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Kodak undercuts itself with new Prosper press

Wednesday, 07 March 2012
By Print 21 Online Article

Kodak claims it will undercut the operational costs of its own Prosper 5000XL inkjet press by 31 per cent with the release of the next instalment in the Prosper series, the 6000XL.

The Prosper 6000XL, which will be shown at drupa 2012, is expected to be 31 per cent more cost effective to run than its older sibling, the 5000XL, and up to 45 per cent more cost effective than high-volume thermal Drop on Demand (DOD) presses.

The new four-colour press runs at 1000 feet per minute four-colour press with monthly print cycle volumes of up to 160 million A4-size pages, and showcases Kodak’s Stream Inkjet head technology.

Kodak attributes the 1000 feet per minute speed of the 6000XL to its Image Optimizer Station and Optimizer Agent which the company says increases the press’s ability to print on a broad variety of papers by enabling the use of regular coated, uncoated or glossy papers between 45-300gsm. Additionally, the unit prints at a maximum of 175 lines per inch at 650 feet per minute.

“The power and scalability of the Prosper platform make it an ideal solution for all kinds of applications, and this new model brings lower cost, increased flexibility, and improved productivity,” says Kodak’s president of Digital and Functioning Printing, Doug Edwards (Pictured).

The unit will be joined at Kodak’s drupa stand by the company’s new Prosper S-series imprinting system, the S30, which is expected to offer the highest speed in the industry at 3000 feet per minute with 600 by 200 dpi output.

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