The Printing Industries of America (PIA) has announced the recipients of the 2018 InterTech Technology Award.
The awards recognised 12 innovations in both hardware and software to be be most innovative and are expected to enhance the graphic communications industry.
The technologies selected to receive a 2018 InterTech Technology Award are as follows:
EFI Nozomi C18000 Press, EFI: The Nozomi press is EFI’s first digital solution for corrugated print production. The 1.8 metre-wide inkjet press can print up to 246 linear feet per minute onto corrugated sheets. The Nozomi was deemed an innovative solution that can help converters capitalise on the demand for shorter-run, versioned and variably imaged corrugated boxes.
EFI recently celebrated its first Asian install of the Nozomi press to Thailand's Thai Container's Group.
Iridesse Production Press, Fuji Xerox (Xerox): The Iridesse production press, first launched by Fuji Xerox in Asia at the end of 2017, is recognised by judges for innovative engineering. The press is able to produce six colours in a single pass, including CMYK, gold, silver or clear, with spot-on registration at 120 pages per minute. The Iridesse is equipped with Ultra HD resolution for super sharp images. Users can quickly swap ink positions to produce stunning specialty effects, especially offset-like metallic colours.
Singapore's Khoo Sun Printing recently reported success with the Iridesse Production Press.
JETvarnish 3D Web, MGI Digital Technology: The Konica Minolta MGI JETvarnish 3D Web is lauded for its ability to add stunning embellishment effects to labels and flexible packaging substrates via a digital narrow-web process. The gamechanging solution can produce 2D/3D dimensional, tactile textures, and personalised, embossed foil in one pass without dies or expensive tooling.
Primefire 106, Heidelberg: The Primefire 106 was first launched at drupa 2016. It is a B1-size sheetfed inkjet press that is capable of producing high-quality images on a wide range of substrates. It integrates easily into sheetfed pressrooms due to it using Heidelberg’s existing press platform and prepress workflow. Designed with carton producers in mind, the press can image seven colours at 1200 dpi and reproduce 95% of Pantone spot colours.
HP Indigo Pack Ready Lamination, HP Inc.: The HP Indigo Pack Ready Lamination technology creates a laminate film without the use of adhesives to eliminate cure time. This enables immediate conversion to sealed pouches.
Rapida LiveApp, Koenig & Bauer: The Rapida LiveApp software allows the control and maintenance of Rapida sheetfed offset presses via a mobile device. With the LiveApp, operators are able to start, stop and make press adjustments when they are away from the console. Judges highlighted the maintenance feature in the app that can document issues and communicate them back to Koenig & Bauer.
Other software to win the InterTech Technology award include the Circle PersonalEffect Edition by XMPie, printQ Packaging Design by CloudLab.
Rounding up the 12 honourees are the ScreenPro screening engine by Global Graphics Software, Anti-Fluting Plate Technology for Corrugated by MacDermid Graphics Solutions, a 4-Step Sleking Process by Nobelus, and SpectroDens4 by Techkon.
A technology review booklet showcasing these technologies alongside all of the other entries will be distributed at the upcoming PRINT 18.