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Kodak launches new digital press


October 7, 2021
By PrintAction Staff

Kodak introduces a new digital press and innovative additions to its portfolio of digital and offset solutions.

The new Kodak Ascend digital press is the first electrophotographic (EP) press designed to print heavyweight substrates at long lengths with high-margin CMYK and flat foil embellishments in one pass. It offers production speeds up to 572 m2/hour (5280 sf/hour). Its large sheet length of up to 122 cm (48 in.) allows the press to offer 23 per cent more print area than a B2 sheet. The new press is compatible with Kodakchrome Dry Inks that are Indirect Food Contact rated.
The Ascend press will be available Q2 2022 in North America and Europe.

With Prinergy On Demand Access, Kodak is expanding access to its cloud-based Prinergy On Demand Platform. The new SaaS solution includes preflight, colour management, file management, backup and routing as well as built-in Kodak Insite Prepress Portal functionality for file submission, remote customer collaboration and online approvals. It will be available in Q1 2022.

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The new Kodak Prosper Digital Varnish is a water-based varnish that can be jetted as an area or spot coat to printed packages using Kodak Prosper S-series or Kodak Prosper Plus Imprinting Systems. The digital varnish can be applied in perfect register with design elements and creates a matte protective layer providing rub and water resistance to paper-based packaging applications. This will be available worldwide by the end of 2021.

The Kodak Mobile CTP Control App allows remote control and monitoring of up to 10 Kodak CTP Platesetters, reducing a dependency on onsite labour for managing jobs in queue and status updates. The enhanced version of this app provides access to real-time and historical data with customizable reporting to save time on data analysis, help prioritize actions and improve plate-making efficiency. The new version of Kodak Mobile CTP Control App is now available worldwide to download for Android and iOS mobile operating system.

“The innovations announced today reflect Kodak’s continued commitment to developing breakthrough solutions that enable our customers to improve their productivity and profitability and successfully expand their customer base,” said Jim Continenza, Kodak’s executive chair and CEO. “With innovations like the Kodak Ascend Digital Press, we are opening up new profitable application opportunities for printers. We continue to deliver on our promise to provide a complete range of solutions that offer print that pays.”