The inaugural Quick Printing Readers’ Choice Top Products Awards competition was conducted in early 2013. The goal was to gather opinions from print service providers about what they consider to be the most significant products introduced to the commercial printing industry between September 1, 2011 and December 31, 2012. We asked readers to vote for the products within each category that had the strongest impact on their businesses or created the most excitement in the industry.
The contest covered 21 categories, from digital color printers and offset presses to finishing equipment, inks, software, prepress, and mailing products. There was only one winner in each category.
Next year’s contest will include products introduced to the industry between January 1 and December 31, 2013.
Digital Print Media: Premium Digital Carbonless with Biomaster Silver Ion Technology from Nekoosa Coated Products
Nekoosa Coated Products creates the world’s first antimicrobial carbonless paper by adding Biomaster silver ion technology, a non-toxic, naturally occurring antimicrobial technology to protect against the spreading of bacteria. Biomaster will not affect the paper’s properties such as dry toner/laser compatibility or carbonless image permanence, and does not cause product degradation, discoloration, or deterioration.
Neenah Paper’s Royal Sundance Paper Collection brings together two popular brands to make paper selection a simple and affordable process. These economically priced papers are available in a variety of colors, textures, weights, and envelopes. The collection consists of five finishes—Felt, Fiber, Smooth, Linen, and Laid—each with its own unique color palette that includes a range of whites and its most popular business colors.
Gold metallic, sparkle effect using a gold-tinted dry ink for applications such as direct mail, certificates, photo, tickets and many others. Create different variations of gold-toned tints or different effects by putting combinations of process colors underneath gold.
Thumbs Up is a hand cleaner formulated specifically for pressroom use. It is manufactured with detergents to gently, yet quickly remove ink, grease, dye, tar, paint, adhesives, and other materials from hands. Pleasantly scented, it has a neutral pH and contains skin moisturizers. Thumbs Up is made with soft polymer scrubbers which remove inks and other materials without irritating open wounds or scratches, yet quickly rinses clean. It will not separate in hot climates and will not clog pipes or stain sinks.
MAILING & FULFILLMENT
The Videojet 1550 and 1650 are designed for limited and simple interaction so users can focus on production. Operators can access all common operations in five touches or less on a touchscreen interface. The 1550 and 1650 help provide improved control of job parameters and efficient, productive line management. In addition, the Videojet Smart Cartridge fluid system eliminates waste, mess and mistakes, and when it’s time for planned maintenance, the modular core system is easily replaceable.
InfoPrint ADF Essentials combines both postal optimization and workflow features to help customers cost-effectively manage their mailrooms. The offering combines Ricoh’s InfoPrint Automated Document Factory (ADF) capabilities, InfoPrint ProcessDirector workflow platform, and BCC Software's Mail Manager components to provide a complete end-to-end package.