STS XPJ-1682D Claims an Inaugural DTF Pick Award from Keypoint Intelligence



Fairfield, NJ – Keypoint Intelligence, the world’s leading market research firm and independent evaluator of print and smart technology hardware, software, and services, announces that the STS XPJ-1682D has won a Buyers Lab (BLI) 2024 DTF Pick Award for Outstanding High-Volume Roll-to-Roll DTF Print 60cm and Over. This award is part of Keypoint Intelligence’s initial Direct-to-Film (DTF) awards cycle and is based on the products that gave the best performances in field testing over the previous year.


“The STS XPJ-1682D is set to be a powerhouse in the fast growing DTF marketplace,” said David Sweetnam, Director of EMEA/Asia Research & Lab Services at Keypoint Intelligence. “With its maximum film support of 1.2m, dual staggered printheads, and seven-color system, the device is equipped to handle high volumes while maintaining the highest quality. It delivered very impressive results across our challenging DTF test program. Image quality was the standout feature, thanks to the best halftone and vector graphic performance we have seen to date. Skin tones were smooth and natural, while memory colors were realistic and were well defined. Vector graphics were punchy and, again, showed high levels of detail.”


A wealth of features that can enhance productivity is another strong suit of the STS XPJ-1682D. Automated directional registration adjustments, media flanges for fast reloading, as well as the web-based status monitor utility and nozzle area control to help keep the device operating in busy production environments with multiple shifts. Users can now also choose between two powder/heater options, which allows the device to be optimized to the needs (and space requirements) of the user.


“The STS XPJ-1682D utilizes the Mutoh XpertJet Pro 1682D print engine, which helped that wide format printer win a 2023 Pick Award from Keypoint Intelligence,” Sweetnam said. “When you couple that with STS’s own developed film, ink, and adhesive powder, it’s clear that this device is raising the bar and giving everyone else something to shoot for.”


“It is a testament to years of dedicated effort that we have earned this esteemed accolade from Keypoint Intelligence for the XPJ-1682D,” remarked Shahar Turgeman, Co-Founder of STS Inks. “This recognition is a tremendous honor for us, and we eagerly anticipate collaborating with David and Keypoint Intelligence’s DTF team in 2024 as well as presenting more of our devices for scrutiny in this rigorous testing process.”


About Keypoint Intelligence

For over 60 years, clients in the digital imaging industry have relied on Keypoint Intelligence for independent hands-on testing, lab data, and extensive market research to drive their product and sales success. Keypoint Intelligence has been recognized as the industry’s most trusted resource for unbiased information, analysis, and awards due to decades of analyst experience. Customers have harnessed this mission-critical knowledge for strategic decision-making, daily sales enablement, and operational excellence to improve business goals and increase bottom lines. With a central focus on clients, Keypoint Intelligence continues to evolve as the industry changes by expanding offerings and updating methods, while intimately understanding and serving manufacturers’, channels’, and their customers’ transformation in the digital printing and imaging sector.


About BLI DTF Pick Awards

Based on testing in the lab and the field, along with comprehensive analysis of over 250 data points in areas such as image quality, productivity, ink consumption, and washability, Buyers Lab Direct-to-Film Picks stand alone in the industry and are hard-earned awards from Keypoint Intelligence.


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