Kodak and Konica Minolta Debut Fully Integrated Workflow and Front-End Solutions at Print ’13

For the first time in the industry, Kodak and Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. (Konica Minolta) will demonstrate fully managed monochrome and color digital press solutions for commercial print and graphics communication professionals. From September 8-12, at Print ’13 Booth #518, the companies will showcase three new KODAK CREO Color Servers to drive the new and existing Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS digital presses that are connected to KODAK PRINERGY Workflow 6.

The IC-309 CREO Color Server will drive Konica Minolta’s soon to be released new bizhub PRESS full color presses—the bizhub PRESS C1060 and C1070 models, while the IC-312 CREO Color Server will drive Konica Minolta’s upcoming flagship models, the bizhub PRESS C1100 and C1085. Additionally, the companies will showcase the first CREO server for monochrome production devices. The IC-309M will drive the bizhub PRO 951, bizhub PRESS 1052 and bizhub PRESS 1250 monochrome presses. This collaboration will enable a common workflow process regardless of the device’s color capabilities.

“Customers with color devices have benefited for years from CREO Color Servers, and they are now available for monochrome systems with a common customer experience,” says Chris O’Connor, vice president, global business group, Kodak. “This unique connectivity between solutions from Kodak and Konica Minolta means that there is no longer a need to manage different types of traditional and digital presses as islands—whether the need is for light production, full production, color or monochrome.”

In a partnership spanning more than 20 years, Kodak and Konica Minolta have demonstrated a commitment to print customers through continued joint research and development, resulting in leading digital and hybrid technology innovations for the industry.

“The ongoing partnership between Kodak and Konica Minolta is represented at Print ’13 in these market-leading solutions,” says Kevin Kern, SVP, marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., “We are truly excited about delivering new and continued value to our customers with the right solutions to ensure a seamless, integrated experience.”

Kodak will also be demonstrating its recently released PRINERGY Workflow 6 at the Konica Minolta booth. PRINERGY Workflow 6 is the latest evolution in prepress workflow, bringing the automation of production into the manufacturing process with not one, but two user experiences. The new Workspace interface, shown only at the Konica Minolta booth, provides advanced job management through three views—Manage, Plan and Track—allowing for quick job creation, simple intent-driven workflow processes and output device monitoring in real time.

“PRINERGY Workflow 6 allows for quick access to output device information for jobs already in production, providing real-time project status with ability to make adjustments from a central point,” says O’Connor. “The ability to automate, see all jobs, equipment and process status provides an advanced level of integrated control and efficiency over digital and offset production for customers in a single interface to a level never seen before.”

Print ’13 attendees can also see CREO Color Servers driving Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS digital presses at the Komori Corporation and MCS booths.

About Kodak’s Commercial Imaging Business
Kodak’s Commercial Imaging business is driving innovation and change for customers in commercial, packaging and functional printing, and enterprise services markets. Kodak’s innovative technologies and solutions provide customers greater competitive advantage and return on investment.

About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is a leader in advanced document management technologies and IT Services. The company focuses on complete business solutions including production print systems, digital presses, multifunctional products (MFPs), managed print services, vertical application solutions and related services and supplies. Konica Minolta has been recognized as a leading supplier by the Allegra Network, International Center for Entrepreneurial Development (ICED), The UPS Store, Inc., and National Association of Quick Printers (NAQP). Konica Minolta’s innovative bizhub PRESS C8000 is the first digital press to receive the G7 Digital Press Certification from IDEAlliance and the company currently has the most G7 Certified experts in the industry. 

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Menasha Packaging Introduces Revolutionary Blister Card

Menasha Packaging’s new X Card, a revolutionary carded blister packaging, is helping customers speed up production, use less energy and reduce costs.

Unlike most current heat seal trapped blister packs, X Card eliminates the heat and dwell time by using a patent-pending cohesive application system that simply requires pressure to seal. The result is a highly efficient and environmentally friendly alternative to heat seal.

“X Card is a labor-saving solution that will streamline operations and dramatically increase throughput,” says Jerry Hessel, executive vice president of business development for Menasha Packaging. “We’ve seen production speeds double for some customers, while greatly reducing their total system costs of packaging.”

X Card also has many benefits for companies seeking sustainable packaging solutions, including:

  • Reduced energy consumption due to quicker production and no heat use
  • Corrugated materials that are at least 65% recycled
  • Greater recyclability since blisters emerge free from paper and glue residue
  • Converting done under one roof
  • SFI certification for all paper products to ensure consistency

Carded blister packaging is often used in club stores and to group products together, such as cosmetics or special promotional items. The X Card blister system helps protect these products during transportation and display. The high-quality materials used to create X Card also enhance packaging graphics and provide a large billboard space help communicate product features and benefits.

“Menasha’s X Card blister system provides consumer packaged good companies the right combination to sell more product on shelf,” says Dennis Bonn, vice president of marketing for Menasha Packaging. “We will be able to service different customer segments with X Card and offer a more competitive blister card system to our current customers.”

X Card can be produced using a variety of substrates, from economy to upscale. It’s minimum size requirement is 10” x 7.5”, but the size can be customized. Typical club pack blister card sizes are 11” x 9” and 13” x 15”.

