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2013 Product of the Year Winners
Recognizing the best digital imaging products in the industry


SGIA's annual Product of the Year competition showcases digital imaging products that keep the specialty imaging industry moving forward. Winning companies achieve worldwide recognition and the ability to market their product as a winner of this prestigious competition.

While in Orlando, an esteemed group of industry experts examined, discussed and judged Product of the Year entries in categories ranging from Digital Inks to Media-Films and Direct-to-Garment Inkjet Printers.

Congratulations 2013 Product of the Year winners in the following categories:

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EFI
VUTEk GS Pro-TF System (EFI)

Category 101: Digital Inks
EFI
VUTEk GS Pro-TF System

The VUTEk GS Pro-TF system can print on a wide range of polystyrene, high-impact polystyrene, PETG, polycarbonate, PVC and acrylic substrates. The versatility in compatible media gives companies the ability to digitally print many products that benefit from 3D thermoforming enhancements, such as outdoor, point-of-purchase and beverage signage, as well as vending and gaming panels. Printing companies can also use the VUTEk GS Pro-TF system to develop new, custom-decoration applications for the automotive, marine, aircraft and other industries.

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Visual Magnetics
VM-ECOten™ (Visual Magnetics)

Category 102: Media — Paper
Visual Magnetics
VM-ECOten™

VM-ECOten is a magnetic receptive cellulose-based substrate and is the latest addition to the MagnaMedia® Specialties Collection. With a 10-mil, 100 percent FSC and GREENGUARD Gold certified cellulose base with durable resin finish, magnetic receptive reverse surface and an ultrasmooth semi-matte print surface, VM ECOten provides a natural white print surface made from sustainable forestry practices, and is ideal for producing high-resolution photo and artwork reproductions, environmental graphics and POP signage. Visual Magnetics’ materials supplier Surface Links® has spent several years developing and bringing to market sustainable surfacing materials for the architecture and design market, as well as print. VM-ECOten is the result of a decade long relationship with Millie Graves and Joe Macedo, founders of Surface Links.

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ATP Adhesive Systems AG
OPEN AIR Clear (ATP Adhesive Systems AG)

Category 103: Media — Vinyl
ATP Adhesive Systems AG
OPEN AIR Clear

OPEN AIR is a micro-perforated, clear, self-adhesive vinyl for economic, bubble-free window and wall signage. Repositionable and removable for up to six months, OPEN AIR Clear is compatible with eco-solvent, solvent and latex inks. Say no more to static cling.

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AlumiGraphics A Div of Floor Signage LLC
AlumiGraphics Grip
(AlumiGraphics A Div of Floor Signage LLC)

Category 104: Media — Films
AlumiGraphics A Div of Floor Signage LLC
AlumiGraphics Grip

AlumiGraphics® Grip is a unique wide-format print media made of pliable aluminum foil with a white, high-friction coating. Print direct to the slip-resistant surface, no overlaminate required. AlumiGraphics Grip easily applies direct to an infinite variety of surfaces including sealed and unsealed concrete, asphalt, brick, tile, terrazzo, marble and vinyl flooring plus vertically on brick, stucco, cinderblock and other exterior masonry wall surfaces. The media naturally conforms to the texture of rough or smooth surfaces resulting in a graphic that appears to be painted to the surface.

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Verseidag Seemee US Inc
seemee 3P Premium Backlit (Verseidag Seemee US Inc)

Category 105: Media — Textile
Verseidag Seemee US Inc
seemee 3P Premium Backlit

seemee® backlit material has a special matte-white surface to achieve brilliant, high-contrast prints using all standard printing technologies. The special structure of the ink-receiving layer allows for a high printing speed and brilliant colors in the transmitted light. With its translucency degree of 20 percent, seemee backlit material makes for energy efficient screening with minimum energy input and at the same time achieves an optimum diffuser effect for the homogeneous illumination of the print.

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Chromaluxe/Unisub
Chromaluxe Tabletop (Chromaluxe/Unisub)

Category 106: Media — Rigid
Chromaluxe/Unisub
Chromaluxe Tabletop

ChromaLuxe manufactures high definition sublimatable photo panels. Through dye sublimation, images are infused directly into specially coated sheets of metal, wood and tabletop panels that turn any image into vibrant décor!


