Two Midwest Dailies Adopt Kodak CTP Workflow

By: E&P Staff

Among newspaper printers that recently installed Kodak computer-to-plate solutions were two members of the PAGE newspaper purchasing cooperative, Hallmark Integrated Media’s Charles City (Iowa) Press and Red Wing Publishing’s Crow River Press, Hutchinson, Minn.

Charles City Press sought a faster more cost-effective operation, for which the Kodak prepress solutions also proved environmentally friendly owing to the use of non-process plates. Moving from analog to digital plate production, the paper installed a Kodak Trendsetter News thermal platesetter with Kodak PF-N non-process plates, Kodak Prinergy Evo workflow and Kodak Preps imposition software.

“We’re saving 22% on the price of the plates with non process, compared to what we were paying with analog,” Executive Vice President Gene Hall said in a statement. “Plus, we’ve already achieved labor savings on the prepress side.”

Printing two dozen weeklies and shoppers, Crow River Press also added a Trendsetter News, PF-N plates, Prinergy Evo and Preps. Citing labor savings as a “huge benefit,” General Manager Mark Theis said, “With the time we save, we can move our staff to where they’re needed more.”

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