Print 17 is back in Chicago and organizer NPES has added more expert speakers who’ll discuss trends and new technology in just about every conceivable industry sector. The tradeshow takes place once again at McCormick Place, September 10-14, 2017, and at press time had booked over 450 exhibitors. NPES will also provide free, high-speed wireless Internet service throughout the venue so visitors can stay connected to their businesses. More than 50 educational sessions will shed light on design and creative, packaging, marketing, growth strategies, emerging technologies and much more. These programs will present new methods to increase ROI – through seminars and hands-on labs, the preshow Outlook 17 Conference, panel discussions, “Distinguished Leader” speakers, and The Learning Experience Theater presentations. New this year, the “Distinguished Leader” speaker series will feature some of the industry’s most renowned thought leaders and agents of change sharing their unique experiences, while showing you how to stay ahead in your industry niche. On September 11, Tod Szewczyk (VP, Director Emerging Technology & Innovation at Leo Burnett) will speak about “The Future of People, Technology and Advertising”. The next day, show visitors will hear from Michael Chase (Chief Marketing Officer at St. Joseph Communications) as he explores the “Print in a Digital World” 2018 trend report.
Other learning sessions will include: The State of Our Industry – What’s Happening, What’s Ahead and What We Can Do About It; Marketing to and Working with Millennials; Using the Design Thinking Process to Innovate Your Business; Fads, Trends and Disruptive Technology; Creative Color: Best Practices for Content Creators; Frank Romano on the Future of Print; and Marketing Makes the Difference.
Outlook 17’s popular annual marketing trends and technology update conference September 10 will focus on new business strategies. Kim Latreille, publishing consultant and lecturer at Ryerson University in Toronto, will present “The Emergence of Custom Publishing” examining custom publishing among commercial printers who want more publication-style work. Plus, the annual Must See ‘Ems “Best of Category” exhibits and products will be announced, revealing the most compelling technologies and products found on the show floor.
PIA to present Teacher’s Conference
This half-day event September 10 will see industry educators learn about current trends, the latest equipment, and network with other instructors. Proposed sessions will include new and emerging technologies, a panel discussion, and practical how-to presentations. Educators will learn how they can incorporate these concepts, technologies and ideas in their own classrooms. Prominent industry speakers will include: Hal Hinderliter (Principal at Hal Hinderliter Consulting); Dr. John Leininger (Professor at Clemson University); Steven Schnoll (Schnoll Media Consulting); plus a panel of printers who’ll discuss what companies today are seeking in new employees. Registration is free for full-time or part-time educators teaching graphic communications, printing, graphic design or related fields.
Popular show floor areas return
Walk the show floor and see live equipment demos, compare and evaluate companies and their products, and network with colleagues and customers. Some of the specialty areas will once again include In-Plant Place, Mailing and Fulfillment, Materials Matter (substrate manufacturers), News Print (a dual area for newspaper production pros and commercial printers), Press & Finishing (innovations in wide format inkjet, digital, offset, hybrid, flexo and gravure, plus binding and finishing equipment and supplies), Printerverse (free education, events, world-class networking and a bit of fun), Software (design and workflow) Prepress, and Workforce Solutions (a new area focusing on skilled workers in the printing and graphic communications industry).
A party with a purpose
Also new this year is the first annual “Celebrate Print! Our Party with a Purpose” at the House of Blues Chicago that will benefit Family Rescue – one of the largest anti-domestic-violence organizations in Illinois. This free party will feature the famous Chicago eighties band Sixteen Candles.
Please support these Canadian companies at Print 17
Amazing Print Tech (Booth 667). Its web2print software empowers printers with template-based tools to effectively market, drive and close sales online. The upgraded version of its design engine, eCardBuilder 5.2, has 100 new products and thousands of added templates. A new book Cloud Production, by Amazing Print President Slava Apel and Dr. Joe Webb, will be released. Print sales expert Dave Fellman and Apel are also collaborating on a new book, Print Sales and Marketing: Traditional and Digital Customer Acquisition, that explains how to generate leads and close a sale.
