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Offsetkopie BV Chooses a Barco Graphics Mondrian Platesetter

Thursday, November 29, 2001

Press release from the issuing company

Offsetkopie BV is a prepress company employing 20 people and with headquarters in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands. The company is directed by Mr. Rob Boter and Mr. Bob Prins and has been in business for 35 years now. Today Offsetkopie BV decided to purchase a Barco Graphics Mondrian platesetter. Rob Boter explains this decision: "Offsetkopie BV is an innovative company, always being the first to offer services other companies do no yet offer. The adjective "innovative" is certainly not exaggerated: we have always made considerable investments, not to keep up, but to keep on the forefront." The following examples are the best proofs. Offsetkopie BV was the first service company to expose imposed 70 x 100 cm format films with two punching systems to choose from. They are the only prepress company in the Netherlands having an Opti-copy system allowing them to expose imposed originals. Furthermore they were the first prepress company to supply CTP printing plates in the Netherlands, again with numerous punching systems and up to 105 x 140 cm format. They were also the first prepress company in the Netherlands that started selling Copydot files as a service. They are the only ones in the Netherlands who supply Cyrel varnish plates. They still have 2 step-and-repeat cameras as well as several analog and digital proofers. Offsetkopie BV's customers are mainly printers, colleague prepress companies, intermediaries and publishing houses in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. "In order to satisfy all the needs of our customers we are available 7 days per week and 24 hours per day," says Bob Prins. "There are several reasons why we opted for the Barco solution. The first essential advantage that the Mondrian offers is that it can provide any plate format in line with any punch pattern. The Mondrian can also handle all plate formats up to 155 x 203,5 cm." The Barco Graphics Mondrian is clearly the largest thermal platesetter, it is also among the fastest; it was specifically designed for book and magazine printers, commercial printers and also packaging printers. The Mondrian concept is based on a flatbed architecture, which allows the plate to remain stationary during exposure. That allows the use of the entire plate surface. Furthermore, the plate can be imaged in the most efficient direction, which allows to optimize the exposure time - a speed increase with more than half, depending on the plate format. At a 2400 dpi resolution the Mondrian can produce a maximum of 11 24-up plates per hour. Rob Boter summarizes Offsetkopie BV's decision as follows: "With the purchase of the Mondrian CTP platesetter our customers have the opportunity to benefit even more from our many years of experience with the most complex imposition schemes, combined with our knowledge of digital programs and printing plates."

 

 

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