Voting has now closed for the new Innovation Awards acknowledging progressive developments and partnerships that drive important changes in industrial print and manufacturing. The winners will be announced at the InPrint 2017 exhibition taking place from 14 – 16 November 2017 at the Munich Trade Fair Centre in Germany.
With the new Innovation Awards, InPrint recognises smart and powerful printing solutions that can help transform the manufacturing sector. Over the past weeks, industry professionals have cast their votes for their favourite entries in two categories: “Innovative Partnerships” for forwardthinking co-operations of companies in the industrial print industry, and “Extraordinary Products” for unusual products made using industrial print technologies.
Large scope of practical solutions
The broad spectrum of award entries shows the enormous scope of practical solutions that are currently being developed to open up new opportunities within the manufacturing industry. All contestants demonstrate a high level of commitment to provide innovative equipment and technologies that help manufacturers improve their automation and production processes, with a focus on creating added value with individualised products and high-quality finishes.
The diversity of technologies portrayed above indicates that industrial print is reaching a new level. “The industry has moved from the initial hype over the sheer potential of new technologies to a more pragmatic and practical understanding of the opportunities and challenges”, says Nicola Hamann, Managing Director at the organisers of InPrint, Mack Brooks Exhibitions. “Consumer behaviour is changing rapidly, calling for customized products that reach the markets faster than ever before. Retailers need a swift and flexible production to meet these demands and improve their business agility. There is a growing community of innovators looking to open up new markets and to form new partnerships that will lead to the development of powerful printing solutions capable of improving manufacturing processes.”
“However, more communication and collaboration between manufacturing professionals and technology suppliers are needed to boost the adoption of new printing technologies. By introducing the InPrint Innovation Awards, we would like to recognise excellence in industrial print and put the spotlight on technologies and partnerships that help optimize fabrication processes and allow on-demand production with better design possibilities”, explains Nicola Hamann.
Award sponsor Ricoh takes a similar view and underlines the importance of the Awards in further promoting the opportunities of industrial print: “Ricoh is delighted to be the first headline sponsor for the InPrint Innovation Awards”, says Graham Kennedy, Head of Commercial Ink Jet Business at Ricoh. “We believe that highlighting excellence, and recognising progress is really important with this fast developing technology in order for it to grow and benefit the diverse set of markets it already serves. We look forward to InPrint 2017 and the award ceremony on 14th November and presenting the award to the worthy winners.”
The Innovation Awards Ceremony takes place on the first day of the exhibition, 14 November 2017, at 11.30am at the conference stage in Hall A6
Entries for the category
S-TAGer 1.0 Tag Printer
Using HP Thermal Inkjet Technology, Thallosjet’s industrial desk-top printer for the professional marking of electrical tags and components can adapt to different needs for industrial and professional users, offering high flexibility in substrate matching with water, solvent and UV inks.
Red UV Ink and Protective UV Varnish
Sioen Chemicals, Belgium
An expert in tailor-made pigment pastes, inks, varnishes and primers, Sioen Chemicals have developed the red UV ink and protective UV varnish for the official Belgian license plates with outstanding weathering properties and abrasion resistance.
Roto-JET Multi-Color Printer
Engineered Printing Solutions, USA
This UV-LED, high-resolution printer is designed specifically for decorating cylindrical objects for promotional product runs, craft brewers, wineries, and ad speciality companies. It uses Xaar 1003 printheads with ink recirculation technology, ensuring high flow rates and reliable operation even in the harshest industrial environments.
ValueJet 1638UH Dual Head LED UV Printer
Mutoh Belgium, Belgium
This hybrid LED UV printer will print on a wide variety of rigid and flexible materials, including heat-sensitive substrates, enabling high-quality graphics for short viewing distances, such as packaging designs or customised interior deco as well as prints on clear and non-white substrates and even car wrappings.
Semray® UV LED Curing System
Heraeus Noblelight GmbH, Germany
Easy-to-use plug & play curing solution offering simple integration and maintenance due to exact adjustment and dimensioning of its modular system components. Extremely versatile, it fulfils many different curing process requirements whilst minimising cabling and downtime.
In-Direct Flexo (IDF) Technology
Van Dam Machine Europe BV, Netherlands
The IDF technology combines the low costs of Dry Offset with the consistently high quality and operating comfort of Flexo and the flexibility of Digital. IDF offers fast time to market, low costs even with small series, and endless design possibilities for various containers (e.g. tubs, lids, cups, pails) and materials (e.g. PP, PE, PET, paper, EPS, PS).
Multi DX! Computer to Screen System
Lüscher Technologies AG, Switzerland
Multi DX! is an innovative laser imaging system which meets the increasing need for universal and flexible exposing systems. Almost any flexible and inflexible printing form can be exposed in highest quality and efficiency, with resolutions up to 12,000 dpi.
Entries for the category
Tonejet Cyclone Digital 2-piece Can Decorator
Tonejet Ltd / Rockwell Automation, United Kingdom
This direct-to-shape metal can printing machine unites Tonejet’s unique digital print engine with the intelligent iTRAK transport system by Rockwell to accurately transport the cans during the print process and ensure a high-quality finish.
J-PRINT SP1300 TD “Haptics” Effect Printer
Cefla & Jet-Set / Kuei, Italy
The new single-pass printer for printing 3D tactile feedback effects uses the special MyTexture ink by Kuei for maximum realism in a fast, reliable and cost-efficient process.
HANDcure UV LED Curing Handset
IST METZ / Metabo, Germany
Based on the battery-powered electric tools of Metabo, IST has developed a handheld device for the UV-curing of adhesives and resins used in complex assembly and manufacturing solutions. The novel lightweight construction offers simple handling, a powerful battery and wireless operation.
ProJet TX431 und TX421 Ink Sets
These six colour ink sets use Fujifilm’s reactive dispersant technology in a Fujifilm Samba printhead, allowing on-demand production which reduces waste in material equipment and printed material inventory. It also eliminates the need for steam treatment or extensive water wash during post process fixation, leading to considerable benefits to the environment.