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Latest inkjet: The Kodak Prosper Ultra 520 Press

Kodak has unveiled a new inkjet press and an enhanced portfolio of offset and digital solutions.

The company says its new Prosper Ultra 520 Press delivers offset-like quality. It prints at 150 metres per minute on glossy papers with high ink coverage and variable print. It claims the industry’s lowest cost of operation.

The first Kodak-manufactured press using Kodak’s Ultrastream writing system, which employs high-precision placement of smaller, perfectly round, satellite-free drops to produce the highest inkjet image quality available in the marketplace today, according to Kodak.

The Prosper Ultra 520 prints on a broad range of substrates. Kodak says it uses the industry’s most versatile, highest quality and cost-effective water-based inks. The company says the new press will help printers profitably grow their businesses. Applications include direct mail, marketing collateral, catalogues, and books. Kodak will make the Prosper Ultra 520 Press available at the end of 2020.

Sapphire Evo

Kodak calls its Uteco Sapphire Evo W Press the world’s most productive digital flexible film press. That company says the press matches the productivity of flexo and the quality of gravure. It uses Kodak’s high-resolution Ultrastream inkjet technology and QD Packaging Inks. It can produce run lengths of up to 20,000sqm or more with variable content and it is available now.

Process free plates

Innovations in process free plate technology see Kodak announcing the introduction of its next-generation Sonora plate technology, the Sonora Xtra Process Free Plate, scheduled for the end of this year. The company calls Sonora the world’s most widely used and trusted process free plate technology, embraced by over 4,000 printers of all sizes around the world.

Prinergy in the cloud

Called a new global platform, Printergy On Demand, marks the next evolution of Kodak’s Prinergy workflow. Kodak says Prinergy On Demand hosts a suite of offerings that modernise and maximise a customer’s Prinergy Workflow investment. Benefits include increased security, reliability, efficiency, and remote work flexibility. Kodak hosts and manages Prinergy On Demand hosted in the cloud under a monthly subscription. Backed by the secure network infrastructure of Microsoft Azure, Prinergy On Demand is available now, with new options planned for roll out at the end of 2020.

Magnus speeds prepress

Described as the world’s fastest eight-page CTP for process free plates, the new Kodak Magnus Q800 Platesetter with T-Speed can image up to 80 plates per hour. For increased automation, Kodak has introduced an updated multi-pallet loader. It matches the 80pph speed with a capacity of up to 3200 plates. Kodak will make the T-Speed Magnus Q800 patesetter available for beta testing this month. Production begins in September. A 1500 plates per pallet capacity for a single pallet loader or multi pallet loader has already begun shipping.

Next year, Kodak will unveil the Magnus Q4800 Platesetter for extra-large format (XLF) plate making. Kodak says it will deliver the fastest throughput for XLF size plates for 96-page presses. The company adds that this provides market-leading throughput for 1650mm size plates, with dual plate loading. It will also have the flexible pallet automation available with up to eight plate sizes online and up to 4800 plates online.

Jim Continenza, executive chairman at Kodak, says, “Kodak is investing approximately US$25m ($38.5m) 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 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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