Is Your CTP Device or Digital Press Vulnerable to Hacking?

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If you have an older platemaking system or digital press, you should be taking some steps to protect your print business from computer viruses and other forms of cyber attacks. The recent “WannaCry” ransomware used a flaw in Microsoft’s software to lock files so they couldn’t be used until the user paid a ransom to cyber criminals, and new malware is being developed and released continuously.

Cyber attacks can cause costly interruptions and loss of data for any business, and print businesses are no exception. Printers that are using older equipment or equipment purchased secondhand could be particularly vulnerable.

Below are recommendations from Kodak on some things you can do to protect the Digital Front End of your NexPress Press or workstation of your Kodak Platesetter, so you can keep running without interruption from possible future software attacks.

Enable Automatic Software Updates

Be sure to install and enable the Automatic Updates provided by Microsoft. Automatic Updates are enabled by default on Windows Server 2012 operating systems, but they must be manually enabled on Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2003 operating systems. We recommend that you manually enable these updates to allow Microsoft to send out any future emergency updates that will protect your server/workstation.

When you enable the Automatic Updates for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2003 operating systems, it may take up to two hours to install all the updates. You can schedule the update to take place at a specific time that is convenient for you.

Please note that you must be logged in as the Administrator or a member of the Administrator’s group to modify Automatic Updates. If the server is connected to a network, the network policy settings may prevent you from enabling Automatic Updates. Contact your IT department if you need assistance.

Upgrade your System

Microsoft no longer supports Windows Server 2000, Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP operating systems and therefore has no commitment to provide future security updates. If your server is running one of these unsupported operating systems, the safest course of action would be to upgrade your system.

Kodak currently has aggressive promotions designed to make upgrading to the latest technology easy and affordable. Contact your sales representative for more information.

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Kodak Sonora Plates Now Used By 1,800 Customers Worldwide

Since the announcement of our 1,000th customer for KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates in July 2014, Kodak’s customer base has continued to grow dramatically. There are now more than 1,800 customers using SONORA Plates, and strong global growth is projected to continue.

The enthusiastic adoption of Kodak’s process-free plates stems from both their economic and environmentalKodakSonora_graphic_Energy benefits. SONORA Process Free Plates eliminate the processing step required by traditional thermal plates and provide significant energy, water, and waste reductions without requiring printers to make sacrifices on productivity or print capabilities.

In Asia, Kodak shipped SONORA Plates to more than 200 customers  during 2014, with that number expected to increase in 2015. To support this demand, we recently upgraded our Xiamen, China, plate plant to manufacture SONORA Plates.

Kodak and SPPC Expand Collaboration to Inspire Next Generation of Printing Industry Professionals

21_CeremonyThe Shanghai Publishing and Printing College (SPPC) was established in 1953 as the first center of education dedicated to the printing and publishing sector. Its influence on the industry’s development over the past 60 years has been significant. The schools training facilities, printing labs, and investment in first-rate printing technology has turned out over 50,000 graduates who enter the workforce with a strong technical foundation and excellent business management skills.

Kodak’s relationship with the SPPC began in 2010, when the school invested in a KODAK FLEXCEL NX Digital Flexographic System, making it the first installation in China. This investment continues the school’s longstanding commitment to equip students with the capabilities to excel in one of the world’s most dynamic printing markets. As China’s packaging sector continues to expand and brands demand more creative packaging solutions, the FLEXCEL System is exposing students to a range of new applications that will shift what’s possible well into the future. Besides that, Kodak’s leading inkjet printing solutions are also under consideration of SPPC’s new investment to teach their students.

At last month’s All in Print Tradeshow in Shanghai, Kodak deepened its collaboration with the SPCC with the signing of the “New Technology Innovations” partnership. (more…)

China’s Dynamic Printing Market

The impressive growth story of the All-in-Print China trade show, which kicks off at the Shanghai Expo Center on November 14th, reflects the health and vigor of China’s burgeoning printing sector. From the show’s debut in 2003, the number of exhibitors has grown from 480 to over 800 while the number of attendees has increased by 15% annually, to top out at over 100,000 in 2014. Today, China is the world’s second largest printing market, with output exceeding one trillion yuan (US $160M) and employing over 3.4 million people. All in PrintIt’s not only the size of the market that is interesting. The innovation and entrepreneurial spirit of China’s printing sector continues to get stronger every year.  Kodak is proud to be working with a range of leading printers that are spearheading entirely new printing models, like Print-on-Demand book publishing, variable data printing for newspapers and anti-counterfeiting measures in the pharmaceutical sector. The market is also taking strides to become more environmentally sustainable, a priority for China’s major printing associations. At the show, Kodak will honor Beijing Shengtong Printing Co. as the winner of the inaugural SONORA Plate Green Leaf Award for the Asia-Pacific region.

