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Readers’ Choice

With our annual Readers’ Choice Top 50, we honor 50 companies as top innovators. We do this by compiling the responses from our readers about all the products and services mentioned throughout the year. This includes Web site hits and Reader Service Cards, requesting information about products seen in our Marketplace section, trade show reviews, feature articles, and all other editorial throughout the magazine.

The most popular companies make our Readers’ Choice Top 50. We have asked these winners for the following descriptions of their companies and products. Con-gratulations to our Top 50, as well as our Honorable Mentions.

3M – 3M Graphics Market Center helps customers worldwide build brands by providing total large format graphics solutions. 3M manufactures or 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. DO Readers’ Choice Products: 3M Controltac Graphic Film w/ Comply Adhesive and 3M Scotchcal Overlaminate; Scotchcal Graphic Film IJ35-20; Scotchprint Graphic Maker 6.0

3P InkJet Textiles Corporation – 3P InkJet Textiles AG produces best quality textiles and canvas for large format inkjet printing since 1996. 3P InkJet Textiles AG now provides the widest variety of inkjet textiles worldwide. For any kind of ink, for any application, and for any large format printer, 3P offers the right fabric for professional results. DO Readers’ Choice Products: Universal Glossy Canvas IQ-IJ 115; Studio Canvas IQ-IJ111; SubliDirect Line

Agfa Graphic Systems – Agfa Graphics develops, manufactures, and markets analog and digital systems for the printing industry. Agfa Graphics is rapidly expanding its offerings in the digital inkjet market. Development and manufacturing partnerships are allowing the company to develop comprehensive digital solutions for printing posters, banners, signage, displays, labels, and packaging materials. DO Readers’ Choice Products::Dotrix industrial printing systems; :Anapurna XL; :Anapurna L

Alcan Composites USA – The flattest and most versatile substrate on the market, Dibond, has expanded its Metal Series with Brushed Bronze, Brushed Copper, and Brushed Stainless. The Metal Series can bring a premium metallic look without the need to combine substrates with laminates. Dibond can be direct digital or screen-printed, routed, curved, or shaped in a variety of ways, while still maintaining its strength and rigidity. DO Readers’ Choice Products: Dibond Brushed Gold; Substrates (Fome-Cor, Sintra, Gator, Dibond, Alucobond)

Arlon, Inc. – Arlon, Inc., established in 1958, manufactures a full line of high quality pressure-sensitive cut vinyl, illuminated signage, and print media films for the digital imaging, signage, vehicle graphic, and screen printing industries. Arlon is headquartered in Santa Ana, CA, with strategically positioned distribution warehouses in Europe, India, and Australia to service customers worldwide. DO Readers’ Choice Products: Arlon Print Media Films; Arlon DPF 2400 Reflective Vinyl

Artgrafix – Artgrafix is a fabricator of sign and display boards and distributes mounting and laminating products. We focus on the needs of printers laminating digital prints with products such as our Bubble-Free Adhesive Mount Boards and Acid Free films. Artgrafix products are designed to make the laminating process easier. DO Readers’ Choice Products: Bubble-Free Adhesive Boards; Long Life Cold Adhesives; Mounting/Laminating

AW Specialty Papers LLC – AW Specialty Papers’ digital transfer papers produce rich blacks and brilliant colors without sacrificing dry time or transfer yield. With over 65 years in the paper business, AW Specialty Papers leads the industry in dye sublimation papers, including wide and grand format. DO Readers’ Choice Product: Transfer papers

Canon – Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc., a top patent holder of technology, ranking third overall in the U.S. in 2006, with global revenues of $34.9 billion, is listed as one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies in America and is on the 2007 BusinessWeek list of Top 100 Brands. DO Readers’ Choice Products: ImagePROGRAF 5000 and 9000; ImageRUNNER 3045/3035/3030/3025;ImagePRESS C7000VP

Creative Juices – Leader in large format color signs, banners, trade show materials, posters, murals, fine art canvas, backlit (duratrans) laminating, and mounting capabilities. DO Readers’ Choice Products: Big Posters—printing, lamination, mounting, media

