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.
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."