Making a Triple CTP Play
Covering all the bases, Fujifilm introduced thermal and violet platesetters and a new digital plate. Saber V-8 and V-8 HS are eight-up violet platesetters that use acousto-optic deflector technology to image 19 (2,400 dpi) and 70 (1,200 dpi) plates per hour, respectively. The Javelin 8800E/S/Z family of thermal platesetters uses the latest Grating Light Valve (GLV) technology to image 24 (E), 32 (S) and 42 (Z) pph. Brillia LH-PL is a thermal plate designed for longer runs, up to 500,000 impressions, which was released in controlled sales.
Heidelberg committed to offering a VLF platesetter that matches the larger plate size of its forthcoming wide-format sheetfed presses. It will leverage the design of the Suprasetter thermal product line.
Along with its 40th anniversary, Screen (USA) toasted the purchase of the 11,000th CTP device manufactured by its parent company. That machine went to a Brazilian printer, so the vendor added local flavor by presenting a plaque to Quad/Graphics for installing the landmark 11,111th Screen platesetter, a PlateRite Ultima 36000Z large-format (82.6x62.9?) model. A higher speed version, 36000ZX, that uses the latest GLV technology to image 33 pph (at 2,400 dpi) was introduced at the show.
A couple of other story lines carried across multiple exhibitors on the show floor.
Pantone Inc. unveiled its new PANTONE Goe color system just prior to Graph Expo, which enabled companies such as Xerox, HP, Quark and Global Graphics to announce support for the system during the event. Goe includes 2,058 new colors arranged in chromatic order and is based on a set of 10 color ink mixing bases, plus clear. All of the colors have been designed for printing uniform ink film thicknesses to allow for equal drying times and more control when matching color on-press.
With the exceptions of MIS/ERP software, implementation of JDF (Job Definition Format) tended to be mentioned in passing, if at all. This is in marked contrast to all the attention given this tool for process integration and automation in recent years.