Canon Earns Five Pinnacle Product Awards For 2022

Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging solutions, earned five coveted PRINTING United Alliance 2022 Pinnacle Product Awards. Among the winners were two in the software category, with PRISMAcolor Manager garnering top honors for color management and quality control and PRISMAsync winning for best Software-RIP (raster image processor). The Arizona 2300 series UV flatbed printers won in two categories, for both UV/Latex Flatbed and UV/Latex Flatbed + White, while the Colorado 1630 series was recognized in the Roll-to-Roll UV (under 80 inch) category.

Open to all PRINTING United Alliance supplier members, the Pinnacle Product Award competition evaluates products that will be available for sale in 2022. A highly qualified panel of judges across the printing industry evaluated the annual contest’s 160+ entries in more than 58 categories spanning analog, digital, output, and non-output technologies.

Additionally, Canon also won a Pinnacle InterTech Award for Production Printing for its FLXfinish+ that offers the unique ability to print a mixed matte and gloss finish in one print, at the click of a button.

“We are pleased to once again be honored by winning multiple prestigious Pinnacle Product Awards from the PRINTING United Alliance,” said Shinichi "Sam" Yoshida, executive vice president and general manager of Canon U.S.A., Inc. “It’s gratifying to be recognized in a variety of categories that encompass both hardware and software and to know that Canon continues to be ranked so highly when measured against objective criteria for quality.”

Pinnacle Product Award Winners 2022

PRISMAcolor Manager – Software/Color Management and Quality Control
PRISMAsync Automated Color Tasks – Software/RIP
Arizona 2380 GTF – UV/Latex Flatbed ($200K-500K)
Arizona 2380 XTF – UV/Latex Flatbed _ White ($200K-500K)
Colorado 1630 – Roll-to-Roll UV (under 80 in.)
PRISMAcolor Manager enables commercial printer operators to manage the complex task of proactively measuring and assessing color by semi-automatically checking and comparing quality and consistency across Canon and non-Canon printers.

PRISMAsync Automated Color Tasks allows Canon cut-sheet toner-based digital press operators to manage the complex tasks of press linearization, sheet uniformity correction, G7 calibration, media color profiling, G7 verification, and results reporting, at the push of a button, completely hands-off, for all loaded job stocks, all in one step.

The Arizona 2300 series consists of true, stationary flatbed printers provide high print quality and versatility for both rigid and flexible media application while the Colorado 1630 works with the industry certified UVgel 460 inks, formulated for maximum flexibility.

“The Pinnacle Product Award competition represents the best of the best among commercial hardware, software, consumables, and industrial and screen equipment,” said Ray Weiss, director, Digital Print Programs, PRINTING United Alliance. “Congratulations to all the winners.”

Output devices were judged based on reports generated by measuring color charts and then comparing them to industry specifications.

“This is the only competition I know of that reports on the percentage of Adobe RGB a printer can hit,” said Dawn Nye, Program Manager for Pinnacle Awards, PRINTING United Alliance. “Some categories were decided by tenths of a point, so fierce was the competition this year.”

These award-winning solutions, along with Canon’s other innovative production print solutions and large-format technology, will be on display at PRINTING United Expo from Oct. 19-21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Canon’s booth N1009.