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The ISA International Sign Expo 2012 is taking place March 21-24 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. We’re presenting information here about some of the products that will be showcased on the exhibit hall floor. Entries that originally appeared in print in our March 2012 issue are featured here in fuller write-ups. Meanwhile new entries that arrived past our press deadline are highlighted in blue. All companies are presented alphabetically.

GatorfoamExterior3A Composites: Booth #1714

Gatorfoam® Exterior introduces a tough, new Gator® board that is designed to stand up to the elements in exterior graphic displays and signage. Consisted of polystyrene foam bonded between two layers of wood-fiber veneer laminate, this unique construction makes Gatorfoam rigid yet lightweight and warp-resistant. Its surface is smooth and strong, offering dent- and scratch-resistance. To enhance its weather performance, Gatorfoam Exterior is manufactured with a specially formulated adhesive that improves both bond strength and moisture resistance. Gatorfoam Exterior is available as a custom order in the 3-inch thickness in Bright White 48-inch by 96-inch sheets. Non-stocked Bright White inventory thicknesses of less than 1 inch may also be custom ordered. (

3M-Window-Graphic-Film3M Commercial Graphics: Booth #2001

3M Commercial Graphics is proud to sponsor the ISA Basketball & Social Media Lounge, where attendees can check out the latest scores and log in at the cyber café. A 3M representative will be available in the lounge to answer specific questions about 3M products, such as 3M™ Scotchcal™ Clear View Graphic Film IJ8150 (a durable cast vinyl film that features optical clarity so unprinted areas allow for a completely transparent view), 3M™ Changeable Window Graphic Film IJ61 (pictured, a versatile, low-tack printable window film that is easy to install either wet or dry on first or second surfaces), and 3M™ Scotchprint® Wrap Film Series 1080 in Brushed Black Metallic (a stunning new color/finish combination selected by more than 500 Facebook fans as part of the “Wrap Battle: 1080” contest). (

agilight-newprodAgilight: Booth #2214

Agilight introduces the new generation SIGNRAYZ™ G2 family of LED lighting products, which offer improved brightness and a wider viewing angle of up to 172 degrees. The new series combines simplicity and flexibility to deliver bright, vivid, and uniform illumination. SIGNRAYZ G2 adds glow to channel letters and cabinet signs, and transforms architectural environments with cove and accent lighting. These energy-efficient products are available in seven color temperatures of white and also in a variety of LED colors. (

Arlon: Booth #2036

Arlon Graphics offers several new digital removable and wall wraps films for interior and exterior use. The removable products include DPF 4300, DPF 206, and DPF 50WD Clear and White. In addition to these new products, Arlon will have daily vehicle wrap and wall wrap demos going on throughout the show. Eight concrete columns will also be wrapped all over the show floor with DPF 8000 and DPF 6700, which is used for exterior surfaces such as brick, stucco, and concrete. (

ArtCAM: Booth #302

Delcam has launched ArtCAM Insignia 2011 R2, a new introductory 3D modeling package that allows sign makers to go beyond 2D signage with 3D modeling functionality. The sign maker can either import a pre-created 3D model into the software or instantly transform their vector artwork into 3D shapes with some of ArtCAM Insignia’s shape creation tools. The tools include Shape Editor, which can determine a shape’s profile, angle, and height, and also how the shape is combined with any 3D relief that has already been created. The Two-Rail Sweep tool allows for the selection of multiple vectors for the edges of a shape and any number of cross sections for chosen positions to create a 3D sweep shape or a swept surface. A variety of editing tools allow for the addition of textures, smoothing, and flattening. (

Bitro-lettermanBitro: Booth #2058

Bitro Group, Inc. offers the Lattice, a cabinet lighting product that offers easy installation. The product is scalable and is available in 171lm, 228lm, 342lm, 356lm, 513lm, and 534lm per square foot. It is characterized by a hot spot free illumination for white faces at a clearance of 2.25 inches and colored or graphic faces at 2 inches. Offered in the industry standard white at 6500K, the Lattice’s constant-current system is a solder-free, wire-to-wire design for a more efficient system, and it has the same power at 24 VDC for S/F and D/F. The Lattice comes in standard 2-foot-by-10-foot rolls, but it is also available in smaller widths and lengths to fit your needs. ( 

ClearPath Signage Systems: Booth #1014

ClearPath’s ColorHues™ cell cast acrylics line provides a brilliant color substrate or accent element for any architectural signage, interior décor, or awards and recognition masterpiece. With the smooth, clean look of glass, ColorHues features a matte finish on one side and gloss on the other. This lightweight product is well-suited for tactile signage applications or is easily embellished with stand-offs or other decorative mounting hardware. Offered in an array of nineteen popular translucent and opaque colors, ColorHues™ is produced in 24-by-29-inch sheets in 1/8-inch gauge and is laser, rotary and Braille engravable. It is scratch resistant with high impact strength. (

