Agfa Inks 3 Violet Deals

By: E&P Staff

Agfa-Gevaert of Mortsel, Belgium, announced three big CTP sales in Northern Europe within a week. Denmark’s largest newspaper printer, Trykkompagniet, ordered two violet Polaris XTV computer-to-plate systems and Agfa’s new Arkitex workflow, designed to integrate with Agfa and non-Agfa systems. It also signed a four-year agreement, including extended warranty, to use Agfa Lithostar plates.

Among the first to convert to CTP output, Trykkompagniet has used Polaris 100 systems for years, one of which will be upgraded with a violet laser diode. The single-wide, flatbed XTV images 200 plates per hour. Equipped with a plate trolley, it keeps more than 1,000 single or 500 panorama plates on-line.
The company is also upgrading its workflow to the Arkitex, to simplify automation and provide “advanced production planning techniques,” according to Trykkompagniet Managing Director J?rgen Kloster. Scalable and modular, Arkitex accommodates any size operation, lets users add functionality as needed, and allows users to build efficiencies into the workflow to meet specific needs.

One of Norway’s largest newspaper printers, Orkla Trykk, also bought violet Polaris systems — four of them — along with Arkitex NewsDrive, prompted by an expected increase in production this year that will require faster violet platesetting. Orkla Trykk has used Agfa’s CtP equipment since 1998. The installation includes three Polaris XTV systems and one Polaris XEV (a 120pph flatbed holding more than 800 single or 400 panorama plates online, for lower-throughput operations), all with Ariktex NewsDrives. They are linked to three Nela VCP punch and bend units and will run Lithostar LAP-V plates.

Agfa’s latest CTP sale was to Esan Kirjapaino, which converted its prepress to a fully digital workflow. The Finnish multimedia company purchased two Polaris XEV platesetters, with VSL65 processors and a Nela VCP2002, is implementing Agfa’s Sublima XM screening, signed a two-year plate contract for N91v photopolymer plates, and licensed Arkitex workflow, with NewsDriveX and AutoInk.

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