HANOVER PARK, Ill., February 2004 – Fujifilm has achieved yet another milestone in the prepress arena – the production and purchase of the company’s 500th Saber violet-laser platesetter. This milestone marks an impressive and important achievement for Fujifilm, as the Saber series of violet platesetters was introduced a little more than a year ago at Graph Expo 2002 in Chicago.
“We’ve seen a tremendous response to the violet series of Saber platesetters,” noted Tim Combs, senior vice president, sales and marketing, for Enovation Graphic Systems, Inc., which sold the 500th device. “As more and more printers decide to move to a digital, computer-to-plate workflow, they’re seeing the benefits that the Saber series offers them.”
The Saber series of violet platesetters includes a 4-up device, the Saber Luxel Vx-6000 CTP, as well as the 8-up Saber Luxel Vx-9600 CTP device. Each of these platesetters features the latest market-leading 30 mW violet technology and takes advantages of Fujifilm’s patented, award-winning multi-laser imaging technology. With the Saber series of platesetters, users are able to achieve unprecedented levels of speed and productivity. At 32 eight-page plates and 37 four-page plates per hour at 2,400 dpi, respectively, the Saber Vx devices are the world’s fastest platesetters in their class.
“We chose the Saber because of its violet technology,” explained David Sand, president of Conover, N.C.-based Carolina Web. “Now, we can get a disk in the morning and get a plate out that afternoon. It used to take four days to send everything out and get everything back. We used to make the plates conventionally. We chose the Saber to speed up the process. What used to take 30 to 40 minutes now takes just 8 minutes.”
Last year, Fujifilm and Enovation hosted the nationwide “Say Hello to Violet” road show in order to introduce printers and prepress managers to the violet Saber series of devices. “That was an enormously successful campaign for us, helping to sell more than 500 units in just under a year and half,” said Mick Lister, commercial manager for Fujifilm Electronic Imaging, the manufacturer of the Saber platesetters. “This is an incredible achievement and one that we’re tremendously proud of.”
“I want to thank everyone here for their efforts and hard work,” said Enovation’s Combs during his company’s celebration. “No matter what department you’re in, you’ve been a great help. This has been a well-coordinated team effort.”
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