By IPM Staff
Produced by the Graphic Arts Show Company, the popular Graph Expo event provides a venue for the latest graphic communications technologies and equipment demonstrations targeting several key market segments.
This year, the event featured more than 70 interactive learning sessions and over 40 co-located events for attendees. Breaking from its typical Chicago, IL-based venue, the trade show took place at the Orange County Convention Center – North from September 25 to 28, 2016.
On the Show Floor
The industry’s evolution is clear from the show floor at Graph Expo in 2016, compared to a decade ago. Digital technologies dominate the market.
Following the drupa show this Spring, Graph Expo 2016 hosted many North America debuts for products shown earlier this year in Germany.
For example, Canon displayed the Océ VarioPrint i300 digital press publicly for the first time in North America.
HP announced the release of four new 30-inch HP PageWide Web presses powered by its High Definition Nozzle Architecture. The new presses provide high-quality color prints and enable print service providers to address a range of commercial printing applications, such as customized magazines, catalogs, and books.
Xerox and KBA discussed the development of an industrial digital sheetfed inkjet press for the folding carton market, the KBA VariJET 106. The press combines conventional printing and finishing technologies with digital inkjet printing for a hybrid, modular solution.
Konica Minolta showcased its bizhub PRESS C71cf, a continuous-feed, toner-based digital label printer that outputs at speeds of up to 62 feet per minute on 13-inch wide rolls. The company also displayed post-press enhancement solutions from MGI.
Ricoh unveiled its high-speed B&W digital print platform, the Ricoh Pro 8220s Series, which is capable of printing long sheets of up to 27.5 inches. The company also displayed new neon yellow toner as part of the fifth color station offering of the Ricoh Pro C7100X production press.
In addition to spotlights the new gray ink for the ComColor GD series of professional inkjet solutions, RISO, Inc. showcased a technology preview of two concept presses—both continuous and cutsheet—targeting the production inkjet market.
While Orlando provided a nice change of scenery, we’re excited to head back to Chicago next year for the PRINT 17 show. The event is scheduled from September 10 to 14, 2017 at McCormick Place. IPM
Nov2016, Industrial Print Magazine