BDT Media Automation GmbH is pleased to announce that Kodak has adopted the TPF–550 Long Sheet Deep Pile Feeder by BDT for the KODAK NEXPRESS Digital Production Color Press Platform, making Kodak the first manufacturer to implement the TPF–550 Feeder onto a digital press. Kodak will be exhibiting the combined NEXPRESS Press and TPF-550 Feeder at the GRAPH EXPO 15 International in Chicago, Ill, USA from Sept. 13—16, 2015.
The TPF-550 Feeder incorporates the revolutionary patented BDT Tornado technology for media separation, lift and transport. The fully electronic control of the Tornado technology allows for media feed parameters to be stored in the feeder memory and used to automatically configure the unit.
With the new feed capabilities, NEXPRESS Platform users will see enhanced productivity. The TPF-550 Feeder supports the current media range of the NEXPRESS Platform and extends the press capability to feed format lengths up to 39.37”/1000mm for the full range of substrates from 60gsm uncoated to 352gsm coated. The TPF-550 Feeder provides enhanced feeding reliability with problematic media such as light porous or heavy coated stock. Specialty media like plastics, magnetic and thick substrates can also be fed. Job changeover time is significantly reduced due to automation during the setup process.
“The ability to print longer sheets with the NEXPRESS Digital Production Color Press Platform has been a tremendous success, as we experience strong adoption and upgrades by both new and existing customers,” said Leonard Christopher, Worldwide NEXPRESS Product Manager, Eastman Kodak Company. “Our customers are using the long sheets for highly unique and high value applications such as pocket folders, book dust jackets and photo collages. The robust feed technology provided by the BDT TPF-550 Feeder has broadened the scope of the types of applications our customers are able to develop for their clients, a flexibility that sets us apart from the competition.”
“We are very pleased to be working with Kodak to integrate the TPF-550 Feeder into the successful NEXPRESS Platform product line”, said Ralf Hipp, Executive Vice President of Print Media Handling at BDT. “The advanced feed capabilities of the TPF-550 Feeder pair extremely well with the versatility and automated operation of the NEXPRESS Platform. The combination will lead to enhanced productivity and improved ease of use for NEXPRESS Platform users.”
To see a demonstration of the TPF-550 Feeder visit the Kodak booth #823 at GRAPH EXPO 2015 International. Also visit the BDT booth #3855 at GRAPH EXPO to see the Tornado technology in action.