SGIA announces the winners of the 2019 Product of the Year competition

August 29, 2019
Best of the best emerge in over 70 categories Best of the best emerge in over 70 categories

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Product of the Year competition. The winning products — all produced by PRINTING United exhibitors and available for sale in 2019 — rose to the top of a field of more than 200 entries in 72 categories.

Our competition is juried, and judges are scoring entries so they can compare products objectively,” said Ray Weiss, Director of Digital Print Programs, SGIA. “For example, in the digital output device categories, winners were based on measurements of test prints. This is the only competition I know of that tells companies the percentage of Adobe RGB gamut a printer can hit.”

The measurement reports, which were produced by the Sonoco Institute at Clemson University and follow the same format as SGIA’s digital equipment evaluations, will be on display with the entries in the Awards Gallery at PRINTING United (October 23 - 25, Dallas), allowing attendees to compare printers based on data.

More than two-thirds of the competition categories are for non-output devices — everything from textiles to substrates to software. “The products submitted always illustrate trends in the industry, so we saw an uptick in textiles made from recycled materials and workflow software,” Weiss said.

The 2019 judges included Scott Baxter, GAM Graphics and Marketing; Conrad Coe, GAM Graphics and Marketing; Dan Gillespie, Alder Technology; Keith Prichard, TIMSCO; Scott Schoppert, Printing Impressions; Cas Shiver, Sundog Productions; Tony Tribby, Dead Bat Designs and Kent Walker, Walker Supply Company.

To see all of the Product of the Year entries, visit the Awards Gallery at PRINTING United (Hall F lobby). Registration for PRINTING United is free through September 10.

The winning products — all produced by PRINTING United exhibitors and available for sale in 2019 — rose to the top of a field of more than 200 entries in 72 categories.

3D Printers: Mimaki USA (PRINTING United Booth 5216, 5616, 5620), Mimaki 3DUJ-553

Automation Equipment (print/post-print): Omniprint International (PRINTING United Booth 2210), Würk

Automation Equipment — Packaging (post-print): Packsize (PRINTING United Booth 10945), M1™

Banner Finishing (grommet/sew/weld): Leister Technologies (PRINTING United Booth 5004), UNIPLAN 500

Digital Inks — Solvent/Eco-Solvent/Latex: Roland DGA (PRINTING United Booth 4616), TrueVIS TR2

Digital Inks — Textile (under 24 inches wide): Siser North America (PRINTING United Booth 4416), Siser® EasySubli™ Inks

Digital Inks — Textile (wide-format greater than 36 inches): Kornit Digital (PRINTING United Booth 1007), Kornit Robusto Ink

Digital Inks — UV: LogoJET Inc. (PRINTING United Booth 2622), LogoJET H2 UV

Digital Press: FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division (PRINTING United Booth 8220), Fujifilm J Press 750S

Digital/Screen Print Hybrid Printing Systems: The M&R Companies (PRINTING United Booth 3016, 3616), DS-4000™

Direct-to-Garment Printers (black shirt): AnaJet Inc (PRINTING United Booth 1800), Ricoh Ri 1000

Direct-to-Garment Printers (white shirt): Omniprint International (PRINTING United Booth 2210), 330 TX Plus

Direct-to-Shape Printers (not flatbed): Inkcups (PRINTING United Booth 2011), Helix Hi-Fi for Photorealistic Cylinder Printing

Display Exhibit Hardware: Birttani Display (PRINTING United Booth 2003), Portable Lightbox System — LUCID 2nd Generation

Heat Press (large-format roll or clam): HIX Corporation (PRINTING United Booth 800), LF-4464

Heat Press (table top): Insta Graphic Systems (PRINTING United Booth 4723), Insta 288 Heat Press

Heat Press Accessories: STAHLS’ (PRINTING United Booth 2600), Hotronix® 360° IQ™ Hat Heat Press

Laminates, Adhesives, Films, Coatings: Drytac (PRINTING United Booth 6224), Protac™ Anti-Scratch Gloss — 10 mil

Laseres/Routers/Cutters (4 feet by 8 feet or larger): Summa nv (PRINTING United Booth 8841), L3214 laser cutter

Material Handling Equipment: Foster (PRINTING United Booth 7844), All-A-Board Lifter®

Media — Adhesive Back (not vinyl): Drytac (PRINTING United Booth 6224), Polar® Chrome

Media — Adhesive Back Vinyl: Drytac (PRINTING United Booth 6224), ReTac® Textures

Media — Banner (non-textile): Ultraflex Systems Inc (PRINTING United Booth 8827), FloorFlex Plus

Media — Dye Sub rigid material: Duraluxe Inc (PRINTING United Booth 6904), SATIN The New Textured Semi-Gloss Aluminum Blank From DURALUXE

Media — Dye Sub transfer paper: Sawgrass (PRINTING United Booth 1805), TruePix CLASSIC

Media — Films: Drytac (PRINTING United Booth 6224), ViziPrint® Illuminate

Media — Heat Transfer Material Cuttable: Chemica US (PRINTING United Booth 626), Quickflex Revolution

Media — Heat Transfer Printable: Insta Graphic Systems (PRINTING United Booth 4723), SiliconeX Custom Heat Transfer

