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Choosing from the Best

Digital Output's Top 50 Readers' Choice

Congratulations to this year’s Top 50 Readers’ Choice award winners. New vendors are introduced while familiar faces also find a place on the list. In both cases, these companies provide print service providers with innovative solutions that help efficiently create high-quality work.

 

Every year, Digital Output tabulates reader response from editorial and advertisements found both online and in print to garner the 50 winners and their top products in the graphic arts; in addition to ten honorable mention finalists. This is calculated by our Web site metric system, www.DOdirect.net. Visit the site all year long, 24 hours a day to learn more about companies featured in every issue of the magazine.

 

3M Commercial Graphics invents, manufactures, and markets products that encompass brand identity and personalization solutions for almost every large format application, including indoor and outdoor signage, fleet and vehicle wraps, floors, walls, windows, and textured building surfaces. Top Products: 3M Envision Wrap Films; 3M Controltac Graphic Film with Comply v3 Adhesive IJ180Cv3-10; and 3M Scotchcal Ultra-Matte Overlaminate 8915 INFO# 168

 

Agfa Pitman helps produce powerful messages by making graphic communication solutions more attractive, affordable, and profitable. Working with world-class manufacturers, Agfa Pitman provides a broad and innovative portfolio of products and services along with knowledgeable specialists to help customers choose the right hardware, software, consumables, and services that meet budget and goals. Top Products: Anapurna M2540 FB; Duratex films; and Duratex Polyfab Polyester INFO# 169

 

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. Top Products: DPF 4500GX; Series 2300X; and Series 4600LX INFO# 170

 

Artgrafix fabricates products to make mounting and laminating prints easy with consistent professional results. Products include adhesive-coated mounting boards, a variety of pouch boards and films, and sheeted laminate films. Top Products: Polar Laminators; Pouch Board; and Biodegradeable Adhesive Board INFO# 171

 

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. Top Products: Sticky Stuff 4 oz. and 8 oz.; Sub Suede; and Universal Knit 400 FR INFO# 172

 

Bordeaux is a leading manufacturer and distributor of premium digital inks. It is recognized worldwide as the first choice for highly reliable and cost-effective inks. Top Products: Bordeaux FUZE ECO GS; FUZE ECO 5; and EDED Latex-based ink INFO# 173

 

Caldera is an award-winning RIP software company with 17 years experience in imaging technologies. Caldera’s suite of production oriented print and print-to-cut workflow solutions offers color management, imaging, and driving solutions for large and grand format peripherals. Top Products: PrintBoard & Variable Display; Version 9.2 RIP; and Flow+ INFO# 174

 

Canon Solutions America (CSA) expands business with the industry-leading Océ brand of large format flatbed and roll inkjet printers and finishing systems for a variety of outdoor and indoor applications. CSA offers the tools to help customers become more productive and profitable. Top Products: Océ ProCut; Océ Arizona 400 Series; and Océ Arizona 600 Series INFO# 175

 

CET Color manufactures large format vacuum table flatbed and hybrid roll-to-roll/flatbed UV printers. By utilizing state-of-the-art UV-curable ink sets that are volatile organic compound free and eco-friendly, CET printers have the ability to print on virtually any substrate. Top Products: K-Series 1000; K-Series 1000HK; X-Series 1000HL INFO# 176

 

Condé Systems is the recognized leader in the digital transfer market and offers everything needed to get into the custom imprinting business including transfer systems, software, blank imprintables, transfer paper and supplies, and instructional videos. Top Products: DyeTrans RJ-900X; ChromaBlast; and Epson SureColor F-Series INFO# 177

 

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, DreamScape offers a large selection of high-quality certified, Class A commercial grade vinyl and PVC-free wallcoverings for residential and commercial applications. Top Products: Terralon; Silver Flash; and Gold Flash INFO# 178

 

Drytac Corporation is an international manufacturer of adhesive-coated products, including graphic films, window films, double-sided tapes, self-adhesive print media, label stock, industrial adhesives, and heat-activated and pressure-sensitive laminates and mounting adhesives. Top Products: ViziPrint; WindowTac; and Interlam BioLaminates INFO# 179

