Kodak details enhancements to Versamark VL series

By Tim Sheahan, Monday 04 July 2011

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Kodak has detailed a series of enhancements to its Versamark VL-series of drop-on-demand inkjet printers that the manufacturer claimed improved both quality and reliability.

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Existing customers can undergo a field upgrade that offers three improvements to the system, including increased piezo printhead life, while the manufacturer will also offer advanced operator training to improve uptime and component lifetime.

The VL series comprises three models that include the 2000, 4000 and 6000, which are available in single-unit or double-unit configurations.

The 2000 is designed for transpromo, transactional and direct mail work. Its 75m-per-minute speed on a two-up web produces 504 A4ppm on a single engine or 1008 using the twin-engine configuration. Resolution for the 2000 is 600dpi.

Kodak's VL 4000, which is designed for newspaper printing, features a lower resolution of 600x360dpi and a higher web speed of 125m per minute.

The range is completed by the VL6000, which offers speed and quality benefits - though not at once. The machine can either be run in a 600dpi multi-bit drop mode that delivers four grey levels per spot at the same 75m per minute speed as the 2000, or can be run at 150m per minute in the 600dpi binary mode.

According to Vince Ferraro, vice president of marketing for Kodak's digital print solutions, the latest enhancements would help printers "maintain peak efficiency" while delivering quality.

"The VL-Series is a key part of Kodak’s inkjet portfolio, and we will continue to innovate and expand our Versamark product category to be in front of the changing market needs for our customers and their customers," he added.

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