Graph Expo Puts Focus on Digital Printing with Marketing Provider Spin

By George Mikolay, Senior Product Editor, A3/Copier MFPs, November 14, 2012

At the 2012 Graph Expo held recently, the majority of vendors sharpened their focus on solutions and services, as well as new finishing options and other accessories to existing engines. Indeed, a common theme was that while hardware will always be extremely important, commercial printers must continue to migrate not only to digital printing versus offset, but also focus on becoming a true partner and full-fledged marketing providers to their customers. There were some major engine announcements, though, including Konica Minolta’s sneak-peek at an upcoming color inkjet cut-sheet press. Developed in conjunction with Komori, the KM-1 Inkjet Press offers speeds up to 3,300 sheets per hour in simplex and 1,650 sheets per hour in duplex. Xerox also unveiled the latest additions to its Nuvera product line, with the launch of the Nuvera 157 EA and Nuvera 314 EA Production Systems, the latter of which features Xerox’s dual-engine architecture to output at speeds up to 314 duplexed images per minute.


The Canon imagePRESS C7010VPS and C7010VP Series was exhibited with the OLEC Swift UV Roller Coater, which extends the life of prints and helps prevent wear and tear. According to Sandra Pereira, product marketing specialist for Canon, UV coating can enhance a variety of materials, including direct mail, tags and labels, posters and book covers and jackets. In addition to preventing scratching and fading, UV coating protects against humidity and water damage. Designed for exclusive compatibility with the imagePRESS digital press, the UV coating is applied inline and includes a bridge unit that transports the printed image after being output. The output then enters the coater, where the solution is applied and instantly dried via ultraviolet light. The system also includes an interface with the ability to program preset functions.

KODAK Info Activate Solution Shines at SharePoint Conference 2012

Rochester, NY -- Kodak’s Document Imaging division will promote its innovative vision for an easier, more effective way to capture, manage and access business information during SharePoint Conference 2012, Nov. 12-15 (booth#1060), at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Next week’s showcase of supporting technologies for SharePoint will include KODAK Info Activate Solution, which delivers both ease of use and administrative controls that enhance business workflows such as claims, invoices, medical records, HR onboarding and legal documentation. Info Activate Solution (http://bit.ly/InfoActivate) features a simple user experience that allows knowledge workers to simultaneously digitize paper documents and initiate a business process with a single click.

“Info Activate Solution makes it extremely easy for employees to get information from paper documents into SharePoint,” said Rod Hughes, Kodak’s Director of Global Alliances for Document Imaging. “Built inside of SharePoint, Info Activate Solution also enables IT professionals to expand upon the platform’s existing administrative capabilities with accurate and effective pathways that define how information from paper gets captured, where it goes, and how people can retrieve it.”


Kodak’s Document Imaging Division Unveils New Software Platforms for Digital and Collaborative Content Management

Rochester, NY - Kodak’s Document Imaging division continues to gain recognition from system integrators, software developers, resellers and end users as an emerging leader in information capture and workflow management software. Attendees of Global Directions 2012 previewed Kodak’s newest software applications that enable businesses, governments and healthcare providers to improve efficiency and consistency in their document capture, management and retrieval processes. Kodak’s Document Imaging business, a leading provider of document scanners, capture software, service and support, hosted the software demonstrations as part of a three-day educational conference covering the latest trends in document management, collaboration, governance and business process automation.

“I’m impressed with the vision that Kodak’s Document Imaging business is pursuing, which includes a conscious effort to focus on software and solutions,” said Harvey Spencer, President of Harvey Spencer Associates, an analyst firm with more than 20 years of experience in the capture software market. “There is an enthusiasm for Kodak’s Document Imaging business as it embarks on a new beginning. Its new and future products and services demonstrate a rich understanding of unstructured information and will provide huge value to corporations in multiple areas that start to leverage an understanding of big data.”


Kodak Demonstrates Market-Leading Imaging and Printing Products at Photokina 2012

COLOGNE, Germany -- Photokina, the world’s leading imaging and photography fair, will again welcome one of the foremost innovators in the industry, Eastman Kodak Company, at its biennial event September 18-23 in Cologne, Germany. Kodak is demonstrating its latest, cutting-edge photo printing and imaging innovations designed to help consumers and businesses connect and inspire.

“We are delighted to be at Photokina to demonstrate our market-leading photo printing products and services, from consumer and retail to professional and commercial applications”

“We are delighted to be at Photokina to demonstrate our market-leading photo printing products and services, from consumer and retail to professional and commercial applications,” said Philip Cullimore, Managing Director, Europe, Africa, Middle East Region. “From our offer of in-store photo books that are ready in minutes, new mobile and printing apps, to solutions for professional and commercial labs, we make it easy for our customers to create a wide range of premium photo products, anytime and from anywhere. We are taking our customers into the future, opening up new revenue streams through leading innovation, and improving the consumer experience. We’ve been instrumental in transforming the photo market, and the exciting solutions we are showcasing this year reflect Kodak’s continued focus on meeting customer needs.”


Kodak Global Directions Conference to Debut in Las Vegas as Educational and Networking Hub for Business and Technology Leaders

Rochester, NY -- Business, government and IT professionals have a new destination for the latest insights on technology change in the enterprise workplace—Kodak Global Directions. Attendees of the educational conference will learn about technologies and best practices that are fundamental to the development, design and implementation of solutions for document management, collaboration, governance and business process automation. Kodak will host the three-day event Sept. 24-26 at the JW Marriott Resort in Las Vegas.

“Kodak Global Directions is an educational forum for business leaders who want to transform document management into a core driver of growth and innovation,” said Tony Barbeau, Kodak’s General Manager for Document Imaging. “The conference will provide both IT and business professionals with the tools and resources to properly identify, evaluate and specify right ‘fit’ solutions that enable organizations to achieve improved results through stronger collaboration.”


