Kodak has announced a new addition to its Prosper line of inkjet production presses at the Hunkeler Innovation Days in Luceren, Switzerland. The company claims the press is the fastest, most accurate writing engine on the market.
The press features what Kodak calls the Intelligent Print System (IPS) which measures performance across the operation and makes adjustments on the fly. The IPS also learns from the data to improve imaging quality and speed for the machine’s 100,000 nozzles.
The Prosper 5000XLi uses Kodak’s newly formulated nano-particulate pigment inks which the company claims offers a colour gamut up to 30 percent wider than offset printing.
“The Prosper Press Platform is a high-performance solution for a range of digital printing applications, such as direct marketing, commercial print, and publishing,” said Kodak’s Will Mansfield, Director of Marketing, Inkjet Printing Solutions. “The high speeds and large volumes these presses offer make it more important than ever to ensure the highest performance and quality throughout the print run. Automatic monitoring and on-the-fly adjustment of printing parameters do just that—enabling printers to achieve very high image quality and excellent colour-to-colour registration on a wide range of media, including glossy.”
The Prosper 5000XLi Press features a number of innovations in its transport system that virtually eliminate page imperfections caused by paper stretching and wrinkling. The press offers full process colour perfecting with a print width of up to 24.5 inches (62.23 centimeters) at speeds up to 650 feet (200 meters) per minute with a duty cycle of 90 million A4 or US letter pages a month. The system is capable of print quality that rivals offset output—up to 175 lpi. The key advancements include an adaptive web stretch control system that uses advanced servo rollers and software algorithms to make automatic adjustments, as well as select rollers that have ribs and other advanced design features to minimize wrinkling.
The machine is available commercially immediately. Current owners of the Prosper 5000XL are able to upgrade to the 5000XLi.