The American Printing Industry Association (PIA) announced the winners of the 2018 InterTech Printing Technology Awards. These award-winning printing technologies showcase the dynamics and innovation of the printing industry. The judges listed the following technologies as a model for true innovation and are expected to have a major impact on the graphics communications industry. The following is a list of award-winning technologies:
printQ 3D packaging design software
printQ 3D packaging design software adds the ability to create and order packaging for e-commerce printing solutions. printQ 3D enables the design of cartons and other packaging products in a variety of graphics, sizes and shapes. Customers can immediately see the dynamic 3D effects of their designs. printQ 3D automatically creates production files and sends them to the production workflow based on user-defined values. One judge said, “The printQ 3D user experience is impressive, and I can design a box in minutes.”
EFI Nozomi C18000 printing press
The Nozomi C18000 is a 71-inch (1.8-meter) inkjet printer for a wide range of corrugated cardboard runs at speeds up to 246 feet (75 lines) per minute and can be configured in four or six colors (CMYK Plus) Orange and purple). The Nozomi C18000 is one of the first digital presses built specifically for corrugated paper production. The judges believe that the Nozomi C18000 is an innovative solution that meets the needs of customers in short-run, diversified small inventory and multiple versions.
ScreenPro Global Graphics Software
ScreenPro's global graphics software significantly improves inkjet print quality by masking the inherent quality defects of the inkjet head, such as links and spots. There are two types of screens that can be used to address the substrate absorption challenge, in both cases, the screening mode is based on density and droplet size. The judges praised it as an excellent innovation that would make inkjet printers a better printing solution. ScreenPro is suitable for any inkjet printer manufacturer.
Heidelberg Primefire 106
Primefire 106 is a B1 format sheetfed inkjet printer that prints high quality images on a variety of substrates. It uses Heidelberg's existing printing platform and prepress workflow to drive shop floor process optimization. The judges praised them. In addition, the product Primefire offers the highest quality 1200 x 1200 dpi printing. This 7-color inkjet printing system covers 95% of the Pantone color space with outstanding quality. The quality monitoring system is also impressive, helping to achieve a high level of uptime.
HP Indigo Pack Ready Lamination
HP Indigo Pack Ready Lamination allows the direct production of composite film sealed bags without the use of adhesive materials, and requires no cure time to form immediately. The process uses an activation film with thermal activation properties that allows HP Indigo ElectroInk inks to adhere perfectly to the film surface. The judges predicted that this innovative product provides a more convenient path for companies seeking transformation.
KBA Rapida LiveApp Real-time Monitoring Software
KBA's Rapida LiveApp real-time monitoring software allows operators to monitor Rapida sheetfed offset presses in real time with mobile devices. With LiveApp, operators can remotely shut down and adjust the press. The judges pointed out that the maintenance function of this software can easily record production problems and provide feedback. The app also includes pre-installed training videos, device operation manuals, and added company-customized SOP features. The intelligent inventory management system also monitors the use of materials to the product batch number.
MacDermid corrugated cardboard anti-wrinkle board technology
When printing directly on corrugated cardboard, the printer has been plagued for years due to paper scraping problems caused by uneven surface of the cardboard. MacDermid corrugated board anti-wrinkle technology overcomes this problem with a built-in flat top dot that is built for flat-top dots specifically for corrugation, eliminating the need for inert gas, film lamination, and exposure systems. One judge commented: “This makes direct printing of corrugated paper a more attractive option.”
MGI JETvarnish 3D Web
JETvarnish 3D Web allowed the judges to see that the finishing effect can provide such a great value for the label printing market. The JETvarnish 3D Web Volume-to-Volume solution produces 2D / 3D textured textures and personalized embossing at once, eliminating the need for pre-platemaking or expensive printing parts, while the device's built-in flexographic printing unit pre-coats label substrates . This elegant, flexible solution seeks to create a more compelling finishing effect that enhances the shelf impact of the product.
Nobelus 4-Step Sleeking Process
The Nobelus 4-Step Sleeking Process allows HP Indigo digital printing inks to be perfectly printed on smooth metal, with special hot pressing technology to create a better adsorption capacity on metal surfaces. Its biggest innovation is the ability to achieve print registration on metal surfaces and enable individual printing, while the solution's substrate is not limited to silver metal surfaces. One judge commented: "This solution makes it easier for printers to implement variable data and personalized printing."
Techkon SpectroDens4 Spectrophotometer
The latest generation of Techkon handheld spectrophotometers raises the bar for color measurement devices. The combination of ultra-high-speed measurement speed, user-changeable aperture and built-in color strip scanning mode has won the judges' favor. A unique feature of the product is the ink inspection, which gives the printer operator specific ink density adjustments to achieve the lowest delta color matching, plus humanized design and ease of use, the judges believe that the spectrophotometer will become a lot of publishing The preferred choice of the agency.
Xerox Iridesse production digital printing equipment
Xerox's new production digital printing equipment can print six colors at a time, including CMYK, gold, silver or transparent colors, with a printing speed of 120 pages per minute. Users can produce even more amazing printing effects by quickly changing the color sequence of the ink. Iridesse prints ultra-clear images at ultra-high resolution. The judges unanimously acknowledged that Iridesse's innovative design enabled it to do what other digital presses could not do.
Xerox XMPie Circle Personalized Effects Edition
Circle Personalized Edition is software for designing, deploying, and measuring personalized omnichannel marketing campaigns that automate all communications, including digital and print. With this software, print service providers can change their business by offering a complete marketing plan. At the heart of Circle is a user journey diagram that clarifies the flow of user experience, including touch points, design specifications, and more. The judges were shocked by the power of Circle, respect for print options, and the unique integration of marketing workflows and design content.