CTP--The Digital DRUPA
Expect Agfa's Apogee Series2—at least—PDF production system to drive the company's collection of Galileos, including the thermal Galileo, Galileo T. Apogee Series2 is an enhanced version of Agfa's PDF-based production workflow. The recent incarnation sports the new module, Apogee Create, which makes reliable PDF masters.
Creo (and perhaps, if regulatory approval is granted prior to DRUPA 2000, Creo/Scitex) will support its fleet of thermal platesetting devices, including the VLF Trendsetter Autoloader (AL), Creo's plate loading and unloading system that fits onto VLF Trendsetter systems. Creo and joint-venture partner Heidelberg Prepress will emphasize the Prinergy PDF-based work-flow, linked to the Heidelberg/Creo Trendsetter Spectrum digital halftone proofing system. The system uses a common RIP, resolution, linescreen, screen angle and thermal imaging technology to image both proofs and plates.
The Creo Proofsetter Spectrum achieves the same degree of integrity in a dedicated, standalone proofing solution, which utilizes Creo's SQUAREspot thermal imaging technology to replicate files, dot-for-dot, on both proof and plate.
Turning to Scitex—or, depending on how one looks at it at present, Creo/Scitex—the Lotem thermal platesetters will command Scitex's thermal utput attentions at DRUPA 2000. The Lotem 800V2, which was a major emphasis for Scitex at GRAPH EXPO 1999, is an enhanced version of the company's Lotem 800V system.
With its 48-beam laser head, the Lotem 800V2 platesetter is capable of imaging up to 16 pressready plates per hour.
One would anticipate that the Lotem family, including the four-up Lotem 400V, the Lotem XL for large-format output and the LotemFlex 40/45 flexsetter for flexographic packaging applications, would be on hand at DRUPA 2000, but Creo's recent acquisition of the digital prepress contingent of Scitex may alter expectations.
Fujifilm plans to showcase its PlateJet 4 and PlateJet 8 visible-light platesetters and the company's eight-page Javelin Luxel T9000 830nm thermal platesetter. Featuring an output productivity of 12 plates per hour at 2,400 dpi, the Fuji Javelin offers an automatic internal plate punch that provides quick repeatability. Javelin users have the versatility to mount up to eight optional punch blocks for a variety of punches, based on an array of plate sizes and press specifications.