Tilia Labs earns PIA 2019 InterTech Technology Award

Tilia Labs of Ottawa, Ontario was the lone Canadian winner of a sought-after 2019 InterTech Technology Award from the Printing Industries of America (PIA – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). The software provider was one of only 10 technologies selected to receive the prestigious Award. Many more were considered this year, said PIA, but only those listed below were deemed to be truly innovative – and are expected to have a significant impact on the current printing and graphic communications industry.

An independent panel of judges deliberated over “an outstanding selection of technology nominations that highlighted the dynamic nature of our industry.” As another sign of the industry’s direction, more than half of the awarded technologies (including two high-speed inkjet presses) produce or support digital printing. In addition, the judges recognized technologies that improved the quality and sustainability of flexographic printing, reduced cutting errors, and introduced artificial intelligence to layout and imposition software.

Tilia Phoenix version 7.0 is an imposition and planning software solution designed for a range of work including packaging, labels, cards, tags, wide-format and commercial printing. It’s equally powerful as a pure imposition system for creating print-ready layouts, or exclusively as a planning tool to estimate and report the production costs involved with printing a set of orders. Its true aim, said its creators, is to unite imposition and planning, thus creating a seamless workflow – from initial quote all the way to RIP. Phoenix generates fast, accurate estimates, thus reducing pre-press time, automating error-prone tasks, maximizing media usage, and reducing post-press complexities. A key advantage of Phoenix is that it’s designed to work well with both square-cut and irregular-shaped designs, enabling users to use the same tools across a variety of different work types.

The 10 winning technologies that earned a 2019 InterTech Technology Award are listed (alphabetically by company) below, with the technology named first. We congratulate all the winners and encourage those interested to learn more about the remarkable technology underpinning these exceptional products.

  • Canon Océ ProStream 1000 Inkjet Press.

    Océ ProStream 1000 (Canon Solutions America)

  • Print Control Wizard (Esko USA)
  • PrintFlat (Global Graphics Software)
  • HP PageWide True Water-Based Inks (HP)
  • HP PrintOS Color Beat (HP Indigo and Vistaprint)
  • HYBRID VDP (Hybrid Software)
  • Ricoh Pro VC70000 Inkjet Press.

    VRCut Ready Triumph Cutter Line (MBM)

  • Kodak Flexcel NX Ultra Solution (Miraclon)
  • Ricoh Pro VC 70000 (Ricoh USA)
  • Tilia Phoenix 7.0 (Tilia Labs)

A list of all of the technologies considered for the prestigious InterTech award is available at www.printing.org/intertech2019.

The awards will be presented to companies before an audience of industry leaders during the 2019 Premier Print Awards and InterTech Technology Awards Reception & Ceremony, Wednesday, October 2 in Chicago, Illinois. A technology review booklet showcasing all of this year’s entries will be distributed in Printing Industries of America – The Magazine Summer Forecast issue. For more information about the InterTech Technology Awards, please visit www.printing.org/InterTech.


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.