Digital bytes 5-01
RADEBEUL, GERMANY—Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) announced it is assuming sole responsibility for the development, marketing, production and servicing of the 74 Karat digital color press. The move is pending official termination of the joint-venture agreement signed in 1998 by KBA and Scitex (now CreoScitex). Karat Digital Press, the 50/50 subsidiary created under that agreement, is to become a wholly owned subsidiary of KBA. (http://www.kba-print.de/en/)
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)