Component Signage: Booth #863

Component Signage, Inc. introduces a full line of post and panel signage with very competitive pricing. The CSI-300 series, the company’s benchmark post and panel line, includes three-inch depth and three post designs (square, half round, and beveled). The CSI-600 series features the same post designs with six-inch depth and an option for back lighting. Both series are fabricated from extruded aluminum and have slide-in removable panels that allow for easy sign maintenance. All prices include one of fifteen standard polyurethane paint colors, or the company can custom color match. (

Epson America, Inc.: Booth #1547

Epson will be showcasing its new SureColor S30670 printer, which delivers an unparalleled combination of value, quality, and performance to the signage, vehicle graphics, and fine art markets. The SureColor S30670 is a four-color (CMYK), solvent-based printer that introduces Epson‚s new UltraChrome GS2 and UltraChrome GSX solvent-based ink technologies. These revolutionary inks are capable of using up to ten colors˜including an optional high-density White and true Metallic, as well as Light Black for improved grayscale and reduced metamerism. UltraChrome GS2 and UltraChrome GSX were developed exclusively by Epson, feature no Nickel (Ni) compounds, and deliver virtually odorless printing without the need for external dryers, special ventilation, or air purification systems. The SureColor S30670 offers the ultimate in value by delivering virtually the same print quality as the Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 models and is the first-ever solvent-based printer to use the Epson MicroPiezo® TFP printhead. Capable of droplet sizes as small as 3.5 picoliters, MicroPiezo TFP has double the nozzle density of previous solvent printers, making the SureColor S30670 possibly the fastest solvent printer available today (with speeds up to 320 square feet per hour). (

FisherboothFisher Textiles: Booth #214

Fisher Textiles introduces several new fabrics. The 1010 Element is an awning fabric for dye sublimation and UV printing. Available in 60 inches 8.5 oz/yd2, it is very sturdy and whiter than other awning fabrics. It is ideal for street pole banners, and it has been tested in accordance with several AATCC test methods for water repellency. Fisher’s other new fabric is GF 7110 X-Out. At 110 inches wide and 6.7 oz/yd2, it is comparable to the GF 4100 Sheeting fabric, except GF 7110 can be sublimated. The base fabric is polyester with viscose/rayon flocking. It is FR, passes NFPA 701, and is formaldehyde free. Applications include block-out liner and opaque, single-sided banners. (

Gemini, Inc.: Booth #1802

Rich, vibrant color paired with sharp backlighting creates a winning combination for your customers when you recommend new Translucent Giclée Panels from Gemini Incorporated. Specifically designed for interior wayfinding plaques and display signage, these beautiful panels premiering at ISA Sign Expo are ideal for museums, health clubs, hospitals, universities, zoos, and almost any place where the added touch of light and color not only illuminates the signage or plaque application but makes the entire facility shine. And while designed for interior use, they may be used in some exterior applications such as covered gazebos on walking trails and entrance areas at corporate or medical buildings. Made from clear polycarbonate material, Gemini’s new Translucent Giclée Panels are rigid, weatherable. and nearly indestructible. The 1200-dpi printed image is preserved between two sheets of premium all-weather grade sheets of polycarbonate and scratch-resistant coated so they are able to stand up to thousands of fingers touching and scratching at them for years. (

hendrick-go-sawHendrick: Booth #1046

Hendrick Manufacturing Corporation has launched the all-new GoSaw, the world’s first truly portable vertical panel saw. It is ideal for those with limited workspace, small budgets, or mobile operations. Weighing less than 60 lbs, the GoSaw is fully portable and can be setup or stowed away in seconds. When stowed, it is small enough to be transported in the back of a small pickup truck. The GoSaw provides excellent support for sheets up to four feet-by-eight feet and can accurately cut pieces down to just a few inches in size. Complete with a Festool TS-55 circular saw, the machine supports cross cutting, rip cutting, and bevel cutting of up to 45 degrees. (

HEXIS-Alligator-Cast-VinylHEXIS USA: Booth #1980, 1984

HEXIS USA offers the new multi-layered HX30000 cast vinyls with a variety of finishes such as chrome, carbon, leather, alligator, and super-matte, all available in different colors. HEXIS also introduces the HX20000 Colored Cast Series, a double-layered cast vinyl with new additions in Metal Night Blue, Coffee Brown, Marrakech Brown, Raspberry Pink, and Pink Candy. HEXIS will also be displaying its overhauled range of Flex films for textile marking and printing, as well as a new anti-microbial laminate. (

