The third UTECO Sapphire EVO M Press for the production of flexible packaging began its journey to the customer a few days after passing the factory acceptance test.
This inkjet web press is destined for a company in North America, where it will be used for applications requiring large quantities of short-run jobs.
Other Sapphire EVO M Presses are already up and running at flexible packaging printers in Italy and Japan.
The Sapphire EVO M Press was developed jointly by the Uteco Group and Kodak
The mid web digital press lets flexible packaging printers migrate jobs from traditional printing processes to digital.
Utilizing KODAK Stream Continuous Inkjet Technology and water-based pigment inks from Kodak, the digital press delivers excellent CMYK print quality on a variety of plastic film materials and papers.
The new customer said it chose the Sapphire EVO M Press because it offers the best duty cycle of any mid web digital press and enables more cost-effective production of volumes up to 20,000 sqm compared to analog processes.
“This latest sales success is clear evidence that Sapphire EVO Presses featuring Kodak’s high-speed continuous inkjet and water-based ink technology are all set to become one of the leading solutions worldwide for digital flexible packaging printing,” said Randy Vandagriff, senior VP, Print, Eastman Kodak Company.