Presstek Introduces New JT Direct Inkjet CTP Plate Technology for Imaging on Epson Inkjet Printers
HUDSON, NH—November 18, 2014—At a recently completed GRAPH EXPO show in Chicago, a major U.S. trade show for the printing and publishing industry, Presstek showcased JT, its new direct inkjet plate technology on the show floor. The Presstek JT aluminum plate is designed to be imaged on Epson inkjet printers with the printer’s standard ink cartridges. The JT plate enables for a low cost, easy-to-use CTP solution with an extremely small physical and environmental footprint. After imaging, plates go directly to press for impressions of 5,000 or less. A simple post-bake step is added for an impression count between 5,000 and 20,000.
Many small and medium size commercial and in-plant printers need a way to produce plates more efficiently and economically. Since commercialization, Presstek’s JT Direct Inkjet CTP solution has been successfully installed at customer locations in North America and Europe.
“The JT Direct Inkjet plate and CTP system exceeded our expectations—the image quality of the JT plate is as good and actually better than the plates we were previously using,” said BJ Chandler, owner of Fine Print, based in Alexandria, LA. “Not only is the plate cost lower, but we are realizing additional savings with not having to utilize and dispose of chemistry. It takes just a few minutes to get a plate on-press, and the burden of chemistry-based plates is eliminated. In addition we no longer need to spend time cleaning and maintaining a CTP device.”
Another advantage of the JT Direct Inkjet plate and CTP solution is its versatility. Customers are able to image plates on the Epson and immediately turn around and use the Epson for standard inkjet printing without any modifications or adjustments to the system.
According to Alon Kahn, sales manager-Inkjet CTP Systems, the JT Direct Inkjet plate and CTP solution is ideal for shops requiring up to 175 lpi image quality for their one-, two- or four-color jobs and whose production volumes are low- to mid-range. “Customers are extremely receptive to the initial low investment cost and are equally impressed with the versatility and simplicity of the system. This, coupled with the excellent image quality of the JT plate and proven performance on press, underscores the market’s continued acceptance of Presstek’s eco-friendly printing solutions,” said Kahn.
A wide variety of package options are available. Customers can choose from packages that come complete with an Epson 3880, 7900, or 9900 printer, the JT-RIP, computer, oven and starter kit, to mid-range or basic packages that include virtually any combination thereof.
Presstek provides printing solutions that are eco-friendly and engineered to streamline workflow as well as increase productivity, efficiency and profits for print providers. Presstek’s core product portfolio includes: four- to six-color DI digital offset presses; thermal and inkjet Computer-to-Plate systems; and printing plates for DI presses and CTP applications (waterless, thermal and inkjet). DI presses and thermal CTP systems are offered as new systems and Certified Pre-Owned. In addition to product offerings, Presstek is a multi-vendor service provider with a global network of expert service technicians supporting pre-press, press and post-press equipment including Presstek brands and other well-known industry brands.