HP: Booth #420

Hewlett-Packard (HP) is exhibiting its large format sign and display solutions, demonstrating the 61-inch HP Designjet L26500 and 104-inch HP Designjet L28500 Printers, HP’s newest Latex Ink solutions, for the first time in the U.S. Capable of handling a broader range of indoor and outdoor signage applications with better durability than eco-solvent inks, both systems feature new HP 792 Latex Designjet Inks, providing a consistent performance across a variety of substrates. HP is also showcasing its newest UV-curable solutions—the HP Scitex FB7600 Industrial Press, with new HP FB225 Scitex Inks, offering workflow improvements for increased productivity and versatility; for the high-volume market, HP displays the 16.6-foot HP Scitex XP5500 and 10.5-foot HP Scitex XP2500 Industrial Printers, printing at industry-leading speeds. In addition to its recently debuted printers, HP’s booth will also feature vignettes of printed output to showcase the wide variety of applications made possible by HP printing solutions. (

MACtac: Booth #1585

MACtac® Graphic Products has expanded its MACmark® line to include three new adhesive-backed vinyls designed for creating unique window decorations and functional applications. MACmark Glass Décor 600 is a transparent indoor film featuring four designer, printed styles suited for interior glass surfaces. It has a durability of five years. MACmark Glass Décor 700 is a translucent, high-performance indoor and outdoor film with outdoor durability of five years. The material is ideal for the decoration of windows and glass décor for an etched, frosted, or sandblasted effect. It is available in frost and dusted matte finishes, as well as five matte colors, including offshore blue, refreshing mint, sparkling yellow, romantic rose, and luxurious gold. MACmark 8400 is a transparent, vinyl film designed for use as a window decoration and in illuminated signs made from opaline acrylic sheets. It offers guaranteed uniform color reproduction, and it is available in seventeen, bright-gloss colors. (

Mimaki-TS34-1800AMimaki: Booth #1944

Mimaki announces the arrival of its newest printer, the TS34-1800A transfer sublimation printer. The TS34-1800A prints in either four or six-color configurations with a maximum print speed of 344 square feet/hour in four-color mode. Its staggered printhead array allows for productivity to be vastly improved. The TS34-1800A also uses Mimaki’s Uninterrupted Ink Supply System (UISS), which automatically switches to the new cartridge when the first cartridge is almost empty to allow for continuous, unattended operation. The Optional Mimaki Bulk Ink System uses two-liter ink containers in conjunction with the UISS to allow for even longer unattended operation. (

Mutoh: Booth #2133

Mutoh America, Inc. launches the new ValueJet 1204GA eco-solvent printer, which is designed to print on Mutoh’s Ready2Print pre-grommeted and pre-welded banner material. The first of its kind in the industry, the printer reduces time and saves money by eliminating the manual grommet and hemming stages of banner production. It will print on Mutoh’s Ready2Print banner material in 24-inch, 36-inch, 48-inch, and 72-inch sizes at speeds up to 140 sq ft/hr. By printing on both pre-grommeted and a variety of roll-to-roll media types, the printer is a perfect fit for traditional sign shops, retailers, quick printers, and distributors. (800/996-8864;

NovusImaging_2Novus Imaging, Inc.: Booth 2392

The Synergia H/UVis a patent-pending 3.2-meter, combination flatbed and roll-to-roll printer for the ultimate in flexibility. The Synergia H/UVdelivers brighter, more vibrant colors and has a wider color gamut than other UV solutions on the market. This full GreyScale device prints exceptional photorealistic quality and provides flawless continuous tone printing with its 10-30pL variable drop technology. The Novus Imaging Synergia H/UV combines quality, productivity, customer support and eco-friendliness to provide the best grand format printing alternative for our customers. Novus Imaging is an environmentally focused, grand format printer and ink company. It prides itself on developing innovative, state-of-the-art products that are cost effective and forward-thinking in design and performance. (

Oce_Arizona_318_GL_RMO_5x3Océ: Booth #824

Océ introduces the new Océ Arizona® 318 GL printer, a UV flatbed model that offers smaller print producers a chance to enter the market. Fully installed and operational for less than $100,000, the 318 GL printer produces sellable output at up to 194 square feet per hour in Express Mode. It produces more than twenty two-by-three-foot boards per hour and can print on rigid media up to 49.2 inches wide by 98.4 inches long and up to 1.89 inches thick. ONYX® PosterShop® X10 Océ Edition software is available to drive the printer and increases productivity by giving users flexible control over their workflow. The printer includes advanced and custom nesting tools, the ability to print large displays tiled over several boards, and the capability to print on irregularly shaped items. Users have the choice to add a White Ink Option for under- and over-printing, as well as a Roll Media Option for flexible media. (

