OPM Looks to Prosper in Digital Book Sector
Other presenters included Randy Vandagriff, general manager of Kodak’s Graphics Inkjet Platform Center, who recapped the introduction of the Prosper Press into the market—from concept to reality. Vandagriff noted that OPM has already used the Prosper Press to produce half a million books that have shipped to customers.
Bill Schweinfurth, Kodak’s customer development director of digital printing solutions, Graphic Communications Group, then gave an overview of Kodak’s digital printing solutions and its various integrated workflow solutions for both offset and digital platforms.
According to the Kodak representatives, the Prosper 5000XL adds color output to OPM’s digital capabilities at rollfed speeds identical to the Prosper 1000 (up to 650 fpm). Both presses print web widths up to 24.5˝ and can produce 8-, 12- and 16-page signatures.
At OPM’s digital printing facility, live demonstration of both the Prosper 1000 and 5000XL presses were conducted. This included four-up printing of a mass market paperback on the Prosper 1000 and a two-up printing of an educational book on the Prosper 5000XL color press.
Both machines are used in conjunction with a Muller Martini SigmaLine in-line finishing system. The two interconnected systems bring together digital printing and finishing in a fully automated book production line.
The Prosper Press platform can handle a variety of substrates, including uncoated and coated—even glossy—papers from 45-300 gsm in roll widths from 8-25.5”. The platform also features the Kodak 700 print manager, a front-end system that provides high-speed data delivery, even when printing 100 percent variable jobs.