SGIA Announces Product of the Year Winners

For Immediate Release August 14, 2017 Contact: Kate Achelpohl, SGIA 703.359.1364 kate@sgia.org Fairfax, Virginia — SGIA has announced the winners of the 2017 Product of the Year Awards, and 49 products rose to the top of the 222 entries. (A list of category winners is below.) “Wherever we could, we used objective criteria,” said Ray Weiss, Digital Imaging Specialist, SGIA. “That means categories like Roll-to-Roll Dye Sublimation on Textile were objectively evaluated to include industry specifications.” This year’s competition saw several new categories, including die-cutters, automation equipment, RIP and workflow software, and finished garment blanks. “The uptick in the number of fabrics entered underlines the surge in printing to fabric. In fact, this year we saw the most entries ever in dye sublimation and direct-to-fabric printing,” Weiss added. Entries will be on display in the Golden Image Gallery at the 2017 SGIA Expo (New Orleans, October 10–12), and the awards will be presented in a special ceremony the night before the SGIA Expo opens. “Each of the entries is something special,” Weiss said. “I encourage everyone to visit the display in the Golden Image Gallery.” To register or learn more about the 2017 SGIA Expo, visit SGIAExpo.org. Digital Inks — Textile: Sawgrass (Booth 2975), SubliJet-HD FLEX Sublimation Inks Digital Inks — UV: Marabu North America LP (Booth 2119), UltraJet DUV-GR Finishing — Display/Exhibit Hardware: Windigo Signs (Booth 617), Windigo Portable Sidewalk Sign Finishing — Equipment — Routers/Cutters: Gravograph (Booth 4107), LS900 Energy Laser Engraver Finishing — Equipment — Die Cutters: Rollem International (Booth 1944), Insignia Die Cutters Finishing — Equipment — All Others: Leister (Booth 3356), HEMTEK ST Banner Welder Finishing — Laminates, Adhesives, Films, Coatings: BannerUps E.L. Hatton Sales Co. (Booth 3504), Banner Ups KederTape Adhesive No-Sew Keder for SEG Signs Automation Equipment (Print/Post): Esko (Booth 1321), Kongsberg Automatic Robotics System Software — Workflow/RIP or Web-Based Design, Personalization, or Product Bldg: Onyx Graphics, Inc. (Booth 2435), ONYX Hub Media — Films: Newlife Magnetics LLC (Booth 3049), MIRACLE MAG Media — Non-PVC: Flexmag Industries Inc. (Booth 2401), Flexcoat-EZ 40 in. Media — Adhesive Back (Not Vinyl): Floor Signage LLC/AlumiGraphics (Booth 3168), EZGrip Graphics Media — Rigid/Corrugated: United Visual Products Inc. (Booth 3727), Blank LED Embedded Corrugated Sign Media — Banner (Non-Textile): Vescom America (Booth 3953), VESCOM Metallic Sand Media — Heat Transfer Vinyl/PU/Specialty: Chemica US Corp (Booth 3145), HotMark Revolution Media — Textile — Apparel: Fisher Textiles (Booth 2201), ETP 4310 Uni Media — Textile — Banner: Pacific Coast Fabrics part of TVF (Booth 2445), Heavy Deko-Stretch 8488GFS Media — Textile — Framing Systems: SENFA-DECOPRINT (Booth 4141), ALTERRA Media — Textile — Canvas: Pacific Coast Fabrics part of TVF (Booth 2445), Basketweave Canvas S/565 Media — Textile — Wall Covering: Dreamscape (Booth 3151), DreamScape WallWrap Silver Fusion Media — Textile — Home Furnishings: PremEx Solutions (Booth 523), DuraVibe Latex Fabric / Leenane Media — Adhesive Back Vinyl: Mactac (Booth 3249), REBEL X-treme Textile — Finished Garment — Synthetic: Vapor Apparel (Booth 2745), Vapor Apparel — Solar Performance Long Sleeve T Textile — Finished Garment — Natural Fiber: Image Armor/i-Group Technologies (Booth 1006), RTP Apparel Textile — Finished Garment — Blends: Terry Town (Booth1652), DP2315 