Following last week’s news about offset vendors partnering with inkjet systems manufacturers comes the announcement that Kodak and Ryobi have plans to develop a hybrid sheetfed press system which will employ Ryobi’s 750 series press and Kodak’s Prosper S5 imprinting system.
“Ryobi is a key partner for Kodak. Ryobi engineers have created a unique solution—a one-step, dynamic hybrid sheetfed press that integrates Kodak Prosper press inkjet technology with the precision sheet control of a Ryobi press,” said Michael Marsh, Kodak’s General Manager of Inkjet Printing Solutions and Vice President. “Through this partnership, sheetfed printers can enjoy the success and benefits of one-step hybrid printing that web printers have enjoyed with Kodak Inkjet Products for quite some time.”
The new hybrid press provides a single step of offset printing, inkjet printing, and an optional inline varnish station. According to the two companies, the varnish option is valuable to direct-mail printers because it enables a true print and ship capability, which leads to faster time to mail, invoicing and payment. The press can print at up to 10,000 B2 sheets per hour.
“Kodak provides unique capabilities in the sheetfed hybrid market, offering our customers new and expanded capabilities,” said Hideki Domoto, Corporate Officer, and Divisional General Manager, Graphic Systems Division, Ryobi Limited. “This hybrid press marks another important milestone in the history of two innovative companies.”