Kodak Achieves 20,000th Installation of Its SquareSpot Imaging Head at Edwards Brothers Malloy
ROCHESTER, NY—July 29, 2014—Kodak has reached the installation of its 20,000th award-winning Kodak SquareSpot Thermal Imaging Head, the industry’s gold standard in imaging technology. As the developers of thermal computer-to-plate (CTP) technology, Kodak makes the only CTP Systems that utilize Kodak SquareSpot Imaging Technology, giving customers the competitive advantage needed to reach a higher level of stability, accuracy and reliability within their operation.
SquareSpot Imaging Technology has been a successful and long-lasting part of Kodak’s portfolio, and the print industry, for almost 20 years. The technology was first introduced as the viable alternative to visible-light CTP systems and today remains the first choice for printers looking for superior imaging technology capable of premium offset print quality. Kodak Trendsetter, Kodak Magnus and Kodak Generation News Platesetters with SquareSpot Imaging Technology help to reduce chemistry usage, plate waste, remakes and makeready times supporting customers’ sustainability goals.
Edwards Brothers Malloy, headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI, offers both offset and digital book printing and binding, delivering more than 60 million high-quality books and journals a year. With more than 700 employees at facilities across the United States and Europe, Edwards Brothers Malloy has selected the Kodak Magnus VLF Platesetter for its diverse organization in order to increase stability and accuracy on both short- and long-runs.
“We’ve benefited firsthand from Kodak’s technology in both our offset and digital operations,” said Peter Shima, director of digital and prepress operations, Edwards Brothers Malloy. “By selecting the Magnus VLF Platesetter with SquareSpot Imaging Technology, we have been able to capitalize on our diversity while reducing our operational complexity. Our business is based on agility and adaptability, and Kodak helps us keep the quality bar high, productivity streamlined and our customers happy.”
SquareSpot Imaging Technology is adaptable to various Kodak Platesetters, providing customers with multiple size, imaging and automation options. Accuracy in imaging is critical for consistent, repeatable high-quality printing and wide-color gamut. SquareSpot Technology delivers 10,000 dpi laser imaging for commercial printing and 5,000 dpi laser imaging for newspaper printing to provide the most accurate imaging. Competitive imaging technology is typically in the 1,600 dpi range.
“The announcement of the 20,000th Kodak SquareSpot Thermal Imaging Head installation further validates this technology in the industry and places it in the ‘hall of fame’ of print technology,” noted Rich Rindo, Kodak’s general manager, worldwide graphics marketing, and vice president, Graphics, Entertainment & Commercial Films (GECF). “SquareSpot Technology remains one of our most durable technologies, continuing to add value to customers and delivering measurable results.”
As a long-time customer of Kodak, the company also owns several Kodak NexPress digital presses and uses Kodak Prinergy Workflow software across its facilities.
Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging for business. It provides innovative hardware, software, consumables and services to customers in graphic communications, packaging and functional printing. It also serves the entertainment and commercial films markets. With its world-class R&D organization and extensive product portfolio, Kodak is helping customers around the globe to grow their own businesses in a sustainable way.