World’s first Prosper 6000S press for cartons

Kodak further expanded its footprint in the folding carton market with the world’s first installation of a Prosper 6000S simplex color inkjet web press for packaging applications at Zumbiel Digital. Based in Hebron, Kentucky, Zumbiel provides a range of packaging solutions to clients in the food, beverage and healthcare markets.

Zumbiel Digital’s hybrid configuration of the Prosper 6000S press incorporates in-line diecutting and seven in-line flexo towers for pre-coating, application of PMS colors, backside printing and overprint varnish.

Ed Zumbiel, President, Zumbiel Digital, explains: “Our customers are running more and more marketing campaigns requiring mass versioning, but have not been able to include paperboard in the mix due to digital’s high cost and low output. We therefore needed to find a digital technology with production capacity and print quality that would be suitable for market-leading brands. After evaluating several technologies, we opted to work with Kodak to create a truly hybrid solution that 100% caters to our customers’ needs.”

The Prosper 6000S simplex color inkjet web press delivers up to 12,000 B1 sheets per hour, with a print quality of 600 x 900 dpi at speeds of up to 200 m/min (656 ft/min). It offers print widths of 204mm to 647mm (8 inches – 25.5 inches), and can handle paper-based substrates, including labels, carton and PE coated paper, of 150 gsm – 380 gsm. The press utilizes Kodak’s nanoparticulate pigment CMYK inks that are compliant with Indirect Food Contact Safety regulations.

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