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Digital Output Readers’ Choice Top 50

Honoring Top Innovators

Each November, Digital Output features its Top 50 companies of the year determined by reader response. This year we asked the winners to provide company descriptions and their top three or most recent products. Companies featured are generated from interest in editorial content throughout the year, Reader Service Cards, and visits to our Web site— 2008’s Top 50 winners, as well as Honorable Mentions, represent all facets of the graphic arts—including hardware, software, media, inks, finishing, and more. Each profiled company’s selection of products is an excellent example of innovation in the industry over the past year. Congratulations to this year’s Top 50 winners and Honorable Mentions!

3M Graphics Market Center – 3M Graphics Market Center helps customers worldwide build brands by providing large format graphics solutions. 3M manufactures and certifies graphic films and graphic protection, flexible substrates, inks and toners, as well as software and hardware used to create large format finished graphics that are consistent, reliable, and durable. Featured Products: 3M Controltac Graphic Films IJ180 and IJ380 with Comply v3 Adhesive; 3M Scotchcal Environmentally-Preferred Graphic Construction IJ35E; and 3M Scotchcal Graphic Film for Textured Surface IJ8624

3P InkJet Textiles AG – 3P provides quality fabrics for virtually any ink and inkjet printer from 17 inches up to 122 inches. Featured Products: TruColor line; Value Premium Flag FR; and Value Display FR

Agfa Graphics – Agfa Graphics is a worldwide leader in prepress solutions for the printing and publishing industries, providing commercial, newspaper, and packaging printers with an extensive range of workflow automation, project management, computer-to-film, computer-to-plate, and proofing solutions. Agfa also serves the indoor and outdoor sign and display market with wide format inkjet printing systems. Featured Products: :Anapurna M; :SherpaProof; and :Apogee workflow system

Alcan Composites USA Inc. – Alcan Composites offers a wide array of leading substrates for the North American display/graphic arts market. Brands include Dibond, Fome-cor, Gator, Sintra, and Structa-Board. Featured Products: Dibond; Sintra; and Gatorfoam

Alpina Manufacturing LLC – Alpina designs and builds any size frame to quickly install and change graphics, posters, or banners without having to remove the frame from the wall. All products are U.S. made. Featured Products: FlipUp front load frame; Slide-In frame; and Banner Grip stretch frame

Arlon, Inc. – Arlon, established in 1958, manufactures and markets a full line of high-quality pressure-sensitive cut vinyl, illuminated signage, and print media films for the digital imaging, signage, vehicle graphic, and screenprinting industries. Arlon is headquartered in Santa Ana, CA, with distribution out of Australia, Europe, and India. Featured Products: Series 5000 calendered film; DPF 6000X; and DPF 460GTX

ArtGrafix – ArtGrafix focuses on the needs of printers converting prints into signs and displays. The company sells products that make the mounting and laminating process easier for the user. Featured Products: Phoenix laminator; acid-free adhesive boards; and liner-free laminate films

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. – Aurora Specialty Textiles is a U.S. manufacturer, coater, and finisher with a wide range of fabrics and canvas for the digital, dye-sublimation, screenprinting, and litho printing markets including artist canvas. Rolls vary in widths from 48 to 126 inches. Featured Products: AC Canvas; VC Poly Oxford; and D68401 Poplin

AW Specialty Papers – AW Specialty Papers—with over 65 years in the paper business—has the scope and understanding of the market to assist your company in the wide and grand format dye-sublimation market. Featured Products: GO GREEN line; AW Jet-Pro SofStretc; and AW Jet-Opaque

Canon U.S.A, Inc. – Canon delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc., is a top patent holder of technology, ranked third overall in the U.S. in 2007, with global revenues of $39.3 billion. It is listed as one of Fortune’s Most Admired Companies in America, and is on the 2007 Business Week list of "Top 100 Brands." Featured Products: image-PROGRAF iPF810 and iPF820; imageRUNNER C3480 and C3080; and imageRUNNER LBP5975 and LBP5970

