Ricoh Americas Corporation, booth 1231, demonstrates its production print portfolio and unique applications to help businesses realize new market opportunities including the five-color RICOH Pro C7110X; RICOH Pro C9110 high-quality color printer; RICOH Pro C5110s low price-per-page printer; RICOH Pro 8120s monochrome printer with the Ricoh Peripheral Interface Port; software including RICOH ProcessDirector, RICOH TotalFlow Prep with an enhanced UI, PTI Marketing Technologies’ MarcomCentral, and Avanti’s Slingshot; services such as 1to1 Create Marketing Services for integrated cross-media campaigns; and partner solutions from BCC Software, C.P. Bourg, Duplo, EFI, Objectif Lune, Rochester Software Associates, and Watkiss.

RISO, Inc., booth 2607, features the theme, Innovation. Integration. Transformation. In keeping with the theme, the company showcases a number of printing solutions and applications for various market segments, demonstrating how RISO’s innovative ComColor X1 series of production printers integrate multiple processes into one compact, inline unit, transforming your printing workflow. Some of the company’s application-driven solutions are designed to streamline workflows for transactional markets, on demand publishing, education, mail production, and specialty printing solutions.

Roland DGA, booth 4253, invites attendees to check out its advanced digital printing technology in action and get a firsthand look at the new VersaUV LEJ-640FT flatbed UV printer, as well as innovative inkjets from Roland’s VersaUV LEC and LEF series. VersaUV printers and printer/cutters are transforming package prototyping, short-run production and product customization, making these processes faster and more cost-effective than ever. Roland also showcases its popular eco-solvent wide format models as well, including the flagship SOLJET Pro 4 XR-640 printer/cutter, state-of-the-art VersaCAMM VSi series printer/cutters, and the value-packed VersaEXPRESS RF-640 printer.

Rollem International, booth 425, features the Insignia Series, a new class of sheet-fed rotary die cutters, ideal for producing labels, packaging, and mail applications. Insignia is capable of die-cutting, kiss-cutting, perforating, scoring, and cut-scoring papers, plastics, magnetic material, PVC, and styrene up to 24 pt. Key features include run speeds up to 5,000 square feet per hour, ease of operation, and quick changeover. Insignia5 handles sheet sizes of 20×15 inches, and Insignia7 handles B2 size 24×30-inch sheets. It is ideal for promotional products, garment and industrial tags and labels, photo products, pocket folders, folded cartons, and stickers. It is available with an inline folder gluer. Also demonstrated, the Jetstream+Auto-Collator automated XY cutter/collator, which efficiently and economically produces card pack products. Sheets of multiple-up products are trimmed, slit, scored, perforated, and cut, all in one pass. The device eliminates guillotine cutting and increases production while delivering superior slitting accuracy to produce playing cards, game cards, retail shelf tags, business cards, or rewards cards. Visitors are invited to pick up a collector’s pack of Rollem antique reproduction playing card decks.

SmartSoft, booth 539, shows the latest enhancements to PressWise, print shop management software designed to help printers grow business while eliminating touches from the workflow, through an all-in-one, cloud-based management information and print automation platform. Improvements to print estimating, Web storefronts, job editor, and production management tools, as well as enhanced support for third-party APIs are a few of the features demonstrated. The company also shows some of the recent user experience enhancements designed to make the system even easier and faster to use, as well as improved formatting across documents including purchase orders, job tickets, invoices, and quotes. Attendees should expect additional surprises with new features that won’t be announced until the show.

Spiel Associates, Inc., booth 3636, showcases the Sterling Coilmaster and Sterling Coilmaster Jr. plastic coil former and binder. The company also highlights two new double loop wire binders, Sterling Looper semi-automatic table top wire binder, and the Sterling Wiremaster Pro, an economical, fully automatic wire binder. Additionally, the company offers the Sterling Punchmaster, the Sterling DigiPunch, and the Sterling DigiBinder PLUS perfect binder.

Standard, booth, 831, showcases a range of post press, paper handling, and inspection solutions, including a complete line-up of perfect binding, folding, saddlestitching, die-cutting, and continuous-feed print solutions. Several products will be introduced including the Standard Hunkeler DP8 Dynamic Perforation Module, which combines perforation in the vertical and cross directions along with punching—all in one unit. Demonstrations emphasize real world production efficiency and performance through intelligent automation. The Standard feeding and finishing portfolio continues to expand with new products and services surrounding the professional production and distribution of printed documents. Standard will once again partner with print manufacturers to bring highly integrated feeding and finishing solutions to the show floor—including running a broad range of demonstration materials developed in cooperation with and printed by these print partners. Graph Expo attendees are invited to arrange a private equipment demonstration tailored to their application requirements by pre-registering for the Standard VIP Program at sdmc.com/graphexpo.

