The Virginian-Pilot Goes Violet with Two :Polaris XCVs from Autologic

Press release from the issuing company

Las Vegas, NV (NEXPO Booth #122) – June 16, 2003 – Autologic, an Agfa Company, announced today that The Virginian-Pilot has purchased two violet laser :Polaris X computer-to-plate (CtP) platesetters. They are among the first violet platesetters to be sold in the U.S. The systems are expected to be delivered and installed in August. The Virginian-Pilot (daily circ.: 200,000; Sunday circ.: 232,000) began experimenting with CtP back in the 80’s, but quickly determined that it was a product that had future potential and decided to stick with film. After two decades of using imagesetters, including :3850 computer-to-film (CtF) systems, The Virginian-Pilot knew it was time for CtP. “We looked at the total cost of ownership for the violet laser :Polaris X and we are confident it will do very well over a long period of time,” said John Saltisiak, Production Manager, The Virginian-Pilot. “The automation features on the :Polaris X, and its ability to handle a variety of plate sizes were keys for us, as well,” Saltisiak added. The Virginian-Pilot’s positive experiences with Autologic over the years as users of the :3850 imagesetters, :Plateroom Manager and :Output Manager workflow systems made the choice even easier, Saltisiak said. “Because of its reliability and consistency, violet technology offers users a high-quality cost-effective solution,” said Sheila Nysko, Newspaper Segment Marketing Manager, Autologic. “We are pleased The Virginian-Pilot, by ordering two violet :Polaris X systems, is taking part in the violet revolution here in North America.”