Computer-to-plate and Thermal Advancements
Robert Mahaffey, president of the company, and Wall went to DRUPA in May 1995 with the intention of selecting a CTP device.
What were their impressions?
Well, while there were many on display, almost every one was targeted at the 40˝ market and priced at $500,000 and up.
"We saw the Presstek device and considered it the only logical candidate based on size and price, but opted to wait for the technology to move downstream to the midsize market," Wall says.
"The thermal part of the CTP in use here has enabled us to eliminate processing and chemistry from the platemaking process, saving labor and reducing consumables. We have cut more than $100,000 in consumables from prepress this year by converting to CTP—that is by far no small number for a printer our size—plus the quality of image detail and contrast is better with thermal CTP as well as faster and more efficient."
—Marie Ranoia Alonso