Kodak released new digital press and innovative additions to its portfolio of digital and offset solutions, designed to help printers boost their profitability and capitalize on new opportunities for growth.
Kodak says the new Kodak Ascend Digital Press is “the perfect solution for commercial printers and digital service providers who want to succeed in the growing retail/point of purchase (POP) and packaging markets.”
The Kodak Ascent Digital Press is the first electrophotographic (EP) press designed to print heavy weight substrates at long lengths with eye-catching, high-margin Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black (CMYK) and flat-foil embellishments in one press.
It is more flexible than traditional presses and more productive than flatbed inkjet systems, offering production speeds up to 572 m2/h (5280 sf/h). Its large sheet length of up to 1.2 m (48 in.) allows the press to offer 23 per cent more print area than a B2 sheet.
The new press enables printers to deliver sustainably recyclable print by using environmentally friendly Kodachrome Dry Inks, which are Indirect Food Contact-rated. Kodak says this new press is a more cost-effective solution for producing retail/POP and packaging applications than traditional presses or flatbed inkjet devices.
Kodak is also introducing a cost-effective expansion of its cloud-based Prinergy On-Demand platform with Prinergy On-Demand Access. This new option makes the printing industry’s most secure and highest-performing software platform affordable for more printers of any size, with or without digital presses.
The new Software as a Service (SaaS) solution provides full connectivity to digital presses, Microsoft Azure-backed security, and the scalability of the On-Demand platform. Prinergy On-Demand Access includes preflight, colour management, file management, backup and routing, as well as built-in Kodak Insite Prepress Portal functionality for file submission, remote customer collaboration, and online approvals. It will be available in early 2022.
Further, Kodak announced a new Kodak Prosper Digital Varnish for highly flexible digital coating of paper-based packaging, which is a water-based varnish that can be jetted as an area or spot coat to printed packages, as well as the Kodak Mobile CTP Control All, which allows remote control and monitoring of up to 10 Kodak CTP Platesetters, reducing a dependency on onsite labour for managing jobs in queue, status updates, and more.
The Kodak Prosper Digital Varnish will be available worldwide by the end of 2021, and the app is now available worldwide to download for Android and iOS mobile operating systems.