|KODAK NEXPRESS VII Front End
Kodak introduces the KODAK NEXPRESS VII Front End with System 15.1 Software. Built on open standards to offer a highly scalable and configurable architecture, KODAK NEXPRESS Digital Front Ends allow an operation to expand in processing power as production needs in image and data intensity grow in parallel.
The announcement is paired with the introduction of the Long Sheet Delivery Unit, a new accessory that, when used with a KODAK NEXPRESS Digital Production Color Press, empowers printers with the flexibility of delivering larger sheet sizes to support a wider variety of applications. The technologies continue to expand the KODAK NEXPRESS platform-enabled applications that empower commercial print providers.
“The NexPress Platform is truly next-generation technology, given the gains in quality, productivity and flexibility it affords print service providers,” said Doug Edwards, President, Digital Printing & Enterprise, Eastman Kodak Company. “These enhancements to the NexPress offerings will only accelerate that impact.”
“The latest DFE VII version provides a rich set of tools that sets print service providers up to take advantage of new print applications, positioning them for growth in a market that’s constantly evolving and broadening,” said Len Christopher, NexPress Business Manager, Digital Printing & Enterprise, Eastman Kodak Company. “This new DFE features System 15.1 Software, offering three new print modes – two targeted towards repeatable, high-volume applications like direct mail and transactional and a third targeted at the growing photographic market, a lucrative digital market for print service providers.”
The KODAK NEXPRESS VII Front End drives all the presses within the KODAK NEXPRESS Digital Production Color Platform and is the first digital press front end in the industry to have achieved ADOBE PDF Print Engine 3.2 Certification. Beyond offering robust job management, imposition, colour management, screening, raster image processing, engine/accessory control and maintenance services, the DFE VII Front End comes in two configurations to serve printers with different needs:
Ultra Performance: the Ultra Performance configuration is ideal for new capabilities like SmartRGB as well as photo-rich and high variable data content applications like direct mail and transactional printing. The configuration provides maximum quality and productivity, featuring 64GB RAM so the press is never waiting for files, reducing JPEG compression errors while still keeping fine details.
High Performance: the standard mode features 32GB RAM, suited to support standard commercial digital print applications.
System 15.1 Software
Economy Mode: unique halftone screen designed to use significantly less ink and also increase ORC lives when used exclusively, making it ideal for high volume direct mail and transactional applications.
Ink Optimisation: provides greater colour stability and colour consistency between press runs for repeatable jobs over time or from press to press. Operations save CMY (Cyan Magenta Yellow) inks by substituting black ink where possible.
SmartRGB: significantly improves skin tones by removing grain, keeping details necessary for photo-rich applications.
Long Sheet Delivery Unit
Increased productivity: deliver sheets up to 14 x 36 inches, enabling a more diverse set of print applications.
More flexibility: by supporting a wider range of sheet sizes and weights, the long sheet delivery unit can open new revenue streams for printers looking to embrace more diverse offerings such as six or eight page letter brochures, panoramic posters or dust jackets for large books.
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