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Top 50 Readers' Choice Awards

2011's Top Companies Elected by Digital Output Readers

Congratulations to 2011’s Top 50 Readers’ Choice winners and honorable mentions! The following companies were determined based on our lead tracking Web site, www.DOdirect.net. Readers request information through DODirect.net on advertisements or editorial seen via the Web or in our monthly magazine. We tabulated the results over the past 12 months and the outcome provided this year’s vendors. The winners provided a company description and three recent products to be profiled in this feature.

 

3M Commercial Graphics invents, manufactures, and markets products used to produce graphics for large format. Whether digitally printing or screenprinting, it provides solutions for almost every application such as outdoor signage, window graphics, and car wraps. The company also offers solutions for lighting, personalization, and an online visual attention service. Featured Products: Scotchprint Wrap Film Series 1080; Scotchcal Graphic Film with Comply Adhesive IJ35C; and Controltac Graphic Film with Comply v3 Adhesive IJ180Cv3. INFO# 141

 

Advanced Greig Laminators, Inc. is a manufacturer of high-quality laminating equipment and a provider of laminates. Featured Products: AGL 64I; Cover-Rite 4.75T; and Print-Smart 4.4 GFW. INFO# 142

 

Agfa Graphics offers integrated solutions for graphic communications. This includes consumables, hardware, software, and services for production workflow and project and color management. Joint development, acquisition, and manufacturing partnerships with industry leaders help Agfa expand its technological reach and allow the company to develop comprehensive digital solutions. Featured Products: :Azura Vi; :Apogee 7.1; and :Anapurna M1600. INFO# 143

 

American Ink Jet Corporation (AIJ) celebrates manufacturing high-quality inks since 1983. The company manufactures water- and solvent-based inks utilizing dyes, archival dyes, or pigments. All are made in the U.S. Featured Products: Eco-Jet mild-solvent cartridges for Roland; remanufactured cartridges for Hewlett-Packard Designjet Z6100; and remanufactured cartridges for Epson Stylus Pro 7880/9880. INFO# 144

 

Arlon Graphics, LLC 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 strategically positioned distribution out of Australia, Europe, India, Latin America, the UK, and Uruguay to service customers worldwide. Featured Products: DPF 6700 Cast Wall Wrap; DPF 206 Interior Removable Wall Decoration Fabric Film; and DPF 50WD White Removable Window Decal Film. INFO# 145

 

Artgrafix provides products to display prints after an image is printed. The company fabricates products to make mounting and laminating fast and easy with consistent professional results. Products include adhesive-coated mounting boards, pouch boards, and sheeted laminate films.  Featured Products: ProSeal Pouch System; Polar Cold Pouch Board; and Biodegradable Adhesive Foam Board. INFO# 146

 

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. is a U.S. manufacturer, coater, and finisher of high-quality textiles and canvas. Its full range of fabrics is compatible with digital, latex, 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: White/Black/White; Act II SP; and AC Glossy Canvas. INFO# 147

 

Avery Dennison Graphics & Reflective Solutions features products for digital and traditional printing technologies and 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. Featured Products: MPI 1005 Supercast Easy Apply RS; MPI 6121 Street Graphics Film; and MPI 2611 Wall Film. INFO# 148

 

Big Systems LLC is a 17 year old WI firm specializing in selling and supporting large format digital inkjet printers including Canon, Epson, Gerber, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Mimaki, and Scitex. It installs nationwide; provides training; offers color management services and profiling; features integrated workflow applications and tracking/costing analytics; and provides turnkey systems including workstation, scanner, and RIP software. Featured Products: HP Scitex FB500/FB700; HP L25500/LX600/850 Latex; and Epson GS6000PE. INFO# 149

 

Bordeaux Digital PrintInk Ltd. is a manufacturer and distributor of digital inks. The company is recognized worldwide for highly reliable and cost effective inks. Bordeaux’s innovations such as Mix & Match and Plug & Print allow printers to generate more out of their equipment and improve profits. Featured Products: PRLS HP 900/HP 10000 Cartridges; PRXL Solvent Ink for HP Scitex XL Jet; and PLFX UV Curable Ink. INFO# 150

 

Caldera is a RIP software company with 20 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 offer color management, imaging, and driving solutions. Featured Products: VisualRIP+; GrandRIP+; and CopyRIP. INFO# 151

 

Canon U.S.A., Inc. is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc., a top patent holder of technology, ranked fourth overall in the U.S. in 2010. Featured Products: imagePRESS C7010VP; imagePROGRAF iPF8300S; and imageRUNNER ADVANCE C9075S PRO. INFO# 152

