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Multi-Craft Litho Switches from Film with Screen PlateRite 8000 CTP Device

Tuesday, March 05, 2002

Press release from the issuing company

ROLLING MEADOWS, IL -- For Tom Gibbs, the difference was literally day from night. A Screen (USA) customer for years, his family's business, Multi-Craft Litho in Newport, Kentucky, decided to make the switch from film to computer-to-plate. After several years of relentless service, he put aside his Screen DT-R3100 8-page imagesetter in favor of the PlateRite 8000 thermal CTP 8-page platesetter. "We expected to go CTP 100 percent from the moment we signed off on it. And we did right from the start," said Gibbs, a Vice President of the general commercial printer which handles $7 million of business a year in the Cincinnati market. "Screen installed, tweaked the color management system at our request and ran press tests, all on the same day." With the Cincinnati market just across the Ohio River, Multi-Craft Litho has a wide variety of clients. About 75 percent of their work is 4-color process or greater for GE, Fifth Third and Provident Banks, 3-4 life insurance companies and several ad agencies. With a steady assortment of annual reports, brochures and posters to print, and having already shaved his prepress labor costs, Gibbs is pleased with how the PlateRite 8000 is producing plates. "It really is the best machine for the job. I like how it handles the plates, how there is very little contact with the emulsion of the plate," said Gibbs, who uses on average 50 Kodak plates a day. "Punching was a major issue for us. I don't like off-line punching because it increases the chance of human error, but Screen's automation works for us." Multi-Craft Litho has an impressive history of doing things right and quickly. William Gibbs founded the family owned and operated business in 1955. Now retired, he turned the business over to his children. Tom's two sisters have major roles in the company, which employs 50 people. Debbie Simpson, who started as a company receptionist and later handled bookkeeping, is President. Pam Baum manages the Human Resources department. Screen equipment has been part of Multi-Craft Litho's operation for years. Gibbs recalls initial success with a drum scanner which "produced fantastic results" for eight years. "We bought the DT-R3100 imagesetter based on its technology and our success with the scanner and a DT-R3075 4-page imagesetter," said Gibbs. "It was more compact than anything on the market. We still do some work on it that doesn't involve digital files."




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