SGIA 2007- “DPI Product of the Year Award”

The SGIA (Specialty Printing & Imaging Expo) was held in Orlando, Florida this October, and took us up-close and personal with the specialty imaging community in all its high-tech glory. Inkjet printers were again the highlight of the show. In conjunction with SGIA, DPI holds its Product of the Year competition, which compares digital imaging … Read more →

Wide format printing industry report

According to a recent I.T. Strategies report, the display graphics market worldwide has a retail value of about $100 billion (US), which includes both digital and analog technologies. <!–break–>Digital technologies—primarily inkjet, but also electrophotography and thermal transfer—represent about 30%, or $30 billion (US). The variety of aqueous, solvent, and UV curable inkjet printers that are … Read more →

Wide-format multi-function inkjet printers

Wide-format multi-function printers (MFP) have gone from rare to ubiquitous in the past ten years. Steve Blanken, director of sales for Contex USA, notes that “ten years ago, Canon introduced large format bubblejet inkjet MFP units priced well above $125,000” and only larger companies were able to justify the cost. “But now, you can get … Read more →

Wave the banner of profit!

If you take a look around, you will notice banner advertising in many different forms. You might even say the past few years have been, well, banner years for this flexible fabric. No longer is a banner just a piece of vinyl with cut letters stuck to it. There are now scores of different banner … Read more →

Grafik’Art shows off its colours

The Grafik’Art trade show delighted attendees from April 19 to 21 in Montreal. Exhibitors displayed their newest products and services in over 100 000 square feet of display space. Last month, you heard from some of the people there—this month, we’ll talk about some of the products. Following are the hottest products to come out … Read more →

My new toy wish list

With a record–setting 1.8 million net square feet of space (35 football fields) and 2 700 exhibitors, the 2007 International CES in Vegas is the world’s largest technology trade show. It is the ultimate show for anyone interested in consumer electronics, including television sets, car and home stereo systems, cell phones, still and video cameras, … Read more →

When opportunity knocks unexpectedly

I often receive calls from business owners saying that a competitor, supplier, or customer has called and “wants to buy my business. What should I do?” As with many questions, it’s an easier one to ask than to answer. First, if you are that business owner, ask yourself the following questions:Are you really ready to … Read more →

PMA 2007 Digital SLR cameras

PMA 07, run by the Photo Marketing Association, is the world’s largest photo imaging convention and trade show and was held in Vegas this year from March 8–11. With the latest products from more than 650 companies and over 200 educational sessions full of innovative ideas, PMA 07 was the photo imaging event of the … Read more →

Which wide-format printer do I invest in?

Wide–format inkjet printers have taken the market by storm over the last few years, replacing technologies such as short–run screen printing, pen plotters, thermal transfer printers, and the like. But even as inkjet has replaced those other print technologies in the wide–format market, it has also fragmented into several different ink technology categories. Each of … Read more →

Focus on digital laser printers

Print World 2006 was held in Toronto from November 18-20 and, as usual, had something for everyone interested in the printing industry. Digital presses, direct imaging presses, and offset presses with sheet sizes up to 29 inches were featured at the show. Inkjet models in all shapes and sizes were again present everywhere. There’s much … Read more →

Finishing solutions for large-format printers

The last several years have seen rapid developments in digital printing systems. Print providers of all types—from sign shops to commercial quick printers and corporate in–plants have taken advantage of the developments in digital printing technology. But once a job has been printed, finishing options such as mounting, trimming, or laminating may be required in … Read more →