By Digital Output Staff
Editorial content, advertisements, as well as product and company announcements are the main generators of our annual Readers’ Choice Top 50 awards. Digital Output readership interacts with our print publication and the web—at digitaloutput.net, reading the weekly eNewsletter, and viewing webinars. These engagements are compiled and result in 50 notable vendors and ten honorable mentions that make up this year’s list.
Congratulations are in order for all of the Readers’ Choice Top 50 2024 winners!
Above: Van wrapped with General Formulations GF 830 AutoMark with DRIFT Technology and GF 813 AutoMark High Gloss Clear UV Cast Laminate by Digital Precision.
The Top 50
Alpina Manufacturing, LLC offers LED light box, flip-up (snap), silicone edge graphics, slide-in, acrylic, or BannerGrip frames made any size or quantity to hold graphics or banners. Change graphics without removing frames from the wall with beautiful presentation and at a low cost for indoor or outdoor use.
AP Lazer offers creative solutions for businesses who want to grow, diversify, and outpace competitors by bringing intangible emotions to life. It manufactures and supports laser cutting and engraving machines that provide additional business opportunities and increased profits. Its patented open architecture design enables customers to personalize almost anything regardless of weight or size.
ASLAN is renowned for its skills in engineering high-quality niche products at its factory near Cologne, Germany. In-house research and development, laboratory, and adhesive manufacturing secure quality levels and tailor self-adhesive films. Every ASLAN self-adhesive vinyl is made with special adhesives and characteristics that make the difference.
Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions manufactures pressure-sensitive films for digital print and sign cut technologies. Applications range from promotional such as signage, exhibits, displays, car wraps, and transit graphics to longer term such as fleet markings, backlit signs, vehicle color change, architectural graphics, and window films.
Caldera is a software company with more than 30 years of experience in developing, marketing, and supporting high-quality software for wide format with a commitment to increasing productivity, cost efficiency, and color output. Caldera’s suite of production-orientated print and print-to-cut workflow offers color management, imaging, and driving solutions.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is a key provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the Caribbean, Latin America, and the U.S.
Colex offers an extensive line of precision cutting equipment together with premier service. The Colex Sharpcut Flatbed Cutter features a triple interchangeable tool head, energy efficient six-zone vacuum system, and vision registration. Colex also offers Fotoba X/Y cutters, bubble-free applicators, and roll laminators.
Continental Grafix USA, Inc. is a manufacturer of unique, specialty graphics material for interior and exterior wall, window, and floor applications. Its dedication to innovation and quality is evident in the array of perforated window films on the market, as well as in its exclusive high-performance non-perforated window, wall, and floor graphic materials.
DGS manufactures BOARDers Rigid Board Finishing System, a full line of profiles and accessories for most half-inch rigid substrates. It is also a wholesale distributor of paper-based rigid substrates such as Falconboard, Eco-Board, and Fome-Cor.
Digitech’s TruFIRE Printers are proven to be one of the most reliable in the grand format flatbed market. Its UV flatbed printers make digital printing jobs stress free and fun. And now, TruFIRE integration capabilities include the automated print, crease, and cut inline solution TruCORR for single- or double-sided graphic applications, point of purchase displays, corrugated plastic sheet yard signs, election signs, and cutting and creasing of corrugated boxes.
DreamScape, a division of Roysons Corporation, is a leading manufacturer of textured digitally printable/special effect wallcoverings and protective topcoats. With over 40 years of experience in the wallpaper industry, DreamScape offers a large selection of high-quality certified, Class A, commercial grade vinyl and PVC-free wallcoverings for residential and commercial applications.
Drytac is an international manufacturer of adhesive-coated products, including window, wall, and floor graphics media; laminating films; high-performance tapes; durable labels; custom and pattern coating; industrial adhesives; and medical tapes.
Durst manufactures digital printing and production technologies. Based on 80 years of history in print, core values are centered on innovation, customer service, sustainability, and quality. Durst continues to invest in development and is committed to sustainable and environmentally friendly technologies.
Epson America, Inc. offers an extensive array of image capture and image output products for business, commercial print, graphic arts, photographic, signage, direct to garment, and fabric production.
FDC Graphic Films, Inc. has been a master converter and distributor of sign vinyl films, digital media, overlaminates, banner, and heat transfer films since 1988. It is family owned and operated. The company promises to respect customers’ needs for innovative, quality-assured products delivered on time, complete, and error free.
Since 1986, Fellers has been a reliable source of sign and graphics films, color change vinyl, and wrap supplies for customers and installers in the U.S. Over the years, Fellers has expanded into new segments and grown its product offerings to include automotive window tint, paint protection film, printing and finishing equipment, tools, and film cutting software.
