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Creo Announces New Platform for Lotem 800 Platesetters

Wednesday, October 23, 2002

Press release from the issuing company

BEDFORD, MA -- October 22, 2002 -- Creo Inc. (NASDAQ: CREO; TSX: CRE) announces a major enhancement to the market-leading Lotem(tm) 800 line of 8-page platesetters with the introduction of a new platform that offers improved functionality and the ability to upgrade to advanced imaging and process control. The new Lotem(tm) 800 II platesetter offers more speed options to allow printers to match throughput to their production needs. Thermal halftone proofing is now also available as an option. By using the same digital files containing the exact screening and halftone dot structure to image proofs as well as the plates, the resulting proof represents exactly what will be printed. The new Lotem 800 II platesetter can also be upgraded with the 'Quantum set' of features to become Creo's flagship computer-to-plate (CTP) system, the Lotem(tm) 800 Quantum platesetter. This state-of-the-art platesetter offers high performance features including the SQUAREspot(r) imaging head for predictable and consistent imaging, advanced process control, Staccato(r) FM screening, and automatic temperature compensation. Creo Quote... "This new Lotem platform provides more options for our customers to choose the best device for their current needs," notes Nir Armoni, business line manager for 8-page CTP at Creo. "As their needs change, they can easily upgrade with maximum cost effectiveness." The new Lotem II platform is now available worldwide. New Lotem Milestone... The 'Lotem II' platform is being introduced as Creo achieves a new milestone with the installation of the 1000th Lotem 800 CTP system. Seiple Lithograph recently installed the Lotem(tm) 800 Quantum platesetter. "We are very pleased to become the one-thousandth installation of the Lotem 800 line of platesetters," says Paul Taylor, Director, R&D for Seiple Lithograph Company of North Canton, Ohio. "We were one of the first Lotem platesetter beta testers and the knowledge we gained helped move us well ahead of our competition. With our new Lotem 800 Quantum with SQUAREspot thermal imaging and Staccato FM screening, we will rocket into the future with the best technology available. This system will allow us to continue to deliver a superior product." More CTP Choices... Creo CTP devices offer a choice for every production requirement, ranging from inexpensive, semi-automatic machines with basic imaging technology for smaller printers or those just moving to CTP, to advanced automation and imaging technologies and increased speed for maximum productivity. Creo offers two lines of commercial CTP devices: Trendsetter, renowned for its flexibility in imaging plates, proofs and film, and the Lotem, for its advanced automation and excellent productivity. Both lines can now be upgraded, to either the Lotem 800 Quantum or Trendsetter(r) Quantum platform, both with the SQUAREspot imaging head for the sharpest imaging and process control, and other advanced features such as Staccato FM screening and automatic temperature compensation. Below is a chart indicating the different CTP Offerings from Creo with specifications and available options: Model: Trendsetter 800; -- Speed: S speed: 9 plates/hr; F speed: 16 plates/hr; V speed: 27 plates/hr; -- Automation: Semi-automatic; -- Resolution: 2400 dpi; -- Screening: 200 lpi linescreen; Staccato(r) screening; -- Upgrade Options: Upgradeable to Trendsetter 800 Quantum; Autoloader. Model: Trendsetter 800 Quantum -- Speed: S speed: 9 plates/hr (10 with autoloader); F speed: 16 plates/hr (17 with autoloader); V speed: 27 plates/hr (31 with autoloader); -- Automation: Semi-automatic; -- Resolution: 2400 dpi; -- Screening: 450 lpi. Linescreen; Staccato(r) screening; -- Upgrade Options: 10 micron Staccato FM option; Autoloader. Model: Lotem 800; -- Speed: S speed: 10 plates/hr; F speed: 16 plates/hr; -- Automation: Fully Automatic; -- Resolution: Continuously variable from 1,524 to 3,556 dpi; -- Screening: 200 lpi linescreen; -- Upgrade Options: Dual loading or multi-cassette; 25 micron Staccato FM option. Model: Lotem 800 II (New!) -- Speed: S speed 10 plates/hr; F speed: 16 plates/hr; V speed: 25 plates/hr -- Automation: Fully Automatic; Single, dual or multi-cassette; Inline punch and paper disposal; -- Resolution: 2400 or 2540 dpi; -- Screening: 200 lpi linescreen; Staccato screening; -- Upgrade Options: Upgradeable to Lotem 800 Quantum; Dual or multi-cassette. Model: Lotem 800 Quantum; -- Speed: S speed 10 plates/hr; F speed: 16 plates/hr; V speed: 25 plates/hr -- Automation: Fully Automatic; Single, dual or multi-cassette; Inline punch and paper disposal; -- Resolution: 2400 or 2540 dpi; -- Screening: 450 lpi linescreen; Staccato screening; -- Upgrade Options: 10 micron Staccato FM option; Dual loading or multi-cassette. See complete specifications at www.creo.com

 

 

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