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Leading San Antonio Printer Reduces Environmental Impact, Increases Productivity with CTP Solution from Kodak

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Press release from the issuing company

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Aug. 21 -- Dan Callaway’s desire to serve as a good corporate citizen in the San Antonio community led him to a decision that has accelerated the growth of his full service commercial printing company, The Graphic Arts Group. To do his part in helping safeguard the Edwards Aquifer, a vast groundwater system that serves almost 2 million users in south central Texas, Callaway continually looks for ways to make his operation more environmentally friendly. He recently added a KODAK MAGNUS 400 platesetter and KODAK THERMAL DIRECT non process printing plates, a combination that effectively eliminated the use of chemicals during the prepress process. “As we evaluated systems for more than a year, our primary criteria were minimizing impact on the environment while maximizing the benefits of computer to plate (CTP),” said Callaway. “With the MAGNUS 400 imaging device and THERMAL DIRECT plates, we have the best of both worlds. Chemical usage has been reduced beyond our expectations, productivity has increased as we image more plates per hour, and output quality has never been better.” The MAGNUS 400 CTP platesetter, with a true six up drum size, allows printers to image an extensive range of plate sizes at speeds up to 21 plates per hour. It offers high quality screening of up to 250 lpi and KODAK STACCATO 25 screening for exceptional imaging. The MAGNUS 400 platesetter features advanced modularity and automation, including various loading, imaging and speed options. Additionally, the MAGNUS 400 platesetter comes with a variety of service agreement offerings delivered by KODAK Service & Support, a leading service provider in the commercial print industry. The Graphic Arts Group upgraded its MAGNUS 400 platesetter to full automation with a multi cassette unit that loads plates, resulting in significant savings from labor and associated costs. The KODAK THERMAL DIRECT plate is the industry’s only non process plate featuring a traditional grained and anodized aluminum substrate, creating a true “drop in” plate product with the familiar look and feel of a presensitized aluminum plate. Based on fourth generation thermal technology, the plate doesn’t require the use of a processor, or modifications to imaging devices or the press. “By shortening the platemaking cycle, we’re producing more jobs per shift and increasing production efficiency,” said Callaway. “The MAGNUS 400 platesetter and THERMAL DIRECT plates serve as the latest in a series of technology investments that help us deliver greater value to our customers and more profit to our bottom line.” The Graphic Arts Group has been in business for more than 80 years, growing from an instant print shop to a full color house. The family owned company produces stationery packages, brochures, postcards, business cards, magazines, newsletters and a variety of other materials. KODAK products are backed by Kodak Service and Support, Kodak’s worldwide service organization. Named Best Support Organization at the 2006 International Business Awards, Kodak Service and Support includes more than 3000 professionals in 120 countries. These professionals are fully qualified to help customers control costs, maximize productivity, and minimize business risk.




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