The 2013 SGIA Expo (October 23-25) is kicking into high gear this morning, but before the doors opened yesterday, judges evaluated entries and awarded Product of the Year medallions to those they deemed the most innovative products for the digital imaging community for the year 2013. This annual competition recognizes the latest specialty imaging equipment and supplies currently on the market that are advancing the specialty imaging industry.
“SGIA's Product of the Year Awards showcase digital imaging products that keep the specialty imaging industry moving forward," said 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.
Congratulations to the 2013 Product of the Year winners in the following categories:
Category 101: Digital Inks: EFI VUTEk GS Pro-TF System (EFI)
102: Media-Paper: VM-ECOten (Visual Magnetics)
103: Media-Vinyl: OPEN AIR Clear (ATP Adhesive Systems AG)
104: Media-Films: AlumiGraphics Grip (AlumiGraphics# A Div of Floor Signage LLC)
105: Media-Textile: seemee 3P Premium Backlit ( Verseidag Seemee US Inc)
106: Media-Rigid: Chromaluxe Tabletop (Chromaluxe/Unisub)
108: Finishing-Display Exhibit Hardware: FlagTrax Flag and Banner Mounting Hardware (Consort Display Group)
110: Finishing Equipment: CRONOS (MATIC SA)
112: Poster Size – Solvent/Latex Printers <96'': ValueJet 1638 (Mutoh America Inc)
114: Flatbed Rigid Substrate UV <$200K MSRP: Océ Arizona 640 GT (Océ Display Graphics Systems)
115: Flatbed Rigid Substrate UV >$200K MSRP: OcéArizona 660 GT (Océ Display Graphics Systems)
117: Flatbed Rigid White Ink UV <$200K MSRP: Océ Arizona 660 XT (Océ Display Graphics Systems)
118: Grand Format R to R Solvent & Latex Inks: HP Latex 3000 (Hewlett Packard Company)
120: Direct-to-Garment Inkjet Printers: Mankind Digital / ion-Argon(18)
130: Media Non-PVC (Non-woven): ArgoGraph Two-Part Graphic Film System (Argotec LLC)
131: Media Vinyl (Pressure Sensitive): Contra Vision® Sprint™ (Contra Vision Ltd)
All of the entries were showcased and evaluated by a team of digital imaging professionals during the 2013 SGIA Expo in the Golden Image Gallery, and will remain displayed there throughout the show. A complete list of Product of the Year winners is available online.