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Previewing SGIA Expo 2013

(October 2013) posted on Mon Oct 07, 2013

In Orlando, the width and breadth of specialty imaging will be on display.

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Finding Your Best Tools and Products
No matter new piece of hardware, software, or consumable you’re looking for, you’ll likely find it here. The floor plan encompasses nearly 220,000 square feet and will showcase a broad range of companies, products, supplies, materials, technologies, and applications in the digital, screen printing, graphic, garment, industrial, and installation sectors of the specialty-imaging industry.

At last count, more than 450 exhibitors (including 50 first-time exhibitors, SGIA reports) were slated to be on hand at this year’s show. An interactive floor plan as well as a searchable up-to-date list of companies is available on the event website ( Stop by The Big Picture at stand #835.

Becoming a More Learned PSP
SGIA Expo offers more than 40 Classic Expo Educational Sessions plus free presentations in the various Zones (see “Get Zoned Out”). The Classic sessions are segmented into four major tracks: Graphics & Sign, Garment Decoration, Industrial Application, and Business Management. Here are just a few of the sessions (note that all Classic sessions take place Wednesday and Thursday only):

• “Strategies and Opportunities in Wide-Format Inkjet”
• “Wide-Format Textile Overview”
• “Selling Wide-Format Made Easy”
• “Inkjet Heads: State of the Art”
• “Essential Business Metrics”
• “Use the Right Sales-Compensation Plan”
• “3D Printing and Prototyping”
• “Digital Decoration of Ceramics”
• “Garment Dye-Sub Printing”

Get Zoned Out
SGIA has established seven special Zones at this year’s Expo, all of which offer free educational programming to learn more about the following specific areas of interest:

* Strategic Sustainable Solutions Zone: New this year, experts discuss pathways shops can take to become more sustainable – from energy and recycling strategies to becoming a zero-waste facility. Plus: sustainable media applications in the marketplace; the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership; and more.

* Digital Textile Printed Zone: This zone is also new for 2013. Technical and design requirements, recommended workflows, color-management tips, finishing techniques, and recommended best practices for various ink-and-fabric combinations. Also: Visit with students and faculty from the Textile Design Program at Philadelphia University's School of Design and Engineering.

* Digital Apparel Production Zone: Represents a wide-range of solutions for all types of decorating options to produce fully customizable apparel in markets like outdoor retail, teen sports, urban fashion, runway-ready apparel, and more.