Headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., Kodak announced that Graphic Arts Monthly (GAM) selected its NexPress S3000 digital production color press to print the magazine’s February 2008 cover. The issue also includes extensive coverage of the AIIM/On Demand digital printing trade show.
The cover features a striking photograph of an apricot, requiring a shade of orange that can be difficult for digital presses to reproduce. However, the NexPress S3000 has a larger color gamut than traditional offset-based SWOP specifications, so the vibrant orange color was easily and accurately printed. A custom URL, www.graphics.kodak.com/gam, was set up especially for GAM readers.
Kodak used the five-color configuration and the fifth imaging unit for the 70,000 GAM print run, making it possible to use Kodak’s intelligent coating solution, which adds a protective coating of Kodak NexPress Clear Dry Ink. This is particularly important for a magazine in wide distribution, as the coating helps reduce damage caused by finishing and bulk mailing equipment. To enhance the photo, Kodak used the intelligent coating process to create a fuzz effect on the apricot, adding extra depth that readers can “feel.”
The cover is printed on NewPage Sterling Ultra 100-lb. gloss text, a sheet that contains 10 percent post-consumer fibers. This paper is certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council. All Kodak NexPress Dry Inks are non-hazardous, and printed sheets are easily de-inked for recycling.
The Kodak NexPress S3000 Digital Production Color Press is the most productive digital color printing solution offered by Kodak, delivering 3000 A3/tabloid 4/0 sheets per hour (100 pages per minute) on a very wide range of substrates. The S3000 delivers unsurpassed cut sheet productivity with offset-class image quality. A fully modular design makes it field upgradable for increased paper input or delivery capacity—or to add a fifth imaging unit. The NexPress S3000 is ideal for print service providers who want to take digital printing to the next level and maximize their bottom line.