SGIA 2019 Product of the Year Winners

SGIA 2019 Product of the Year Winners

Roland DGA, TrueVis TR2

Fairfax, VA —The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) announced the winners of the SGIA 2019 Product of the Year competition. In addition, the winning products rose to the top of a field of more than 200 entries in 72 categories. Moreover, all the winning products all manufactured by PRINTING United exhibitors and available for sale in 2019.

SGIA-Logo-w-tag“Our competition is juried, and judges are scoring entries so they can compare products objectively,” said Ray Weiss, director, Digital Print Programs, SGIA. “For example, in the digital output device categories, winners were based on measurements of test prints. Moreover, this is the only competition I know of that tells companies the percentage of Adobe RGB gamut a printer can hit.”

Furthermore, the measurement reports were produced by the Sonoco Institute at Clemson University. In addition, they follow the same format as SGIA’s digital equipment evaluations. They will be on display with the entries in the Awards Gallery at PRINTING United (October 23–25, Dallas, Texas).

Also, more than two-thirds of the competition categories are for non-output devices—everything from textiles to substrates to software. “The products submitted always illustrate trends in the industry; so we saw an uptick in textiles made from recycled materials and workflow software,” Weiss added.

Mutoh America ValueJet 1638UH

The 2019 judges included Scott Baxter, GAM Graphics and Marketing; Conrad Coe, GAM Graphics and Marketing; Dan Gillespie, Alder Technology; Keith Prichard, TIMSCO; Scott Schoppert, Printing Impressions; Cas Shiver, Sundog Productions; Tony Tribby, Dead Bat Designs; as well as Kent Walker, Walker Supply Company.

SGIA 2019 Product of the Year Winners

3D Printers

Mimaki USA, Mimaki 3DUJ-553

Automation Equipment

Print/post-print: Omniprint International, Würk
Packaging/post-print: Packsize, M1

Banner Finishing (grommet/sew/weld)

Leister Technologies, UNIPLAN 500

Digital Inks

Solvent/Eco-Solvent/Latex: Roland DGA, TrueVis TR2
Textile (under 24 inches wide): Siser North America, Siser EasySubli Inks
Textile (wide-format greater than 36 inches): Kornit Digital, Kornit Robusto Ink
UV: LogoJET Inc., LogoJET H2 UV

Digital Press

Fujifilm North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division, Fujifilm J Press 750S

Digital/Screen Print Hybrid Printing Systems

The M&R Companies, DS-4000

Direct-to-Garment Printers

Black shirt: AnaJet Inc., Ricoh Ri 1000
White shirt: Omniprint International, 330 TX Plus

HP-Latex-R1000_R2R1 SGIA 2019 Product of year
HP Latex R1000
Direct-to-Shape Printers (not flatbed)

Inkcups, Helix Hi-Fi for Photorealistic Cylinder Printing

Display Exhibit Hardware

Birttani Display, Portable Lightbox System — LUCID 2nd Generation

Heat Press

Large-format roll or clam: HIX Corporation, LF-4464
Tabletop: Insta Graphic Systems, Insta 288 Heat Press
Accessories: Stahls’, Hotronix 360° IQ Hat Heat Press

Laminates, Adhesives, Films, Coatings

Drytac, Protac Anti-Scratch Gloss—10 mil

Lasers/Routers/Cutters (4×8 feet or larger)

Summa nv, L3214 laser cutter

Material Handling Equipment

Foster, All-A-Board Lifter


Adhesive Back (not vinyl): Drytac, Polar Chrome
Adhesive Back Vinyl: Drytac, ReTac Textures
Banner (non-textile): Ultraflex Systems Inc., FloorFlex Plus
Dye-Sub rigid material: Duraluxe Inc., Satin, the New Textured Semi-Gloss Aluminum Blank from Duraluxe
Dye-Sub transfer paper: Sawgrass, TruePix Classic
Films: Drytac, ViziPrint Illuminate
Heat Transfer Material Cuttable: Chemica US, Quickflex Revolution
Heat Transfer Printable: Insta Graphic Systems, SiliconeX Custom Heat Transfer
Non-PVC: Drytac, ViziPrint Deco SR
Rigid/Corrugated: Mako-Board, Mako-Board


Apparel: Fisher Textiles, ET4000 Board Short
Banner: Fisher Textiles, GF4020 Nirvana Purity
Canvas: S-One, Fredrix Metallic Gold Canvas
Flag: Fisher Textiles, DD7701 Primary Flag
Framing Systems (backlit): Fisher Textiles, UV2610 Tango
Framing Systems (frontlit): Fisher Textiles, GF4020 Nirvana Purity
Home Furnishings: Fisher Textiles, GF9766 Poly Cube

SGIA 2019 Product of year Mimaki-JFX200-2513-EX
Mimaki USA JFX200-2513 EX

Direct Disperse Ink on Textile: Roland DGA, Texart RT-640M
Dye-Sublimation on Metal: Epson, Epson SureColor F6370
Solvent/Latex (over 80 inches): Mutoh America, ValueJet 2638X
Solvent/Latex (under 80 inches): Roland DGA, TrueVIS VG2
UV (over 80 inches): EFI, EFI VUTEk 5r+ Superwide Roll-to-Roll LED Printer
UV (under 80 inches): Canon Solutions America, Océ Colorado 1650

RTR Dye Sub on Textile

$50,000–$100,000: DGI, FT-3204X
More than $100,000: DGI, FH-3204
Under $50,000: DGI, Poseidon

RTR/Hybrid/Flatbed New Technology or Inkset

Durst Image Technology U.S, Delta WT 250

Screen Printing

Automatic Garment Press: M&R Companies, Diamondback E Automatic Screen Printing Press
Manual Garment Press: M&R Companies, Genesis Manual Screen Printing Press
Pre-press (exposure/imaging): M&R Companies, i-Image KX Computer-to-Screen Imaging & Exposure System
Screen Printing Dryers: M&R Companies, Sprint 3000 D Gas Screen Printing Conveyor Dryer

Canon Solutions America Océ Arizona 1300 XT Series
Single-Pass Printer

Durst Image Technology US, Delta SPC 130


Color Enhancement: Electronics For Imaging, EFI ColorGuard
RIP: Canon Solutions America, Océ Touchstone Software
Web-based design: Printbox, Printbox
Workflow/MIS/CRM: Electronics For Imaging, EFI Fiery JobFlow

Sublimation Finishing

HIX Corporation, CT SubliPro

Tabletop Flatbed

LogoJet, LogoJet Uvx40R 18×18 inches


Finished Garment, Accessories: Terry Town, Sublimated Throw Pillow
Finished Garment, Blends: Terry Town, Sublimated Luggage Cover

UV Hybrid

$100,000–$500,000: EFI, EFI VUTEk 32h Superwide Hybrid LED Printer
Flatbed High-Volume Production Class: Vanguard Digital Printing Systems, VKL300D

UV/Latex Flatbed

Under $70,000: LogoJet Inc., LogoJet Uvx90R 24×36 inches
$100,000–$200,000: HP Inc., HP Latex R Printer Series
$200,000–$500,000: Agfa, Jeti Mira 2732 HS LM LED
Under $100,000: Mimaki USA, JFX200-2513 EX
+White ($100,000–$200,000): Canon Solutions America, Océ Arizona 1380 XT
+White ($200,000–$500,000): HP Inc., HP Latex R Printer Series
UV/Latex Hybrid (under $100,000): Mutoh America, ValueJet 1638UH