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Print Quality Comparison Between Kodak Prosper and Offset Lithography

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Kodak Prosper Imprinting System with stream inkjet technology targets high volume direct mail market and customized products with print quality close to offset output. This study compared the print quality of a Kodak Prosper press and a Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 74 press. The parameters studied were solid/tone uniformity, tone reproduction, rub resistance, and detail reproduction. The lithography samples included typical screen ruling settings of 133 lpi and 150 lpi for photograph quality comparison. The samples printed were presented to and evaluated by observers with or without graphic arts experience. The visual comparison and quantitative data were presented. The results showed that Kodak Prosper press has decent print quality with good color appearance. The detail reproduction quality is not comparable with lithography quality.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2010

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  • For more than 25 years, NIP has been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in non-impact and digital printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems, including drop-on-demand ink jet, wide format ink jet, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based electrophotographic printers, production digital printing systems, and thermal printing systems, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields.

    Since 2005, NIP has been held in conjunction with the Digital Fabrication Conference.

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