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Digital Output Readers' Choice Awards

The Top 50 of 2010

 

Congratulations to this year’s Top 50 Readers’ Choice winners and honorable mentions! Each profiled vendor offers innovative products and services that spurred Digital Output readers to inquire for more information.

 

2010’s Top 50 winners were determined by reader response regarding editorial and advertising—both in print and on the Web—throughout the last year. Utilizing our lead tracking Web site, www.DOdirect.net, requests for information on products showcased in our magazine and on www.digitaloutput.net were gathered and tabulated. Winners provided a company description and their top three or most recent products.

 

3M Graphics Market Center helps customers worldwide build brands by providing total large format graphics and light management solutions. The company manufactures graphic films and protection, electronically cut film, flexible substrates, and inks used to create large format finished graphics that are consistent, reliable, and durable. 3M offers a portfolio of products for a variety of applications and budgets. Featured Products: 3M Controltac Wrap Film with Comply v3 Adhesive IJ380cV3; 3M Scotchcal Graphic Film with Comply Adhesive IJ40C; and 3M Panagraphics III Wide Width Flexible Substrate. INFO# 155

 

Agfa Graphics offers integrated prepress and digital inkjet solutions to the marketplace. These solutions include consumables, hardware, software, and services for production workflow, as well as project and color management. The company’s worldwide leadership position in the global graphic communications industry is due to its portfolio of innovative products and highly skilled employees. Featured Products: :Dotrix Modular; :Jeti 1224 HDC; and :Anapurna Mw. INFO# 156

 

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 the digital imaging, signage, vehicle graphic, and screenprinting industries. Arlon is headquartered in Santa Ana, CA, with distribution out of Australia, Europe, India, Latin America, and Uruguay to service customers worldwide. Featured Products: DPF 6000XRP; DPF 8000; and DPF 4560GTX/MTX. INFO# 157

 

Artgrafix fabricates products to make mounting and laminating prints fast and easy with consistent professional results. Products include adhesive-coated mounting boards, pouch boards, and sheeted laminate films. Featured Products: Biodegradable Mount Board; Polar Cold Pouch Board; and Accent Edged Boards. INFO# 158

 

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. is a U.S. coater and finisher of high-quality textiles and canvas for digital print technologies including latex, solvent, UV-curable, dye-sublimation (dye-sub) transfer, and dye-sub direct; as well as screenprint and litho print technologies. The Northern Lights line includes fabrics up to 126 inches in width. Featured Products: Heavy Knit 9 FR; Soft Knit 5 FR; and Durable Flag FR. INFO# 159

 

Avery Dennison features products for digital and traditional printing technologies, reflective, and cut signage applications. Applications range from promotional graphics such as signage, labels, exhibits, displays, and bus-wrap markings to long-term and durable fleet markings, backlit signs, and vehicle striping and graphics. Featured Products: Avery 900 Supercast Opaque cast films; Avery DOL 1460 Gloss Overlaminate; and Avery HV 1200 Easy Apply RS. INFO# 160

Bordeaux Digital PrintInk, Ltd. is a leading manufacturer and distributor of premium digital inks. The company is recognized worldwide as the first choice for highly reliable and cost-effective inkjet inks. Bordeaux’s innovative Mix & Match inks enable end users to seamlessly convert to its products, resulting in immediate improvement to the bottom line. Featured Products: Eco-Solvent Inks (PeNr); Mild-Solvent Inks (PrS2, PS21); and UV inks (PlFx). INFO# 161

 

Caldera Graphics is a RIP software provider with 17 years 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 offer color management, imaging, and driving solutions. Featured Products: FLOW+; GrandRIP+; and VisualRIP+. INFO# 162

 

Canon U.S.A., Inc. is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc., is a top patent holder of technology, ranked fourth overall in the U.S. in 2009. With global revenues of U.S. $35 billion, it is listed as number six in the computer industry on Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies 2010 list, and is on the 2009 Business Week list of 100 Best Global Brands. Featured Products: imageRUNNER ADVANCE; imagePRESS; and imagePROGRAF. INFO# 163

 

