Kodak has unveiled its Prosper 7000 Turbo Press, a new inkjet web press that uses Kodak Stream Inkjet Technology, offering printing speeds of up to 410 metres per minute or up to 5,523 A4 pages per minute.
It aims to enable commercial, publishing and newspaper printers to compete more effectively with offset and to shift more long-run jobs from conventional printing processes to inkjet.
The Prosper 7000 Turbo Press also aims to impress with its vast application and substrate versatility. It supports a maximum web width of 648 mm with a variable cutoff length up to 54-inches while printing on a wide range of coated and uncoated stocks, newsprint, specialty papers as well as recycled papers.
Offering three optimised print modes, the Prosper 7000 Turbo Press meets the specific requirements of different applications. This allows printers to optimise their production process to always print at the best combination of speed and resolution.
The Quality mode, which is roughly comparable to offset printing using a 200 lpi (80 L/cm) screen, is best for direct mailings, catalogs and magazines. The Performance mode (offset equivalent 133 lpi / 52 L/cm) is ideal for textbooks, fiction books and other medium ink coverage applications, and the Turbo mode (85-100 lpi / <40 L/cm) is said to be ideal for newspaper printing with low ink coverage.
The Prosper 7000 Turbo Press also uses eco-friendly, water-based Kodak nanoparticulate pigment CMYK inks. The inks offer a wide color gamut and, due to their proprietary ink formulations, support efficient drying even at peak press speeds.
The press features interstation drying using near infrared (NIR) technology. This drying solution enables the press to keep up with any of the print modes to ensure the highest quality output at the given speed.
To safeguard consistently high quality, even with the longest print runs, the new press features the Kodak Intelligent Print System. This solution automatically takes care of monitoring and optimisation of stitching, colour-to-colour and front-to-back registration.
“The game-changing speed of the Prosper 7000 Turbo Press will help commercial, publishing and newspaper printers increase efficiency by shifting more long-run jobs from conventional printing processes to inkjet,” Kodak executive chairman and CEO Jim Continenza said.
“We believe digital technology will grow in importance as a complement to offset as ongoing supply chain issues continue to increase the cost of prepress. This new press reflects our continued commitment to investing in innovation that helps our customers succeed as the industry evolves.”
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