Expanding the Sheetfed Operation?More Than the Metal

To date, the LPY plate is delivering for Cosmos Communications, which specializes in the printing of coin and stamp catalogs.

So, why did Cosmos go CTP?

Tom Ayala, general manager, explains this printer’s position on electronic prepress.

“Competition was our catalyst to CTP,” Ayala explains. “CTP paves the way for quicker makeready, faster turnaround and more competitive pricing. It was the logical move. CTP has been an invaluable step forward for this sheetfed operation.”

Currently, the facility operates at 90-percent CTP, and, thanks to its investment in digital prepress technology, has reduced its film consumption by up to 20 percent. Ayala reports that CTP has allowed Cosmos to bid for—and win—print jobs the company otherwise would have passed up.

Cosmos is just one example.

For many sheetfed printers, the move to CTP is simply the implementation of a smart business plan. The sheetfed printer’s desire to move to CTP is based on the company’s marketing objectives, as well as customer demands and anticipated customer needs.

Some industry experts believe a CTP workflow fits best in a sheetfed site that already has a strong server and digital workflow in process or, at least, in the planning. It also helps if the printer’s customers are already sold on the concept of digital proofing.

Carqueville Printing of Streamwood, IL, is one such digitally minded sheetfed printer looking to make the move to CTP. Jim Ericksen, prepress manager at Carqueville Graphics, explains: “We have invested a substantial amount of time researching CTP and a total digital workflow. In our search we have gleaned many attractive reasons for investing in CTP. The obvious reasons would be the elimination of several existing variables, such as film processing, film exposure and changes in film sensitivity, all of which will affect dot gain and color control.

“Also, misregistration can occur in stripping, and other variables in conventional platemaking can affect the process, such as contact vacuum and misregistration of frame or stepped films.”

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