Kodak Launches PROSPER 5000XLi Press with Intelligent Print System to Maximize Quality and Productivity

  Kodak Launches PROSPER 5000XLi Press with Intelligent Print System to
  Maximize Quality and Productivity

Business Wire

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- February 11, 2013

The new KODAK PROSPER 5000XLi Press represents another major step forward in
digital print technology from one of the pioneers of inkjet imaging. Announced
today at Hunkeler Innovation Days in Lucerne, Switzerland, the new device
combines the field-proven performance of the PROSPER Press Platform with new
press management technology that constantly monitors and adjusts settings to
ensure the highest quality output.

At the core of the new press is the Intelligent Print System (IPS), which is
designed to process thousands of press inputs that measure imaging
performance, detecting variations and making adjustments as needed on the fly.
With IPS, the PROSPER 5000XLi Press continuously learns from the input and
calculates imaging improvements to deliver measurably higher levels of print
quality with industry-leading productivity. This improvement is achieved
regardless of varying substrates, image content, web speed, and environmental
conditions.

The PROSPER 5000XLi Press features the fastest, most accurate writing engine
on the market. Kodak’s newly formulated nano-particulate pigment inks are
matched to the PROSPER 5000XLi Press’s writing system, offering greater
durability on coated papers and a color gamut up to 30 percent wider than
offset printing. To help ensure crisp, readable output, the press also
features a new text enhancement feature.

Mercury Print, a Rochester, N.Y.-based early adopter of inkjet printing for
commercial and book printing applications, has been beta testing the new
device. “At Mercury Print we strive to deliver products and services that
exceed customer expectations and offer outstanding value,” noted Christian
Schamberger, President, Mercury Print Productions. “Kodak’s PROSPER 5000XLi
Press helps us do just that by providing superior quality, productivity and
cost savings every day. This is a press to build and grow a business with.”

The Intelligent Print System on the PROSPER 5000XLi Press combines in-line
video monitoring and advanced software controls to enable real-time
adjustments that refine and optimize output color quality. The IPS adds value
by tracking and evaluating pages and then making adjustments as needed to the
more than 100,000 inkjet nozzles in each system. It includes:

  *an in-line camera system to monitor color-to-color and front-to-back
    registration
  *automatic or user-selectable stitch adjustments to align printheads and
    optimize quality
  *multi-parameter monitoring and dynamic adjustment of cross-track,
    in-track, magnification, and skew performance

“The PROSPER Press Platform is a high-performance solution for a range of
digital printing applications, such as direct marketing, commercial print, and
publishing,” said Kodak’s Will Mansfield, Director of Marketing, Inkjet
Printing Solutions. “The high speeds and large volumes these presses offer
make it more important than ever to ensure the highest performance and quality
throughout the print run. Automatic monitoring and on-the-fly adjustment of
printing parameters do just that—enabling printers to achieve very high image
quality and excellent color-to-color registration on a wide range of media,
including glossy.”

To further maximize uptime and the production of sellable pages, the PROSPER
5000XLi Press features a number of innovations in its transport system that
virtually eliminate page imperfections caused by paper stretching and
wrinkling. The key advancements include an adaptive web stretch control system
that uses advanced servo rollers and software algorithms to make automatic
adjustments, as well as select rollers that have ribs and other advanced
design features to minimize wrinkling. Additionally, user-adjustable nip
settings in four locations help to smooth paper flow and ease press set-up.

In addition to the new capabilities provided by IPS, the PROSPER 5000XLi Press
was engineered and built with a range of other features to optimize print
speed, ensure smooth operation, and maximize productivity. These include an
auto-adjusting intake system that simplifies changing paper stocks, a
variable-length paper path to improve drying, and an advanced drying system
that adjusts for ink load, web speed, and substrate.

“Our engineers are constantly working to improve every aspect of the printing
process, and managing the media handling is a big part of that. Customers will
see new revenue opportunities from the higher image quality and broader
substrate support, while increasing profits with less waste and greater
throughput. The PROSPER Press Platform is delivering billions of pages today,
and with the latest enhancements, the PROSPER 5000XLi Press is poised to meet
the needs of printers as they grow and expand their business,” added
Mansfield.

Helping users further extend substrate options, the in-line KODAK PROSPER
Image Optimizer Station (IOS ) automatically prepares commercially available
substrates for inkjet printing at full press speeds, enabling users to run
industry-standard uncoated, coated—and even glossy coated—papers between
45-300 gsm on roll widths from 8 to 25.5 inches (20.3-64.8 cm).

The PROSPER 5000XLi Press offers full process color perfecting with a print
width of up to 24.5 inches (62.23 centimeters) at speeds up to 650 feet (200
meters) per minute with a duty cycle of 90 million A4 or US letter pages a
month. The system is capable of print quality that rivals offset output—up to
175 lpi.

The PROSPER 5000XLi Press is commercially available today. As Kodak has
traditionally provided upgrade paths for its presses, the PROSPER 5000XL Press
is upgradeable to the XLi, thereby protecting current customer investments.

About Commercial Imaging

Kodak’s Commercial Imaging business is driving innovation and change for
customers in commercial, packaging and functional printing, and enterprise
services markets. Kodak’s intelligent technologies and solutions provide
customers greater competitive advantage and return on investment. For more
information, visit graphics.kodak.com.

(Kodak and Prosper are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)

Contact:

Media:
Kodak
Nancy Carr, +1 585-781-9121,
Nancy.Carr@kodak.com
or
Eric Mower + Associates
Jenny Lesczinski, +1 585-389-1825
KodakPR@mower.com
 
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