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GATF Announces 2004 InterTech Award Winners

July 2004
Pittsburgh, PA--July 23, 2004--PIA/ GATF is pleased to announce 13 recipients of the 2004 GATF InterTech Technology Awards. A panel of independent judges chose this year's recipients from a roster of 33 submissions.

Once again, GATF 's InterTech Technology Award recipients reflect a unique cross-section of industry innovations, from consumables like blankets, paper and plates to a classification system for folding and software that enhances the design process while reducing file size.

"The 2004 awards show that even small companies can develop a highly innovative technology deserving of an InterTech Award," says PIA/GATF Research Director John Lind.

Although the digitization of print and print processes is a highly recognizable underpinning to the 2004 awards, not every award went to a digital technology. "The 2004 InterTech Awards prove that technological innovation can and does occur in basic areas that many of us have taken for granted over the years," notes one judge.

This year's InterTech recipients also concentrated on making equipment and processes ergonomic, environmentally friendly and profitable.

The Lucite InterTech stars, recognized industry wide as a symbol of technological innovation and excellence, will be presented to the 2004 recipients at an Industry Awards Dinner, November 13, 2004, at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, in Atlanta, GA.

The 2004 GATF InterTech Technology Award recipients, listed alphabetically by company, include:

SPLOX Speed Loading Box

Boise Cascade Corporation, Paper Solutions

This ergonomically designed paper delivery system significantly reduces the risk of musculoskeletal injury while improving the speed at which workers can access, transport, and load office paper into equipment. Third-party testing has indicated 47% productivity improvements. Developed with extensive customer input, the SPLOX system features an integrated handle, gives direct access to 2,500 sheets of reamless paper in a fast two-step opening process, and features corrugated layers to protect paper from damage, moisture, and dust. One judge expects the system to have a notable impact on quick-turnaround digital printing centers.

NovaJet 1000i with Quantum Pigmented Inks

ENCAD, Inc. -- A Kodak Company

The NovaJet large-format inkjet printer delivers speed, image quality, and economic production. It features printing speeds of up to 150 square feet per hour in photo quality and uses a dual-component drying system that eliminates the need for a print hanging area and allows immediate lamination. A dynamic print masking technique lays down ink in a randomized pattern for each color, and the single pigmented ink set offers the flexibility to print images for long-term indoor applications as well as UV- and water-resistant images for durable outdoor displays. Said one judge, "This is designed for the professional commercial print environment."


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