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KODAK raises the bar in inkjet printing at drupa 2016

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Press release from the issuing company

DUSSELDORF, GERMANY, Kodak is showcasing a variety of new inkjet technologies in the Kodak Quarter (Hall 5, Stand F09) at drupa 2016. Debuting at the show will be Kodak's next generation inkjet technology platform, KODAK ULTRASTREAM Inkjet Technology .

ULTRASTREAM is aimed at printers and prospects demanding a superior image quality to integrate into their application-based production systems.  Printing at an exceptional quality of 600 x 1800dpi at speeds of up to 150 meters per minute (500 feet per minute) on the widest variety of paper and plastic substrates, it addresses even the most demanding applications including narrow-web labels, and packaging. Its modular printhead can be implemented in varying widths ranging from 8" up to 97".  It will also be available with Kodak's Digital Front End (DFE), a dynamic and flexible solution to meet the demands of commercial printers as they implement production inkjet in their workflows.

At drupa 2016, Kodak is demonstrating the ULTRASTREAM technology in an 8" configuration on a narrow-web press for labelling and small format printing to showcase the high resolution output as a result of smaller ink drop sizes, superior drop placement and substrate interaction.

Kodak is also running live demonstrations of the Prosper 6000C press, which boasts printing speeds of up to 300 meters per minute (1,000 feet per minute).  The press will be running with multiple inline finishing solutions for two different applications; magazines and catalogs printed on lightweight coated paper and various commercial applications.

Visitors to drupa can also see how simplex printing can now leverage Kodak Stream Inkjet technology through the KODAK PROSPER 6000S and 6000S Hybrid, which will be showcased through Kodak's OEM partnership on the manroland web systems stand in Hall 14.  The Kodak Prosper 6000S is capable of being integrated to run inline with a commercial web offset press to simultaneously imprint digital sections into retail flyers using full-page CMYK printing at 600x600 dpi with the unique ability to match the speed of the offset line. This integration will allow large retail and grocery stores to print mass-produced pages with customized content while eliminating the expensive and time-consuming process of printing customized sections with frequent plate changes or in a separate offline process.

Flexo, gravure and offset printers should also not miss the Extended Gamut + Varnish (XGV) technology demonstration for flexible films produced on narrow-web. Featuring seven of Kodak's S-Series Printing Systems printing on flexible films, which are capable of printing CMYK and an extended gamut of CMYK plus orange, green and violet, the demo will also have an additional station printing water-based digital varnish. This demonstration will utilize environmentally friendly aqueous inks compliant with Indirect Food Contact directives bonding on to flexible films, which is unique in the industry.  

Finally, visitors are invited to explore opportunities to create new applications by integrating Kodak's Stream inkjet technology into their production processes in Kodak's This is Inkjet! Loft . Bringing the world's fastest inkjet printing to the wide format market, including home décor and signage, the loft is a fully-functional apartment decorated with Kodak Stream digitally printed products including laminate flooring, cupboards, countertops, furniture, wallpaper, napkins and other consumer goods.

An additional feature of Kodak Stream Inkjet Technology will be on display in Hall 6 by Kodak's OEM partner, Matti Technology AG.  Matti Technology is using the KODAK PROSPER black and white inkjet linehead to lower the cost of operation and offer a high productivity inkjet solution to replace toner printers. Branded as MonoStream, this press is targeted at cut-sheet and roll-fed PSPs producing books, workbooks, transactional statements and government and commercial notices.

"Kodak's Stream Technology offers a wealth of opportunities for all print, packaging or label print service providers with the Prosper 6000 for commercial printing, our new ULTRASTREAM technology that will move production inkjet into the mainstream of commercial printing and packaging, or new XGV for flexible films," concludes Philip Cullimore, President of Kodak's Enterprise Inkjet System Division. "Visitors to drupa should not miss the opportunity to see the result of Kodak's investment in the development of this next-generation technology for themselves, and we look forward to continuing discussions with prospects and more potential OEM partners during the show."

 

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