 

Durst Image Technology US LLC is a leader in digital UV inkjet printing systems, built for high productivity, efficiency, and flexibility with outstanding print quality for today’s imaging industry. The continuous innovative drive of Durst remains instrumental in providing customers the long-term competitive advantage to grow business. Top Products: Rho P10 Series; Rho 1012; and Rho 512R INFO# 180

 

EFI is a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation. Its award-winning solutions, integrated from creation to print, deliver increased performance and cost savings. Top Products: EFI R3225 Wide Format Printer; EFI T1000 Wide Format Printer; and EFI Fiery INFO# 181

 

EnCore Products manufactures foam board used for digital printing, screenprinting, point of purchase displays, exhibits, and cut graphics. The Foam Board line includes White, Colors, Black-on-Black, Acid-Free, Bright White Acid-Free, Pressure Sensitive, SingleStep, MightyCore, PilloCore, Extreme White, Premium Tac, MightyBull, and Fine Art Boards. Top Products: MightyCore; Fine Art Boards; and Cork Foam Board INFO# 182

 

Epson America, Inc. offers an extensive array of award-winning image capture and image output products for the consumer, photographic, business, signage, textile, engineering, fine art, and graphic arts markets. Top Products: Epson SureColor S70670; Epson SureColor T-Series; and Epson SureColor F7070 INFO# 183

 

Esko is a global market leader providing automated design-to-print-to-cut solutions for print service providers (PSPs). It manufactures the Kongsberg digital cutting and routing systems with i-cut Vision Pro. Esko also develops premiere workflow solutions for PSPs. Top Products: i-cut Vision Pro 7.2; Kongsberg XN Series finishing tables; and i-cut Suite INFO# 184

 

Fisher Textiles is a supplier nationwide of fabrics for direct digital printing, dye-sublimation, latex, and UV printing. The company has been at the forefront of providing fabric solutions to the digital printing industry since 1988. Top Products: GF 9766 Poly Cube (FR); DD 5910 Ignite (FR); and Enviro-Tex line INFO# 185

 

Fujifilm North America Corp., the 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. Fujifilm also manufactures and distributes Sericol inks and is a leader in the development of UV inks for screenprinting, narrow web, and large format digital printing. Top Products: Acuity Advance Select HS; UVISTAR Pro-8; and Acuity Advance Select INFO# 186

 

Graphics One, LLC (GO) promises to provide service, value, and quality to customers. Most importantly, its goal is to contribute to a company’s continued success and growth. Top Products: GO Cubix 308 UV; GO EcoColor PC36; and GO Metalnox Heat Presses INFO# 187

 

Hewlett-Packard (HP) creates possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact. HP brings a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services, and IT infrastructure. Top Products: HP Latex 210 Printer; HP Latex 3000 Printer; and HP 881 Latex Inks INFO# 188

 

INX Digital is the digital arm of INX International Ink Company focusing on delivering the technologies that drive digital growth. It offers a full palette of digital ink systems and application and technology integration services. Top Products: MSS; EDX; and EGS INFO# 189

 

KAPCO Graphic Products is a manufacturer, custom coater, and converter offering water-based inkjet and solvent digital media, mounting films, laminates, and backers plus sign vinyl and supplies. Top Products: Gloss Photo Paper; Water-Based Ink Media; and Solvent Latex Media INFO# 190

 

LexJet Corp. is a source for equipment, materials, and software used in print. It is dedicated to convenience and customer service. Top Products: Poly Select Blockout Fabric; Sunset Production Matte Canvas; and FaceMount-X Removable Adhesive INFO# 191

 

Lintec of America is a manufacturer of pressure-sensitive films for visual marking and signage. It specializes in optically clear films for display and point of purchase. Lintec offers a range of laminate, mounting, and printable films. Top Products: Wincos EZ; Wincos UV; and Mistlass INFO# 192

 

MACtac is a manufacturer of pressure-sensitive adhesive materials, providing solutions for digital imaging and print technology, mounting and laminating, and screenprinting. Top Products: IMAGin wallNOODLE; IMAGin B-free Window Films; and MACmark Glass Décor INFO# 193

