Kodak has developed a Substrate Expansion Kit for its Nexpress range of digital dry toner presses. The kit expands the types of paperboard and synthetic substrates that can run.
The result is that the Nexpress can now handle paperboard substrates with weightings graded up to 24 points/610 microns and synthetic substrates with weightings up to 14 mil. This should allow Nexpress users to take on short-run packaging applications including labels, tags and small folding cartons as well as things like point-of-sale displays, retail signage, business cards and hospitality pieces such as menus and door hangers.
It takes roughly two days to install this upgrade plus a full day of onsite training by a Kodak technician that includes best practices associated with running a broader range of substrates. Leonard Christopher, Kodak’s product manager for NexPress, commented: “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.”
One such customer is Daniel Van Vliet, owner of Van Vliet Printing, who explained: “The expansion kit provides a significant advantage for our business. With the ability to use thicker stocks we can now offer products which typically do not fall within the capabilities of digital printing. We’re now able to use the Nexpress Press for 3D elements, hangers, and all sorts of applications for the retail business. Previously we used our flatbed inkjet printer, but due to speed, flexibility and quality, it was not an ideal machine for the work. With the substrate expansion kit, the Nexpress Press gives our shop a lot of flexibility to handle a wider range of applications.”
Kodak also supplies something that it calls Opaque White Dry Ink though obviously it’s a dry toner rather than an ink. This can be used for applications such as packaging, signage, labels, and invitations. The presses now come with System Software v17 which includes a set of new tools to control image quality and maintain productivity to optimize costs and uptime.