Kodak, a global manufacturer focused on commercial print and advanced materials and chemicals, will showcase its latest technology for high-speed digital production printing and end-to-end workflow management at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2023 to be held from February 27 to March 2, in Lucerne, Switzerland.
The Kodak Prosper Ultra 520 Press will be the highlight at Kodak’s booth P5 in Hall 2. The recently launched inkjet web press will be on display for the first time in Europe. Taking full advantage of the Kodak Ultrastream Continuous Inkjet Technology, the Prosper Ultra 520 delivers offset-quality print at high speeds, offers flexibility, and enables printers to profitably shift more jobs from traditional offset to digital, the company said in a release.
Kodak will present a roll-to-roll configuration in which the Prosper Ultra 520 is integrated with a Hunkeler UW8 unwinder and RW8 rewinder along with the Hunkeler WI8 web inspection system via its open architecture interface. The press will print live three versions of a ‘magalog’ (a blend of magazine and catalog) with different editorial and marketing content. The demanding application includes large high-resolution images and a compelling design that leverages the Prosper Ultra 520’s ability to print heavy ink coverage on standard offset paper at 150 mpm (500 fpm).
Visitors can also expect to see an extensive collection of finished applications printed on the Prosper Ultra 520 press as well as the Prosper 7000 Turbo Press, said to be the world’s fastest digital press with speeds of up to 1,345 fpm (410 mpm). The impressive range of samples on display will include trade publications, color books, newspapers, catalogs, postcards, and direct mail.
To enable efficient and profitable production in the digital print environment and to realize a “smart factory” concept, a powerful overarching workflow is needed. Kodak will be demonstrating its Kodak Prinergy on-demand business solutions, the first end-to-end workflow solution for the printing industry. Powered by Prinergy on-demand workflow automation and Microsoft Azure cloud, the Prinergy on-demand business solutions remove complexity by bringing together print-specific eCommerce, MIS/ERP, and collaboration software solutions, fully integrated and solely managed by Kodak.
At Hunkeler Innovationdays, the Prinergy solutions manage the digital print workflow and track the entire production process of the magalog job all the way to the saddle-stitched end product.
In addition to its activities on the exhibition floor, Kodak will talk about its solutions for seamless and efficient workflow integration in the digital printing environment at the Doxnet on-site conference, which will be held on February 28 as part of Hunkeler Innovationdays.
“We are excited to use Hunkeler Innovationdays for the European premiere of the Kodak Prosper Ultra 520 Press. This breakthrough inkjet press eases printers’ transition from offset to digital production with its quality, productivity, and application capabilities,” said Jim Continenza, executive chairman and chief executive officer, Kodak. “Kodak Prosper presses, with their high-speed architecture and use of proprietary water-based nanoparticulate pigment inks and optimizer agents, provide complete solutions for high-output, cost-effective printing of a broad range of applications in all segments of the print market.”