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Printware Celebrates 25 Years of Manufacturing

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ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA – Printware, the leading independent manufacturer of high quality, high performance and innovative polyester CtP solutions, is celebrating its twenty-fifth year manufacturing high-resolution imaging devices for the printing market.
Printware manufactured its first imaging device, the 720 IQ high resolution plain paper typesetter, in 1986. This then-revolutionary device significantly improved productivity by replacing slow, traditional phototypesetting devices, which were also expensive to operate and maintain. Printware manufactured and sold over 3,000 720 IQ units.
In 1992, Printware introduced the model 1440 electrostatic platesetter, which simplified platemaking and reduced total consumables costs up to 80%. Winner of a GATF Intertech Technology Award in 1995, more than 1,000 units were placed into service during the product's lifespan.
Printware moved to the polyester platesetter arena in 1997 with the introduction of the first PlateStream polyester CtP system. This system provided the industry's first press ready plates with an integrated plate punch option. More than 2,000 PlateStream units were manufactured.
Developing upon the success of the PlateStream CtP platesetter, Printware introduced the PlateStream Elite in 2009. This latest model in the PlateStream family includes significant improvements providing higher speed output, color capable registration and a smaller footprint requiring less operating space. More than 500 PlateStream Elite systems are in production in print shops today and more units continue to be sold every month.
Printware achieved another milestone this year selling its 25 millionth roll of plate material. This sales volume represents more than 25,000 miles of plate material which if placed end-to-end would more than circle the globe.
"Customers have loved the reliability of their Printware systems over the past 25 years," commented Tim Murphy, President of Printware. "Today the PlateStream Elite supports our customers' needs with a low cost, quick payback solution designed to improve profitability and meet the ever changing press room requirements. The fact that the system is built on a proven platform with a small footprint and can be configured to the customer's press needs, including the newest landscape color presses, makes this device an easy upgrade or a great replacement for an older unsupported polyester CtP device."
PlateStream Elite polyester CtP systems surpass customer expectations for cost effectiveness, flexibility and versatility. Offering a portrait or landscape format digital platesetter with fully integrated features, the PlateStream Elite system allows printers to better compete by containing costs in their operations.
Platestream Elite CtP system meets daily production demands with:

  • Affordable, quick payback, complete systems
  • Flexible portrait or landscape formats (10" to 18.1" width range)
  • Accurate press-ready punched plates with a standard integrated or offline punch
  • 60-120 press-ready plates per hour to meet peak production requirements
  • +/- 0.001" registration accuracy across four consecutive plates for the most demanding process color work
  • Minimal waste with Printware's exclusive long rolls of SilverStream Color+ plate material
  • Workflow and job management options to meet the demands of even the busiest prepress departments

The PlateStream Elite family of polyester CtP systems is based on a common design derived from Printware's nearly thirty years of manufacturing expertise. The PlateStream Elite family provides best-in-class capabilities required by today's production demands including:

  • Portrait 13.3" systems at $25k
  • Landscape (2-up) 18.1" systems at $30k
  • Integrated punch option for Bacher C-2000 and Pinbar formats
  • MicroPlate option eliminating all waste on small plates
  • High speed output option to boost throughput by up to 4X

The capabilities of the PlateStream Elite family make it the most automated, high performance polyester CtP unit in the industry.
Industry Leading Workflow Solutions
Printware CtP solutions are powered by the industry leading Xitron Navigator software, with optional workflow solutions. These powerful workflow solutions feature a wide selection of standard and optional productive tools that eliminate errors and increase productivity while meeting the varied needs of today's prepress department. Based on the Harlequin core technology, Navigator workflow solutions are recognized worldwide as a leading workflow for commercial and in-plant printers.
Printware CtP solutions also offer optional integrated trapping, color management for inkjet proofing and easy-to-use imposition fitting various critical printing job needs.
Lowest Total Cost of Ownership
Printware's PlateStream Elite takes advantage of Printware's complete service and open architecture supply plans providing customers the lowest total cost of ownership of any comparable solution on the market.
24/7 Support
Printware's 24/7 Support offers a no risk service program to allow customers to maintain high uptime. Utilizing Remote Platesetter DiagnosticsSM, 100% complete system coverage, 24/7 telephone support, Advanced Technical TrainingSM and optional on-site technical support, customers have the options and flexibility they need to stay in production.
Secure Supply
In these times of great volatility in world markets, the Printware Secure Supply GuaranteeSM eliminates the need for customers to worry about running out of supplies. Printware, a Minnesota based company, guarantees the required plate size will be in stock whenever a customer needs supplies. SilverStream polyester materials are available in common roll sizes, including extra long rolls guaranteed for CtP customers that want to minimize risk and variable supply costs. These longer daylight load cassettes improve productivity with fewer roll changes and less waste per change. In the Printware tradition, all its systems support an open architecture which enables customers to use supplies from Printware or various plate manufacturers.  
Printware products are available directly from Printware or their authorized dealers. For more information about Printware visit www.printwarellc.com, call 800-456-1400, Extension 404 or 651-456-1404 or email us at [email protected].


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