Apr 7, 2017
After more than a year of public statements that Kodak’s Enterprise Inkjet division was for sale, the company has decided to keep it. According to the press release there was “strong interest” and they had “multiple offers” but Kodak concluded that these “did not reflect the value of the business.” And so they will keep it and reclassify it under continuing operations (it had been switched to “discontinued”). Randy Vandagriff has been named the new President of the Enterprise Inkjet Division. Phil Cullimore, the previous division head, is leaving Kodak.
Last May in the months after Kodak’s decision to sell the division I wrote:
Kodak Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Clarke suggested that a company with a larger sales and distribution footprint in digital printing markets would be better suited to help Prosper achieve its economic potential.
Now the decision is being positioned as a “pragmatic decision” based on improvements in the business (balanced with the scale of the offers received). In other words, no one came up with a good enough offer. Clarke said that the Prosper group performed well in 2016 with a 40% increase in annuity sales and that expectations were high for this year. He’s also optimistic about the division’s next-generation UltraStream technology, which he expects will go to market in 2019. In related UltraStream news Kodak said that it will begin delivering evaluation kits to a total of 17 companies, including Fuji Kikai, GOSS China, Matti, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Printing & Packaging Machinery, and Uteco. The companies will use the kit to explore the integration of the technology into future printing solutions.
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May 19, 2016
In April, Kodak held an inkjet-focused briefing in Dayton, Ohio to update industry analysts on their current status, new developments, and drupa 2016 plans. The event provided an excellent opportunity to get an up-close look at Kodak’s inkjet offerings, including some technology demonstrations that will be highlighted at drupa 2016 (May 31st to June 10th in Dusseldorf, Germany).
It’s an important time for Kodak’s Dayton-based Enterprise Inkjet Systems Division. drupa 2016 is fast approaching, and the division has big plans there. The next generation of Stream head technology (UltraStream) will also be on display as a technology demonstration. Perhaps most importantly, Kodak’s board has announced that the Enterprise Inkjet business, including the Prosper Press Platform, the S Series Imprinting Systems, and related products are for sale.
Kodak, with a sizeable booth in Hall 5, will be the fifth largest exhibitor at drupa. From an inkjet perspective, Kodak plans to showcase Read more »
Apr 14, 2016
4K video is rapidly gaining traction throughout the photo and video ecosystems, in devices from capture to display. Read more »
Oct 15, 2015
To paraphrase the legendary Yankees catcher, Yogi Berra,
“If you come to a 4K in the road, take it.”
September and October have been busy with product announcements from leading manufacturers of streaming digital media players. But despite the surging popularity of 4K Ultra HD video, there is a mixed bag of support for the new high-resolution format. Some of the new streamers support it, but others conspicuously do not. Read more »
Aug 7, 2013
If it’s possible to disrupt a still-emerging market, Google Chromecast has the potential to do just that for Connected TV. Read more »
May 22, 2012
In the days leading up to drupa I was awash in a storm of writing activity that resulted in four white papers that were published either right before or during the show:
Each of these is available as a free download from InfoTrends, just click the link above. All of these white papers relate to one or more key trends from drupa 2012, including high-speed color inkjet systems, hybrid inkjet configurations with offset or other processes, substrates for inkjet that open up new application opportunities, and the move to B2 format digital. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mar 7, 2012
This week Timsons, in collaboration with Kodak, announced the T-Press, the largest format inkjet document printer so far in an end-to-end production line targeted at mid-volume book runs.And the width is impressive, with a 53” or 1.35 metre web width, allowing for an 8-up production across the width of the web for a typical A5 book format. Linear speed of the printer is 600 ft/min (200 m/min) and resolution will be 600 by 900 dpi. This roughly translates into 7,500 A4 or letter size impressions. The T-Press is a monochrome web-fed printer, but future full colour versions were not ruled out.
Timsons and Kodak are partnering on this dedicated short-run book printing solution according to their areas of expertise. Timsons developed a dedicated press design, including the finishing line. Kodak is supplying the Stream heads (the basis of the Prosper presses and imprinting heads), workflow, and front-end. Timsons is a dedicated manufacturer of analogue book printing and finishing equipment and draws from a lot of experience in materials handling. In designing the T-Press Timsons did not simply put the inkjet heads onto an existing offset press design, but redesigned the paper path for an optimal location of the inkjet heads and driers and a minimal web length to reduce start-up waste. The front and backside printing units are in a stacked configuration so the unit is relatively compact, despite the wide web.
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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 »
Sep 21, 2009
I wrote about Kodak’s Pipeline of Innovation in an earlier blog before the show, but the fact of the matter is that you really had to see it to appreciate it. Once I saw it, I liked it even though I arrived as a skeptic. It’s true that the user interface needs some work and the supporting detail could be improved and expanded upon, but I thought it worked well and I believe that many who saw it there would agree. Kodak also did a good job of promoting the Pipeline of Innovation within its booth, encouraging show attendees via frequent promotions to try it out. It was important too that the Kodak employees in the booth were on board with this innovative approach, and I saw every indication that they were.
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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 »