Technology innovation: What to look out for at FESPA 2019

10 May 2019

Technology innovation: What to look out for at FESPA 2019

Graeme Richardson-Locke, Technical Support Manager, FESPA

With less than a week to go until FESPA Global Print Expo 2019, our Technical Support Manager, Graeme Richardson-Locke, talks about the technology innovation this year’s show has to offer and what visitors should put on their ‘must see’ list.  

What are the latest innovations you expect to see in action at FESPA 2019?

FESPA is always a hub of exciting technology and software advancements across digital, screen and textile printing, and the 2019 showcase is certainly no exception.  

In terms of hardware, we will see key innovations from HP with its new Stitch S series – a range of dye-sublimation printers that move HP into the textiles market for sportswear, soft signage and interior décor. Given the success of its latex technology, I am very interested to see what the future holds for HP in this new sector.

Kornit’s new direct-to-garment NeoPoly Technology looks to be a very interesting proposition for industrial scale, high-quality printing on polyester garments. The Kornit Avalanche Poly Pro is the first piece of kit equipped with this NeoPigment process technology, so I’ll be heading over to see it in action.

I will also be looking out for innovations in hardware from Roland (namely the TrueVis VG2-640 large format print and cut system) and from Durst.

Where software is concerned, I am expecting to see a host of new solutions, but of particular interest for me personally will be advances in the realm of colour management, simplifying and profiling.

I currently use EFI Fiery 6.5 so I am keen to see the new Fiery 7.1 in action with its colour verifier and colour management tool. The approach of building multiple machines through single RIP servers is an innovative way to simplify and automate workflow and EFI seems to be leading the way when it comes to integration and automation. This software will feature as part of the Colour L*A*B* showcase.

With the increasing interest and drive towards sustainability, I am expecting to see a lot of innovative technologies that move us as an industry towards a more environmentally and energy efficient future. That, for me, will be one of the key focuses at FESPA 2019. Our recent blog on sustainability, explores the technologies that will be on display in further detail.

If visitors only have limited time at FESPA, from a technology point of view, what is a must-see?

There is so much to see that it’s hard to narrow it down to just a few, but here is my shortlist:

  • If textile printing is an area of particular interest, I would advise visitors to head to hall A6 as well as stopping in at our Print Make Wear microfactory (stand A80, B6). This takes the form of a live production environment and features experts from every step of the garment production process - from initial design to finished items and accessories.
  • For those interested in printed décor, Printeriors should be on the ‘go to’ list. The atrium at Messe Munich will showcase applications including upholstery, wall coverings and art-reproduction and, in a new twist this year, the external hospitality areas will host an array of exterior applications. Definitely worth grabbing some lunch and taking a look.
  • If visitors are looking towards greater quality control, perhaps as part of wider focus on consistency and customer satisfaction, the Colour L*A*B* (stand B4-K70) showcase is a must-see. Not only will there be a wealth of technology in action, but importantly visitors can pick the brains of experts on all things colour management. Daily tours will be running within this showcase and I would highly recommend visitors to join one. The tours can be booked here.
  • Finally, I would recommend any screen printers or garment decorators to stop by and take a look at Grafco’s stand (A6-B19) and its colour separation software.

To register to attend FESPA Global Print Expo 2019, click here. For free entry before 13 May, use code FESM923.

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FESPA Global Print Expo 2019 in Munich is Europe’s largest exhibition for screen and digital wide format print, textile printing and signage. Over 4 days visitors have the opportunity to experience the latest products and innovations on display from over 700 exhibitors.