Daige, Inc. – Daige manufactures fast, affordable cold laminators and liquid laminators. Featured Products: Quikmount 4 cold laminator; EX Glide liquid laminator; and Rollataq adhesive system

Drytac Corporation – Drytac is a manufacturer and distributor of mounting, laminating, framing, and finishing materials, as well as finishing equipment, laminators, hot presses, and accessories. The display product line includes an extensive range of banner stands, portable displays, and specialty exhibits. Featured Products: BioFab Inkjet Print Media; Jet Mounter 54SHA; and VersaCoater XL UV

DuPont Digital Printing – DuPont Digital Printing offers a variety of wide format inkjet inks to produce color any way you want, on almost anything you want to print to. Some of the company’s products include Cromaprint UV-curable and Artistri direct to textile inks, along with various aqueous-based inks and dispersions. Featured Products: Cromaprint UV inkjet inks; Artistri direct to textile inkjet inks; and DuPont aqueous inkjet inks and dispersions

Durst Image Technology U.S., LLC – Durst, a leader in imaging solutions since 1936, manufactures professional digital imaging solutions for graphic, prepress, signage, commercial display, packaging, and photographic applications. No one knows how to help the professional imaging industry produce high-quality images in a highly efficient workflow like Durst. Featured Products: Durst Rho 320R; Durst Rho 800 Presto; and Durst Rho 600 Pictor

EFI/VUTEK – EFI is a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation. EFI’s solutions—integrated from creation to print—deliver increased performance, cost savings, and productivity. The company’s robust product portfolio includes Fiery digital color print servers; VUTEk superwide digital inkjet printers, UV and solvent inks; Jetrion industrial inkjet printing systems; print production workflow and management information software; and corporate printing solutions. Featured Products: VUTEk DS Series; VUTEk QS3200r; and VUTEk QS3200

Epson – Epson offers an extensive array of image capture and image output products for the consumer, photographic, business, and graphic arts markets. Featured Products: Epson Stylus Pro 7900; Epson Stylus Pro 9900; and Epson Stylus Pro GS6000

Fisher Textiles Inc. – Fisher Textiles is a leading supplier of fabrics used for sublimation, solvent-based, UV, and direct digital printing. Fisher offers a wide variety of fabrics for wide format and grand format printing. All can be coated to meet NFPA 701 flame requirements. Featured Products: GF 1066 Power Net; GF 3201 Reflection; and SI 660 PVC

Gandinnovations – Gandinnovations is a leading manufacturer of digital wide format printers, printing technology, and inks. The company manufactures a range of grand format printers designed to meet the needs of the industry. Gandinnovations is headquartered in Mississauga, ON, Canada with sales and service in San Antonio, TX. Additional offices are located in Belgium, Dubai, Hong Kong, India, Mexico City, and South Africa, with service centers worldwide. Featured Products: Jeti 3324 Aquajet; Jeti 1224 Nanojet; and Jeti 3348 Jetspeed

General Binding Corporation (GBC) – GBC is a world leader in products that laminate, bind, and display information. GBC’s thermal and pressure-sensitive laminating films, equipment, and media are designed for the wide format and on demand printing markets. Featured Products: Octiva Scuff-Free Matte; Arctic Image Barrier; and Magnetic Stock

GCC – With over 100 current and pending worldwide product patents and trademarks, GCC is a worldwide leader and manufacturer of UV-curable inkjet printers, thermal transfer printers, cutting plotters, laser engraving, and marking systems. Headquartered in Taiwan, GCC has branch offices throughout China, Europe, and the U.S. Featured Products: StellarJET K100UV; StellarJET 250UV; and StellarJET 183UVK

Graphic Whizard – Graphic Whizard manufactures and distributes systems worldwide that crease, impact score, number, slit, perforate, rotary score, and perform other finishing functions. The company’s strong network provides local hands-on sales and technical expertise backed by Graphic Whizard’s own technical support. Featured Products: VividCoater; CreaseMaster Platinum; and CreaseMaster Plus

