Kodak launches Nexfinity Digital Press platform with major improvements

Kodak Nexfinity Digital Press.
Kodak’s new sheetfed Nexfinity Digital Press.

Available this Spring, the new press builds on the success of the award-winning Kodak Nexpress Platform and “is set to become the most versatile sheetfed digital press on the market,” said the OEM. “The platform’s low running costs, higher speed and dynamic imaging will change how printers evaluate what can be run on digital. The entire Nexfinity platform is designed to make it easy for printers to operate in a much more dynamic printing marketplace.”

Chris Balls.
Chris Balls.

The Nexfinity is built with Dynamic Imaging Technology – a patented Kodak innovation for digital printing. The technology works by applying algorithmic adjustments to specific areas of an image, which optimizes image quality and consistency based on the image content in each area. The result, for example, produces crisp text, hard lines, soft skin tones, and beautiful skies on the same page – whether for one print or millions of prints. Featuring a new high-resolution and multi-bit LED writing system, the press can handle a broad range of applications – including direct mail, commercial print, publishing and packaging. Seamless integration into workflow and finishing solutions means that the press is optimized for a printer’s production workflow. “With the Nexfinity Press, printers get a robust digital printing platform that delivers offset quality, while driving down costs and equipping them with the flexibility and speed to handle an expansive range of applications for their customers – whether it’s an order for a few hundred, or millions of impressions,” said Chris Balls, General Manager of Equipment, and VP of the Print Systems Division of Kodak.

Kodak added that the new press delivers the industry’s highest information density at more than 1.8 billion pieces of image information per square inch, while ensuring smooth, flat fields and excellent image detail in the printed product. For example, the system can reproduce fine details on the fly, such as highlight areas and consistency in mid-tones, by adjusting the exposure levels for “incredibly high levels” of print quality. The LED writing system provides 256 levels of exposure on the imaging cylinder, compared to laser systems that are only on or off – which means it provides excellent, consistent quality utilizing closed-loop process controls that maximize uptime and lower running costs. The Nexfinity also delivers an increased range of 83 to 152 pages per minute, expanded sheet lengths up to 48″, and is capable of handling stocks up to 24 point. When all of this is combined with its colour sequence flexibility that allows for dry inks to be printed in alternative orders or combinations required by specific print jobs, “the creative possibilities to help printers grow their businesses are extensive,” said Kodak.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.