The CtP Advantage
When the owner of a Port St. Lucie publishing company sold his magazines to concentrate on commercial printing, he soon discovered cutting costs was essential to survival in the marketplace.
The answer was computer to plate. After conducting his research and getting several quotes, Fred Fetzner, a 27-year print professional, installed a Fujifilm eight-up violet Saber VX 9600 plate setter. The VX 9600 has the capacity to reach output speeds of 32 eight-page plates an hour at 2,400 dots per inch.
But Fetzner says speed was not a factor in his buying decision.
"All plate setters are about the same, and the Fujifilm plate setter was comparable," he says. "I really don't need a lot of speed, so it wasn't an issue."
What sold Fetzner on the product was the savings it brought to his commercial print shop. Since converting to a CtP system, Tiger Tale Publications saves about $8,000 a month in labor and supplies alone. Tiger Tale produces print jobs for publishers in southeast Florida, south Georgia and Michigan. Overall, Fetzner saves about $15,000 running about 190 print jobs a month.
"The Saber provides us with more efficiency, and it's just a better product than the others we looked at," Fetzner says.
The plate setter was installed during Tiger Tale's expansion, which increased its 15,000-square-foot facility by 12,000. During the expansion, Fetzner added a Heidelberg heat-set press and an Epson 10000 proofer.
Installing the proofer led to "tremendous" benefits, he says.
"We get good realistic proofs that we can give to the customer quickly," Fetzner says. "We used to do blue lines and color keys, but putting out a color key became very expensive and labor intensive. The Epson just prints it right out.
"It used to take an hour or sometimes an hour and a half to make a color key. With the Epson we can have a proof out in one or two minutes."