High-Speed Inkjet Presses: Next Round of Investments
Tribune Direct also uses several Kodak NexPress presses for color production, and finds that the new press is an ideal complement. “Kodak has been an excellent partner all along, and the Prosper 5000XL press has been an excellent investment,” notes Tazioli.
Technology Now Off the Bleeding Edge
Last year, Printing Impressions looked at a number of installations of high-speed inkjet in which the pain points were so great that bleeding-edge adopters were willing to be first to make the investment, even though it meant being the test cases so press manufacturers could see and learn from their live production environments. Today's adopters are the recipients of all that those vendors and their customers have learned.
In this round of adoptions, we are still watching early adopters, although they are facing fewer installation and substrate challenges than their predecessors did. Even so, these are expensive pieces of equipment often requiring costly pre- and post-press retooling necessary to accommodate the high-speed rollfed environment. Particularly for shops coming from a previously 100 percent sheetfed environment, this can be a major change.
For the foreseeable future, we will continue to see investment in high-speed inkjet coming from printers with strong business cases that compel them to be on the leading edge. Fortunately, though, they will increasingly do so with the benefits of watching and learning from those who have gone before them. PI