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C-t-PLUS Wins Top Print Award in Worldwide Competition

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Menomonee Falls, WI; Sept 9, 2004 – Graphics prepress provider C-t-PLUS Inc. of Menomonee Falls, WI, was awarded a "Benny," the highest honor in the graphic arts industry's largest and most prestigious international printing competition, the 2004 Premier Print Awards, for their entry “W Hotels,” a high-brow 128-page hardcover book laced with color photography and produced by Guest Informant. In its 55th year, the annual Premier Print Awards contest hosted by Printing Industries of America and Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (PIA/GATF) recognizes outstanding achievement in the creation and production of print communications print production. Competing against more than 4,400 other entries from printing and graphic arts firms around the world, winners in each of the top 92 categories are presented the "Benny", a bronze statuette of Benjamin Franklin, and a personalized plaque at Graph Expo, a major industry event. C-t-PLUS Inc. received their “Benny” for Process Improvement, “Soft Proofing into and through the Pressroom.” The remote press check of the W Hotels book, which took place last year at C-t-PLUS and its printing affiliate Inland Press, is believed to have been the first that relied exclusively on monitor-based contract proofs rather than paper proofs to set ink keys on press and win customer approval. For it, C-t-PLUS relied on Remote Director software and PressOK system from Integrated Color Solutions, Inc. “While we pride ourselves on giving every project in our plant the same attention and craftsmanship, it is especially gratifying to be recognized by the Premier Print Awards as a company that provides cutting edge technology and produces top quality, award winning materials,” said Cheryl A. Peters, Consultant for PLUS Consultants. The “Benny” award comes on the heels of Gareth Stevens Publishing Inc., going press side with 17 titles for a total of 850 proofs, also using the Remote Director client-based, color-accurate monitor proofing solution created by ICS. The printing took place at Inland Press. C-t-PLUS Inc. provided the plates and monitor proofing. “What is truly amazing are the time savings and the color accuracy of the proof on the 23-inch Apple Cinema display. We managed 17 titles in 14 days, including one round of corrections, all posted in Remote Director,” stated Tammy West of Gareth Stevens. Marsha Drake, Salesperson for Gareth Stevens at Inland Press added, “I’m truly amazed at the color accuracy of the proofs on the screen.” Gareth Stevens has been actively using Remote Director with C-t-PLUS since June of 2003. However, this was the first time they used the system all the way through to press. Previously, the workflow had final proofs as an imposed inkjet using the same ICC profile that was applied in Remote Director. Gareth Stevens has now sent over 2,800 proofs through Remote Director since June of 2003. PLUS Consultants LLC, provided a custom profile for this project. Cheryl A. Peters, Certified Consultant for ICS through PLUS Consultants, installed and trained Inland Press' staff in the use of Remote Director.