Daige, Inc. – Daige manufactures fast, affordable cold laminators and liquid laminators. The Quikmount 4 Cold laminator is designed for applying laminates, adhesives, and mounting prints to boards. The EZ Glide Liquid Laminator applies a smooth, precision coating eliminating spray mess and streaking from hand rolling. The Maxit Adhesive system eliminates spray adhesive mess and costs much less than roll adhesives. DO Readers’ Choice Products: QuickMount 4 Cold Laminator; EZ Guide Liquid Laminator; Maxit Adhesive System

Digital Auto Library – Digital Auto Library makes Pro Vehicle Outlines, the premier vehicle template software package! Over 8,000 accurately measured and scaled commercial and sport vehicles spanning 1993 to 2008. Toll-free technical support, a 400-page manual, and a reputation for excellence in the sign and graphics industry. The industry standard! DO Readers’ Choice Product: Pro Vehicle Outlines

Digital Imaging Group – Digital Imaging Group strives to be the best full service supplier offering a complete range of dye sublimation products, inkjet inks, papers, large and small format printers, as well as providing superior technical and sales support through industry experts employed by the company. DO Readers’ Choice Products: Lumachrome, Dye Sub Ink (Perfect Balance), and Fabricca Textile Ink

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 and portable display units. Our new line of JetMounter cold roller laminators deliver a combination of performance and value unequalled in the finishing industry. DO Readers’ Choice Products: Jet Mounter Cold Roller Laminators; BlackTac Pressure Sensitive Adhesive

DuPont – DuPont Digital Printing offers a wide variety of gamut-enhanced industrial inkjet inks to produce color any way you want it, on almost anything you want to print onto. Applications include Cromaprint UV cure for specialty graphics and signage, and Artistri ink sets for direct to textile fabrics. DO Readers’ Choice Products: Cromaprint 22UVSE; Cromanet Color Control Workflow; Artistri

EFI/VUTEk – EFI's award-winning 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. DO Readers’ Choice Products: VUTEk QS2000 UV curing printer; EFI Fiery XF Production RIP; VUTEk PressVu 200/600 Flatbed

Fisher Textiles – Fisher Textiles is one of the leading suppliers nationwide of fabrics for direct digital printing, sublimation printing, solvent-based printing, and UV printing. We offer a wide range of custom tailored fabrics in wide format and grand format widths. All can be coated to meet NFPA 701 flame requirements. DO Readers’ Choice Product: Fabric

Fletcher-Terry Company – The Fletcher FSC delivers cutting versatility for materials such as Foamboard, Gatorboard, Corrugated Plastic, Polystyrene, PVC, Acrylic, Dibond, Alumalite, and aluminum sheet up to .063. Cut pre-printed sheets easily and accurately without the dust, debris, or chips produced by rotary saws, and eliminate errors by lining up your cut with our exclusive laser guide. DO Readers’ Choice Products: Cutting Solutions; Fletcher Substrate Cutter

Gandinnovations – Gandinnovations manufactures the Jeti series of grand format printers. The line includes the 3312 Dye-Sublimation, 3324 and 5024 solvent ink based units, and UV Roll to Roll; and the Jeti 3150/48-X2 UV Flatbeds. The newest addition to the product line is the Jeti 3324 Aquajet featuring water-based inks. All printers feature Spectra printhead technology. DO Readers’ Choice Products: Jeti 3150 UV; Jeti 3324 Solvent

GBC – GBC is a world leader in products that laminate, bind, and display information. GBC’s thermal and pressure-sensitive laminating films and equipment are designed for the commercial, wide format, and on-demand printing markets. GBC also leads in the creation of professional grade binding solutions that revolutionize the digital print marketplace. DO Readers’ Choice Products: Octiva; AccuShield; GBC Laminates

Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, LLC – The fabrics of Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, LLC perform many important functions. Through our Sunbrella, Sunbrella Graphics System, and Vivitex brands, we are a global presence in the manufacturing of high-performance fabric. In each of our many markets, we set the benchmark in design, durability, and innovation. DO Readers’ Choice Products:Sunbrella Family of Fabrics; Sunbrella Graphics System; Vivitex Fabrics

