CTP FIELD REPORTS -- Set to Compete
Registration and repeatability of color were the big issues in American Press' decision-making process, but the printer also has since been sold on the system's Staccato FM screening. In addition, its front-end capabilities have enabled the plant to implement CIP4-based closed-loop color with its presses, he notes.
Long says his experience with CTP adoption has been a positive one. "Four years ago, I was on call 24 hours a day and frequently was on the phone with the plant in the middle of the night. Now I get to go home at 5 o'clock and generally don't talk with anybody from the company until the next day."
Platesetters: Agfa Xcalibur 45
Plates: Agfa Thermostar P970 and FujiFilm Brillia LH
Talk about making a commitment to CTP. Kirkwood Printing's installation of two Xcalibur 45 platesetters in September represents its third generation of the technology, points out Stan Monfette, prepress director. The shop had previously used another brand of thermal hardware.
"We like the quality of thermal," Monfette says. "We've had good luck with thermal plates, both in prepress and the pressroom. They are very stable; it's almost like you can set them and forget them."
The shop continues to use the Fuji plates it already was running, but it has added the Agfa plates it got as part of the package, the prepress director says. "We like the durability of the Fuji product. We bake all our plates because the dots are very soft if you don't bake them," he reports.
The printer follows that practice even though its average run length is only 5,000 impressions, Monfette says. Kirkwood produces a mix of commercial work, ranging from pocket folders to fairly large catalogs. The sheetfed shop has three (eight-, seven- and four-color) 28˝ presses and a six-color, 40˝ model, all being fed plates by the two platesetters.