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SGIA 2010: Viva Las Vegas

(January 2011) posted on Wed Jan 12, 2011

Expo broke records, generated buzz, introduced new technologies.


By Gregory Sharpless

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What happens in Vegas definitely no longer stays in Vegas, certainly not when it comes to the digital-print
marketplace.

The 2010 SGIA Expo (sgia.org) proved this in mid-October, whennearly 22,000 registered attendees hit the event floor (a show record), didtheir legwork for the latest information on new technologies, workflows, and products, and then returned home with that information to put all they learned to work in their own companies. It’s likely they also brought back to their shops some of the marketplace buzz generated by the show – attendees and exhibitors alike were decidedly optimistic about where the market was headed in the months ahead.

During their time at SGIA Expo,attendees took advantage of more than 25 educational sessions tailored
to each sector of the specialty-imaging industry, as well as a first-ever Pre-Expo Business Development
Conference where speakers discussed how to increase ROI and boost a shop’s bottom line. Also available to them were five sales-free interactive demonstration areas on the show floor for those seeking new market opportunities, including: Digital Apparel Production Zone, DSA Digital Signage Zone, Industrial Application Zone, PDAA Graphics Application Zone, and the Screen Printed Apparel Training Zone.

Meanwhile, on the 184,000-squarefoot SGIA Expo show floor, attendees were busy checking out products and wares from 487 exhibiting companies. We provide information on nearly 50 of those newly released technologies on the pages that follow.

If you missed the excitement at the 2010 SGIA Expo, it’s not too late to begin thinking about the 2011 edition of the show. It will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, October 19-21.

JFX Plus Printers from Mimaki
Mimaki USA (mimakiusa.com) debuted its JFX plus series of LED UV-cure printers, including the JFX-1631 plus and JFX-1615 plus. The new machines feature a post-cure unit, and as a result, reports Mimaki, now offer a top speed of 254 sq ft/min (at 600 dpi), an 80% increase over the previous 1615/1631 models. Both machines feature a top resolution of 1200 dpi. The 1631 plus can handle media up to 65 x 126 in., while the 1615 plus can handle media up to 65 x 63 in.; both accommodate media up to 1.97-in. thick. Two inksets are available: Rigid (CMYK+W+Clear) and Flexible (CMYK+W). A roll unit is optional for continuous roll-media feeding.


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