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More About the Heidelberg Polysetters supplied by Esko-Graphics

Press release from the issuing company

Gent (Belgium) – May 23, 2003. Heidelberg is now offering GTO, Quickmaster 46 and Speedmaster SM52 users the Polysetter 46 or Polysetter 52 polyester platesetter in 2-up format, a move that closes the gap for Computer-to-Plate (CtP) newcomers. This means that Heidelberg print service providers who specialize in runs of up to 20,000 in A3 format now have the means to move cost-effectively into the CtP workflow below the level of the Prosetter violet imagesetter range. For the sale of the Polysetter 46 and Polysetter 52, Heidelberg has signed an OEM contract with Esko-Graphics, a major global player in polyester plate imaging for many years, starting out with analog systems, and later adding digital computer-to-plate products. The Polysetter range is based on Esko-Graphics' DPX technology, which is already well established on the market. "The Polysetter range allows Heidelberg to offer smaller printshops and media service providers, processing a lot of short runs, a cost-effective means of moving into the CtP workflow while at the same time considerably speeding up their order processing," says Andreas Forer, Head of Product Management Imaging Systems at Heidelberg. “We are honored to be selected by Heidelberg for this OEM supply agreement”, states Eirik Dahlberg, Business Development Director QPS with Esko-Graphics. “This partnership is a significant endorsement for our company and recognition of our market leadership in polyester imaging.” Polysetter 46 and 52 The Polysetter is a special polyester CtP system that supplies color-separated, punched and register-accurate polyester plates that are ready for immediate use once they have been bent over in the press. The developer for the polyester plates is already integrated in the device. This saves more time and reduces the solution's overall space requirements. The polyester printing plates and all development chemicals can be obtained via Heidelberg sales outlets. Heidelberg supplies the Polysetter 46 (currently not available in Germany) with the workflow solution RipMate which is based on the Harlequin RIP. This imagesetter is ideal for one- and two-color print jobs. It provides GTO and Quickmaster 46 users with the opportunity to move into CtP. The Polysetter 52 is supplied with the Heidelberg Metadimension workflow, whose basic configuration can be extended as required. With its internal drum architecture, which enables the repeat accuracy, it is ideal for four-color print jobs. The Polysetter 52 is best equipped with two cassettes for different material widths and two different integrated punches. The imagesetters are available now through Heidelberg sales organizations in Germany (exception: Polysetter 46), the UK, Australia and New Zealand. The sales organizations can also provide information about the price of particular configurations on request.