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AB Dick Expands Digital Platemaster Line

Press release from the issuing company

CHICAGO, IL -- Having achieved a significant market share for its entry-level, award-winning Computer-to-Plate devices, A.B.Dick Company is striking while hot. Taking into consideration what customers have been looking and asking for, A.B.Dick has introduced a new Digital PlateMaster product. The DPM2508 is built along the same lines of the very successful DPM2340, but caters to a larger, 20-inch audience. Introduced earlier this year at the Graphics of the Americas show, the DPM2508 wowed booth visitors in Miami and at Gutenberg with its size. Relying on the standards that have made the DPM series a household name among printers, the DPM2508 delivers high quality digital imaging accuracy, provides exceptionally fast turnaround and offers greater production by using digital plates. "The DPM line has helped revolutionize the entry-level, Computer-to-Plate market. With more than 1,500 installations, A.B.Dick is the market leader in this category," said Scott MacKenzie, Director of Product Planning for A.B.Dick. "The DPM2508 is the big brother to our most successful DPM model, the DPM2340. The DPM2508 is designed to plate 20-inch presses (52cm) and film for larger 28-inch presses (74cm)." A.B.Dick won an Intertech Technology Award for innovation when the Digital Plate-Master series began four years ago with the DPM2000. The DPM2340 debuted in late 1999 and has successfully altered the buying habits of printers in the 13.4" x 20" market. A fully integrated, direct-to-silver platemaker with a maximum plate size of 20" x 23", the DPM2508 provides extra functionality by handling offline film up to 20" x 25". With resolutions ranging from 1200 dpi to 3600 dpi, it also offers integrated punching on the drum with an internal drying system. The DPM2508 provides a host of features and options. Using a Harlequin¨ PostScript¨3 RIP, the DPM2508 can meet the continued strong demand for process color with high quality A.B.Dick MEGAPRO¨ polyester plates (5 mil, 7 mil and 8 mil) from a desktop computer. The universal take-up cassette option allows the imaging of rapid access film and paper for off-line processing. A.B.Dick Company is a leading worldwide supplier to the graphic arts and printing industry, manufacturing and marketing equipment and supplies for all stages of document creation -- prepress, press and post-press -- as well as continuing service and support. For more information, contact Ken Newton, Senior Vice President, Digital Systems Division and Chief Marketing Officer, 7400 Caldwell Ave., Niles, Illinois 60714. Telephone (847) 779-1900, Fax (847) 647-6940, Web site: www.abdick.com.

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