Avanti (Booth 635). Avanti has helped hundreds of printers improve profitability with its JDF-certified Print MIS. Avanti Slingshot helps you deliver more jobs in less time, knowing that every aspect of your shop is integrated into one powerful platform. New modules include Mail and Postage Accounting, Scheduling Reservation System, Wireless Warehouse Management and its bi-directional certified Integration with Avalara AvaTax.
BDT Print Media (Booth 4609) will debut its VX-370 Banner Sheet Feeder for mid-range commercial digital presses. The VX-370 handles “the widest range of media and formats in the industry.” Using BDT’s Tornado Technology, a huge enhancement in overall productivity and reliability is possible via its fully automated media-handling process. BDT will also introduce its new TPF-800 Feeder, offering fast media changes with no manual adjustments – “an industry first for this size of feeder.”
Buskro (Booth 2260) has evolved into an industry leader in the design and manufacture of high quality printing, tabbing/labeling and card-processing equipment. Be sure to ask about its BK730 Tabber and BK730WL Wide Label Tabber.
Crawford Technologies (Booth 454) provides document solutions that streamline, improve and manage customer communications. Its software solutions for automated workflows support the migration to new inkjet presses and streamline and monitor production processes to improve efficiency and reduce costs. Crawford provides omni-channel solutions to more than 1,800 print and mailing providers and firms worldwide. Its new Pro Preference Manager makes it easy to transform documents into new formats and deliver them according to specific end-customer preferences.
DocketManager (Booth 240), built by printers for printers, is a cloud/SaaS print management solution with a fully integrated web-to-print system. It includes modules for customer management, estimating, production, accounting and e-commerce combined in a single integrated solution. Users can manage their entire company from one system. The browser interface requires no installation of any software locally. It’s also designed to handle hybrid shops – digital, offset, wide format, label, in-plant, 3D, etc.
Gateway Bookbinding Systems (Booth 3816). The plastic spiral experts and makers of Plastikoil binding will be demonstrating its entire equipment line, including the Plastikoil Concept QS Interline series for in-house coil manufacturing and automated coil insertion. Also featured will be the The PBS 2800 Koilmatic – a fully electric tabletop automatic coil inserter – as well as several counter-top production machines. Gateway’s Plastikoil products are available in 45 colours and are lead-free and phthalate-free.
Graphic Arts Magazine (Booth 568) is published 10 times a year, mailed to 10,500 across Canada, has a readership of over 40,000, and is complemented by a free weekly e-newsletter that goes to over 11,570 subscribers and free digital editions. Our website (www.graphicartsmag.com), has over 30,000 unique monthly visitors and posts news by 7 am daily. Please stop our booth, find out about our lead-generation programs, and enter our free draw for a fabulous prize.
Graphic Whizard (Booth 420) will showcase a wide range of digital print-finishing systems. Its PT 335SCC Multi is a complete, full-bleed finishing system with interchangeable creasing/perforating dies that can prevent digital toner cracking. It can perform partial perfs in both directions for “T” or “box” perfs. Users can make short work of business cards, invitations, brochures, catalogues, posters, book/CD covers, photographs and more by simply loading the high capacity 4” pile feeder. Sheets up to 350 gsm at 25 sheets per minute (8.8” x 11”, 2 cuts, 1 crease) can be processed.
Have Our Plastic (Booth 3144). Its Zodia Synthetic Paper is a family of tough, durable synthetic products that are stronger than paper, more environmentally friendly than other plastics, and more cost-effective than other synthetic substrates on the market. Made of polypropylene, it offers a balance of physical characteristics that combine the best properties of both paper and film. The lightweight material has a smooth surface that’s resistant to water, chemicals, abrasion and aging.
