Digital Patesetters--Shopping the Output Odyssey
Krause has introduced its second generation 1064 thermal exposure head, which will premiere at Graph Expo, for the LaserStar. The new head will expose plates substantially faster than the current 1064 thermal heads. Krause has increased the imaging power of the laser to improve exposure time. Krause plans to have several of the new 1064 thermal LaserStar platesetters installed by year-end.
"The benchmarks for the next generation of digital platesetters is being set: PDF functionality and thermal integrity," Kohl reports.
At Xanté, attention rests on the PlateMaker 3, which prints plates, plain paper or film at 1,200x1,200 dpi standard or 2,400x2,400 dpi optional. PlateMaker 3 features a true Adobe PostScript 3 page-description language and is driven by a NEC VR 4300 133MHz processor. Standard configuration includes a 10 ppm engine speed and 64MB RAM.
As if all the above views and activities on the digital platesetter front weren't enough to support the contention that the market is headed for continued growth, there is yet another new, aggressive platesetting player on the court.
The basysPrint CTcP (computer-to-conventional plate) digital-UV platesetter can image any brand of conventional offset plate, film or UV-sensitive proofing materials. However, when a Citiplate dual photopolymer-coated AQUA LHP plate is imaged, digital imaging and exposure times are up to 80 percent faster than with standard, single-emulsion conventional plates.
Expect the next wave of platesetters poised to hit the prepress market to carry automation to even higher levels, especially for the commercial printer looking to ride the CTP wave—whether thermal or non-thermal, four-up or eight-up. The store is open, but don't count on cutting many coupons.