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Graph Expo Presents Fourth Annual Wide Format Pavilion

Pavilion's exhibits, seminars, and Innovation Gallery are designed to educate and inspire.

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The Wide Format Pavilion makes its fourth appearance at Graph Expo and Converting Expo, which will be held in Chicago, Oct. 15-18. With more than 25 booths, the Pavilion will showcase the newest technologies in wide format. Visitors to the Pavilion will get a chance to check out the latest in wide- and grand-format printers, as well as flatbeds. Manufacturers of ink, media, color-management programs, RIPs, and finishing solutions will also be on hand.

As in the past, the Pavilion will feature an Innovation Gallery that will highlight the many unique applications of this technology, including fine art and fine-art photography, as well as home decorating items, garments, packaging solutions, and motion displays. Innovation Gallery artist-in-residence, Wade Zahares will be present to discuss the fine-art market of digital printing from an artist"?s perspective. Zarhares, an award-winning children"?s book illustrator, sells giclee prints of his work.

In addition, free 45-minute non-commercial seminars will be offered in the Wide Format Theatre throughout the week. The seminars are as follows:

"? Using Digital Die Cutting: The cost-effectiveness and versatility of digital die cutting with regard to irregularly shaped graphics, plus the benefits of open workflow and how it can increase performance and output. Steve Aranoff, business development director, Mikkelsen Graphic Engineering, Inc., Sunday, 10:30 am

"? Optimizing Your RIP: Time and money saving advantages to using the correct RIP to create a flexible setup, manage multiple jobs at once, and produce uniform color from all equipment. Walter Noot, president and CEO, Onyx Graphics, Sunday, 12:00 pm

"? Digital Tools for Delivering Quality Prints: How to better utilize the "free"? built-in tools bundled with printing devices in order to take full advantage of PDF printing and produce the best quality output for customers. Kimberly Brown-Azzarello, large-format application specialist, HP, Sunday, 1:30 pm

"? Commercial Print Applications for Solvent Printing and Packaging Proofing Using UV Inkjet: The latest packaging equipment and materials, including new substrates and media designed to produce high-quality digital packaging. Steve Urmano, marketing manager, Mimaki, Sunday, 3:00 pm.

"? Finding the Right RIP for Your Wide-Format Printer and Workflow: How RIP devices and printers can influence workflow, key factors involved in choosing the appropriate RIP, and resources available that aid in the decision making process. Kent J. Villarreal, director of workflow and wide-format analysis, Bertl, Monday, 10:30 am, Tuesday 3:00 pm.

"? Printing on Wood, Stone, Metal, Tiles, and Other 3-D Surfaces: The complete workflow from capture to finish for 3-D surfaces and the pros and cons of each printing process. Dr. Nicholas Hellmuth, FLAAR director, Large-Format Digital Imaging Division, Center for Applied Technology, Bowling Green State University, Monday, 12:00 pm.

"? Creating a Collaborative Work Environment Using the World-Wide Web: How to use a Web-based collaborative working environment to advance large-format printing projects from start to finish by improving communication and collaboration efforts and how to improve color management through multi-device color profiling. Mark Blundell, CEO, SA International, Monday, 1:30 pm, Wednesday, 10:30 am.

"? New Markets and Specialty Applications for Digital Printing: How the advancements in wide-format printing can improve and expand business and the different types of output and substrates available, plus the capabilities of flatbed and hybrid printers. Laura Wilson, product manager, Roland DGA, Monday, 3:00 pm.

"? Understanding Digital Textiles: The growing market for digitally printed textiles, the various digital textiles available, and which printing technologies and applications are most suitable for specific materials. Dwight Bessette and David Conrad, product managers, Neschen Americas, Tuesday, 10:30 am.

"? Color Management for the Real World of Large-Format Digital Printing: The basic goals and methods of color management as well as more advanced topics, such as default and custom color-management systems and how to create a full custom CMS workflow. Tony Miller, product manager, Roland DGA, Tuesday, 12:00 pm.

"? Superwide-Format Digital Printing: The technology used in superwide-format printing, the market demands and trends, and working business models of successful ventures in this field. Michael Wozny, product marketing manager, Vutek, Tuesday, 1:30 pm.

"? Wide-Format Inkjet Printing for the Offset Commercial Printer: How offset commercial print providers can add wide-format printing to services already offered, how to evaluate an existing customer base for wide-format opportunity, and how to design a successful system based on those needs. Heather Willovit, wide-format graphics technical manager, Pitman, Wednesday, 12:00 pm.

Graph Expo and Converting Expo, produced by the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC), will be held at McCormick Place.


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