In just seven years, computer-to-plate (CTP) is no longer what pioneering technology. Now, the world has installed thousands of plate output machines and can produce millions of image plates each year.
The obvious trend in the early days was that only large companies took the lead in computer-to-platemaking because these companies generally had financial and human resources to set up teams to evaluate this technology and various options for adopting this technology. Due to the elimination of film and labor costs, these companies are better able to benefit from adopting CTP technology. However, there are also many small and medium-sized printing service providers that benefit from the use of computer-to-plate technology.
But how do you know if computer-to-plate is right for you? There are many different answers to this question. When making a decision, there are many factors to consider, such as available resources, technical expertise, and perhaps the most important thing to consider is competition. Strategic planning and a full understanding of the customer may be the best key to making informed decisions.
The most exciting reasons for stimulating people to purchase computer-to-plate systems are: saving the cost of film and manpower, improving the quality of prints, and operating faster.
Printers invest in computer-to-plate making to improve their business. They look at two areas that can make them pay off: 1. Can they improve the print production process? 2. Whether it can meet the expectations of printing buyers All computer-to-plate systems have some positive effects in the printing manufacturing process: 1. Remove redundant workflows, for example, film (there are fewer steps required to get the plate to the press because of the increased productivity of computer-to-plate). Free image problems related to the printing plate (due to the differences in printing plate exposure time caused by flower marks, misregistration, dot variation, dot inconsistency).
Second, probably more important is the ability of printers to meet customer expectations. After all, unless you have this ability, you won't get a business! Printers generally consider three main factors related to customers:
1. Speed â€‹â€‹- How long is the work cycle? Price - Printing production cost 3. Quality - in line with customer expectations and accuracy requirements for prints Because computer-directed platemaking dispenses with film, and its workflow is digital and end-to-end, it allows buyers to modify the manuscript closer to the bottom line. In addition, the number of steps required for digital tweaking is less, and it is faster than film-based manuscript writing. At the same time, it also enables digital printing to be realized. Now, there are soft copies of digital manuscripts and hard copies. The printing business has become More efficient and faster. Since the printing plate imaging is complete, few printing plates have to be recreated (and therefore rarely keep up with the progress of the printing room)
Some CTP suppliers also make use of the accuracy of CTP and provide innovative network technology to enable printing to a new level. For example, Creo's SQUAREspot dot technology, due to its accuracy and consistency, allows printers to easily mix Staccato FM and natural colors (such as Pantone Hexachrome-CMYKOG six-color printing), eliminating some or most of the Spot colors reduce the production costs of the printing room. This is especially important for packaging printers who often use a lot of spot colors in their plans.
Different print buyers may have different expectations for the quality of the print they are buying (for example, having different requirements for monochrome bus schedules and copying artwork). Some buyers are happy with the "coordinated colors," while other buyers demand that the planned copy be absolutely faithful to the original.
The same print buyer may have different expectations for different prints (eg, different requirements for producing the annual report and letterhead for the same customer). In the printing production process, various standards can be met, naturally meeting the expectations of the printing buyer, which can achieve the highest efficiency and highest profit.
For example, a printer that can meet a variety of different standards can do the following at the same time:
1) Printing according to SWOP specifications 2) Printing according to GRACoL guidelines 3) Printing under Dmaxx (high ink density). To achieve the highest color saturation 4) Printing with FM (Frequency Modulation Network) to make the level smoother 5) Printing with FM and Dmaxx to make the printing more detailed and achieve the highest color saturation 6) With the original truth (eg Hexachrome VI Color) Printing, eliminating spot colors Everyone now knows that computer-to-plate is not just a plate making process. It can improve the quality of prints, improve operational efficiency, allow you to provide customers with a wider and more popular service, and increase job diversity. It is effortless and hopes for higher profits. As your business grows, you need a system that grows with you.
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