By: E&P Staff
The Daily American Republic, Poplar Bluff, Mo., has implemented an integrated digital workflow built around a thermal computer-to-plate system and associated hardware and software acquired through the CtP Alliance Solution created by Southern Lithoplate, Wake Forest, N.C.
The company chose the Screen PlateRite News 2000 platesetter and a Southern Litho Protek 105 processor, along with Presteligence’s NewsXtreme workflow software and Southern Lithoplate’s Viper 830 lithoplates. A Nela inline punch/bender will be installed in August.
The PlateRite News 2000 replaced two 12-year-old filmsetters for the Rust Communications’ paper, which prints approximately 15,000 copies Sunday through Friday. Editions average 20 pages, with four pages in full color and some occasional spot color. The operation also prints two smaller sister weeklies, inserts, handbills and other projects for area businesses. The building also houses a sheeted division that prints letterhead, envelopes, yearbooks and magazines.
“We always knew we were going to make the transition to CTP. The combination of software developments, technology, cost and labor involved in various prepress steps converged to provide the best environment for the change,” Production Manager Randy Graves said in a statement.
The Daily American Republic sought a CTP system that could accommodate the plate needs of its five-unit Goss Urbanite newspaper press and its A.B. Dick sheetfed presses. “Being able to merge prepress production for our newspaper and commercial printing was a key factor in choosing a CtP device,” Graves said, adding that Viper plates for the web and sheetfed presses were successfully tested on the Screen platesetter.
In selecting the system, Graves also cited the flexibility in putting together a CTP hardware and software package, an existing relationship with Southern Lithoplate, start-up in 48 hours, and improved register and process-color printing.