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Kodak to show next-gen NexPress, Prosper 5000XL at Graph Expo

Sep 15, 2010 12:00 AM

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Kodak will launch its new NexPress platform at Graph Expo. The Kodak NexPress SX Digital Production Color Platform, the next step up from the NexPress SE, offers a longer sheet capability (26 inches / 660 mm), which requires the new long sheet feeder. The larger sheet fits three A4 or 8.5 x 11-inch pages, enabling new applications such as 6-page brochures, longer posters and longer dust jackets for books. The NexPress SX runs at 120 to 131 ppm and features new Version 12 software. It offers higher line screens (180 lpi) and expanded finishing options, and it features new, smaller-particle toner for greater color gamut and higher density black with less ink usage.

New features noted to benefit photo printing applications include the smaller-particle toner, new screens, a new ICS version, light black dry ink (a 5th imaging unit), and a matte printing option (a 10-minute fuser roller changeover). NexPress accepts over 600 stocks, includes an inline densitometer and can add gloss near-line (no extra curing/drying step first).

At Photokina in Germany, next week, Kodak will launch its new NexPress Photo Solution. Targeting the growing photo print market, from photo labs to commercial printers providing photo applications, it offers photo quality printing at up to 4,400,000 impressions per month on a wide range of substrates including specialty media such as plastics, magnets and linen. This configuration includes photo product templates; Kodak Perfect Touch automated color correction and image management; the light black 5th imaging unit (standard); and several photo-related software add-ons. The nontoxic prints can be handled safely, and image enhancement capabilities include raised printing inline for embossed effects, a clear IQ coating option, and E-Surface simulation with Dimensional Clear Dry Ink.

The SE model will be upgradable to SX when it becomes available mid-2011, according to Chuck Hura, director, current product marketing, digital print solutions, NexPress Digital Press and Photo Book News.

Kodak will run process color on the InterTech award winning Prosper S10 at Graph Expo, its first showing in the United States. The CMYK capability, previewed at Ipex and now shipping, opens up new application possibilities for the press, including high-speed, variable color graphics. The Prosper S-series also offers pigment, dye and spot color ink sets.

The high-end Prosper 5000XL, lauched at Ipex, will be printing on a variety of stocks at Graph Expo, including coated papers.

The Kodak 700 Print Manager, which drives both Prosper and Versamark products, will have its first U.S. showing at Graph Expo. Kodak also will have the Magnus 800 platesetter with automated plate loader (APL) at the show, and Trillian SP plates.

Kodak is expanding its MarketMover Business Advantage Solutions program. Its team of management consultants and operations experts, including developers and engineers, offer customized development for each user’s business. This ranges from system integration to customized web-to-print / multichannel solution services, business optimization, market growth services, and business development.