Media — Non-PVC: Drytac (PRINTING United Booth 6224), ViziPrint® Deco SR

Media — Rigid/Corrugated: Mako-Board (PRINTING United Booth 12453), Mako-Board

Media — Textile — Apparel: Fisher Textiles (PRINTING United Booth 8033), ET4000 Board Short

Media — Textile — Banner: Fisher Textiles (PRINTING United Booth 8033), GF4020 Nirvana Purity®

Media — Textile — Canvas: S-One (PRINTING United Booth 6810), Fredrix Metallic Gold Canvas

Media-— Textile — Flag: Fisher Textiles (PRINTING United Booth 8033), DD7701 Primary Flag

Media — Textile — Framing Systems (backlit): Fisher Textiles (PRINTING United Booth 8033), UV2610 Tango®

Media — Textile — Framing Systems (frontlit): Fisher Textiles (PRINTING United Booth 8033), GF4020 Nirvana Purity®

Media — Textile — Home Furnishings: Fisher Textiles (PRINTING United Booth 8033), GF9766 Poly Cube

Roll-to-Roll Direct Disperse Ink on Textile: Roland DGA (PRINTING United Booth 4616), Texart RT-640M

Roll-to-Roll Dye Sublimation on Metal: Epson (PRINTING United Booth 5410, 5610), Epson SureColor F6370

Roll-to-Roll Solvent/Latex (over 80 inches): Mutoh America (PRINTING United Booth 4404), ValueJet 2638X

Roll-to-Roll Solvent/Latex (under 80 inches): Roland DGA (PRINTING United Booth 4616), TrueVIS VG2

Roll-to-Roll UV (over 80 inches): EFI (PRINTING United Booth 8233), EFI VUTEk 5r+ Superwide Roll-to-Roll LED Printer

Roll-to-Roll UV (under 80 inches): Canon Solutions America (PRINTING United Booth 7016), Océ Colorado 1650

RTR Dye Sub on Textile ($50,000 - $100,000): DGI (PRINTING United Booth 8227), FT-3204X

RTR Dye Sub on Textile (more than $100,000): DGI (PRINTING United Booth 8227), FH-3204

RTR Dye Sub on Textile (under $50,000): DGI (PRINTING United Booth 8227), POSEIDON

RTR/Hybrid/Flatbed New Technology or Inkset: Durst Image Technology U.S. (PRINTING United Booth 7816), Delta WT 250

Screen Printing — Automatic Garment Press: The M&R Companies (PRINTING United Booth 3016, 3616), DIAMONDBACK E™ Automatic Screen Printing Press

Screen Printing — Manual Garment Press: The M&R Companies (PRINTING United Booth 3016, 3616), GENESIS™ Manual Screen Printing Press

Screen Printing — Pre-press (exposure/imaging): The M&R Companies (PRINTING United Booth 3016, 3616), i-Image KX™ Computer-to-Screen Imaging & Exposure System

Screen Printing Dryers: The M&R Companies (PRINTING United Booth 3016, 3616), Sprint® 3000 D Gas Screen Printing Conveyor Dryer

Single-Pass Printer: Durst Image Technology US (PRINTING United Booth 7816), Delta SPC 130

Software — Color Enhancement: Electronics For Imaging (PRINTING United Booth 8233), EFI ColorGuard

Software — RIP: Canon Solutions America (PRINTING United Booth 7016), Océ Touchstone Software

Software — Web-based design: Printbox (PRINTING United Booth 12351), Printbox

Software — Workflow / MIS / CRM: Electronics For Imaging (PRINTING United Booth 8233), EFI Fiery JobFlow

Sublimation Finishing: HIX Corporation (PRINTING United Booth 800), CT SubliPro

Tabletop Flatbed: LogoJET (PRINTING United Booth 2622), LogoJET UVx40R 18 inches by 18 inches

Textile — Finished Garment — Accessories: Terry Town (PRINTING United Booth 1601), Sublimated Throw Pillow

Textile — Finished Garment — Blends: Terry Town (PRINTING United Booth 1601), Sublimated Luggage Cover

UV Hybrid ($100,000 - $500,000): EFI (PRINTING United Booth 8233), EFI VUTEk 32h Superwide Hybrid LED Printer

UV Hybrid/Flatbed High Volume Production Class: Vanguard Digital Printing Systems (PRINTING United Booth 8450), VKL300D

UV/Latex Flat bed (under $70,000): LogoJET Inc. (PRINTING United Booth 2622), LogoJET UVx90R 24 inches by 36 inches

UV/Latex Flatbed ($100,000 - $200,000): HP Inc. (PRINTING United Booth 6407, 6416), HP Latex R Printer Series

UV/Latex Flatbed ($200,000 - $500,000): Agfa (PRINTING United Booth 8242), Jeti Mira 2732 HS LM LED

UV/Latex Flatbed (under $100,000): Mimaki USA (PRINTING United Booth 5216, 5616, 5620), JFX200-2513EX

UV/Latex Flatbed +White ($100,000 - $200,000): Canon Solutions America (PRINTING United Booth 7016), Océ Arizona 1380 XT

UV/Latex Flatbed +White ($200,000 - $500,000): HP Inc. (PRINTING United Booth 6407, 6416), HP Latex R Printer Series

UV/Latex Hybrid (under $100,000): Mutoh America (PRINTING United Booth 4404), ValueJet 1638UH

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