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Digital bytes 5-01

May 2001

In other news, Print Craft, a New Brighton, MN-based print marketing services provider with 180 employees, has installed a 74 Karat press in its previously all-Heidelberg press facility.

PLYMOUTH, MN—Scoville Press recently upgraded one of its two ImageMaker B2 CTP systems to include thermal imaging. The device, manufactured by Purup-Eskofot, originally was configured with an argon-ion laser. The company reports it installed the four-up imaging systems because their size format fit its half-web presses. (www.scoville.com)

TOTOWA, NJ—Pitman Co. has sold a second Agfa Polaris 100 platemaking machine to Southwest Offset Printers in Los Angeles. The printer also has taken an option for a third Polaris and an Agfa Galileo platesetter. In addition, Southwest reportedly plans to use Agfa N91 CTP plates, supplied by Pitman, exclusively in its operations. The company prints four daily and 28 weekly publications in the Los Angeles market. (www.pitmanco.com)

PITTSBURGH—The Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF) has received a donation from Agfa Corp. of an Apogee Series2 PDF production system. The modular system includes new versions of the Apogee Pilot, PDF RIP and PrintDrive components, along with Apogee Create—the desktop tool for use by designers/creatives to generate PDF files. (www.gain.net)

RACINE, WI—Prisma thermal CTP printing plates from Printing Developments Inc. (PDI) have been qualified by ECRM Imaging Systems for use on its DesertCat 88 thermal imaging devices. The DesertCat 88 is an eight-up, external-drum platesetter. Prisma is a bimetal (copper-on-aluminum) plate that requires no pre- or post-bake processes. (www.ecrm.com and www.pdiplates.com)

CAMBRIDGE, MA—Banta Integrated Media reports its B-media enterprise content management software recently was used by XYAN Inc. to cut the total production time for a major catalog project by more than 30 percent. Ferguson Enterprises' 2001 product catalog features more than 40,000 product listings and 10,000 images in its 1,244 pages. All of these elements were entered into the database, then pages were automatically composed in QuarkXPress using a proprietary "page sprayer" pagination engine developed by Banta Integrated Media. (www.banta-im.com and www.xyan.com)

BEDFORD, MA—The Digital Printing Group of CreoScitex, a division of Creo Products, has expanded its Variable Information Partner program. The original list of participating vendors included Atlas, GMC, PageFlex, PrintSoft and Xerox. The new partners are Document Sciences, which supports high-volume applications, and XMPiE, a developer of cross-media personalized marketing solutions. (www.creoscitex.com)

WALTHAM, MA—Harlequin Inc. and Motorola Computer Group have formed a strategic alliance to incorporate Harlequin's RIP technology into Motorola's imaging control boards. The boards are targeted for use in mid-range to high-end copiers, printers, multi-function peripherals, large-format printers and digital printing systems. (www.harlequin.com)
 

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