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Kodak Returns to Its Roots

ROCHESTER, NY—Kodak opted to go completely virtual for its media briefing prior to Graph Expo. With the commercial launch of the Kodak Prosper 5000XL inkjet web press expected to dominate its presence in Chicago, the company took this opportunity to also focus on another new development—a return to its photographic roots.

As part of its next-generation toner-based platform, Kodak is introducing the NexPress Photo press as a companion to the NexPress SX production press. Both models feature new dry inks with a small particle size and optional Long Sheet capability for printing sheets up to 26˝ long. They also include the second-generation Intelligent Calibration System (ICS) for closed-loop quality control using LED imaging heads, in-line scanner and software based on Kodak’s proprietary image science.

What distinguishes the photo model are hardware and software enhancements for photo-quality imaging that are offered as options on the production press. These include a fifth imaging unit with light black ink to optimize grain, “E-surface” simulation with Dimensional Clear dry ink and specialized photo front end, color management and screens software. A swappable matte fuser roller for producing a matte finish with smoother tones and less gloss is offered as an option.

The digital color presses are set for release in mid-2011.

Canon Shows The Future Of Imaging

NEW YORK—Canon, again this year, held its own exhibition ahead of Graph Expo, but this one went beyond the usual Digital Solutions Forum. Canon Expo 2010 was its once-every-five-year event focusing on the company’s full range of imaging and output products, along with featuring an “Imaging for Tomorrow” exhibit of new technologies that Canon said offered a preview of its vision for the future of imaging.

“We Speak Image” was the theme of the two-day event that occupied more than 150,000 square feet of exhibition space at the Jacob K. Javits Center. Industry observer Noel Ward wrote about the company’s broader imaging offerings in an on-site report he did for his “Real World Digital” blog.

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