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Kodak thermal direct gets a workout with IPEX

Thursday, 13 April 2006
By Print21

The high profile debut of the plate focussed attention on the ability of processless plates to operate in an environment removed from normal production processes. The IPEXDaily proved a talking point, making its appearance every morning with the latest news from the show. It was widely available through hotels in Birmingham.

The tabloid pages were laid out in QuarkXPress; Tharsten MIS using JDF files through to the press did the integration of production control. Images around the stands were captured on Kodak digital cameras and PrintWeek submitted pages to the Kodak workflow using a combination of Kodak’s Prepare, which ensured the PDF was a correct specification. A Prinergy workflow took the files through to the platemaker where the Thermal Direct non-processless plates were imaged using Staccato FM screening on a Trendsetter 800 11 Quantum platesetter.

With a circulation of 10,000 copies the newspaper was printed at the Komori stand on the latest version of the double decker perfecting press, LithroneS540SP, on 115gsm matt paper. The 10-colour printed the job four/four with a clear seal on the fifth unit.

The finished sheets were folded on an MBO T800 Perfection buckle folder and were stitched by a Muller Martini PrimaPlus on its show stand. To finish every newspaper had a lottery number printed by a Domino’s print head.

There is no tougher audience that the attendees at a printing trade show. The team at the IPEX Daily did very well.

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