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Service Press Goes CTP Just in Time For Busy Season with a Saber Vx-9600

Press release from the issuing company

HANOVER PARK, Ill., November 6, 2002 — Metuchen, N.J.-based Service Press became the first commercial printer on the East Coast to use Fujifilm’s new CTP technology with its installation of the Saber Luxel Vx-9600 in September, "just in time" for the company’s busiest season, says Jeff Jones, vice president. "October is our busiest time of year because we do a lot of political printing," reports Jones. "We got our Saber in September and the transition to CTP went very smoothly." The addition of the eight-up violet laser device, capable of producing up to 32 plates per hour at 2,400 dpi, brought the Service Press shop to about 90 percent CTP. The company, which was founded in 1963 and has been owned by the same family since, offers prepress, printing and finishing services for commercial, industrial and political clients. "This helps us to give better quality to our clients from the disk to the delivery of the final product," Jones stresses. Some of those clients include Prudential Insurance Co., Commerce Bank, Johnson & Johnson, Citistreet, Wyeth, Dow Jones, Smith Barney and the New York Times. Jones adds that the addition of the Saber Vx-9600 allows Service Press a distinct advantage over competitors. "We’ll be able to service more clients in less time for less money," he notes. "That’s a definite competitive edge. This new technology, with its enhanced performance and improved quality, is allowing us to expand our business in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries, where CTP technology is commonplace." Service Press is also a satisfied user of other Fujifilm products, including the large format Sumo Luxel F-9000 imagesetter, the FINALPROOF Luxel 5600 digital contract proofer and the Fujifilm Color-Art proofing system. "We’ve never had a problem with any of our Fujifilm products," says Todd Laffler, digital prepress manager for Service Press. "The plates are very consistent. I’ve never had to tweak the system." Laffler adds that Fujifilm’s consistent products and prompt service were the impetus for the installation of the Saber. "Now we don’t have to have a person dedicated to just burning plates," Laffler contends. "That person is now doing other things, thereby increasing productivity. Before the Saber, one person could burn about 15 plates an hour. Now, the Saber burns 27 an hour." Jones concludes that Service Press is committed to offering technologically current options to its clients and the addition of the Fujifilm Saber Vx-9600 is another step in that direction. Headquartered in Hanover Park, Ill., the Graphic Systems Division of Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. offers a full array of high-quality products and services including: Saber, the world’s fastest platesetter in its class; Dart and the Javelin Series, cost-effective thermal platesetters; Sumo, the world’s fastest imagesetter; the Brillia line of thermal and visible light digital plates; FINALPROOF, a digital halftone dot contract proofing product; PictroProof, a dye-based digital color proofing system; and Quattro, the award-winning flatbed color scanner with ColourKit color management software. Fujifilm’s line of color electronics equipment includes a complete range of imagesetters, RIPs, flatbed scanners and computer-to-plate systems. In addition, Fujifilm has a full line-up of film products and aqueous-based conventional subtractive plates.

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