 

Magnum Magnetics is a U.S. manufacturer of flexible magnetic sheeting, rolls, strip, and custom profiles. Its products are suited for multiple printing presses including offset, flexo, inkjet, and digital. Top Products: DigiMag Vinyl; MuscleMag Inkjet 15; and RubberSteel INFO# 194

 

Marabu North America is a leading supplier of liquid laminates and digital printing inks. Serving clients in 47 countries, Marabu sets the standard for laminate performance and superior quality worldwide. It also offers its custom manufactured StarLam roll-to-roll liquid laminator. Top Products: Action Tac; Window Juice; and Grafix Gone INFO# 195

 

Master Magnetics, Inc. manufactures and distributes all types of magnets and magnetic devices for commercial, consumer, and industrial use. PrintMagnetVinyl, available in widths up 40 inches, allows for high-resolution printing directly onto flexible magnetic sheeting. Top Products: PrintMagnetVinyl; PrintMagnet; and Vehicle Wrap Magnet INFO# 196

 

McGrann Digital Imaging offers its Easy-Tex woven polyester removable/repositionable wall graphic product. In addition, it recently added 36- and 50-inch wide Optically Clear Silicone Window Cling and three new grand format widths of Matte Backlit Film. Top Products: Optically Clear Silicone Window Cling; Matte Backlit Film; and Easy-Tex INFO# 197

 

MCT, in partnership with Blackman & White, offers one of the industry’s most innovative grand format digital flatbed cutters. It’s founding team comes out of Mikkelsen Graphic Engineering. Solutions are available from 1.6 up to five meters wide for laser, routing, and knife-cutting applications. Top Products: Versa-Tech; Multi-Tech; and Versa-Pact INFO# 198

 

Media One is a provider of large format inkjet. Its specialty is print manufacturers with production environments. The company covers the entire workflow from equipment, RIP software, and color management to consumables. Media One is an industry leader in textile printing solutions. Top Products: Teleios Black; mJet; and Teleios Grande INFO# 199

 

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. Top Products: JV 400 Series; TX500-1800DS; and JFX500-2131 INFO# 200

 

MTL Print Ltd.’s NURStar wide format digital flatbeds offer true non-stop production capacity. With throughput of up to 2,700 square feet per hour, an unique double-bed system that allows for no set up between prints, and the lowest ink consumption based on grayscale printhead technology, the NURStar Flatbeds are a real digital alternative for long print runs. Top Products: NURStar 304D and NURStar 305D INFO# 201

 

Mutoh Industries, Ltd., founded in 1952 in Tokyo, manufactured and distributed mechanical drafting products. Since then, ISO 9000-certified Mutoh Industries has become the world’s foremost manufacturer of large format piezoelectric printers. Top Products: ValueJet 1624; ValueJet 1638; and ValueJet 1617H INFO# 202

 

Neschen Americas manufactures and markets 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. Top Products: Seal 65 Pro MD; Seal 65 EL; and Neschen Pure Color Fresco AdTex INFO# 203

 

ONYX Graphics, Inc. helps companies improve their bottom line results by reducing printing costs and increasing productivity. ONYX develops and markets commercial printing software and solutions for the digital color printing marketplace. By combining color science, image processing, and print production knowledge, ONYX delivers powerful, reliable printing workflow solutions. Top Products: ONYX Thrive; ONYX Advantage; and SmartApps Plug-ins INFO# 204

 

ORAFOL Americas, a subsidiary of ORAFOL Europe GmbH, is a leading global manufacturer of premium vinyl graphic films, digital media, laminating films, and reflective products used in signage, graphics, digital printing, screenprinting, and traffic and safety applications. Top Products: ORACAL Series 970RA Wrapping Cast Film with RapidAir Technology and ORALITE Series 5650RA Fleet Engineer Grade Reflective Film with RapidAir Technology INFO# 205

 

