SOURCE: Presstek, Inc.

Presstek, Inc.

May 19, 2010 17:00 ET

Presstek to Demonstrate Industry's Broadest Range of Computer-to-Plate Solutions at IPEX

BIRMINGHAM, UK--(Marketwire - May 19, 2010) -  

  • Four Product Families Offer Platemaking Solutions to Meet the Needs of Printing Operations of All Sizes

Presstek, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRST), a leading supplier of digital offset printing solutions to the printing and communications industries, today announced that it will be demonstrating a large selection of CTP solutions, ranging from two-page polyester to eight-page metal options, at IPEX, scheduled for May 18-25, 2010, in Birmingham, UK. Presstek will be located in Hall 7, Stand C480. Four product families on display include Compass, Dimension Pro, Vector and DPM. Presstek will also feature its chemistry-free Aurora Pro, Anthem Pro and Freedom Pro plates, along with Aeon, a high resolution, no preheat thermal plate. Aeon offers runs of up to 200,000 and as many as 1,000,000 impressions when baked.

"Our range of CTP hardware and plate solutions is unmatched in the industry," said Kathleen McHugh, Presstek's Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. "Presstek is the world's leading supplier of chemistry-free plates, and we have focused a significant portion of our product portfolio on this heritage. At the same time, we are focused on delivering open platform solutions, including both platesetters and plates, which can meet the requirements of the entire commercial print market. Visitors to our stand at IPEX will see this strategy in action."

The CTP Portfolio
While Presstek believes strongly in the importance of the environmental sustainability of a completely chemistry-free platemaking process, we also understand that certain applications are not yet amenable to this strategy. In order to cover the complete market requirements for 2-, 4- and 8-page printing operations of all sizes, Presstek has organized a comprehensive portfolio which is highlighted in the tables at the end of this release.

The Compass Series is Presstek's high-end, completely automated CTP solution. Its multi-cassette autoloader provides complete production flexibility; each cassette holds plates of different sizes and can be reloaded without interrupting production. Compass supports Presstek's chemistry-free Aurora Pro, Aeon and other 830 nm plates. Four- and eight-page models are available.

Also available in four- and eight-page configurations, the Dimension Pro is Presstek's mid-range offering. The base unit is semi-automated, and is also available with an optional automated plate loading system. It supports Presstek's chemistry-free Aurora Pro and Anthem Pro as well as Aeon and other 830 nm plates.

The Vector FL52 features an integrated plate washer and uses Presstek's chemistry-free Freedom Pro plates. The Vector offers small format (52cm and under) printers a metal platemaking solution that provides higher productivity, a cleaner operation, and a lower overall operating cost.

The Presstek DPM Pro 400 is an easy-to-use, fully automated, high resolution polyester plate CTP system with an integrated plate processor. It supports plate widths up to 16.31" (414mm) and is faster, more economical to use, more environmentally-friendly, and more compact than comparable choices. The DPM Pro is available in the UK, North America, and other select regions.

"We are thrilled to be demonstrating such a complete portfolio of platesetters and plates at IPEX," said Guy Sasson Presstek's President, Europe, Africa, and Middle East Region. "It is very exciting to have such a competitive mix of products and to be able to provide viable solutions to accounts of all sizes. We invite visitors to our booth to explore this full range of products. Our experts will be on hand to discuss which solution is best for a particular production environment with individual visitors."

About Presstek
Presstek, Inc. is a leading supplier of digital offset printing solutions to the printing and communications industries. Presstek's DI® digital offset solutions bridge the gap between toner and conventional offset printing, enabling printers to cost effectively meet increasing customer demand for high quality, short run color printing with a fast turnaround time while providing improved profit margins. The Company's CTP portfolio ranges from two-page to eight-page systems, many of which are fully automated. These systems support Presstek's line of chemistry-free plates as well as Aeon, a no preheat thermal plate which offers run lengths up to one million impressions. Presstek also offers a range of workflow solutions, pressroom supplies, and reliable service. Presstek is well positioned to support print environments of any size on a worldwide basis. For more information visit, send an e-mail to or call +44 20 8745 8000 (Europe) or +1 603 595 7000 (North America).

