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August 14, 2017

SGIA Announces Product of the Year Winners

Entries reflect industry trends, will be displayed at the 2017 SGIA Expo.

Fairfax, Virginia - SGIA has announced the winners of the 2017 Product of the Year Awards, and 49 products rose to the top of the 222 entries. (A list of category winners is below.)

“Wherever we could, we used objective criteria,” said Ray Weiss, Digital Imaging Specialist, SGIA. “That means categories like Roll-to-Roll Dye Sublimation on Textile were objectively evaluated to include industry specifications.”

This year’s competition saw several new categories, including die-cutters, automation equipment, RIP and workflow software, and finished garment blanks.

“The uptick in the number of fabrics entered underlines the surge in printing to fabric. In fact, this year we saw the most entries ever in dye sublimation and direct-to-fabric printing,” Weiss added.

Entries will be on display in the Golden Image Gallery at the 2017 SGIA Expo (New Orleans, October 10–12), and the awards will be presented in a special ceremony the night before the SGIA Expo opens.

“Each of the entries is something special,” Weiss said. “I encourage everyone to visit the display in the Golden Image Gallery.”

To register or learn more about the 2017 SGIA Expo, visit

Digital Inks — Textile: Sawgrass (Booth 2975), SubliJet-HD FLEX Sublimation Inks

Digital Inks — UV: Marabu North America LP (Booth 2119), UltraJet DUV-GR

Finishing — Display/Exhibit Hardware: Windigo Signs (Booth 617), Windigo Portable Sidewalk Sign

Finishing — Equipment — Routers/Cutters: Gravograph (Booth 4107), LS900 Energy Laser Engraver

Finishing — Equipment — Die Cutters: Rollem International (Booth 1944), Insignia Die Cutters

Finishing — Equipment — All Others: Leister (Booth 3356), HEMTEK ST Banner Welder

Finishing — Laminates, Adhesives, Films, Coatings: BannerUps E.L. Hatton Sales Co. (Booth 3504), Banner Ups KederTape Adhesive No-Sew Keder for SEG Signs

Automation Equipment (Print/Post): Esko (Booth 1321), Kongsberg Automatic Robotics System

Software — Workflow/RIP or Web-Based Design, Personalization, or Product Bldg: Onyx Graphics, Inc. (Booth 2435), ONYX Hub

Media — Films: Newlife Magnetics LLC (Booth 3049), MIRACLE MAG

Media — Non-PVC: Flexmag Industries Inc. (Booth 2401), Flexcoat-EZ 40 in.

Media — Adhesive Back (Not Vinyl): Floor Signage LLC/AlumiGraphics (Booth 3168), EZGrip Graphics

Media — Rigid/Corrugated: United Visual Products Inc. (Booth 3727), Blank LED Embedded Corrugated Sign

Media — Banner (Non-Textile): Vescom America (Booth 3953), VESCOM Metallic Sand

Media — Heat Transfer Vinyl/PU/Specialty: Chemica US Corp (Booth 3145), HotMark Revolution

Media — Textile — Apparel: Fisher Textiles (Booth 2201), ETP 4310 Uni

Media — Textile — Banner: Pacific Coast Fabrics part of TVF (Booth 2445), Heavy Deko-Stretch 8488GFS

Media — Textile — Framing Systems: SENFA-DECOPRINT (Booth 4141), ALTERRA

Media — Textile — Canvas: Pacific Coast Fabrics part of TVF (Booth 2445), Basketweave Canvas S/565

Media — Textile — Wall Covering: Dreamscape (Booth 3151), DreamScape WallWrap Silver Fusion

Media — Textile — Home Furnishings: PremEx Solutions (Booth 523), DuraVibe Latex Fabric / Leenane

Media — Adhesive Back Vinyl: Mactac — REBEL X-treme, (Booth 3249)

Textile — Finished Garment — Synthetic: Vapor Apparel (Booth 2745), Vapor Apparel — Solar Performance Long Sleeve T

Textile — Finished Garment — Natural Fiber: Image Armor/i-Group Technologies (Booth 1006), RTP Apparel

