Kodak has enhanced the Nexpress Digital Production Color Press by including a longer sheet capability, Dura Coat Mode and Light Black HD Dry Ink in the Fifth Imaging Unit.

These configuration changes will become standard on all presses built in 2015 and will be available as optional or standard upgrades on the majority of installed presses. 

‘The latest improvements to the presses are examples of Kodak’s commitment to providing many years of post-purchase value,’ said Doug Edwards, president, Digital Printing & Enterprise. ‘The popularity of the Nexpress stems from their reputation as purchases that keep giving, a fact that is not lost on business owners in a competitive marketplace.’

The current long sheet capability of 36 inches will be expanded to support sheets up to 1 meter (39.37″) in length, with the incorporation of the optional Long Sheet Feeder. Initial key applications include point-of-sale signage, gate-folded marketing materials and extended size dust jackets for books. Presses currently installed with a Long Sheet Feeder can be upgraded in field to support the 1 meter sheet length. 

Dura Coat Mode is the latest addition of capabilities for coating and specialty finishes. Using Clear Dry Ink to deliver a clear thin matte layer over only the locations on the sheet that have CMYK ink, based on automated image processing performed on the Digital Front End. This economically protects the underlying ink in mailing applications and uses less clear ink than other forms of flood coating. It also produces a unique finish that can be used to further differentiate the design of the job.

All new presses in 2015 will be configured with a Light Black HD Dry Ink Station as a standard in Fifth Imaging Unit Solution. The addition of Light Black HD Dry Ink provides outstanding image quality across a wide variety of applications while extending the yields of key consumables on the press. It also typically reduces the amount of CMYK ink used on the sheet. 

An automated imaging cylinder cleaning system will also be added to reduce operator maintenance and increase imaging cylinder life. This system will be standard on all presses using HD Inks and optional for presses using non-HD Inks.