12 winners judged to be “truly innovative and … expected to advance the performance of the graphic-communications industry.”
Printing Industries of America has announced the recipients of the 2012 InterTech Technology Awards. The 12 technologies receiving this award were judged as “truly innovative and … expected to advance the performance of the graphic-communications industry” by an independent panel of judges.
The 2012 InterTech Technology Award recipients include:
Kodak NexPress Red Fluorescing Solution, Eastman Kodak Company (www.graphics.kodak.com): The Kodak NexPress Red Fluorescing Solution allows printers to easily add security to printed documents, direct mail, and packaging. The virtually invisible dry ink fluoresces red when illuminated with ultraviolet light. The judges singled out the technology for its simple and low-cost approach to adding counterfeit protection.
Enterworks Enable, Enterworks, Inc. (www.enterworks.com): Enterworks Enable allows a company to manage complex product information, associated images, and other marketing assets. The Web-based software then automates the delivery of this selling content through print and e-commerce channels. One judge commented: “This is robust enterprise-level product information management software that is extremely configurable.”
i-cut Suite, Esko (www.esko.com): i-cut Suite is a collection of workflow software for users of large-format digital printers. It gives companies the essential tools to maintain efficiency and productivity. “This is complete workflow designed specifically for large-format at a reasonable price,” noted a judge.
Fujifilm J Press 720, Fujifilm North America Corporation (www.fujifilmusa.com): The J Press 720 is the world’s first half-size sheetfed inkjet press; it produces accurate and consistent color work with virtually no make-ready waste. The judges singled out the J Press for its pioneering role in what is expected to be a major pressroom shift to inkjet.
Prinect Performance Benchmarking, Heidelberg USA (www.us.heidelberg.com): Prinect Performance Benchmarking is a subscription-based application that lets companies compare the performance of their Speedmaster presses and operators with other printers. Said one InterTech judge: “No one else offers this … it is worth its weight in gold for the printer that takes true advantage of benchmarking.”
Keen MIS and Web-to-Print, Keen Systems, Inc. (www.keenprint.com): Keen MIS and Web-to-Print software is a cloud-based platform that allows companies to pick a subscription plan and begin creating storefronts in minutes. The judges praised the cloud-based and SaaS approach, the additional functionality from plug-ins, and the easy-to-use interface.
Color Control and Web Inspection System with AccuCam, QuadTech, Inc. (www.quadtech.com): The QuadTech system uses a spectral sensor to examine the entire printed image, without the need for control bars. It monitors color and adjusts inking while detecting a variety of print issues, including switched plates. The judges hailed its unique ability to spot scumming and automatically adjust water.
SunPak LMQ, Sun Chemical (www.sunchemical.com): SunPak LMQ (Low Migration Quality) technology minimizes the risk of contamination to food and other products from chemical migration. “Inks, coatings, and fountain solution leeching into products can be disastrous for packaging converters and brand owners,” commented one judge. “Sun’s innovative LMQ system and products will help protect companies worldwide.”
iTechnique, Technique Business Systems Ltd. (www.technique-mis.com): iTechnique is a management information system running on iPhone and iPad as a native App, allowing users access to sales and production data wherever they are. “Being able to provide a complete MIS application via mobile delivery is a significant innovation, the synchronization to use it off-line being a key feature,” stated a judge.
Avatrex Transportable Imaging, Utopia Digital Technologies (www.udtfilms.com): Avatrex Transportable Imaging is a thin multi-layer coating on a removable carrier that can be digitally printed and transferred to practically any surface. The material has built in adhesive and image protection properties. The judges were wowed by the technology’s versatility and image quality.
Xeikon X-800 VariLane, Xeikon (www.xeikon.com): Xeikon’s VariLane technology is a software add-on to its X-800 Digital Front End. It allows printers to combine labels of different SKUs and sizes on the same digital print run. The judges recognized the advantages for printers when they can dynamically impose labels in the digital front end.
i1Pro 2, X-Rite, Incorporated (www.xrite.com): The i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer introduces a new level of color accuracy, an expanded set of features, and supports the latest measurement standards. When using this instrument, the ability to measure and then manage optically brightened papers was particularly impressive to the judges.
Awards to the winners will be presented during the 2012 Premier Print Awards Gala, October 7, in Chicago. A technology review booklet showcasing all of the competition entries will be produced and distributed this fall at Graph Expo; the booklet is also available here.
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