Graphic Whizard – Graphic Whizard is a North American manufacturer and distributor of creasing, numbering, perfing, scoring, slitting machines and other systems performing print finishing functions. The CreaseMaster Series impact score materials prior to folding, eliminating the problem of toner cracking on digitally printed stock. Graphic Whizard is launching the CreaseMaster Platinum, an 8,000-sheets-per-hour machine. DO Readers’ Choice Product: CreaseMaster

Graphics One – GO is an international distributor of products for digital imaging professionals. GO’s worldwide network of channel partners provides in-country installation, service, and technical advice. Graphics One manages the international distribution of Mutoh printers in Latin America, inkjet fabrics, Wasatch SoftRIP and other digital imaging products, along with a complete line of ink, display, and printing products. DO Readers’ Choice Products: GO dMax 4 Inkjet Film; GO dMax Printer; Viper TX System

GTI Graphic Technology, Inc. – GTI is the premiere designer and manufacturer of D50 Standard color viewing and lighting products. The Graphiclite line of products conform to the strict tolerances specified by current industry standards, and are marketed worldwide through more than 300 graphic arts and photographic dealers and distributors. DO Readers’ Choice Products: VPI Vertical Color Print Inspection Station; GTI Color Viewing System;Graphiclite 100 Color Viewing Lamps

Hewlett-Packard – HP helps graphics professionals find their digital difference with a comprehensive high-end digital printing portfolio. HP’s Graphic Arts portfolio serves the needs of the diverse creative and printing communities with consistently outstanding output, complete workflow solutions, dependable partner solutions, and a broad selection of ink and media options. DO Readers’ Choice Products: HP Designjet 9000s; HP Designjet Z6100

KAPCO Graphic Products – KAPCO Graphic Products is a manufacturer and coater offering you an extensive selection of water-based inkjet and solvent digital media plus PSA and thermal laminates, backers, and mounting films. KAPCO recently introduced solvent gloss and satin canvases—great for your flexible archival needs and compatible with OEM and mild solvent inks. DO Readers’ Choice Products: Solvent Canvas; PSA laminates, solvent media, inkjet media; Solvent gloss and satin canvas

Kodak Graphic Communications – Kodak is a leading provider of innovative solutions for conventional, digital, and blended print production environments. With the most expansive portfolio for the graphic communications market, Kodak’s Graphic Communications Group features technologies, products, and services that help print providers streamline processes, optimize efficiencies, broaden services, and grow their businesses. DO Readers’ Choice Products: Nexpress S300; Kodak Complete Portfolio

Lintec Corporation – Lintec is a manufacturer of pressure-sensitive films for the screen printing and graphic arts industry. Our clean coating facilities enable us to manufacture glass decoration films of the highest quality. Products include WINCO’S Digital Glass Decoration Films; PRINTERIOR Recyclable Wallcovering; Laminate Films; and Mounting Films. DO Readers’ Choice Product: Architectural Window Films

MACtac – MACtac is a leading global supplier of pressure-sensitive adhesives. Founded on personal service, technical support, quality assurance, custom capabilities, and supply chain efficiency, MACtac is dedicated to providing superior quality to its customers. MACtac is a subsidiary of the Bemis Company, Inc., the largest flexible packaging supplier in North America. DO Readers’ Choice Products: IMAGin Bubble Free Digital Media; MACtac Digital Products

MGE, Inc. – If it’s not MGE's i-cut Vision with i-script workflow, it’s not the industry standard used with over 40 RIP, printer, and cutter companies to automate production for their customers. Only i-cut provides the workflow you need, now and into the future. See MGE for all your digital cutting/finishing needs. DO Readers’ Choice Products: i-cut Vision System; i-Script; MGE-Kongsberg I-XE-10

Mimaki USA – Mimaki USA has stood at the forefront of technology with its large format plotters and cutters. Our key strength is our range—from large-scale printing and cutting solutions to smaller, more affordable plotters, plus new breakthroughs in printing for UV-curable inkjet systems. In 2007 Mimaki introduced two new UV flatbed printers that support CMYK, LC, LM, white, and clear inks. DO Readers’ Choice Products: JV5-130s/JV5-160s Series; Digital Cutters; Digital UV Flatbed Printers