Menasha’s promotion of X Card stems from a license and supply agreement with Excel Retail Solutions, LLC.

About Menasha Packaging
Menasha Packaging Company, LLC, based in Neenah, Wisconsin, is a subsidiary of Menasha Corporation, and it has more than 2,300 employees at locations nationwide. Menasha Packaging is a leading provider of graphic consumer packaging, merchandising solutions, corrugated packaging, food packaging, shipping containers and material handling solutions, and is home of the Retail Integration Group. With design, sales service centers, corrugated and paperboard plants located throughout the United States, the company’s mission is to help its customers protect, move and promote their products better than anyone else.

About Menasha Corporation
Menasha Corporation is a leading corrugated and plastic packaging manufacturer and supply chain solutions provider specializing in retail merchandising packaging and displays, plastic reusable containers and pallets, protective packaging interiors, and packaging supply chain and fulfillment services. Menasha Corporation’s products and services are used by major food, beverage, consumer products, healthcare, pharmaceutical, industrial and automotive companies. Established in 1849, Menasha Corporation is one of America’s oldest privately held, family-owned manufacturing companies. Headquartered in Neenah, Wisconsin, the company employs approximately 4,000 employees in over 75 facilities in North America, Europe and Asia.

About Excel Retail Solutions
Excel Displays & Packaging is a full-service corrugated designer and manufacturer located in the Chicago area. For nearly 25 years, Excel has designed and produced Point-of-Purchase (POP) displays, in-store signage, graphic retail packaging and industrial packaging. Innovation drives Excel, whether it’s patent-pending retail solutions, like the X Card, or proprietary board-grades, including Steel Stack or “S-Flute.” With its Sales & Design Center in Bentonville, Arkansas, Excel is positioned to provide winning and timely display solutions for nationwide distribution.

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Kodak Adds Felix Schoeller Digital Media to Growing List of Manufacturers in Paper Rating Program for PROSPER Presses

Kodak continues to expand the range of papers that have been tested and rated within the Paper Rating Program for KODAK PROSPER Presses. Launched more than a year ago, the rigorous program is designed to help assure users that the media they select will perform as expected in production and will give the best results for their particular needs and applications.

Felix Schoeller JET-SPEED Paper, a premium coated inkjet paper for brochures, direct mail, and other full-color printing applications, received five diamonds in the program. Available in weights of 130 gsm, 200 gsm, and 250 gsm, the paper is part of a full line of printing media available from the global company.

“With our long history and expertise in photo-imaging technologies, we are able to supply the growth segment of digital printing with high-end specialty papers,” explained Guido Hofmeyer, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Felix Schoeller Digital Media. “We are happy to have worked so closely with Kodak to certify our JET-SPEED Paper for the PROSPER Presses, and know that users will be very happy with the results. Bringing a little bit of certainty to one of many decisions that have to be made in the digital printing process is of great benefit to our customers. This new rating gives them one less thing to worry about.”

Through the collection and analysis of data to determine the performance characteristics of any substrate, the Paper Rating Program brings a quantifiable approach to assessing media performance on KODAK PROSPER Presses. Kodak measures the image quality using a wide variety of factors and then identifies that substrate using a rating system that ranges from one diamond to five diamonds. Printers and publishers rely on the rating to make more informed decisions about the right combination of quality and price when evaluating substrates for each of their print jobs.

“As the Paper Rating Program continues to grow, our customers find they have more and more flexibility in choosing the right substrate and knowing they can get the results they desire,” said Don Burns, Kodak’s business development director for media. “Inkjet printing is growing rapidly, with a very wide variety of applications, which means that substrate options play a critical role. We are working with manufacturers all over the world to expand this program, and Felix Schoeller is an excellent example of how the industry is reaping the benefits.”

Felix Schoeller has more than 115 years of experience in inkjet, silver halide and thermal transfer technology and is now taking its know-how and high-quality standards into the digital future. The company combines the best properties of imaging papers and traditional photo papers to create unique solutions, which are then tailored to the specific technologies and applications of its customers. The company focuses on responding quickly, directly and flexibly, and can give individual advice on how to tackle particular digital printing challenges.

About Kodak’s Commercial Imaging Business
Kodak’s Commercial Imaging business is driving innovation and change for customers in commercial, packaging and functional printing, and enterprise services markets. Kodak’s innovative technologies and solutions provide customers greater competitive advantage and return on investment.

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New on Demand Color Labeling Technology from Epson Enhances Image Quality, Speed for Decreased Total Labeling Costs

From the chemical market to the food and beverage sector, manufacturers rely on labeling solutions to enhance brand image, support product safety, comply with regulations and manage supply chain logistics. To help manufacturers that produce a high number of SKU’s manage the chaos associated with different label varieties and meet new regulatory labeling standards, Epson America, Inc. is introducing new ColorWorks Label Printer technology at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2013 (September 23-25; Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV), Booth #5963.

Epson’s latest innovation offers improved image quality and production speeds. The new technology helps reduce total labeling costs by up to 50% for a wide range of packaging and manufacturing applications.