Water Repellent Microfiber Picnic Basket Screen Printing — Pre-Press (Exposure/Imaging): M&R Companies (Booth 531,621), I-Image S Computer-to-Screen Imaging System Screen Printing — Manual Garment Press: Lawson Screen & Digital Products (Booth 413, 901), Lawson Proton Screen Printing — Automatic Garment Press: M&R Companies (Booth 531,621), CHALLENGER III Automatic Screen Printing Press Screen Printing — Curing & Drying Equipment: Brown Manufacturing Group (Booth 1845, 3301), FireFly and Vega Combined Curing System Screen Printing — Post-Press (Clean/Reclaim): Lawson Screen & Digital Products (Booth 413, 901), Lawson Ajax In-Line Reclaimer Direct-to-Garment Printers (White Shirt): OmniPrint International (Booth 2427), 330 TX Plus Direct-to-Garment Printers (Color Shirt — Not White) : Kornit Digital (Booth 1617) Kornit Vulcan Flatbed/Hybrid (under $100K): Mutoh America Inc (Booth 2545), ValueJet 1638UH UV Hybrid ($100–$500K): EFI (Booth 1501), EFI Pro 16h UV Flatbed (Under $100K): Canon Solutions America — Océ Display Graphics Systems (Booth 2525), Arizona 365GT UV Flatbed ($100K–$200K): Vanguard Digital Printing Systems (Booth 1967), VK300D UV Flatbed ($200K–$500K): Canon Solutions America — Océ Display Graphics Systems (Booth 2525), Arizona 6160 XTS with High Flow Vacuum UV Flatbed + White ($100K–$200K): Mimaki USA Inc. (Booth 1231, 1345, 1445), JFX200 2531 UV Flatbed + White ($200K–$500K): Canon Solutions America — Océ Display Graphics Systems (Booth 2525), Arizona 6170 XTS with High Flow Vacuum Small Flatbed (Industrial/Small Item Decoration): Mutoh America Inc (Booth 2545), ValueJet 626UF Roll-to-Roll Solvent/Latex (Under 80 in.): Mutoh America Inc (Booth 2545), ValueJet 1638X Roll-to-Roll Solvent/Latex (Over 80 in.): HP Inc. (Booth 1029,1045), HP Latex 3600 Roll-to-Roll UV (Under 80 in.): Mutoh America Inc. (Booth 2545), ValueJet 1638UH Roll-to-Roll UV (Over 80 in.): Durst Image Technology US, LLC (Booth 1945), Rho 312R Plus RTR/Hybrid/Flatbed New Technology or Inkset: Canon Solutions America — Océ Display Graphics Systems (Booth 2525), Colorado 1640 Roll-to-Roll Direct Disperse Ink on Textile: Durst Image Technology US, LLC (Booth 1945), Rhotex 325 Roll-to-Roll Dye Sublimation on Textile: EPSON (Booth 1301), Printer Model TBA  Editor’s Note: This is a new product that will not be released until September 2017. EPSON has embargoed the product name until that time. Roll-to-Roll Dye Sublimation on Metal: EPSON (Booth 1301), SureColor F6200 UV Hybrid/Flatbed High Volume Production Class: Durst Image Technology US, LLC (Booth 1945), Rho P10 250 HS Plus SGIA — Supporting the Leaders of the Digital & Screen Printing Community Having its origins in the screen printing industry, SGIA embraced the digital revolution early on and is now the trade association of choice for professionals in the industrial, graphic, garment, textile, electronics, packaging and commercial printing communities looking to grow their business into new market segments through the incorporation of the latest printing technologies. SGIA membership comprises these diverse segments, all of which are moving rapidly towards digital adoption. As long-time champions of digital technologies and techniques, SGIA is the community of peers you are looking for to help navigate the challenges of this process. Additionally, the SGIA Expo is the largest trade show for print technology in North America. “Whatever the medium, whatever the message, print is indispensable. Join the community — SGIA.”
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