In Orlando, the width and breadth of specialty imaging will be on display.
* PDAA Graphics Application Zone: informative presentations, live demonstrations, and hands-on training in vinyl installation from the Professional Decal Application Alliance; tips and tricks from installation trainers and materials experts.
* Color-Management & Workflow Applications Zone: Attendees can learn about color-management tools and techniques, as well as RIP technologies, quality assurance, color certification, and more. Also: “Ask the Color Expert.”
* Digital Signage Innovation Zone: How digital signage can be used to convey messages, present variable or scheduled information, and add a dynamic element to broader graphics projects.
* Screen Printed Apparel Training Zone: All the trends in garment screen printing, including high-end printing techniques, pre-registration systems, manual and automatic presses, and more.
Building a Community
On Wednesday evening, SGIA will be hosting “community-building receptions” at the Expo for seven specialty-imaging sectors. Sectors will include: SGIA Graphic Printer Community; PDAA Community; Garment Decoration Community; Printed Electronics and Industrial Communities Reception; Latin American Community; Canadian Community; and the Pro Imaging Golf Championship Reception. (Note: For these receptions, registrants automatically receive a ticket in their registration materials; otherwise, attendance is by invitation only, or contact SGIA to participate.)
Thursday morning, attendees can start off their SGIA Expo experience with the event’s keynote address by Don Hutson, author of “The One-Minute Negotiator,” “The One-Minute Entrepreneur,” and “The Sale.” Attendees will also be able to participate in a Thursday afternoon educational session with Hutson, “The High-Performance Selling Edge.” He’ll focus on sales strategies and tactics to differentiate a company in a highly competitive marketplace.
Looking for the crème de la crème when it comes to output? SGIA’s Golden Image Award competition allows imagers of all skill levels to show off what they can do and select winners are then formally recognized in the Golden Image Gallery on the show floor. The competition annually recognizes innovative work in the digital and screen printing marketplace. Competition judges evaluate contenders on specific criteria, such as: image definition, job complexity, registration, overall impression, and other factors. Golden Image
Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, and 9:30 – noon on Friday.
Also announced at the show are the Product of the Year Awards (open to SGIA member exhibitors) and the awards in the Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition, which honors excellent student work in the specialty-imaging field.
Co-locating with SGIA Expo this year are the IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo and Advanced Textiles Trade Show, both organized by the Industrial Fabrics Association International. The Fabrics Expo event showcases awnings, digital printing, graphics, tarps, tents, and more; the Advanced Textiles show addresses products such as aerospace, engineering, geosynthetics, medical, safety and technical, as well as military goods. The Advanced Textiles Conference will feature a keynote presentation by NASA’s Brooks Kimmel, who will focus on specific textiles and fabrics NASA has utilized in an effort to protect astronauts and ground-support personnel; in addition, the show will feature an informative aerospace display including a flight suit and covers used to protect the space station. The registration fee for SGIA Expo allows entry to the IFAI Expo as well.
A Gathering Point for Printed Electronics
If printed electronics are your thing – or you think they might be in your future – the two-day 2013 SGIA Printed Electronics & Membrane Switch Symposium begins the day before the SGIA Expo opens. It’s designed to serve as a gathering point for printed-electronics and membrane-switch professionals looking for the latest technology updates and new innovations, the association reports.
The Symposium’s educational program’s sessions include: “Good Manufacturing Practices for Regulated Products,” “Printing on Light Guide Panels,” “The Journey from Nameplates and Labels to Printed Electronics,” “The Next Frontier in Printed Circuits,” “Current and Future Opportunities for Film Insert Molding,” and others.
The following social-media sites will not only get you hyped for SGIA Expo, but also keep you informed and involved throughout the show:
Facebook: Specialty Graphic Imaging Association