CTP FIELD REPORTS -- Set to Compete
The printer decided a semi-automatic machine was the best configuration for a company its size. "The level of expertise it takes for someone to run this machine is very low. Any one of about 10 people in our shop can burn plates," Kettlewell points out. "We didn't think it was worth the added investment to go with a fully automatic device."
Even though the shop had been outputting film, it really didn't have an electronic workflow in place. "Having a completely automated workflow is a very welcomed asset. Implementing a new PDF-based workflow required a bit of a learning curve, but we were able to do all the training in-house. We're now able to push 30 to 40 percent more jobs through the department with the same number of people."
Pinnacle was able to eliminate a conventional stripper, but the change meant learning electronic imposition. "We designated one person to take the lead in each of two or three workflow areas, with backup from the other department members. We now run our digital prepress department with three to four people who have been cross-trained."
There are other benefits to adopting CTP that may not be so easy to quantify. "These days one is constantly reading negative things about the business, so our industry needs a boost. Our company saw this investment as a potential shot in the arm. It has proven to be the best sales tool we've ever come up with, as well as boosted employee morale and excitement," he claims.
All Service Graphics
Platesetter: Esko-Graphics PlateDriver
Plates: Agfa Lithostar Ultra LAP-V
Technology: 5mW violet
Owner Don Gust approached the CTP buying decision for his company a little differently. In an age when digital prepress equipment can be seen as obsolete in three years, he planned on a five- to 15-year time frame.