Muller Martini and Kodak Announce Partnership at Print '05
Muller Martini, Hauppauge, N.Y., and Kodak Versamark, Dayton, Ohio, have signed a reseller agreement under which Kodak Versamark will provide its continuous ink jet printing systems to Muller Martini for mounting onto the Muller Martini Concepta variable-size web-offset press. The
result is a hybrid printing system that is fully integrated into the workflow of the Concepta press, providing the cost-effectiveness, reliability and quality of traditional offset printing with the ability to produce personalized documents with digital, high-speed variable printing at a highly economical cost per page.
During Print '05 in September, Muller Martini and Kodak demonstrated the hybrid offset/digital press configuration at the Kodak booth. The configuration is capable of printing 100 percent variable data information in-line.
Under the terms of the agreement, Kodak Versamark will deliver its D-series continuous ink jet printing systems (model DS9100 or DS6240) to Muller Martini for integration into the Concepta variable-size web-offset press. The new hybrid system can run at up to 1,000 feet per minute. "By combining the cost and quality advantages of traditional, full-color offset with our continuous ink jet printers into a hybrid printing system, content owners, designers and mailers will have a new level of freedom to design and budget for mass mailings, yet can target an audience of one with relevant offers and messaging, increasing response rates and lowering total cost per response," said Ron Gilboa, vice president of marketing at Kodak Versamark.
The Concepta variable-size web-offset press features a highly modular design, offering the capabilities of up to 12 offset printing units and the integration of flexo and digital printing, as well as various in-line finishing options such as die cutting and perforating. Furthermore, the Concepta comes standard with Muller Martini's patent-pending, fully integrated and fully JDF/JMF-compliant MRS automatic makeready system. Concepta can preset such essentials as register and ink-fountain profiles without prompting. In addition, the machine, which runs at up to 1,200 feet per minute, has a 2-1/2˝ web width and can handle repeat lengths ranging from 1˝ to 28-1/3˝. Concepta also delivers extraordinary print quality with a technologically superior ink train that ensures uniform ink coverage over the entire speed range.