Kodak’s strategy with the NexPress platform is to eliminate obsolescence risk. As a result, its systems are both scalable and upgradeable, conveyed J Zarwan Partners-founder John Zarwan in a new White Paper commissioned by Kodak. “The idea is a simple one. Buy only what you need or can afford today and add additional features and capabilities later, without having to install a new machine,” he explained further. J Zarwan Partners is an independent consultancy that specializes in business development, market strategy, and product planning and positioning.
The White Paper explores the clear benefits of digital press upgradability and includes research conducted by Zarwan about the NexPress digital press platform and competitive digital presses. Zarwan found that Kodak’s upgradability strategy was compelling when compared to competitors. Also included in the White Paper are endorsements from NexPress press customers. “The NexPress digital press we have today is the same one we started with five years ago,” said Theo Pettaras, founder of Digitalpress. “We have the ability to have the machine upgraded in the field, allowing us to have new inks and faster speeds. It also has the intelligent calibration system.” Updating existing systems, rather than buying new ones, is a benefit for many customers. “With Kodak you do not need to buy new equipment every couple of years. You can just add new technology to existing equipment, which is very cost effective for a small company like ours,” said Wayne, owner/partner, Indie Printing.
In closing, Zarwan observed, “Not all businesses are alike, and many factors enter into the decision to acquire any capital equipment. The selection of an appropriate digital press is particularly challenging, as technology changes rapidly, new features and functions are constantly being introduced, and the danger of being behind the curve soon after making a major purchase can put a printer at a competitive disadvantage. In today’s environment, it is particularly important to choose a press that can not only grow with your business but accommodate new features, functions, and capabilities as they are introduced. Most suppliers will provide attractive trade-in allowances to businesses that purchase new equipment. It is clearly preferable to be able to upgrade your existing equipment to bring it completely up to date.”
3S Graphic Solutions to offer Scodix UV digital enhancement machine
-becomes channel partner of Monotech Systems for Delhi & NCR region
One of the leading prepress solution providers and authorized exclusive partner of Israel-based company ‘Scodix’, Monotech Systems Limited recently appointed 3S Graphics Solutions as channel partner for Scodix products in Delhi & NCR region.
Scodix has introduced a complete digital UV enhancement Scodix S series models in drupa, including S74 B2+(20x29 inch) / S54 B3+ (14x20inch) /S74 pro B2+(20x29 inch). These models feature online rainbow (glittering) / braille / barcode options having a resolution up to 2540x 360dpi, image to image registration camera based OPA, eco-friendly polymer with thickness up to 250 microns-100 times higher than selective varnish, subsrates weight 135-675 gsm and thickness up to 0.7mm, highest gloss 99GU avaible for printed material, variable patterns and densities capabilities ranging from one percent to hundred percent in single pass.
Being a clean, green process, this solution contains no polluting additives, eliminating plate molds, chemical and solvents, while reducing energy consumption. Print service providers and their customers enjoy the freedom of doing UV to print runs of any size on demand. It is a completely digital solution supporting PDF or optimized PDF with no need for additional complex UV set up and you can do UV on preprinted material like paper, digtial, PVC, cards, as conveyed by Amritpal Singh Bawa, national head, digital enhencement and software, Monotech.
Magazine title added on Espresso book machines network
Well-known literary magazine, ‘n+1’ has joined On Demand Books’ growing Espresso Book Machine (EBM) network, expanding what bookstores and libraries can offer through EBM’s ‘digital-to-print at retail’ sales channel.
The EBM is the only digital-to-print at-retail solution on the market today. With the push of a button, a title can be printed with a full-colour cover, bound, and trimmed to any standard size. In a matter of minutes, it emerges from the EBM as a bookstore-quality paperback book, which the customer can pay for and walk out the store with right there and then. Content from publishers is fed to the EBM via EspressNet, On Demand Books’ growing digital network of titles (currently numbering over seven million). Much like an iTunes for books, EspressNet retrieves, encrypts, transmits, and catalogues books from a multitude of English and foreign language content providers, including public domain, in-copyright, and self-published titles.
Notably, in September 2010, On Demand Books and Xerox announced a partnership whereby Xerox will market, sell or lease and service the Espresso Book Machine worldwide. Espresso Book Machines have been placed in bookstores, libraries, universities, and other locations in the USA, Canada, the UK, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, and the Caribbean.
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