Kodak customers are leveraging their NexPress Digital Production Color Presses and prepress and workflow solutions to produce award-winning work.
This year, Kodak customers won 22 of the 75 awards at the In-Print 2011 competition. Kodak’s solutions were used to produce 12 Gold Award winners, more than any other brand in the competition. The awards were presented at the 2011 IPMA conference, where all 75 winning pieces were on display.
In the digital category, NexPress Presses were used to create winning entries for University of Oklahoma (OU) Printing Services (three Gold, one Bronze), Briggs & Stratton (one Gold, one Silver), University of Mississippi (one Silver), and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield (one Gold, two Silver).
Kodak customers who were honored in the offset category included OU Printing Services (five Gold, three Silver), University of Missouri-Columbia (two Gold) and the University of New Hampshire (one Bronze).
Additionally, Pennsylvania College of Technology received a Silver award in the hybrid category, which is awarded for pieces that combine offset with digital print production.
“Everything we produce at OU Printing Services utilizes a KODAK Solution at one time or another, whether the work is produced on offset or digital presses. On all our digital pieces, the NexPress Press gave us color quality and evenness of coverage that made them stand out,” said John Sarantakos, Administrator, OU Printing Services. “Workflow Solutions allowed us to electronically paginate, proof, and output plates that made press-ready and production runs accurate and gave us the highest quality of image reproduction. Most importantly, our customers were delighted with the final products.”
OU Printing Services uses Thermal Direct Non Process Plates, imaged on a Kodak Magnus 800 Platesetter, and Prinergy Workflow. This solution enables OU Printing Services to achieve high-quality, consistent prints while reducing environmental impact by eliminating the need for a plate processor or processing chemistry.
NexPress Presses allow customers to achieve consistent and reliable results, while improving efficiency and increasing print capabilities via its short-run production ability and the NexPress Fifth Imaging Unit Solutions. The Fifth Imaging Unit offers a variety of unique finishing techniques, including high-gloss coating (spot and full page) and dimensional print.
“The Fifth Imaging Unit on the NexPress truly differentiates our print work, allowing us to create highly distinctive pieces,” said Debbie Pavletich, Graphic Services Manager, Briggs & Stratton. “The creativity and talent of our staff, combined with the unique look and feel of NexPress Fifth Imaging Unit Solutions, lets us create sophisticated products for our clients. In fact, our winning entry was a capabilities brochure, which demonstrated all the different NexPress Press coating techniques. It’s used by our sales team and shared with customers to keep them informed of the high-end features available with digital print production.”
The In-Print 2011 awards are co-sponsored by the In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association (IPMA) and In-Plant Graphics magazine. The competition is the only national awards program exclusively for in-plants, and more than 400 different print pieces were entered in this year’s competition.