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 »
Sep 9, 2013
Shortly before PRINT 2013 Collins Ink Corporation changed its name to Collins Inkjet Corporation in a move that the company said reflected “Collins’ expansion into printer upgrades, parts, and support.” At PRINT 13 Collins made it clear exactly what it meant by that statement when it announced that it would refurbish Kodak Versamark equipment, beginning with Kodak’s 5120 and 6240 print heads. Readers will likely recall that Collins, formerly a close Kodak partner and ink supplier, severed the relationship in a contentious battle beginning in October of 2011. (See “Collins Ink Terminates Agreement with Kodak Versamark”.)
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May 28, 2013
In 2008, InfoTrends published a blog entitled, Beyond Process Color Digital Printing: Approaches to Additional Colors, Special Effects, and MICR, discussing vendors that offered one or more imaging units
in addition to the four traditional process colors (CMYK). Today, we have seen leaders in the high-end electrophotographic market, such as HP, Kodak, and Xeikon, expanding the capabilities of their devices to provide additional efforts to accommodate five or more print stations also known as, “5+” colors, during production. There has also been some activity in off-line digital devices that provide the ability to add value to a printed page through the application, typically via inkjet heads, of a gloss coating or some other effect. New entrants to the offline market such as, Scodix and MGI, are a few of these offline companies entering this market.
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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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Jan 9, 2012
Last week’s Wall Street Journal article contends that Kodak is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. Kodak would not comment on what it considers rumors,Â and that’s fairÂ given that the Journal’s story was based on unnamed sources, but last fall under similar circumstances Kodak put out a press release denying any intention to declare bankruptcy. This time around the rumors are looking like a distinct possibility.
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Dec 13, 2011
I had a chance to visit Fenske Media again last week as part of an analyst briefingÂ sponsored by Kodak. This was my second visit to Fenske Media this year (see my blog on my previous visit) but even so there were plenty of new things to see. They run a fantastic operation and it was fascinating to see it again to explore what had changed since my last visit.
Fenske Media is a major Kodak customer, with color products from three Kodak platforms: NexPress, Versamark VL, and Prosper. Their color Prosper 5000XL is the newest arrival of the three, though it has already been there a year so they have had plenty of experience using it.
The Fenske brothers next to their Kodak Prosper 5000XL
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Dec 5, 2011
Kodak recently gave another reminder to the market that it is a big company in packaging world, albeit so far not as a supplier of digital printers for packaging. That said, the company has great potential to someday be a major supplier of inkjet printing for packaging.
At the PLMA Private Label Trade Show in Chicago in November, Kodak showed its prepress solutions for packaging, including two 2011 developments.Â Read more »
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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Sep 15, 2011
Kodak has taken the wraps off a next generation piezo drop-on-demand (DOD) continuous feed inkjet range under the Versamark brand. The new range is designed to address transactional, direct mail, loyalty and newspaper applications for firms with volume requirements in the 2m-20m A4 AMPV range.
While much of the focus of the graphics industry this week has been in the USA at Graph Expo, where Kodak itself has also unveiled plenty of new digital technology, it chose to show the new machines for the first time to analysts, customers and journalists at an event at its European technical centre in La Hulpe, Belgium.
Kodak's new Versamark 500W in-situ at its European demo centre
The eight new machines all use a compact single engine duplex architecture. Sitting beneath the firm’s other DOD products, the Versamark VL range, which require twin-engine configurations for duplex production; it brings the total number of piezo machines in its range to 14 — which it claims is the broadest of any DOD vendor. Read more »
Aug 3, 2011
Last week I traveled to Rapid City, South Dakota to visit Fenske Media, a data-driven solutions provider that installed a Kodak Prosper 5000XL last December. Fenske Media is using the Prosper 5000XL for a range of full color mail applications on glossy paper. Glossy paper is the key to expanding high-speed inkjet printing into new applications at offset quality levels. As Dave Fenske, Partner at Fenske Media, concisely puts it “Printing is entertainment, and entertainment equals shine.”
Fenske Media, Rapid City, South Dakota
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