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Kodak Announces New THERMOFLEX Narrow Flexo-Offset CTP

Press release from the issuing company

ROCHESTER, N.Y., September 21, 2005 - Kodak today announced a new THERMOFLEX Narrow Flexo-Offset computer-to-plate (CTP) device. Based on the industry-proven THERMOFLEX CTP technology platform, this device provides users with the flexibility to image offset plates in addition to flexographic and letterpress plates and film--all on one device. "We're seeing more and more crossover between flexo and offset printing. Narrow web printers are investing in offset and/or combination presses to expand their service offering, whereas commercial printers are buying flexo presses to move into multi-substrate printing," says Bob Dalton, product manager, Graphic Communications Group (GCG). "The greatest benefit of this new device is that businesses can use the same CTP for multiple printing technologies--flexo, letterpress, offset, and screen." The THERMOFLEX Narrow Flexo-Offset device is ideal for narrow web printers and trade shops seeking high-quality print results on a wide variety of substrates. Industry-leading technologies--HYPERFLEX resolution enhancement ready imaging for flexo and STACCATO FM screening software for offset--deliver high-impact, repeatable print results, while the reliable THERMOFLEX machine architecture facilitates plate-loading and unloading to minimize plate damage. An exciting new feature is the availability of a multiple plate configuration. Operators can easily load any plate size up to the maximum 762 x 762 mm (30 x 30 in.) for flexo, and 762 x 744 mm (30 x 29 in.) for offset plates, and have the new option of imaging multiple plates simultaneously. The product's small footprint, easy-to-use TIFF Front End software, and universal workflow connectivity make it an easy fit for any size of plant. The THERMOFLEX Narrow Flexo-Offset imaging device is expected to be commercially available in early 2006. Kodak will present the first technology demonstration at Labelexpo Europe in Brussels from September 21-24. Visit the Kodak stand in Hall 7, Stall 7N90 to see the THERMOFLEX Narrow Flexo-Offset device, alongside the PRINERGY POWERPACK workflow system, KODAK APPROVAL NX digital color imaging system, SYNAPSE InSite internet portal, and SYNAPSE Link business integration software.