SGIA Expo 2017 awards

Here are UV flatbed winners at SGIA Expo 17

SGIA’s Product of the Year competition showcases digital imaging products that keep the specialty imaging industry moving forward. Product of the Year winners have benefited from worldwide recognition and the ability to market their product as a winner of this prestigious competition. The following review was based only on UV flatbed products, even though there were many other wide format categories that deserved accolades as well. Other winners can be found here:

UV Flatbed (under $100K)

CANON OCE – Arizona 365 GT 

The world’s best-selling large format UV flatbed printer family continues to lead the way in winning awards each year. Océ Arizona 365 GT features print speeds up to 377 square feet/hour, white ink capability for backlits or printing onto coloured objects, roll media option available for true roll-to-roll capability and instant switching between flatbed printing and optional roll-to-roll. It’s well suited for applications ranging from standard sign and display (POP, retail signage, backlit signs) to specialty and industrial applications.

UV Flatbed ($100K-200K)

Vangard Digital – VK300D

The VK300D is touted as the fastest, most reliable 5’ x 10’ flatbed printer on the market…at a price that won’t break the bank! Quite the claim. Founded in 2015, Vanguard is a manufacturer of wide format UV and textile printers. With a configurable carriage design, from two to ten printheads, you can start at the production speeds you need and easily add printheads as your demand grows – very unique! With just two colour printheads you can print 15 boards an hour in production mode. Add two more and reach 25 boards an hour; four more will get you 40 boards per hour. Definitely worth a look.

UV Flatbed ($200K-500K)

CANON OCE – Arizona 6160 XTS with High Flow Vacuum 

Océ Arizona 6100-Series dedicated high volume flatbed systems are ideal for sign and display graphics print service providers with a production potential in excess of 30,000m² per year. An easy-to-use, high-volume flatbed, the Océ Arizona 6100-Series delivers highly productive rigid media printing and sets new standards for print quality, application versatility and reliability. A new 6-colour Océ VariaDot imaging technology produces ink droplets from 6 to 42 picolitres resulting in superb image detail, smooth colour transitions and vivid, uniform solid colours.

UV Flatbed+White ($100K-200K)

Mimaki – JFX200 2531

The Mimaki JFX200-2531 extended-bed UV LED flatbed printer is based on the popular JFX200-2513 printer, with double the print area and twin independent vacuum pumps to increase productivity by enabling printing to continue from one origin while the other is prepared. A variety of inks including white, clear and jettable primer are available to suit nearly any application. The UV LED lamps offer reduced energy consumption and a longer lamp life. Features include:  the ability to print on two 4’ x 8’ boards, position jigs or pre-cut pieces without stopping production, or print on one oversized sheet up to 98.4” wide x 122” long.  Variable Dot Technology and Mimaki Advanced Pass System (MAPS) deliver smooth gradients and mid-tones, with a variety of inks including white, clear, and jettable primer.

UV Flatbed +White ($200K-500K)

CANON OCE – Arizona 6170 XTS with High Flow Vacuum 

The OCE 6170 is purpose-built for higher-volume printing environments. With either the Océ Arizona 6160 XTS or the Océ Arizona 6170 XTS printer, you can produce Arizona-quality results at speeds of up to 1,668 ft2/hour. The ease-of-use and versatility synonymous with the Océ Arizona printers is apparent in the extra large table design that offers continuous print production of standard size rigid media, reducing operator intervention and increasing revenue growth potential.


Peter Dulis

Peter Dulis is an award-winning photographer & large format-printing executivehaving worked with Canon Canada for the last 14 years as National Manager, Large Format Printers. Peter is a frequent contributor to Luminous Landscape, Graphic Arts Magazine, Photo News, Visual Wilderness and his photography and articles can be found on his websites - Peter is available for consultation or keynote speaking engagements related to the photography & printing industry and can be reached at