 

CET Color, headquartered in Atlanta, GA, builds large format vacuum table flatbed and hybrid roll-to-roll and flatbed UV printers. Utilizing state-of-the-art UV-curable ink sets that are volatile organic compound free and eco-friendly, the printers have the ability to print on virtually any substrate. Featured Products: X-Press 500 and X-Press 500H. INFO# 153

 

Datatech SmartSoft provides desktop and enterprise-level solutions for postal address correction, postal discounts, and print workflow management. Its products include AccuMail postal address correction software, the all-in-one address quality and postal presorting solution. Featured Products: PressWise; SmartAddresser; and AccuMail. INFO# 154

 

DreamScape, a division of Roysons Corp., is a manufacturer of textured digitally printable wallcoverings, protective topcoats, and textured printable privacy window films. With over 35 years experience in the wallcovering industry, DreamScape offers high-quality certified, Class A commercial grade vinyl and PVC-free wallcoverings for residential and commercial applications. Featured Products: Bling!; Terralon; and WallWrap. INFO# 155

 

Drytac Corporation is a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of mounting, laminating, framing, and finishing materials and equipment, including its line of UV-curable and aqueous liquid laminators and coatings. Its display division also offers an extensive range of banner stands, portable displays, and specialty print media along with Visual Magnetic LP’s printable media. Featured Products: JetMounter JM55Fuzion; Velvet Touch Thermal Laminate; and VersaCoater XL. INFO# 156

 

Durst Image Technology US LLC is a manufacturer of wide and grand format digital UV inkjet printers. It offers technology with the orientation to the customer’s needs. Durst products are designed for performance, reliability, and longevity—offering the highest print quality, productivity, and efficiency. Featured Products: Rho 1000 and Rho 500R. INFO# 157

 

EFI is a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation. The company’s solutions, integrated from creation to print, deliver increased performance, cost savings, and productivity. EFI’s robust product portfolio includes Fiery, VUTEk superwide digital inkjet printers, Rastek UV wide format inkjet printers, and print production workflow and management information software. Featured Products: VUTEk GS3250LX; Rastek H652; and Fiery XF proServer. INFO# 158

 

EnCore Products manufactures foamboard used for digital printing, screenprinting, point of purchase, exhibits, and cut graphics. The FoamBoard line includes White, Colors, Black-on-Black, Acid-Free, Bright White Acid-Free, Pressure Sensitive, SingleStep, MightyCore, PilloCore, and MightyPrint Expressions. Featured Products: Premium Tac Repositionable Foam Board; MightyPrint Expressions; and MightyCore. INFO# 159

 

Epson America, Inc. offers an extensive array of image capture and image output products for the consumer, photographic, business, and graphic arts markets. Featured Products: Stylus Pro WT7900 Designer Edition; Stylus Pro 7900CTP; and Stylus Pro 4900. INFO# 160

 

EskoArtwork is a global market leader in automated design-to-print-to-cut hardware and software solutions for producers of printed graphics. EskoArtwork’s i-cut Vision Pro software is used along with its Kongsberg digital finishing systems for perfectly finished graphics. Featured Products: i-cut Automate; i-cut Suite; and Kongsberg finishing systems. INFO# 161

 

Fisher Textiles is one of the leading suppliers nationwide of fabrics for direct digital printing, dye-sublimation, latex, and UV printing. It has been at the forefront of providing fabric solutions to the digital printing industry since 1988. Featured Products: DD 7860 Heavy Duck (FR); DD 1500 Dacron; and GF 3155 Diamond Mesh (FR). INFO# 162

 

The Fletcher-Terry Company is a manufacturer of manual and automated cutters and trimmers for the sign, graphic, picture frame, retail hardware, and glass cutting industries. Fletcher, featuring its interchangeable cutting head technology, produces leading-edge tools. Featured Products: FSC – Fletcher Substrate Cutter; Fletcher 3100 Multi-Material Cutter; and Alta99 – Volume Substrate Cutter. INFO# 163

 

Fujifilm North America Corporation’s Graphic Systems division delivers solutions for workflow, consultative services, remote monitoring, color standardization and G7 implementation, pressroom products, CTP, proofing, digital printing, and wide format. The company also manufactures and distributes Sericol inks. Featured Products: Inca Onset S40; Uvistar2; and Acuity LED 1600. INFO# 164

 

Gerber Scientific Products, headquartered in South Windsor, CT, provides vinyl cutting and digital signmaking solutions for indoor- and outdoor-durable signage needs. Gerber also develops and supplies quality aftermarket materials. Featured Products: EDGE FX; GerberColor Thermal Transfer Foils; and High Profit, High Performance Materials. INFO# 165

