Pamplin Unit Adopts Fusion Systems Workflow for CTP

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By: E&P Staff

As part of its move to computer-to-plate output, Pamplin Communications’ Community Newspapers has installed Workflow ESP automated prepress from Fusion Systems International. Pamplin and Fusion Systems are both based in Portland, Ore.

Community Newspapers sought a cost-effective prepress workflow to provide digital integrity from proofing to plating to printing. It selected Fusion Systems’ Workflow ESP, running entirely on Mac OS X.

Calling Workflow ESP “more straight forward in its operation,” Production Manager Blake Jensen said in a statement that the software offers comprehensive imposition “for handling any type of publication or press template requirement.” Community Newspapers produces more than 100 publications monthly.

Owing to single-page processing, advanced soft-proofing and automated post-RIP page pairing, the workflow software reduced prepress production time by approximately 60%, according to Operations Manager Don Atwater.

“On the first day of running the new workflow we caught three serious file separation errors, in the publication proofing module, that would have otherwise gone to press,” Jensen said.

The system automatically broadcasts post-RIP raster PDFs of each page by title, section and date to a Web portal for review, approval and remote proofing of files that exactly represent how a job will print. As pages are proofed and approved online by staff and clients, they are automatically forwarded, paired and output to through CTP — during the main shift and the second shift, after all prepress personnel have left.

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