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Compuset Gets First Canadian Installation of Heidelberg Suprasetter CtP System

Press release from the issuing company

Montreal, Quebec – August 1, 2005 -- Since 1979, award winning Compuset Printing and Graphic Solutions have been committed to leadership in print technology. Strong customer focus has naturally fuelled the growth of Compuset, which led to the recent acquisition of the Canadian premiere installation of the Heidelberg Suprasetter computer to plate system, to complement their extensive integrated workflow. Their recent new technologies were introduced to move closer to a seamless computerized production and provide an even higher level of output and increased customer service. “At Compuset, we take full responsibility for our customers' projects from disk to distribution”, states Kevin Cross, President. “However, despite our commitment to technology, we have never forgotten that good old fashion service, quality and value are the cornerstones of any business”. With the implementation of the Suprasetter S105 at Compuset, plate quality and production has become even more enhanced. Compuset's Suprasetter is equipped with an Internal Punch, Single Cassette Loader and On-line Processor. Even with little human intervention, the Suprasetter delivers the highest register accuracy for their presses. Industry leading technological advancements of the Suprasetter allow for extreme reliability. The Intelligent Diode System allows the lasers to continue successfully imaging even if a diode fails. This results in Compuset not having any downtime or loss of performance as a result of diode failure. Also, the Suprasetter has a large depth of focus automatically compensating for any plate imperfections and a temperature stabilizer to keep the climate inside the device at a constant level, preventing any register inaccuracies. All of which make it easy to consistently produce quality plates for the presses. Therefore, as production increases, service and operating costs can be kept to a minimum, offering greater efficiencies for their customers. “In our continuing effort to maintain our leadership positioning in the printing industry, the acquisition of the Suprasetter S105 is a major step forward to sustaining our goal,” stated Bill Maitland, Director of Operations. “The ability to be able to make plates for repeat jobs with the touch of a button and knowing that you are ensured quality and consistency every time gives us an advantage in today's market. The plates being punched and ready for the press complements our press register system, resulting in reduced make-ready time. The flexibility to supply different curves to compensate for different stocks and substrates to match our proofs is a huge plus…no surprises during press approvals. Downtime on presses for plate remakes due to worn or scratched plates is kept to a minimum. Even the press crews working around the clock or on weekends can make a plate almost instantaneously. We are confident knowing that our downtime is minimized, so that we can honour our commitments to our clients. Our capability to consistently output high quality printing plates in about three minutes to complement our presses… priceless!” Compuset's commitment to technology made Heidelberg's Prinect environment a perfect fit. By implementing Prinect's JDF/CIP4 workflow, Compuset has been able to manage their complete production digitally from estimating to finishing. Efficiencies become evident by eliminating the redundancies of re-entering data from one system to another. Prinect Prinance is used to generate the estimate as well as order confirmation. Job Dockets are generated digitally and passed on to Production Departments. Prinect's Printready System is a fully automated PDF workflow, multi-tasking processes and jobs that prepress assign with extreme accuracy and speed. Printready allows the Prepress Operators to manage their work and the system from a fully functional Cockpit on their own Macintosh or PC workstation. The Cockpit works interactively with both the imposition software, Prinect Signa Station and Prinect Meta Dimension, the rip that initiates colour managed proofs and press-ready plates. Finally, the presetting data generated through Compucut, is also fed seamlessly through the Prinect workflow. Prinect Signa Station creates the layout for the sheet and Compucut interprets the applicable cutting sequence and parameters for the automatic programming of their Polar 137ED Cutting System. “We are excited to introduce these new technologies to our dedicated staff. These proactive changes in our processes as a result of our customer focus will make us even more competitive in both the Canadian and US marketplace” says Carol Wood, Vice President. “Our efficient Compuset team is committed to providing support to our clients and we pride ourselves on being friendly, easy to work with and very responsive to our customers' needs. Our niche is simple, consistent award winning quality.”