Virtualized Systems as a Basis for Redundancy

Foundation for Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, and Managed Failover

Many people seem to know they want or need to virtualize their systems, but far less seem to have a good grasp of why they should do so. Virtualization holds a great deal of promise for redundancy to support business continuity and similar needs; the big question is how much capability comes “out of the box” and how
much other work is required to have a robust solution?

This document will discuss several levels of infrastructure redundancy with a view to accomplishing maximum possible uptime based on various risk factors, and suggest several possible architectures that correspond to different levels of risk mitigation. These will range from internal factors within a given component’s design to large-scale infrastructure designs to mitigate catastrophic failure of a site. Several of these factors are not
unique to a virtualized environment and will be identified. While several different parts of the overall infrastructure will be addressed, areas such as power and Internet Service Provider (ISP) redundancy require a far more extensive investigation and this paper will only touch on the topics needing to be covered.

Types of Redundancy within Individual Components (Server and Storage)

Within a given host computer, it is recommended that you have at least two forms of redundancy, assuming there is no local storage. Local storage, that is disks or RAID arrays installed within a single server, are not available to other servers in case of system failure and are therefore not suitable. In addition, storage that is considered highly available requires some specific design features for redundancy.

  • Power Supply Redundancy allows you to continue full operation in the event of a single power supply component failure, along with the ability to hot-swap a replacement power supply for the failed unit without interrupting production. Within Kodak, any of the Premium Workflow servers come with hot-swappable redundant power supplies by default. If selecting host computers from another vendor, ensure that the systems contains redundant power supplies. This also applies to any server or storage component in the system.

Kodak and NovaCopy Enable Cloud-Based Collaboration via Document Scanning with New Connector for MICROSOFT OFFICE 365

 Rochester, NY - Kodak is working with NovaCopy to help businesses upload documents to MICROSOFT OFFICE 365, a cloud-based collaboration and productivity platform. NOVACOPY CONNECT 365 Software releases captured images and metadata from Kodak’s capture platform, which includes KODAK Capture Pro Software and Smart Touch functionality found on most KODAK Scanners, into MICROSOFT SHAREPOINT Online for OFFICE 365. Demonstrations of the new solution will be available in Kodak’s booth (#701) during SPTechCon 2012 at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, July 22-25.

The new solution can be used across a wide variety of businesses including financial services, healthcare and insurance. Typical use case scenarios include human resource documents, accounts payable, shipping and receiving and other documents where paper enters a business process.

Kodak and Bolt Document Management Deliver Turn Key Solution for Scanning Paper Documents Directly into LASERFICHE ECM Systems

Rochester, NY - Kodak and Bolt Document Management announce the BOLT Direct KLF Network Attached Scanner, an “out of the box” solution for LASERFICHE Enterprise Content Management (ECM) systems. Based on the KODAK Scan Station 520EX networked scanner, the solution is more simple and cost-effective than utilizing multifunction printers (MFPs) for shared network attached scanning. It allows users to log in, scan, name, route and index paper documents directly into LASERFICHE ECM Systems in real time.

“Using multifunction copiers and printers for scanning to a LASERFICHE System requires additional layers of software and/or hardware that can be complicated, clunky and expensive. By comparison, the BOLT Direct KLF Solution is simple to install, easy to use, and all around a more practical and affordable way to provide system users with shared document scanning,” said Jeff Nelson, Vice President, Bolt Document Management, a Laserfiche Professional Developer Partner. “Kodak’s networked document scanner technology provided us with a powerful, reliable, high-quality scanning platform that is ideal to host our easy-to-use interface for LASERFICHE ECM Systems.”

Kodak Improves Online and Mobile Print Workflow with KODAK INSITE Prepress Portal System 6.5

Rochester, NY -- After receiving a significant amount of interest and positive feedback from customers visiting drupa 2012, KODAK INSITE Prepress Portal System 6.5 is now available. Version 6.5 offers a number of new features that help to further decrease costs, reduce cycle times and strengthen client relationships—including an application that allows users to review, approve and annotate jobs from their APPLE IPAD Tablet.

Designed for today’s increasingly mobile workers, the INSITE Software 6.5 App for IPAD Tablets is based on Kodak’s award-winning Smart Review System. Features include an overview of all jobs on the INSITE Software Server, visibility into review and approval status for all stakeholders, and the ability to mark up and annotate on-screen. Once a job is approved in the App, INSITE Software can automatically begin processing the files in KODAK PRINERGY Workflow. The application is available at no charge to customers who upgrade to version 6.5.


Kodak Launches KODAK PRINERGY Workflow Connectivity to EFI FIERY Digital Print Servers

Rochester, NY -- Kodak has teamed up with EFI to develop connectivity between KODAK PRINERGY Workflow and EFI FIERY Digital Print Servers, providing print service providers with a fully-integrated solution that allows them to manage jobs for multiple offset and digital devices from a single user interface. Using a centralized workflow in an offset and digital blended production environment drives higher levels of automation and increased job control, both of which are key to delivering profitable print across different job sizes and run lengths.

Attendees at last year’s EFI Connect annual users’ conference were the first to see a live technology demonstration of this solution. After completion of a successful testing program, this connectivity is now commercially available.

“The release of this PRINERGY Workflow connectivity with FIERY Servers demonstrates that Kodak remains committed to the success of our customers. This integration allows them to maximize their existing technology investments and cut costs from the manufacturing process,” said Jon Bracken, Kodak’s General Manager of Unified Workflow Solutions. “It also represents another milestone in the evolution of PRINERGY Workflow as a true unified workflow solution that enhances productivity in any printing environment.”



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