Mortsel, Belgium - 18 June 2001 - Agfa announced that Spain's Editorial Prensa Ibérica is transitioning from a computer-to-film to a computer-to-plate workflow using Agfa's complete workflow solution. This includes 10 Polaris CtP systems running on the IntelliNet workflow at five newspaper-printing sites. Editorial Prensa Ibérica has also chosen to install a fully automated Agfa Galileo Thermal CtP system with Thermostar plates for its commercial printing operation in Valencia.
Because IntelliNet accepts Postscript, PDF and Tiff formats, it will allow Editorial Prensa Ibérica to receive and process files seamlessly from all sources. Unlike its previous system, Agfa IntelliNet and Agfa RIPs handle PDF files, offering smaller storage space and faster transmission. All Polaris platesetters will image to Agfa N91 plates.
According to Editorial Prensa Ibérica, the major reason for choosing the Agfa system was the proven reliability and market leadership of the Polaris system. The quality and reliability of Agfa's support network, as well as the price/performance ratio of the system were also deciding factors. The company also noted the importance of Agfa's offering a complete solution, giving them a single source.
The first Polaris system will be installed in Editora Balear, the printing site for Diario Mallorca. Editorial Prensa Ibérica's other newspapers includes Levante, Opinion, Información, Mundo Deportivo, Sport, As, Bild, and Mallorca Zeitung.
The installed base of Agfa Polaris systems in Spain and Portugal was 29, Editorial Prensa Ibérica's purchase will bring that number to 39.
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