Scodix revamps Ultra enhancement press portfolio

The Scodix Ultra 3000 is targeted at W2P users
The Scodix Ultra 3000 is targeted at W2P users

Scodix has revamped its Ultra range of digital enhancement presses to simultaneously open up the technology to a broader range of markets and lower the cost of entry in the B2 and B1 categories.

The Israeli manufacturer has unveiled six machines, with two each targeted at commercial and specialty, packaging, and web-to-print.

“Each model has been tuned to suit its respective, specific market and also the 1000 represents a new lower cost entry-level machine,” said John Harrison, Scodix and converting division sales manager at Friedheim International, Scodix’s UK agent.

The two new commercial models are the B2+ Scodix Ultra 1000 and 2000, the packaging models are the B2+ Ultra 5000 and B1 Ultra 6000 and the B2+ Ultra 3000 and 4000 have been configured for web-to-print applications.

Each model comes with a range of features designed to serve their target market, from the entry level Ultra 1000 which offers Scodix Sense, Foil, Metallic and Glitter, with options for Cast & Cure and VDE (variable data enhancement) to the new flagship in the Ultra range, the B1 6000, which is targeted at packaging companies and features Sense, Foil, Metallic, Glitter and Spot as standard with options for Cast & Cure, VDE, Braille and Crystal.

“By launching this segmented product portfolio, we are increasing the number of customers that can employ Scodix, and we are offering Scodix value to more brands, print buyers and consumers of print. This is truly the next era for the Scodix business,” stated Scodix CEO Eli Grinberg.

The six new models replace the Scodix Ultra 101 and 202 presses and feature the same headline speeds of 1,250sph, with the exception of the B1 6000 which has a 1,000sph top speed.

The 1000 and 3000 are, like their 101 predecessor configured to run a single polymer tank for running either offset, HP Indigo, toner, inkjet or laminated print, while the other machines in the new range feature five tanks to run the full range of compatible polymers.

“If you’re only running jobs produced inhouse, then you would probably try and limit it to one polymer, if you were a trade house or carton manufacturer then you would likely want to be able to print on the full range of output and would want a multi-tank machine,” said Harrison.

“It’s really the toner machines or inkjet machines that need a separate polymer or if you’re doing book jackets and wanted to achieve a flatfoil.”

Harrison highlighted that all the new machine are compatible with the latest version of Scodix Studio which enables sheets to be aligned to the print area as well as the Opa registration marks.

The higher productivity machines, the web-to-print 4000 and the two packaging lines, the 5000 and 6000 also feature pallet feeder and delivery units.

However, Scodix’s range of enhancement presses is still topped by the 4,000sph B1 E106.

Dependent on configuration, UK pricing for the new Ultra range with delivery, installation and training starts at around £400,000 for an Ultra 1000, which compares to the circa £450,000 for a Scodix Ultra 101 equipped with spot UV and digital foil unit.

UK availability is scheduled to start early next year.

“We can certainly discus them all now and some are also available now, but most projects would mean early next year is fine,” said Harrison.