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Annual Digital Output Readers’ Choice Awards

Honoring the Top 50 in Graphic Arts Innovation

2009’s Top 50 winners were determined by reader response regarding Digital Output editorial and advertising—both in print and on the Web. Each profiled vendor supplied a company description and provided their top three or most recent products. The winners represent innovation throughout all segments of the graphic arts, ranging from hardware to software, media, inks, finishing, and print services. Congratulations to this year’s Top 50 winners and Honorable Mentions!

3M Graphics Market Center helps customers worldwide build brand by providing total large format graphics solutions. 3M manufactures or certifies graphic films, 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 Wrap Film with Comply v3 Adhesive IJ380Cv3; 3M Scotchcal Graphic Films with Comply Adhesive IJ35C-10; and 3M Scotchlite Reflective Graphic Films. INFO# 130

3P InkJet Textiles AG provides quality fabrics for any ink and inkjet printer from 17 to 122 inches. Featured Products: IQ-IJ651 Value Mesh FR; IQ-IJ687 Value REAL Backlit FR; and IQ-IJ603 Value Premium Flag. INFO# 131

Arlon, Inc., established in 1958, manufactures and markets a full line of high-quality pressure-sensitive cut vinyl, flexible substrates, and print media films for digital imaging, signage, vehicle graphics, and screenprinting. Arlon is headquartered in Santa Ana, CA, with strategically positioned distribution out of Australia, Europe, India, Latin America, and Uruguay to service customers worldwide. Featured Products: DPF Vehicle Wrap Material with Enhanced Repositionability; DPF 8000; and DPF 2400. INFO# 132

Artgrafix focuses on products that make the mounting and laminating process easier. Specialty mounting boards include adhesive-coated foam, gator, and plastic boards. These boards can be cut to print sizes and finished with laminate edging. Featured Products: Accent Edged Mounting Board; Self-Stick Gator Board; and Self-Stick Biodegradable Foam Board. INFO# 133

Aurora Specialty Textile Group, Inc. is a U.S. manufacturer, coater, and finisher of high-quality textiles and canvas for digital solvent, UV-curable, dye-sublimation (dye-sub) transfer, dye-sub direct, screenprint, and litho print technologies. Aurora’s line includes fabrics up to 126 inches in width. Featured Products: Act II/Act II FR; RePlay2/RePlay2 FR; and Malibu Canvas GF. INFO# 134

Avery Dennison Graphics & Reflective Products Division features products for digital and traditional printing technologies as well as reflective and cut signage applications. Applications range from promotional graphics such as signage, labels, exhibits, displays, and bus wrap markings to long-term, durable applications like fleet markings, backlit signs, vehicle striping, and graphics. Featured Products: Avery MPI 1005 Easy Apply RS; Avery DOL 1060 Gloss Overlaminate; and Avery MPI 2611 Wall Film. INFO# 135

Big Systems, LLC is a 16 year old Milwaukee, WI firm specializing in selling, integrating, and supporting wide format digital inkjet printers including printers from Canon, Epson, HP, Gerber, Mimaki, Xanté, and other leading manufacturers.

The company installs nationwide, provides training and turnkey systems including workstations, scanners, laminators, cutting systems, graphic design and RIP software, and a full complement of media, inks, and sign supplies. Featured Products: SeraMark; Gerber Solara ionX, ionZ, and ionV; and Gerber M3000 Turbo+. INFO# 136

Bloomingdale Signs by Tomorrow, with over ten years of experience, is committed to bringing the latest sign and digital printing technology to customers. The company’s diverse staff offers knowledge in a variety of areas. Featured Services: vinyl graphics; finishing; and design. INFO# 137

Bordeaux Digital PrintInk Ltd. develops, manufactures, and distributes quality inks for wide and superwide digital printers. The company’s products are used by printing houses in more than 60 countries. Mix & Match ink is a unique solution implemented in several leading Bordeaux inks. Replace each of the original ink cartridges individually, while other color channels continue using original cartridges. This solution eliminates the need for profiling or flushing when switching inks; while no pump, damper, tube, or wiper replacement is required. Featured Products: Prime-Eco PeNr; Prime PrS2; and PlFx UV-curable ink. INFO# 138

BullDog Digital Products, Inc., in business since 1998, provides premium quality canvas, fine art papers, specially formulated inks, and coatings to the wide format printing industry. The company’s product line includes 120-inch canvas, photo papers, wallcoverings, self-stick wall graphics, and backlit media for aqueous, solvent, and UV printers. Featured Products: Appliqué Canvas Textured inkjet mural & wallcovering; BullDog 8-mil Instant Dry Gloss Photo Paper; and BullDog Hollywood Gloss Backlit Film. INFO# 139

