Computer-to-plate

Violet vs. thermal, processless or chemfree and aluminum or polyesters plates are just some
of the issues that continue to be investigated in the computer-to-plate (CTP)  arena.

The Latest
Kodak Automates Trendsetter, Achieve Platesetters

Kodak's new Single Cassette Unit feature will enable Kodak Trendsetter and Achieve Platesetter lines to run unmanaged for up to seven and a half hours. The unit allows automated plate loading and unloading of up to 240 plates with slip sheet removal and automatic plate rotation.

Nela Starts Year Strong in North America

Nela has reported a positive first quarter with the closing of multiple orders and the completion of several installations in North America. "The beginning of 2014 exceeded our expectations and we are confident this trend will continue for the remainder of the year," said Jorge Suárez, director of sales and marketing.

Mitsubishi Imaging to Demo Thermal DigiPlate

Mitsubishi Imaging will showcase its TDP-670E Thermal DigiPlate unit that is designed to be a larger, four-up version of the dual function TDP-459E CTP and film imager unit widely used by small-format printers.

Fujifilm to Increase Prices for Newspaper Products

Despite efforts to control costs, Fujifilm North America Corp., Graphic Systems Division, announced that it is implementing price increases of up to six percent for Fujifilm branded newspaper plates and processing chemicals effective Sept. 1, 2012.

Unhappily Ever After

Every month, Steve Olson, owner of North Chicago-based Steve Olson Printing and Design, writes a check for $700 to pay for a glorified paper weight—a near-worthless CTP system acquired two years ago. At press time, Olson still owes $21,000 and he cannot, in good conscience, sell it to another printer.

Fujifilm Opens New CTP Plate Production Facility

In order to meet the growing demand for CTP products by offset printers, Fujifilm has opened a new, state-of-the-art plate manufacturing line in Tilburg, Netherlands. “The increasing digitization of offset printing has led to an incredible surge in demand for CTP technology,” said Jim Crawford, director, Consumable Products, Fujifilm North America, Graphic Systems Division.

Filling the Mid-Range Void

About two years ago, Hudson moved from a conventional, film-based platemaking process to a computer-to-plate (CTP) workflow and, in early 2010, was looking for a means to more efficiently address requests for print runs in the 5,000 to 25,000 sheet range.

Enviro Plate Considerations

Printers around the world increasingly are paying attention to reducing the environmental impact of their operations. One process that has received a great deal of attention—and that all printers can focus on—is that of plates and plate making. All major plate suppliers have made great strides in reducing the amount of chemistry and waste required to process offset lithographic printing plates.

Quick Thinking

Roundup of innovative CTP & small press installations.

Exhibitors Cop an App-itude

In the digital arena, putting
 greater emphasis on applica-
 tions and business development tools has been a growing trend among trade show exhibitors for some time. PRINT 09 kicked it up more than a notch, as the current business climate had exhibitors reducing their outlay by displaying less equipment and responding to the greater focus at printing operations on cutting costs and building sales.

Featured Resources
Matichon of Thailand Uses Kodak CTP and Plates to Grow Business

Matichon Company of Thailand uses KODAK TRENDSETTER 800 Platesetters, KODAK THERMALNEWS GOLD Digital Plates for newspaper printing and KODAK ELECTRA XD Plates for commercial printing. The results are high-quality output, greater efficiency and profitability, and a partnership with Kodak that has one of Thailand's leading newspaper, magazine and book printers poised for growth.

Kodak Trendsetter News Platesetter Using the Kodak PF-N Non Process Plate

The KODAK TRENDSETTER NEWS Platesetter offers reliable, thermal plate making at an affordable price for newspaper printers. This demo features KODAK PF-N Non Process Plates, available in the United States and Canada, giving printers high-quality, chemistry-free plate making so they can reduce costs and environmental impact. The new design of the platesetter includes a significantly smaller footprint, the latest hardware and software, and several automation options. Optimal workflow connectivity with KODAK NEWSMANAGER and PRINERGY EVO Workflow Systems. Thermal KODAK SQUARESPOT Imaging Technology is standard on every platesetter, providing the stability necessary for efficient plate making and high-quality newspaper printing.

Kodak Trendsetter News Platesetter with Plate Processor

The KODAK TRENDSETTER NEWS Platesetter offers reliable, thermal plate making at an affordable price for newspaper printers. The new design includes a significantly smaller footprint, the latest hardware and software, and several automation options. Optimal workflow connectivity with KODAK NEWSMANAGER and PRINERGY EVO Workflow Systems. Thermal KODAK SQUARESPOT Imaging Technology is standard on every platesetter, providing the stability necessary for efficient platemaking and high-quality newspaper printing.