Kodak’s Stream Printhead: Race Against Time

by admin on May 29, 2009

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Anyhow, last Tuesday Kodak announced the first European beta of their Stream Printhead. Sorry, I didn't catch the day it came out, I was playing with the kids.

It's at Meiller Direct, a direct mailing outfit, I don't know those guys, when I was an European rep, I just knew the big commerical printer like Mohmedia and Smeets.

Here's the money quote:

“We demand the highest quality in our print materials, and the benefits offered by Kodak’s Stream Printheads are enormous—much sharper type, finer details, and better rendering of gray levels,” said Achim Groth, Production Manager, Finishing, meiller direct. “What’s more, the results of our initial trials on glossy coated papers have been equally impressive. Kodak’s Stream technology will greatly enhance our capabilities, and this is only the beginning.” (Bolding done by PP)

So if you gotta have an inkjet, and you do with variable data, then a key factor is the variety of substrate that the ink will stick too. Remember that in inkjet, the only thing that comes into contact with the substrate is the ink. It's not like you have a rubber blanket as in lithography that can press the ink to the paper or rotogravure, where the chrome can ram ink into aluminium cans; it's just a tiny droplet of ink that floats through the air to stick to the surface. So if you have a customer that's happy with the adherence to glossy paper, then that's good news.

Mind you, faster please. Now it's a race between the cash reserves of  Kodak and how soon they can get out of beta so they can recognize revenue. I have a gut feeling that next quarter's numbers will tell the tale.

{ 2 comments }

Michael J May 30, 2009 at 3:59 am

Do you think Stream printheads could print good enough QR codes on newsprint?

admin May 30, 2009 at 7:28 am

Don’t know, hopefully a Kodak insider can comment on that.

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