Fisher Textiles is a supplier of fabrics for digital printing in North America. Its reputation in providing quality textiles with unsurpassed service is reflected in over 35 years of experience and workmanship in producing fabrics for dye-sublimation, latex, solvent, and UV printing. Three warehouse locations allow it to fill just-in-time requirements.
Flexcon Global is a preferred provider of innovative coatings, film laminations, and functional technologies. It develops and manufactures quality products with precision and efficiency for a variety of markets and applications including wide format.
FloorSignage, LLC is the manufacturer of AlumiGraphics—wide format print media made of pliable and durable aluminum foil for outdoor use. No overlaminate or heat required. It also manufactures VersaGraphics 360 for indoor and outdoor walk and wall use, as well as DriveOn Graphics to mark asphalt for wayfinding.
The Graphic Communication Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation is a solution provider in multiple segments for printing including commercial—digital and analog, wide format, labels and packaging—analog and digital, and industrial. Fujifilm is a leader in color knowledge, leveraging its 85-plus years experience in the imaging industry.
General Formulations (GF) is a global manufacturer of pressure-sensitive print media headquartered in the U.S. GF offers a cross-platform portfolio of film and laminate solutions, which include rolls for wide format and sheets for narrow format, as well as offset print technologies. GF prides itself on experienced technical research and development.
HP Inc. is a leader in large format printers and technologies that deliver high, consistent quality—on virtually any substrate. It supports market needs, customers’ longevity, health and safety, sustainability, and profitability. A key differentiator is its portfolio—Latex, STITCH, DesignJet, and PageWide XL printers—all containing inherent HP technology.
ImagineThis is a premiere large format digital print shop. Whether you are looking for large quantity orders or the largest outdoor graphics, ImagineThis delivers high quality and quick turnaround at competitive pricing. The company prides itself in meeting customers’ needs.
INX Digital delivers technologies that drive digital growth all over the world. Integrate digital technology into an existing operation or expand and improve current digital capabilities with INX Digital.
Looking to grab attention and enhance your brand messaging in unconventional places? Look no further than Jessup graphics media. Its materials offer the versatility and brilliance to make a statement on indoor and outdoor floors, stairs, walls, pathways, streets, and parking lots.
Lintec of America is a manufacturer of pressure-sensitive films for visual marking signage and architectural window applications. It specializes in optically clear frosted and textured films for display point of purchase and window graphics.
Mactac applications include windows, walls, and floors. For more than 60 years, Mactac has been at the forefront of product development for digital printing, mounting, laminating, screenprinting, and cut vinyl needs.
Headquartered in Germany, Marabu North America draws on more than 160 years of experience in developing inks and coatings. The product line includes MaraJet digital printing inks, UltraJet UV-curable inks, ClearShield water-based coatings, the StarLam Liquid Laminator, and Marashield UV-curable coatings.
Mimaki is a leader in wide format inkjet printers, cutting plotters, three-dimensional (3D) modeling machines, software, hardware, and associated consumable items. The company engineers and manufactures products that attain the total workflow solution for sign graphics, textile and apparel, industrial products, and 3D markets.
MUTOH America, Inc. is a manufacturer of wide and small format printers and plotting cutters, including ValueJet and XpertJet models. MUTOH’s line of wide and small format inkjet printers are known for their quality, speed, and reliability.
Neenah, a Mativ brand, is a manufacturer of premium packaging and specialty paper products. A trusted partner for 150 years, Neenah delivers exceptional service while providing creative, customized, and value-added solutions to its customers, bringing visions to life and transforming ideas into results.
Nekoosa is a manufacturer of specialty print media, with a 60 year legacy of innovation. It has built upon the foundation of Nekoosa Coated Products by acquiring various brands.
Newlife Magnetics is one of the world’s largest flexible magnet and print media manufacturers specializing in wide format magnetic media. It offers printable magnet sheeting up to 60 inches wide.
Onyx Graphics is a leader in powerful, reliable, large format printing workflow and print business software solutions. The company is dedicated to helping customers increase productivity, reduce costs, and gain a competitive edge with software solutions for the print industry.
As a custom flat panel fabricator for over 50 years, Panel Processing can punch, cut, paint, laminate, and machine a multitude of wood substrates to create digital print media, chalkboard, markerboard, slatwall, laminated panels, pegboard, and pegboard skinz found in store fixtures, schools, and RTA furniture.
Photo Tex Group Inc. is the exclusive distributor for patented Photo Tex polyester self-adhesive fabric. It is known for its easy installs for walls, windows, doors, and floors. The company has a version to fit your inkjet printer that can be installed for both short- and long-term uses.
