There are certain printing operations where the best tool for the job is an older or so-called obsolete system. There are still many printers around the world running film-based CTF systems such as an Agfa Avantra, Accuset or Selectset, a Heidelberg Herkules or Signasetter, Scitex Dolev or Screen Katana. There are still more printers using older CTP equipment such as a Creo Lotem or Heidelberg Prosetter. As these systems get older, it's becoming more and more difficult to source reliable parts and experienced technicians.
Presstek Freedom Pro Plates Discontinued
Presstek has recently announced the discontinuation of it’s Freedom Plate line of CTP plates for its Vector imaging devices. As of now, there are no current plate options for this equipment on the market. This means that Presstek Vector users will need to transition to an alternative CTP system.
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interface grants new life to thousands of expensive computer-to-plate devices being rendered obsolete because of outdated and unsupported technology.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.
Many offset printers go without a service contract for their CtP system. This is usually because they are concerned about paying for service that they don’t use.
Service contracts can lower CtP downtime. A contract offers faster support and better access to parts. But is it really worth it? We believe that our customers should get what they pay for, so we’ve developed a new kind of CtP service contract. Our new service contract options give you credit for unused service. Read more “CTP Service Contracts just got less expensive”
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”
CtP systems need to be serviced every six months to maintain proper operation. Regular preventative maintenance (PM) is essential to avoid machine failure and stay in production.
Failure to regularly clean, oil and change filters on your CtP can allow dirt and debris to reach the laser element. This can cause the machine to malfunction or even burn out the laser head of a machine. Is it time to service your CtP equipment? Take advantage of our 25% discount for first-time customers on our PM service and keep your equipment running trouble-free. Read more “Prevent down-time with regular CtP maintenance”
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”