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Book Fairs show lots of potential for short-run digital press brands

Posted November 27, 2017

Three from FLAAR attended FIL 2017 in Guadalajara, Mexico. FIL is one of 5 best-attended book fairs worldwide. More publishers and many more thousands of books on display than you can imagine, but what is notable is that not one single printing press company has a booth.

No matter how many e-books, Kindles and iPads are sold, if you saw the crowds here (over 700,000 visitors during 9 days) you would realize that plenty of people still want books. The crowds here on a single day are more than any sign printer expo in the world (though DRUPA 2000 and DRUPA 2004 were definitely memorable).

So in addition to offset presses, etc, there sure is frankly unexpected potential for short-run digital presses, both toner and inkjet.

We look forward to seeing and evaluating both toner and inkjet short-run digital presses at SGI 2018 Dubai, ISA 2018, FESPA 2018, Africa Print aspect of Sign Africa, SGIA, Sign Istanbul, and APPPEXPO 2018.

Obviously GraphExpo is focused on traditional printing than book printing aspects of ISA and SGIA, but let’s hope GraphExpo co-locates before it ends up like Seybold, VISCOM Spain, VISCOM Paris, etc.

And we really enjoy short-run digital press booths at the expos we attend since we are in our fourth year of developing educational books on endangered species of plants and animals in Central America. We do scientific books plus a second series to help children (and their parents and grandparents) learn about the remarkable eco-systems of Mexico and Central America.

We look forward to interacting with short-run digital press companies to evaluate their printers and write about our experience in FLAAR (read by about 700,000 people worldwide, so comparable to the number of attendees at FIL here in Guadalajara).

 
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SGI 2018, the first major signage expo of the new year:
Sign Middle East, Dubai, January 2018

Posted November 23, 2017

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We are just excited to start a great year in Dubai.

Two inkjet printer and signage production workflow equipment review editors from FLAAR Reports are preparing for SGI 2018 (Sign Middle East, Dubai, organized by IEC).

Dr Nicholas and Marcelo Giron look forward to seeing you in friendly Dubai, January 14, 15, and 16, 2018.

Marcelo has been two trade shows in Asia and looks forward to this international signage expo in Dubai.

Dr Hellmuth has been attending the Sign Middle East expo for many years. We stopped attending VISCOM several years ago (VISCOM Madrid collapsed and VISCOM Paris is now evidently no longer continuing).

This is why we prefer to focus on expos such as SGI Dubai: they are the best expo in the Middle East.

Plus, no matter what other expos you attend elsewhere in the world, to learn about the market trends in the Middle East and all the surrounding countries, it is useful to be at the Dubai expo every year.

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Sharif and Donna of IEC, as seen in their booth in the APPPEXPO Thailand area co-located with SIGN EXPO ASIA a few weeks ago in Bangkok. SGI 2018 also had a booth at KOSIGN where FLAAR Reports also attended.

In addition to traditional signage, we are interested in textile printers (for clothing and décor in addition to flags and soft signage). There are more than 15 graphic designers in the FLAAR Reports office, so we always like to see the diverse style of designs at large trade shows. So we look forward to seeing the SGI Wall of Fame showcase.

Plus Dr Hellmuth has initiated a T-shirt printer evaluation program. Our designers produce our own designs which we look forward to testing in the various booths at SGI 2018.

Plus we will test and evaluate toner printers. Toner printers and short-run digital presses are rarely present at sign expos. We have our own test files since FLAAR now has a separate division for making children’s books: you will be surprised what you see on our www.MayanToons.org web site with even more information on our
www.Mayan-characters-value-based-education.org.

We look forward to seeing our friends in the booths and in the aisles at SGI 2018 and hope to see you there as well.

 
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d-gen printer produces remarkably bright colors in Media One booth at SGIA 2017

Posted late October 2017

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Textile printing with inkjet printers continues to be more popular around the world. Ten years ago a basic retrofitted solvent printer, with entry-level printheads, were sold as “a textile printer.” But in recent years, print shop owners and managers have become more sophisticated and they prefer a better quality textile printer. So brand by brand the quality is improving.

