Kodak to show new inkjet web at Hunkeler Innovationdays

Richard Stuart-Turner
Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Kodak will showcase the recently launched Prosper Ultra 520 inkjet web press for the first time in Europe at Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne, Switzerland next month.

The Kodak Prosper Ultra 520 will print three versions of a ‘magalogue’ live at the show
The Kodak Prosper Ultra 520 will print three versions of a ‘magalogue’ live at the show

Kodak said the machine, which will be the highlight on its booth (Hall 2, P5), takes full advantage of the manufacturer’s Ultrastream continuous inkjet technology “to deliver outstanding offset-quality print at high speeds, offers great application flexibility and enables printers to profitably shift more jobs from traditional offset to digital”.

It will present a roll-to-roll configuration in which the Prosper Ultra 520 is integrated with a Hunkeler UW8 unwinder and RW8 rewinder along with the Hunkeler WI8 web inspection system via its open architecture interface.

The press will print three versions of a ‘magalogue’ (blend of magazine and catalogue) live at the show, with different editorial and marketing content. This application includes large high resolution images and a design that Kodak said will demonstrate the Prosper Ultra 520’s ability to print heavy ink coverage on standard offset paper at 150m/min.

“We are excited to use Hunkeler Innovationdays for the European premiere of the Kodak Prosper Ultra 520 press. This breakthrough inkjet press eases printers' transition from offset to digital production with its quality, productivity and application capabilities,” said Jim Continenza, Kodak executive chairman and CEO.

“Kodak Prosper presses, with their high-speed architecture and use of proprietary water-based nanoparticulate pigment inks and optimiser agents, provide complete solutions for high-output, cost-effective printing of a broad range of applications in all segments of the print market.”

Show attendees will also be able to see an extensive collection of finished applications printed on the Prosper Ultra 520, as well as the Prosper 7000 Turbo press, which prints at speeds of up to 410m/min. The range of samples on display will include trade publications, colour books, newspapers, catalogues, postcards, and direct mail.

Additonally, Kodak will demonstrate its Prinergy On Demand Business Solutions end-to-end workflow product, which at the event will manage the digital print workflow and track the entire production process of the magalogue job all the way to the saddle-stitched end product.

Hunkeler Innovationdays will take place at Messe Lucerne from 27 February to 2 March. Registration for the event is open now at: innovationdays.com/en.

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