 

Graphics One, LLC is an international distributor dedicated to providing innovative, professional, and high-quality digital imaging products and solutions. Featured Products: UNO LED Printer; EcoMax 24 Print-n-Cut System; and KALA Calender DS67. INFO# 166

 

Hewlett-Packard (HP) creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments, and society. The world’s largest technology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services, and IT infrastructure at the convergence of the cloud and connectivity, creating seamless, secure, context-aware experiences for a connected world. Featured Products: Scitex FB7600; Scitex TJ8600; and Scitex LX850. INFO# 167

 

Hollanders Printing Systems (HPS) develops solutions for digital textile print. Among HPS’ products are the ColorBooster digital textile printer, ColorFix infrared fixation unit, ColorWash industrial textile washing machine, and the ColorEdge textile cutter. Featured Products: Print Production Platform; Textile Print Production Suite; and productivity kit. INFO# 168

 

INX Digital International Co. is the digital arm of INX International Ink Company and part of the Sakata INX worldwide network. It offers a palette of digital ink systems, application, and technology integration services, including chemistry—inkjet ink systems, electrographic toners, and OEM ink development; hardware—application-specific electronics and equipment; software—develop, install, and validate; and engineering. Featured Products: Triangle DTX Textile; Triangle EDX Eco; and Triangle RHO UV Curable. INFO# 169

 

KAPCO Graphic Products is a manufacturer, custom coater, and converter of pressure-sensitive flexible materials offering digital water-based inkjet and solvent, latex, and UV print media; laminates; mounting films; backers; plus sign vinyl and supplies. Featured Products: 5 mil PSA Embossed Vinyl Laminate; PSA 6 mil Gloss White Vinyl Solvent/UV Print Media; and PSA 5 mil Wall Graphics Solvent/UV Print Media. INFO# 170

 

LexJet Corporation is a direct source for equipment, materials, and software used to digitally print photos, art, and graphics. Dedicated to total convenience and personal customer service, LexJet provides one day ground delivery to most of the continental U.S. Featured Products: Poly Select Heavy, Medium, and Light; Performance Textured Polypropylene Laminate (10 Mil); and Infinium. INFO# 171

 

Lintec of America, Inc. is a manufacturer of pressure-sensitive films. It specializes in optically clear films for display and point of purchase applications. Lintec offers a broad range of laminate, mounting, and printable films. Featured Products: E-2200 ZC Optically Clear Polyester Window Film; MST-5000 Textured Polyester Pressure Sensitive Window Film; and MST-5011 Polyester Based Pressure Sensitive Window Film. INFO# 172

 

MACtac Graphic Products is a global manufacturer of pressure-sensitive mounting adhesives, laminating films, digital print media, and colored vinyl. The full line of MACtac products provide media solutions for wide format digital printing, mounting, laminating, CAS, or screenprinting. Featured Products: DecoArt DecoSatin; PERMACOLOR DecoLam; and IMAGin and PERMACOLOR Verde. INFO# 173

 

Magnum Magnetics is the 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. Featured Products: MuscleMag and Clean Cut Technology. INFO# 174

 

Mimaki USA, Inc. provides digital printing and cutting solutions. Mimaki is headquartered in Suwanee, GA, with offices in CA, IL, and MA. Key strengths include large format printing and cutting solutions, smaller affordable plotters, eco-friendly ink solutions, plus new breakthroughs in printing with cool UV LED curable inkjet systems. Featured Products: JV34-260; UJF-3042; and CJV30 Series. INFO# 175

 

Mutoh Industries, Ltd., founded in 1952 in Tokyo, celebrates 60 years of business beginning as a manufacturer and distributer of mechanical drafting products. Since then Mutoh has become a manufacturer of large format piezoelectric printers. Featured Products: ValueJet 1204GA; ValueJet 1624; and ValueJet 1608HS. INFO# 176

 

Neschen Americas manufactures and markets SEAL and Neschen brand products including film and liquid laminating equipment and materials, wide and grand format printing media, pressure-sensitive sign vinyl, mounting adhesives and tapes, display systems, and archiving supplies. Featured Products: SEAL 54 EL; SolvoPrint gudy WindowGrip; and SolvoPrint WallGrip. INFO# 177

 

Océ North America helps print providers expand business with its line of large format UV flatbed inkjet printers and finishing systems for a variety of outdoor and indoor applications. Océ offers the tools to help customers become more productive and profitable. Featured Products: Arizona 360 XT; ProCut; and ColorWave 600. INFO# 178

