The SGIA Product of the Year competition evaluates products that are, or will be, available for sale in 2019. A highly qualified panel of judges from across the printing industry evaluated the annual contest’s 200+ entries in 72 categories spanning analogue, digital, output and non-output technologies.
AnaJet, a Ricoh company and pioneer in the direct to garment (DTG) industry, is proud to announce that the RICOH Ri 1000 won the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association’s (SGIA) 2019 Product of the Year Award in the category of ‘Direct-to-Garment Printers (black shirt).’
‘As part of our commitment to serve as a strategic partner for our customers, we continually strive to deliver innovative direct-to-garment technology that fuels profitability and business growth for users,’ explained Karl Tipre, CEO, AnaJet, Inc. ‘We achieved this objective by integrating customer feedback into the design process of the RICOH Ri 1000, making direct-to-garment printing easier, more affordable, and capable of producing even higher quality results than were possible with past printers. It’s incredible for the machine to be recognised for these features, first as a CES 2019 Innovation Award Honouree and now as an SGIA Product of the Year.’
To compete in the category of ‘Direct-to-Garment Printers (black shirt),’ entrants must submit a sample image printed on a black T-shirt. Created by the SGIA specially for the competition, the sample graphic tests overall colour appeal, tonality, image detail, objective colour matching, and grayscale colour cast.
For accurate results, judging is based on reports generated by the Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics at Clemson University. ‘This is the only competition I know of that reports on the percentage of Adobe RGB a printer can hit,’ said Ray Weiss, director of Digital Print Programs, SGIA. ‘We’ll display the reports alongside the entries in the Awards Gallery at PRINTING United in October.’ Judges also factor in overall printer productivity as they assess image quality.
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