SGIA Announces its 2013 Product of the Year Winners
Award winners include output devices, inks, media, and finishing equipment.
At the SGIA Expo in Orlando, the Specialty Graphic & Imaging Association (SGIA) announced the winners of its Product of the Year medallions for 2013.
The Product of the Year awards were presented in four categories: Output Device; Inks; Media for Digital Inkjet; and Finishing. Only SGIA-member Expo exhibitors were allowed to enter the competition and products had to be currently available to the marketplace for 2013. Each product was judged based on its perceived value to the specialty imaging community by a group of experts chosen by the association.
“SGIA's Product of the Year Awards showcase digital imaging products that keep the specialty imaging industry moving forward,” says Jeff Burton, SGIA's digital printing analyst. “Winners have benefited from worldwide recognition and the ability to market their product as a winner of this valued competition.”
The 2013 winners included:
- Poster Size – Solvent/Latex Printers <96 inches: ValueJet 1638 (Mutoh America, www.mutoh.com)
- Flatbed Rigid Substrate UV <$200K MSRP: Océ Arizona 640 GT (Canon Solutions America/Océ Display Graphics Systems, www.csa.canon.com)
- Flatbed Rigid Substrate UV >$200K MSRP: Océ Arizona 660 GT (Canon Solutions America/Océ Display Graphics Systems)
- Flatbed Rigid White Ink UV <$200K MSRP: Océ Arizona 660 XT (Canon Solutions America/Océ Display Graphics Systems)
- Grand Format R-to-R Solvent and Latex Inks: HP Latex 3000 (Hewlett-Packard, www.hp.com)
- Direct-to-Garment Inkjet Printers: Mankind Digital/ion-Argon(18) (Mankind Digital, www.mankinddigital.com)
- Digital Inks: EFI Vutek GS Pro-TF System (EFI, www.efi.com)
- Media - Paper: VM-EcoTen (Visual Magnetics, visualmagnetics.com)
- Media - Vinyl: Open Air Clear (ATP Adhesive Systems, www.atp-ag.com)
- Media - Films: AlumiGraphics Grip (AlumiGraphics, a Div of Floor Signage, www.alumigraphics.com)
- Media - Textile: Seemee 3P Premium Backlit (Verseidag Seemee US, www.seemeeus.com)
- Media - Rigid: Chromaluxe Tabletop (Chromaluxe/Unisub, www.chromaluxe.com)
- Media - Non-PVC (Nonwoven): ArgoGraph Two-Part Graphic Film System (Argotec, www.argotec.com)
- Media Vinyl (Pressure-Sensitive): Contra Vision Sprint (Contra Vision Ltd, www.contravision.com)
- Finishing - Display Exhibit Hardware: FlagTrax Flag and Banner Mounting Hardware (Consort Display Group, www.consort.com)
- Finishing Equipment: Cronos (Matic SA, www.matic.es)
All of the entries were showcased during the 2013 SGIA Expo in the Golden Image Gallery,