Innovative Technologies Earn 2012 InterTech™ Award
has released more information about the twelve
technologies recently selected to receive a 2012
InterTech™ Technology Award.
The independent panel of judges deliberated over many
technology nominations ranging from digital presses and
related enhancements to a variety of mobile and Web-based
software. Great strides in technology were demonstrated
in color measurement and control, layout and finishing,
security and low migration inks, inkjet and label
presses, printable coatings, pressroom analytics,
management information systems, and product content
management and publishing.
Technologies were selected from those nominated for a
variety of reasons, but the judges felt they all met the
award criteria of being truly innovative and expected
them to have a major impact on the graphic communications
industry. What follows is a description of the technology
and its significance to the field.
The 2012 InterTech™ Technology Award recipients are:
(Listed alphabetically by company, with the technology
Kodak NexPress Red Fluorescing Solution
Eastman Kodak Company
The Kodak NexPress Red Fluorescing Solution lets printers
easily add security to printed documents, direct mail,
and packaging. The virtually invisible dry ink fluoresces
red when illuminated with ultraviolet light. The judges
singled out the technology for its simple and low-cost
approach to adding counterfeit protection.
Enterworks Enable allows a company to manage complex
product information, associated images, and other
marketing assets. The Web-based software then automates
the delivery of this selling content through print and
e-commerce channels. One judge commented: "This is robust
enterprise-level product information management software
that is extremely configurable."
i-cut Suite is a collection of workflow software
for users of large-format digital printers. It gives
companies the essential tools to maintain efficiency and
productivity. "This is complete workflow designed
specifically for large format at a reasonable price,"
noted a judge.
Fujifilm J Press 720
FUJIFILM North America Corporation
The J Press 720 is the world's first half-size sheetfed
inkjet press. It produces accurate and consistent color
work with virtually no makeready waste. The judges
singled out the J Press for its pioneering role in what
is expected to be a major pressroom shift to inkjet.
Prinect Performance Benchmarking
Prinect Performance Benchmarking is a subscription-based
application that lets companies compare the performance
of their Speedmaster presses and operators with other
printers. Said one InterTech judge: "No one else offers
this … it is worth its weight in gold for the printer
that takes true advantage of benchmarking."
Keen MIS and Web-to-Print
Keen Systems, Inc.
Keen MIS and Web-to-Print software is a cloud-based
platform that allows companies to pick a subscription
plan and begin creating storefronts in minutes. The
judges praised the cloud-based and SaaS approach, the
additional functionality from plug-ins, and the
Color Control and Web Inspection System with AccuCam
The QuadTech system uses a spectral sensor to examine the
entire printed image, without the need for control bars.
It monitors color and adjusts inking while detecting a
variety of print issues, including switched plates. The
judges hailed its unique ability to spot scumming and
automatically adjust water.
SunPak LMQ (Low Migration Quality) technology minimizes
the risk of contamination to food and other products from
chemical migration. "Inks, coatings, and fountain
solution leeching into products can be disastrous for
packaging converters and brand owners," commented one
judge. "Sun's innovative LMQ system and products will
help protect companies worldwide."
Technique Business Systems Ltd.
iTechniqueis a management information system running on
iPhone and iPad as a native App, allowing users access to
sales and production data wherever they are. "Being able
to provide a complete MIS application via mobile delivery
is a significant innovation, the synchronization to use
it off-line being a key feature," stated a judge.
Avatrex Transportable Imaging
Utopia Digital Technologies
Avatrex Transportable Imaging is a thin multi-layer
coating on a removable carrier that can be digitally
printed and transferred to practically any surface. The
material has built in adhesive and image protection
properties. The judges were wowed by the technology's
versatility and image quality.
Xeikon X-800 VariLane
Xeikon's VariLane technology is a software add-on to its
X-800 Digital Front End. It allows printers to combine
labels of different SKUs and sizes on the same digital
print run. The judges recognized the advantages for
printers when they can dynamically impose labels in the
digital front end.
The i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer introduces a new level of
color accuracy, an expanded set of features, and supports
the latest measurement standards. When using this
instrument, the ability to measure and then manage
optically brightened papers was particularly impressive
to the judges.
The InterTech star, a symbol of technological innovation
and excellence, will be presented before an audience of
industry leaders during the 2012 Premier Print Awards
Gala featuring the InterTech™ Technology Awards and
web2awards, October 7, in Chicago, Illinois.
A technology review booklet showcasing all of the entries
will be produced and distributed this fall at Graph Expo
2012 and with the September issue of Printing
Industries of America-The Magazine; the booklet will
also be available at
For more information about the InterTech™ Technology
Awards, contact Jim Workman, assistant vice president,
Center for Technology and Research, Printing Industries
of America, at 412-259-1710, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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