Textile — Finished Garment — Blends: Terry Town (Booth1652), DP2315 Water Repellent Microfiber Picnic Basket

Screen Printing — Pre-Press (Exposure/Imaging): M&R Companies (Booth 531,621), I-Image S Computer-to-Screen Imaging System

Screen Printing — Manual Garment Press: Lawson Screen & Digital Products (Booth 413, 901), Lawson Proton

Screen Printing — Automatic Garment Press: M&R Companies (Booth 531,621), CHALLENGER III Automatic Screen Printing Press

Screen Printing — Curing & Drying Equipment: Brown Manufacturing Group (Booth 1845, 3301), FireFly and Vega Combined Curing System

Screen Printing — Post-Press (Clean/Reclaim): Lawson Screen & Digital Products (Booth 413, 901), Lawson Ajax In-Line Reclaimer

Direct-to-Garment Printers (White Shirt): OmniPrint International (Booth 2427), 330 TX Plus

Direct-to-Garment Printers (Color Shirt — Not White) : Kornit Digital (Booth 1617) Kornit Vulcan

Flatbed/Hybrid (under $100K): Mutoh America Inc (Booth 2545), ValueJet 1638UH

UV Hybrid ($100–$500K): EFI (Booth 1501), EFI Pro 16h

UV Flatbed (Under $100K): Canon Solutions America — Ocι Display Graphics Systems (Booth 2525), Arizona 365GT

UV Flatbed ($100K–$200K): Vanguard Digital Printing Systems (Booth 1967), VK300D

UV Flatbed ($200K–$500K): Canon Solutions America — Ocι Display Graphics Systems (Booth 2525), Arizona 6160 XTS with High Flow Vacuum

UV Flatbed + White ($100K–$200K): Mimaki USA Inc. (Booth 1231, 1345, 1445), JFX200 2531

UV Flatbed + White ($200K–$500K): Canon Solutions America — Ocι Display Graphics Systems (Booth 2525), Arizona 6170 XTS with High Flow Vacuum

Small Flatbed (Industrial/Small Item Decoration): Mutoh America Inc (Booth 2545), ValueJet 626UF

Roll-to-Roll Solvent/Latex (Under 80 in.): Mutoh America Inc (Booth 2545), ValueJet 1638X

Roll-to-Roll Solvent/Latex (Over 80 in.): HP Inc. (Booth 1029,1045), HP Latex 3600

Roll-to-Roll UV (Under 80 in.): Mutoh America Inc. (Booth 2545), ValueJet 1638UH

Roll-to-Roll UV (Over 80 in.): Durst Image Technology US, LLC (Booth 1945), Rho 312R Plus

RTR/Hybrid/Flatbed New Technology or Inkset: Canon Solutions America — Ocι Display Graphics Systems (Booth 2525), Colorado 1640

Roll-to-Roll Direct Disperse Ink on Textile: Durst Image Technology US, LLC (Booth 1945), Rhotex 325

Roll-to-Roll Dye Sublimation on Textile: EPSON (Booth 1301), Printer Model TBA Editor’s Note: This is a new product that will not be released until September 2017. EPSON has embargoed the product name until that time.

Roll-to-Roll Dye Sublimation on Metal: EPSON (Booth 1301), SureColor F6200

UV Hybrid/Flatbed High Volume Production Class: Durst Image Technology US, LLC (Booth 1945), Rho P10 250 HS Plus

SGIA — Supporting the Leaders of the Digital & Screen Printing Community
Having its origins in the screen printing industry, SGIA embraced the digital revolution early on and is now the trade association of choice for professionals in the industrial, graphic, garment, textile, electronics, packaging and commercial printing communities looking to grow their business into new market segments through the incorporation of the latest printing technologies. SGIA membership comprises these diverse segments, all of which are moving rapidly towards digital adoption. As long-time champions of digital technologies and techniques, SGIA is the community of peers you are looking for to help navigate the challenges of this process. Additionally, the SGIA Expo is the largest trade show for print technology in North America. “Whatever the medium, whatever the message, print is indispensable. Join the community — SGIA.”

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Fairfax, VA 22031
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