Both are offset replacement machines with their first installations in operation within the last year. Both can deliver offset acceptable quality on standard litho papers. More than half the awards were made to recognise advances in digital printing. Two awards went to HP, one for the True water-based inks for the company’s PageWide printheads, the other for PrintOS Color Beat cloud technology.
Kodak's Flexcel NX Ultra flexo plate picked up another of the awards though is now under the stewardship of Miraclon, the company formed to take over Kodak’s flexo division.
Global Graphics and fellow Europeans Hybrid Software each picked up an award. Global Graphics earned its accolade for its PrintFlat technology which optimises the quality of inkjet printing. Hybrid Software earned its award for Hybrid VDP. Also in printed packaging, Esko gained a further InterTech award for Print Control Wizard to join others won in the past.
The final winners in the top ten were Tilia’s Phoenix 7.0 imposition software and VRCut ready Triumph cutter line from MBM Corporation. This pipped UK company Rollem International whose Insignia rotary die cutter fell just outside the top ten.
Also close behind were variable data applications from XMPie and HP along with the ultra lightweight stock kit for the Xerox Nuvera cutsheet mono press.
The Hybrid application is aimed at packaging producers where variable data is in its infancy and cannot easily adapt software developed for commercial printing and direct mail. Users with Hybrid VDP take a standard PDF design for a label, indicating which elements are variable and linking these to a database.
Global Graphics earned a second a ward in two years with managing director Justin Bailey says: “PrintFlat is an exciting technology that I believe will be a game changer in Digital Inkjet. Banding has been a problem that printers have been putting up with for too long, having to accept that some jobs just can’t be printed with Inkjet. PrintFlat changes all this by solving the banding issue in software, opening up the whole print market to the benefits of digital inkjet.”
By Gareth Ward
Ricoh's Pro VC70000 was pit through its paces at the Hunkeler Innovation Days earlier this year where the inkjet press came up against the Canon ProStream 1000, also an inkjet continuous feed press able to print on standard offset papers.