By: E&P Staff
Lee Enterprises has installed Kodak’s Ink Optimizing Service at 12 dailies in 10 states over the last several months, reducing ink expenses by 20-25%.
With its ink optimizing, Kodak provides an ICC DeviceLink profile that plugs into the Kodak Prinergy Workflow. Based on the ICC DeviceLink profile, separated image files go through gray component removal (GCR), which reduces ink consumption by replacing CMY inks with less-expensive black ink, while limiting the total area coverage to a predefined level.
GCR lowers ink consumption by up to 25%, depending on image content. Using Kodak Staccato Screening enables further ink savings. Kodak’s Ink Optimizing Service also reduces waste and makeready time, enhances reproduction fidelity, and improves stability on press.
After evaluating “a number of competitive solutions at our newspaper in Billings, Montana, to determine which one would provide the greatest cost benefits,” Lee Production Vice President and Chief Information Officer Brian Kardell said in a statement, the Kodak solution was chosen for its integration with the existing Prinergy Evo workflow. “Ink savings have met our expectations and we also see enhancements to the quality of photos.”