CET Color is gaining the attention of the digital wide format market by making it possible for small- to medium-size digital service bureaus and sign shops to join the league of large format printers with impressive but affordable UV printer and router solutions. From flatbeds to hybrids and roll-to-roll, CET Color focuses on supplying quality products to accelerate business. Featured Products: Hybrid Printer – X-Press HK512; Roll-to-Roll – X-Press RK512; and Flatbed X-Press FK512. INFO# 164

 

Clear Focus Imaging, Inc.’s perforated window films open up premium advertising space using eye-catching, see-through graphics. They are compatible with solvent, eco-solvent, UV-curable, latex, and aqueous inks for digital, screen, and thermal transfer. The films are ideal for retail store posters, vehicle window graphics, building wraps, and corporate identity. Featured Products: EconoVue; ReflectVue; and ImageVue. INFO# 165

 

Clearstar LP is a leading supplier of liquid laminates and digital printing inks. Laminates include aqueous-based ClearShield, solvent-based ClearJet, and MaraShield UV-cured laminates. Digital inks include MaraJet and JetStar brands. They also offer the StarLam roll-to-roll liquid laminator. Featured Products: StarLam 1600R; ClearShield CSX 5000; and MaraJet DI-LS. INFO# 166

 

Decorative Panels International is a leader in decorative wall panels, and now introduces its Green Core Rigid Print Media (RPM) for large format graphics and print applications. RPM is an engineered wood product made from FSC-certified sourced fibers, offering a cost-effective and biodegradable alternative to traditional petroleum-based materials. Featured Products: Green Core RPM; Green Core Premium Hardboard; and Green Core Decorative Wall Paneling. INFO# 167

 

DGI, a Korean manufacturer of wide and grand format digital inkjet printers and cutting plotters, announces entry into two market segments. DGI released new digital textile printers in 2010. In 2011, the company plans to enter the LED signage market and has begun demonstrating a new electronic print and LED manufacturing system. DGI celebrates over 25 years of success in delivering precision equipment and enjoys servicing a worldwide sales network. Featured Products: Fabrijet FD-1606D; Fabrijet FT-1806; and PolaJet PS-3204D. INFO# 168

 

DigiFab Systems, Inc. is an innovative developer and manufacturer of software, supplies, and equipment for the digital printing industry. Product lines currently include inkjet fabrics, inks, CAD/RIP software for textile and graphics applications, inkjet printers, heat presses, and steamers. DigiFab Systems’ headquarters are in Los Angeles, CA and conducts business globally. Featured Products: StampaJet I-64; Evolution RIP; and DigiHeat 6763-X3. INFO# 169

 

DreamScape, a division of Roysons Corp., is a leading manufacturer of textured digitally printable wallcoverings, protective topcoats, and textured printable privacy window films. With over 35 years experience in the wallcovering industry, the company offers a line of high-quality certified Class A commercial grade vinyl and PVC-free wallcoverings for residential and commercial applications. Media is available in rolls for solvent, eco-solvent, and UV-curable printing. Featured Products: DreamScape wall media; Bling!; and Terralon. INFO# 170

 

Drytac Corporation is a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of mounting, laminating, framing, and finishing materials and equipment, including UV-curable and aqueous liquid laminators and coatings. Its display division also offers an economical range of banner stands and portable displays, along with printable media. Featured Products: Panda Print; FerroJet Magnet-Compatible Media; and EnduraCoat UltraStain Resist. INFO# 171


Durst Image Technology US LLC, one of the leaders in imaging solutions since 1936, is a world class manufacturer of professional digital imaging solutions for commercial graphic, signage, point of purchase, and photographic applications. When it comes to digital imaging technologies that deliver outstanding images in a highly proficient, profitable, and user-friendly manner, Durst leads the way for today and tomorrow. Featured Products: Rhotex 320; Rho 500R; and Rho 1000. INFO# 172

 

EFI is a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation. The company’s award-winning solutions, integrated from creation to print, deliver increased performance, cost savings, and productivity. The product portfolio includes Fiery digital print controllers and solutions; 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. Featured Products: Fiery System 9 R2; VUTEk GS3200; and Rastek H650. INFO# 173

 