It is well known that acid dye ink and reactive dye ink produce impressive colors on the kinds of fabrics appropriate for each kind of ink. But it takes a football field of space to hold the pre-print and post-printing machines for washing, drying, fixing, etc. So more and more attention is focused on printing direct-to-fabric. Downside is that most pigment inks are not yet bright enough, and disperse dye ink direct-to-fabric was considered not as bright as printing on transfer paper, passing the paper through a calendering machine onto the polyester (but again, that requires a sophisticated calendering machine in addition to the printer (and lots of paper, including the second kind of paper to keep the image from being soaked from the sublimated colors).

So it was a pleasant surprise for me to notice the impressive colors produced by the d-gen Teleios printer in the Media One booth, SGIA 2017. Bright yellow, colorful reds, great blues: and all colors better than I expected.

I flew two sets of print samples back to the main office of FLAAR. Here you too can see the bright deep colors.

Maria Renee Ayau and Dr Nicholas Hellmuth look forward to experiencing all the textile printer and textile ink experience of the d-gen team in Korea. We thank Kilhun Lee, CEO of d-gen for inviting us.

We will have more posts on some innovative new textile printer technology of d-gen later this month (and for sure after we are in their factory headquarters demo room).

 
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Sign Istanbul 2017 is worth attending

Posted Sept. 25, 2017

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Many reasons for attending Sign Istanbul 2017: lots of printers of all sizes, shapes, and kinds of inks. Many booths of printable materials; after-market inks, laminators, cutters, and other aspects of signage workflow. Plus there are more 3D printers (3D rapid prototypers) at Sign Istanbul then at all printer-signage expos we attended in USA and EU the last two years.

Last year FLAAR assistant Senaida Ba attended Photokina, Tecnargila (ceramic printers), and Sign Istanbul 2016. She commented that she preferred Turkey because the people in the booths at Sign Istanbul were so hospitable. Even when we were in the aisles, the booth managers came out to invite us into their booths to look at their products. She really enjoyed the experience meeting all the pleasant people at this expo.

This year UV-curing printer evaluator Jose Melgar will attend Sign Istanbul with Dr Nicholas. Jose Melgar has many years experience evaluating UV-curing printers, indeed last week he was flown to EFI Matan factory demo room to test their impressive printers.

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I must admit that what I also really like about Turkey are the historical sites, and the museums and historical architecture in Istanbul. I have to focus 100% on the printers, inks, media, cutters, laminators, 3D printers at the expo, but in past years I enjoyed traveling around the country and visiting key places within Istanbul.

We hope to see you at Sign Istanbul, 4-8 Oct, 2017, Tüyap Expo Center outside Istanbul.

 
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Testing Print Quality and Color Quality of the Mutoh VJ-1638UH UV-curing wide-format inkjet printer

Posted August 11, 2017

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This video shows the arrival of a 4x8’ test print from the Mutoh VJ-1638UH UV-curing wide-format inkjet printer. The test prints have a nice variety of colors.

The package is unwrapped by a 3-year old who is helping us learn what kids like as teaching tools. Shaila learned the alphabet while still two years and six months old, with Dr Nicholas testing a wide variety of teaching methods. The nice thing about these large-format letters, is that with them we can do videos that will allow us to help thousands of pre-school children.

We have a team developing books, animated videos, and other means to help students learn ABCs. One of the many ways we help children learn is with page-size enlargements of the letters. We take these to schools so the students can do the ABC song-and-dance holding these letters.

Reds were great (reds are awful on print samples of many brands at most trade shows). Yellow was true yellow (not green-yellow “UV-cured flavor”). All the colors were fine.

The USA office of the Japanese printer manufacturer Mutoh is doing test prints with their Mutoh VJ-1638UH UV-curing wide-format inkjet printer, using US11 flexible ink.

These ABC to Z, and numbers, are printed by Mutoh on rigid substrates courtesy of PALRAM. We needed a material that would not immediately break or fall apart when the school children play with them.

We thank Ken Parsley, Mutoh America Inc for printing and cutting these samples. We appreciate the donation of rigid material by PALRAM. They had a nice booth at ISA. I estimate they will also be at SGIA. You can find PALRAM printable materials at other expos around the world. Brenda Hogan is Director of Marketing, Palram Americas.

It was nice to see the Mutoh booth at ISA 2017: they had the brand and model information directly on top of the printer. If you put the banner alongside, you don’t know whether it is for the printer to the right or to the left of the banner stand. So it definitely helps to have the identification physically on top of the printer.