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Consort Display Group
FlagTrax Flag and Banner Mounting Hardware
(Consort Display Group)

Category 108: Finishing — Display Exhibit Hardware
Consort Display Group
FlagTrax Flag and Banner Mounting Hardware

FlagTrax® Street Flag System, the new installation method manufactured by Consort Display Group, is targeted to North American cities, festivals and special events for use on light poles, towers and wall surfaces. The secret to the system is a track that is mounted vertically onto the pole or wall into which a flexible Push-Pull™ rod is inserted that carries the banner or flag up to the final mounting height. Access to this tamper-proof track can be mounted at shoulder height for maximum convenience or at the six- or eight-foot level above the ground where added security may be required, alleviating the need for anything more than a small step stool.


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MATIC SA
CRONOS (MATIC SA)

Category 110: Finishing — Equipment
MATIC SA
CRONOS

With the introduction of the Cronos sewing machine, Matic has brought the technology to the marketplace to reduce the bottlenecks in production. No longer will high-speed, digital printers create a backlog of signs that must wait to be sewn. Faster, smoother production has been achieved. Speed, quality, flexibility, ease of use, and reduced production costs are all necessities in today’s rapidly changing production environment.

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Mutoh America Inc
ValueJet 1638 (Mutoh America Inc)

Category 112: Poster Size — Solvent/Latex Printers <96"
Mutoh America Inc
ValueJet 1638

Mutoh’s ValueJet 1638 printer incorporates a staggered dual-head design, which allows for speeds over 1000 square feet per hour while still producing vivid, high-quality prints. The printer includes Mutoh Smart Printing features such as Intelligent Interweave (¡ 2 ) print technique to eliminate banding, ValueJet Status Monitor (VSM) for remote printer monitoring, SpectroVue VM-10 spectrophotometer port for easy profile making and ColorVerify process control systems.

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Canon Solutions America
Océ Arizona 640 GT (Canon Solutions America)

Category 114: Flat Bed-Rigid Substrate UV <$200K MSRP
Canon Solutions America
Océ Arizona 640 GT

The standard-sized Océ Arizona® 640 GT UV flatbed printer allows you to print on any reasonably flat surface for just about any application. This four-channel high-speed model is easy to use and delivers outstanding image quality. The machine also comes equipped with Océ VariaDot™ imaging technology, a roll media option, improved vacuum zone control, active pixel placement compensation, and can print up to 60 square meters per hour.

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Canon Solutions America
Océ Arizona 660 GT (Canon Solutions America)

Category 115: Flat-Bed — Rigid Substrate UV >$200K MSRP
Canon Solutions America
Océ Arizona 660 GT

The Océ Arizona® 660 GT offers incredible print versatility and can print on any media or object up to 125- by 250- by 5.08 centimeters thick — as well as flexible media up to 220 centimeters wide. Even objects and odd-shaped media can be decorated edge-to-edge with ease to meet your customers’ needs. With six independent ink channels, the two additional ink channels can be used for varnish to produce decorative spot or flood gloss effects, or for double-opacity white ink printing. Alternatively, the two additional channels can be set-up for CM2 printing delivering super-smooth images and higher productivity in production mode printing.

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Canon Solutions America
Océ Arizona 660 XT (Canon Solutions America)

Category 117: Flat-Bed — Rigid White Ink UV <$200K MSRP
Canon Solutions America
Océ Arizona 660 XT

The OcéArizona® 660 XT UV flatbed printer is an extra large table model that prints on any reasonably flat surface for just about any application. This six-channel model is productive, easy to use and delivers outstanding image quality. The machine also comes equipped with Océ VariaDot™ imaging technology, a roll media option, improved vacuum zone control, active pixel placement compensation, and can print up to 64.7 square meters per hour.

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Hewlett Packard Company
HP Latex 3000 (Hewlett Packard Company)

Category 118: Grand Format Roll-to-Roll Solvent & Latex inks
Hewlett Packard Company
HP Latex 3000

The HP Latex 3000 Printer offers broader media versatility, including heat-sensitive substrates, with the HP Latex Optimizer. This new ink solution ensures consistent image quality at high speeds as well as efficient curing at lower temperatures and with less energy than previous HP Latex solutions. The printer’s increased production capacity lets high-volume customers meet tight deadlines, producing 830 square feet per hour (77 square meters per hour) of indoor applications and 1290 square feet per hour (120 square meters per hour) of outdoor applications. Standard carbon-fiber, dual-roll spindles also help reduce media loading times and the need for operator intervention.