Caldera Graphics is a RIP software company with 17 years of experience in imaging technologies, specializing in driving solutions for large format peripherals. Caldera’s suite of production-oriented print and print-to-cut workflow solutions offers color management, imaging, and driving products for large and grand format. Featured Products: GrandRIP+; FLOW+; and VisualRIP+. INFO# 140

Clear Focus Imaging, Inc.’s perforated window films beautify premium advertising space available using eye-catching, transparent graphics. These digitally printable vinyl films are compatible with solvent, eco-solvent, UV-curable, and aqueous inks, as well as screenprinting and thermal transfer. They are ideal for POP, window graphics, and vehicle and building wraps. Featured Products: EconoVue; PosterVue; and AdHereVue. INFO# 141

conVerd LLC defines, develops, and distributes alternative resources for the printing industry using renewable, reusable, and sustainable products. A full line of environmentally sustainable substrates, printing machinery, and ink is available. conVerd is a leader in creating "green" solutions for the printing industry. Featured Products: Enviroboard MR; Blox-Lite; and Green Machine P3. INFO# 142

Daige Inc. manufactures fast, affordable laminators and adhesive systems. Featured Products: Solo cold laminator; Maxit adhesive system; and EZ Glide liquid laminator. INFO# 143

Drytac Corporation is a manufacturer/distributor of mounting, laminating, and finishing materials and equipment, including UV-curable and aqueous coating systems. A display product line includes banner stands, portable displays, and specialty EarthSmart inkjet media. Drytac’s DES-4 Edge Finishing System is specifically designed to work with heat-sensitive foam display boards. Featured Products: DES-4 Edge Finishing System; EarthSmart Inkjet Media; and VersaCoater DocuMate Plus. INFO# 144

Durst Image Technology US LLC, 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: Rho 500R; Rho 800HS; and Rho 1000. INFO# 145

EFI is a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation. EFI’s award-winning solutions, integrated from creation to print, deliver increased performance, cost savings, and productivity. The company’s product portfolio includes Fiery digital color print servers; VUTEk superwide digital inkjet printers; UV and solvent inks; Rastek UV wide format inkjet printers; Jetrion industrial inkjet printing systems; print production workflow and management information software; and corporate printing solutions. EFI maintains 23 offices worldwide. Featured Products: Rastek T660; VUTEk GS3200; and VUTEk GS5000r. INFO# 146

ElevenTen Color supplies high-quality and value-priced wide format inkjet consumables. Products include wide format inkjet media for aqueous and solvent printers, as well as a line of ink for popular low- and mid-range solvent printers. Featured Products: A-1141 solvent ink for Mimaki; R-1121 eco-solvent ink for Roland; and aqueous and solvent inkjet media. INFO# 147

Epson America, Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation and is a leading provider of digital imaging products that exceed the vision of its customers. The company offers an array of award-winning image capture and output products for the consumer, photographic, business, and graphic arts markets. Featured Products: Epson Stylus Pro 3880; Epson Stylus Pro 900 Series Proofing Editions; and Epson Stylus Pro GS6000. INFO# 148

EskoArtwork is a global supplier of innovative solutions for sign and display finishing. The company’s products and services help customers raise productivity, reduce time to market, lower costs, and expand business. Kongsberg short-run converting and signage finishing systems deliver record-breaking productivity and versatility for every format, material, and process. Featured Products: Kongsberg XP24; Kongsberg i-XE10; and SignUp Auto. INFO# 149

Fisher Textiles is a nationwide supplier of fabrics used in direct digital, sublimation, solvent-based, and UV printing. A variety of fabrics are available for wide and grand format printing. All can be coated to meet NFPA 701 flame requirements. Featured Products: ENVIRO-Tex fabric line; SI 6000 Duck; and GF5690 Cotton Canvas. INFO# 150

Fredrix Print Canvas manufactures a wide selection of canvas products for desktop and grand format inkjet, solvent/UV-curable, litho, and silkscreen printing. Also included in the line are glue-coated canvases for photo and print mounting. With more than 141 years of experience, Fredrix Print Canvas offers superior quality and consistency from roll to roll. Featured Products: 777VWR Vivid; 901SGSJ Artisan; and 901G Exposure. INFO# 151

