Innovation Awards – Category Descriptions

Here are the descriptions for each category of the Innovation Awards:

Business Software/Solutions

Solutions and software that innovate day-to-day sign industry operations. This category may include, but is not exclusive to POP, RIP, design, and communication software. As well as client-facing services like ordering processes and client portals.

Digital Displays

Hardware and Software used in the production, development, and the maintenance of digital signage. This category may include, but is not exclusive digital billboards, scoreboards, LED Video walls, software systems, and messaging platforms.

Inks

Inks used in the production of signage. Products in this category may include, but are not exclusive to latex, water-based, solvents, and UV cured inks.

Lighting and Lighting Components

Equipment/hardware relating specifically to illuminated signs. This category may include, but is not exclusive to ballasts, bulbs, sockets, sensors, and wiring accessories.

Media & Substrates

Rigid and roll materials used in the production of signage. Products in this category may include, but are not exclusive to self-adhesive vinyl, banner material, metals, plastics, synthetics, and acrylics.

Printers

Includes all wide-format, roll-to-roll, dye-sublimation, and printer/cutter combo machines. This category may include, but is not exclusive to UV, Latex, solvent, and 3D printers in all configurations be it roll-to-roll, flatbed, or hybrid.

Production Technologies/Tools

Equipment and tools used for the production and/or installation of signs and displays. Products in this category may include, but not exclusive to plotters, laminators, routers, laser cutters, shears, and channel-letter production machinery, hand tools, saws, installation equipment, and production equipment accessories.

Sign Hardware & Accessories

Physical sign products for installation or use in on-site applications. Products in this category include, but are not exclusive to wayfinding sign systems, sign mounting hardware, tradeshow displays and environmental display elements.

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