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Eastern Tech
Mankind Digital / ion-Argon(18) (Eastern Tech)

Category 120: Direct-to-Garment Inkjet Printers
Eastern Tech
Mankind Digital / ion-Argon (18)

Mankind Digital’s ion Argon Direct-to-Garment printer operates with a micro-piezo on-demand inkjet printhead, and prints CMYK plus white and spot colors. With a maximum print size of 13 by 24 inches, this Argon DTG printer is capable of printing 720 by 720 in under 60 seconds for CMYK, and in less than two minutes for CMYK plus white.

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Argotec LLC
ArgoGraph Two-Part Graphic Film System (Argotec LLC)

Category 130: Media Non-PVC (Non-woven)
Argotec LLC
ArgoGraph Two-Part Graphic Film System

ArgoGraph-WHITE is a new printable TPU graphic film ideally suited for demanding outdoor applications. ArgoGraph-CLEAR is a TPU Protective Overlaminate Facestock designed to be applied over printed ArgoGraph-WHITE or other film substrates to protect the graphics underneath. Formulated from the same base aliphatic TPU resin used to make Argotec’s highly successful paint and surface protection films, ArgoGraph films protect, preserve and prolong the life of advertising and decorative graphics in similarly rugged environments. It may be used on a wide variety of applications, including: wraps and decals for cars; motor coach decorations; fleet truck graphics; motorcycle/dirt bike/ATV and snowmobile decals, and more.

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Contra Vision Ltd
Contra Vision® Sprint™ (Contra Vision Ltd)

Category 131: Media Vinyl (Pressure Sensitive)
Contra Vision Ltd
Contra Vision® Sprint™

Contra Vision® Sprint™ features a print-receptive adhesive so you can apply it inside and view it from the outside. It is repositionable and can also be easily and cleanly removed, stored and reapplied elsewhere. Contra Vision Sprint is ideal for projects where clients want to apply the graphics themselves and where access to the inside of the glass is easier than to the outside. Contra Vision Sprint is designed for use with low-solvent inkjet printers only and does not require white ink, laminating or other post-print processes; making it one of our most quick and convenient products to work with.


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Browse upcoming issues of the SGIA Journal for information about each of the Product of the Year award winners, and how the specialty imaging community is using the innovative products in 2013.


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2012 Product of the Year Winners

Digital Inks: Hewlett Packard Company Latex Inks

Media Vinyl: Dreamscape Silver Flash

Media Films: Continental Grafix HydroSol 205STLR

Media Textile: Pacific Coast Fabrics Deko-Green 7058RCFLBS

Media Rigid: Horizons Imaging Systems Group AlumaJet

Finishing Display Exhibit Hardware: Visual Magnetics VM-InvisiLock-30HP

Finishing-Laminates, Ahesives, Films, Coatings: FLEXcon FLEXmark floor art OV6604 (Safari Overlaminate)

Finishing Equipment: MCT MasterCut Digital Finishing System

Poster Size - Solvent/Latex Printers <96'': Mutoh America Inc: ValueJet1638

Flatbed Rigid Substrate UV <$200K MSRP: Oce Arizona Graphics Systems Arizona 480 GT

Flatbed Rigid Substrate UV >$200K MSRP: Durst Image Technology US LLC Durst Rho P10 250

Flatbed Rigid White Ink UV <$200K MSRP: Hewlett Packard Company Scitex FB500

Grand Format R to R Solvent & Latex Inks: Mutoh America Inc ValueJet 2638

Media Non PVC (Non-woven): FLEXcon COUNTERdeco Advertising System nonvinyl, FDA Indirect Food Compliant

Media Vinyl (Pressure Sensitive): Continental Grafix panoRama 1520

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2011 Product of the Year Winners

Digital Inks: Roland DGA Corporation, ECO-UV S Ink for VersaUV LED Wide-Format Inkjet Devices

