Printing Industries of America Gala Spotlights Top Technologies and Printers

Last evening, six printing technologies were honored and 101 Best of Category Awards were given at the Premier Print Awards Gala and InterTech Technology Awards Gala that took place at the Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile. More than 3,200 entries were submitted for the June judging of the 2010 Premier Print Awards, the world’s most prestigious international print competition. Those who were named Best of Category, the top prize, received the Benny statue at the awards dinner.

The evening began with a cocktail reception and the opportunity to see firsthand all of the Benny recipients in the display area. Once the reception was over, everyone moved into the Grand Ballroom for the gala, which included dinner and a multimedia presentation honoring the Benny recipients. The gala allowed attendees to get another glimpse at the pieces and hear the comments from the judges who awarded the pieces a Benny.


Best of Show

At the gala, the 2010 Best of Show was announced for the first time, and it went to Adams Lithographing Company for its piece, With Our Own Hands. Also revealed was first runner up CHINA OPEAR SICHUAN, second runner up Mausoleum of Emperor Qin ShiHUANG, both by Artron Enterprise (Group) Limited, and third runner up Promotion Kit FacForm by Facform Impressos Ltda.

Taking home the Gold prize for most number of awards received (Certificates of Merits, Awards of Recognition and Best of Category combined) was Offset Multicolor. The Silver went to C&C Joint Printing Co., (Shanghai) Ltd and the Bronze to C.J. Graphics Inc.

In all, the 2010 Premier Print Award judging resulted in a total of 101 Best of Category Awards, 208 Awards of Recognition, and 760 Certificates of Merit.


InterTech Award winners

In addition, recipients of the 2010 InterTech Technology Awards were presented their awards at the gala. The InterTech Technology Awards honor the development of technologies predicted to have a major impact in the printing industry. Printing Industries of America sponsors the awards in order to spotlight the wide range of technologies that contribute to the advancement of techniques and processes used in the graphic arts.

These technologies received an InterTech Star, a symbol of technological innovation and excellence. Three winning firms are exhibiting at GRAPH EXPO and are showing the technology that has been judged as truly innovative and expected to have a major impact on the graphic communications industry.

The 2010 InterTech Technology Award recipients are listed alphabetically, by company, with the technology named first and a brief description following. GRAPH EXPO booth numbers are listed if available.

Eastman Kodak Company (Booth 1227) received two InterTech awards. Its Kodak DIGICAP NX screening addresses the issue of ink transfer efficiency in flexographic printing. The screening software applies a micro surface texturization pattern to the surface of all elements on the Kodak FLEXCEL NX Digital Flexographic Plate. The result: the technology allows for gravure-quality printing to be done on a flexographic press.

Kodak’s second award is for its Kodak PROSPER S10 Imprinting system, which offers the combination of image quality and high productivity for personalizing direct mail and transactional documents. The Kodak PROSPER S10 Imprinting system, with its innovative head design, opens the door to 600x600 dpi resolution, at 1,000 fpm, on a variety of commodity, matte, and gloss-coated stocks.

FUJIFILM North America, Graphic Systems Division (Booth 1469, 627) was honored for its ZAC automated controller software technology, which offers a high level of control over plate processing. On a continual basis, the ZAC references an algorithm to determine if the processed area per elapsed period of time requires a replenishment cycle. If replenishment is required, the ZAC adds only the proper amount of replenishment that corresponds to the processor activity to keep the system in control.

Printing Research, Inc. (Booth 1661) was selected for its SUPER BLUE 3, a transfer cylinder blanket made up of polymer-based threads that provides an unprecedented amount of impressions without marking and the need for cleaning. Judges honored this technology because of its extraordinary endurance and the ability to update older presses.

Heidelberg USA won an InterTech award for its Prinect Inspection Control, an integrated in-line defect detection system, available for the Speedmaster CD 102, CX 102, and XL 105.

HIFLEX Corporation of North America (Booth 463) was awarded an InterTech award for its HIFLEX Webshop Web2Print System that utilizes the power of the open source Drupal content management system.