31 March 2016 Digital Printing Technologies

Drupa: New Nexpress extends opportunities into packaging

Kodak is refreshing its Nexpress digital press platform for Drupa, proof that there continues to be room for development in electrophotographic printing.

Kodak's new version of the Nexpress is the ZX3900, offering the capability to handle thicker substrates, a new writing system and additional colours. It will be demonstrated on the stand at Drupa.

“It will cope with short run packaging, labels, takes and small format cartons,” says Kodak director John O’Grady. “A new opaque white ink will open the way for further signage and label applications.”

This is possible because users of the press will be able to shuffle the sequence of colours printed: white can be in first position to print on clear materials as well as in last for enhancement on coloured boards.

The imaging width of the Nexpress remains the same, but the length has been extended to 1.35 metres, which enables banner printing and gives greater versatility for packaging products.

The white ink is the tenth special colour that Kodak has introduced, following metallic effects, clear toner for varnishing or Dimensional print effects and inks that are responsive to invisible light for security or enhancement purposes.

The company will show a new multiunit imaging system for Nexpress, though this will not be available until next year. This is coupled with a new halftone screening algorithm to make the most of the new LED system. Kodak promises smoother tint areas and higher quality more consistent halftone images with minimal artefacts.

The opportunity for an upgrade path continues. “It means that printers can continue to broaden their applications offering, enabling them to grow their business and customer base,” says Robert Taylor, general manager of the electrophotographic printing solutions division.

The company also plans to offer its toner production skills to third parties, though this is at its early stages. “Kodak's legacy is deeply rooted in materials science, imaging and manufacturing excellence.

”This allows the company to be a full systems provider, from components to hardware to software solutions to world class customer service, in the market segments we holistically serve,” says Taylor.

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Nexpress ZX3900

Nexpress ZX3900

The imaging width of the Nexpress ZX3900 remains the same, but the length has been extended to 1.35 metres, which enables banner printing and gives greater versatility for packaging products.

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