Fujifilm is one of the nation’s largest distributors of equipment, consumables, and technical services for the graphic communications industry. Representing hundreds of suppliers at branch locations across the country, Fujifilm provides customers with products and technologies from best-in-class manufacturers as well as a nationwide network of technical service and support. Featured Products: Acuity Advance; Fujifilm Excellight; and the Onset. INFO# 152

Graphic Whizard manufactures and distributes systems which crease, number, slit, perf, rotary score, UV coat, and perform additional finishing functions. A strong network provides local hands-on sales and technical expertise backed by Graphic Whizard’s own technical support. Featured Products: Impact Perf for the CreaseMaster; Perfect Binding Systems; and VividCoater. INFO# 153

GTI Graphic Technology, Inc. manufactures D50 Standard Color Viewing Systems for the graphic arts and photographic industries, marketed under the name Graphiclite. The latest technology and instrumentation is used to ensure compliance to current ISO standards. Featured Products: VPI Vertical Print Inspector, Model VPI-52x/D; PDV Professional Desktop Viewer, Model PDV-2020e/Dx; and Premier Soft View D50 Viewer, Model SOFV-1xi. INFO# 154

Hewlett-Packard (HP) Graphics Solutions Business offers the industry a comprehensive portfolio of large format solutions, including piezo inkjet and thermal printhead technologies, as well as thermal inkjet, water-based, UV-curable, solvent, and HP Latex Printing technologies. Featured Products: HP Scitex FB7500; HP Designjet L65500; and HP Designjet L25500. INFO# 155

INX Digital International is the digital arm of INX International Ink Co. and part of the Sakata INX worldwide network, focusing on delivering the technologies that drive digital growth. The company offers a full palette of digital ink systems and application and technology integration services. Featured Products: Triangle BIL UV-curable inks; Megaink; and Milano printers. INFO# 156


KAPCO Graphic Products is a manufacturer and converter of pressure-sensitive flexible materials offering water-based inkjet and solvent digital media, laminates, mounting films, backers, sign vinyls, and supplies. View extensive lines of digital/graphic products, online specials, and order at www.kapco.com. Visit now—new products and overstock specials available. Featured Products: PSA 3-mil Matte White Vinyl with Air Release Liner & Gray Permanent Adhesive; Water-Proof 11-mil Tyvek Banner; and 7-mil Gloss White Blockout Film. INFO# 157

Lintec of America manufactures optically clear films for display and POP applications. Lintec offers a broad range of laminate, mounting, and printable films, including the new, Mothergreen environmentally friendly marking films. Featured Products: WINCOS UV Optically Clear PET window films with scratch-resistant printable surface; Mistlass Textured PET window graphics films; and a pressure-sensitive film product line for digital printing. INFO# 158

Matan Digital Printers has been involved in digital printing technology for over a decade. The company specializes in developing and manufacturing digital sign and label printers for the narrow screenprinting industry and hybrid, UV inkjet digital printers for the superwide format market. Featured Products: Barak5; Barak3; and Sprinter B+. INFO# 159

Mimaki USA, Inc. provides digital printing solutions for a world that demands environmental responsibility. The company is headquartered in Suwanee, GA, with branch offices in CA, IL, and MA. Key strengths include large and grand format digital printing and cutting solutions, smaller affordable plotters, plus new breakthroughs in printing for cool UV LED curable inkjet systems. Featured Products: UJV-160; JFX1631; and CJV30 Series. INFO# 160

Mutoh America, Inc. is a manufacturer of large format piezoelectric printers. Mutoh has engineering, manufacturing, and distribution centers in Belgium, Japan, and Phoenix, AZ. Featured Products: ValueJet 1614-64½; ValueJet 1618-A; and ValueJet 1608-HA. INFO# 161

Neo Portables specializes in manufacturing state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor portable banner stands. The company is a trade-only supplier to companies providing products and services related to digital printing and signage. All products are assembled through a drastic quality control procedure with exceptional workmanship. Featured Products: MDI 250; NT 101; and NP 101. INFO# 162

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. The company serves graphic, photographic, framing, and library/archive markets throughout the Americas. Featured Products: Neschen Pure Color Media VersaFabric; SEAL 62 Base laminator; and SEAL Print Shield Base. INFO# 163

Noritsu America Corporation is a leading global provider of high-quality photo printing solutions to retailers, photo studios, and other print-intensive environments. Noritsu celebrates being at the forefront of innovation in the image processing industry for nearly six decades and continues to build its legacy with an advanced line of award-winning imaging hardware and software products and solutions. Featured Products: D502; QSS-37HD; and LPS-24 PRO. INFO# 164

