This article highlights some of the products shown to the North American marketplace during the 2010 SGIA Expo.
Marabu focused on its new UltraSwitch UVSW UV-curable screen ink and Maraswitch MSW solvent-based screen ink for membrane switches. The inks can be used separately or together in the same application. They’re formulated for very good multilayer adhesion in full-area prints, elasticity and excellent post-processing, high peel-off, opacity, and more. The company also showed Ultraglass UVGL and Ultraglass UVGO, both of which are UV-curable inks for glass. The heavy-metal-free formulations are designed to resist dishwashing, alkalines, and scratching.
Mimaki highlighted its new JFX plus Series wide-format inkjet printers. Two models are available (JFX-1615 plus and JFX-1631 plus), and both feature UV LD curing. The company also highlighted the UJF-3042, a tabletop-format inkjet printer designed to image directly onto a variety of materials. It features UV LED curing, simultaneous white over and underprinting, a six-color inkset, and clearance for media up to 1.97 in. (50 mm) thick. The system supports variable data.
Mitsubishi Plastics Composites showed ACM materials for signage, including GRAPHIC•AL LT, HP, OR, and DP.
Neschen Americas’ Seal brand booth had a pedestal dedicated to the 54 EL cold-roll laminator. The unit features a manually adjustable nip to 1 in. (25 mm), uniframe construction, 14-ft/min (4-m/min) production speed, auto-grip shafts, flip-up in-feed table, footswitch for hands-free operation, and more. It accommodates media up to 54 in. (1372 mm) wide.
Nicomatic promoted its CrimpFlex Connector System; SwitchAir Non-Stick Metal Snap Domes, designed for use with pick-and-place machines; Ultra-Thin SMD LEDs, designed for the membrane-switch industry; and more.
Norcote emphasized its IM Series NVP-free in-mold-decorating system. The inks are formulated for excellent opacity, flexibility, and gate-wash resistance. IM Series inks do not require the use of a tie-coat. Norcote says the system delivers a very durable and abrasion-resistant ink film after forming and molding.
Onyx debuted Version X10 of its RIPCenter, PosterShop, and ProductionHouse workflow solutions. According to Onyx, the new software simplifies color management, improves file handling, delivers smoother color blends and gradients, streamlines media profiling, offers better control of ink costs, and more. The upgrade is available as a Web download or an installer DVD. Version X10 installs in a new directory, leaving the previous version intact. It imports existing RIP settings and printers and eliminates the need to re-profile media.
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