A new alliance between Kodak and Xeikon enables label printers to extend their Web-based businesses with branded online ordering of tags, labels and other products. It also simplifies and streamlines production, from order origination online, via Kodak Web to Print Solutions, to final output on the Xeikon 3300 Digital Color Label Press. The agreement is effective in the United States and Canada.
“The adoption of digital printing within the packaging market is growing, and Kodak is excited to work with Xeikon to bring web-to-print solutions to the tag and label market. Kodak’s e-commerce solutions—as well as our Web-based tools for content creation, collaboration and approval—connect seamlessly into the production workflow and through to the digital label press,” said Steve Miller, product manager, Packaging Workflow, Kodak. “Integrating Kodak’s Web-based systems with the Xeikon Press will give label printers the ability to provide new services to existing customers while also attracting new business opportunities.”
Through the agreement, Kodak and Xeikon, a division of Punch Graphix, bring complete Web-to-print solutions to the packaging and label market by offering Kodak Web to Print Solutions and the Kodak InSite Prepress Portal Product family as part of a complementary solution to the Xeikon 3300 narrow-format digital label press.
“We’re always looking for ways to maximize both value and efficiency for our customer base and this latest agreement with Kodak aligns perfectly with this mission,” said Michael V. Ring, vice president of sales and chief marketing officer of Xeikon’s North American operations. “Working with Kodak will allow us to offer our customers complete solutions for their packaging and label needs and, in turn, increase their own value within their respective markets.”
Kodak Web to Print Solutions enhance and expand on traditional web-to-print offerings, allowing print service providers to more efficiently implement a Web-to-print program with superior levels of workflow integration. The Kodak Insite Storefront System offers everything label printers need to support online ordering, including a brandable, customer-friendly storefront for secure online ordering and reordering of print products. The storefront functions can be integrated into the prepress workflow to create an automated production process from order to output in digital, offset or flexo printing environments.
Streamlined production also is aided by the Kodak Smart Review System, which can be used with a variety of graphic arts file formats, and brings together a set of professional proofing and collaboration tools, including an easy-to-use navigation window, densitometer and measurement tools; on-the-fly panning and zooming; image rotation; and approval. The spot color capabilities of the Smart Review System, enabled through Kodak Matchprint Virtual Technology, help ensure superior color accuracy throughout all aspects of the digital label production process.