Xitron’s development of the USB-SCSI interface grants new life to thousands of expensive computer-to-plate devices being rendered obsolete because of outdated and unsupported technology. These devices image printing plates for the offset printing industry. They receive imaging data through Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) cards, which are no longer being manufactured or supported.
Every second of CtP downtime will cost your business money. If you are currently running a Kodak, Creo, or Heidelberg Trendsetter system, your equipment may be susceptible to a few risks that are easily avoidable.
Platemaking technology has changed dramatically over the last 25 years. As the prepress segment of the printing industry has matured, so too have the technologies used to image plates. Thermal, Violet and to a lesser extent, UV lasers are currently the dominant technologies in plate imaging. Thermal platesetters are the most popular option among printers. While that is true, all three technologies have pros and cons that should be considered before deciding on a plate imaging system.
Previously owned computer to plate equipment is a great option for many offset printers looking to save money on equipment costs. Used CtP is significantly less than a new CtP system while providing nearly the same level of functionality. Second-hand systems are usually between 30 to 70 percent less expensive than new devices. However, there are several factors printers should consider when buying a used computer to plate equipment.
Kodak has announced that they will discontinue service on all MPE CtP equipment as of December of 2016. This affects all printers using an older Trendsetter, Magus or Lotem platesetter that uses a SCSI interface. Service will also be dropped for SCSI based versions of Prinergy, EVO, and Connect software and hardware. If you are currently receiving technical support from Kodak, it may be time to make a decision. Our company will continue to offer parts, technical service, service contracts and upgrade options for all models of Creo or Kodak CtP. We also offer trade-in options toward newer equipment. Read more “Kodak to discontinue service on MPE CtP equipment”
Having an in-house CtP platesetter is increasingly necessary to stay competitive as an offset printer.
Computer-to-Plate is a fully mature, mainstream technology. It’s stable, more efficient and offers a higher quality output than film-based plate production. Your competition has already lowered their costs, streamlined their production and shortened the time it takes to deliver a completed job by investing in CtP equipment. Increasingly, going direct-to-plate with an in-house system will be a requirement to stay competitive as an offset printer.
Over the past two decades, the majority of offset printers have successfully and profitably transitioned to computer-to-plate. During that time, customers have come to expect faster delivery and a higher quality product. The printing industry has seen more full-color orders, shorter print runs, and jobs submitted in native digital formats. With the exception of a few specialty cases, the arguments for moving from CtF to CtP are highly compelling. Overall, there is very little reason not to adopt this cost saving technology. Read more “Why you should upgrade from CtF to a Pre-Owned CtP System”
Film-based imagesetters are largely a thing of the past for the majority of printers. However, film remains the best and sometimes the only prepress option for a handful of specialty applications. Screen printing and some large format work are such jobs.
One of the problems film users are faced with has been that imagesetters and film processors have been hard to replace. Pre-Owned machines are now all quite old and not likely to be reliable with spares difficult or impossible to get. Quality service can also be difficult to find.
Imagesetting film is becoming increasingly harder to source. Most major manufacturers have left, or are leaving the market. Fuji has recently announced that they will no longer be manufacturing film as of November 2016. Read more “Alternatives for Film-Based Imagesetters”