Océ North America helps expand business with the industry-leading Océ line of large format roll and flatbed inkjet printers and finishing systems 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 350 XT; ProCut Digital Cutting System; and CS9000 Series. INFO# 165

ONYX Graphics, Inc. helps companies improve the bottom line by reducing printing costs and increasing productivity. ONYX develops and markets commercial printing software and solutions for digital color printing. By combining color science, image processing, and print production knowledge, ONYX delivers powerful, reliable printing workflow solutions. Featured Products: ONYX ProductionHouse; ONYX PosterShop; and ONYX PrepEdge Pro software. INFO# 166

Oracal USA, a division of ORAFOL International, 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. All Oracal products are manufactured in the industry’s most advanced, automated facilities to ensure consistency, reliability, and exceptional value. Featured Products: ORAJET 3551RA High Peformance Calendered Inkjet Media; ORAJET 3165RA Intermediate Calendered Inkjet Media; and ORAJET 3951RA Premium Cast Professional Wrapping Film. INFO# 167

Pabric Inkjet Printable Fabric is an iPlow Group brand name. Fabric sheets are manufactured in Taiwan with patented process and in compliance with ISO 9001 and 14001 quality and environmental management standards. Featured Products: Pabric Soft; Pabric Art; and Pabric Sticker. INFO# 168

Pacific Coast Fabrics is a pioneering provider of digital print textiles, each developed to quality standards. The company is headquartered in Gardena, CA and conducts business throughout North America. Featured Products: performance apparel fabrics; Deco-Structure 7582FLBS; and existing fabrics now in 120-inch widths. INFO# 169

Ritrama Inc. offers a full line of solvent, eco-solvent, and UV-curable inkjet media. Ritrama’s RI-JET Digital Series includes overlaminates, mounting films, and transfer adhesives. Standard products for general screen, indigo, solvent inkjet, and UV flatbed digital printing are also available. The full line of pressure-sensitive films for media includes cast vinyl media and overlaminates, including optically clear cast vinyl and hundreds of colors; available at 60 inches wide. Featured Products: 3-9901 Wall Talkers; 3-9829 Floor Talkers; and 3-2422 Vehicle Wrap. INFO# 170

Roland DGA Corporation manufactures wide format inkjet printers and printer/cutters, including the VersaArt, SOLJET and VersaCAMM i series eco-solvent models, VersaUV line of LED-UV inkjet printer/cutters, AdvancedJET AJ-i series of industrial printers, Hi-Fi JET PRO II aqueous inkjet printer, and Hi-Fi Express FP-740 sublimation printer. Featured Products: VersaCAMM i series; VersaUV LEC-330; and Metallic Silver ECO-SOL MAX ink. INFO# 171

Rollem International is a leading manufacturer of digital converting systems for slitting, trimming, scoring, and perforating equipment. 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. Rollem is an industry expert in inline finishing all types of digital output. Featured Products: Jetstream; Revolution; and Mailstream. INFO# 172

Sawgrass Technologies, Inc. offers SubliM and SubliM Direct sublimation inks and M Ink, an advanced pigment ink that is both UV- and water-resistant. These breakthrough, environmentally friendly solutions allow for photo-quality printing on a range of substrates such as plastic, metal, films, ceramics, and textiles. Featured Products: SubliM; SubliM Direct; and M Ink. INFO# 173

Screen (USA) is a leading supplier of digital printing systems, integrated prepress technology, and PDF/JDF-based workflow management solutions that meet the quality and productivity needs of printing companies of all sizes and capabilities. Featured Products: Truepress Jet1600UV-F; Truepress Jet2500UV; and Truepress Jet520. INFO# 174

Seiko I Infotech is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacturing of high-performance wide format printers, inks, and toners for a range of applications including signs, banners, exhibit displays, engineering, reprographics, photography, POP, and promotional items. Featured Products: ColorPainter V-64s; ColorPainter H-104s; and ColorPainter H-74s. INFO# 175

Source One Digital is a top-rated, nationally ranked digital print service provider offering grand format roll-to-roll and UV flatbed printing coupled with a complete finishing department, including i-cut and routing capabilities. Expert file preparation results in vibrant color, sharp text, and images that jump off the print. Featured Services: banners; vehicle wraps; and trade show exhibits. INFO# 176

Tex Visions LLC specializes in custom printing and display hardware. The company supplies customers with high-quality advertising materials such as flags, banners, umbrellas, and displays. Exclusive display solutions include Bowflag, Q-Frame, and T-Pole. Featured Products: Bowflag 200; Barrier System BS200; and Backpack Advertising. INFO# 177

