At IPEX 98, New Digital TechnologyNovember 1998
New Imagers Among Us
In the realm of imagesetters, launches of note included the Screen Katana 5040, with a maximum imaging width of 15.7˝, and Screen Katana 5055, boasting a speed of 72˝ per minute across a width of 21.6˝. ECRM's latest launch, StingRay, will compete directly in a market previously served only by drum-based imagesetters. The StingRay line currently has two versions, StingRay 6300, with a 25˝ width, and StingRay 5200, holding a 20.5˝ width. The 6300's width enables it to produce eight-up impositions.
New Workflow on Block
Fuji Photo Film introduced Valiano, a workflow management and tracking solution that runs under NT using Microsoft SQL server database software.
Valiano will manage and track scanning, image input, image archiving, file interpretation, business management and output. With Valiano, Fujifilm offers its version of the ever-more-critical accessible audit trail. Valiano is designed to be linked to a variety of OPI servers and to manage output to both Fujifilm imagesetters and platesetters, as well as output systems from other manufacturers.
Look for an update from events at the recent Graph Expo in the December Printing Impressions.