Printing Industries of America announces 2018 InterTech Technology Award recipients

Twelve technologies have been selected to receive a 2018 InterTech Technology Award from the PIA (Printing Industries of America). “The technologies receiving the award have been judged as truly innovative and are expected to advance the performance of the graphic communications industry,” said the organization. An independent panel of judges deliberated over an outstanding selection of technology nominations that highlight the dynamic nature of the industry. This year’s awards recognized inventions that embellish the printed image, extend inkjet printing into new markets, measure colour in a better way, create laminated film for packaging applications, optimize print quality on corrugated substrates, facilitate the ordering of packages on eCommerce sites, manage omni-channel marketing campaigns, and control presses via mobile devices. The 12 technologies selected to receive a 2018 InterTech Technology Award are listed below alphabetically by company, with the technology named first:

• printQ 3D Packaging Design – CloudLab Sales & Management GmbH

• EFI Nozomi C18000 Press – EFI

• ScreenPro – Global Graphics Software

• Primefire 106 – Heidelberg

• HP Indigo Pack Ready Lamination – HP

• Rapida LiveApp – Koenig & Bauer (KBA)

• Anti-Fluting Plate Technology for Corrugated – MacDermid Graphics Solutions

• JETvarnish 3D Web – MGI Digital Technology

• 4-Step Sleeking Process – Nobelus

• SpectroDens4 – Techkon

• Xerox Iridesse Production Press – Xerox Corporation

• Circle PersonalEffect Edition – XMPie (a Xerox Company)

A list of all of the technologies considered for the prestigious InterTech Awards is available at The awards will be presented to companies before an audience of industry leaders during the 2018 Premier Print Awards and InterTech Technology Awards Reception & Ceremony, Sunday, September 30 at the J.W. Marriott in Chicago, Illinois. A technology review booklet showcasing all of the entries will be distributed at PRINT 18 and in Printing Industries of America – The Magazine Summer Forecast Issue.


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.