Longford International (Booth 3205) designs and manufactures turnkey fulfillment systems that integrate just about every type of OEM equipment. Products include feeders, batch counters, tipping systems, feed/read/print/verify systems, track and trace systems, parts, circuit boards, encoders, motors, photocells and more. Target industries include printing, pharmaceutical, food, packaging, plastic card, gaming and more.
Mediaclip (Booth 4543). Mediaclip develops product personalization software that empowers users to create and sell a huge variety of products on an online store. It’s available on-premise, in the cloud, or as a pre-integrated turnkey option. Mediaclip provides an easier, more engaging end-user experience, photorealistic previews that increase conversion rates and reduce cart abandonment, smart designs that make offering unique content easier, and tools that enhance merchandising techniques. It can also be integrated into an existing e-commerce solution.
Messagepoint (Booth 455). Its cloud-based content-management platform software facilitates cost-effective customer communications management of your clients, driving the pace of change for omni-channel print and digital customer communications. Users directly control touchpoint messaging content and business rules. Clients can create, modify and approve customer messaging and targeting rules across all channels prior to production. Ask about its Production Partner Program that allows service providers to resell Messagepoint directly to their customers, or use it as a managed service on behalf of their clients.
Printers Parts & Equipment (Booth 4535). PPE has over 45 years’ experience in the printing industry and extensive knowledge of offset, prepress, bindery, finishing, spare parts and consumables. Its line of spare parts, consumables and accessories is “the largest worldwide. We also have the largest network of printers/dealers worldwide.” PPE carries parts for Heidelberg, Komori, Mitsubishi, Manroland, Ryobi and other OEMs, as well as parts and supplies for Polar Cutters, Stahl, Muller Martini and others. It also provides appraisals, liquidations and auction services.
Punchmaster Tool & Die (Booth 3944) specializes in designing and building top quality paper-punching tools and dies, and will showcase existing tools and introduce an exciting new product line. It also provides well-known OEMs with their tool designs for use in punching equipment sold under their own brand name. Its in-house manufacturing guarantees quick turnarounds on many popular patterns. It also produces customized tools and services several leading brands.
Tilia Labs (Booth 158). Tilia’s flagship Phoenix software is an imposition and planning solution for packaging, labels, cards, tags, wide format and commercial. It’s equally powerful as a pure imposition system for creating print-ready layouts, or as a planning tool to estimate production costs. Its Griffin software is an automatic layout solution specifically for wide format printers. Griffin utilizes the fast Phoenix nesting engine to create true-shape, tightly nested layouts, helping reduce substrate costs and boost throughput. It’s works well with most presses and cutting tables.
Ultimate TechnoGraphics (Booth 540), the inventor of automated digital imposition, will introduce more solutions for automatic numbering logic for short-run, variable production. With Impostrip, printers can take variable size/quantity orders to production in a ‘just-in-time’ process, eliminating the waiting and waste generated by conventional imposition. Ask about Ultimate Bindery v.5 finishing software that boosts productivity in a short-run, high-turnaround environment, and Impostrip true shape Nesting, ideal for automating true-shape products like die-cut cards, labels and packages.
Web to Print Shop (Booth 148). The W2P Shop by Racad Tech is a modular, web-to-print solution where printers can pick and choose modules, ensuring unique online experiences. Features include: full, customizable product options and pricing calculators; uploading technology to determine document properties; image and font libraries; 60 different payment gateways; discount and coupon codes; and fully customizable user interfaces.
World Of Tape (Booth 4055). World Of Tape will be displaying a full line of specialty tapes – primarily double-sided adhesive tapes used in the printing industry. These include transfer tapes, Kleen-Stik, double-sided Polyester, double-sided PVC tapes and hand-held rolls, as well as machine-length rolls for automatic taping machines. It will also be showcasing its fully automatic adhesive tape applicator machines.
These exhibitors are also worth a visit
4over (Booth 435) has added the PrinterBridge web-to-print solution so printers can access its huge line of print products and services through their own customizable online storefront. Site features include a product design tool, the ability to create sales rep profiles, tracking and staff organization, and more. Users can configure product options, control mark-ups, and monitor and manage sales performance while growing their customer base and market visibility.
