DIGITAL digest 905
Citiplate Runs the Table With No-Process Plates
WESTBURY, NY—Citiplate Imaging Technologies has announced a triple technology breakthrough in no-process plate coatings. This new family of photopolymer formulations from the manufacturer's No-Process Imaging Group makes it possible for users of thermal or violet CTP platesetters and conventional plate imaging systems to go straight to press, with no processing step.
Digital and analog plates based on this technology are said to "self develop" on-press within a few turns of the press cylinders. Citiplate reports being in discussion with U.S. distribution companies about carrying the plates it will manufacture. The first such arrangements are to be negotiated in the two- and four-up (under 24˝) market segments.
According to the manufacturer, the no-process thermal plate technology images at 830nm and is currently released in controlled sales to resellers and distributors. Its violet formulation can be exposed by the latest generation of 405nm laser diode platesetters and is slated for commercialization in late 2005 or early 2006.
The no-process conventional plate, which already has been released, can be imaged in a standard contact frame using a diazo, UV or multi-spectrum bulb. It also can be imaged at 368nm by a computer-to-conventional plate UV platesetter. (www.citiplate.com)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA—G2 Graphic Service, a family owned company, has installed a Xerox iGen3 110 digital production press. Its unit features the oversize option with a maximum sheet size of 14.33x22.5˝. (www.xerox.com)
ROCHESTER, NY—Kodak's Graphic Communications Group (GCG) has introduced a new "Certified Process for Color Confirmation" for its Veris proofer. The system checks that a proof complies with the color standards (industry or user-defined) specified for that job, then prints the appropriate color-managed color test strip on the proof, confirms that the specified color tolerances have been achieved and prints a proof-specific certification label. (www.kodak.com)
PALO ALTO, CA—HP has logged several installs of its digital color presses. Proven Direct in Menomonee Falls, WI, has added an HP Indigo press 3050 to build on the capacity of its existing HP Indigo press 3000. Having installed an HP Indigo press 5000 at its facility in Irvine, CA, Vertis is looking to expand its one-to-one marketing and short-run direct mail printing services. Communication Specialists in Austin, TX, is employing an HP Indigo press 3050 and DL-100 variable data software from Printable Technologies to increase the volume of its color personalized print business. Ward/Kraft in Fort Scott, KS, has upgraded to an HP Indigo press 3050. (www.hp.com)