by DPS Magazine Staff
It’s that time again, our annual Top 30 Reader’s Choice Awards! This year’s winners feature many of the same vendors that have been honored in the past, along with some new favorites.
Top 30 winners are selected based on reader engagement with our database, rcpmarketlink.com. Fueled by editorial, advertisements, and product news, these vendors received the most hits for information throughout the year via INFO#s found within each issue associated with editorial mentions and advertisements.
Check out the chart of new and flagship products on page 24. Visit DPSMagdirect.com to learn more about any product, service, or company featured in this or previous issues.
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We asked the Top 30 vendors and five honorable mentions to provide a company profile and highlight up to three products that represent their ongoing commitment to the markets they serve. Products and services are presented in chart format on page 24.
We empower print businesses with software and unmatched support to eliminate costly manual processes and foster profitable growth. Aleyant’s automated print software solutions create a solid foundation for growing your print business by automating daily print processes such as ordering, pricing, file correction, production, and customer service. Our automation print software reduces manual touches, errors, and production time for your print shop. With it, you can connect online design to business-to-consumer and business-to-business online print stores. Integrate your print store to estimating, production management, customer service, and prepress automation. You can use Aleyant software products separately, together, or with over 1,500 third-party applications via direct API or Zapier.
BlueCrest, formerly the Document Messaging Technologies division of Pitney Bowes, is an independent company with a long tradition of global leadership in enterprise print, mail, and customer communications solutions.
We are one of the world’s leading suppliers of substrate processing, printing and converting equipment, and services for the label, flexible packaging, folding carton, and corrugated board industries. Founded in 1890 by Joseph Bobst in Lausanne, Switzerland, BOBST has a presence in more than 50 countries, runs 19 production facilities in 11 countries, and employs more than 5,600 people around the world.
Canon Solutions America
Canon Solutions America, Inc., a Canon U.S.A. Company, provides industry-leading enterprise, production print, and large format solutions supported by exceptional professional and technical services. Canon Solutions America helps companies improve efficiency and control costs through high volume, continuous feed, digital and traditional printing, and document management solutions.
Canon U.S.A., Inc, is committed to helping our customers grow by providing an integrated array of automated, productive, user friendly, and profitable solutions. With one of the broadest portfolios in the industry we develop hardware, such as digital presses and wide format printers; workflow software; and professional services to assist a commercial printer in growing their business and profits. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility.
The complete web-to-print toolkit designed to streamline the creation of personalized designs online. Customer’s Canvas integrates into any existing or new website, allowing companies to build ordering workflows for print and packaging products of virtually any complexity.
Established in 1979, Duplo USA Corporation is the leading provider of innovative print finishing solutions for the graphic arts. Duplo continuously strives to bring the latest in finishing automation to market and introduced the first all-in-one slitter/cutter/creaser, air suction collating and bookletmaking system, and tabletop folder, as well as the compact and sensory-driven raised spot UV coater.
eProductivity Software is the Productivity Software Business of Electronics For Imaging, Inc. It is an independent global software company after being acquired by an affiliate of Symphony Technology Group, a private equity partner to market-leading companies in software, data, and analytics.
Epson America, Inc. offers an extensive array 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.
GPA expands brand potential, providing substrates to help our partners and clients innovate and shape the printing industry. Collaborations with strategic partners, creatives, and printers help facilitate ideas through our substrates. Our Global Fedrigoni Network team manufactures and distributes an unparalleled range of products in support of digital, offset, and flexographic press technologies.
We are a North American company with dealers located throughout Canada, the U.S., and abroad. Graphic Whizard has built a superb reputation for manufacturing and distributing quality print finishing equipment. Starting with the manufacturing of number/perforating/score machines and then progressing to creasing systems, Graphic Whizard now supplies a range of bindery/print finishing equipment able to fulfill any production requirement and budget.
Heidelberg has been a reliable and highly innovative partner to the global printing industry for more than 160 years. We are helping to define the future trends in our industry with state-of-the-art technologies and innovative business ideas for commercial, label, and packaging customers. With the largest service coverage in the industry, we offer technical, financial, and performance services to ensure customers are getting the most from their equipment.
HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions, and services, we engineer experiences that amaze.
Kodak is a global technology company focused on print and advanced materials and chemicals. We provide industry-leading hardware, software, consumables, and services primarily to customers in commercial print, packaging, publishing, manufacturing, and entertainment. We are committed to environmental stewardship and ongoing leadership in developing sustainable solutions.
Komori Corporation / MBO America
Komori America Corporation, Rolling Meadows, IL, is a premier manufacturer of offset and digital presses for printing and packaging. Komori’s world-class technology is known for product reliability, outstanding print quality, and substrate flexibility. From unsurpassed print quality and impressively fast makeready to intuitive software, Komori is committed to the advancement of print and dedicated to helping its customers navigate the print industry’s digital transformation.
Konica Minolta / MGI
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is a leader in industrial and commercial printing and packaging solutions. With a comprehensive portfolio of production print offerings it delivers the latest innovations in printing, applications, and expertise. Its All Covered IT Services division offers a range of IT strategy, support, and network security solutions across all verticals.
Mactac applications include windows, walls, floors, and more. In fact, for over 60 years, Mactac has been at the forefront of product development for digital printing, mounting, laminating, screen printing, and cut vinyl needs. You can rely on us for industry-leading quality and unmatched service, and trust that we have the next up-and-coming innovation that will transform your business.
U.S. manufacturer of flexible magnetic sheeting, strip, and custom profiles. We offer printable magnetic sheeting for multiple printing presses including offset, flexographic, inkjet, and digital. We will take the time to understand your application before recommending a magnetic solution.
Muller Martini is the world’s largest producer of print finishing solutions for commercial and book printers, trade binderies, newspapers, as well as short-run and digital book manufacturers.
Ricoh USA, Inc.
Ricoh USA Graphic Communications is committed to helping businesses grow, improving customer engagement, and increasing operational efficiencies. We are a leading provider of digital services and information management and print and imaging solutions that support digital transformation and optimize business performance. We are constantly thinking ahead, innovating, and devising new ways for our technologies and services to provide value and opportunities for our customers.
RISO, Inc., the North American subsidiary of RISO Kagaku Corporation, is headquartered in Woburn, MA and is a provider of high-speed inkjet printers and accessories. Pioneers and innovators in cutsheet inkjet printing, RISO focuses on productivity, cost containment, and versatility, providing compact, high-volume printers with a heatless imaging process that outperforms much larger, more complex printing processes. RISO’s printers offer fast, affordable cutsheet inkjet output—in color—at speeds from 108 up to 320 variable data images per minute. RISO products set the standard for machines with the fastest output, the smallest footprint, and the most cost-effective operation.
Rollem specializes in print finishing systems and sheetfed die-cutting systems. The Insignia die-cutting system is a new class of die cutters offering ease of operation and quick changeovers. It is ideal for folded cartons, packaging, gift cards, and more. Proudly made in the U.S., Jetstream is our bidirectional slitting, scoring, and perforating system, ideal for postcards, business cards, and shelf tags. With a folder/gluer it is a fully automated direct mail finishing system. The Semi-Slitter kiss-cuts pressure-sensitive adhesive stock for stickers and labels. The Slipstream card converting system is used by top manufacturers to produce game cards. Tell us about your finishing issues or bottlenecks and we’ll provide you with options to streamline production, and eliminate excess labor and waste while expanding your product offerings. Sizes compatible with all press sizes up to B2 sheets.
SCREEN Americas, a SCREEN Graphic and Precision Solutions group company, provides a range of solutions to meet graphic communications needs with a strong focus on production-class inkjet printing technology. For more than 50 years, SCREEN Americas has created satisfied customers in the commercial, transactional, publishing, direct mail, label, folding carton, and flexible packaging markets by delivering the latest innovations to help printers grow their businesses.
Signs365 is a grand format, trade-only wholesale printer. We offer a wide variety of full-color, high-quality printed products all produced in 24 hours. $10 Overnight Anywhere shipping is available on all products. Signs365—we are only trade only!
