Presstek Freedom Pro Plates Discontinued

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.

We Can Help You Find a new CTP Solution

Buying new plate imaging equipment can be an expensive proposition. Fortunately, there are plenty of more affordable,  pre-owned CTP options available. We can help you find the right plate-making system for your printing operation.  We offer top of the line used  CTP systems from Agfa,  Kodak, Heidelberg, and Dainippon Screen. Our support team is here to make recommendations and guide you through that process. Our team can install and calibrate one of our used systems to run any compatible plate. This includes a variety of plate options offered by Presstek and other leading plate manufacturers. Financing options are also available for qualified buyers.

Contact our sales team to learn more about how you may be affected or for more information about replacement options.

Upgrade your SCSI-based CTP Systems with Xitron

Xitron SCSI

A NEW SOLUTION FOR SCSI CONNECTIVITY

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interface grants new life to thousands of expensive computer-to-plate devices being rendered obsolete because of outdated and unsupported technology.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.

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Differences Between CTP Laser Technologies

CtP Lasers

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.

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What to consider when buying used CtP

Used CtP Equipment

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.

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CTP Service Contracts just got less expensive

Service Credit

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 to discontinue service on MPE CtP equipment

trendsetter-MPE

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”

Prevent down-time with regular CtP maintenance

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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”

Why you should upgrade from CtF to a Pre-Owned CtP System

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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”

Alternatives for Film-Based Imagesetters

ctf imagesetters

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”