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alfaQuest Technologies announces Conventional Plate Making System

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Rolling Meadows, IL June 20, 2002 — alfaQuest Technologies, Inc., formerly Monotype Systems, Inc., announces the FasTRAK CTP/C, high speed, large format conventional plate making system. The Panther FasTRAK platesetter family has established itself as one of the pioneers in the CTP imaging marketplace. Today, high volume plate consumers, such as newspapers, are able to fully commit to CTP technology capable of exposing the conventional UV sensitive offset plates as a way to integrate the benefits of CTP with the lower cost and more reliable supply of conventional plates. Conventional plates can be processed under daylight conditions, eliminating darkrooms, special low-light rooms or rooms using dark yellow light. The FasTRAK CTP/C utilizes the proven automatic plate handling performance and slip sheet removal dynamics proven with the TRAKmate for many years. Slip sheets are removed with no degredation in throughput speed, 75 – 125, 13" broadsheet PPH at a resolution of 1016 dpi. A single resolution can be preselected from 1016, 1200, 1524 or 1800 dpi. TRAKmate supports the full range of media sizes imaged by the FasTRAK CTP/C platesetters, from as small as 12" x 15", up to 24.625" x 38". The FasTRAK CTP/C platesetter accepts the plate and uses a highly-reliable opto-mechanical system for alignment and positioning, ensuring accurate repeatability for color registration of +/- 0.001". The straight through flatbed design, in conjunction with the latest in UV lightwave frequencies (4W / 350nm or 8W / 400nm) makes the FasTRAK CTP/C the newspapers choice when it comes to reliability and a quick/justifiable ROI. The first public showing of the FasTRAK CTP/C conventional plate making system will be at the Newspaper Association of America (NAA) NEXPO Conference on June 22nd through June 25th in Orlando, Florida.

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