Southern Lithoplate Announces New CTP Sites

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By: E&P Staff

Southern Lithoplate Inc., Wake Forest, N.C., maker of analog and digital lithoplates and related products, announced that seven newspaper locations, in addition to Press Journal Printing, Louisiana, Mo., and Pharos Press, Logansport, Ind. (see January E&P) and Cheyenne’s Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (see ?On the Supply Side? in next month?s E&P), recently incorporated Viper 830 thermal lithoplates as a part of the “Southern Lithoplate CtP Alliance Solution.”

The alliance provides newspapers with computer-to-plate consumables, self-serviceable platesetters, workflow management software, and punch solutions for precise on-press register. Prepress workflow partners are Polkadots Software Inc., Presteligence, ProImage America and Screen USA. Nela completes the Alliance with its proven Benchmark series of three-point and Vision punch benders.

Among Wisconsin’s last family-owned papers, the Watertown Daily Times prints 30,000 copies six days a week, as well as a company weekly and several area publications on contract. The 20-year Southern Lithoplate customer sought to speed prepress and increase print quality. “Our entire workflow package was purchased through the CtP Alliance,” Production manager Greg Thrams said in a statement. The Daily Times will use Viper 830 plates with its Screen PlateRite News 2000 thermal platesetter, Screen Trueflow Rite News workflow system and Nela conveyor and stacker.

Pioneer Newspapers’ Bear River Publishing, Bozeman Daily Chronicle and Idaho Press-Tribune run Viper 830 lithoplates through their PlateRite News 2000 platesetters and Nela conveyors (E&P Online, Jan. 12) and use Presteligence NewsXtreme workflow systems. Production and Information Technology Director Joe Hanson credited Southern Lithoplate with working “closely with other vendors to troubleshoot and resolve minor issues we had.”

The Salina Journal runs two plate sizes for its own printing and that of seven area weeklies, shoppers and Kansas State University’s Daily Collegian. A PlateRite News 2000 with Newsflo 2.0 Lite exposes Viper 830 lithoplates, which pass to a Nela Benchmark 900S for automated plate punching and bending. Nela also supplied the conveyor.

Production Director David Atkinson said Southern Lithoplate responded to the initial installation kinks by “providing the technical support and training needed to allow us to handle future issues on our own.”

Bradford (Pa.) Publishing Inc., which prints its own three dailies, grocery inserts and numerous commercial projects, moved beyond bottlenecks and overtime costs associated with film by implementing a PlateRite News 2000, Trueflow Rite News workflow and Nela conveyor to directly output Viper 830 lithoplates.

Concern for the print quality of its weekly Owyhee Avalanche, as well as the area weeklies and shoppers it prints for commercial customers, Owyhee (Idaho) Publishing Co. made the move to CTP using Viper 830 lithoplates, PlateRite News 2000, and Nela conveyor.

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