Digital DigestJanuary 2012
Gresock also gave an overview of advancements in the Versamark inkjet series, including the introduction of several new models. These machines feature improved drop-on-demand image quality; custom spot, MICR and security UV ink fifth color capabilities; the 700 Print Manager controller; and a wider range of finishing options.
The toner-based NexPress Photo Platform has a longer (26˝) sheet option and a faster maximum speed of 131 ppm, which boost productivity 9 to 10 percent. Applications include photo books, yearbooks, calendars, various cards, posters, invitations and even photo magnets. Reproduction quality is also enhanced due to smaller particle dry inks, new screens, Light Black dry ink (fifth station) and a matte printing option.
According to Bill Schweinfurth, DPS director of market development, Americas, Prosper installations can now be found on every continent except Antarctica. Also, 120 million color impressions every month are being output by customers with Prosper presses, he noted. Applications include 58 percent publishing (growth area: educational books), 25 percent direct mail and 17 percent short-run collateral material.
In the United States, among the Prosper installs that have been made public, Quad/Graphics and Offset Paperback Manufacturers (OPM) are currently running Prosper 1000 monochrome presses. Aside from Fenske, 5000XL customers include AGS (Consolidated Graphics), Mercury Print Productions, Webcrafters, OPM, Quad/Graphics and Tribune Direct.
Schweinfurth added that the total page volume produced on Prosper presses is growing at a two-fold annual rate, and that page volumes at U.S. installs have grown 46 percent in just the past two months.
During the Q&A session, Kodak executives were asked about the legal dispute with Collins Ink, which manufactures certain inkjet inks for Versamark machines. Collins must still supply inks through the end of May as part of its required 180-day notification clause. Kodak executives stressed that it will not result in any ink supply shortages for Versamark users. Collins does not manufacture Prosper inks.