The Learning is Easy at the 2017 SGIA Expo

Written by Mat Thompson on Friday, 23 June 2017.

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The 2017 SGIA Expo (New Orleans, October 10–12) is more than a technological wonderland for the printing industry. It’s the place to learn the latest about what’s moving the industry forward — and how to make the most of it to move your career and your business forward.

In addition to its more than 540 exhibitors, the 2017 SGIA Expo features over 40 educational sessions led by industry experts. The sessions fall into four tracks: Graphics and Sign, Garment Decoration, Industrial Imaging and Business Management. You can view a list of sessions by day or by track at

“This show … has something on display, as well as great educational sessions, for every segment of our industry,” said an attendee at last year’s SGIA Expo.

You can have it all with the SGIA Expo + Education Pass

You don’t have to choose between the Expo floor and the education sessions at the SGIA Expo. You can have it both ways with an Expo + Education Pass. The pass is free to registered SGIA members; nonmembers pay $99 through September 12 ($115 thereafter).

“The Expo + Education Pass makes education at the Expo flexible and affordable. It opens up all the regular education sessions to attendees,” said Dan Marx, Director of Industry Content, Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA). “Attendees can adjust their educational plans on site, because they’re not required to pre-select sessions.”

The pass does not cover special conferences and events: Wide Format 101, Your Business: Prepare for Success, Printed Electronics Symposium, Wrap Like a Pro Training, SGIA Sustainability Luncheon or Women in Print Alliance Breakfast.

“There are no restrictions on what or where you learn at the SGIA Expo,” Marx said. “Everywhere you turn, there’s an educational opportunity.”

To learn more and register for the 2017 SGIA Expo, visit

Dscoop celebrates digital print creativity at its largest EMEA conference to date

Written by Mat Thompson on Friday, 23 June 2017.

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With approximately 1300 confirmed attendees at the ‘Dscoop Print Experience’ conference in Lyon, France – the 6th Dscoop conference in Europe, the Middle East and Africa since its launch in 2012 – this year's event has been its most successful EMEA conference ever in terms of attendee numbers, exhibitor numbers and geographic reach.

“Obviously we’re delighted with the success of the conference in Lyon. Around 1300 attendees from 45 countries is a testament to the strength and enthusiasm of this community. More than the numbers, it’s the success stories we hear individually from our members that convinces me Dscoop is an unmissable event on any digital print innovator’s calendar,” comments Olivier Gravet, Dscoop Conference Chairman 2017.

Although details of the next annual EMEA conference are yet to be released, the Dscoop community will not lie dormant until 2018. “As we close the doors on our finest EMEA event yet, it is not a case of ‘see you next year’. We’re adding local events to our schedule all the time, revisiting some of our previous locations and adding new destinations,” comments Gravet. “This strategy is based on feedback from members that they want to maintain the relationships they build at the annual events throughout the year.”

Julian Marsh, Dscoop Global Board Chairman, adds, “In addition to our 25 annual conferences worldwide, Dscoop has organised 75 local events across 20 countries so far. We plan to boost that number even further, increasing our local events across the globe.”

“Between our annual conferences, online platform and local events, Dscoop provides huge scope for its members to network, learn, see the best of what the industry has to offer and, crucially, be inspired,” adds Gravet, “EMEA 6 was no exception with an extraordinary ‘celebration of creativity’ demonstrated in the Solutions Showcase, the pinnacle of Dscoop member work commended with Inkspiration awards, amongst the wealth of educational content in the conference programme.”

Supported by Executive Sponsor HP, Dscoop Diamond Partners Scodix and Trotec Laser, Platinum Partners ABG International, motioncutter, Antalis and IEN Industrie, and an additional 58 partners, the EMEA 6 event in Lyon was Dscoop’s 25th conference globally. Attracting 30,000 attendees from 80 countries to events so far, the community is growing year-on-year.

Further announcements on exciting new opportunities for Dscoop members will be made later this summer. Dscoop membership is free of charge, please sign up at Follow Dscoop on social media to stay up-to-date with the latest news.

Large format printers from OKI offer affordability without compromising on quality

Written by Colin Gillman on Monday, 24 April 2017.

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Since OKI’s acquisition of Seiko I Infotech Inc’s large format portfolio including the renowned ColorPainter family 18 months ago, the industry has been waiting to see how the brand would evolve.

Visitors to the OKI stand at FESPA will be able to see for themselves and experience the entire ColorPainter family of products including the M-64s and the H3–104s, all offering premium performance and a high-level of precision as well as OKI’s Pro Series range of printers specifically aimed at creative businesses, offering them the ability to branch out and capture new revenue opportunities.

The company says it is now able to offer sign makers, exhibition services providers, screen printers and others the opportunity to move away from low-margin vinyl and banner printing into more profitable applications, giving their business the boost needed to drive future growth and success.

According to Frank Jänschke, Senior Product Manager, Large Format Printers, OKI Europe Ltd, the newly launched E-64s is an extremely versatile printer, offering routes to new revenue streams and the chance to maximise increasing demand for products such as vehicle and building wraps, outdoor light box, backlit signage and floor graphics. “Its media flexibility is beyond anything previously available, with impressive results even for characters up to 2 points, on back or front-lit materials, technical textiles, wallpaper, canvas, hard PVC, banner, vinyl and many other media types,” he says.

The E-64s signals OKI’s insistence that affordability doesn’t compromise quality; it includes proven technologies from higher-end models, including the ability to print indoor or ultra-durable outdoor applications on the same machine thanks to OKI’s high-pigment ECO solvent SX ink.

Roland holds the key to customisation and personalisation at FESPA 2017

Written by Colin Gillman on Monday, 24 April 2017.

