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Kodak Donates Thermal CTP Systems Solution to Arizona State University

Press release from the issuing company

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Oct. 6 -- As part of the celebration marking the 10th anniversary of thermal computer-to-plate (CTP) technology, Kodak demonstrates its commitment to future innovation by investing in education. Kodak is donating a complete thermal CTP solution to Arizona State University’s (ASU) Graphic Information Technology program. The thermal CTP package includes the KODAK MAGNUS 400 platesetter, a KODAK PRINERGY workflow system, KODAK THERMAL DIRECT non process printing plates, KODAK InSite software, and KODAK STACCATO screening software. “Kodak’s generosity and its continued commitment to education are instrumental in providing our students with hands on experience with advanced thermal CTP technology,” said Dr. Thomas E. Schildgen, Chairman for the Department of Technology Management and Professor of Graphic Information Technology at ASU. “We are pleased to be a recipient of Kodak’s program to celebrate its 10th anniversary of thermal CTP.” “Over the years, Kodak has made it a priority to support educational institutions with graphic communications programs,” said Steve Fullerton, Director of Trade Relations, Kodak’s Graphic Communications Group (GCG). “We have strong relationships with these colleges and universities, and I sit on a number of faculty advisory boards, which helps ensure that Kodak is in touch with what their programs need in order to fully prepare students for success in our industry. Thermal CTP has been available for 10 years, and we are delighted that we are able to make this donation to provide the students at ASU with the opportunity to learn with the latest innovations.” To make it even easier for students to take advantage of the benefits of thermal CTP and an all digital workflow, Kodak is donating several of the latest technologies as a complete solution. Products include the MAGNUS 400 platesetter, a 4-page CTP device that handles an extensive range of plate sizes, which increases productivity through high speed and advanced modularity and automation. The MAGNUS 400 platesetter uses KODAK thermal imaging technology, delivering high throughput, efficient plate handling, and ease of use for commercial printers. It images 16 or 21 plates per hour with optional advanced automation. Also included are THERMAL DIRECT non process plates, Kodak’s innovative non process plates featuring a traditional grained and anodized aluminum substrate. THERMAL DIRECT plates go directly from imaging to press, eliminating the need for a processor and reducing the total cost of ownership through a faster, less variable platemaking cycle and no chemistry costs. PRINERGY software rounds out the package. KODAK PRINERGY workflow systems are complete, modular and scaleable PDF based workflow solutions that allow users to easily customize and optimize their workflow. They deliver intelligent automation, optimized production management, and flexible integration options for unprecedented speed, quality and control in production. “Thermal CTP technology changed the nature of the printing industry by shortening turnaround time, reducing cost, increasing productivity, and providing consistent quality for printers and their customers around the world.” said Doug Edwards, General Manager and Vice President, Prepress Consumables, Kodak’s GCG. “Kodak’s complete thermal CTP solution with the MAGNUS 400 platesetter and THERMAL DIRECT non process plates, by eliminating the processing step in platemaking, extends and enhances the benefits of thermal CTP.” KODAK InSite software, also donated, is a Web portal for prepress. It streamlines job submission, job status tracking, and remote content proofing. InSite extends the reach of business operations and improves responsiveness to customer needs, while reducing job cycle times and material costs. KODAK products are backed by KODAK Service and Support, Kodak’s worldwide service organization. Named Best Support Organization at the 2006 International Business Awards, KODAK Service and Support includes more than 3,000 professionals in 120 countries. These professionals are fully qualified to help customers control costs, maximize productivity, and minimize business risk.