Graphics One, LLC (GO) – GO is a developer and international distributor of products for digital imaging professionals in over 100 countries worldwide. GO is quickly becoming one of the leading providers of digital imaging products for Mutoh printers, d.gen’s line of direct to textile dye-sublimation printers, Wasatch RIPs, and other digital imaging products in the U.S. Featured Products: GO RIO 64 dye-sub printer; d.gen Teleios; and GO RIO dye-sub system

Graphtec America Inc. – Graphtec produces plotters, vinyl cutters, scanners, intelligent recording instruments, and data acquisition systems. Graphtec engineers, manufactures, distributes, and services operations in Japan and the U.S. In addition, Graphtec products are sold and serviced via business partners and distributors worldwide. Featured Product: FC8000 series cutting plotter

GTI Graphic Technology, Inc. – GTI is the premier manufacturer of D50 Standard Color Viewing Systems for the graphic arts and photographic industries. The latest technology and instrumentation is used in the design and manufacture of lighting products to ensure compliance to current ISO standards. Featured Products: VPI Vertical Print Inspector, Model VPI-52; PDV Professional Desktop Viewer, Model PDV-2020e/Dx; and Premier Soft View D50 Viewer, Model SOFV-1xi

Hewlett-Packard (HP) – HP focuses on simplifying technology experiences for all customers—from individual consumers to the largest business. With a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services, and IT infrastructure, HP is among the world’s largest IT companies, with revenue totaling $113.1 billion in the past fiscal year. Featured Products: HP Designjet L65500; HP Scitex XP2700; and HP Scitex TJ8300/TJ8500

KAPCO Graphic Products – KAPCO is a manufacturer/converter of pressure-sensitive flexible materials. The company offers water-based inkjet and solvent digital media, laminates, mounting films, backers, sign vinyls, and supplies. Featured Products: PSA 3.2-mil Gloss and Matte White Vinyl with Black Permanent or Removable Adhesive; PSA 6-mil Gloss and Matte White Vinyl with Permanent, Removable, or Ultra-Removable Adhesive; and PSA 3.2-mil Vinyl Laminates Matte, Satin, Luster, or Gloss

Leggett & Platt Digital Technologies (L&P) – L&P’s all new VirtuHD8 superwide, grand format digital printing systems print to the widest range of substrates. AutoLoad is now available. The printer is compatible with VirtuPrint fabrics and VirtuInks UV-curable inks. It is manufactured in the U.S. and Europe and backed by the Leggett & Platt global sales, service network. Featured Products: Virtu HD8; Virtu 130"; and Virtu 72

Lintec of America – Lintec is a manufacturer of pressure-sensitive films for visual marketing and signage. The company specializes in optically clear films for display and POP applications. Lintec offers a broad range of laminate, mounting, and printable films. The company also has a new line up of environmentally friendly marking films, Mothergreen . Featured Products: Wincos UV; Wincos SSJ; and Wincos Frosty

MACtac Graphic Products – MACtac is a global manufacturer of pressure-sensitive mounting adhesives, laminating films, digital print media, and colored vinyls for the graphics market. The full line of MACtac Graphic Products—IMAGin, Permacolor, MACmark, and MACscreen—provide signage solutions for wide format digital printing, mounting, laminating, CAS, or screenprinting. These products are used for applications including POP and vehicle graphics. Featured Products: StreetRap Concrete Floor Graphics; IMAGin wallNOODLE; and Permacolor Metallic Enhancer

Mark Bric Display Corporation – Mark Bric Display delivers a family of dependable displays including BannerUp banner stands, Mark Bric Flexiframe modular panel displays, the SnapUp line of pop-up displays, and the latest product—the EGO exhibit system. Featured Products: EGO Exhibit; Snappy Frame; and Impression 1 and 2

