DRUPA 2000--Absorbing The Digital Impact
With its acquisition of Optronics long digested, ECRM came to DRUPA ready to be a platesetting player, launching the eight-page Desertcat 8 thermal platesetter. The Desertcat 8 can image up to 12 plates per hour.
Fujifilm demonstrated the Luxel P-5600CTP photopolymer platesetter, a compact unit that records plates up to B2 formats in size with speeds up to 19 plates per hour at 2,438 dpi. Fujifilm also debuted the Luxel T-6000CTP thermal platesetter, capable of outputting 16 B2 plates per hour at 2,400 dpi, and the Luxel T-9000CTP thermal platesetter, capable of 12 eight-page plates per hour at 2,400 dpi.
Heidelberg Prepress launched Topsetter 74 and Topsetter 102 semi-automatic and fully automatic digital platesetters. Topsetter 74 is designed for 28˝ format work and incorporates an external-drum imaging system, in conjunction with a 32-channel laser diode system to pro- duce 17 plates per hour at 2,400 dpi.
The good news for the industry is that platesetting devices, as a whole, are finally being offered at all price points, sporting an array of technologies and capabilities.