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The commercial inkjet platform of the future is available today.
Kodak announces the first product based on its breakthrough Stream
Inkjet Technology – the KODAK PROSPER S10 Imprinting System, a
monochrome continuous inkjet printhead designed for inline digital
printing on high-speed web devices. The KODAK PROSPER S10 Imprinting
System, as with all future Stream-based products, will deliver offset
class, variable data printing with significant savings on production
costs for direct mail, catalogs, magazines, newspapers, inserts and
transactional documents. In keeping with this revolutionary technology,
the company will brand Stream-based products as KODAK PROSPER, conveying
the new business opportunities that this technology will provide to
The commercial introduction of the KODAK PROSPER S10 Imprinting System
follows successful worldwide customer beta installations that
demonstrated the technological and commercial benefits of Stream Inkjet
Technology. Kodak remains ahead of schedule in developing a Stream-based
full-color continuous inkjet press, and expects the PROSPER Press to be
ready in early 2010.
"The KODAK PROSPER S10 Imprinting System opens a new world of
opportunity for the commercial print market,” said Kevin Joyce,
Worldwide Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Digital Printing
Solutions, Kodak. "The PROSPER name captures the business opportunities
Stream Inkjet Technology provides for our customers — new markets, more
revenue and better margins.”
The KODAK PROSPER S10 Imprinting System, which features flexible
mounting options, integrates seamlessly with web offset presses and web
finishing equipment to add variable data to offset printed materials.
Operating at 1,000 fpm (305 mpm) with a resolution of 600 dpi, it allows
users to print variable data inline, saving time and money over a
traditional, two-step process that combines offset pre-printed forms and
offline laser imprinting.
Kodak also will offer a unique new spot color matching service for the
S10 Imprinting System that provides custom dye inks developed to match
specific logo colors or corporate brand colors. The service will be
available later this year and leverages Kodak’s long history of imaging
science expertise. The service allows commercial printers to expand
their capabilities and add even more value for their clients.
"For the many thousands of commercial print businesses around the world
with web presses, installing KODAK PROSPER S10 Imprinting Systems inline
is like putting a digital gas pedal on existing equipment,” Joyce said.
"With little change to their operations, the S10 Imprinting System opens
new markets for variable data print in direct mail, catalogs, magazines,
newspapers, inserts and transactional documents. As print’s important
role in multimedia evolves, Stream Inkjet Technology is exactly the
right solution at the right time.”
Early S10 Imprinting System Users Improve Efficiency and Gain Revenue
The KODAK PROSPER S10 Imprinting System is already operating at print
businesses in the United States, Germany and England, and soon, China.
"The S10 Imprinting System enables us to offer our customers
personalization with the quality of laser at the lower cost of inkjet.
Our clients appreciate the quality advantages of this novel inkjet
technology, such as higher resolution and significantly better rendering
of details and gray levels,” said Achim Groth, Production Manager,
Finishing, at meiller direct in Schwandorf, Germany, one of Europe’s
leading providers of direct marketing services. "What’s more, the new
technology integrates seamlessly into our existing systems and we
benefit from its high reliability in continuous operation.”
With a print width of 4.16 inches (10.56 centimeters) and pigment-based
inks that offer fade, scratch and water resistance, the S10 Imprinting
System increases throughput and eliminates the need for additional
standalone print devices. In addition, output from the S10 Imprinting
System achieves outstanding permanence with no additional coating needed.
Wilen Direct, which has installed four S10 Imprinting Systems, is
outputting 80,000 pieces per hour, or 1.6 million pieces per day, on
just one of its presses. "The shift occurring in the communications
industry makes it tough to be a print-only provider. You have to be
solutions-oriented,” said Kevin Wilen, Executive Vice President, Wilen
Direct. "We manage complex direct marketing programs from concept to
execution. With the S10 Imprinting System we are able to produce Inline
Letterpak pieces in a single process without the need for time-consuming
laser and inserting steps. This technology lets us create full variable
data print through our offset presses, and it does it three to four
times faster than a traditional high-speed roll-to-roll system. As a
result, we can move faster than ever while increasing quality.”
As the Stream Inkjet Technology advances, Kodak is engaged with more
than 50 customers worldwide to help them transition from their current
printing processes to the PROSPER Press Platform. A full color
continuous inkjet press using Stream Inkjet Technology will be available
for customer installation in early 2010. At the PRINT 09 tradeshow in
September, Kodak will update the market on plans for its PROSPER Press
To learn more about KODAK PROSPER, visit www.prosper.kodak.com.
For more information about Kodak at PRINT 09, visit www.kodak.com/go/print09.
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and Support is made up of more than 3,000 professionals reaching more
than 120 countries. It is a leading multi-vendor integrated services
provider, delivering consulting, installation, maintenance and support
services for the commercial printing, graphic communications, document
imaging and data storage industries. KODAK Service and Support
professionals are uniquely qualified to provide services that control
costs, maximize productivity, and minimize business risk.
As the world’s foremost imaging innovator, Kodak helps consumers,
businesses, and creative professionals unleash the power of pictures and
printing to enrich their lives.
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