 

ONYX Graphics helps companies improve their bottom line results by reducing printing costs and increasing productivity. It develops and markets commercial printing software and solutions for the digital color printing marketplace. Featured Products: ProductionHouse X10 RIP; SmartApps Sign+Banner Plug-in; and SmartApps PitStop Pro Plug-in. INFO# 179

 

Oracal USA, a division of ORAFOL Europe GmbH, manufactures and markets a range of industrial tapes and pressure-sensitive graphic, printing, and reflective films used in signage, screenprinting, digital imaging, and traffic and safety applications. Featured Products: ORAJET Series 3169RA Intermediate Removable Calendered Digital Media with RapidAir Technology; ORAJET Series 3105HT High-Tack Calendered PVC Digital Media; and ORAGUARD Series 270 Stone Guard Paint Protection Laminating film. INFO# 180

 

Pacific Coast Fabrics (PCF) is a provider of digital print textiles, in wide and grand format, for direct dye, dye-sublimation, UV, latex, and pigment printing. All of its fabrics are developed to high quality and performance standards. Many of the premium fabrics are offered with flame repellant coatings. Featured Products: Deko-Tex Lightbox 7019LUX; Deko-Tex 7057FLBS; and PES Mesh 6953FLBS. INFO# 181

 

Palram has established manufacturing, distribution, and sales operations across seven continents and 120 countries around the world with over 45 years of expertise in the industry. It manufactures most of its sign and graphics products for U.S. consumption in the U.S. and markets them through a network of authorized distributors. Featured Products: Palight; Palsun; and Palclear. INFO# 182

 

Polytype is a Swiss manufacturer of Virtu UV flatbed and roll digital printers. The RS series of UV printers feature a unique 3-in-1 design offering true flatbed, hybrid, and roll-to-roll producing high-quality six-color high-speed printing. The Virtu RR50 five-meter roll-to-roll delivers over 3,340 square feet per hour with six-color print quality. Polytype also distributes the swissQprint Impala and Oryx UV printers in North America. Featured Products: Virtu RR50; Virtu RS25/RS35; and swissQprint Impala. INFO# 183

 

Ritrama Inc. is a family owned international group of companies dedicated to the worldwide manufacturing and sales of pressure-sensitive adhesive-based materials. Ritrama operates eight factories across the globe and distributes innovative products and solutions to customers worldwide. Featured Products: Black Mamba Vehicle Wrap; Ultimate Wall Action; and Classic Matte High Bond Outdoor Vinyl Media. INFO# 184

 

Roland DGA Corporation is a market leader in wide format inkjet printing technology. Roland printers and printer/cutters include SOLJET, VersaCAMM, VersaArt, VersaUV, VersaStudio, AdvancedJET, and Hi-Fi Express models. Featured Products: VersaUV LEJ-640; VersaStudio BN-20; and VersaUV LEF-12. INFO# 185

 

Seiko Instruments USA - Infotech Division 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, point of purchase, and promotional items. Featured Products: W-64s/W-54s; H-104s/H-74s; and V-64s. INFO# 186

 

Teckwin’s large format printers combine cutting edge UV technology with brilliant color gamut and blazing speed. The Teckwin portfolio of UV flatbed printing systems provides the combination of a fixed print bed with a fully featured independent roll media print system. Teckwin designs, manufactures, and supports UV flatbed and roll-to-roll inkjet printing systems and digital router/cutter solutions. Featured Products: TS-300; TS-600; and UV3200. INFO# 187

 

Tex Visions LLC specializes in custom printing and display hardware. It supplies customers with the highest quality advertising materials such as flags, banners, umbrellas, and displays. Exclusive solutions for point of purchase advertising include Bowflag, T-Pole, and Q-Frame. Featured Products: Display Cube; Roll Up T; and Window Hanging Sets A & B. INFO# 188

 

Ultraflex Systems, Inc. is a supplier of digital and screen 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, and biodegradable and recyclable banner media. Featured Products: DSS 12 oz. Blockout; Pole Banner Pro 18 oz. Blockout; and FloorFlex Digital Floor Vinyl. INFO# 189

 

Zünd offers high-speed flatbed cutting/routing systems with a range of tool options and material-handling features for processing both printed and unprinted materials up to two inches thick. The Zünd digital cutting system is designed for maximum modularity, versatility, and productivity; in combination with the Zünd Cut Center Software suite. Featured Products: G3 3XL-2500; Center-winder roll-off systems; and Cut Center Software. INFO# 190 

 

Nov2011, Digital Output

 
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