DI is a registered trademark of Presstek, Inc.

    Compass Series   Dimension Pro Series
Models Maximum Plates Per Hour (pph)   Four Page Models   Four Page Models
Compass 4015: up to 15 pph  
Compass 4022: up to 22 pph   Dimension Pro 420: up to 20 pph
Compass 4038: up to 38 pph   Dimension Pro 443: up to 43 pph
Compass 4038 Plus: up to 38 pph Eight Page Models   Dimension Pro 443 Plus w/ Autoloader: up to 50 pph Eight Page Models
Compass 8015: up to 15 pph   Dimension Pro 815: up to 15 pph
Compass 8022: up to 22 pph   Dimension Pro 815 Plus: up to 15 pph
Compass 8030: up to 30 pph   Dimension Pro 815 Plus w/ Autoloader: up to 16 pph
Compass 8040: up to 40 pph    
Technology   830 nm thermal laser imaging, external drum   830 nm thermal laser imaging, external drum
Media Type   Aurora Pro, Aeon, other 830 nm plates   Anthem Pro, Aurora Pro, Aeon, other 830 nm plates
Plate Thickness   4000 series: .005" to 0.012" (0.140 to 0.305 mm)   0.005" to 0.012" (0.140 mm to 0.305 mm)
8000 series: .005" to 0.016" (0.140 to 0.4 mm)   0.005" to 0.016" (0.140 mm to 0.4 mm) with media thickness range extender option
Resolution   Up to 2450 dpi   2400 or 1200 dpi
Screen Ruling   up to 250 line screen (100 l/cm)   up to 250 line screen (100 l/cm)
up to 450 line screen on Plus Models (180 l/cm)   up to 450 line screen on Plus Models (180 l/cm)
Automation   Choice of single or multi-cassette units   Optional Autoloader for Plus models:
4000 series: up to 60 plates per cassette   40 - 60 plates depending on thickness of one size
8000 series: up to 100 plates per cassette    
Inline Punch   Optional:   Not Available
4000 series: up to 6 punch heads  
8000 series: up to 10 punch heads  
Maximum Media Size   4000 series: 29.96" (685mm )x 30" (762 mm)   400 series: 33" (838 mm) x 39" (990 mm)
8000 series: 37.4" (950 mm) x 45.7" (1162 mm)   800 series: 33" (838 mm) x 45" (1143 mm)
800 series w/ autoloader: 33" (838 mm) x 44" (1118 mm)
Minimum Media Size   4000 series: 11.2" (284 mm) x 9.0" (228 mm)   15.7" (398 mm) x 10.6" (270 mm) with autoloader
8000 series: 13" (330 mm) x 12" (304 mm)   10.5" (267 mm) x 8.5" (215 mm) manual load
    Vector FL52   DPM Pro 400
Technology   Two-page metal system   Two-page polyester system
Maximum Plates Per Hour (pph)   16 pph   78 plates/hour at 1200 dpi
69 plates/hour at 1500 dpi
53 plates/hour at 1800 dpi
29 plates/hour at 2400 dpi
Imaging Technology   ThinDrum, Presstek SureFire   Capstan, red laser diode, 635 nm
Plate thickness   .006" and .008" (.15 mm and .20 mm)   5 to 8 mil
Resolution   2400 dpi   1200, 1500, 1800 and 2400 dpi
Screen Ruling   Up to 175 line screen   Up to 175 line screen
Automation   Future   Fully automated, integrated cutter
Inline Punch   Not Available   Optional
Maximum Media Size   20" to 20.66"(508 mm to 525 mm)   16.31" (414mm) x 22.83" (580 mm)
Minimum Media Size   11" to 18" (280 mm to 457 mm)   8.65" (220 mm) x 9" (229 mm)
Plate options   Presstek Freedom Pro   MEGAPRO 5 mil and 8 mil rolled polyester plates for runs up to 25,000 impressions
MEGAPRO 7 mil rolled paper-based plates for runs up to 10,000 impressions
Processing   Simple water wash (integrated plate washer)   Internal Plate Processor; uses 40% to 50% less chemistry than previous models

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