New Kodak Prosper closes gap with litho

Last year mid-pandemic Kodak launched its updated roll-fed Prosper 520 digital press.

The company has applauded the new development saying the press has the technical ability to print images of the highest quality two-to-three times faster than other presses on the market.

This extract appeared in a Technology Focus written by Peter Kohn which first appeared in print in the December 2020 issue of ProPrint. You can read the full article here.

Closing the gap with litho: Kodak A/NZ Sales Director, Rob Mollee

Kodak A/NZ Sales Director, Robert Mollee, says the new Prosper Ultra 520 closes the gap with litho, thanks to superior inkjet productivity, quality and cost.

“It prints highest image quality two-to-three times faster than our competition, which reduces costs, enables faster lead times and improves customer satisfaction,” Mollee told ProPrint.

“The press achieves a 95 per cent larger gamut than SWOP (Specifications for Web Offset Publications), which increases sales and customer satisfaction by more accurate colour-matching for the most demanding jobs.

Water-based inks

The other benefit of the press, Mollee says, is its use of water-based Kodak CMYK inks which create more profit per job.

“This also allows printers to transition more work from higher-cost offset presses or toner devices,” Mollee said.

Cut-sheet toner offering

In the cut-sheet space, Kodak also offers the Nexfinity with Mollee describing it as an “extremely reliable workhorse”.

“The Nexfinity offers offers unprecedented flexibility with substrate types, formats and thicknesses, along with production using special inks in the fifth imaging unit,” Mollee said.

“It delivers running costs competitive with medium-run offset and prints up to 400 per cent more pages per month than competing sheetfed digital presses.

“This enables printers to gain a wider range of digital jobs, increase their sales, shift more short-to-medium-run jobs from offset to digital and achieve a faster ROI.”

In summary, Mollee sees the Prosper Ultra 520 as the optimal choice for high-quality commercial applications such as direct mail, inserts, brochures, catalogues and books – even those with high ink coverage.

And for Nexfinity, typical applications are marketing collaterals, direct mail, short-run publishing, photobooks, calendars, catalogues, manuals, POS materials and packaging.

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