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Kodak set for a prosperous WAN-IFRA World Publishing Expo 2014

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Press release from the issuing company

Kodak’s world-leading newspaper printing technology to be exhibited in hall 11, stand 560

EYSINS, SWITZERLAND – Kodak has announced that it will be exhibiting at this year’s WAN-IFRA World Publishing Expo, to be held in Amsterdam, Netherlands, from 13 - 15 October.

At this year’s show, Kodak is excited to be showing the new CTP automation capabilities on its KODAK TRENDSETTER NEWS Platesetter, which will be running KODAK SONORA NEWS Process Free Plates live for this year’s attendees. Kodak will also be discussing how customerscan increase quality, efficiencies and value within newspaper printing using the brand newKODAK PROSPER 6000P Press, as well as the KODAK PROSPER S-Series Imprinting System andKODAK THERMALNEWS PT Digital Plates. For the second year running Kodak will be showcasing its digital newspaper portfolio and samples at the Digital Pavilion, in Hall 11, allowing visitors to hear first-hand how Kodak’s cutting-edge technology can used for full page, digital newspapers and targeted short-run newspapers for remote distribution.

“Kodak’s deep understanding of the whole printing process will be clear for all to see at this year’s show. We’re unique in that we can provide both offset and digital inkjet newspaper solutions. Not only that, but we use our own intellectual property, and manufacture our own consumables and equipment, as well as the raw imaging technology such as thermal heads for our platesetters and inkjet heads for our inkjet presses. It’s the expertise that this experience of every aspect of the printing process brings that makes us stand out from our competitors.” saidPhilip Cullimore, Regional Managing Director EAMER.

Added automation - KODAK TRENDSETTER NEWS Platesetter

Kodak’s new CTP automation capabilities enable customers using the KODAK TRENDSETTER NEWS Platesetter to meet their business needs, drive maximum productivity and reduce labor costs. The new optional Single Cassette Unit (SCU) is now available as an add-on to allow automated plate loading and unloading of up to 150 plates per hour (productivity may be influenced based on job ticket specifications) with slip sheet removal and automatic plate rotation.

With the addition of the SCU option, these modular KODAK TRENDSETTER NEWS Platesetters are now available in semi-automatic, auto unload, autoloader and single cassette unit configurations. This added layer of automation provides customers with the ability to experience high-quality, reliable plate making while achieving uninterrupted, unattended operation for up to three hours, a reduction of prepress labor, faster time to press, and the option to bypass automation for maximum uptime.

Eliminating processing - the KODAK SONORA NEWS Process Free Plate

Completely eliminating processing not only reduces the chemistry, equipment maintenance, and energy costs of processing, it improves process control for greater quality and more efficient operations, reduces environmental impact, and improves profitability. Specifically designed for newspaper applications, SONORA NEWS Plates work well in both manual and highly automated platemaking environments and enable newspaper printers to get their jobs to press quickly by eliminating the time needed for traditional processing. SONORA NEWS Plates offer very fast imaging speeds, which visitors will be able to see demonstrated on the TRENDSETTER NEWS Platesetter on the stand. The plates can image at up to 240 plates per hour on the KODAK GENERATION NEWS Platesetter, fast enough for some of the larger newspaper operations.

Exceeding industry standards – the KODAK PROSPER 6000P Press

Kodak continues to exceed industry standards in digital color print with the introduction of the KODAK PROSPER 6000 Presses. With new innovations in transport, drying, and writing systems, combined with advanced press management technology, the PROSPER 6000 Presses are a completely new product offering that deliver high levels of reliability, print speed and application flexibility.

Newspaper printers and publishers need to drive innovation and leverage technology to gain a competitive advantage. KODAK PROSPER 6000 Presses make it possible to reach new audiences more efficiently, while streamlining print runs and adapting print editions to target different readers. Digitally printed newspapers are the same size as offset versions and have the same look and feel, offering a high-quality appearance that is readily accepted by advertisers and readers. The 6000 Presses allow multiple newspaper titles to be produced in very short runs. The right number of newspaper editions needed for each outlet can be produced with sufficiently high productivity for medium-sized markets: 15–20,000 newspapers.

Maximizing variable data capabilities - the KODAK PROSPER S-Series Imprinting System

For applying elements of variable data, there is the KODAK PROSPER S-Series Imprinting System. At up to 3000 fpm (900 mpm), it is the higher-performance choice for newspaper hybrid printing.

Customers can use the PROSPER S-Series System to help increase circulation and provide new variable data advertising services and imprint other variable components including consecutive lottery numbers, variable QR codes, and changing artwork, across a width of up to 10.56cm at full production speed. “Our PROSPER S-Series System is opening up a whole new layer of creativity within the newspaper printing industry. The heads allow a traditional product to be brought right into the 21st Century”, adds Mr Cullimore.

A hot topic - the KODAK THERMALNEWS PT Digital Plate

Helping to improve competitiveness and sustainability for newspapers are the KODAK THERMALNEWS PT Digital Plates, which provide the print quality and stability of thermal plates, while enabling printers to eliminate the preheat and prewash from processing to save electricity and water and reduce process variability. THERMALNEWS PT Plates enable newspapers that are not ready to switch to a process free plate to reduce operational costs, time, variability and environmental impact.

Violet plates must utilise a preheat step, but THERMALNEWS PT Plates eliminate this step, letting printers achieve greater stability and more consistent quality while maintaining productivity. Removing preheat can cut energy usage by up to 60%. Similarly, by eliminating the prewash step, the water consumption in processing is reduced by 50%, whilst using equal or less developer. THERMALNEWS PT Plates can be used with a no preheat, no prewash thermal plate processor, such as the compact KODAK T-HDX Plate Processor, or the plate can be processed through a standard processor with the preheat turned off for energy savings, or turned on for longer run lengths. Without the preheat, THERMALNEWS PT Plates can achieve the same run lengths as KODAK THERMALNEWS GOLD Digital Plates, with up to 200,000 impressions. Plus, for those newspapers requiring longer runs, 350,000 impressions can be achieved when used with preheat, and even longer runs are possible with baking.

Enhanced features - Wobe’s wNewsNet Workflow 7

Kodak will also be exhibiting the latest newspaper workflow from wobe-team.wNewsNet Workflow 7, combines faster planning capabilities with more automated processes, web based product planning and overall ease of use to ensure that all digital production data in a newspaper prepress department is effectively and easily managed. New additions include the wNewsNet 7 page pair engine, which handles 8-up pairing and beyond by calculating the page assignment automatically according to freely definable folding schemes. The new wNewsNet-Portal solution offers modules for Product planning, PDF file upload, online preflight check and customer approval, all this within the web browser. By this a print house gets the tools to streamline how they work together with their customers.

Kodak’s overall approach to the newspaper market includes offset and digital solutions that enable customers and partners to create the most appropriate solutions for their business needs. We are excited to showcase the technologies and samples at the IFRA event.


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