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The Winners are… June 1st afternoon, during drupa in Düsseldorf, the European Digital Press (EDP) Association celebrated the Winners of their 10th EDP Awards. With this Awards EDP honors the best developments in print production tools, software developments, substrates, inks, materials and finishing systems. Out of more than 150 entries finally 27 products were awarded with a Best of Trophy in its category.
This year's winners
Best print support/design software: SAi DisplayGenie
Best workflow and management solution: HP PrintOS
Best special application software: HP SmartStream Mosaic
Best roll to cutsheet inkjet A4+ printer: Xerox RIALTO 900
Best cut sheet colour light production: Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS C71hc
Best cut sheet color A3+ printer > 200.000 A4/month:Canon imagePRESS 10000VP/ C8000VP
Best cut sheet colour B2 + printer:Konica Minolta AccurioJet KM-1
Best wide format MFP for CAD: HP DesignJet T830
Best wide format roll to roll printer up to 170 cm: Roland DG SolJet EJ-640
Best photo printer:Epson SureColor SC-P20000
Best wide format roll to roll printer up to 320 cm: Mimaki UJV55-320
Best wide format flatbed/hybrid printer up to 250 sqm/h: Agfa Graphics Jeti Mira
Best wide format flatbed/hybrid printer > 250 sqm/h: Inca Onset X-series
Best special object printer: Mimaki UJF-7151 plus
Best textile printer roll-to-roll up printer to 100 sqm/h:Mimaki Tx300P-1800
Best textile printer roll-to-roll printer >100 sqm/h: Durst Alpha series
Best corrugated printer/solution: Bobst Digital Printing Press
Best Label Printer: Domino N610i 7 color press
Best label printer finishing solution: MGI JETvarnish 3DW & iFOIL W
Best wide format print & cut solution: Roland DG TrueVIS VG Series
Best wide format finishing solution: Zünd D3 Digital Cutter
Best industrial production solution: NMP Direct Print powered by KHS
Best industrial textile solution: SPGPrints Pike
Best textile ink solution: Durst Alpha Ink P
Best environmental friendly substrate: 3A Composites DISPA
Best special application coating: EFI Armor specialist coatings
Technical Committee Special Award: Heidelberg Omnifire 250/1000
27 Trophies for EDP Award 2016 winners
The EDP Association
The EDP Association was founded in 2006 by six trade magazines with main editorial focus on digital print and production. Now the EDP Association counts 20 member magazines all over Europe, covering 26 countries and reaching more than half a million of readers in Europe. One of the goals of EDP Association was the idea, to assist the technology-appliers in their task to find the right solution for his applications. Because not every high tech product eventually meets the requirements in a demanding production environment. Since 2007 EDP has evaluated and honored the best new developments in print production tools, software developments, substrates, inks, materials and finishing systems. Over the years more than 230 trophies were awarded to the best technologies and developments.
The judging process
As soon as a product is submitted the evaluation process starts and the members of the Technical Committee investigate the products' features and qualities – by consulting other experts as well. At the end of the submission period the Technical Committee nominates the best ones in a category for the final judging round. In a special EDP General Assembly representatives of all the member magazines discussed the quality again – also under aspects such as value to the user, support and service and other arguments. They finally decided which product is worth of being awarded an EDP Trophy.
The next submission period for the EDP Awards 2015/2016 has started by April 1st 2016 and will end for products officially introduced till End of February 2017.
Next year's Award Ceremony will be along FESPA in Hamburg second week of May 2017.