Kodak extends license deal to boost AI integration

Kodak has signed a licensing agreement with PerfectPattern GmbH, which will allow it to further develop the artificial intelligence already in use in its cloud-based Kodak Prinergy On Demand workflow software.

The new agreement extends a previous deal for the sPrint One source code that was signed between the two companies at drupa in 2016.

Kodak said the new arrangement will allow it to integrate sPrint One’s AI-based functionality more closely with the innovative, cloud-based Prinergy On Demand Workflow for an even more streamlined print job preparation.

“The tighter integration of sPrint One into Prinergy On Demand will help printers achieve even more highly automated workflow processes, greater production efficiency, even lower production and material costs and hence improved profitability,” Kodak print division vice-president of software Tom Bigger said.

“This step will enable Prinergy On Demand to utilise innovative AI technology more easily and more directly than ever by providing an integrated platform with Industry 4.0 and automation features unmatched throughout the printing industry.

“At the same time, it will strengthen Kodak’s portfolio of high performance, cloud-based workflow solutions, which printers can tailor precisely to their unique needs.”

Kodak says sPrint One is already the engine for the optional Kodak Dynamic Print Planning Service for automatic, optimised job ganging and press planning in a single processing step, taking account of numerous printer-specific parameters.

The announcement follows the recent launch of Kodak’s new digital inkjet press, Prosper Ultra 520, which builds on its predecessor, the Prosper 6000.

The company also announced an update earlier this year to its Sonora process free plate technology, which has increased processing speeds by up to 20 per cent.


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