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Sawgrass Wins Two 2018 SGIA Product of the Year Awards

Posted: 9/27/2018 12:14 PM by Sara Hill | with 0 comment(s)

Sawgrass ink innovation is recognized once again by SGIA, Specialty Graphics Imaging Associate, who honored the company with two Product of the Year Awards for 2018.

The first award is SGIA’s 2018 Product of the Year for Digital Inks – Textile in the under 24-inch width category and was given to Sawgrass for the new Ultra-HD Flex eight-color sublimation ink set for the Virtuoso HD Product Decorating System featuring the VJ 628 printer. Sawgrass will debut this new ink set at SGIA Expo in Las Vegas, Oct. 18 to 20, at Booth 3739.

The second award is SGIA’s 2018 Product of the Year in the Media - Dye Sublimation transfer paper category for True Pix CLASSIC transfer paper for sublimation printing.

“These are the fifth and sixth SGIA awards our products have won since the launch of our Virtuoso HD Product Decorating Systems in 2015,” said Darcy Mauro, President of Sawgrass. “To receive this kind of recognition again and again is a testament to the quality of Sawgrass products and dedication to continually pushing the digital printing industry forward.”

Ultra-HD Flex

Sawgrass’ Ultra-HD Flex eight-color ink set for the VJ 628 eliminates the long-standing trade-off between the need for vivid color and desire for tremendous detail. Customers can now have both.

Ultra-HD Flex was developed in response to the needs of creative entrepreneurs who are looking for the ultimate flexibility in an eight-color ink set. It brings together the versatility of having CMYK, plus light cyan and light magenta inks in one set, then adds true fluorescent yellow and pink capabilities that can easily blend to create a pre-programmed palette of 64 spot colors when used with Virtuoso Print Manager.

Using Ultra-HD Flex, product decorators can achieve deeper and more neutral blacks, as well as more photo-realistic images, comparable to SubliJet-HD Pro Photo inks from Sawgrass.


Ultra-HD Flex sets the bar higher by offering superior sharpness on text reproduction down to eight points in size. Using Ultra-HD Flex, product decorators can achieve deeper and more neutral blacks, as well as more photo-realistic images, comparable to SubliJet-HD Pro Photo inks from Sawgrass.

As with all ink sets for the Virtuoso HD Product Decorating System with the VJ 628 printer, Ultra-HD Flex meets all G7 international standards for matching color and producing consistent print quality on various media. Sawgrass is one of the only sublimation companies in the world to attain G7 Master Qualification and has been re-certified for the third consecutive year. For customers, this means those who utilize Sawgrass color profiles for the VJ 628 printer can count on color consistency from proof to print, as well as repeatable vivid colors across substrates.

True Pix CLASSIC Sublimation Transfer Paper

True Pix CLASSIC is the perfect matched partner for Sawgrass high-gamut inks. Suitable for use on both hard and soft substrates, True Pix CLASSIC is a “smart” transfer paper, designed for ultra-high levels of dye release during the pressing process. Dye solids begin to sublimate later than with other papers, which give the substrate time to expand before color transfer takes place. True Pix CLASSIC sublimation transfer paper is specifically engineered for ultra-high levels of dye release during the pressing process, resulting in rich transfer of color to substrates.

The paper’s smooth surface aids in delivering high-definition images and is specially designed to hold the inks on the surface without the paper becoming too wet and smudging due to saturation. True Pix CLASSIC paper boasts virtually no shrinkage when used in a heat press, which is an important feature for minimizing ghosting during transfer.

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