Epson will also showcase its ColorWorks C831 Wide Label Printer at PACK EXPO Las Vegas to help chemical manufacturers and transporters comply with Globally Harmonized System (GHS) labeling standards. GHS provides a universal system for communicating physical, environmental and health hazard information. The first critical deadline is December 1, 2013, when the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires all employees be trained on new GHS labeling elements and Safety Data Sheet formats.

“With the first major GHS deadline less than six months away, it is not only important for companies to understand these changes but also to have the right tools on hand to manage an efficient transition,” says Andy Scherz, senior product manager at Epson. “Epson’s on demand color labeling solutions are a cost effective way to print high quality, GHS-compliant color labels and reduce overall label costs by eliminating preprinted inventory and minimizing labeling and shipping errors.”

Under the new requirements, manufacturers across several industries will need to print labels in vibrant colors to highlight potential hazards. Pre-printed color labels can also pose a challenge since the new guidelines prohibit the use of labels with empty or incomplete pictograms.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that over five million workplaces and 43 million employees will be impacted by GHS adoption at a cost of about $201 million annually. Approximately $24 million of these expenses are directly related to printing, packaging and labels for hazardous chemicals in color. For companies to overcome potential challenges, having an on demand color labeling system in place is critical.

About Epson America, Inc.
Epson is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of highly reliable point-of-service technology, including printers, precision printing mechanisms, digital image scanners and mobile printing solutions. Founded in 1975 and headquartered in Long Beach, CA, Epson America, Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, a global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality technology products that meet customer demands for increased functionality, compactness, systems integration and energy efficiency. The Seiko Epson organization is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment, and for the third year in a row is part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index – an indicator for leading companies in economic, environmental and social criteria. Epson offers the most comprehensive line of POS printers, as well as the widest selection of ENERGY STAR qualified models available today.

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Kodak Launches PRINERGY Workflow 6 to Help Users Better Manage, Plan and Track Prepress Production

Powerful print production workflow software is essential for print service providers facing tight margins and looking to diversify their businesses with value-added services. Kodak is addressing these challenges with the launch of its KODAK PRINERGY Workflow Version 6, the next generation of the world’s industry-leading workflow software. Now released worldwide, PRINERGY Workflow 6 represents a completely new vision for prepress production. It brings a new level of automation, accuracy and efficiency to print creation, while reducing costs in the pre-planning print stage and expanding product integration across Kodak and third-party solutions. PRINERGY Workflow is the leading solution for commercial, packaging and publication printers seeking to centralize—and automate—print production.

“We visited hundreds of customers around the world to understand where their challenges are and what they want to do in the future,” said Jon Bracken, general manager of KODAK Unified Workflow Solutions. “What came up time and time again from customers is how they need to drive greater cost out of their processes while enhancing quality and increasing revenue with new digital products.

“PRINERGY Workflow 6 focuses on integrating the production planning process and reducing the time spent by customer service representatives, production planners and prepress operators preparing optimized production plans. The result is tighter quality control, fewer manual touchpoints and lower production costs for both digitally and conventionally printed jobs.

PRINERGY Workflow 6 is the hub of an automated, integrated prepress workflow, which includes KODAK PREPS Imposition Software Version 7, KODAK COLORFLOW Color Software Version 2, and KODAK INSITE Prepress Portal Version 6.6. This next generation of solutions will continue to deliver efficiency improvements and cost reductions throughout the production cycle. 

New streamlined interface for integrated job control
PRINERGY Workflow 6 introduces a new streamlined productivity-focused interface, called Workspace. With its at-a-glance overview of prepress production, and easy-to-learn Manage, Plan and Track modules, Workspace makes it simpler for a broader set of users to drive standard sheetwork jobs to press. Workspace can be accessed from any web browser and broadens the point of entry for users. Customers will have the freedom to use the new Workspace interface, which will be evolving and enhanced in coming versions, and can continue to rely on the existing Workshop interface for unrestricted access to devices, features, automation controls and reporting.

The PRINERGY Workflow 6 Workspace Plan, Manage and Track modules help organize the myriad of information and tasks that PRINERGY Software offers. It also includes new capabilities that take automation to the next level, extending automation upstream to the customer’s order and downstream to digital presses and computer to plate (CTP) devices. Scenario functionality allows printers to set up and save a chain of tasks associated with a certain printing press or set of production conditions, which can then be used to handle specific sets of production jobs by simply hitting a play button. In addition, intent-driven automation uses the basic description of the job—or its intent—to drive automated processing through every step of production.

More than 45 PRINERGY Workflow customers are winners of the 2013 Print Excellence Awards hosted by Printing Industries Association, Inc. To see why PRINERGY Workflow was awarded the first-ever GRAPH EXPO MUST SEE ‘EM Legacy Award, hear customer testimonials, and learn about additional features and benefits of the next revolution in workflow, visit www.kodak.com/go/prinergy6.

About Kodak’s Commercial Imaging Business
Kodak’s Commercial Imaging business is driving innovation and change for customers in commercial, packaging and functional printing, and enterprise services markets. Kodak’s innovative technologies and solutions provide customers greater competitive advantage and return on investment.

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