New Workflow Solutions for Package Printers Anchor Kodak’s Presence at INFO*FLEX 2006
Kodak experts to share expertise on color management and brand protection
Rochester, NY, April 21 -- Kodak will showcase powerful new workflow tools and enhancements for package printers in booth 515 at the FFTA Annual Forum and INFO*FLEX Exhibition. Configured specifically for package printers, the KODAK PRINERGY POWERPACK workflow system helps users improve efficiency, reduce costs and enhance print quality while handling the most complex packaging jobs.
Scheduled for April 30–May 3 in Louisville, Ky., FFTA’s Annual Forum and INFO*FLEX Exhibition is the flexographic industry’s most widely anticipated and highly attended annual gathering of buyers, sellers, educators, students and professional flexographers representing all aspects of the industry.
“The PRINERGY POWERPACK workflow system is designed with the specific needs of the package printer in mind,” said Vic Stalam, General Manager, Packaging, Flexo Plates and Thermal Proofing Media, Prepress Consumables, Kodak. “Packaging printers, converters and trade shops face many challenges, from tight deadlines to intricate package designs. The PRINERGY POWERPACK workflow system helps users navigate these challenges and exceed their customers’ expectations.”
The PRINERGY POWERPACK workflow system incorporates three important new features: two new ADOBE ACROBAT plug-ins that automate the management of correction cycles, and Rules Based Automation that allows users to automate every action and event in the workflow.
PDF Compare and PDF Merge
Awarded a 2005 GATF InterTech Technology Award for innovation and the 2006 Technology Innovator of the Year Award from the Flexographic Prepress Platemakers Association, PDF Compare and PDF Merge software provide an automated, reliable and cost effective way to manage correction cycles in a prepress workflow. PDF Compare software is a quality control tool that provides the ability to analyze two PDF files and identify the differences between them. PDF Merge software is a prepress production tool that allows the operator to extract all of the prior work that was done on the plate ready file (traps, screening assignment, geometry, overprint settings, etc.) and merge all of those elements into a new revised production file.
Rules Based Automation
With the new Rules Based Automation feature, the PRINERGY POWERPACK workflow management system dramatically extends the scope and power of process automation within the workflow. Operators automate tasks using rules that intelligently execute processing at the job level, customer level or system wide. Rules can initiate any function that the PRINERGY POWERPACK workflow management system can perform, and can be custom scripted via the integrated VB.NET engine to enable interactions with other company databases and systems.
This sophisticated new form of automation enables printers to eliminate manual steps in the print process that were previously difficult to automate in conventional systems. The PRINERGY POWERPACK workflow system’s event driven model for automation is unique in the industry, allowing a printer to build flexible and intelligent rules that can respond to changes and exceptions.
Kodak Provides Insight and Education
In addition to product exhibitions and demonstrations, speakers from Kodak will share their thoughts and expertise during two presentations at INFO*FLEX:
Putting Management into Color Management – 8 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 2 Steve Miller, Product Manager, Packaging Workflow, Kodak, will provide an overview of the technologies available to manage color within a packaging workflow.
Forensically Invisible Brand Protection – 8 a.m. –11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 2 Brand theft costs the industry billions of dollars each year worldwide through product counterfeiting and grey market diversion. Kevin Harrell, Director, Global Business Development, Kodak, will introduce attendees to the dangers of this growing threat, and explain new technology alternatives that are available to combat brand theft and counterfeiting.
About Eastman Kodak Company
Kodak is the world’s foremost imaging innovator, providing leading products and services to the photographic, graphic communications and healthcare markets. With sales of $14.3 billion in 2005, the company is committed to a digitally oriented growth strategy focused on helping people better use meaningful images and information in their life and work. Consumers use Kodak’s system of digital and traditional image capture products and services to take, print and share their pictures anytime, anywhere; Businesses effectively communicate with customers worldwide using KODAK solutions for prepress, conventional and digital printing and document imaging; Creative Professionals rely on KODAK technology to uniquely tell their story through moving or still images; and leading Healthcare organizations rely on Kodak’s innovative products, services and customized workflow solutions to help improve patient care and maximize efficiency and information sharing within and across their enterprise. More information about Kodak (NYSE: EK) is available at www.kodak.com.
For more information about Kodak’s Graphic Communications Group, visit www.graphics.kodak.com.
(Kodak and Prinergy Powerpack are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.) 2006
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