GRAPH EXPO & CONVERTING EXPO 2004 PREPRESS & PREMEDIA -- Exhib
However, the company also continues to be a major player in the violet CTP market. The Prosetter violet product family headlined Heidelberg's CTP solutions at Graph Expo 04, along with the North American premier of Suprasetter. New features shown included a manual by-pass for the SCL configuration, a new Multiple Cassette Loader (MCL) model and Plate-On-Demand functionality.
Over the four days of the show, Heidelberg says it utilized Prosetters to produce more than 1,000 plates run on seven presses with 36 printing units. It reports selling approximately 1,000 violet systems worldwide since the product line was introduced in January of 2002.
Small Footprint Model
Enovation Graphic Systems brought the Fujifilm Saber Luxel V-6 violet platesetter line to Chicago for its North American launch. The machine is said to offer a smaller footprint while supporting a maximum 303⁄32x27˝ plate size. It features a 60mW laser and is available in manual, semi-automatic and automatic configurations.
Presstek Inc. previewed an Automated Plate Loading System upgrade for its Dimension Excel CTP platform, which features new ProFire thermal imaging technology. The upgrade enables automated handling of multiple plate selection, punching, slip-sheet removal, imaging and post-imaging handling. Pricing and availability are scheduled to be announced in early 2005.
Screen (USA) arguably could be considered a thermal-only CTP vendor, but its parent organization does offer violet platesetters outside the U.S. market. Its platesetter line now tops out with the high-speed, multi-format PlateRite Ultima 16000 (16-page) and 32000 (32-page) models, both featuring Grating Light Valve imaging technology.
Rejoining the ranks of Graph Expo exhibitors after a four-year hiatus, ECRM Imaging Systems highlighted its new MAKO 8 platesetter. The eight-page (32.4x45˝) machine combines violet imaging with a straight-through plate path for ease of operation.
Xanté Corp. introduced a new metal CTP solution based on patent-pending, non-photosensitive technology. Aspen metal plates are said to enable a process-free, chemical-free, no rinse workflow using anodized and grained aluminum plates rated for more than 25,000 impressions. The Impressia metal platesetter uses high-intensity radiant light to instantly expose the Aspen plate in sizes up to 13.38x19.87˝.