COLOGNOLA AI COLLI, Italy—Kodak announced the introduction of its new PROSPER Plus Imprinting Solution for the packaging industry. These solutions include four new imprinting components as well as food-safe packaging inks and pre-coatings for folding cartons, food wraps, paper cups and plates, and ream wraps. The new PROSPER Plus models will expand the capabilities for printers to leverage continuous inkjet as a complementary capability to the Kodak PROSPER 6000S Simplex Press and the Uteco Sapphire EVO (flexible substrates) web fed solution.
The PROSPER Plus Imprinting Solution is the newest Kodak Stream Inkjet Technology component product line, developed based on Kodak PROSPER S-Series Imprinting Systems, which is designed for packaging and product decoration applications. The four hardware products will include two narrow formats and two wider format models, which will either print at speeds up to 850 fpm or 2,000 fpm maximum. The narrow format design is a 4.13-in. single jetting module, perfect for imprinting barcodes, QR codes, promotional contest information or small format designs in either monochrome or four-color output. The wider format design is 8.26-in. dual stitched products, which is ideal for corrugated, folding carton and label packaging applications that require full page printing or dynamic layouts. These components are capable of being mounted inline with offset, flexo, or gravure presses, from Uteco or other equipment providers, or could be implemented in finishing lines such as folding/gluing systems providing the flexibility for digital to be incorporated throughout various existing printing operations. PROSPER Plus models feature new print modes with smaller drop size and higher resolution for faster drying and better quality.
Randy Vandagriff, president, Enterprise Inkjet Systems Division, Kodak, said: “The packaging market demands innovative, sustainable, productive solutions. Kodak’s water-based inks provide the lowest cost, the highest versatility and the most environmentally friendly option for production inkjet printing. Brands and creative agencies are now able to make printed packaging a physical touchpoint to digitally connect with consumers, unleashing creative flexibility with color palettes and substrates along with operational efficiency to get to the market faster.”
The new PROSPER Plus Components will be available beginning in April.