SmartSoft provides desktop and enterprise-level workflow solutions for print workflow management and automation, postal address correction, and postal discounts. Products include the AccuMail suite of data and address correction and verification software; the all-in-one postal software solution, SmartAddresser; the mail tracking service MailSpotter; and the end-to-end print workflow automation platform, PressWise.
Standard distributes a broad line of feeding and finishing products including Horizon perfect binders, collators, folders, saddle stitchers, die cutters, slitters/creasers, and bookletmakers; and Hunkeler unwinders, rewinders, cutters/stackers, dynamic perforators, and inspection systems for continuous-feed printers. Standard has applied its knowledge of the conventional offset print finishing industry to engineer effective solutions for the expanding digital and inkjet print markets.
THERM-O-TYPE digital finishing products include the Glue-Tech sheet-to-sheet gluer, the NSF Elite, Excel & Ultra die cutting/foil stamping/embossing presses, RDC-Flex rotary die cutter, Zip cutter/slitter/creaser/finisher models, RAS-mc right angle slitters, and traditional business card slitters. THERM-O-TYPE also produces foil fusers and hand-fed thermography equipment. THERM-O-TYPE has been supporting the printing industry with equipment, supplies, and technical expertise since 1977.
Korean venture, VALLOY is a global digital printing solution company. BIZPRESS13R is a Xerox engine-based roll label press and DUOBLADE WX is a fully automatic blade-driven roll-to-roll digital label finisher. DUOBLADE WX II has eight cutting heads to catch up with the speed of laser cutters, showing clean cutting edges without dust nor scratches. DUOBLADE FX is an intelligent sheetfed sticker cutter that produces various kiss and full cut outputs in unmanned environment.
Xeikon America, Inc.
A division of the Flint Group, Xeikon is an innovator in digital printing technology. The company designs, develops, and delivers web-fed digital color presses for labels and packaging applications, commercial, and graphic arts printing. These presses utilize LED-array-based dry toner electrophotography, open workflow software, and application-specific toners. Xeikon Dry Toner is FDA-compliant for food labels and packaging applications.
Xerox is a technology leader that innovates the way the world communicates, connects, and works. We understand what’s at the heart of sharing information—and all of the forms it can take. We embrace the integration of paper and digital, the increasing requirement for mobility, and the need for seamless integration between work and personal worlds. Every day, our innovative print technologies and intelligent work solutions help people communicate and work better.
We can’t stop at 30. Here’s a roundup of the five honorable mentions.
Avanti, a Ricoh Company
At Avanti, our goal is to help you deliver more jobs, in less time, with the confidence in knowing that every aspect of your shop is integrated into one powerful print MIS platform. Connect islands of automation, eliminate breakpoints in your workflow, and get the information you want when and where you want it—easily, with the award-winning Avanti Slingshot. From order entry through to production and billing, Avanti Slingshot enables you to work more efficiently.
Colordyne Technologies is a leading manufacturer of efficient, high-resolution digital print solutions. Colordyne 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. The company’s range of digital color platforms demonstrate its specialization in scalability of the industry’s most versatile products.
Nobelus distributes a variety of specialty laminates and films along with the highest quality laminating systems in the industry. We serve a range of clients across the print, publishing, photo, packaging, and prime label markets by providing industry-leading service and support. Nobelus solutions are driven by continuous innovation, ingenuity, and a desire to see our customers succeed.
Rochester Software Associates
Rochester Software Associates (RSA) is the only company in the industry to provide transform, output management, prepress, and web to print (W2P) software solutions to support digital production print workflows. For over 30 years, our customers have used RSA solutions to turn printing into productivity, automating print workflows.
Zund America, Inc.
Zünd digital cutting systems are ideal for graphics, packaging, and other industrial applications. With a complete palette of cutting, routing, and even laser tool options for processing rigid and/or flexible substrates, the G3/S3 and dual-beam D3 are adaptable to any production environment.
That concludes this year’s Top 30. If you don’t see a company that you feel deserves some recognition—let us know. Visit DPSMagdirect.com throughout the year and request information on their products and services.
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Mar2023, DPS Magazine