Kodak releases Substrate Expansion Kit for Nexpress Digital Presses

Kodak is expanding the range of new applications printers can offer to their customers with the latest update to its portfolio of the Kodak Nexpress Digital Platform. Now commercially available worldwide, the new Kodak Nexpress Substrate Expansion Kit expands the types of paperboard and synthetic substrates that Nexpress Presses can run. The kit will facilitate printing on paperboard substrates with weights graded up to 24 points/610 microns. For synthetic substrates, the kit will give printers the option to print on materials with weights up to 14 mil. These thicker substrates will open up new opportunities for printers, including short-run packaging applications such as labels, tags and small folding cartons, as well as differentiated commercial and publishing products, such point-of-sale displays, retail signage, business cards and hospitality pieces (e.g. menus and door hangers), said the company.

Kodak Nexpress 2100.
Kodak Nexpress 2100.

“Nexpress Presses deliver industry-leading productivity, unique print capabilities and modular design – enabling customers to upgrade to the latest technology available within each Nexpress Platform,” said Leonard Christopher, Product Manager, NexPress, Electrophotographic Printing Solutions, Eastman Kodak Company. “With the introduction of the Substrate Expansion Kit, printers can continue to broaden their application offerings, enabling them to grow their businesses and customer base. The upgrade makes it a seamless experience for printers to move from running lighter-weight stocks and then switch to thicker substrates to cater to a greater variety of customer needs.” Adding the Substrate Expansion Kit takes approximately two days and is supported by a full day of onsite training by a Kodak technician that includes best practices associated with running a broader range of substrates. Once installed, it allows press operators to quickly make configuration changes to run the full range of substrates – without having to have a service technician visit the site.

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