Mutoh – Mutoh Industries, Ltd. founded in 1952 in Tokyo, manufactured and distributed mechanical drafting products. Since then, ISO 9000-certified Mutoh Industries, Ltd. has become the world’s foremost manufacturer of large format piezoelectric printers. Mutoh has engineering, manufacturing, and distribution centers in Japan, Belgium, and Phoenix, AZ. DO Readers’ Choice Products: ValueJet 2606; Spitfire 65/90; SC-PRO 1650

Neschen Americas – SEAL and Neschen products are manufactured and marketed by Neschen Americas. They include film and liquid laminating equipment and materials, wide and grand format printing media, substrate cutters, foam boards, mounting adhesives, display systems, and more. The company serves the sign and display, digital printing, photographic, picture framing, and library/archive markets. DO Readers’ Choice Products: DirectTex Textiles; Neschen/Seal Finishing Products; Jet-ProSatin Laminate

Noritsu – The Noritsu LPS-24 Pro is a wide format silver halide printer that produces images up to 24x100 inches. It is ideal for professional, portrait, and social photography applications, providing an excellent combination of value and performance. It is the winner of the 2007 Digital Imaging Marketing Association (DIMA) Digital Printer Shoot-Out Award. DO Readers’ Choice Product: LPS-24 Pro

Océ Display Graphics Systems – Océ’s Arizona 250 GT printer includes a true flatbed platform to print onto a wide variety of rigid substrates, and features an optional roll-to-roll module for printing onto flexible media. The Océ Options line of media is designed for producing economical short-term promotional banners, displays, and original art reproductions while maximizing return on investment. DO Readers’ Choice Products: Arizona 250 GT; Océ Options

Onyx Graphics – ONYX Graphics, Inc. is the leading developer and supplier of commercial printing software and workflow solutions for the large format printing industry. ONYX provides over 16 years of experience and has over 100,000 installations worldwide, giving ONYX the largest install base in the industry. We provide customers with a complete solution they can depend on and trust. DO Readers’ Choice Products: Onyx Software Suite Version 7.0; Onyx Production House RIP

Oracal – A division of ORAFOL International, ORACAL USA manufactures and markets a wide range of premium pressure-sensitive graphic, printing, and reflective films used in signage, screen printing, digital imaging, and traffic and safety applications. DO Readers’ Choice Products: ORAJET Series 3551 Rapid Air; ORAJET 3951; ORAGUARD 290G

Postcard Press – How can an expert printer keep your business on the fast track? Top quality reproduction of fine imagery and on-time delivery is our promise to you. We’ve spent nearly ten years utilizing top quality equipment, materials, and experienced professionals to serve the needs of graphic designers and print brokers. DO Readers’ Choice Product: Postcards

Pres-On – Manufacturer of adhesive coatings and distributor of mounting and print receptive boards to give you more options to meet your digital output needs. Manufactures single and double-sided tapes, die cut components and fabrics for mounting, layering, and finishing your presentation, POP display, or signage graphics. DO Readers’ Choice Product: Pres-On Mounting Boards

Que Media Inc. – Over the years, our product line has expanded from high-quality polypropylene and converting papers to an extensive array of laser media products found in the POP arena. Our people devise unexpected, creative solutions to any media challenge. It's the process and product innovations that result from Que Media’s people constantly challenging the norm. DO Readers’ Choice Products: Back Bright Slim Light panel; TAC Film; Microporous Ply Gloss

Raster Printers, Inc. – Based on a stationary vacuum table, moving gantry design, T600UV offers the most versatile rigid media handling from small tiles to large two-inch-thick boards. This design approach achieves precise dot registration resulting in sharp text and photographic image quality. T600UV can produce graphics at 1080 dpi resolution. DO Readers’ Choice Product: Daytona T600UV Flatbed Printer

