Small format printers can expect to see the new in computer-to-plate (CTP) devices at PrintEx07, with industry heavyweights Dainippon Screen and Heidelberg launching their new entry level CTP technologies at the printing and graphic industries exhibition, 24-26 May, Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre.
In a world first, Dainippon Screen, one of the large and successful international developers, manufacturers and suppliers for the digital prepress and printing industries, will unveil its new thermal CTP device, PlateRite 8200 at PrintEx next month.
Using Dainippon Screen’s thermal laser imaging technology, PlateRite 8200, an entry level, eight page device, is an easy-to-use manual CTP device supporting plate sizes from 450x370mm up to 1060x820mm at a productivity rate of 12 plates per hour.
“PlateRite 8200 will provide a low cost solution with thermal quality and consistency, daylight operation with a small footprint and a growth path towards processless/chemistry-free CTP,” said Peter Scott, Technical Sales Support, Dainippon Screen Australia.
Also catering to the small format market, leading international manufacturer Heidelberg will launch the entry-level thermal CTP image set, Suprasetter A52, among a series of revolutionary ‘firsts’ at PrintEx07.
“Expanding the highly successful Suprasetter range into the A3 market, the A52 brings manual and automated plate handling, as well as Heidelberg’s renowned Prinext workflow, to small format printshops,” said Soeren Lange, Product Manager Prepress and Workflow, Heidelberg.
“Whereas entry level computer plates previously produced polyester plates, with the A52 small format customers can now economically produce metal plates which are preferred by printers,” he said.
PrintEx07 Chairman, Grant Churchill, says the launch of the PlateRite 8200 and Suprasetter A52 are great news for small format printers.
“PrintEx was initially launched to cater to small and medium-sized print businesses and it is fantastic to see the leading wholesalers providing smaller printers with new technologies to keep up with local and international competitors,” said Churchill.
The premier industry event for 2007, PrintEx07 will showcase a diverse range of products, services and solutions from more than 180 exhibitors, and boasts an impressive calibre of local and international suppliers including Hewlett Packard, Dainippon Screen, Heidelberg, Roland DG and Epson.