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GRAPH EXPO Draws to a Successful Close in Chicago

Organizers for the 2012 GRAPH EXPO, held October 7-10 at McCormick Place South in Chicago, are optimistic that this year’s event set a successful stage for the triennial PRINT 2013 event. Via the Show Daily, David Lindsay’s cover article declared, "Digital printing was once again the star of the show. The all-important difference this year being the breakthrough of high-end, half-size format machines and a growing contingent of high-speed, webfed inkjet devices providing more options than ever for effective, targeted print marketing."

The running of the Chicago Marathon, which occurred on opening day, caused a few logistical issues for those coming into downtown, but Monday and Tuesday attendance appeared high (official numbers have not yet been released by GRAPH EXPO). On Wednesday, the arrival of the students added energy. The Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA) was represented at Booth #4734 and saw steady traffic over the four days. Some of the technology featured on the show floor included the following:

Muller Martini offered attendees with an eye on digital book production the opportunity to trim and bind their own books with the SigmaTrimming Center. In addition, Muller Martini partnered with RIMA-System and Sitma to provide enhanced solutions and support to binderies through product line additions to include the areas of conveying, cutting, bundle production, palletizing, polywrapping and inserting equipment.

Diversified Graphic Machinery, Red Bank, NJ, was on hand to promote its cold foil technology with the DGM inline Foildex™ system. Addressing the print and packaging crowd, Diversified presented "Cold Foil, Hard Facts", such as the information that cold foil can be indexed and performs in multiple narrow webs.

The Challenge Machinery Company, Norton Shores, MI, introduced the TC Controller System for its Titan and Champion paper cutter lines Scheduled to be available 1Q 2013, the operating system’s color touchscreen panel offers a clean, simple design with intuitive prompts, improving ease-of-use. Faster backgauge positioning and instant start-up increase cutting efficiency, and ethernet and USB ports allow the TC to receive programs automatically.

Standard Finishing Systems, Andover, MA, introduced several new products to North America, including the Standard Horizon HT-1000V variable three-knife trimmer, which is capable of one-to-one variable trimming, inline with a perfect binder or offline. Setup and variable trimming is achieved by reading a barcode printed on the book cover, and up to 1,000 variable-thickness and variable-format size books can be trimmed per hour.

GBC, Lincolnshire, IL, introduced a standalone version of its 5031TS feeder, which featured an optional control panel to allow the feeder to work in conjunction with virtually any brand of laminator to feed cut sheets 6" wide up to 31" wide. The 5031TS feeder can be used with two-sided laminators for both hot and cold laminating applications.

For a more detailed review of technologies featured at October’s GRAPH EXPO, see the upcoming article in the Fall 2012 issue of The Binding Edge.