Fontana/Affiliate--A Waterless Course
When it moved to its new plant, it added another Heidelberg press, a six-color Heidelberg Speedmaster 102 CD with coater, bringing the pressroom to a total of five Heidelbergs, along with additional Scitex Brisque workstations, another Stahl folder and a Polar jogger in the bindery.
Of course, the road to waterless is littered with the bodies of those unfortunate printers that made a half-hearted attempt to print waterless, and stumbled. Fontana/Affiliated Graphics knew that.
Even as their quality improved through the waterless technique, Fontana officials watched as competitors made improvements in conventional print quality, especially as those printers employ computer-to-plate workflows.
The obvious choice, and the next natural step for them, is computer-to-waterless plate.
"Having researched CTP for more than two years, we are convinced that the advantages of CTP coupled with waterless printing will give our customers the finest product they can get anywhere," explains partner Joe Fontana. "Computer-to-plate allows a printer to control the dot like he has never done before. This digital control is the key to quality."
The firm was already accustomed to a one-piece film flat, having added a complete Scitex system in mid-1993, in preparation for the move to waterless printing. With a digital workflow already in place, choosing a platesetter was next on their agenda.
Fontana officials looked at several of the leading CTP output devices. After spending countless hours and several demonstrations and print tests researching their options, they decided to purchase a new Scitex Lotem platesetter. The decision was largely based on their experience with the Scitex imagesetters and front-end system, and that the Lotem fits into their established workflow.
"We are a Scitex Brisque shop and the decision came down to workflow. There are other CTP devices; however, the Lotem provided us with the most efficient workflow. When you need to meet your clients' demanding schedules, you better have a great workflow," says Fontana.