SGIA Unveils Product of the Year Winners

SGIA Unveils Product of the Year Winners


Fairfax, VA—The 2018 Product of the Year winners were announced by the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA). After evaluating a record-setting field of 255 submissions, judges of the annual SGIA competition selected 68 winning products.

“This year’s competition was tight. A number of categories were decided by five points or less because of the quality of the submissions,” said Ray Weiss, director, Digital Print Programs, SGIA. “This was a very exciting year for the Product of the Year competition.”

This year’s competition included 68 categories—over a third more than last year’s field of 49. Additions include Digital Inks — Industrial and Packaging, Large-Format Scanners (Flat or Roll), 3D Printers and Single-Pass Printers.sgia_poy_275

“The competition is bigger than ever, and with the additional 19 categories it encompasses even more of the industry. You will want to visit the Golden Image/Product of the Year Gallery at the SGIA Expo so you can see all of the entries for yourself,” added Weiss.

2018 SGIA Expo is held in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 18–20, 2018. The Golden Image/Product of the Year Gallery can be found in Hall C2 at the back of the show floor in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Winners will receive their Product of the Year jewels at a special presentation the evening before the expo opens.

Here are 2018 SGIA Product of the Year winners in each category.

Digital Inks
Textile (Small Format <24”): Sawgrass – Ultra HD Flex
UV: Roland DGA Corporation – ECO-UV inks
Industrial and Packaging: INX International – Prodigy EBGA Premium EB Curable Ink
Display/Exhibit Hardware: Spirit Displays Ltd. – Spirit-TEX Fabric Tension System
Lasers/Routers/Cutters (4’/ x 8’ or Larger): Trotec Laser Inc. – SP 2000
Multi-Function Finishing (Slit/Score/Perf): Safety Speed Manufacturing – DFC-H5 Panel Saw & Dust Free Cutter Combo
Heat Press
Table-Top: STAHLS – Hotronix Fusion IQ
Large-Format Roll or Clam): HIX Corporation – HIX LF-4464
Laminates, Adhesives, Films and Coatings: Drytac – ReTac WipeErase

Large-Format Scanners (Flat or Roll): SMA e Document GmbH – SMA VersaScan

Automation Equipment (Print/Post): OmniPrint International – WURK Bridge

Mutoh America VH-1638UH
RIP, Web-Based Design, Personalization or Product Bldg: Graphical Systems USA – Graphic Tracer Professional
Workflow/MIS/CRM: PrintFactory – PrintFactory Cloud
Spectrophotometer Devices: Barbieri North America Inc. – Spectro LFP qb

Films: Gans Ink and Supply Co – BF9
Non-PVC: Floor Signage LLC – AlumiGraphics Glow Grip
Adhesive Back (Not Vinyl): Gans Ink and Supply – Holographic Window Film
Rigid/Corrugated: Johnson Plastics Plus (Rowmark LLC) – Naturals from Rowmark
Banner (Non-Textile): Gans Ink and Supply Co. – Jet 550
Heat Transfer Material, Cuttable: Siser North America – Blackboard
Heat Transfer Material, Printable: Chemica US – Chemica –Hotmark RevolutionPrint

Apparel: Fisher Textiles – ET3200 Hoodie
Flag: Fisher Textiles – DD 7801 Flag
Banner: Fisher Textiles – GF4019 Nirvana B.O.B
Framing Systems: SENFA – DecoPrint – SUBLIMIS
Canvas: HP Inc – HP Recycled Satin Canvas
Wall Covering: Gans Ink and Supply Co. – Jettex
Home Furnishings: Top Value Fabrics – Sequoia S/577
Media – Adhesive Back Vinyl: Drytac – SpotOn Floor 200
Agfa Graphics Jeti Mira MG 2732 HS LM LED
Dye Sublimation
Transfer Paper: Sawgrass –True Pix Classic Sublimation Transfer Paper
Rigid Material for Transfer: Chromaluxe – ChromaLuxe EXT
Finished Garment Blanks
Natural Fiber: Image Armor/RTP Apparel – Women’s DTG Racer Back Tank Top
Blends: Terry Town – DP1731– Sherpa Lined Micro Mink Throw
Accessories: Terry Town – MYOGA- Sublimated Yoga Mat
DTG – Pre-Press (Sprayers/Dryers): Brown Manufacturing Group – Synergy Pretreat Module and FireFly curing system

Screen Printing
Inks: Marabu North America LP – MaraTech MGO
Pre-Press (Exposure/Imaging): Lawson Screen & Digital Products – Lawson Lock-N-Go
Manual Garment Press: A.W.T. World Trade Inc. – American Redesigned Rototex
Automatic Garment Press: Ryonet + Roq – ROQ Eco P16 Automatic Press
Curing Equipment: M&R Companies – M&R HotHead Fabric Compression System
Drying Equipment: Brown Manufacturing Group – FireFly Curing System
Post-Press (Clean/Reclaim): Easiway Systems – EasiSolv 1028 Ink & Emulsion Remover
Digital/Screen Print Hybrid Printing Systems: M&R Companies – DS-400 Digital Squeegee

Product Finishing – Sewing: MEEVO MKF – MX Event with SEAS

Banner Finishing (Grommet/Sew/Weld): Miller Weldmaster Corp. – 112 Extreme

Direct-to-Garment Printers
White Shirt: OmniPrint International – Freejet 330 TX Plus
Black Shirt: OmniPrint International – Freejet 330 TX Plus
Epson America SureColor F6200
Hybrid (Under $100,000): Mutoh America Inc. – VH-1638UH
UV Hybrid ($100,000–$500,000): Agfa Graphics – Anapurna H3200i LED
UV Flatbed (Under $100,000): Vanguard Digital Printing Systems – VR5D
UV Flatbed ($100,000–$200,000): Vanguard Digital Printing Systems – VK300D
UV Flatbed ($200,000–$500,000): Agfa Graphics – Jeti Mira 2732 HS LM LED
UV Flatbed + White ($100,000–$200,000): Vanguard Digital Printing Systems – VK300D
UV Flatbed + White ($200,000–$500,000): Agfa Graphics – Jeti Mira 2732 HS LM LED
Tabletop Flatbed (Industrial/Small Item Decoration): Mutoh America Inc. – VJ-626UF
RTR/Hybrid/Flatbed New Technology or Inkset: Durst Image Technology U.S. – Delta WT 250
UV Hybrid/Flatbed High Volume Production Class: EFI – EFI VUTEk h3
Mimaki USA 3DUJ-553

Solvent/Latex (Under 80 Inches): Mutoh America Inc. – VJ 1624X
Solvent/Latex (Over 80 Inches): Mutoh America Inc. – VJ 2638X
UV (Under 80 Inches): Roland DGA Corporation – VersaUV LEC-540
UV (Over 80 Inches): Agfa Graphics – Jeti Tauro H3300 RTR LED
Direct Disperse Ink on Textile: Durst Image Technology U.S. – Rhotex 325
Dye Sublimation on Textile: DGI – HSFT
Dye Sublimation on Metal: Epson America Inc. – SureColor F6200

Fujifilm Graphic Systems Onset M
3D Printers: Mimaki USA Inc – 3DUJ-553
Digital Press: Fujifilm Graphic Systems Division – Onset M

Single-Pass Printer: EFI – EFI Nozomi C18000

Direct-to-Shape Printers: Inkcups Now – Helix