CTP Systems -- Violet Support Isn't Shrinking
Galileo is an internal-drum system available in a four- or eight-up (44.5x32.29˝ maximum) format, with a choice of semi or fully automatic configurations. The platesetter is offered in standard and high-speed versions, for up to 22 (eight-up) plates per hour at 2,400 dpi, in the latter case.
Palladio is Agfa's four-up (B2) flatbed platesetter line. A new manual loading version, targeted to entry-level users, handles a maximum 21.6x25˝ plate size and outputs 17 plates per hour at 2,400 dpi. The original, fully automatic version images a maximum 25x29.9˝ plate format and exposes up to 20 plates per hour at 2,400 dpi. It supports a maximum resolution of 3,000 dpi.
ECRM Imaging Systems positions its new Mako 8 CTP as a cost-effective eight-page (45x32.4˝ maximum plate size) solution. It features a straight-through plate path for simple operation and output speed of up to 15 B1 plates per hour. An integrated register system uses the same registration notches as the press and can be changed in a few seconds.
Mako 4matic is a new automatic version of ECRM's four-page model that delivers in excess of 20 plates per hour at 2,540 dpi (maximum resolution is 3,556 dpi). The machine can accommodate plate sizes between 15.15x15.15˝ and 25x36.5˝, with plates stored in a light-tight cassette and automatically fed to the integrated pin registration system. Both the cassette and pinbar can be changed in minutes to accommodate different plate sizes and/or press registration systems.
Esko-Graphics has expanded its violet platesetter product line with PlateDriver 6 Auto and Semi versions, along with the entry-level PlateDriver Compact four-up (24.2x29.3˝ maximum plate size) machine. All models, including its other four- and eight-up machines, utilize a 60mW FreeBeam violet laser.
PlateDriver 6 Semi and Auto are designed to support four- and six-up sheetfed presses, plus a range of commercial webs, up to a plate size of 26.7x36.6˝. The platesetters offer a resolution range from 1,200 to 3,200 dpi and produce up to 25 plates per hour at 2,400 dpi or 33 plates with the high-speed (HS) version.