Some of my proudest moments have been the times when I've served as a coach or mentor to students or young professionals as they make decisions around their education or career opportunities.
A few weeks ago I was thrilled to visit my alma mater, University of Massachusetts, where I spent the day talking with students within the business school. Most recently, I had the privilege of meeting with students who have participated in the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection program here in Rochester.
Did you know that as of July 1, 2016 , Kodak will cease support for version 5.x KODAK PREPS Imposition Software for all non-contract customers. Customers with an active service agreement will enjoy an additional six months of support until January 1, 2017 , when support will end for ALL customers. This includes KODAK PREPS PLUS, PRO, DIGITAL (XL) and OBARI Imposition Software.
Kodak first opened its manufacturing facility in Columbus, Georgia over 20 years ago. On Friday, we took a big step forward with the official opening of an expansion that will be the new home for KODAK SONORA Process Free Plate manufacturing in the Americas.
It was an exciting day in Columbus, featuring a ribbon cutting ceremony with Jeff Clarke, CEO of Eastman Kodak; Brad Kruchten, President, Print Systems Division and Senior Vice President Eastman Kodak; and local government officials. In addition to the ceremony attendees received a tour of the new state-of-the-art manufacturing line.
Maybe it really is true that all good things come in threes. For the KODAK FLEXCEL NX System, three represents the number of highly coveted PIA InterTech™ Technology Awards we have received in the past seven years-2008 for the FLEXCEL NX System, 2010 for DIGICAP NX Patterning, and now 2015 for the NX advantage . That is no small feat, as these awards are tough to earn.
Of course, this award is great news for us (and yes, we have been celebrating!); it is also an acknowledgement of the incredible work our R&D teams and engineers put into improving the system and looking for ways to make it more robust and more capable with every new development. More importantly, this award tells our customers and prospects that this is a system that continues to evolve and improve. It is a system that is a wise investment, one that is developed by a team that truly understands the challenges and opportunities in flexo, and knows how to address them.
In print, we understand that managing color is one of the most important parts of the production process. Without consistent, repeatable and accurate color control, printers can't be relied on to produce high quality jobs, hit deadlines, or stay on budget. Yet today, even with the tremendous strides the print industry has made in automation and digital technologies, color management primarily remains a manual process. The main challenges for maintaining peak color integrity comes from a lack of finite internal resources - mainly staff size, technical skill sets, and of course, time. But printers and vendors only expect the amount of color critical work to increase; so what now?
During June's GUA Conference in San Antonio, color management was one of the most openly discussed topics, along with the future of automation and the proper role of cloud. The reasons why it was such a hot topic are clear. Color management has two primary benefits: reducing the amount of rejected work and reducing the number of reprints. Basically, it keeps you from spending money to fix mistakes. Color management software integration can sometimes draw ambivalence due to predetermined conclusions about the complexity of technological integration and potential challenges of redefining business models. But really, color management tools deliver limited complexity, reduction of human error by removing manual touch points, and output improvement sure to keep current clients coming back for more. It also has the massive potential to open windows to new markets and attract new customers requiring color critical work.