EnCore Products manufactures foam board used for digital printing, screenprinting, point of purchase displays, exhibits, and cut graphics. The EnCore Foam Board line includes White, Colors, Black-on-Black, Acid-Free, Bright White Acid-Free, Pressure Sensitive, SingleStep, MightyCore, PilloCore, and MightyPrint Expressions. All products are made in America. Featured Products: MightyPrint Glossy; MightyCore White-Black-White; and White-Black-Black ½". INFO# 174

 

Epson offers an extensive array of award-winning capture and image output products for the consumer, photographic, business, and graphic arts market. Featured Products: Epson Stylus Pro 7900CTP; Epson Stylus Pro WT7900; and Epson Stylus Pro 4900. INFO# 175

 

EskoArtwork is a global market leader in providing solutions to reduce costs and increase throughput for producers of printed graphics. In the design-to-print-to-cut spectrum of printed graphics production, these solutions are proven to reduce time to market, increase throughput, heighten productivity, and reduce waste. The new i-cut Suite is a collection of prepress and finishing production tools to streamline bottlenecks. Featured Products: Kongsberg i-XE10 Auto; Kongsberg i-XP; and i-cut Suite. INFO# 176

 

Estimator Corp. provides sheet fed, web, digital, and wide format printers with the only 100 percent artificial intelligent, single-screen, mistake-proof, point-and-click technology with auto press select; estimating, job entry, and workflow management tools. Estimator’s software solutions reduce estimating costs and time by 70 percent and increase sales by 15 percent. Featured Products: Estimator Job-Entry and Work-Flow Sheet-Fed, Web & Digital Software; Estimator Job-Entry and Work-Flow Digital Only Software; and Estimator Job-Entry and Work-Flow Wide-Format Software. INFO# 177

 

Fisher Textiles Inc. is one of the leading suppliers nationwide of fabrics for direct to digital, dye-sublimation, and UV printing. At the forefront of providing fabric solutions to the digital printing industry since 1988, the company helps customers find the right fabric. Fisher Textiles sends sample rolls for testing before purchasing and works with customers to achieve the most vibrant print possible. Featured Products: ETP 9374 Reclaim Open Knit (FR); GF 8874 Tri Poplin (FR); and GF 8725 Crepe (FR). INFO# 178

 

Fujifilm North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division is one of the largest distributors of printing equipment, inks, media, software, and technical services for graphic communications. Fujifilm’s Graphic Systems Division markets Fujifilm products and distributes national brands to provide customers with products and technologies from best-in-class manufacturers as well as a nationwide network of technical service and support specialists. Featured Products: Fujifilm Acuity Advance HS UV Flatbed Printer; Fujifilm Digital Inkjet J Press 720; and Inca Onset S20 Digital Flatbed Press. INFO# 179

 

Gerber Scientific Products, Inc. (GSP) is the first choice of graphics professionals, providing 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 aftermarket materials to maximize equipment performance and output. Featured Products: CAT UV Inkjet Printer; M Series of Digital Flatbed Cutters; and EDGE FX Thermal Printer. INFO# 180

 

Graphics One, LLC is an international distributor dedicated to providing innovative, high-quality digital imaging products. Featured Products: SEPIAX; EcoMax Series; and GO FlagMaster Series. INFO# 181

 

GTI Graphic Technology, Inc. is the premier manufacturer of D50 Standard Color Viewing Systems for the graphic arts and photographic industries, marketed under the name Graphiclite. 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-52x/D; PDV Professional Desktop Viewer – Model PDV-2020e/Dx; and Premier Soft View D50 Viewer – Model SOFV-1xi. INFO# 182

 

Hewlett-Packard (HP) creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, and society. With the new HP Scitex and Designjet portfolios, HP offers 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 latex ink technologies. Featured Products: HP Scitex TJ8600 Printer; HP Scitex LX800 Printer; and HP Scitex FB500 Printer. INFO# 183

 