ATS-Tanner (Booth 3208). The Swiss banding technology specialist will showcase its standard banding machines used in the print industry, as welll as a fully automated inline TRS-SW banding solution for finishing large, high-value corrugated products. Another FSB-A banding solution will demonstrate counting, stacking, sorting and finishing in one step for up to 100,000 products per hour.
B&R Moll (Booth 3608) will show its full line of folder/gluers and finishing equipment. Its digi-mollPAK System is a compact, inline folder/gluer ideal for complex packaging projects. Demonstrated will be a digi-mollPAK, folding and gluing a box with a pre-break. Also featured will be the Premier 36 folder/gluer producing a courier envelope. A 25.5” x 4.5” sheet will be scored, perfed, folded and closed with a fugitive glue tip-on.
C.P. Bourg (Booth 2002). The “new” Bourg Sheet Preparation Module (BPM) is designed for 1-up or 2-up job imposition and vastly simplifies perfect-binding production. This innovative accessory eliminates multiple time and labour-consuming processes by converting large parent size sheets with multiple pages printed on them, into small individual pages of different formats – all in one pass without labour! Users can create multiple book formats from media of a single size, reduce click charges and eliminate manual workload.
Color-Logic (Booth 4813) produces 250 metallic colours in just one pass. Printers can offer customers metallics without buying additional press units or post-press finishing equipment. Showcased will be samples run on a variety of presses and substrates, swatchbooks illustrating the colours available, metallic colours and decorative effects and security effects using variable metallics on digital presses.
EFI (Booth 2302). Its Productivity Workbench is a web-based dashboard with one-click real-time access to task-based, customized, business-critical data for all six of EFI’s Productivity Suite workflow products. The new version 5 of its EFI Fiery Color Profiler Suite now has a Printer Match module offering gray-balanced G7 calibration. Users can use G7 standards to calibrate presses to a near-neutral state before profiling them. A new version of EFI Fiery Impose software features Dynamic Gangup Imposition automation to maximize usage of a sheet’s surface.
Epson (Booth 831) will be showing its digital imaging solutions, including the SureColor P5000 Commercial Edition with SpectroProofer. The 17” production printer uses violet ink for an expanded colour gamut and delivers 99% Pantone colour matching. The SpectroProofer inline spectrophotometer automates profile creation, optimization and verification tasks for proofing. Its SurePress L-4033A digital label press delivers exceptional print quality, accurate colour and features to improve short-run profitability.
Fujifilm (Booth 2013). Watch the new Acuity LED 3200R super-wide-format printer produce quality, low-cost display graphics. The Onset M, a new B1 format inkjet printer that offers a high quality, short-run solution for the offset, screen and industrial print markets, will make its North American debut. Also featured will be the J Press 720S Sheetfed Inkjet Press for variable, data-driven, short-run projects. Discover how Dimatix Samba printheads are revolutionizing the application of ink to substrates.
GMC Software (Booth 244). GMC Software/Satori Software provide solutions for creation of optimized, individualized multichannel customer communications. See examples using GMC Inspire, which sends communications consistently with centrally-managed messages delivered through a wide range of media – including print, mobile, email, web pages and more. Its Satori Ignite postal technology expands mailing functions – from presort, to post-presort and data correction.
HP (Booth 613). Create and print personalized posters via smartphones, and watch a book come to life through HP’s Link Technology. HP will showcase its Indigo 12000, 7900, WS6800 and 5900 Digital Presses, Latex 570 and 3600 Printer, PageWide XL 8000 Printer, DesignJet Z6800 Photo Production Printer and HP PageWide Web Press, in addition to HP Specialty Printing Systems solutions for direct mail. HP PrintOS workflow solutions will be operating at hands-on stations. Send photos taken on a MomentCam mobile app for printing as posters to an HP Indigo 12000 Press on-site.
