Since its debut at drupa 2016, market response to ULTRASTREAM Technology has been positive. Seventeen OEMs, including Fuji Kikai, GOSS China, manroland, Matti, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Printing & Packaging Machinery (MHI-PPM) and Uteco, have already signed letters of intent to explore the integration of ULTRASTREAM into their future printing solutions.
ULTRASTREAM Technology leverages the benefits of Stream’s unique drop generation technology, producing round, uniform, satellite-free dots at a rate that is 10 times faster than drop-on-demand using a single array of printheads. The modular writing system, available in widths of 8” to 98” to suit specific applications, will enable high resolution printing of 600 x 1800 dpi at speeds of up to 150 m/min (500 ft/min) on the widest array of paper and plastic substrates. The speed and accuracy of Kodak’s proprietary continuous inkjet technology rivals the print quality of offset and visitors will be able to see this first hand with samples on Kodak’s stand.
“Built on Kodak’s proven continuous inkjet Stream technology, ULTRASTREAM Technology will move production inkjet into the mainstream of commercial printing, packaging, labels and home décor,” Randy Vandagriff, VP of Kodak’s Enterprise Inkjet Systems Division, said. “The development timeline for ULTRASTREAM Technology remains on track with Evaluation kits available later this year.”
The advantages of KODAK PROSPER S-Series Imprinting Systems, which can be integrated into a variety of offset and flexo press solutions, will be demonstrated on the stand. Visitors can see live demonstrations of the technology printing in processed color at speeds up to 600 m/min producing various variable printing samples, from flyers and direct mail to gaming applications. PROSPER 6000C Press printed glossy, post coated self-mailers with personalized coupons will be produced on the stand on HUNKLER and HEIDELBERG finishing lines.