The Océ Arizona 360 XT printer was given the Product of the Year Award in the Flatbed Rigid White Ink UV (<$200K MSRP) category, continuing a tradition of being honored with this award every year since the Océ Arizona Series product line has been shipping. The award was presented at the Specialty Graphic & Imaging Association's (SGIA) annual convention and exposition held October 19-21 in New Orleans.
The Product of the Year Awards compare output from competing devices using a common test file designed by SGIA. The prints are reviewed by a panel of judges, each with a background and expertise in digital printing and imaging. The judges look for color appeal, detail and tonality, and the output is also judged on how closely it matches the test print.
The entry image was processed using ONYX ProductionHouse version X10 Océ Edition RIP software. ONYX Graphics software utilizes ONYX color science and a proprietary color engine designed to specifically address color and profiling issues unique to large format inkjet printing. The results are better neutral, saturated and dark colors, and consistent color fidelity.
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The Océ Arizona Series UV flatbed printers have been consistently honored by the SGIA organization. In 2006, the year of the original Océ Arizona 250 GT printer's introduction, it won the Vision Award, which is given to an exhibiting manufacturer whose new product has the best chance of positively impacting the digital imaging industry. The decision was based on the product's relevance to the market, potential industry influence and prospective value to the product's end users.
In 2007, the Océ Arizona 250 GT printer was awarded the Product of the Year Award in the Output Device Rigid Substrate UV category. In 2008, the Océ Arizona 350 GT printer was given the Product of the Year Award Honorable Mention in the UV Cured Rigid category. In 2009, the Océ Arizona 350 XT printer received the Product of the Year Award for the Rigid Substrate UV >$200K MSRP category, and the Océ Arizona 350 GT printer was honored with the Product of the Year Award in the Rigid Substrate UV <$200K MSRP category. In 2010, the Océ Arizona 550 XT printer was awarded the Product of the Year Award in the Flatbed Rigid Substrate UV (>$200K MSRP) and Flatbed Rigid White Ink UV (>$200K MSRP) categories, and the Océ Arizona 550 GT printer was awarded the Product of the Year Award in the Flatbed Rigid Substrate UV (<$200K MSRP).