Oracal: Booth #1672

Oracal introduces the new ORAJET® Series 3751RA Wrapping Cast with RapidAir® Technology. The 2.25-mil. cast film features a low initial tack, repositionable adhesive, and an advanced air-release system for impressive performance over curves, corrugations, and rivets. With an eight-year durability, Series 3751RA also offers exceptional print quality and vivid, life-like prints. Use ORAGUARD® Series 290, 290F, or 293 laminating films for extended protection of graphics. (

Orbus: Booth 1523

Among the forty new products Orbus Exhibit & Display Group will be exhibiting are: Illuminated backlit hopup fabric displays that help make any graphic “pop” and stand out; the Blade Lite series of retractable banner stands that incorporate sleek aesthetic features; the new, functional Start and Freedom banner stands that are simple to assemble and come with carry bags; a new series of Linear Monitor Kiosks that add function and flare to any space; the new line of Linear Tabletop displays featuring tension fabric center graphics; and a new series of Linear Standard & Pro ten- and twenty-foot exhibit kits that provide a modern and stylish appearance. (

Roland_ISARoland DGA: Booth #2072

The Roland ISA exhibit will feature the company’s most extensive product line-up ever, as well as live theater-style presentations and vehicle wrap demonstrations led by industry experts. Roland will showcase some of the company’s most innovative new print technologies, including the VersaStudio BN-20 inkjet printer/cutter. At twenty inches wide, this compact and affordable desktop device produces labels, decals, signs, P-O-P, and apparel heat transfers with stunning metallic effects. Other Roland ISA showstoppers include revolutionary VersaUV LED printers (featuring CMYK, white, and clear inks for premium varnishing and embossing effects), the sixty-four-inch VersaUV LEJ-640 hybrid flatbed model that prints on substrates up to one-half-inch thick, and the twelve-inch VersaUV LEF-12 flatbed printer that prints directly on three-dimensional objects up to 3.94 inches thick. Also featured are the award-winning VersaUV and VersaCAMM VS wide-format inkjet printer/cutters, as well as VersaArt sublimation printers, GX cutters, and EGX engravers. (

SABIC Polymershapes: Booth #1352

SABIC Polymershapes is your full-solution source for the finest sign products and materials. The Polymershapes branch network is the largest in the industry, with more than seventy branches throughout North and South America. The company delivers a comprehensive portfolio of trusted brands and innovative products, such as Principal LED’s Fusion Series LED modules, designed for optimum performance, evenness of illumination, and light output for a broad range of channel letter applications. Visit Polymershapes at ISA and learn how the company’s expertise in distribution, fabrication, product knowledge, and logistics will deliver a competitive edge for you. (

Safety-Speed_isaSafety Speed: Booth #1972

The new SR5UA machine by Safety Speed Manufacturing allows operators to saw and route on one vertical steel frame. The unique design of this unit allows for accurate cutting and V-Grooving of aluminum composite material panels. A floating router with a nylon guide guarantees a consistent depth of cut, and the saw can be switched over to the router in less than a minute. The machine also features a system that collects debris while cutting and routing. (

Watchfire: Booth #502

Watchfire introduces its new 12mm XVS on-premise sign along with the new 12mm digital billboard. The 12mm XVS sign is geared toward businesses that require outdoor signage with high-resolution LED images and full-motion video. It delivers full video at 60 frames per second and offers an optional live camera feed. The 12mm digital billboard provides high resolution and superior brightness with low power requirements for outdoor operators in high-density metro areas. Both products deliver an optimal balance of brightness and energy efficiency, and they offer 73.7 quintillion colors with whole-sign calibration and automated diagnostics. (

Visual Magnetics: Booth 2846

The Visual Magnetics Graphic System™, which will be displayed at ISA 2012, matches magnetic-receptive technologies with the highest quality print media, enabling the creation of high-quality signage and graphics that can be applied to virtually any surface, incorporated into frames and fixtures, or simply mounted directly to a wall. Visual Magnetics’ MagnaMedia is so thin that when combined with the properties of the InvisiLockÒmagnet, it is possible to create multi-layer graphics to update images instantly for specific promotions, without the use of frames, fasteners or adhesives. The company will also be displaying its new MagnaMedia® Digital Fabrics Collection, which includes VM-Canvas™ 22 and VM-Bamboo™17. (