We will be showcasing this terrific work at our 200 square meter booth (#W1-B431) at the Expo center. But, we’re also taking a fresh approach to demonstrate Kodak’s latest technology innovations and winning applications for the commercial print, publishing and packaging sectors. A complimentary Kodak shuttle bus will transport participants to Kodak’s new Asia Pacific Technology Center to experience live demos of Kodak printing technology and see how it can be applied to grow their business, reduce operating costs and help them become more sustainable. It’s an exciting time to be in China, and we’re honored to have the opportunity to contribute to this dynamic market’s growth!

Kodak Celebrates Manufacturing Milestone with the Installation of 20,000th KODAK SQUARESPOT Thermal Imaging Head

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Kodak has reached the installation of its 20,000th award‐winning KODAK SQUARESPOT Thermal Imaging Head, the industry’s gold standard in imaging technology. As the developers of thermal computer‐to‐plate (CTP) technology, Kodak makes the only CTP Systems that utilize KODAK SQUARESPOT Imaging Technology, giving customers the competitive advantage needed to reach a higher level of stability, accuracy and reliability within their operation.

SQUARESPOT Imaging Technology has been a successful and long‐lasting part of Kodak’s portfolio, and the print industry, for almost 20 years. The technology was first introduced as the viable alternative to visible‐light CTP systems and today remains the first choice for printers looking for superior imaging technology capable of premium offset print quality. KODAK TRENDSETTER, KODAK MAGNUS and KODAK GENERATION NEWS Platesetters with SQUARESPOT Imaging Technology help to reduce chemistry usage, plate waste, remakes and make‐ready times supporting customers’ sustainability goals. (more…)

Kodak to Demonstrate Leading Print Solutions Portfolio at ExpoPrint Latin America 2014

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Kodak’s broad portfolio of innovative offset and digital solutions on display at Booth # E-18 and partner booths

Kodak will showcase its broad portfolio of innovative solutions for print, publishing and packaging specialists at ExpoPrint Latin America booth E-18 in Sao Paulo from July 16 – 22. ExpoPrint 2014, held every four years, is recognized as the largest and most prestigious event for graphics professionals in Latin America and is anticipated to draw more than 200,000 visitors from more than 15 countries.

“Latin America is a key growth market for Kodak and ExpoPrint 2014 is at the heart of innovation stemming from the region,” said Gustavo Oviedo, Managing Director, Latin America and Chief Customer Officer, Emerging Geography, Eastman Kodak Company. “We are excited and look forward to demonstrating new technologies and showcasing the strength of our overall portfolio for this important market at ExpoPrint.”

Kodak is one of 50 top worldwide suppliers who will demonstrate the latest printing solutions and technology trends at ExpoPrint 2014. Kodak will make several announcements and host live theatre presentations in Kodak’s K-Zone, spotlighting the following product portfolios: (more…)

Creative Print Advertising

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McDonalds print ad featuring a box of fries carved out of a potato

While the growth of digital media has certainly impacted print-advertising revenues, there is no question it’s still a very important medium for brands to connect with their customers.

At Kodak, we’ve been meeting with a lot of publishing customers to help them understand how new printing technologies are helping to transform print into a more dynamic and engaging platform for brands. We found this collection of creative print-advertising campaigns extremely inspiring and further proof that print is still very much a powerful medium.

 

 

Driving volume through our existing install bases helps both Kodak and Our customers – See How

high-volume_printingPrint volume increases for our existing base of products that was established prior to 2013 are critical to our overall corporate financial performance.  Although we often hear about product-based solutions being installed in customer sites, we need to celebrate the consumables, annuities and service that are generated by our existing install base.

  • Prosper print volume increased more than 30% in 2013 with more than 80% of our Prosper customers experiencing that growth
  • Flexcel NX plate volume increased in double digits in 2013
  • Nexpress print volumes increased from presses delivering the best financial performance year ever

So “Thank You !” to all of the Sales, Marketing, Business Development,  Service & Support, Customer Service, and other employees who spend a great deal of your time thinking about how to increase “Same Device Print Growth” with our current customers – this drives the Lifetime Value of our customers which is so critical to our overall success.  (more…)

KODAK JAPAN TEAM GO FOR GOLD!

First Nexpress Gold Installation: Sankyo Printing Co., Ltd. Gold Solution

CUSTOMER PROFILE
Sankyo primary business focuses on high-volume printing using four Web presses. They also were a non Kodak Customer with an equipment portfolio: Screen’s workflow and Output Device, Fuji Film GS’s plate and Xerox’s POD.
BUSINESS DEMAND
With no in house solutions, Sankyo outsourced short-run printing increasing costs and quality control. Top management recognized increasing needs for short-run on demand printing and were looking for a new press to meet the market demand and to bring the work in house. Kodak Japan proposed NexPress Gold solution to reduce their costs, differentiate from competition with GOLD feature, print in house and capitalize on growing market demand.

Mr. Sugiyama, President of Sankyo, said they will proactively expand their business promoting NexPress GOLD Solution.