Hollanders Printing Systems (HPS) develops solutions for digital textile print production. Among HPS’ products are the ColorBooster digital textile printer, ColorFix infrared fixation unit, ColorWash industrial textile washing machine and the ColorEdge textile cutter, HPS Production Suite software, HPS eight-color disperse ink set, and HPS-approved polyester media. Featured Products: HPS ColorBooster XL 320s; HPS Textile Print Production Platform; and HPS Production Suite Software. INFO# 184

 

IJ Technologies provides the fine art, photographic, design, reprographic, sign, graphic arts, and proofing industries with a wide range of inkjet media products engineered for use with pigment, dye, and eco-solvent inkjet printers in formats up to 64 inches and solvent inkjet printers in formats up to 60 inches. Featured Products: Black Diamond Gloss Canvas; Black Diamond Satin Canvas; and Black Diamond Gloss Adhesive Back Vinyl. INFO# 185

 

INX Digital International Co. is a leading manufacturer of inkjet inks for wide format, superwide, and new generation digital printers. The company supplies printer parts and related services. INX Digital is the digital arm of INX International Ink Co., offering a full palette of digital ink systems, advanced technologies, and integrated services, including chemistry, hardware and software, engineering design, and integration and media. Featured Products: CP100 Can Printer; MD UV Flatbed Digital Printers; and Eco Bulk Ink Delivery System. INFO# 186

 

KAPCO Graphic Products is a manufacturer/converter of pressure-sensitive flexible materials, offering water-based inkjet and solvent digital media, laminates, mounting films, backers sign vinyl, and supplies. Featured Products: PSA 5-mil Embossed Vinyl Laminate; PSA 3.75-mil Satin White Vinyl with High-Tack Permanent Adhesive; and PSA 3-mil Gloss White Vinyl with Tinted Permanent Adhesive. INFO# 187

 

Lintec Corporation of America manufactures pressure-sensitive films for visual marking and signage. The company specializes in optically clear films for display and point of purchase applications. Lintec offers a broad range of laminate, mounting, and printable films. The company features a new lineup called MISTLASS, which includes textured non-PVC-based window films. Featured Products: WINCOS UV; WINCOS SSJ; and MISTLASS. INFO# 188

 

MACtac Graphic Products is a global manufacturer of pressure-sensitive mounting adhesives, laminating films, digital print media, and colored vinyl for the graphic arts. The full line includes IMAGin, PERMACOLOR, MACmark, and REBEL, providing media solutions for wide format digital printing, mounting and laminating, CAS, or screenprinting. Featured Products: PERMACOLOR ColorGard; B-free Gruv; and IMAGin RoughRAP. INFO# 189

 

Magnum Magnetics is a U.S. manufacturer of flexible magnetic sheeting, strip, and custom profiles. The company offers printable magnetic sheeting for multiple printing presses including offset, flexo, inkjet, and digital. Magnum Magnetics takes the time to understand an application before recommending a magnetic solution. Featured Products: DigiMag VINYL; DigiMag Plus; and MessageMag. INFO# 190

 

Mimaki USA, Inc. provides digital printing and cutting solutions for a world that demands the latest technology, increased productivity, broader media options, and environmental responsibility while reducing costs. Key strengths are large format printing and cutting solutions, smaller affordable plotters, eco-friendly ink solutions including white and silver, plus new breakthroughs in printing with UV LED curable inkjet systems. Featured Products: UJF-3042; Tx400-1800D; and JFX-1615plus. INFO# 191

 

Mutoh America, Inc. is the world’s foremost manufacturer of large format piezoelectric printers. Mutoh operates engineering, manufacturing, and distribution centers in Belgium, Japan, and Phoenix, AZ. Featured Products: ValueJet VJ-1608 HA Hybrid; ValueJet VJ-2628TD; and Kona Cutters. INFO# 192

 

Neschen Americas manufactures and markets SEAL and Neschen brand products including roller laminators, liquid laminating equipment, laminating film and adhesive, wide and grand format textile and PVC printing media, self-adhesive vinyl, mounting adhesives and tapes, display systems, and archiving supplies. Featured Products: SEAL 54 EL roller laminator; Print Shield Anti Graffiti pressure-sensitive laminating film; and SolvoPrint Nolite 175. INFO# 193

 

