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Kodak Plans To Head Back Into Wide Format
March 4, 2016
According to an article published earlier today by The Recycler suggests that the OEM might be headed back into the wide-format printing segment after introducing the Ultrastream printhead that it will demonstrate at the upcoming Drupa tradeshow which will take place May 31-June 16, 2016 in Dusseldorf Germany. The new, continuous inkjet printhead will be introduced at the show by Philip Cullimore, Kodak President of Inkjet Enterprise Systems and is designed for sheetfed inkjet presses or in a wide-format array. While not as fast as the current "Stream" system that already available, Ultrastream is said to have higher resolution with up to 1,800 dpi at speeds of up to 153 meters/minute.
Cullimore said in regards to the new product, "We turned the attention of our brightest minds in R&D to how we can bring the benefits of inkjet to adjacent market. We really think this meets the analogue printing challenge that?s been too difficult to match. It has speed and quality in one package." The new Ultrastream printhead is the first new printhead to make it to this point for Kodak since the wide-format operations were acquired by Encad in 2002.
Last week, industry insiders PrintWeek suggested that it is not likely for the company to move forward on its own into the wide-format market, but instead will direct its attention to finding a willing OEM partner to take it to market. Cullimore states, "Never say never, but our model is to work with OEMs in the market. There are lots of people out there where we think Ultrastream will give them next-generation productivity for their systems." He and the company believe that their Ultrastream printheads are available at the same point or better than the competition, saying that with UV heads, it takes four to match the speed and quality of one Ultrastream.