Congratulations to this year’s Top 30 award winners; these companies generated the highest reader interest throughout the year. Annually, we tabulate the top 30 and five honorable mentions as determined by our reader information service, DPSmagdirect.com. Each time a company or product is mentioned—through both editorial and advertising—online or in print, INFO#s, are assigned to allow readers to request more information or visit product and company Web pages.
In addition to highlighting reader interest for specific companies, the Top 30 provides a holistic look at important topics. This year, the results show a strong interest in both digital printing and finishing solutions at 34 and 31 percent, respectively.
We’ve asked the Top 30 vendors and five honorable mentions to provide a company overview, as well as up to three key products that serve the space. The product highlights and associated INFO#s are available in a chart within the article.
Avanti Computer Systems
Founded in 1984, Avanti provides Print MIS solutions that help the print industry automate all facets of business and cultivate a more meaningful connection with their customer. Avanti Slingshot is the next generation Print MIS, designed specifically for the printing industry. It incorporates business intelligence, production planning, fulfillment, shipping, and billing into one easy-to-use, easy-to-implement system.
Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $36 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies of 2014. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes.
Colordyne Technologies (CDT) is a leading manufacturer of efficient, high-resolution digital print solutions powered by Memjet technologies. CDT is committed to providing label and tag color on demand inkjet printers for a range of applications and industries at breakthrough speeds and cost effectiveness. CDT’s range of digital color platforms demonstrate the company’s specialization in scalability of the industry’s most versatile products.
For more than 60 years, Duplo has set the standard with innovative and reliable finishing products in the graphic arts and continues to lead the way with solutions that are automated, productive, and cost efficient. Today, Duplo manufactures a complete line of print finishing equipment from all-in-one slitter/cutter/creasers, folders, and perfect binders to sheet feeding, bookletmaking, and saddle stitching systems for offset and digital printers in both high production and small office environments.
Headquartered in CA’s Silicon Valley, with offices worldwide, EFI is a leader in digital print. Offering value-added combinations of hardware, software, and consumables, the company is driving the print industry’s transformation from analog to digital color. Its products allow users to produce, communicate, and share information in an easy and effective way.
Epson America, Inc.
Epson America, Inc. offers a range of award-winning image capture and image output products for the business, commercial print, graphic arts, photographic, signage, direct-to-garment, and fabric production markets.
Esko is a supplier and integrator of innovative solutions for packaging, wide format, commercial printing, and publishing. Its products and services increase productivity, reduce time-to-market, and lower costs. Headquartered in Belgium, Esko operates sales and support in various countries, with North American headquarters in Miamisburg, OH.
FUJIFILM North America Corp., Graphic Systems Division
The Graphic Systems Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation delivers a range of solutions for workflow, consultative services, remote monitoring, color standardization, and G7 implementation; pressroom products; CTP, proofing; digital printing; and wide format. Fujifilm also manufactures and distributes Sericol inks and is a leader in the development of UV inks for the screen printing, narrow web, and large format digital printing industries.
GMC Software Technology
Ranked as a market leader in Customer Communication Management by Forrester and Gartner, GMC Software Technology provides enterprise document workflow solutions that allow companies to improve the customer experience through more effective communications. GMC provides a single platform solution enabling marketing, sales, and operational teams to communicate with customers as one voice through coordinated, consistent communications on demand, interactively, and in high-volume batches via print, email, and/or the Web.
HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments, and society. With the broadest technology portfolio spanning printing, personal systems, software, services, and IT infrastructure, HP delivers solutions for customers’ most complex challenges in every region of the world.
INX is a leading global manufacturer of inkjet inks for wide format, superwide, and new generation digital printers, and a supplier of printing parts and related services. The company offers a full palette of digital ink systems, advanced technologies, and integrated services including chemistry, hardware and software, engineering design, integration, and media.
Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging for business. It provides innovative hardware, software, consumables, and services to customers in graphic communications, packaging, and functional printing. With its world-class R&D organization and extensive product portfolio, Kodak helps customers around the globe grow business in a sustainable way.
Konica Minolta Business
Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is a leader in information management focused on enterprise content, technology optimization, and cloud services. The company’s solutions help organizations improve their speed to market, manage technology costs, and facilitate the sharing of information to increase productivity.
L2, Inc. provides Web-based, integrated channel marketing technology solutions. Its end-to-end approach enables marketers and marketing service providers to implement solutions effectively, meeting channel marketing needs in any vertical.
MBM Corporation provides cutting-edge finishing products for today’s digital printing industries. Its extensive product line includes the MBM icrease series, Triumph cutters, Aerocut digital print finishing systems, folders, collators, and bookletmakers. All MBM products are backed by a team of factory trained technicians and one of the best warranty packages in the industry.
The renowned MBO brand was officially introduced to North America in 1984 as MBO America. Several strategic partnerships and acquisitions have established MBO America as a comprehensive, single-source provider of postpress finishing equipment, with expertise in digital web finishing, direct mail, commercial finishing, and die cutting. This year, MBO America celebrates 30 years with its customer-centered, New MBO that today offers more of the highest quality, flexible, and reliable postpress solutions than ever before.
Melissa Data is a leading provider of global address management and list services. The company offers everything from address correction, mailing software, and downloadable mailing lists to data enhancements such as email, phone, and address append, it has the services needed to deliver value to your customers.
Muller Martini Corp.
Muller Martini is the world’s largest producer of print finishing solutions for commercial and book printers, trade binderies, and newspapers as well as short-run and digital book manufacturers.
Mutoh America, Inc.
Mutoh America, Inc. manufactures wide format printers and plotting cutters. Home to the ValueJets, Mutoh’s line of inkjet printers are known for quality, speed, and Smart Printing technologies.
