Innovation on Display in New Orleans
The 2009 SGIA Expo welcomed thousands of visitors at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, October 7-9. At the annual convention and exhibition of the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association, equipment and material suppliers introduced their latest innovations in graphics, garment, industrial, and specialty printing applications. This article highlights some of the products shown to the North American marketplace during this Expo.
AGFA Graphics showcased the Anapurna M2 and the Anapurna Mw (white), the two newest additions to the line of UV inkjet systems. The Anapurna M2 has automatic features that drive printing speeds up to 247 sq ft/hr. It uses six Konica Minolta print heads with 1024 nozzles each and automated media-registration bars and head-height adjustment for roll-to-roll and rigid media. The Anapurna Mw adds single-pass pre-white and multipass post-white.
Alcan Composites USA Inc. offered an assortment of substrates for the graphic-display market. All are designed to be mounted or direct printed. Choices range from paper-faced foam boards to expanded plastic boards, aluminum composites, and polystyrene foam boards with wood-fiber veneers. Industry brands include Fome-Cor , Sintra, Gator, Dibond, and Alucobond.
American Ultraviolet Co. showed air-cooled, UV-conveyorized drying systems from 4-100 in. All units supply 300 w/in. with tri-power switching (300, 200, 125). Optional units used 400-600 w/in. iron-doped systems. Units included an exhaust/vacuum system, UV-resistant conveyor belt, focused lamp assemblies, digital speed indicator, and more.
AnaJet debuted its Sprint garment inkjet printer, capable of printing images up to 12.5 x 16 in. on light and dark garments. It uses AnaBright (CMYK+White) or PolyBright (CMYK) inks. The printer supports imaging resolutions up to 1440 dpi and features closed-loop ink delivery via bulk-ink cartridges. Anatol centered on its Horizon, billed as an entry-level automatic garment-printing press. It’s available in four-, six-, eight-, and ten-color models and features digital control, tool-free adjustments, quick-release systems, two options for platen mounting, and two choices for flash curing. Options include individual off-contact, squeegee-pressure regulators, and a servo indexer.
Autoroll Print Technologies, distributor for Marabu pad-printing inks, exhibited the MCDµ color-mixing system designed for use with Marabu solvent-based pad inks, solvent screen inks, and UV screen inks. The MCDµ works with standard MCM software and uses an 18-station ink-canister system.
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