The Sweet Lowdown
"In one case," he recalls, "a client went from producing 200 to 300 make-readies down to 10."
Similarly, Presstek introduced Anthem, a system which eliminates the need to wash plates with chemical treatments. With Anthem, plates can be cleaned with water. "A customer who buys the product," says Johnson, "doesn't have to buy the oven, which is expensive to run and takes up space." Johnson says he knows a textbook publisher in Iowa who works near a lagoon, where strict environmental codes add to the difficulty of getting supplies for a film-based workflow. By converting to CTP and implementing the washable plates, his elimination of film was hugely profitable. "He doesn't have to pay for expensive transportation to haul away chemicals," he adds. "It's financially and environmentally better."
Out of the box
After nearly nine months of researching CTP products, it only took one day for Chromagraphics to get Fujifilm technology up and running. The printer's President Eric Janssen reports that they immediately benefitted from improved quality and turnaround time. When the two machines, a PictroProof digital proofer and Dart Luxel T-6000 platesetter, were installed, Janssen assumed that the company would spend six months doing 50 percent traditional film and 50 percent CTP. But after a few days, he says, "We stopped doing proofs that required film. We jumped immediately into CTP and have never gone back."
Chromagraphics recently ran 47 plates in a regular shift, a number that Janssen says would normally require two shifts. "Our press make-ready times have been reduced by about 50 percent," he explains. "And our waste has been less. We get a full paginated proof that is highly accurate, and our plates are accurately duplicating those proofs. If the proof looks right, the plate will work right. That's the benefit of having the system integrated."