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Tradeshows & Events

See some fun videos and read some exciting and informative articles about SGIA, ISA, Roland imagiNATION, Creative Awards, and other important events in the Roland calendar. Take a look at our past shows and product showcases and look forward to future Roland shows. 
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A Closer Look at the Design and Typography of Unique Labels and Products

As senior graphic designer at Roland DGA, one of my personal highlights each year is creating print samples to show-off the capabilities of our machines. We start these design and print projects by creating a pseudo print brand to showcase our specialty inks and features such as print/cut. Like everything at Roland DGA, this is a team effort and with the help of amazing freelance illustrators like Joe Diaz, these projects are always some of our most eye-catching and impressive.

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WithRoland video contest

The WithRoland Video Contest

See some of the videos that are making us smile, laugh and cry and enter your own. Who knew that Roland print devices could help you fall in love, feed some fish, or get you out of a snowstorm? With less than two weeks to go in our WithRoland video contest, we’re calling for Roland users to share their video story to win a Roland product of their choice and we’re already discovering so much about our customers and how they use Roland technology. Here are just a few entries that we’d like to share with you in hope that you too will be inspired to put your WithRoland story on film:

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2014 Creative Awards

2014 Roland Creative Awards: We’re Sending 3 Lucky Users to imagiNATION!

Our 2014 Roland Creative Awards contest kicked off last week and we asked our users to submit photos of their best work produced on a Roland device. One weekly winner will be selected for a total of 3 weeks, based on creativity, innovation and execution. Each winner will receive a trip to Roland imagiNATION, our first inkjet user conference, including event admission, airfare and 4 nights at the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas. To enter the contest or view more detailed information, click here or visit the Roland DGA corporate Facebook page.

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21 SGIA Golden Image Awards 2013!

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m amazed at what our customers do with Roland equipment – this time for SGIA’s Golden Image Awards. Roland customers won 21 awards in various categories & with multiple entries. My congratulations to each of our customers below – You guys rock!

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SGIA Roundup

We just wrapped up our big fall show – SGIA – for color, UV, cutter & engraving products. And with the recent introduction of the new Pro4 XR-640 at the center, it looked like it would be a good show. Turns out, it was. With record attendance over 22,000, the show was packed. Not just at the Roland booth, but the whole show seemed to be buzzing with energy. It was as good a show as I’ve seen in some time, and many exhibitors I spoke with at the show echoed the same sentiment. 18%+ of attendees were international. What’s more, some 38% of all attendees were there for the 1st time. What a great first impression they must have had!

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2012 ISA Show Wrap-up

ISA, our biggest show of the year, came early this year and we had a good show! We won 3 awards for top products: LEJ-640 & Matte & Glossy Backlit Film. Attendance was similar to 2-years ago when were previously in Orlando, but we had a bigger booth, more products, got more leads and do what we do best – put on a bigger & better show every year.

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SGIA – New Orleans – October 2011

Laissez les bons temps rouler! Just got back from New Orleans and the 2011 SGIA tradeshow. Attendance was solid at over 16,000 (final numbers to be published soon) and — a stat I have a hard time believing — 35% were 1st time attendees to the show. Having new eyes on everyone’s products is a good thing for everyone including Roland. While people weren’t stamped with a “1st Time Attendee” badge on their forehead (and I’m lobbying for it in the future) it meant that we had a great opportunity to make a first impression on everyone that we met at the show.

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Graph Expo, Pack Expo, Great Expos!

You know it’s fall when trade shows seem to be back-to-back all the way through October, and 2011 is no different. GraphExpo’s been around for some time now, and while it’s changed (see Jim Raffel’s blog about the history of Graph Expo), this year was a good show for us with quite a bit of interest around our VersaUV lineup with a specific interest in what LED-UV curing inks allow you to print on. Packaging and labels were high on the interest list, as well as being able to print onto commercial print stock for proofing. Also at the show, we had the VS-series units showing metallic proofing applications, which really pave the way as a replacement of aging Kodak Approvals out in the field (at a dramatically lower per print cost).

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Acrylic Graphics are Making us Grey

So we were preparing for a show the other day – the Dieline Conference. Our creative team came up with a great design for our booth and Bryan in our service bureau went to work creating it. The design required a second-surface image on clear acrylic. The chosen tool for the job? The VersaUV LEJ-640 flatbed/roll to roll hybrid printer of course. Only one problem. Our VersaUV was out on the road at a few tradeshows. Second choice? Print to high gloss paper and apply it facedown (2nd surface) to the acrylic using an extremely thin, double-sided adhesive, optically clear laminate. Piece of cake!

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