Product of the Year

The PRINTING United Alliance annual Product of the Year competition showcases products that keep the printing industry moving forward. Winning companies achieve worldwide recognition and the ability to market their product as a winner of this prestigious competition.

Open to inkjet output devices as well as non-output products that are currently available for sale during the year of the competition, entrants will be required to print and submit a test image created by the Association for the output devices, and for the non-output device categories a product display PDF will be used (as well as videos when necessary).


Judging for Product of the Year

Judging for all categories will be conducted remotely prior to the PRINTING United virtual events so that companies will have time to promote their winning entries. Judges are comprised of industry experts who will score the products submitted and award the most innovative products for the digital imaging community.

Entry Procedures

Upon receipt of entry payment ($90.75 per entry), PRINTING United Alliance will email a confirmation letter that includes an Information Kit as a PDF attachment. The Information Kit contains entry guidelines, complete instructions and competition identification labels. Instructions for properly preparing your entry(s) for display in the virtual gallery are also included.

This year's competition will feature a virtual gallery so that all can view entries and winners within each category -- check out the gallery now to see entries as they are submitted. This is an exciting change this year and we're looking forward to a vigorous competition.


The Product of the Year competition will be conducted in each of the following categories:


Non-Output Devices
  • Digital Inks – Textile (small format <24”)
  • Digital Inks – Textile (wide format >36”)
  • Digital Inks – UV
  • Digital Inks – Industrial and Packaging
  • Digital Inks – Solvent/Eco-Solvent/Latex
  • Display/Exhibit Hardware
  • Lasers/Routers/Cutters (4’x8’ or larger)
  • Lasers/Routers/Cutters (less than 4’x8’)
  • Laminators (roll-to-roll)
  • Die cutting equipment
  • Multi-Function Finishing (slit/score/perf)
  • Banner Finishing (grommet/sew/weld)
  • Heat Press (table top)
  • Heat Press (large format, roll or clam)
  • Sublimation Finishing
  • Laminates, Adhesives, Films, Coatings
  • Automation Equipment (print/post-print)
  • Automation Equip. Packaging (post-print)
  • Material Handling Equipment
  • Software – RIP
  • Software - web-based design, personalization, or product bldg.
  • Software – Workflow / MIS / CRM
  • Software – Color Enhancement
  • Spectrophotometer devices
  • Media – Films
  • Media – Non-PVC
  • Media – Adhesive Back (not vinyl)
  • Media – Rigid / Corrugated
  • Media – Rigid / Synthetic
  • Media – Banner (Non-textile)
  • Media – Heat Transfer Material, Cuttable
  • Media – Special Effect Heat Transfer Material, Cuttable
  • Media – Heat Transfer Material, Printable
  • Media – Textile – Apparel
  • Media – Textile – Flag
  • Media – Textile – Banner
  • Media – Textile – Framing Systems (backlit)
  • Media – Textile – Framing Systems (frontlit)
  • Media – Textile – Canvas
  • Media – Textile – Wall Covering peel/stick
  • Media – Textile – Traditional Wall Covering
  • Media – Textile – Upholstery Fabric
  • Media – Textile – Tablecloth and Linen
  • Media – Textile – Drapery
  • Media – Adhesive Back Vinyl
  • Media – Dye Sublimation transfer paper
  • Media – Dye Sublimation rigid material
  • Textile – Finished Garment – Synthetic
  • Textile – Finished Garment – Natural Fiber
  • Textile – Finished Garment – Blends
  • Textile – Finished Garment - Accessories
  • DTG – Pre-press (sprayers/dryers)
  • Screen Printing Inks
  • Screen Printing – Pre-press (Exposure/Imaging)
  • Screen Printing – Manual Garment Press
  • Screen Printing – Automatic Garment Press
  • Screen Printing – Dryers
  • Screen Printing – Post-Press (Clean/Reclaim)
  • Product Finishing - Sewing
Output Devices
  • Direct to Garment Printers (white shirt)
  • Direct to Garment Printers (black shirt)
  • UV/Latex Hybrid (under $100K)
  • UV/Latex Hybrid ($100-$500K)
  • UV/Latex Hybrid (more than $500K)
  • UV/Latex Flatbed (under $70K)
  • UV/Latex Flatbed (under $100K)
  • UV/Latex Flatbed ($100K - $200K)
  • UV/Latex Flatbed ($200K - $500K)
  • UV/Latex Flatbed + White ($100K - $200K) 
  • UV/Latex Flatbed + White ($200K - $500K) 
  • Tabletop Flatbed (Industrial/Small Item Decoration)
  • Roll-to-Roll Solvent/Latex (under 80 in.)
  • Roll-to-Roll Solvent/Latex (over 80 in.)
  • Roll-to-Roll UV (under 80 in.)
  • Roll-to-Roll UV (over 80 in.)
  • RTR/hybrid/flatbed new technology
  • Direct to shape printers (not flatbed)
  • Digital/Screen Print Hybrid Printing Systems
  • 3D Printers
  • Roll-to-Roll Direct Disperse Ink on Textile
  • RTR Dye Sublimation on Textile (under $50K)
  • RTR Dye Sublimation on Textile ($50K-$100K)
  • RTR Dye Sublimation on Textile (more than $100K)
  • Roll-to-Roll Dye Sublimation on Metal
  • UV Hybrid/Flatbed High Volume Prod. Class
  • Single Pass printers
  • Digital Press