Kodak Prosper 1000 Press

Though launched at Ipex in 2010, the Prosper 1000 in the Kodak Prospress press platform made its India debut only recently. It promises to deliver fast speeds and low cost of operation, finds out Rushikesh Aravkar and Noel D’cunha

11 Apr 2013 | By Rushikesh Aravkar & Noel D'Cunha

The family of Kodak Prosper products includes the Kodak Prosper 1000 Press among others. The Kodak Prosper 1000 Press is a monochrome high-speed inkjet press and is targeted at producing books and direct mail. 

According to Kodak, the Prosper 1000 Press uses the revolutionary Stream inkjet technology to deliver quality, productivity and lower total cost of operations for run lengths under 7,000 copies. “The Kodak Stream inkjet technology is designed to increase print quality and durability, and has the ability to print on uncoated substrates,” says Ramani Viswanathan, vice president – digital print solutions, commercial imaging.
The Kodak Prosper 1000 Press is a compact monochrome press that offers perfecting with a print width of up to 24.5 inches (62.2 cm) at speeds up to 650 feet per minute (200 mpm). It is one of the cost-effective inkjet web presses available today for 8, 12 and 16 page signatures, with a duty cycle of 90 million A4 or US letter pages a month. 
“It offers one-over-one perfecting,” says Ramani, adding that “it’s perfect for those printers who are looking for a strategy of digital without compromising on operational costs as well as the likes of waste, inks and service charges.”
The Kodak Prosper Press 1000 also features an automated image quality management system, which is capable of printing quality that rivals offset output of up to 175lpi on a wide range of uncoated papers. “This innovative system is ideal for service providers in the trade, mass market paperback and educational segments that want to differentiate their offerings and drive increased profitability.”
Ideal foil for book-making
In addition to the Prosper 1000 Press, Kodak’s digital book solution includes integrated workflow and finishing options, enabling efficient book production that closely follows the demand curve, and helping minimise ordering costs, overproduction, inventory, returns, waste. Kodak has understood the challenges and pressures of this market and in response, has introduced a range of digital book production solutions which produce over 1,000 books per hour.
Then there’s the Kodak Unified Workflow Solutions, which offers a suite of tools that help printers more efficiently manage their book business from the enterprise level all the way through production and output processes.
Ramani sites an example. “With bookmaking, you need to control all the aspects of print, offset and digital presses as well as post-press. The sophistication in the workflow enables smooth production workflow, which automates complex tasks, reduces errors and streamlines production. In other words the adjustments can be made on the fly.”
Scalable solution
The prosper is a modular and scalable solution that can be upgraded to full colour in the field to meet the needs of higher education and professional segments, says Ramani. “What this means is that the Kodak Prosper Press 1000 is a perfect fit for any business; and it also gives the customer the flexibility to upgrade to the colour functionality of the Prosper 5000XL Press.” The Kodak Prosper 5000XL Press offers 4-over-4 perfected output at up to 3,600 A4 or letter pages per minute on uncoated papers.
Eco-friendly technology
In 2011, Kodak took home the honour of green equipment award for the Prosper 1000 Press at the China 2011 Green Awards. The Prosper 1000 received the award for its impressive environmental attributes including water-based ink, long-lasting printhead, and print on-demand option. 
While most print heads needs to be replaced, Kodak claims that its printheads can be refurbished.  “It a maintenance asset,” says Ramani. “It offers rate of as high as 95% on re-use.”
Reducing environmental impact is slowly but steadily catching up with the Indian print industry. “Yes, printers are now looking for ways to lessen their environmental impact and Kodak’s Prosper inkjet printing system serves as a great example for Kodak’s commitment to developing products with more sustainable solutions.” With the ability to print on-demand, publishers can reduce both waste and inventory levels associated with printing quantities that are too large. “With the Stream inkjet technology, the Prosper Press platform recycles up to 95% of this ink in a continuous loop,” says Ramani.
First-mover advantage
By investing in India’s first Kodak Prosper 1000 Press, Repro India has become an early adopter of this technology. Repro, which had ordered the machine at Drupa 2012, recently announced the commissioning of the Prosper at its Navi Mumbai facility.
The machine started commercial printing early this month and is reported to be currently printing more than 1.8-million A4 print impressions per day. “The new Prosper 1000 press will enable us to cater to the increasing demand from customers to produce shorter print runs ranging from 1–2,000,” said Rajeev Vohra, director at Repro India.
“Repro India has been partnering with publishers the world over to help them realise the true value of the content they acquire from authors. Technological changes and the dynamic demand-supply scenario combined with a competitive environment have necessitated shorter lead times, multiple platform offerings and an extension into having a robust supply chain that a publisher can capitalise on. Repro’s modern digital state-of-the art facility caters to the ever growing needs of the publishing industry,” said Jyotsna Chugh, associate vice president- Marcom at Repro.
According to Kodak, its goal is to provide book printing solutions that deliver greater revenue opportunities and improved profit margins for printers and publishers worldwide. “It’s all about printing the right quantity at the right time at the right cost. Whether it’s one book or 100,000, Kodak has the right solution,” says Ramani.
With offset class output, minimal start-up waste, quick changeover and zero press makeready between jobs, and a workflow that is capable of seamlessly integrating offset, digital and post-press, the Kodak Prosper Press 1000 promises to deliver a book solution that can help deliver short-run digitally printed book more productively than ever before. “Until the Kodak Prosper came along, there was always some degree of compromise with digital print, either in print speed or cost per page. We have made our foray into the Indian book printing market and that’s a significant mark of confidence in the technology,” Ramani concludes.

The Alternatives

Timson T-Press
With the combination of Kodak’s Stream inkjet technology and the Timson platform, The T-Press delivers a reliable and robust solution to digital print. The T-Press is capable of processing a web width of up to 52” (1,320mm) wide at a speed of 650ft/min (200m/min) the Timson T-press can produce over 240,000 duplex A4 pages per hour.
Speed 200m/min  (300m/min at 600dpi with upgrade)
Duty cycle 180mn ipm
Resolution 600x900dpi (equivalent to 133lpi)
Roll width 1,245/1,320mm (49/52in)
Contact Indo European Machinery
+91 80 40865000
HP T200
The HP T200 colour inkjet web press is a full duplex four-colour press in a single engine designed to meet high-speed, high-volume production requirements in book, transactional/ transpromo and direct mail printing. The HP T200 incorporates high-speed  data processing based on HP Blade System and advanced, scalable electronic hardware that supports printing with 100% variable content at full press speed.
Speed 122 mpm (mono); 61 mpm(colour)
Duty cycle 50 mn (mono) / 25 mn (four-color) duplex letter-sized images per month
Resolution 1,200dpi
Roll width 558.8 mm (22in)
Contact HP India
+91 80 26129000