WP Digital AG is a member of Wifag Polytype Holding, counting 1,500 people worldwide in the printing industry. WP Digital, whose headquarters is located in Switzerland, develops and manufactures wide format digital printers. U.S. operations are managed by its subsidiary Polytype America in Mahwah, NJ. Featured Products: WP Digital RR50; WP Digital RS25; and WP Digital RS35. INFO# 178

Zünd America, Inc. offers multifunctional, high-speed flatbed cutting/routing systems with a complete range of tool options and material-handling features for processing rolled, sheet fed, and board materials up to two inches thick. Systems are designed for maximum versatility and modularity and can be tailored to specific applications. Featured Products: G3 Digital Finishing System; Touch & Cut Vision Software; and Modular Tool System. INFO# 179 D

Honorable Mentions
Advanced Greig Laminators, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of high-quality laminating equipment and provides laminates. Featured Products: Mount-Smart Removable Clear pressure-sensitive mounting film; AGL material swatch book; and Economy pressure-sensitive vinyl overlaminate. INFO# 180

Agfa Graphics offers integrated prepress solutions to the printing industry. This includes consumables, hardware, software, and more. The company continues to expand their offerings in the digital and wide format inkjet markets. These products continue to earn Agfa a worldwide leadership position. Featured Products: :Anapurna M4f; :Apogee Suite 6.0; and :Anapurna M2. INFO# 181

Clearstar LP is a leading manufacturer of liquid laminates for the digital industry. Clearstar also supplies ink for wide format printer platforms, including MaraJet DI-LS plug-n-print cartridges for Roland solvent-based printers. The StarLam R1600 laminator coupled with ClearShield Type LL liquid laminates ensures problem-free finishing. Featured Products: MaraJet DI-LS; ClearShield Type LL; and StarLam R1600. INFO# 182

Cooley Group celebrates over 80 years on the forefront of industrial fabric innovation. Excellence in manufacturing and engineering established Cooley as a premier supplier to the digital printing and outdoor advertising industries. Cooley continues to strive to exceed customer expectations in an ever-changing market. Featured Products: Weathertyte Advanced Awning Fabric; EnviroFlex Environmentally Responsible Media; and CoolFlex Digital Printing Media. INFO# 183

Expand International is a leading manufacturer of portable displays and banner stands. Products are lightweight and assemble in minutes without tools. The company distributes to over 65 countries throughout the world and offers a lifetime warranty on products. Same day shipping is available from CA and CT warehouses. Featured Products: Expand Attaché; Expand BrochureStand; and Expand QuickScreen 3. INFO# 184

Gerber Scientific Products, Inc. (GSP) is headquartered in South Windsor, CT. Products provide UV color printing, vinyl cutting, automated routing, and digital sign making solutions for indoor and outdoor durable signage needs. GSP also develops and supplies quality state-of-the-art aftermarket materials to maximize equipment performance and output. Featured Products: Solara ION; EDGE FX; and M Series. INFO# 185

Graphics One, LLC (GO) is a leading developer and international distributor of products for digital imaging professionals in over 100 countries worldwide. GO’s Web site is quickly becoming one of the leading providers of digital imaging products for Mutoh printers, Wasatch, and other digital imaging products in the U.S. Featured Products: GO Salsa TX; GO RIO TX; and GO Xtreme dye-sub ink. INFO# 186

IBENA Textilwerke GmbH is a leading German textile manufacturer of technical textiles with specialty fabrics for digital printing. The product range is comprised of a broad array of materials up to 197 inches wide developed for exhibitions, theater, and trade shows printed with solvent, eco-solvent, UV-curable, or dye-sub inks. Featured Products: Photo Cotton Canvas 430; PES Tent Deco Wide; and Polyester Direct to Print Dye Sub. INFO# 187

Palram established manufacturing, distribution, and sales operations across seven continents and 120 countries around the world. The company manufactures most sign and graphics products for U.S. consumption in the U.S. and markets them through a network of authorized distributors. Featured Products: PalGlas; Palight; and Palsun. INFO# 188

Ultraflex Systems, Inc. offers a wide range of substrates in seamless widths from 30 to 198 inches for UV, solvent, dye-sub, and screenprinting. The product line includes frontlit, backlit, blockout, mesh, wallpaper, carpet, textiles, recyclable polyethylene, biodegradable PVC banner medias, and more. Featured Products: Normandy Pro FL; BIOflex; and BIOmesh. INFO# 189

Nov2009, Digital Output
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