Mikkelsen Graphic Engineering, Inc. (MGE) – MGE develops the i-cut Vision System for perfect print-to-cut accuracy and high ROI. MGE partners with over 40 companies including all major RIPs and printers to provide its customers with a complete and standardized workflow that increases efficiency and profits. Featured Products: i-cut and i-script

Mimaki USA, Inc. – Mimaki USA stands at the forefront of technology with its large format plotters and cutters. The company is headquartered in Suwanee, GA with branch offices in Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Company key strengths include large scale printing and cutting solutions, smaller affordable plotters, plus new breakthroughs in printing for solvent and UV-curable inkjet systems. Featured Products: JV33 series; CJV30 series; and UJV-160 LED UV-curable inkjet printer

Mutoh America, Inc. – Mutoh Industries, Ltd. founded in 1952 in Tokyo, manufactures and distributes mechanical drafting products. Since then, ISO 9000-certified Mutoh has become the world’s foremost manufacturer of large format piezo printers. Mutoh has engineering, manufacturing, and distribution centers in Belgium, Japan, and Phoenix, AZ in the U.S. Featured Products: ValueJet 1608-64" Hybrid; ValueJet 1614-64"; and ValueJet 1304-54"

Neschen Americas – Neschen Americas manufactures and markets Seal and Neschen brand products including film and liquid laminating equipment and materials, wide and grand format textile and PVC printing media, pressure-sensitive vinyl, mounting adhesives and tapes, display systems, and archiving supplies. They serve the graphic, photographic, framing, and library/archive markets throughout the Americas. Featured Products: Neschen Pure Color Media line and Neschen SolvoTex PVC Standard Blockout

Noritsu America Corporation – Noritsu manufactures professional digital imaging equipment. From wide format digital printers to wet and dry minilabs, the company offers an array of solutions that produce superior output. Featured Products: D701 printer; QSS-37 series; and LPS-24 Pro

Océ North America – Océ helps expand businesses with its line of large format roll and flatbed inkjet printers for a wide variety of outdoor and indoor applications. Océ offers the tools to help customers become more productive and profitable including imaging supplies, financing, training, and technical service. Featured Products: Océ Arizona 250 GT UV flatbed with a roll option; Océ CS9160 eco-solvent printer; and Océ ColorWave 600 solid toner large format printer

ONYX Graphics, Inc. – ONYX RIP software is the core to any printing workflow and determines the color output of a printer. ONYX Graphics’ RIP software improves productivity and quality, while reducing printing costs. Version 7.2 is available now. Featured Products: ONYX PosterShop; ONYX Production-House; and ONYX PrepEdge Pro

Oracal USA – A division of ORAFOL International, Oracal manufactures and markets a wide range of premium pressure-sensitive films for signage, screenprinting, digital printing, and traffic and safety applications in Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the U.S. Featured Products: ORAJET Series 3165RA Calendered Inkjet Media with Rapid Air Technology; ORAJET Series 3268 Movable Wall Graphics Inkjet Media; and ORAJET Series 3109 Removable Transit Graphics Inkjet Media

Pres-On Corp. – Pres-On manufactures adhesive coatings and distributes mounting and print receptive boards to offer more options for digital output needs. The company manufactures single- and double-sided tapes; die-cut components; and fabrics for mounting, layering, and finishing your presentation, POP display, or signage graphics. Featured Products: Black Plastics Mounting Boards; Self-Stick Black Gatorfoam; and the Double-sided Foam Tape Collection

Raster Printers, Inc. – Raster Printers develops and markets affordable flatbed UV printers offering the highest image quality—up to 1,200 dpi—and the highest performance in its class under $90,000. Featured Products: Daytona H700UV hybrid flatbed printer and T600UV flatbed printer