Konica Minolta (Booth 2031) will be showing its commercial print, label, packaging and wide format solutions, including the Accurio Press C6100 – its latest flagship model for 100 ppm toner-based digital colour featuring the new IQ-501 Intelligent Quality Optimizer (a fully automated inline quality management system) providing automatic colour and density control and front-to-rear registration. Its spectrophotometer allows for precise colour-matching to G7 and GRACol standards. Also highlighted will be MGI’s JETvarnish 3D and iFoil press for digital embossing, hot-foil stamping and 3D effects.
Mimaki USA (Booth 4019). Mimaki’s JFX200-2513 UV-LED flatbed printer is a compact 4’x 8’ landscape-oriented model. It can print onto substrates 2” thick, and output a diverse range of prints for indoor and outdoor use. It’s ideal for applications such as backlit displays, signs and posters, interior décor, glass and metal decorative panels, and more – and can print onto packaging materials, corrugated for prototyping jobs. The UV-LED lamps offer reduced energy consumption and a longer lamp lifetime.
PressWise by SmartSoft (Booth 538) will be demonstrating its all-in-one print MIS, web-to-print and workflow automation software. These include enhancements to its estimating and imposition engines, purchase-order functionality, inventory/stock purchase enhancements, manual adjustments, an add-on for Single Sign On (SSO) security, and new customer-centric report functions.
Ricoh USA (Booth 2022) will highlight its continuous-feed inkjet portfolio: the Ricoh Pro VC60000 at 100,000 letter images per hour; Ricoh Pro VC40000 with speeds up to 120 metres per minute producing complex, data-driven direct mail and transactional output; and the Ricoh Pro C7110X with speeds up to 90 ppm at 1200 x 4800 dpi and a fifth colour station for clear, white or neon-yellow applications printing up to 49”. Also featured will be the Ricoh Pro C9110 colour digital printer with speeds up to 130 ppm. Its industrial print portfolio will also be showcased.
Spiel Associates (Booth 220). Its Sterling Digibinder PUR Plus is a fully-automated PUR perfect binder that can bind up to 500 books per hour up to 2” (50 mm) thick. A colour touchscreen facilitates easy setup via an automatic book thickness gauge. The book size, the clamp (with an integrated jogger) and the nipper, then adjust automatically. The PUR Plus includes an automatic cover feeder with two double-scoring wheels for hinge scoring. The cover feeder and scoring blades set up automatically through its touchscreen.
Standard Finishing (Booth 1231) will present live demos of die-cutting, perfect binding, trimming, slitting, creasing, folding, saddlestitching, inspection systems, and roll-fed print solutions. Products include Horizon perfect binders, bookletmakers, saddlestitchers, collators, folders, die-cutters, 3-knife trimmers, cutters, slitters/creasers, sheet feeders, smart-sheet processors, pXnet/JDF driven integrated workflow and Viva inspection systems – and a range of Hunkeler technology.
Xerox (Booth 4168). The Xerox Rialto 900 Inkjet is a compact, fully integrated, roll-to-cut-sheet press with two new inline finishing options that can print, perforate, cut and stack jobs all in one run. The Trivor 2400 High Fusion Inkjet integrates the Trivor 2400 Inkjet Press with new High Fusion ink – a revolutionary ink set that enables inkjet printing directly to offset-coated stocks, eliminating the need for treatments, coatings and primers. The Versant 3100 adds enhanced automation features and prints up to 100 ppm. It handles everything from marketing materials and banners, to full-bleed magazines on a wide range of media.
Please also check out these booths: Canon USA (1213), Duplo USA (1225), Goss (4022), KBA North America (213), Magnum Magnetics (448), Manroland Web Systems (1067), Memjet (3822), Muller Martini (625), Mutoh America (4241), Quite Software (253), Riso Inc. (3213) and RyobI MHI Graphic Technology RMGT (1244).
For more exhibitor updates, including those not available at press time, please visit our website: www.graphicartsmag.com.