Kodak announces two new NexPress products for drupa 2016

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Kodak is announcing two new products for the NexPress line at drupa.  The first is a refresh of the current SX model to the ZX. The second is a whole new NexPress platform, which is expected to be available in mid 2017.

Shown at drupa will be the new NexPress ZX3900.  The press has a host of new features, but the main 2 are

  • Ability to print on thicker substrates.  Although the specs are not final the new ZX presses are expected to print on 24 pt. or 600 micron. This is expected to open up new applications in folding cartons, tags, labels, clings, and retail signage.  Substrates include paper and polyester synthetics.
  • Opaque white. NexPress presses will have the capability to print a highly opaque white material in one pass. This one pass is estimated to be the equivalent of 3 passes on an Indigo. Cost of the white toner will be on par with the cost of dimensional printing.

Other new features include an update to the front end software (vs 16) that handles white printing, a new long sheet (1 meter) feeder from BDT and a new stacker to handle long sheet output.

New ZX features are field upgradable back to models from 2006 or later. Pricing for the ZX is expected to be unchanged from the SX models.

 

Kodak is announcing a new platform for the NexPress line that is expected to provide more consistent color quality on longer runs at a lower cost.  The focus of the machine is to drive more offset transfer. The new platform is built around 3 core technologies

  1. At the heart of the new platform is a new multi-bit LED writing system which provides for improved image quality with fewer artifacts, higher resolution, a harder dot, and smaller particle size toner.  Ultimately this will enable faster speeds along with higher consistency in color.
  2. Flexible Color. With the new platform users will be able to determine the order in which colors are printed. For example with today’s product white is printed last, but there are a number of applications where one wants to print white first and then print on top of the white. Other customers anticipate using the CMY with red fluorescence and clear or gold and clear.
  3. Screening Options. Users will be able to manage screening “on the fly” and even within images. The result is more consistency, more pages over time, less downtime, less toner usage, and longer part life.

The new platform will launch with speeds of 100-120 ppm, but Kodak has demonstrated that the current paper handling platform in the NexPress can reach 170 ppm.  The paper size will be essentially the same except that the length of a sheet will be extended form 1 meter to 1.2 meters.

It’s encouraging to see Kodak investing in the NexPress platform as it shows a strong belief in continued growth opportunity for digital color printing.

 

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