There's a lot of talk in the industry about inkjet presses and how their design and technology affect speed and image quality. What’s often overlooked is that inks also have a huge impact on performance. The properties of the inks are a decisive factor for the versatility, productivity, color quality and cost-effectiveness of an inkjet press.
Interview with Randy Vandagriff, Senior VP of Print, Kodak, on why the KODAK PROSPER ULTRA 520 Press is the right solution for the challenges facing the printing industry today.
High-speed inkjet is considered a technology that can drive print's transformation from traditional analog processes – notably offset – to digital production, even far beyond short-run production. There is currently no other press on the market to which the term high-speed inkjet applies as much as the KODAK PROSPER 7000 Turbo Press. With printing speeds of up to 410 mpm (1,345 fpm), it is the world's fastest web-fed inkjet press for CMYK production printing.
Kodak is providing innovative printing solutions that enable printers to take advantage of diverse business opportunities in the commercial printing market, improve profitability and shift more jobs from traditional offset to digital.
For many executives, identifying a consistent through-line for a company as all-pervasive and well-known as Kodak can be tricky. Not for Terry Taber. CTO since 2009 and having been with the company for more than four decades, Taber has seen Kodak react to seismic changes within the print industry, not least the digital revolution. This has meant that Kodak has adapted its business model on several different occasions, taking an approach to the research and development of new products which is as flexible as it is consistently innovative.
The new frontier for production inkjet is high-quality, high-coverage, graphic arts applications. The challenge in this market is to precisely place high amounts of liquid ink onto porous, and non-porous, materials and dry them at high speed without damage. The very small number of presses serving this market is a testament to the difficulty of meeting this challenge. Today, we have a new entrant.
Nothing has a more voracious appetite for litho plates than a newspaper offset web press. The Villages Daily Sun, a newspaper and commercial printer in Central Florida is keeping its web offset equipment well fed on a diet of KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates served up by a pair of KODAK GENERATION NEWS thermal CtP platesetters – a combination that gives the pressroom the volume and the versatility it needs to stay ahead of a rising demand for the things it produces.
It’s not easy for a new piece of equipment to impress someone who has been working with printing machinery of all types since the mid-1980s. When veteran operator Mark Butler of Mitchell Press says that he, customers, and even the manufacturer have been “blown away” by the quality and performance of the company’s recently installed KODAK NEXFINITY Digital Press from Kodak, his reasons for bestowing that high praise are worth looking into.
Perception vs. Reality – Deborah Corn of Print Media Centr and Tweddle Group, a leading provider of printing solutions for the automotive industry, debunk the top myths of going process free with KODAK SONORA XTRA and why making the switch is easier than ever.
Both printers and their customers expect a commitment to sustainability while demanding operational improvements in prepress and press room processes. Learn how switching to award-winning SONORA XTRA process free plates reduces your carbon footprint and maximizes profitability and performance for your business.