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Roland is gearing up for FESPA with plans to showcase products from across its extensive portfolio; including digital wide format printers, cutters and integrated print & cut devices, UV-LED flatbed printers, dye-sublimation solutions, and more.

Gillian Montanaro press web resizedAccording to Gillian Montanaro, Head of Marketing EMEA, the priority for Roland is to provide a complete end-to-end solution: “A key benefit of investing in a Roland is that you’re buying into a solution which delivers so much more than just a digital device. It’s true that our technology is reliable and durable but beyond this, we provide an integrated quality offering which encompasses hardware, software, inks, training, service and support. This holistic approach helps our users to get the very best return on their investment and, in turn, to provide the very best service to their customers. It’s one of the reasons why customers who buy a Roland, stay with Roland. At FESPA we’ll be demonstrating how users can best integrate our technologies into their businesses and take full advantage of the comprehensive package we provide.”

Customisation and personalisation are key consumer trends and entrepreneurial print service providers looking to differentiate themselves from their competitors will be able to see Roland’s innovative instant personalisation solutions in action on the booth. Featuring Roland’s VersaUV range of UV-LED flatbed printers which print directly onto virtually any object or substrate and including a customer-friendly software interface. This unique solution enables consumers to personalise a huge range of items including phone accessories, technology items, photo gifts, trophies, souvenirs, sportswear, fashion and much more. Visitors to the Roland booth will have the chance to try out this dynamic technology for themselves and take home a unique personalised memento.

“Our aim is that visiting the Roland booth is a memorable experience and it will be packed with innovative applications and eye-catching samples which we hope will inspire and fire the imaginations of visitors. We look forward to welcoming all FESPA delegates to the booth and demonstrating why Roland is the right choice for them,” concludes Montanaro.

Mimaki launches small format UV flatbed printer that can print on anything

Written by Colin Gillman on Monday, 24 April 2017.

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Mimaki is launching its latest generation of small format UV flatbed printers that can print on anything at FESPA 2017. The addition of the new UJF-3042MkII EX to the UJF-MkII range offers unique opportunities for companies looking for a direct to object printer that can deliver real value-added functionality.

The new UJF-3042MkII EX adds more features to the standard model for higher performance and ease of use and offers a unique approach to value-added printing by combining four steps into one: delivering the ability to place primer for strong ink adhesion, white ink for high print opacity, full colour CMYK printing and a clear print surface treatment, all in one operation. 

UJF 3042MkIIEX MainVisual resizedThe UJF-MkII UV curable flatbed printing systems were launched last summer and have been very well received by the market since their introduction. Mimaki has identified the opportunity to raise the bar even further with the new model, enabling in a single operation; the laying down, where required, of a base coat of inkjet primer, a base print of white ink, full colour print and a surface coating of clear ink, adding up to an efficient means of producing value-added promotional printing applications.

Mimaki’s clear ink, with either glossy or matte effects, can add texture and depth to prints. It can be laid down in multiple layers for an embossed effect and can be used with Mimaki’s texture library as part of the Mimaki RasterLink6 RIP software which offers 129 different textures that can be displayed as swatches in Adobe Illustrator. Application of these textures with clear ink can deliver more elaborate designs, such as a floral motifs or other patterns that add even greater value to the printed piece.

Mimaki Europe will have two stands at FESPA, and is set to show the new printer on its stand in the Digital Hall (Stand A1-A25), where it will also be demonstrating a wide range of solutions for the sign and graphics market and industrial print.

BTEC Fashion student shines with Epson exhibition stand display

Written by Colin Gillman on Thursday, 13 April 2017.

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There were a lot of very good looking stands at Sign & Digital this year, but the one that really caught my attention was Epson. I was impressed at how well the company was able to seamlessly display the all-round capabilities of its SureColor eco-solvent and dye-sublimation printers featuring a wrapped car, wallpaper, signage and textiles, and how they were able to produce rich and perfectly-matched colours all blended together in a single display wall.

Epson regularly supports community projects and charities close to its Hemel Hempstead head office. When it was planning its stand at the Sign & Digital exhibition to showcase Epson’s large format printers, it asked Longdean School down the road to help. The stand needed an exciting design to highlight the impressive capabilities of Epson’s SureColor eco-solvent and dye-sublimation printers and every element would need to be blended together to demonstrate that Epson’s printers can achieve excellent results, no matter what the medium. The tutor and students on the final year BTEC Fashion course at the School were eager to get involved in the project.

Epson asked the students to develop a vibrant and contemporary design that could be used throughout the stand, including the front half of a car bursting through a wall. Epson provided advice about the SureColor inkjet printers and their capabilities while signage specialists Slam Signs guided the students through what is involved when developing and applying a digital car wrap.  

Epson booth graphic by Longdean student resizedThe students were given six weeks to create their artwork before submitting their final designs to Epson for the judging process. Some students used themes from existing project work, while others created new designs from scratch.

“I was very impressed by the quality of the entries,” says Phil McMullin, Sales manager, Epson UK. “The students all put a lot of time and effort into this project; it was difficult to choose an overall winner but Mel Mantle’s intricate floral image featuring a myriad of vibrant colours met the brief perfectly.” 

Slam Signs printed the car graphics on the 10-colour SureColour SC-S80600 and wrapped the car chassis on site in the school auditorium. This drew crowds of students to watch the design being applied - transforming a dull grey car into a unique technicolour vehicle.

The stand at Sign & Digital brought everything together in one stunning display. 

“It was great to work on a real project and to see my design used on a product for a real audience. It has changed how I will design in the future,” says Mel Mantle. “I put a lot of thought into the design which represents the changing seasons and features a woman with a floral dress that flows across the car and wall behind it in varying colours. I had to adjust my pattern, and make it larger in some places, so that the flowers would sit in specific places on the car when applied. I am really proud of the end result.”

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