Kodak and Uteco have announced the shipment of the third Sapphire EVO M Press for digital flexible packaging printing. The press was developed jointly by the Uteco Group and Kodak and lets flexible packaging printers migrate jobs from traditional printing processes to digital and achieve high quality results along with tremendous time, makeready and cost savings.
The third Sapphire EVO M Press began its journey to the customer a few days after passing the factory acceptance test. This inkjet web press is destined for a company in North America, where it will be used for applications requiring large quantities of short run jobs. Other Sapphire EVO M Presses are already up and running very successfully at flexible packaging printers in Italy and Japan.
Using Kodak Stream continuous inkjet technology and low-cost water-based pigment inks, the digital press delivers excellent CMYK print quality on a variety of plastic film materials and papers. Sapphire EVO M supports a maximum web width of 650mm and a print width of 620mm. With production speeds of over 150 metres per minute, it is faster than any other digital solution for flexible substrates.
The new customer chose the Sapphire EVO M Press because it offers the best duty cycle of any mid web digital press and enables more cost-effective production of volumes up to 20,000sqm compared to analogue processes. Another key benefit of the press from the customer’s point of view is that it improves their time to market enormously. Whereas production using conventional analogue processes typically takes two weeks or more, it is estimated that jobs will be turned around on the new inkjet press in as little as two days.
‘This latest sales success is clear evidence that Sapphire EVO Presses, featuring Kodak’s high-speed continuous inkjet and water-based ink technology, are set to become one of the leading solutions worldwide for digital flexible packaging printing,’ said Randy Vandagriff, Senior Vice President, Print, Eastman Kodak Company.
Aldo Peretti, President and CEO of the Uteco Group added, ‘We’re delighted that our Sapphire EVO M Press will soon be in action in different flexible packaging applications on three continents. It provides an efficient way for packaging printers and converters to meet brand owners’ increasing need for fast, cost-effective and high-quality production of short and medium runs.’
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