GLOBALWARE SOLUTIONS - Shining Light on CTP
According to basysPrint, the UV-Setter imaging system writes extremely small square pixels (10µm to 28µm, depending on resolution). These square pixels fit together precisely, unlike the overlapping round pixels created by laser exposure, the manufacturer claims. The result is said to be sharper images, even at low resolutions.
According to Cote, "basysPrint's solution offered the most flexibility. We could continue to use our existing conventional plates—which are 50 percent to 60 percent cheaper than thermal plates—with little or no impact on the pressroom. The system also makes it easy to change the workflow of a job from one press to another."
GlobalWare currently has three basysPrint platesetters installed in its East Coast facility. This includes a 67˝ UV Setter 1116 and two 44˝ models—UV Setter 710HS and 710/2. The larger model was required to support the plant's Timsons T32 web offset book press.
The three machines produce almost all the plates required for the range of sheetfed and web presses in the plant, which primarily prints manuals, retail packaging and CD jewel case inserts in up to six colors. Jobs sometimes get redirected to a different press, Cote says, if the requirements change, there is a problem with a press or just for load balancing purposes. The flatbed design, pin-based plate register and software interface of the basysPrint units make it easy to switch from one plate size to another, he asserts.
GlobalWare currently uses Kodak Polychrome Graphics V360 and Lastra Nitio Dev plates in its CTP workflow. The platesetter has a Rampage front-end, which also drives the plant's Presstek PEARLhdp digital color halftone proofer. Dylux proofers are exposed on the platesetters to verify position of copy, the imposition and trims prior to plating, according to Cote.
"Our experience with integrating the basysPrint machines into our workflow was almost seamless," he reports. "We produced our first five-color, heavy trap/coverage job within the first week of installation."