We hope to see Mutoh America and Palram Americas at SGIA this autumn.

 
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Last set up day review at APPPEXPO 2017

Posted March 7, 2017

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Hall 1: CO2 laser cutters, CNC routers: an entire hall (in other words, more than at any other expo in the world (probably 100X more than at DRUPA).

Hall 2: the Chinese Hall had more flatbed cutters; several booths FILLED with different sizes and shapes of laminators; and endless booths of wide-format and desktop-sized UV printers, solvent printers, and textile printers. Many brands are new: companies which did not exhibit in previous years.

Hall 3: the International Hall: AGFA, dilli, Durst, efi VUTEk, Epson, Mimaki, Roland , and Mutoh. Lots of Chinese brands of large-format printers: JHF, Gongzheng, Handtop, Teckwin, and lots of other brands. Several brands I have never noticed before: Yameike, Yotta and more. Lots of flatbed cutters: iECHO, JWEI and more. Ink companies: Jetbest, Sam Ink, Sun Chemical (SunJet DIC), and many more. Many booths of printable materials: HEYtex, a.berger and dozens of Chinese brands.

Hall 4: has miles of booths of inks and printable substrates.

Hall 5 and Hall 6: signage, everything from LCD, LED to traditional signage. North Hall (at north entrance). This is now a full hall. Last year was mostly textile printers but now has everything: as filled with printers as Hall 2 and 3. What is new? This is the question we are asked the most often. Once the expo opens tomorrow, we will be visiting an ink booth which may have a remarkable new ink.

 
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Lots of innovative aspects of large-format inkjet printing for 2017

Posted January 3, 2017

The team at FLAAR Reports will be evaluating, reviewing, and writing reports on six special topics during 2017.

To learn which aspects of inkjet printing we will be studying during 2017, see the entire list and description via this link:

www.large-format-printers.org/wide-format-inkjet-reviews-evaluations-tips-help-information-glossary/textile-printer-reviews-3D-signage-inkjet-packaging-printing-d%C3%A9cor-substrates-inks.php

 
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First major signage & printer expo of 2017
SGI, Sign Middle East, Dubai, UAE

Posted January 3, 2017

Dr Nicholas Hellmuth and video photographer Erick Flores, both of FLAAR Reports, will fly to Dubai to document this significant annual printer and signage trade show.

Dr Nicholas and Erick will also visit Dubai Garden Glow, a remarkable visual experience (which is within walking distance of the SGI expo). Dubai is worth bringing your entire family and definitely your business colleagues in wide-format inkjet and signage.

SGI 2017 is capably organized by IEF, Falak Holdings.

www.SignMiddleEast.com can provide more information, plus you can look at FLAAR Reports from recent years.

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Examples of what we experienced at SGI Dubai in the recent four years.


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FLAAR Reports will attend ISA 2017

Posted November 18, 2016

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We have been attending trade shows around the world from many years now; ISA is one of the shows we go to every year. ISA has a great mixture of lectures, educational sessions, and a variety of products on the floor. So if you are a sign shop owner, distributor or manufacturer, this is where you can get the most out of a trade show.

For 2017, ISA will be held the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada. The expo is April 20, 21, and 22; April 19th is for educational and networking events.
http://signexpo.org/about-the-show/faqs/

In 2017, ISA will be partnering with CPP Expo (Collaboration in Production Packaging); which covers inkjet, digital, flexo, hybrid and wide-format applications.

FLAAR Reports will be exhibiting, so be sure to drop by our booth #605, we hope to see you at the show and follow FLAAR Reports with the hash tag #FLAARatISA2017 and join us as we develop news about the large format printer industry.

 
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FLAAR at Sign Istanbul 2016

Posted September 6, 2016. Updated September 26, 2017.

FLAAR has attended Sign Istanbul every single year for every year this decade.

We go for many reasons: first, because this is the premier signage and wide-format inkjet printer event in the junction of Europe and Asia. Second: we know most of the major distributors in Turkey and have many friends in the inkjet printer, ink, media, cutter, and laminator industries in Turkey.

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There is a waiting list of FLAAR Reports review editors who all want to visit Turkey and help Dr Nicholas at Sign Istanbul. So each year we bring two of us: Dr Nicholas and an assistant Review Editor (since there are so many printers, inks, media, cutters, etc to study).

 
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