|Kodak APEX modular dry lab system|
Nic Rossmüller : February 4th 2008 - 21:45 CET
Kodak APEX modular dry lab system : At the PMA, Kodak introduced the new Kodak Adaptive Picture Exchange (APEX), its powerful new modular, behind-the-counter thermal dry lab system. The APEX system marries multiple innovations with Kodak’s market-proven applications a combination that provides retailers with unprecedented adaptability, ease-of-use, flexibility and scalability to quickly and easily produce profitable, high quality photo products, while dramatically reducing retailer costs and complexity. At the show, Digital Imaging Marketing Association (DIMA) awarded Kodak and the APEX system with its prestigious “DIMA Innovative Digital Product Award,” which further demonstrates the breakthrough nature of the product.|
Kodak Adaptive Picture Exchange dry lab system
“Retailers need solutions that provide dramatic profitability improvements while minimizing capital expenditure and risk in order to position themselves today and for the future,” said Nicki Zongrone, general manager of Kodak’s Retail Systems Solutions Group and vice president, Eastman Kodak Company. “Only the APEX system combines powerful new innovations with the proven technologies in more than 90,000 Kodak Picture Kiosks around the globe today, letting retailers take advantage of the investments they’ve already made. The new system is likely the most advanced lab solution ever launched in photo retailing, with a host of signature features including adaptability, profitability, simplicity and efficiency in an eco-friendly design that leverages proven, winning Kodak retail printing solutions right out of the box.”
Kodak dry lab system - Flexibility
The total solution allows retailers to offer a wide selection of exciting, profitable products while also substantially reducing costs. Through greater ease of operation and flexibility, the new system reduces setup and training time and increases employee productivity. Additional efficiencies and retailer profit opportunity come from the combination of new simple user interface design, substantially reduced number of media types, and the connectable and modular small footprint core design and low capital cost.
Kodak APEX system - Products
New components within APEX include the Kodak 7000 Photo Printer, Kodak XtraLife II Paper, Kodak DL2100 Duplex Printer, new Kodak Adaptive Picture Exchange Workstation/APEX Workstation with advanced high-speed processing and Kodak’s APEX software, and a highly ergonomic and easy to use overall design. The adaptive system allows retailers to scale from low to high volume environments, as business needs expand. Because the components of Kodak’s APEX system are so modular, a retailer can choose from dozens of configuration options to best meet their needs.
Kodak 7000 Photo Printer & Kodak XtraLife II Paper
The Kodak 7000 Photo Printer, a new 5th generation design, combines Kodak’s experience and the proven reliability in thermal printing with new retailer friendly features that provide more flexibility and profit opportunity than ever before. APEX is the world’s first retail system to combine ribbon optimization and dual finish features to cost effectively allow a broad range of print sizes and finishes from one media SKU. Only Kodak offers this innovative combination of technologies found in the Kodak 7000 Photo Printer with new Kodak XtraLife II Paper that makes the system 1-2-3 easy.
Kodak DL2100 Duplex Printer
The new Kodak DL2100 Duplex Printer enables retailers to quickly and easily create Kodak quality double-sided photobooks, calendars and greeting cards in a very small footprint device. The printer uses new LED based electro-photographic technology that ensures the highest quality at high speeds with higher reliability than laser solutions due to substantially reduced moving parts. Only the Kodak DL2100 Duplex Printer delivers the combination of Kodak image science, high-speed performance, reliability and low price to the retail printing industry.
Kodak Adaptive Picture Exchange Workstation
At the heart of the system, the new APEX workstation integrates a high-speed dual-core processor and powerful new APEX workflow management software with a new user interface in order to ensure rapid processing and ultimate ease-of-use. Retailers can connect to up to 13 Kodak G3, G4 or G4X order stations and direct rendering-intensive tasks to the APEX workstation for faster processing, providing improved consumer satisfaction, minimized lines and therefore improved profit potential. Retailers can also connect to their own websites or to external service and product providers. With the system, retailers can accept, manage and produce premium product orders. These products include the Kodak Picture Movie DVD, the only solution of its kind made right in the store in minutes with original artist music, as well as posters and single-sided or duplex photo books, calendars, collages and greeting cards using the optimum printing technology for each application.
State of the Art Functional Design
Kodak’s APEX system leverages new scalable and modular cabinetry designs in order to ensure maximum efficiency in retailer environments while bringing the form and function of the photofinishing department into the 21st century. The new cabinets, when combined with the new equipment, allow for a small footprint while enabling maximum dollar per square footage for retailers.