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Mitsubishi CTP and offset technology at Print '09

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Mitsubishi Imaging shows printers how to compete and win using CTP and offset technology at Print '09
RYE, NY – Concerned about the sluggish economy? Wondering what to do about the rising costs of energy and paper? Visit Mitsubishi Imaging (MPM), Inc., in Booth 7337 at Print '09, Sept. 11-16, 2009, in Chicago.
Showcasing a fully functional "digital" offset system, Mitsubishi Imaging will prove how easy it is for commercial printers to automate, cut costs and become more profitable. Products demonstrated include Mitsubishi Imaging's Smart Tools workflow software, now in version 4.0; the new DPX 6 Eco polyester 6-up CTP platesetter; and new Mitsubishi Imaging Diamond Proof inkjet papers. Also on display are the TDP thermal platesetter as well as Mitsubishi's two workhorse platesetters the DPX 2 and the Eco1630IIIIR.
"Our customers tell us that they need offset printing in order to compete in today's economy," said Mitsubishi Imaging Director of Graphics Arts Marketing Frances Cicogna. "Today's offset technology is digitally enabled, fully automated and offers greater flexibility at a much lower cost of ownership than many digital print devices."
Bob Gajewski, owner of Trend Graphics in Huntley, Ill., explains why his company needed offset technology in order to remain profitable.
"In the past I was farming out my big runs," said Mr. Gajewski. "Customers were coming to me who wanted 50 copies of one item and 5,000 copies of another item. I wasn't able to make a profit with that equation. People think digital is the most cost-effective way to go but in reality it's more expensive. If you want to grow and be more profitable you really need to be able to handle offset printing jobs in-house."
Mr. Gajewski recently made the switch from digital to offset – a Mitsubishi Imaging DPX 4 platesetter plus a Sakurai 458 half-size press – to be more competitive. He realized he would not be able to grow without offset technology as the digital vendors were selling his customers the same digital printing devices that they sold him for the same price.
Unveiled this fall at Print '09, Mitsubishi Imaging's DPX 6 Eco relies on a patented eco processor to use less chemistry and produce less waste, while it's compact footprint allows even printers with limited space to invest in a CTP system.
With a plate range of 12" x 12" to "30.51" x "26.77," the DPX 6 Eco provides commercial printers one CTP solution to cover their full range of presses, including the wider formats of the Ryobi 780 and Sakurai presses.
"Print shops will see dramatic plate and labor savings with DPX 6 Eco," said Colleen Molkenbur, senior product manager at Mitsubishi Imaging. "They'll get a return on investment in record time without sacrificing quality, especially when they combine the DPX 6 Eco with today's highly efficient offset presses. It's the most cost-effective digital print solution available."
Mitsubishi Imaging's Smart Tools, a fully featured workflow software package and the perfect accompaniment to CTP, is now in version 4.0 and features major improvements such as Ink Remapping, Imposition Integrator and Output Device Feedback.
Smart Tools 4.0 is an exceptional tool for job tracking, load balancing, PDF creation, preflighting and automated job preparation.
Mitsubishi Imaging has decades of success advising small and medium-sized commercial printers on how to invest in new print technologies. It also has one of the best environmental track records in the business. The company's Silver DigiPlate systems have always had a lower carbon footprint compared with metal CTP systems. Polyester plates produce less waste and cost less to own and operate, without sacrificing quality.
Its Eco platesetters use a patented processing technology to produce up to 66 percent less waste than other polyester platesetters. And its TDP thermal platesetter, which makes plates without chemistry or processing, produces zero waste.
The company's commitment to the environment has been recognized internationally by the Forest Stewardship Council and through a variety of patents for its paper and processor technologies.