Kodak announces Ascend, EP machine for printing on substrates from 148 to 530 gsm

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The Kodak Ascend digital press is the first electrophotographic (EP) press designed to print heavy weight substrates at long lengths with CMYK and flat foil embellishments in one pass. It is more flexible than traditional presses and more productive than flatbed inkjet systems, offering production speeds up to 572 sqm/hour. Its large sheet length of up to 122 cm allows the press to offer 23% more print area than a B2 sheet. Kodak’s new press is a cost-effective solution for producing retail/POP and packaging applications than traditional presses or flatbed inkjet devices: it will be available in Q2 2022 in North America and Europe.

News also for workflow, varnishing and CtP
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