Océ ProStream™ 1000, Canon Solutions America
The combination of 1200 x 1200 dpi, a new polymer pigment ink, inline pretreatment, and a flotation dryer makes Canon’s inkjet web press capable of producing premium direct mail and high-quality commercial products. The judges were won over by its print quality and ability to print on commodity grade papers, including coated, at high speeds. The ProStream 1000 is sure to take volume from both offset and toner-based digital presses.
PrintFlat™, Global Graphics Software
Ridding inkjet presses of banding issues is a huge accomplishment. PrintFlat from Global Graphics Software creates a customized calibration based on measurements taken from the press. The calibrations are installed into the ScreenPro screening engine and PrintFlat adjusts the density to produce uniformity across a print bar. It expands the range of jobs that can be profitably printed by inkjet.
HP PageWide True Water-Based Inks, HP Inc.
These water-based inks result in vibrant images on coated and uncoated corrugated boards, can be safely used for sensitive products and for primary packaging with no need for any additional barrier, and have proven recyclability. They lack any UV reactive component, contain no heavy metals, and have no perceptible odor. The innovation is expected to increase the use of inkjet-printed corrugated packaging for such products as food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and infant care.
Ricoh Pro VC 70000, Ricoh USA, Inc.
The Ricoh Pro VC 70000 is a 20.5-inch-wide production inkjet web press that gives commercial printers lowered paper costs and the productivity to accelerate the transfer of offset print volumes to digital. This Ricoh-developed technology, featuring a new ink set and special dryer, can print up to 1,200 x 1,200 dpi on offset coated or uncoated stock. The award recognizes the VC 70000’s print quality and its ability to print a wide range of commodity grades with no pre-treatment.