Océ North America’s line of large format roll and flatbed inkjet printers and finishing systems serve 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 550 XT; Océ Arizona ProCut; and Océ ColorWave 600. INFO# 194

 

Pacific Coast Fabrics (PCF) is a provider of digital print textiles, in wide and grand format, for direct dye, dye-sublimation, UV, and pigment printing. All fabrics are developed to high quality and performance standards. Many of the premium fabrics are offered with flame repellant coatings. PCF also stocks fabrics for apparel and home furnishings. Featured Products: Deco-Structure 7582FLBS; Deko-Tex 7057FLBS; and Polyester Taffeta 9988FLBS. INFO# 195

 

Ritrama is an international group of companies dedicated to the worldwide manufacture of specialty and commodity self-adhesive materials. The company offers pressure-sensitive graphic films with a reputation of performance and value. Ritrama is committed to providing excellent quality, innovation, and worldwide service. Featured Products: Floor Talkers – Floor Graphics; Ri X Print Easy Window; and Ri Print Wall Graphics. INFO# 196

 

Roland DGA Corporation offers an extensive line of wide format inkjets including VersaCAMM and SOLJET eco-solvent printers and printer/cutters featuring traditional, white, and metallic ink options; the DPI award-winning VersaUV UV-LED printer/cutter line; VersaArt eco-solvent and sublimation printers; the Hi-Fi Express sublimation printer; and the AdvancedJET i series of grand format printers. Featured Products: VersaCAMM VS Metallic Inkjet Printer/Cutters; VersaUV LEC-330 LED-UV Inkjet Printer/Cutter; and VersaArt Eco-Solvent and Sublimation Printers. INFO# 197

 

Screen (USA) supplies DI and UV inkjet digital printing systems, thermal CTP recorders, and PDF/JDF-based workflow solutions. There is a Screen device for printing direct mail, variable data, signs, industrial graphics, and other high-end color projects. Each printer model is unmatched in quality and performance. Screen continues to introduce new capabilities and application possibilities. Featured Products: Truepress Jet2500UV; Truepress Jet650UV; and Truepress Jet520. INFO# 198

 

Seiko Instruments USA, Inc. 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, vehicle wraps, backlit, exhibit displays, engineering, and reprographics. Featured Products: ColorPainter H-104s; ColorPainter H-74s; and ColorPainter V-64s. INFO# 199

 

Sign Bracket Store is the one-stop source for sign brackets, banner brackets, sign lighting, and hardware. Customization is the company’s specialty. Featured Products: Milano Bracket; Verona Bracket; and Gooseneck Light. INFO# 200

 

Teckwin Development Co., Ltd. designs, manufactures, and supports superwide format UV and solvent inkjet printing systems for use in demanding graphics applications worldwide. Teckwin machines currently operate in over 75 countries. Featured Products: TeckPro UV3200; TS-300; and TS-600. INFO# 201

 

Tex Visions specializes in custom printing and display hardware. The company supplies customers with flags, banners, umbrellas, and displays. Exclusive solutions include Bowflag, Q-Frame, and T-Pole. Featured Products: Bowflag; Barrier System BS100; and Classic Display. INFO# 202

 

Ultraflex Systems, Inc. offers a diverse range of printable substrates in seamless widths from 30 to 198 inches for UV, solvent, latex, dye-sublimation, and screenprinting. Product lines include frontlit, backlit, blockout, mesh, wallpaper, carpet, textiles, biodegradable PVC banner media, and more. Complimentary sample rolls are available for test printing, as well as product literature and sample swatches. Featured Products: DSS Blockout; Normandy Pro Front-lit; and UltraPoplin PES C240. INFO# 203

 

Zünd America, Inc. offers multifunctional, high-speed flatbed cutting/routing systems with a complete range of tool options and material handling features for processing a variety of materials up to two inches thick. Since the introduction of the Zünd Cut Center Software suite, the company offers the most complete software solution, incorporating all facets common to the workflow process today, from planning, design, nesting, printing, and finishing. Featured Products: Prepare It Print-to-Cut Layout Software; Zünd Cut Center Software Suite; and Zünd G3 Digital Cutting System. INFO# 204

 

Nov2010, Digital Output

 
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