Dec 23, 2014
SPG Prints has announced Pike, a new single pass digital textile printer based on Fuji Dimatix’s Samba printhead. The new system is currently on preview at the company’s headquarters for a two-week period and is scheduled to be launched next November at ITMA 2015 in Milan, Italy. The machine is targeted at rotary screen printers printing between 3 million and up to 10 million meters annually. Initial target customers will likely be in fashion fabric printing, although home textile will also be a longer term target.
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Oct 14, 2011
In an announcement that it posted on its web site on Tuesday, Collins Ink stated that it was ending its agreement to provide inkjet ink to Kodak Versamark printers. It said that its customers would be able to purchase Collins-branded inks directly from Collins at prices that it noted would be lower than Kodak’s.
In response to the Collins announcement Kodak released the following statement, which was published nearly in its entirety in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle:
“Collins Ink abruptly and without justification breached its contract to supply inks for Kodak Versamark digital printing systems. This shows a tremendous disregard for our customers’ needs. Ensuring a continuous supply of matched, high-quality inks with inkjet printheads for our Versamark customers is of utmost importance to Kodak, and we are committed to delivering an uninterrupted flow of ink.”
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Aug 10, 2011
Press manufacturer Heidelberg Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) announced on July 29 that it acquired CSAT GmbH, based near Karlsruhe, Germany, for an undisclosed price. Heidelberg is one of the world’s top makers of conventional presses; it is also a supplier of related technology such as workflow software and, through its young Linoprint subsidiary, drop on demand color inkjet presses for label printing. CSAT is a much smaller company, and one that manufactures both electrophotographic and inkjet presses for labels and packaging, mainly for use in the pharmaceuticals industry. Read more »
Nov 15, 2010
Last week at the Canon Expo in Tokyo Océ added a new inkjet product to its production color continuous feed offerings. Called the ColorStream 3500, the new device runs at 75 meters per minute and is capable of 537 A4 images per minute in a simplex configuration and 1,010 in duplex. As with Océ’s JetStream products, the device uses Kyocera drop-on-demand inkjet heads. The ColorStream 3500 is available in simplex or duplex configurations from one to six colors, and is field upgradeable. The device uses water-based inks (either dye or pigment). An Océ technology called InkSafe uses RFID to assure that the right ink is loaded in the right place. “Type 1” finishing connectivity allows direct integration with third-party finishing systems.
ColorStream 3500 at Canon Expo Tokyo
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Sep 9, 2010
I found out this week that Kodak has decided to bring the Prosper 5000XL to Graph Expo (October 3-6, Chicago). This will mirror what Kodak did at IPEX and will represent the first showing of the device in North America. It’s good news and for those who haven’t committed to attending, it provides another reason to come to the show. There’s more about Prosper in the news as well. You should have a look at Eric Owen’s blog in Output Links for some insight on Prosper, but here’s a quick take on the recent developments:
- There are now two Prosper system installations — Kodak customers Offset Paperback Manufacturers (Laflin, Pennsylvania) and SAGIM (a French print service provider using the system for books) represent the first two installed beta sites of Prosper standalone systems (other companies have Prosper S10 Imprinting Systems running in conjunction with traditional printing presses). Both have the Prosper 1000 (the monochrome version of Prosper). Kodak reports that Offset Paperback Manufacturers (OPM) will be the first site to get the process color Prosper 5000XL and that the device is being installed now. Kodak said that in the past month OPM has been produced salable books at a volume of up to 1.7 million book pages (approximately 3,850 books) per day on its Prosper 1000.
- The first Prosper 1000 placement in Australasia — SOS Print and Media Group in Sydney, Australia will be installing a Prosper 1000 for book printing in November. This is the first Prosper 1000/5000XL announcement in Australasia (there have been S5/S10 Imprinting System announcements, for example, in China). SOS says that it will consider upgrading the device to the full-color 5000XL version. Read more »
Apr 26, 2010
This month we have a small update on Tonejet, Ltd (Melbourn, Hertfordshire, UK), the developer of a proprietary electrostatic drop on demand technology that was the focus of some intriguing news last year. In July 2009, the company publicized its first major deal, with Ball Packaging of Germany. Under the terms of that agreement, Tonejet and Ball were to jointly develop a single pass, CMYK print system, based Tonejet Technology, to print metal cans at Ball’s manufacturing plant in Hasslock, Germany, with actual production to begin in Q1 2010.
InfoTrends spoke with Tonejet managers recently to check on the status of that custom installation, and learned that the printer is indeed up and running at Ball. The first commercial runs of CMYK onto metal cans began there in early April. The Ball customer will have to remain unnamed until sometime in May 2010. In the meantime, Tonejet’s CEO, Ray Southam, gave a few particulars: Read more »
Jul 21, 2009
Kodak invited about twenty analysts and press from around the world to Dayton, Ohio to brief them on a range of production digital print news, but specifically to focus on new inkjet developments including its Stream technology, now branded as Prosper. The two-day event included technology demonstrations and customer testimonials.
Kodak kicked off the first day with a review of the NexPress SE platform toner developments and a customer presentation by Eric Webber of Cohber Press, a NexPress customer who has used the new Intelligent Calibration System (ICS). The day continued with additional information on existing inkjet solutions and highlighted the launch of the Versamark VL6000. Customer testimonials from Tom Fenske of Fenske Media and Giorgio Albertini of Rotomail were also part of the day. Darrin Wilen of Wilen Media spoke on day two about Wilen’s use of the Prosper S10 Imprinting System.
While all of this was interesting and educational, the big news came on the second day with the introduction of the Prosper Color XL Press. With a duty cycle of 120 million A4/letter impressions per month, the Prosper Color XL Press is capable of speeds of 650 feet per minute (fpm) at a print width of 24.5 inches. (The web will be 25.5 inches.) Kodak says that the product will be available in the first half of 2010. Kodak would not identify sales targets for the Prosper system but it is counting on significant growth. It said that it expected the technology to be printing a trillion pages by 2015. Read more »