Kodak Announces New Inkjet Press And Enhanced Product Portfolio

The new PROSPER ULTRA 520 press.

Kodak recently announced a new inkjet press and an enhanced portfolio of offset and digital solutions.

The new PROSPER 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 PROSPER ULTRA 520 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 industry’s next-generation plate delivers stronger image contrast, improved handling robustness, and faster imaging speeds. SONORA Plate technology has been embraced by over 4000 printers of all sizes around the world. The SONORA XTRA process free plate is scheduled to be available at the end of 2020.

Cranking up the speed another notch, Kodak is introducing the world’s fastest 8-Page CTP for process free plates with the new KODAK MAGNUS Q800 Platesetter with T-Speed. The platesetter will now be able to image up to 80 plates per hour to help maximise the productivity of offset workflows. Faster imaging speeds need automation that can keep up, so Kodak is also introducing an updated Multi-Pallet Loader that matches the 80 pph speed and with a capacity of up to 3200 plates. The T-Speed MAGNUS Q800 platesetter will be available for beta testing this month and in production in September 2020. 1500 plates per pallet capacity for single pallet loader/multi pallet loader will start shipping in June 2020.

Available in 2021, the new MAGNUS Q4800 platesetter will deliver industry-leading speed and productivity for extra-large format (XLF) plate making. It will deliver the fastest throughput for XLF size plates for 96 page presses and provides market-leading throughput for 1650mm size plates, with dual plate loading. It will also have the most flexible pallet automation available with up to 8 plate sizes online and up to 4800 plates online.

PRINERGY On Demand is a new global platform that hosts a suite of offerings which modernise and maximise a customer’s PRINERGY Workflow investment. Select customers are already experiencing the increased security, reliability, efficiency, and remote work flexibility of PRINERGY On Demand, hosted and managed by Kodak in the cloud under a monthly subscription. PRINERGY On Demand is backed by the secure network infrastructure of Microsoft Azure, so customers can be confident that their data and system are always protected. PRINERGY On Demand is available now, with new options planned to be rolled out at the end of 2020.

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.

‘Kodak is investing approximately R428 million ($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,’ said Jim Continenza, Kodak’s Executive Chairman. ‘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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