CTP--The Digital DRUPA
After DRUPA 1995, every major manufacturer introduced a thermal plate. While these plate companies were just getting started in thermal products, Kodak Polychrome Graphics was striding ahead to realize the full potential of thermal technology. One result was the company's Electra 830 plate, the first widely available no-preheat thermal product. Notes Dave Bartram, worldwide plate marketing manager, CTP, for Kodak Polychrome Graphics, "The Electra 830 can achieve 200,000 impressions unbaked and more than three million impressions baked."
Kodak Polychrome Graphics plans to further fuel the thermal revolution at DRUPA 2000. Mark Stewart, CEO of Kodak Polychrome Graphics, said at a recent pre-DRUPA press conference, "The company continues the long history of innovation and excellence of its parents, Eastman Kodak and Sun Chemical, by investing tens of millions of dollars each year in its R&D projects. With a single focus on the graphic arts industry and an unequalled expertise in plates, film and proofing, Kodak Polychrome Graphics continues to translate our cutting-edge technologies into innovative products and value for customers. The results will be seen at our booth at DRUPA 2000.
"We believe our distinct positioning in this industry is to be 'The Media People' for graphic arts customers," Stewart continues. "This will be our DRUPA theme."
Kodak Polychrome Graphics believes that thermal technology will continue to be the platform for the broadest array of high-performing computer-to-plate solutions. At the same time, the company continues to investigate alternate technologies. It will be fascinating to see what products may transform the industry by DRUPA 2004.
A Creo Report:
Blue Laser vs. Thermal Platesetting
(Editor's Note: The following technical information was provided by Dave Brown, vice president, and the thermal imaging team at Creo Products.)
With more than 400 team members dedicated to research and product development, Creo continually evaluates the applicability of new technologies and solutions. The criteria we use to evaluate the feasibility of a new development include the value that it provides to the customer, its performance in a production environment and how cost-effective it would be for that customer to adopt.