‘Sedalia Democrat’ Runs Thermal Plates

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By: E&P Staff

The Sedalia (Mo.) Democrat announced Friday “a major capital investment … that will improve print quality for newspaper readers and the company’s commercial printing clients.”

Publisher Charles Fischer said the Freedom Communications daily will spend $400,000 on the printing plant to “improve the quality of all of our publications and the speed with which we are able to produce them.”

The announcement came a day after the 12,000-circulation newspaper distributed the first copies printed from direct-output thermal plates

The Democrat installed a 200-plate-per-hour Newsetter from Kodak Polychrome Graphics, which exposes Anitec thermal plates, and a Nela autoloader and plate bender. The paper reported that KPG technical representative Tracy Holt expects it will be a month or two before CTP performance is optimized.

Pressroom Supervisor John Grimes told his paper that conversion to computer-to-plate output “enables us to print a cleaner product with less water and less ink.”

Besides eliminating film and film-processing chemistry, CTP at the Democrat is expected to require less time in production and less ink for less rub-off and produce superior images and color quality.

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