By: E&P Staff
Greater Northwest Publishing Inc., an 11-employee central newspaper printing plant and job shop in Minot, N.D., now pushes more work through in less time using an integrated newspaper prepress solution from the Southern Lithoplate CtP Alliance.
The complete digital prepress workflow uses Viper 830 thermal newspaper plates from Southern Lithoplate in Wake Forest, N.C., which has supplied Greater Northwest Publishing with analog plates for 25 years. The 36-year-old company prints 14 weeklies, grocery circulars, magazines and catalogs on its six-units Goss Community press.
The printer chose Screen’s PlateRite News 2000LE platesetter, which outputs 35 x 23.2-inch 26 plates per hour, has a minimum plate size of 18.2 x 18.2 inches and offers 1,200dpi resolution. Greater Northwest Publishing also installed Southern Lithoplate’s Proteck 105 plate processor.
Presteligence NewsXtreme production workflow software also was purchased through the CtP Alliance, helping speed production and minimize file-processing errors and associated plate waste.
“There was a learning curve, but, for the most part, we found it very easy to learn to control the temperature, chemistry and processor,” General Manager Bob Kastner said in a statement.
“In the past, projects would come in consisting of upwards of 900 pages in hard-copy form,” Kastner added. “It would take us 28 to 30 hours to get ready to start making plates. With our new workflow software, we can process files automatically and begin making plates in about an hour and 15 minutes.”