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Getting it All at Graph Expo

(January 2008) posted on Thu Jan 10, 2008

From workflow and wide format, to finishing and fulfillment.

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By Clare Baker, Gregory Sharpless

The graphic-arts market blew into the Windy City in mid-September, taking the town by storm. The four-day Graph Expo, held at McCormick Place, brought in more than 20,000 attendees (and nearly 32,000 total participants in all, counting exhibitors and others), a 3% increase in attendance over last year’s show according to the Graphic Arts Show Company, which manages Graph Expo.

From a technology standpoint, the event was able to present a comprehensive exhibition of technologies and run live applications for wide-format printing, digital prepublishing, prepress, digital and offset printing, plus mailing, fulfillment, bindery, and other functions. The show also boasted more than 650 exhibitors-"the largest US national graphic-communications trade show since 2000 and the second biggest Graph Expo ever," say show officials-as well as a 70-session education program that drew the largest education registration also since 2000.

If you missed this year’s event, we highlight details on some of the products and technologies here. The 2008 version of Graph Expo ( will be held October 26-29 in Chicago at McCormick Place.

Oce ( announced its new entry-level CS9060 printer-an addition to the company’s CS9000 series. Unlike its 90-in. CS9090 and 65-in. CS9065 cousins which utilize either Oce’s eco-solvent or low-solvent inks, the 64-in. CS9060 is compatible only with eco-solvent inks. These inks don’t require an additional air purification or ventilation system-which means this printer can be installed in offices or small print shops.

Producing both indoor- and outdoor-durable prints, its 4-color eco-solvent inks (in 220-ml cartridges) offer a 3-yr outdoor durability. The 360-nozzles/color printhead uses Oce CS9000 VariaDot Imaging Technology and features 3.5- to 21-pl ink drops. The printer also images in waves instead of straight strips, which helps reduce banding and increases print quality, the company reports.

Based on the Mutoh ValueJet 1604, the Oce CS9060 features resolutions up to 1440 dpi and can produce graphics up to 166.8 sq ft/hr in Production Plus mode (720 x 720 dpi) and up to 22.6 sq ft/hr in Max Quality mode (1400 x 1440 dpi).