Roland DGA Corporation – Roland offers inkjet printers and printer/cutters ranging from 30 to 104 inches wide, including the SOLJET, VersaCAMM, and VersaArt eco-solvent models; the AdvancedJET industrial printer line; the Hi-Fi JET PRO II aqueous inkjet printer; the Hi-Fi Express FP-740 sublimation printer; and the VersaUV wide format UV inkjet printer/cutter. Featured Products: VersaArt RS series of wide format eco-solvent inkjet printers; VersaUV LEC-300 30-inch UV inkjet printer/cutter; and VersaWorks 3.0 RIP software

Rollem International – Rollem is a leading manufacturer of digital converting systems for scoring, perforating, slitting, and numbering equipment. Score digitally printed stock with little set-up on the Advantage. Slit multiple-up card products on the new Jetstream automatic slitting and trimming system. Eliminate additional steps and manpower by operating inline with digital presses and finishing with one machine—including folding and gluing. Rollem is an expert in the finishing of all types of digitally printed products and materials. Featured Products: Advantage; Jetstream; and Champion 990 ETR

Sawgrass Technologies, Inc. – Sawgrass Technologies delivers patented digital printing technology to commercial markets around the globe. By combining leading edge digital ink products with advance color management software, Sawgrass developed state-of-the-art systems, including SubliM, SubliM Direct, and M ink, for high-quality color printing of customized images onto a wide variety of surfaces. Featured Products: SubliM; SubliM Direct; and M ink

Source One Digital, Inc. – Source One is a leading supplier of digitally printed wholesale signs to the sign industry and OEM customers. Source One is ideal for those who can’t print fast enough or in-house. Featured Products: banners/mesh; backlits; direct substrates

Southern Imperial, Inc. – Southern Imperial manufactures and distributes retail displays, components, and sign holders for the graphic arts industry. The company sells a wide variety of banner display stands with great dealer discounts for use at trade shows and for point of purchase displays. Check out their Web site for the $49 EZ-Up 123 pop-up banner display. Featured Products: EZ-Up 123 Roll-Up Banner Stand; Fabric Pop-Up Graphic Wall; and Snap-Frame Poster Displays

Standzall Display Systems – Standzall display stands are used for media press walls, signs, scenery flats, trade show booths, lattices, and dividers. The company’s heavy baseplate and adjustable uprights hold any object up to two or four inches thick. Other models are available for larger applications if desired. Featured Products: ST-7 clear front stand; model ST-1; and model ST-2

Tara Materials Inc. – Fredrix Print Canvas manufactures a full line of canvas products for desktop and large format inkjet, grand format, litho, and silkscreen printing, as well as glue-coated canvases for photo and print mounting. Fredrix Print Canvas offers superior quality and consistency from roll to roll. Featured Products: 901 Semi-Gloss Solvent Canvas; 777 DMAX Inkjet Canvas; and 901 Glossy Solvent Canvas

Testrite Visual Products, Inc. – Testrite is a U.S. manufacturer of fine quality graphic display hardware—banner stands, pop-up frames, sign frames, and hanging grippers for the digital printer, exhibitor, POP, visual merchandising, and store fixture industries. Achieve robust reseller margins with the company’s various banner stand products. Testrite encourages custom requests from customers. Featured Products: The Cobra and Mega Wave Walls

Triangle Digital INX Co. – Triangle offers outdoor-durable, pigment-based grand and large format digital and UV-curable inks, adhesion promoters, and receptive and UV coatings. Featured Products: Milano UV Hybrid Printer and Triangle Digital UV-curable inks— PicturePerfect; PicturePerfect P2V; and PicturePerfect TJU

Zünd America, Inc. – Zünd, a leading developer/manufacturer of digital cutting systems, offers multifunctional, high-speed flatbed cutting/routing systems with a complete range of tool options and material handling features for processing roll, sheet, and board materials up to two inches thick. The company’s systems are designed for maximum versatility and modularity. They can be tailored to specific applications based on a customer’s needs. Featured Products: PN series Zünd digital cutters, Zünd G3 digital cutters, and Touch and Cut Vision Software

Nov2008, Digital Output

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