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ECRM Imaging Systems Broadens CtP Product Range At Drupa 2004

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March 3, 2004 -- With the theme of “CTP for the price of an imagesetter”, ECRM Imaging Systems will be highlighting the high value of its CTP products at drupa 2004. Located in Hall 9, Stand C56 will contain a combination of established and new products for the commercial and newspaper markets. Highlights include: New MAKO 8 CTP – to be launched at drupa as the most cost-effective 8-page product on the market, the MAKO 8 brings the advantages of MAKO imaging technology to larger commercial printers. With a maximum plate size of 41.3” x 32.4” (1050 mm x 824mm), the new MAKO 8 expands the MAKO CTP range to cover all formats from 2, 4 and 6 pages, up to 8-page signatures, with all printer’s marks and color bars included. The new MAKO 8 combines violet imaging with a straight-through plate path to provide a simple-to-use CTP system, with a proven pedigree and low cost. New ECRM MAKO 4matic – this is a new automatic version of the highly successful MAKO 4 CTP solution, which brings maximum CTP benefits to 4-page printers with the lowest cost of ownership in its class. MAKO 4matic has been developed for busy print shops where flexibility in production is essential. Accommodating the widest range of presses, 4matic delivers in excess of 20 plates per hour at 2540dpi (dependant on the plate type), for a typical 4-page press such as a the Heidelberg Speedmaster 74. Plates stored in a light-tight cassette are automatically fed to the integrated pin registration system, which matches the configuration on press. This provides excellent repeatability, easy plate mounting and shorter makereadies. The MAKO 4matic can accommodate plate sizes between 15.15” x 15.15” (385 mm x 385 mm) and 25” x 36.5” (635 mm x 927 mm). The largest format provides generous space for oversize jobs such as 6-page gatefolds, with all printers marks and color bars in position. Both cassette and pinbar can be changed in minutes to accommodate different plate sizes and/or press registration systems. The ECRM NEWSmatic can accommodate the widest range of web widths and cut-offs up to a maximum double truck or panorama format of 25” x 36.5” (635 x 927 mm). To provide added flexibility the optical configuration includes anamorphic resolution sets as well as image scaling from 85% to 110%. Further flexibility is provided by the provision of two models for violet photopolymer or silver halide plates, together with CtServer software to enable easy integration to any 1-bit TIFF newspaper workflow. In addition to the new products, ECRM will show other key selected products from its wide imaging portfolio, such as the MAKO 4 CTP, suitable for 4-page printers and MAKO imagesetters. According to Peter Wilkens, VP Worldwide Marketing at ECRM, “CTP is now the established production method for many medium and large printers. Our objective is to make it an affordable technology for all printers, even ones that only make a few plates per week. “Our MAKO and NEWS CTP ranges achieve this objective and give our vast customer base the choice to stay with film or move to CTP, without finance being the controlling factor. If customers make the move, the entry point for an ECRM CTP solution starts at US$ 58,000. Furthermore, this low price is complimented by a very low cost of ownership and simple integration into existing workflows. “If customers stay with film, we also have an excellent range of products. Either way, every solution at drupa will be stamped with the ECRM hallmark of low cost/high value.”