Kodak announces new inkjet and digital presses1

Kodak recently announced a new inkjet press the Prosper Ultra 520, the Saphhire EVO W and the Kodak Nexfinity.

The new Proper Ultra 520 press takes inkjet to the next level, delivering offset-like quality at a consistent production speed of 150m per minute/500 feet per minute on glossy papers with high ink coverage and variable print. The press is the first Kodak-manufactured press using the company’s revolutionary ULTRASTREAM writing system, which employs high-precision placement of smaller, perfectly round, satellite-free drops to produce the highest inkjet image quality.

The new press is engineered to maximise productivity by printing across a broad range of substrates using the industry’s most versatile, highest quality and cost-effective water-based inks. As a complete system, the press is a game-changer that will help printers profitably grow their businesses across a range of applications, including direct mail, marketing collateral, catalogues, books and more. The press is scheduled to be available at the end of 2020.

The Sapphire EVO W is the first digital packaging press to match the productivity of flexo and the quality of gravure. It uses Kodak’s high-resolution ULTRASTREAM inkjet technology and QD Packaging inks to bring the endless opportunities of digital printing into mainstream production of flexible packaging. With run lengths of up to 20,000sqm, or more with variable content, the press is a disruptive solution that allows brands to adopt innovative packaging that leverages the advantages of digital printing. It is currently available worldwide.

The Kodak Nexfinity digital press provides a combination of capabilities that give users the power to optimise efficiency across their entire operation and position themselves for growth. This five-station, 152 ppm (A4) press delivers running costs that are competitive with medium-run offset litho, strong resolution and screening-on-the-fly with KODAK Dynamic Imaging Technology, and flexible colour order to maximise the range of applications users can print. This new press platform is built to last for millions of impressions while holding tight tolerances.

Jim Continenza, Kodak’s Executive Chairman said “Kodak is investing approximately $25 million a year in advancing print technology, doubling down on digital print and delivering the products our customers need to drive productivity and growth as the industry evolves. The revolutionary new Prosper Ultra 520 Inkjet Press is the product of our heritage of innovation in print and our continuing focus on developing breakthrough technologies. Printers can rely on the full range of Kodak solutions, from offset plates to workflow software to digital presses, to deliver performance that pays”.

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