Mimaki wins five SGIA Product of the Year printer awards; four with the help of GMG color management solutions
Easy to use GMG SmartProfiler and GMG ColorServer help Mimaki achieve exceptional color results
Companies from around the world entered the competition, submitting more than 100 entries in 21 categories. This year's entries, which were evaluated during the 2010 SGIA Expo (Las Vegas, October 13-15), represented some of the industry's most innovative digital products.
"The Product of the Year award winners highlight the best technologies and consumables from the specialty imaging community," says Jeff Burton, SGIA's Digital Printing Analyst. "Entries were so good that judging category winners was a real challenge."
Winners of the Product of the Year competition have benefited from worldwide recognition and the ability to market their product as a winner of this prestigious competition.
Manufacturers submit entries to gain exclusive industry recognition. Output Device Competition entries submitted prints generated from an Association test file that offered various challenges. Non-output competition entries were judged based on their perceived value to the digital imaging community by industry leaders and showcased in the Golden Image Gallery during the 2010 SGIA Expo. Awards were honored within five major categories:?Media for digital inkjet (six sub-categories); Inks; Business or other workflow software; Finishing; and?Output Devices.
FOUR DIGITAL PRINTER AWARDS FOR MIMAKI
Mimaki received awards for its digital printers in four categories:
- Poster Size-Solvent/Latex printers < 96: Mimaki USA Inc, JV33-160
- Rigid White Ink UV <$200K MSRP: Mimaki USA Inc, JFX-1615
- Grand Format Roll-to-Roll-Solvent & Latex inks: Mimaki USA Inc, JV33-260
- Grand Format Roll-to-Roll-UV cure ink: Mimaki USA Inc, JFX-1631R
Mimaki USA received a fifth Product of the Year award for its LF200 UV Flexible Inks for Backlit/Display.
"SGIA provides a PDF image with a number of printing challenges, such as flesh tones, gray scales, and very specific spot colors - all of which must be reproduced as accurately as possible. That is where GMG SmartProfiler and GMG ColorServer helped out," explains Francisco DeBrito, Applications Supervisor, Mimaki USA Inc and the person responsible for delivering the Mimaki entries to the SGIA. "Because it is fully wizard-driven, GMG SmartProfiler is very easy to use. We profiled our printers with GMG SmartProfiler, while GMG ColorServer created files that, in particular, helped us to create very accurate spot colors as CMYK builds."
"While our partnership with GMG helped us win the printer Product of the Year awards, we are just as pleased with other collaborative efforts," comments Steve Urmano, Markerting Director, Mimaki USA, Inc. "The technological collaboration utilizing both our companies' highly innovative solutions helps us meet the challenges specialty print providers are experiencing. The success at SGIA corroborates the color accuracy of our print engines along with the assistance of GMG color management tools."
About GMG GmbH & Co. KG
GMG is a leading developer and supplier of high-end color management software solutions, founded in 1984 and located in Tuebingen, Germany. With more than 25 years of experience in the graphic arts industry, the GMG brand is synonymous with a guarantee for high-quality solutions for everything to do with color. GMG's goal is to provide complete solutions for standardizing and simplifying the color management workflow in order to achieve consistent colors on all media types and with any printing technology. Today, more than 10,000 systems are in use among customers around the globe. These span a wide range of industries and application areas including advertising agencies, prepress houses, offset, flexo, packaging, digital, and large-format printers as well as international gravure printers. GMG is represented by branches and authorized dealers the world over.
About the GMG solutions: Based on the 4-D color-transformation engine, the proofing solution GMG ColorProof provides the most accurate way of calibrating digital inkjet proofing devices to produce contract color proofs precisely matched to the printing process. GMG DotProof® enables users to generate contract quality halftone proofs, using the original bitmap data of the output RIP. GMG FlexoProof is specifically tailored to the needs of the packaging industry, simulating any kind of substrate structures and spot colors in the halftone proof. GMG ProofControl guarantees reliable and complete quality control of digital color proofs based on a defined standard. GMG ProofMedia is a range of proofing-specific substrates manufactured to strict tolerances specifically for color critical applications. GMG ColorServer, with automatic hotfolder technology and based on the Adobe® PDF Library, provides fully automatic color conversions for all printing processes - CMYK-to-CMYK, RGB-to-CMYK and RGB-to-RGB. The GMG SmartProfiler wizard allows the profiling and calibration of different output devices, such as digital presses or large format systems, easily and quickly. GMG InkOptimizer automatically reduces chromatic colors, thus providing cost savings by reducing unnecessary ink usage, along with better print stability on press. GMG FlowConnect enables the complete integration of the color management solutions GMG ColorServer and GMG InkOptimizer into current workflow systems. GMG PrintControl is an easy-to-use solution for standardizing printing presses and effective process control in the pressroom.
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