GRAPH EXPO & CONVERTING EXPO 2004 PREPRESS & PREMEDIA -- Exhib
Just prior to Graph Expo 2004, Esko-Graphics announced it was narrowing the focus of its commercial printing business to the DPX 4 polyester CTP system, PlateDriver Compact violet platesetter, DotMate filmsetter and EskoScan scanner product lines. The company is also moving forward with its plan to introduce the Espresso four-up CtUP (computer-to-UV-plate) system in 2005. Mitsubishi Imaging showed the DPX 4 system in its booth, too, since the platesetter was jointly developed by Mitsubishi Paper Mills Ltd. (its parent) and Esko-Graphics.
Elsewhere, International Graphic Systems introduced HighWater's Python four-up violet platesetter into the U.S. market, Escher-Grad Technologies showed its fully automated Cobalt-4 and Cobalt-8 violet CTP systems, Glunz & Jensen released the PlateWriter 4200 ink-jet computer-to-plate (iCTP) system and basysPrint highlighted an entry-level, eight-up version—UV-Setter 731e—of its CTcP (computer-to-conventional-plate) system.
Konica Minolta Graphic Imaging U.S.A. has formed a strategic partnership with basysPrint GmbH to sell, service and support the complete line of basysPrint CTcP systems in the United States.
Digital color proofing systems were also prevalent around the show floor, especially solutions for remote proofing—both hardcopy and on-screen/virtual. Epson America, however, chose an off-site venue to brief members of the press on a new product offering that could change the competitive landscape.
The Epson Stylus Pro 4000 Professional Edition combines the printer engine and UltraChrome Inks with a custom-designed RIP from ColorBurst Systems that's SWOP approved and Pantone licensed. Epson says this bundle is only being offered for its 4000 series engines.