CTP FIELD REPORTS -- A Digital Duet
The CTP story at Creel Printing, in Las Vegas, is very similar to the previous examples, with one big exception. This sheetfed and web printer installed a Fuji Saber Luxel P-9600 CTP visible light platesetter to expose FujiFilm Brillia LPN visible light plates. Production Manager Jim Moore says he inherited the system from his predecessor, so he wasn't the one who had to make the choice between visible light and thermal imaging. Moore is satisfied with the decision, though.
"The system is certainly performing at the level we need. In fact, we're looking at installing a second unit within six months, for redundancy and added capacity," he notes. "You do need a darkroom and safelighting, but we don't see that as a problem in our operation."
The printer installed the system, its first, in March 2001. It leased the platesetter for four years, and expects to do the same with the second unit, Moore says. He estimates the shop currently is using CTP to produce at least 80 percent of its work. "The only barrier to hitting 100 percent we're seeing is that some clients have friends in the film business and want to keep doing business with them," the production manager adds.
Also operating in the visible spectrum is Quebecor World in Dubuque, IA. The printer is no shrinking violet when it comes to adapting CTP, but it has standardized on the violet imaging combo of the Agfa Galileo VXT platesetter and Litho Star Ultra-V plates.
"The decision really came down to speed," says Richard C. Dunn, vice president and general manager. "We are getting about 28 plates an hour with the violet system."
Went Green, Then Violet
The printer originally got started in CTP production in the late 1999/early 2000 timeframe with a green laser system, and then made the move to violet with the installation of a new platesetter in August of 2001, Dunn says. "We have since upgraded our original platesetter with violet imaging technology." Quebecor buys the hardware and depreciates it over five years, he adds.