PrestoTex is a digitally printable, adhesive-backed, polyester wall material designed for wide format printers. The removable and repositionable wall media is ideal for large-scale wallcoverings or contour cut decals. PrestoTex is available in four colors—white, gold iridescent, deep gold, and silver.
SA International (SAi) provides solutions for sign making, digital printing, and CNC machining. Whether looking to create signage, vehicle wraps, or three-dimensional signage, SAi has the right software to support you and empower your business.
SEAL is a manufacturer of wide format film and laminating equipment as well as wide and grand format media, mounting adhesives, and display systems.
Significans Automation is a software integrator specializing in delivering next-generation automation. It tailors best-in-class software to optimally fit the environment. The level of sophistication that is provided increases profitability, as well as improves quality control and production efficiency.
Signs365 is a grand format, trade-only wholesale printer. It offers a variety of full-color, high-quality printed products all produced in 24 hours. $10 Overnight Anywhere shipping is available on all products.
Summa offers high-end vinyl and contour cutters, a versatile flatbed cutting system, and laser cutters. For over three decades, the company has maintained a clear objective—to develop cutting-edge solutions that boost productivity and eliminate complexity in cutting and finishing.
Supply55, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and distributor of workflow products for the digital printing segment of the sign, screen, graphic arts, exhibit, home decor, corporate identity, and athletic apparel markets.
swissQprint UV large format printers are made in Switzerland—precise and versatile in terms of applications, including varnish, neon and white, and three dimensional and tactile effects. The range—six modular flatbed printer models and a dedicated roll-to-roll printer.
Tekra offers a vast array of substrates for the digital marketplace. Its offering includes Dura-Go for HP Indigo printers, JetView UV inkjet for UV inkjet printers, and JetView latex inkjet for latex inkjet printers.
Trotec Laser is an international provider of advanced, high-speed laser equipment for cutting, engraving, and industrial marking. Headquartered in Plymouth, MI, the U.S. business has expanded to ten times its original size, with a growing number of support facilities located throughout the U.S.
TVF is a 100 percent employee-owned supplier of print media, apparel, home decor, and industrial fabrics. It provides solutions for dye-sublimation, latex, direct disperse, UV, eco-solvent, and screen printing.
Ultraflex Systems develops and delivers high-performing, digitally printable textiles and substrates. Its media portfolio includes frontlit, backlit, blockout, mesh, textiles, and flooring.
XCEL is at the forefront of designing and producing innovative graphics solutions. Featuring several specialty medias including magnetic vinyl, magnetic receptive, static cling, and blockout paper, XCEL recently launched Excellent and Mako rigid paper boards.
Zünd offers multifunctional cutters/routers with numerous tools and automated material handling options for processing substrates. Zünd’s Gen3 systems are designed for maximum versatility and modularity, while the Q-line with BHS180 is an automated, industrial finishing system.
Ten honorable mentions round out the 2024 Readers’ Choice.
3A Composites offers substrates for graphics, signage, and display. Solutions include paper-faced foam boards, expanded PVC boards, high-performance foam boards, aluminum composite materials, and recyclable, rigid paper boards.
Delivery Signs is committed to serving and offering reliable services to customers with over 20 years of experience in the designing and manufacturing of signs.
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Serge Ferrari and Verseidag provides a one-stop shop for high-performance indoor and outdoor print media, and with the expertise to deliver the right product for your most important projects.
Substance Incorporated develops and manufactures high-performing print media and overlaminates for critical graphic applications.
VALLOY is a global digital printing solution company. Products of note include a white color supporting roll label press, roll-to-roll digital label finishers, and an intelligent sheetfed sticker cutter.
Vanguard Digital manufactures UV LED flatbed, roll to roll, and hybrid printers supporting sign and display, packaging, and wood decorating.
Vision Engraving offers small to large machines at best-in-class pricing to meet engraving and routing needs. It’s manufactured quality-made precision engravers and CNC routers in the U.S. for over 40 years.
VTX Tools provides high-quality carbide tooling and conveyor belts for the flatbed digital cutting space. It supplies a variety of bits, blades, and belts to keep your digital finishing system running at peak performance.
X-Edge Products is dedicated to helping customers achieve the best performance and edge quality never before seen on a CNC router. Products include solid carbide router bits, oscillating and drag knives, and accessories.
2024 is off to an exciting start. This collective group displays a range of offerings from vinyl film suppliers to hardware manufacturers and finishing consumables. Assembling a total of 60 standout companies together into this one feature year after year is an exciting task.
Feb2024, Digital Output