Stream Inkjet Technology

Visitors to China Print 2009 in Beijing will have the opportunity to see Kodak Stream Inkjet Technology. The Stream Printhead from Kodak, the first product to implement this new technology, is capable of delivering monochrome offset class VDP applications at up to 1,000 fpm to commercial offset printers. It demonstrates Kodak Stream Inkjet Technology’s potential for inline digital printing with web offset presses and serves as a technology platform for future inkjet systems.

The Stream Printhead offers both the advantages of continuous inkjet technology and traditional offset class reliability of commercial print applications. The Stream Printhead serves as a low-cost VDP entrée for commercial printers enabling short run, personalization, and job versioning while protecting their investment.

“Kodak Stream Inkjet Technology enables offset class reliability, productivity, cost of ownership, and quality with the full benefits of digital printing for commercial and transactional applications,” said Kevin Joyce, Worldwide Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Digital Printing Solutions, Eastman Kodak Company. “The changing nature of print and communications means that service providers must adapt to meet the needs of their customers, offering a variety of solutions that are best suited to address the individual needs of each project. The Stream Printhead is an ideal bridge between digital and offset.”

The Stream Printhead, with flexible mounting options, integrates seamlessly with web offset presses, web finishing lines, and a variety of third-party printing towers to add variable data to offset printed materials at 1,000 fpm (305 mpm) with a resolution of 600 dpi. With a print width of 10.56 cm and rich pigment-based inks that offer fade, scratch and water resistance, the Stream Printhead increases throughput and eliminates the need for additional standalone equipment.

“The Stream Printhead is ideal for applications such as direct mail personalization, coupons, commercial gaming, and inserts,” added Joyce. “Combining the power of personalization with the reliability, productivity, cost and quality of offset helps print service providers become even more valuable to their customers as marketing service providers. This boosts return on investment for the provider, as well as return on marketing investment for the customer.”

The Stream Printhead will be shown at Kodak booth E2-018 during China Print 2009. Also on display will be Kodak’s digital printing systems including the Kodak Nexpress S3000 Digital Production Color Press, Kodak Verasmark VL2000 Printing System, and Kodak Versamark 700 Print Manager; Kodak’s prepress solutions including the Kodak Generation News System and Kodak Magnus 800Z Platesetter; Kodak’s unified workflow solutions including Kodak Prinergy Workflow System 5.0 and Kodak Colorflow Software; and Kodak’s document imaging solutions including the Kodak i1220 Scanner and Kodak Scan Station 500.

To learn more, visit http://www.kodak.com.

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