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Garlich Printing--Lights! Camera! CTP!

June 2000
As a leader in computer-to-plate technologies, Garlich Printing was selected as the site of Creo's recent video shoot. Having wholeheartedly embraced CTP, Garlich is "airing" its expertise of the technology.


BY CHERYL A. ADAMS


Most employees are bound to get the "heebie-jeebies" when informed they are having their picture taken—be it for a magazine article, a company press release or even a self-promo brochure. Posing for a professional, corporate photograph is enough to make any worker nervous.

But having a still picture taken isn't nearly as nerve-racking as having a film crew show up at your door. That's when you really start sweating bullets. Right?

Not if you're Garlich Printing.

This family owned firm was selected as the site of Creo's recent video shoot because of Garlich's many achievements, particularly its mastery of computer-to-plate.

As a high-end commercial printer, St. Louis-based Garlich (pronounced garlic) Printing has "wholeheartedly embraced CTP," says Vice President Brad Garlich, who heads sales and customer service. "Our niche is that we continue to positively and significantly impact the quality process of color management and replication."

At the core of its PostScript-based prepress environment is a Xinet FullPress OPI and file-serving system. Eleven G4 Mac workstations running three shifts drive Garlich's three eight-up Creo output engines—a Trendsetter 3244F, a Trendsetter Spectrum and a Proofsetter Spectrum.

Although Garlich Printing produces no film, Vice President Don Hockenbury, head of production, explains that it can accept furnished film and incorporate it into its PostScript environment via a Purup-Eskofot EskoScan 2024 copydot scanner. With a DS digital drum scanner, Imation Digital Laser Matchprint and DuPont Thermal Dylux proofing systems, the company closes the digital "loop," he reports.

Embracing CTP
Garlich installed its first two Creo digital platesetters in March 1999, and its third this past February.

"There is no single point of failure in our prepress workflow," Hockenbury contends. "Two of our three Creo digital output devices can generate plates, two can generate Imation Laser Matchprint proofs, and all three can generate double-sided DuPont Thermal Dylux proofs."

"Since embracing CTP technology, we raised our default line ruling standards from a 150-line screen on coated paper and a 133-line screen on uncoated paper to a 200-line screen on coated and a 150-line screen on uncoated grades," he continues. "Creo's SquareSpot Imaging Technology allows us to more finely control color on press."

Furthermore, proofing time has been reduced by 50 percent, plating time has been reduced by at least 50 percent and press makeready time has been reduced significantly, Hockenbury notes. "Yet our quality level has improved, all registration issues have been eliminated and a new, broader range of quality control measures have been introduced."

 

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