Tec Lighting, booth 2651, exhibits its line of UV coaters, from highly automated double sided to compact office environment systems. The company also displays its OEM digital presses, running inline with its UV coaters. Lastly, Tec Lighting also unveils the MegaCoat 50, a 50-inch UV coater capable of running roll-to-roll at up to 80 feet per minute.

Tecnau, booth 220, celebrates its one year anniversary as Tecnau—formerly LasermaxRoll. The company highlights its Stack 2320 along with the TC 1550 PLUS 1 dynamic perforator. Stack 2320 is fully compatible with leading high-speed color inkjet printers, featuring a double-cut capability to remove bleeds and flush-lines. The TC 1550 PLUS 1 creates horizontal and vertical perforations on demand.

THERM-O-TYPE, booth 4013, demonstrates the NSF Excel Foil Press, the RAS-mc right angle slitter, the Zip Digital Finishing Machines, RDC-3852 rotary die cutter, and foil fusing equipment.

VITS International, booth 563, highlights its Multi-Web Inkjet Finishing Technology. Also featured are VITS solutions for book blocks, direct mail, cutsheet, saddle-stitched books, and full-sheet sheeters. Every VITS solution leverages highly accurate servo technology with its patented web tension and control software to enable complex web and ribbon configurations with exacting register, pagination, and crossovers.

W+D, booth 1253, demonstrates the W+D 234 d industrial-grade, four-color inkjet envelope overprint press for short-run envelope overprint applications. The four-color piezoelectric drop-on-demand technology prints up to 30,000 #10 envelopes per hour at 600×600 dpi with four gray levels, the visual equivalent of 1,000 dpi. At 600×300 dpi, 60,000 #10 envelopes are printed per hour. Its precise high-speed paper transport and Hi-Def water-based inkjet inks offset competitive work and are produced on 24lb white wove paper stock.

Xanté, booth 431, showcases the Impressia Digital Multi-Media Press, ILUMINA Heavyweight Champion Production Press, Excelagraphix 4200, and iQueue Prepress workflow. The Impressia Digital Multi-Media Press features rapid print speeds, 2,400 dpi, and a cost per print of less than a penny per full-color envelope. It is accompanied by the Enterprise High Speed Feed System and the SL Feed System. The ILUMINA Heavyweight Champion heavy stock digital print system and the Excelagraphix 4200 are also on display. All Xanté machines are driven by the user-friendly iQueue Prepress Workflow featuring file editing tools such as independent CMYK density adjustment, Right-On Spot Color Matching, and variable data with Intelligent Mail barcodes.

Xeikon, booth 849, exhibits its latest document and commercial printing press, the Xeikon 9800. The press uses Xeikon’s new QA-CD toner, delivering a print quality of 1,200×3,600 dpi at speeds of up to 70.5 feet per minute with highly reduced consumable costs. During the show, the press runs inline with Xeikon’s Web Varnishing Module (WVM) to produce UV-coated direct marketing/direct mail applications. These fully personalized applications have vivid graphics and unique format sizes based on the format flexibility of the Xeikon 9800. Xeikon WVM is a versatile unit that applies UV or aqueous varnish on a range of substrates. Many of the Xeikon Aura software and finishing equipment partners are also present at the booth to demonstrate seamless integration with Xeikon solutions.

Xerox, both 613, flaunts the theme “Just Let The Work Flow.” In its booth, the company showcases its portfolio of digital technologies and solutions to help print providers become more automated, personal and lean. They’ll learn how to produce high-value jobs and take advantage of the best opportunities in today’s competitive graphic communications marketplace. In array of digital color printing technology, including the next-generation iGen platform, and high-speed inkjet systems, such as the new Xerox Rialto 900 Inkjet Press, will be introduced. Attendees will also see the next generation of the FreeFlow platform, which offers new and easy ways to automate production of complex applications.

Zünd America, booth number 3007, is displaying G3 and S3 cutter models with a comprehensive selection of tool and material-handling options, including the completely automated Zünd Cut Center production workflow based on automatic quick response-code capture and a robotic off-load system. Capable of processing stacks of randomly nested printed sheets, boards, or rolls, the system automatically retrieves the corresponding cut files and finishes them—all while the robotic arm continually picks up and stacks the cut/finished parts. Zund is also introducing to the US market the Zünd automatic router bit changer—ARC, which will permit automatic tool changes as well as automatic bit initialization and wear check. The obvious benefits of the automatic tool changer are increased productivity, elimination of operator error, and a reduction in consumables expenses.

See You There!

Both the September and October issues of DPS will be on the show floor, each offering select vendor highlights to help simplify your trip. Pick up a copy in the publication distribution bins or at booth 3752.

Next year, the company announced its plans to move from Chicago to Orlando, FL.

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