CTF -- Drumming up Business
Fujifilm Sumo Luxel F9000
According to the manufacturer, the Fujifilm Sumo Luxel F9000 imagesetter line overcomes the productivity limits inherent in rotating spinner mirrors by offering multi-laser configurations. Up to three independent lasers are controlled by patented AOD (Acousto-Optic Deflector) technology to ensure the laser beams are perfectly aligned. With three lasers, the device can image a maximum of 58 full-size flats per hour, or 2,703 square inches per minute, at 1,219 dpi. The imagesetter's inverted "C" drum design is said to minimize dust on film, and an acclimatization area enhances media stability.
Heidelberg Primesetter 102
Heidelberg's Primesetter 102 internal-drum imagesetter provides an imaging area of 30.3x42.1˝, mirroring the printing format of the Speedmaster SM 102. The unit's internal drum rides on a vibration-free mount to absorb jolts and bumps from the environment, preventing artifacts. In addition, the Primesetter transports the media on a cushion of air and holds it in place with vacuum force to prevent scratching and to ensure image quality. It can image up to 19 flats per hour at 1,270 dpi. Automatic Page Positioning, Visual Automatic Page Positioning and Mixed Mode programs enable individual pages to be output without wasting material.
Purup-Eskofot ImageMaker B1
The ImageMaker B1 CtF system has a 32.3x42.5˝ format size and is able to image 1,205 square inches per minute at 1,270 dpi. The machine can be upgraded in the field to image digital metal plates with an argon-ion, FD-YAG, or thermal YAG laser. Its cast-iron drum protects against the effects of vibration, and fluctuations in temperature and humidity. The OptoLink system increases dot sharpness by separating the laser from the imaging carriage. A three-roll magazine holds up to 600 feet of film or polyester plate (8mil) material online. Users can select from more than 20 standard punch register systems.
Screen (USA) Tanto 5120
The Tanto 5120 is an external-drum imagesetter that features a 31.9x44.1˝ format size and maximum resolution of 4,000 dpi. It is capable of imaging 1,852 square inches per minute at 1,200 dpi by utilizing a high-power LED array that simultaneously images a 120 channel-wide swath while the drum spins at up to 420 rpm. The machine handles a minimum media size of 24x32.7˝, with a low-stress loading system that is said to put minimal tension onto the media, preventing film distortion. Automatic internal punching is possible with optional punch blocks from Stoesser, Bacher, Protocol, Graphometronik and DS. An online processor also can be added.