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A.B.Dick Launches New Thermal Metal CTP And Chemistry-Free Plate

Press release from the issuing company

NILES, IL – A.B.Dick Company, the market leader in small format CTP systems, today introduces its latest CTP device, the Vector 52. The Vector 52 is a 2-up thermal metal CTP system for the small and medium commercial printer. “We feel the Vector 52 is the perfect CTP system for the medium sized commercial printer who needs metal plates for short run work. Combined with chemistry-free processing and a small footprint, the Vector 52 is perfectly suited for the small to medium format printer. If a printer wants short run metal, they only need look to A.B.Dick,” said Stu Gallup, Director, Digital Systems for A.B.Dick. “The Vector 52 is also integrated into our Momentum™ Workflow. This way, if a customer has a DPM in the shop they can use the same RIP and Workflow modules, such as IKE (Ink Key Estimator), for setting their calibrated ink fountains,” said Gallup. The Vector 52 is manufactured by Presstek especially for A.B.Dick, and is designed to image A.B.Dick’s new Freedom thermal plate. Freedom is a new chemistry-free thermal metal plate technology that requires a lower energy source for exposure. The main difference between Freedom and Presstek’s other chemistry-free plates is that Freedom is a non-ablative plate and is designed for shorter run lengths of less than 25,000 impressions. After imaging, Freedom only requires a water wash. A.B.Dick is the only OEM of this plate technology for the small to medium commercial market. Since the plate has lower energy requirements and is non-ablative, A.B.Dick will also offer the plate to be used in many other thermal platesetters. The Vector 52 and Freedom Chemistry-Free plate are now available for sale in the U.S.