Media-Vinyl: ILFORD, ILFORD BioMedia Display Film

Media-Films: Asphalt Art USA, Asphalt Art

Media-Textile: Visual Magnetics, Visual Magnetics VM-Canvas™22

Test Print Shoot Out categories:

Poster size-Solvent/Latex printers < 96": Mimaki USA Inc, JV33 - 130

Flat Bed-Rigid Substrate UV <$200K MSRP: Mimaki USA Inc, JFX-1631

Flat Bed-Rigid Substrate UV >$200K MSRP: EFI, EFI VUTEk GS3250LX

Flat Bed-Rigid White Ink UV <$200K MSRP: Océ Display Graphics Systems, Arizona 360 XT

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2010 Product of the Year Winners

Digital Inks: Mimaki USA Inc, LF200 UV Flexible Inks for Backlit/Display 

Media-Paper: Xcel Products Inc, TerraSkin® XP  

Media-Vinyl: Ultraflex Systems Inc, Glow Mesh   

Media-Films: Continental Grafx, HydroSol Satin Textured LightBlock 230STL   

Media-Textile: Vapor Apparel/SourceSubstrates, 100% Post Consumer/Industrial Materials 

Media-Rigid: Panel Processing Inc, Eco-Finish Rigid Print Media 

Business or Other Workflow Software: Caldera Graphics, Costview 2.0 (optimized for ipad)

Finishing-Laminates, Adhesives, Films, Coatings: Neschen Americas - SEAL & Neschen Brand Products, Print Shield® Anti-Graffiti Laminating Film 

Finishing-Equipment: FOTOBA INTERNATIONAL, Fotoba Dreamcut XLD-170D

Poster Size-Solvent/Latex printers < 96: Mimaki USA Inc, JV33-160

Rigid Substrate UV <$200K MSRP: Océ Display Graphics Systems, Arizona 550 GT 

Rigid Substrate UV >$200K MSRP: Océ Display Graphics Systems, Arizona 550 XT  

Rigid White Ink UV <$200K MSRP: Mimaki USA Inc, JFX-1615  

Flat Bed-Rigid White Ink UV >$200K MSRP: Océ Display Graphics Systems, Arizona 550 XT  

Grand Format Roll-to-Roll-Solvent & Latex inks: Mimaki USA Inc, JV33-260 

Grand Format Roll-to-Roll-UV cure ink: Mimaki USA Inc, JFX-1631R 

Direct to Garment Inkjet Printers: Equipment Zone Inc, Veloci-Jet XL 

Media-Non-PVC (Non-woven): Dreamscape, Terralon  

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2009 Product of the Year Winners

Digital Inks: Roland DGA Corporation - Metallic Silver Ink

RIP Software and Proofing Software: Caldera Graphics - GrandRIP+ with Adobe PDF Print Engine

Media-Paper: Ultraflex Systems Inc. - Limelight 4.8

Media-Vinyl: Dreamscape - DreamScape Bling!

Media-Films: Xcel Products Inc. - Visual Magnetics Write-On Chalkboard

Media-Textile: Vapor Apparel/Source Substrates - Micro Performance Repreve

Media-Rigid: Rochling Engineering Plastics Ltd - PE2PRINT-Digital

Business or Other Workflow Software: Nazdar SourceOne - CATZper Color Tolerancing Software

Finishing-Display Exhibit Hardware: Xcel Products Inc. - VMGS Featuring Write-On Chalkboard

Finishing-Laminates, Adhesives, Films, Coatings: FLEXcon - FLEXmark floor art 6600

Finishing-Equipment: Maverick Innovations, Inc. dba Extreme Graphics - The Wraptor

Poster Size: Roland DGA Corporation - VersaCAMM VP-300i

Rigid Substrate UV <$200K MSRP: Océ Display Graphics Systems - Arizona 350 GT

Rigid Substrate UV >$200 MSRP: Océ Display Graphics Systems - Arizona 350 XT

Grand Format Roll-to-Roll-Solvent & Latex inks: Roland DGA Corporation - Advanced JET AJ-1000i

Grand Format Roll-to-Roll-UV cure ink: Durst Image Technology US LLC - Rho 500R

Direct to Garment Inkjet Printers: Kornit Digital - Kornit 932NDS
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