Roland DGA – Roland fine art media delivers excellent quality and durability. With a max speed of 968 sf/hr, the 104" AdvancedJET AJ-1000 six-color printer is built for speed, performance, and ease of use. Featuring accelerated print speeds, an optional newly designed media take-up system, and new VersaWorks 2.2 RIP software, the VersaCAMM VP makes it easy to print and contour cut. DO Readers’ Choice Products: Roland Fine Art Media; Roland VersaCAMM; Roland AJ-1000

Sawgrass Technologies, Inc. – Sawgrass Technologies develops state-of-the-art digital printing technologies for producing full-color, highly customized images onto a wide variety of substrates including cotton and synthetic apparel and fabric, ceramics, wood, metals and plastic. Environmentally- friendly, the Sawgrass family of water-based inks includes ArTainium, SubliJet, Rotech, SubliM, ChromaBlast, and NaturaLink. DO Readers’ Choice Products: Sublim high performance inks; Direct Advantage 1.5 Direct-to-Garment Solution; Dye-Sub Banners

Sihl Inc. – Sihl is the recognized worldwide specialist in wide format digital print media and applications. With factories in Switzerland, Germany, France, and Italy, Sihl has over 500 years experience in the paper industry. Sihl offers the widest inkjet product range available today—all substrates, all technologies—of high quality media. DO Readers’ Choice Products: Sihl Digital Media; Sihl Professional Photo Line

Southern Imperial – Southern Imperial, Inc. is a worldwide leader in point-of-purchase displays and fixture components. Our newest catalog is our Exhibitor Catalog for banner displays. It features a variety of banner display solutions for retailers, brand manufacturers, trade shows, and large format printers. DO Readers’ Choice Products: E-Z Up 123 Pop-Up Graphic Wall; E-Z Up 123 Banner Stand

Standzall Display Systems – The STANDZALL display stand allows you to stand media press walls, scenery flats, lattice panels, signs, and other rigid decorative sheets on any flat surface, indoors or outdoors. Standzall Display Systems offers a full line of rugged stands and accessories including heavy-duty models, clear acrylic stands, quick stands, outdoor stakes, and utility stands. DO Readers’ Choice Product: Standzall display stand

Tara Materials – Fredrix carries a full line of Print Canvas for desktop and large format inkjet, grand format, litho, and silk-screen printing, as well as glue coated canvases for photo and print mounting. Fredrix Print Canvas is pleased to feature a new SolventJet Canvas for fine art reproductions, wall mural, and up-scale retail signage. DO Readers’ Choice Products: Fredrix Archival Print Canvas; Fredrix 901 Solvent Jet Glossy Canvas; Fredrix 777 BWR Inkjet Canvas

Testrite Visual Products, Inc. – Testrite Visual Products, Inc. is very excited about the introduction of our Collage Pop-Up Kits, designed to make ordering simple. There are 90 Standard Kit Layouts to choose from on eight different frame sizes. Simply choose a kit, design your Collage Pop-Up to specs provided, send us your digital graphic files, and then be ready to be amazed. DO Readers’ Choice Products: Banner Stands; Mightee Mounts; Pop-Up Frames

Ultraflex Systems, Inc. – Environmentally friendly Ultraflex Systems has internationally patented a biodegradable PVC called BIOflex. It is available in widths up to five meters and is well suited for frontlit solvent, UV, or screen-printed signs and banners. DO Readers’ Choice Product: BIOflex

US Sublimation – US Sublimation’s Digital LFP and UVMAX inks are the best in quality, consistency, gamut, reliability, and color. JetTran High Release papers are designed to work with various ink loads and release up to 95 percent of the ink. Also available are Mimaki printers, Astex Heat Presses, and Beaver papers. DO Readers’ Choice Products: E-Z Fill Empty Refill Cartridges by Ink Village

Zünd – Zünd, a leading manufacturer of flatbed cutting technology, offers digital, multifunctional cutting/routing system with a complete range of tool options and material handling features. With sophisticated vision registration/compensation capabilities, unsurpassed speed and productivity, Zünd cutters/routers are the ideal tool for automated graphics finishing of substrates up to two inches thick. DO Readers’ Choice Products: Cutting/Routing System; Zünd Flatbed Cutter

Nov2007, Digital Output

 
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