Kodak on 15 June announced a new inkjet press and an enhanced portfolio of offset and digital solutions. The newly launched Kodak Prosper Ultra 520 press builds on the legacy of the Kodak Prosper 6000 press. It prints at a consistent production speed of 150 mpm/500 FPM on glossy papers with high ink coverage and variable print.
The new press is the first Kodak-manufactured press using Kodak’s Ultrastream writing system, which employs the placement of smaller, perfectly round, satellite-free drops to produce inkjet image quality. The Prosper Ultra 520 can print across a broad range of substrates and is scheduled to be available at the end of 2020.
Introducing the Kodak Sonora Xtra process free plates
Kodak has also announced that launch of the Sonora Xtra process free plates, which will be available at the end of the year. According to the company, Sonora plate technology is used by over 4,000 printers of all sizes around the world.
Kodak Prinergy on Demand workflow platform
Prinergy On Demand is a new global platform that hosts a suite of offerings that modernize and maximize a customer’s Prinergy Workflow investment. Prinergy On Demand is backed by the network infrastructure of Microsoft Azure. It is available now, with new options planned to be rolled out at the end of 2020.
Kodak has also introduced what it calls the world’s fastest 8-Page CTP for process free plates with the new Kodak Magnus Q800 Platesetter with T-Speed. The MAGNUS Q800 Platesetter will now be able to image up to 80 plates per hour. Kodak is also introducing an updated multi-pallet loader that matches the 80 pph speed and with a capacity of up to 3,200 plates. The T-Speed MAGNUS Q800 Platesetter will be available for beta testing this month and in production in September 2020. 1,500 plates per pallet capacity for Single Pallet Loader/Multi Pallet Loader will start shipping in June 2020.
Kodak Magnus Q4800 platesetter
Available in 2021, the new Magnus Q4800 Platesetter will deliver productivity for extra-large format (XLF) plate making. It will deliver the throughput for XLF size plates for 96-page presses and provides market-leading throughput for 1,650 mm size plates, with dual plate loading. It will also have pallet automation available with up to 8 plate sizes online and up to 4,800 plates online.
“Kodak is investing approximately $25 million a year in advancing print technology, doubling down on digital print and delivering the products our customers need to drive productivity and growth as the industry evolves,” said Jim Continenza, Kodak’s executive chairman. “The revolutionary new Prosper Ultra 520 Inkjet Press is the product of our heritage of innovation in print and our continuing focus on developing breakthrough technologies. Printers can rely on the full range of Kodak solutions, from offset plates to workflow software to digital presses, to deliver performance that pays.”