The MUST SEE ’EMS Best of Category winners and Legacy Award winner
With the theme of "Integrate, Innovate, Communicate," PRINT 13 and its co-located events are certainly delivering. Here’s a look at some key award winners this week:
MUST SEE 'EMS Winners
From among the record number of companies and entries to the PRINT 13 MUST SEE 'EMS competition, the judges combed through the submissions and selected 49 entries for the MUST SEE 'EMS honor. These winners were announced in August. You can see the list here >>>.
MUST SEE 'EMS Best of Category Winners
This week the 12 “Best of Category” winners were announced for the MUST SEE ‘EMS. The winners were revealed at the conclusion of the annual EXECUTIVE OUTLOOK Conference, Sept. 7, 2013, held immediately prior to the opening of PRINT 13 and the co-located CPP EXPO, Sept. 8-12, 2013 in Chicago, Ill.
"The industry will see from these Best of Category winners there is no lack of innovation and creativity in the R&D part of our industry," said GASC President Ralph Nappi. "Despite some challenging times and limited resources these companies are dramatically committed to making our industry more effective."
The MUST SEE 'EMS Best of Category Winners for 2013 are:
Sales and Order Entry
Hybrid Software - Hybrid Software Facelift
Prepress and Premedia
Enfocus - Enfocus Connect ALL
Color Management and Quality Control
MASTERWORK USA INC. - MK420MINI Full Automatic Sheet Inspection Machine
Variable, Transactional and Multi-Channel
Ricoh - Ricoh Critical Communications Solutions Suite
Pressroom: Analog Presses
Mark Andy Inc. - Mark Andy Performance Series flexo printing presses
Pressroom: Digital Presses
Allen Datagraph Systems, Inc. - AXXIS HS Digital Label System Fujifilm North America Corporation – Graphium
EFI - EFI VUTEk GS-TF System
Postpress and In-line Finishing
MGI Digital Graphic Technology - JETvarnish 3D Twin w/iFoil
Imprinting, Mailing, Shipping and Fulfillment
Printware LLC - iJetPress Digital Inkjet Printer with iJetColor Workflow
EFI - EFI Complete Integrated Workflow for Inkjet
The Future of Print: Technology Demonstrations
AccuZIP Inc. - AccuTrace with LIVINGMAIL
MUST SEE 'EMS Legacy Award at PRINT 13
The Epson Stylus Pro inkjet printer was selected by the panel of 32 MUST SEE 'EMS judges to receive the 2013 Legacy Award. This distinction is awarded to a past MUST SEE 'EMS winner that has had a significant and continuing influence on the graphic communications industry. The honor was announced at the end of the EXECUTIVE OUTLOOK Conference on the eve of PRINT 13.
All MUST SEE 'EMS winners from the first two years of the competition (1999 and 2000) were automatically placed into the Legacy Award competition, where judges looked for products that have inspired innovation and change, not just products that have been popular.
"The 2013 MUST SEE 'EMS Legacy Award recognizes Epson's important contribution to the field of digital proofing," said Nappi. "It was an enabler for many of the automation breakthroughs that followed, including computer-to-plate and color management."
Other comments from the panel of judges included:
"I'm choosing the Epson Stylus Pro inkjet printer both for being a breakthrough proofing device and for being the technical precursor of the wide-format and production inkjet systems that are so important in the graphic communications market today."
"Digital proofing helped to take DTP to the next level of growth. It was the next step on the path that has led to where we are today."
"The quality of this inkjet printer was the start of what we see today in the inkjet printing market."
This year's Legacy Award winner was selected from the full list of MUST SEE 'EMS from 1999 and 2000, but future Legacy Award candidates will be drawn from a three-year window (e.g. 1999, 2000, 2001); all MUST SEE 'EMS honorees from those years will be automatically entered into the competition. The Legacy Award winner is chosen by the MUST SEE 'EMS Selection Committee (a panel of industry experts, journalists, and consultants) based on the impact it has had on the graphic communications industry. The same judges also choose the "Best of Category" winners from the current year's MUST SEE 'EMS competitors.
For more information about the annual MUST SEE 'EMS product and technology recognition program visit >>>.
Positively Print Award Recipient at PRINT 13
GASC also announced Sappi Fine Paper's"PRINT &" book as the recipient of the 2013 "Positively Print" award, a print advocacy program designed to promote the power of print in today's media mix. The award was presented at the close of the EXECUTIVE OUTLOOK Conference before PRINT 13.
"The purpose of the Positively Print program is to share examples of creative and effective print advocacy campaigns with the entire graphic communications industry," said Nappi. "We want to demonstrate to companies involved in print that advocating for print can be done and that it helps to carry a powerful message that will benefit the entire industry."
"Print &" highlights results by showing how print drives return on investment (ROI) when used in combination with alternative media to create effective integrated campaigns. Through independent research and examples, "Print &" explores data on demographic preferences, emotional triggers, and shopping behaviors that illustrate how print creates an interactive, visually intriguing, and tactile experience.
"For the past decade, the increase in digital advertising spend has led to assumptions that print would soon reach its demise, however, industry studies show that the opposite is true," said Patti Groh, marketing director, Sappi Fine Paper North America. "The fact of the matter is that while this industry is constantly evolving, print and digital are proving to be mutually supportive, and brand marketers are learning to play to the strengths of each."
Designed to spotlight the variety of ways in which the effectiveness of print is being promoted, Positively Print entries could be produced in any media, as long as the focus of the submission was on print targeting print buyers, print influencers, and the broader community. Nominated candidates were evaluated on their originality and perceived effectiveness in delivering the message of print as an integral-and effective-component of today's integrated marketing campaigns.
The Positively Print program was created and is administered as an extension of the EXECUTIVE OUTLOOK Conference by GASC co-owners-the National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL), NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies, and the Printing Industries of America.
For more information about the Positively Print program visit >>>.