Louisiana, Georgia Papers Move to Kodak Non-process CTP

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By: E&P Staff

Having experienced improved speed, image quality and consistency since installation, The Natchitoches (La.) Times has recommended Kodak’s computer-to-plate solutions to its sister publication, the twice-weekly Douglas (Ga.) Enterprise, which is transitioning from analog platemaking.

Seeking a digital option that would fit its facility’s available space and output needs (it also prints other newspapers and commercial work), the Times installed a Kodak Trendsetter News thermal platesetter running Kodak PF-N non-process plates, along with Kodak Prinergy Evo workflow and Preps imposition software.

Times Prepress Manager Dennis Doll recommended the solution when Enterprise Pressroom Manager Jeff Blease called from Douglas.

“We wanted to go with a non-process option in switching to digital, to avoid the costs of buying a processor and chemicals,” Blease said in a statement. “Fewer steps also means fewer opportunities for error, and ultimately, better quality. Plus, the less you impact the environment, the better.”

Because the Enterprise also prints a free weekly shopper and commercial work, like the Times it sought faster plate output and better image quality. “We’re making the switch because film is not as accurate as CTP,” said Blease, adding that the paper also looks forward to consistency and quicker turnaround.

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