By Industrial Print Staff
Chicago, IL’s McCormick Place was home to Print 17 from September 10 to 14, 2017. The event is a comprehensive exhibition for printing and imaging professionals. It featured live equipment demonstrations as well as educational sessions and panels.
Attendees to Print 17 were invited to design their own “Learning Experience” at the show. They could do so through sitting in on more than the 50 educational sessions that shed light on topics ranging from the design/creative process, packaging, marketing, growth strategies, and emerging technologies. All of which touched on digital print used in manufacturing in some way or another.
The main focus of the event was the 450-plus exhibitors showcasing the latest hardware, software, substrates, and services. Digital technologies dominated the show floor.
Canon unveiled its Océ VarioPrint 6000 TITAN Series of sheetfed monochrome production presses. It is planned for 2018 availability. The company also showcased its Océ Colorado 1640 UVgel 64-inch wide format device.
Fujifilm North America Corporation debuted the Inca Onset M B1 format press, developed for high-quality, short-run industrial printing markets. It also featured live demonstrations of the JPress 720S sheetfed inkjet press, which showcased how quickly variable data driven, short-run projects are staged and run.
HP Inc. announced enhancements to the HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press, which now includes new High Definition Laser Array technology, enabling the press to double image resolution up to 1,625 dpi, according to the company.
Komori highlighted its 29-inch inkjet sheetfed UV printing system, the Impremia IS29. The device runs a 23×29-inch sheet, ideal for six-up print production.
Konica Minolta demonstrated a variety of its commercial industrial technologies. It also showcased solutions from its strategic partner, MGI. Products displayed included the Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS C71cf label printer as well as the MGI JETvarnish 3D Web varnish and foil solution. It previewed ceramic printing technology and offered a virtual reality experience featuring the AccurioJet KM-1.
Memjet introduced its new DuraLink digital printing platform, which combines long-life printheads, pigment ink, and flexible modules to provide its OEM partners with a fast and easy way to develop solutions for high-volume commercial, packaging, and industrial printing markets.
Mimaki USA, Inc. exhibited the JFX200-2513 UV LED flatbed printer. It is a 4×8-foot landscape-oriented printer ideal for printing to glass and decorative panels. White and clear inks are available to run in the machine.
Oki Data Americas demonstrated the proColor C942dn printer, which lays down high-density white toner under color in a single pass. It prints to dark colored media in addition to color on white stocks.
Ricoh USA, Inc. highlighted both new and proven solutions for current and perspective customers. The recently formed Commercial & Industrial Printing Business Group took center stage. Several solutions were on the floor, including the Ricoh Pro C7100X five-color digital press, the flagship Ricoh Pro C9100, and the Rioch Pro 8200 high-speed, flexible B&W digital press. Displayed for the first time in the U.S. was the Ricoh Pro VC400 continuous feed inkjet platform.
Rollem promoted its Insignia flexo-magnetic die cutter. Two models are available—20×20 and 30×24 inches. Both feature die cutting, kiss cutting, and embossing.
Screen Americas highlighted recent developments of its TruePress Jet L350UV+LM, a new UV inkjet system designed to expand the ability to print labels for food packages.
Xanté introduced the UV4000 UV-curable flatbed printer, which features printheads that rise up 11 inches, enabling it to print on specialty media and rigid substrates.
Xerox featured the Xerox Trivor 2400 High Fusion Inkjet Press and the Xerox iGen 5 Press, which includes the newly introduced White Ink for its fifth printing station.
Zünd showcased the G3 M-2500 cutting/routing/finishing system. The solution offers a cutting area of 52×98 inches.
Graph Expo 2018
Next year, Graph Expo returns to Chicago, IL from September 30 to October 3, 2018 at McCormick Place.
Nov2017, Industrial Print Magazine