Computer-to-plate and Thermal Advancements
The company currently has two Gerber Crescent 42 automated platesetters and a third unit in a controlled beta environment running thermal plate technology. Daniels is looking forward to the day when it is able to use the Gerber devices as "anysetters" and include the proofing of high-resolution, four-color materials in addition to plate materials.
"In the infancy of CTP, no one had a proofing system that could back up the sheet—that's extremely important when you're building press forms," reports Kevin Ruttan, chief technology officer, who works closely with Ed Linsky, manager of CTP, to oversee the company's CTP effort.
The financial printing component of Daniels is about 60 percent of the printer's work—of that, 80 to 90 percent is CTP. Ruttan sees a tremendous future ahead for CTP at Daniels Printing, which, eventually, may include thermal technologies.
"Any technologies that can allow you to work more efficiently place you way ahead of the game," Ruttan states. "If you want to win the game, that's the position you want."
In less than eight months, First Impression, a medium-sized sheetfed printer situated virtually in the shadow of Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium, took the big splash into the waters of filmless workflow.
Acting as its life preserver for CTP was technology from Screen, including the TaigaSPACE workflow, PlateRite platesetter, TruRite digital proofing device and 1065 Screen imagesetter.
The management team's mission four years ago was to bring the then-conventional prepress department up to the technological speed the company had already accomplished with its pressroom. At First Impression, CTP was implemented in two stages, under the direction of Mike Minyon, plant manager, who came to First Impression four years ago after working at a prepress house. Minyon's mission from day one at First Impression was to bring the printing company up to speed, from a digital prepress standpoint.