Riding DRUPA's Prepress Wave
"Overall, the Dimension400 helps shorten job production time by automating key steps and eliminating time-consuming prepress procedures, such as film imagesetting, development and stripping," Presstek's Hallman reports, noting that this Drupa will be the one to deliver the technological critical mass needed to reduce theeconomy of the CTP decision for small- to mid-size commercial printers.
"Now, in terms of CTP, more printing operations will be able to rationalize the value of investment. Whether the investment is visible light or thermal, CTP has reached a critical mass of suppliers to break through economic barriers and deliver a variety of competent CTP devices at or under the $100,000 threshold," Hallman reports. "At this DRUPA, more commercial printers will be able to cost-justify making the move to CTP."
Galileo Talant et al
Beantown was also the site of Agfa's international press event to promote its DRUPA technologies. The major news on the output side of Agfa is all about Galileo. There will be no less than four new Galileo devices launched at DRUPA, including the new Galileo Talant, a streamlined, processor-free, eight-up thermal platesetter that images the new Agfa Mistral plate. Also set to debut at Drupa, Mistral is a high-resolution, long run length, processor-free plate for thermal imaging.
The Galileo army at DRUPA will also include the Galileo Thermal S, offering imaging speeds 50 percent faster than the original Galileo thermal systems, and the Galileo VS and Galileo VXT violet-laser Galileo internal-drum platesetters. The Galileo VS enables printers to output 17 plates per hour. The Galileo VS is also available in a four-up model. The high-speed Galileo VXT outputs 22 plates per hour.
DRUPA will also be the platform for the new Agfa N91 visible-light digital plate with newspaper productivity in mind. N91 is a high-quality plate that achieves dots of 2 to 98 percent at 175 lpi. Agfa will also leverage DRUPA to introduce other new products: the ImpowerPlus line of hard-dot films; the Meridian P150 new generation of conventional printing plate, designed for small and medium printers; two new Agfa Sherpa digital ink-jet proofing devices—AgfaJet Sherpa 54 and AgfaJet Sherpa 62—and, on the workflow side, Agfa Apogee Series 2, its PDF-based production system.