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Laser Imagesetter calmly faces CTP challenge

since the druba 2000 printing exhibition, "computer plate making" and "digital printing" have become the focus of the printing industry and the media for a time. Due to the emerging computer direct plate making (CTP) and digital printing technology, the application range of imagesetter will be greatly impacted. Many insiders worry that with the development of CTP technology and digital printing machine, will the application scope of laser Imagesetter be greatly reduced, or even disappear? Especially for China, a large printing country with more than 80000 printing enterprises and more than 2 million employees, the change of the application scope of the laser Imagesetter of the special cylindrical spiral compression spring tester for railway vehicles will have an important impact on China's national economy and printing related industries. For this reason, we have conducted extensive discussions with relevant insiders and manufacturers on this issue, and finally believe that the laser Imagesetter has broad development prospects and huge market application range in China

small data separation information obtained from domestic and foreign laser Imagesetter manufacturers shows that laser imagesetters are still the main product business items of various printing machinery manufacturers. In the past few years, Agfa company has launched selectset avantra 44xt roller imagesetter with a width of 44.5 inches, which can be used for the whole page mosaic output of large format printing; The 5400 and 580o disc imagesetters of

ultre can also be seen in the market, which can be used for the output of films or polyester plates; In addition, there is the stingray

5200 film machine of ECRM company, with a width of 20.5 inches, which can also output film or polyester version; Another product of the company, 63o0 type 8 open typesetter, is mainly used in the newspaper printing market

agfa's distribution manager of the electronic prepress system said: "our company sells more phototypesetters in the United States than all the plate making rights sold by companies including our company." The manager of prepress affairs Production Department of Heidelberg company in Canada also asked about this statement. He said: "the main part of our business is still on the Phototypesetter."

domestic laser Phototypesetter manufacturers (such as Changchun optical machinery in the north, Hangzhou Kelei in the south, Shanghai Institute of printing and technology, etc.) have also increased their efforts in scientific research and development, striving to make domestic laser phototypesetters occupy a certain market share. The state has also increased investment and support for laser imagesetters. It is reported that the scientific research and production of laser Phototypesetter will become a key support project of the national "Tenth Five Year Plan" and achieve rapid development

the ability of laser Phototypesetter to compete with CTP depends on the credit of film. In the whole production process of laser plate making, film, as an intermediate medium, is the only reason for its existence: the Phototypesetter is used to form a layout on the film, and then the film is exposed and imaged on the printing plate. CTP technology skips the film step, that is, it no longer outputs the film through the imagesetter and directly images on the printing plate. Direct imaging or direct printing technology goes further, directly sending raster data to printing equipment to form images on paper

ctp and direct printing technology greatly reduce the cost of film, chemicals, waste treatment and disposal, and time. When these two technologies first appeared ten years ago, the news that film would be abolished came out with great fanfare. But such a thing did not happen, and it will not happen for a long time. In fact, there are many reasonable reasons for the existence of film. All imagesetter manufacturers claim that they will continue to produce and develop film and imagesetters, come up with new models and develop new technologies. "In the foreseeable future, we can be sure that the film market is very promising," said the manager of the production department of ECRM

scitex's production manager (responsible for the production of plate making machine, imagesetter and digital front-end technology) said: "when we launched the latest CTP plate making machine, we thought that the sales of imagesetter would decline, but in fact, its sales actually increased."

Phototypesetter still plays an important role in many advanced and printing companies. On the one hand, they are cheaper than the plate making machines that output sample size and format, and the consumables are also cheaper (because most of the manufacturing rights use thermal plates, they are more expensive than conventional plates)

in addition, the film is more flexible. Even the film output from a L1 inch wide Phototypesetter can be made into plates of any size to meet the needs of printers who have different types of printing equipment in the printing cart, or to meet the output centers that provide films for different printers. Film is a very easy part of the workflow, which is familiar to almost every printing company

ctp and digital printing system have entered the sales market and have had a certain impact on the development direction of the whole industry, but it has not achieved the expected effect. From the current market application range, the market positioning of laser Phototypesetter CTP and digital printer is different. CTP and digital printer are more promising in personalized printing and short version printing. At present, this domestic market has not taken shape and has not formed a strong market demand

those factories that intend to invest in CTP system have realized that the most reasonable step should be to output a full page of film in the field of cathode materials. Therefore, many companies will first consider investing in the 8 open imagesetter before entering the direct platemaking system

most film machine manufacturers reported that the sales of phototypesetters were quite vigorous. Now, especially the two page and four page output equipment with small format, they are of roller and winch type. This situation can be attributed in part to the healthy economic structure in the past six years. There is more demand for printing, and the prices of printing and prepress technology have been declining, and manufacturers estimate that they will continue to decline. They predict that if the product price does not drop, new products with the same price must have more performance, otherwise it will cause product backlog

to sum up, these two trends make the sales market of imagesetters on the rise. There is still a large market space for traditional film output

all foreign manufacturers ask that the film will still exist in the next five years, but there are differences of opinion in the next ten years. Some manufacturers promise that they will still produce phototypesetters and use films in the next decade, but it is undeniable that there will be more direct printing output. Other manufacturers hold different opinions on high precision, low drift and low noise. They think that if they still talk about film ten years later, there will be a problem. They believe that the plate making right will be easier to use, cheaper and more flexible. However, all manufacturers agree that in the next few years, the sales of phototypesetting will develop faster, better and more flexible, and the pursuit of high quality and low price is still the main trend

ecrm announced that it would try to introduce more devices that can image on film or plate. Juku printing plates are recognized in monochrome and two-color printing. They will also be used for u-color printing in small format printing. They can be used to meet the requirements of very short edition and digital printing. Polyester plates will be further developed, and other types of printing plates with different processes will also be developed. In the next five years, it is possible to see hybrid equipment that can output film, poly acid plate and metal plate. It was predicted that in the coming years, the Phototypesetting opportunities will develop towards faster speed, production of high-quality films and easier operation, and there will be a significant price reduction - cheaper or the same price, more performance and better quality

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