Pitney Bowes, a global technology company, powers billions of physical and digital transactions in the connected and borderless world of commerce through data management and engagement software, shipping and mailing solutions, and location intelligence offerings.
PressWise by SmartSoft
PressWise provides a single, end-to-end Web to print, MIS, and workflow automation system, with all the tools needed to streamline operations and grow business. PressWise reduces the amount of touches required to run each job, lowering costs, and providing faster throughput. PressWise is offered as a software as a service business model with no long-term contracts.
RB Sun Enterprises
RB Sun Enterprises manufactures business card slitters and the HS-100-Handi-Scor. The company features Gutter Cut—for full-bleed cards—both automatic and manual along with regular cut, ten- and 12-up formats. Skilled craftsmen build all machines in the U.S. Products feature two-inch, high-carbon steel self-sharpening blades that are chain and gear driven.
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems, and IT services. Within the print production space, the company helps businesses thrive by focusing on document integrity, profitability, cost reduction, and efficiency. The company serves the graphic arts community, in-plant shops, and enterprises with vertical solutions for industries such as legal, insurance, healthcare, manufacturing, and retail.
Rollem specializes in die cutting, slitting, scoring, perforating, and fold/glue machinery for high-quality finishing of digital output to eliminate excess labor and touch points. Rollem equipment scores digital stocks without cracking and delivers full-bleed slitting and perforating—simultaneously, or individually. The company offers free consultations on print finishing solutions for all size printers.
Satori Software Inc.
Satori Software delivers powerful data quality and mailing preparation solutions. Organizations that use Satori products and services gain highly accurate contact information, reduce returned mail, improve delivery times, and maximize postage discounts. Satori Software works actively with key industry associations including PostCom, MTAC, IDEAlliance, and AMSP to provide customers with the information needed to prepare for the latest industry changes.
Screen USA, a SCREEN Graphic and Precision Solutions group company, is a leading supplier of systems and components for the graphic communications industry. Screen’s diverse line of integrated products features digital printing systems for a variety of applications, including print on demand, variable data, flexographic/packaging solutions, industrial, and sign/display printing. The company continues to introduce new advances in every category.
Standard Finishing Systems
Standard distributes a broad line of inline, off-line, and near-line print finishing products including Horizon die cutters, perfect binders, collators, folders, saddlestitchers, and bookletmakers; and Hunkeler sheet feeders, unwinders, rewinders, cutters, and web inspection systems. Standard has applied its knowledge of the conventional offset print finishing industry to engineer effective solutions for the digital print on demand market.
Therm-O-Type is the manufacturer of the Zip line of digital finishing equipment, the NSF series foil stamping/embossing/die-cutting presses, foil fusing equipment and supplies, thermography, and business card slitting equipment.
Since the invention of Xerography more than 75 years ago, the people of Xerox have helped businesses simplify the way work gets done. Today, the company is a global leader in business process and document management, helping organizations of any size be more efficient so they can focus on their real business.
Zünd America, Inc.
Zünd, a leading manufacturer of digital flatbed cutting systems, offers multifunctional, high-productivity cutters/routers with numerous tools and automated material-handling options for processing printed/unprinted materials up to two inches thick and ten feet wide. Designed for maximum versatility and modularity, all G3/S3 models are powered by a direct-drive system and the Zünd Cut Center 2.0, a complete digital workflow suite that is designed to be efficient and easy to use.
In addition to the top 30 ranked companies, we recognize five honorable mentions. Here are their company profiles.
Aleyant Systems LLC
Aleyant Systems provides robust Web-to-Print (W2P) software services at value-driven prices. Its flagship product, Pressero, is one of the most complete W2P storefront systems within its price class. Pressero includes eDocBuilder, Interactive Designer, an HTML5-based online design, personalization, and variable data publishing system.
Count Machinery Company is a U.S. manufacturer of quality digital finishing equipment. It specializes in small-footprint UV coaters, digital creasing, high-speed inkjet numbering, perforating, scoring, as well as crash numbering solutions. Count also offers high-volume feeding solutions for many different manufacturers’ finishing equipment.
Magnum Magnetics Corporation
Magnum Magnetics is a U.S. manufacturer of flexible magnetic sheeting, strip, and custom profiles. It offers printable magnetic sheeting for multiple printing presses including offset, flexographic, inkjet, and digital. The company takes the time to understand client applications before recommending a magnetic solution.
OKI Data features commercial-grade digital color printers for the graphic arts and production market, including digital envelope printers; digital web presses with finishing, laminating, and digital die-cutting options; and digital printers featuring white and clear toner. Different products and configurations offer specialized media flexibility including envelopes, continuous feed roll labels, transfer media, and variable data/variable graphics support.
Spiel Associates specializes in perfect binders, punches, wire binders, and automated plastic coil equipment. The company’s Coilmaster Jr. and Digipunch products offer an economic way of producing plastic coil books. The Sterling Digibinder is a self-adjusting perfect binder that produces books up to two inches thick.
An Integrated Approach
At DPS, we believe that the power of print is complemented by the convenience of Web-based channels. This is why we practice an integrated approach in all of our communications and publications. Articles in DPS are available in printed issues, which are mailed in hardcopy form to our subscriber base, as well as distributed as a digital edition, which are easily accessible online—both current and archived issues. Articles, Target Charts, and more are posted directly to our Web site, www.dpsmagazine.com. These articles are easy to search, read, link, and share.
In 2015, we plan to continue with our integrated approach to publishing, providing our readers with access to information in whichever format they prefer at any given time. DPSmagdirect.com is updated regularly, offering access to more information for all companies, products, and services covered throughout the year. If you haven’t yet, be sure to browse this resource as you look for more information on leading industry vendors and products. dps
Nov2014, DPS Magazine