Highlights from Canon, EFI, HP and Nur.
Industry panel presentations opened the following day. Representatives from companies including Spectra Color, Fusion Systems, Caldera, Human Eyes, and Avery spoke about their companies' products and highlighted the benefits of using those products and technologies with Nur equipment. Following the presentations were breakout sessions presented by a few of the industry panel presenters as well as by representatives from other industry players, including Ultraflex, SGIA, Hilord Chemical, Pro-Tech Fabrics, Triga, Miller Weldmaster, Hasco Sales, and Fotoba. The breakout session topics included 'The power of re-branding your business,' 'What it means to be 'green,'' 'Digital fabric printing applications and technologies,' 'Uncovering value-added P-O-P opportunities,' and 'Accessorizing your digital press.'
Also offered were visits to one of two local print providers, both of which had recently installed Nur machines. Paramount Promotions, based in Phoenix, demonstrated its new Expedio 5000, while those who went to the Tempe-based Mouse Graphics saw the shop's new Tempo Q in action.
Dave Bartram, marketing director at Nur, delved into the new product developments and launches. Bartram discussed the growth of UV demand in the marketplace and Nur's emphasis on further improving and developing UV technology. A recent area of expansion for Nur in this area is the launch of the Expedio Inspiration, a UV-curable printer with roll-to-roll and flatbed options, which was announced at the retreat and introduced at Fespa.
A 10.5 ft printer with a flatbed module, the new Expedio Inspiration is designed to handle both flexible and rigid media for indoor and outdoor applications-including polyethylene, paper, mesh, vinyl, textiles, banner material, self-adhesive vinyl, foam, PVC, acrylic sheets, polycarbonate, and more.
Utilizing 32 Spectra S-class printheads, the printer features both 4- (CMYK) and 8-color (CMYKcmyk) print modes with automatic switchover capabilities. Offering a maximum resolution of 800 x 635 dpi, it can print on rollfed substrates up to 10.5-ft wide and on rigid materials up to 8.2 -ft wide and up to 1-in. thick. Well-equipped for high-volume production, the printer features a maximum speed of 1200 sq ft/hr as a rollfed machine and a maximum speed of 370 sq ft/hr when printing on rigid substrates. The company reports switching between rollfed and flatbed modes is fast and easy, taking approximately 15 min to do so.