Inkcups’ Helix Hi-Fi Wins SGIA Product of the Year Award for Direct-to-Shape Printers
Global printing industry leader Inkcups announced that the company’s photorealistic digital printer, Helix® Hi-Fi, was named 2019 Product of the Year in the Direct-to-Shape Printers category by SGIA.
The Helix® Hi-Fi is the industry’s first true photorealistic digital cylinder printing machine. An evolution of Inkcups’ flagship Helix® rotary digital printer, the Hi-Fi produces high-resolution images with photorealistic skin-tone matching thanks to the addition of two-color pockets: light cyan and light magenta. The machine utilizes advanced smoothing technology, which removes any potential graininess from an original image for better print quality output, a key feature for reproducing facial images. Ideal for promotional and retail markets, the Helix® Hi-Fi prints multicolor graphics on straight-walled cylinders, tapers and objects with limited wall curvatures. Typical applications include stainless steel vessels, glass candle holders, mixing glasses and barware.
“We are honored and gratified to receive this key industry award,” said Ben Adner, CEO of Inkcups. “We released the Hi-Fi with the intent that it would improve printing quality and capabilities for the personalization and promotional markets. We’re always striving to offer the most capable printing systems in the business and this recognition underscores our efforts and achievements.”
Open to all PRINTING United exhibitors, the Product of the Year reviews and recognizes the top products that are, or will be, available for sale in 2019. All entries will be displayed in the Awards Gallery at the inaugural PRINTING United show (Oct. 23 - 25, Dallas). A panel of judges from across the printing industry evaluated more than 200 entries in a range of categories spanning analog, digital, output and non-output technologies.
“The Product of the Year competition represents the best of the best among commercial hardware, software, consumables, and industrial and screen equipment,” said Ray Weiss, Director of Digital Print Programs, SGIA.
Inkcups will receive their Product of the Year recognition on Oct. 22 at PRINTING United, and will display its range of digital, pad printing and laser platemaking machines as well as a few new machines at booth 2011.