Heidelberg: Topsetter CtP Solution Wins Prestigious US Design Award
Press release from the issuing company
Joint concept by Heidelberg and Glunz & Jensen
August 22, 2002 -- Heidelberg has been awarded the I.D. Annual Design Review prize for its high-end CtP solution Topsetter. This is one of the oldest, biggest and most prestigious design awards in the US. The prize was awarded for the overall CtP solution, which combines the plate magazine and imagesetter from Heidelberg with the InterPlater HD online processor from Danish manufacturer Glunz & Jensen.
Since 1954, the I.D. Design Review prize has been awarded annually by US magazine I.D. to particularly exceptional and innovative product designs from seven different categories. Last year, for example, the award was won by Apple’s G4 Cube. A panel of judges made up of members of I.D.’s editorial team and well-known consumers awarded this year’s prize, which is now in its 48th year, and chose the Topsetter as the winner from some 2,800 entrants from 21 nations in the “Equipment” category. The results of the competition will be published in the August edition of I.D. and will also be posted on the Internet at www.idonline.com.
The Topsetter with automatic plate loading device and Glunz & Jensen processor in standardized design is the first completely integrated, fully coordinated CtP system on the market, and boasts top performance. The standard design was the result of cooperation work between the two companies and was also based on the design of Heidelberg’s Speedmaster series. The CtP system and the press thus combine to create a visually-appealing, high-tech unit in the printshop, meeting the high requirements of modern printrooms head-on and reflecting Heidelberg’s solution strategy to brilliant effect.
The Topsetter family is made up of various modules, making it easy to adapt to particular customer needs. This fully coordinated end-to-end solution consists of the automatic loading unit, the external drum imagesetter and the InterPlater HD online processor from Glunz & Jensen.
The optional single-cassette loaders (SCL) provide the required level of automation for up to 100 plates in one format. The Topsetter P 74 also has a multi-cassette loader (MCL) for 300 plates in three different formats. For the Topsetter P 102 and PF 102, the MCL has a capacity of up to 500 plates for 5 different formats.
The smallest member of the thermal imagesetter family is the Topsetter P 74, which images up to 20 plates per hour and has a 32-diode laser head. The Topsetter P 102 has also been available in 8-up format with a throughput of 13 plates per hour since the end of last year. The flagship of the series is the Topsetter PF 102, which has a 64-channel laser head and images 20 plates per hour. Perfectly coordinated processors from Glunz & Jensen ensure reliable and efficient production workflows.
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