Pacific Coast Fabrics (PCF) is a pioneering 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 company’s premium fabrics are offered with flame repellant coatings. PCF also stocks fabrics for apparel and home furnishings. Top Products: Deko-Green; Deko-Tex; and PES Mesh INFO# 206

 

Polytype is the Swiss manufacturer of the Virtu RS 25 and RS 35 UV flatbed industrial 3-in-1 digital printers. The Abacus series of UV printers feature a unique 3-in-1 design offering true flatbed, hybrid, and roll-to-roll printing. Polytype is the exclusive North American distributor of the swissQprint Nyala, Impala, and Oryx UV printers. Top Products: Impala; Nyala; and Oryx INFO# 207

 

PrinterEvolution is a CO-based wide and grand format printer manufacturer pioneering innovative products. The company was established by industry veterans who wanted to resolve market voids that materialized in all areas, including customer service, technical support, price-to-performance ratios, and product innovation. Top Products: Evo33 DS; Neo64 DS; and Evo33 eSUV INFO# 208

 

Qué Media, Inc. is a distinguished global coating manufacturer of aqueous, solvent/eco-solvent, and latex digital print media for display graphics, point of sale advertising, and photo reproduction. Its expertise is most influential in wide format and color laser. Top Products: Eco-solvent/latex fabric; Aqueous fabric; and Stay-Flat polypropylene INFO# 209

 

Ritrama is a group of companies dedicated to the worldwide manufacturing of specialty and commodity self-adhesive materials. It is a worldwide manufacturer of pressure-sensitive graphic films with a reputation for performance and value. Top Products: Cast Vinyl; Calendered Vinyl; and Window Cal III INFO# 210

 

Roland DGA Corporation offers an award-winning line of wide format inkjet printers and integrated printer/cutters equipped with eco-solvent, solvent, sublimation, UV, and aqueous inks. All Roland inkjets are equipped with VersaWorks RIP software, and several models come with specialty inks. Top Products: VersaUV LEJ-640 UV-LED Hybrid Flatbed Printer; SOLJET Pro 4 XF-640 Eco-Solvent Printer; and SOLJET Pro 4 XR-640 Eco-Solvent Printer/Cutter INFO# 211

 

SA International (SAi) is a leader in providing solutions for signmaking and digital printing. SAi’s industry leading design-to-production software, Flexi, simplifies business for sign and print providers. SAi also develops SIGN.com, which routes all orders from the sign-buying public to local members of the International Sign and Printmakers Guild. Top Products: SAi Flexi Cloud; SAi FlexiPRINT Cloud; and SIGN.com INFO# 212

 

Seiko Instruments USA - Infotech Division is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacturing of high-performance wide format printers, inks, and toners that output a range of applications. Top Products: ColorPainter M-64s; Jetrix 1212FK; and ColorPainter H2-74s INFO# 213

 

Teckwin designs, manufactures, and supports large format digital UV flatbeds and roll-to-roll inkjet printing systems for use in the most demanding graphics applications. Teckwin UV printers combine cutting edge UV technology with brilliant color gamut and blazing speed. Top Products: Teckpro UV3200; PQ-300; TS-600 INFO# 214

 

Tex Visions is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of display hardware and custom large format printing. It specializes in printing on fabrics and provides high-quality products such as banner stands, flags, banners, fence wraps, tents, signs, backdrops, and advertising umbrellas. Top Products: Wooden Chairs product line; BowFlag; and DisplayCube INFO# 215

 

Ultraflex Systems, Inc. is your exceptional supplier of digital and screenprintable substrates in seamless widths from 30 to 198 inches. Product lines include frontlit, backlit, blockout, mesh, wallpaper, carpet, textiles, and biodegradable and recyclable banner media. Top Products: Wallscapes Bali Hai; Outdoor Blockout LTX; and Strip Mesh Pro LTX INFO# 216

 

Zünd, a developer/manufacturer of digital cutting systems, offers multifunctional, high-speed flatbed cutting/routing systems with numerous tool options and material-handling features for processing printed/unprinted materials up to two inches thick. Top Products: Board Handling System BHS; G3; and S3 INFO# 217

 

Nov2013, Digital Output

 
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