Kodak installs world’s first Prosper 6000S Hybrid Press for folding cartons at Zumbiel Digital

Prosper 6000S-Hybrid.
Kodak Prosper 6000S Hybrid Press.

Kodak has further expanded its footprint in the folding carton market by announcing the world’s first installation of a Kodak Prosper 6000S simplex colour inkjet web press for packaging applications at Zumbiel Digital in Hebron, Kentucky. One of the country’s largest independent paperboard packaging companies, Zumbiel provides a range of packaging solutions to clients in the food, beverage and healthcare markets. A need for greater production capacity as well as better digital capabilities led to the company ultimately investing in the Prosper 6000S.

Ed Zumbiel.
Ed Zumbiel.

“Our customers are running more and more marketing campaigns requiring mass versioning, but have not been able to include paperboard in the mix due to digital’s high cost and low output,” said Ed Zumbiel, President of Zumbiel Digital. “We therefore needed to find a digital technology with production capacity and print quality that would be suitable for market-leading brands. After evaluating several technologies, we opted to work with Kodak to create a truly hybrid solution that caters 100% to our customers’ needs.” Zumbiel Digital’s unique hybrid configuration incorporates in-line die cutting and seven in-line flexo towers for pre-coating, application of PMS colours, backside printing and overprint varnish.

The web press delivers up to 12,000 B1 sheets per hour, with a print quality of 600 x 900 dpi at speeds of up to 200 m/min (656 ft/min). It offers print widths of 204mm to 647mm (8 inches to 25.5 inches), and can handle paper-based substrates – including labels, carton and PE coated paper from 150 gsm to 380 gsm. The press utilizes Kodak’s nanoparticulate pigment CMYK inks that are compliant with Indirect Food Contact Safety regulations.

Donald Allred.
Donald Allred.

“The unmatched economy and throughput of the Prosper 6000S-based hybrid press will allow Zumbiel Digital to take mass-customization of paperboard packaging from niche to mainstream,” said Donald Allred, Worldwide Director of Packaging Sales & Marketing, Enterprise Inkjet Systems Division, Kodak. “The Prosper 6000S is especially ideal for mass versioning of beverage carriers, pharmaceutical cartons, paper cups and food packaging. As it can be installed as a standalone device or integrated into a current production line, packaging service providers will benefit from a truly hybrid digital production device that promises to broaden their service offering with high quality digital printing capabilities at production speeds.”

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.