Kodak is unveiling the next step in the evolution of its KODAK PROSPER Press Platform at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2013, Lucerne, Switzerland, from February 11 to 15. Under the theme “Digital Your Way,” Kodak will also be showcasing the latest enhancements to its portfolio for the commercial printing market in Hall 2, booth PO1. These include the KODAK NEXPRESS Digital Production Color Press, KODAK PROSPER 1000 Press and KODAK PROSPER S5 Imprinting System.
The KODAK PROSPER 5000XLi Press is the latest family addition and builds on the highly successful KODAK PROSPER Press Platform that has printed 30 billion pages. It features Kodak’s new Intelligent Print System (IPS), with multiple inline cameras to monitor output quality and make adjustments as needed on the fly. IPS enables the PROSPER 5000XLi Press to continuously learn from the input and calculate imaging improvements to deliver measurably higher levels of print quality and productivity.
The press offers automatic or user-selectable stitch adjustment, uniform dot size and precise dot placement and accurate front-to-back and color-to-color registration. It also features custom-formulated nano-particulate inks, multiple paper paths, and text enhancement technology. Uptime is aided by a number of innovations in the transport system that virtually eliminates page imperfections caused by paper stretching and wrinkling.
A fistful of features for enhanced production
“As well as being flexible, reliable and scalable, the KODAK PROSPER 5000XLi Press features KODAK Stream Inkjet Technology for a 30% wider color gamut than offset,” comments Will Mansfield, Kodak’s Director of Marketing, Inkjet Printing Solutions. “It is also the fastest, most accurate writing engine on the market.”
The KODAK NEXPRESS Digital Production Color Press and its exciting new enhancements will also be on show at Hunkeler Innovationdays. Among the field upgradable enhancements on the NEXPRESS Press are a turbo mode capability* that combines high-quality digital color production with peak productivity for speeds of up to 166 A4/letter pages per minute and a Long Sheet option enabling printers to offer larger applications, including point of sale, book covers, dust jackets, packaging inserts and labels.
A new ICS version 3 software offers continuous improvement in quality and performance with up to 20 percent faster processing time delivered by KODAK NEXPRESS Print Genius, a suite of productivity and quality control tools.
Visitors will be able to witness the extensive creative possibilities of the KODAK NEXPRESS Fifth Imaging Unit Solutions which enable spot colors, gold* and pearlescent* effects, Kodak’s unique in-line dimensional printing, high-quality gloss, in-line watermarking, or coating in a single pass. The Fifth Imaging Unit Solutions help printers differentiate themselves in a highly competitive market.
Careful collaborations for market leading solutions
Demonstrating its ability to collaborate with a range of partners, Kodak will team its KODAK PROSPER 1000 Press with a HUNKELER Finishing Line for the live production of black and white trade and educational book applications throughout the event. The compact, monochrome, 200mpm PROSPER 1000 Press offers one over one perfecting and is one of the most productive inkjet web presses for 8, 12 and 16 page signatures with a duty cycle of 90 million A4 impressions a month. With the automated Image Quality Management System, it is capable of print quality up to 175lpi on uncoated substrates ranging from 45gsm to 175gsm.
Complementing the KODAK PROSPER 1000 Press on the booth will be the latest 5.3 release of the KODAK PRINERGY Workflow Solution. Incoming files can be remotely managed via the KODAK INSITE Prepress Portal, processed and output to the PROSPER Press, one of many devices that can seamlessly connect via JDF to the PRINERGY Workflow System.
The industry’s need for highly flexible cost-effective print production solutions and how they can help with the growth of digital printing will be among the topics discussed at the InterQuest forum on Wednesday February 13 at 14:00. Executives from leading digital printing equipment vendor companies, including Erwin Busselot, Marketing Director Digital Printing, Kodak’s Graphic Communications Group EAMER, will highlight success stories and book printing applications running on the show floor. Kodak customer Erick Piton, Director of Business Development, Nouvelle Imprimerie Laballery will then detail his digital print experiences. Kodak will also be an active participant of the fifth DOXNET event on 14 February at 13:00 to discuss the latest trends and solutions in document production.
The KODAK PROSPER S5 Imprinting System with CMYK will form the central element in retail and direct mail applications. Running at 152mpm and with high image quality, Kodak’s PROSPER S5 Imprinting System lowers the entry point into hybrid printing. It is fully field upgradable so customers can increase their capabilities when demand requires.
Introduced in 2009, the PROSPER S-Series Imprinting Systems were traditionally integrated with web-fed offset presses. But nowadays, the number of sheet-fed commercial print customers using PROSPER S-Series Imprinting Systems continues to steadily grow as Kodak works with individual customers and their offset press manufacturers to develop custom hybrid printing solutions. That is because inkjet printing inline with offset printing delivers a number of benefits, including faster job turnaround time, lower costs and higher productivity for imprinting applications when compared to roll-fed laser printing. The typical production process involves printing direct mail shells on an offset press, letting the shells dry, and imprinting them on a laser printer. Hybrid printing eliminates drying time and enables imprinting on the sheets as they pass through the offset press, saving up to two days in production time.
Industry partnerships have a crucial role to play in today’s business landscape and as such Kodak will highlight, too, its successful relationships with Tec-Lighting for the KODAK NEXPRESS Press and Adphos, Matti, and Unigraphica for the KODAK PROSPER S5 Imprinting System.
Live demonstrations, advice and technical knowledge will be offered throughout the event by Kodak’s top team of experts.
“Hunkeler Innovationdays is the perfect platform for Kodak to showcase its portfolio of solutions that, with these latest additions, provides our customers with market-leading, innovative print production capabilities,” concludes Mansfield. “When they take a closer a look the possibilities they will see how we can help them deliver more services to their customers, add value and increase their ROI.”
* technology demonstrations, not yet commercially available
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