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Presstek 52DI-AC brings new capability and competitiveness

Press release from the issuing company

HUDSON, NH -- Presstek, Inc., a leading manufacturer and marketer of digital offset printing solutions, today announced that it will be introducing the Presstek 52DI-AC, a 52DI digital offset press with an integrated aqueous coater, at Print 09, North America's largest printing trade show scheduled for September 11-16, 2009, at McCormick Place, Chicago. Presstek will be accepting orders for the 52DI-AC during the show in Booth 3646. The press will be available for delivery in early 2010.

"Aqueous coating on a Presstek 52DI press creates a winning solution for printing operations seeking a way to differentiate their services," said Kathleen McHugh, Presstek's Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. "This new and innovative solution enables print providers to expand the range of applications they can produce thus opening up new business opportunities. The Presstek 52DI-AC not only reduces overall cycle time with quick-drying coatings, it increases the visual appeal and durability of printed materials as well. The fastest, highest quality method for producing economical short-run color printing just got even better."

Presstek 52DI-AC: Flood and Spot Coating Capabilities

The Presstek 52DI-AC supports both flood (full page) and spot aqueous coating. Spot aqueous coating, when applied to specific areas such as individual images and/or text, produces a dramatic effect with those items appearing to literally pop off of the page.

Boosts Productivity, Profitability and Delivers Environmental Benefits

The Presstek 52DI-AC digital offset press allows providers of commercial and packaging printing services the ability to differentiate their businesses with high-value printing produced quickly and at a low cost per page for runs in the 500 to 20,000 range.

Aqueous coating capabilities offer clients a broad selection of choices for adding visual impact and durability to superior quality printing on a wide range of substrates up to 20-point thick. The Presstek 52DI-AC is a 52cm landscape format press with a maximum sheet size of 20.47 x 14.76 inches (520 x 375 mm) and can print 300 lpi (120 l/cm) and FM screening, without added time or expense.

The already fast turnaround time is enhanced, due to the integrated coating process in the Presstek 52DI-AC press, and the fast drying time of the aqueous coating results in increased throughput and it speeds the turnaround time to the client.

The Presstek 52DI-AC is an environmentally-friendly solution since it offers waterless printing, water-based aqueous coatings, on-press chemistry-free platemaking and generates substantially less waste than conventional offset printing processes. The fast drying aqueous coating reduces the use of spray powder, which is good for the operator as well as environment. In addition, the 52DI-AC utilizes anilox metering, which precisely measures and controls the amount of coating being applied; further reducing waste and enhancing the quality of the printed sheet.