By: E&P Staff
Kodak has announced the first U.K. customer for its Generation News, its new thermal platesetter. Large, independently owned media company Archant, based in Norwich, ordered two “Z Speed” versions from Kodak at its booth at the Drupa trade show in Duesseldorf, Germany, earlier this week. The purchase includes Kodak Newsmanager workflow management and the Kodak Prinergy Evo PDF workflow tool, which enables a flexible, automated workflow from edition planning to platemaking.
Already using Kodak’s Newsetter systems and Thermalnews Gold digital plates, Archant ordered Generation News to increase capacity, add redundancy, and maximize throughput at its recently expanded facility. Generation News is expected to allow Archant to image 268 broadsheet plates per hour at 1270-dpi resolution.
The new platesetter has multiple plate cassettes for fast loading and unloading of multiple plate sizes. The system can load up to 1,600 broadsheet plates or 800 panorama plates while running continuously with no operator intervention. Integrated plate size selection, slipsheet removal, and three-point registration also are automated.
The Generation News also features Kodak Squarespot thermal imaging technology adopted from the commercial environment to provide consistent dot accuracy and tonal stability, allowing Archant to achieve up to 200 lines per inch and implement Kodak Staccato screening.
According to Kodak, the provision can enable higher screen rulings, sharper linework, excellent reverse type and legibility, while minimizing early dot wear on plate and eliminating variation found in other imaging systems.