Kodak Prosper 5000XL handles 'staggering volume of work' Dec 06, 2011 09:00 by Rob Williams
The Kodak Prosper 5000XL can handle a “staggering” amount of documents, according to one Japanese firm with three of the devices. Utilising Kodak printer ink, the printer produces “extremely high quality results”, says Toshiro Masuda, senior managing director at Toppan Forms Co, which prints books for the education market in Japan.
“All of this is at a low cost. The potential is huge; we’re confident that we can achieve almost 40 per cent more throughput on the presses than we’re producing now,” he adds. “We have three colour presses running in full production and we are considering additional investments.”
His comments come as the firm announces that it will be shifting some of its offset and digital print volume to its new Prosper 5000XL Presses. The printers are integral to a new system developed by the firm that allows the print buyers to use a fully digital workflow to cost effectively and efficiently move orders from client to completion.
The Kodak Prosper 5000XL Press brings offset-class output approaching 175 lines per inch with roll-fed speeds of up to 650 feet per minute. It features a monthly duty cycle of up to 90 million A4 pages and is able to handle both coated and uncoated papers, including glossy coated, with basis weights ranging from 45 gsm–300 gsm.
Toppan Forms is one of Japan’s leading information solution companies. According to Hiroshi Fujiwara, managing director of the commercial and consumer division at Kodak Japan, its investment in the printer ink manufacturer’s “flagship” inkjet printing system is “testament to the technology’s high productivity, offset-class quality, and sophisticated variable-printing capabilities”.
In 2010, the Kodak Prosper 5000XL Press won a German Printing Industry Innovation Award in the Printing category. This year, Kodak also won an award for its NexPress SX Digital Production Color Platform. It scooped the Most Innovative Technology (Gold Award) in the Printing category.
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