CTP FIELD REPORTS -- Set to Compete
Nova also has realized gains in its pressroom, exceeding the savings promised by the CTP system manufacturer, Burns reports. "They said we would save 10 minutes on a makeready, but we've been saving 20 minutes per makeready just because of the better plate registration."
In addition, the shop's location meant there were city, state and federal incentives the company could take advantage of with the equipment installation. The equipment financing environment has been so favorable, the shop refinanced one of its presses a couple of months ago, he adds.
Space limitations also played in to the decision to go with a manual unit. The platesetter's ease of operation mitigates any labor concerns. "We haven't seen the need for a dedicated operator. Every person in the shop knows how to image a plate," Burns notes.
At the same time it installed the platesetter, Nova added a HP Designjet 10ps color printer with Best Software color management to do proofing. "Given our press formats, the output size was perfect for proofing," Burns says. "It works better for us than going to a Matchprint conventionally, and the cost is dramatically less."
Excell Color Graphics
Fort Wayne, IN
Platesetter: Fujifilm Saber Vx 9600
Plates: Fujifilm Brillia LPN V
Technology: 30mW violet
The timing of Excell's move to CTP-based production came as somewhat of a surprise even to its staff, reveals owner Jerry Blasing. He says the company had a more conservative digital adoption curve in mind when it started out by installing a digital color proofing system.
"We bought a Fujifilm FinalProof and started making proofs that really looked nice. Right away, everyone in the department started saying, 'If we had the digital platesetter, we could go right to plate after getting an OK on the proof.' Only a month after getting the digital proofer, we went ahead and ordered the platesetter," Blasing reports.