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Commercial Solutions - low volume

What is low volume commercial production?

What is iCtP?

What are the benefits of iCtP?

What is low volume commercial production?

We define low volume commercial production as printers who do primarily smaller runs and use up to 1000 plates per month.

Digital printing is often seen as the best option for low volume printing, due to the high price of preparing printing plates for offset printing; however, Glunz & Jensen is fighting that assumption with the successful PlateWriter series – an affordable system for making offset aluminium plates.

The iCtPPlateWriter series of plate making devices is ideally designed and priced for print shops and in-plant printers who typically have jobs with up to 50,000 impressions. However, it may also be applicable to many vertical markets such as envelope printers.

What is iCtP?

The iCtP PlateWriter Series plate making solutions from Glunz & Jensen which utilise high definition inkjet technology to deliver Computer to Plate solutions aimed at the offset industry.

The PlateWriter uses high definition inkjet technology to jet a patented Liquid Dot chemical solution onto non-photosensitive aluminium printing iPlates. There are no light or thermally sensitive coatings to remove, as there is with conventional CtP, so there is no need for processing chemistry.

What are the benefits of iCtP?

The iCtP PlateWriter combines an affordably priced plate making solution with simplicity, reliability and the environmental benefits of chemistry-free plate making, whilst eliminating the need for a separate plate processor.

The simplicity of inkjet technology and design ensures that the iCtP PlateWriter provides an uncomplicated, undemanding system which does not require a skilled operator to use it. The PlateWriter is designed for ease of use as well as low maintenance and is ideal for the smaller printer with a low plate volume.

  • Affordable – a smaller investment than traditional offset prepress and current laser-based systems
  • Easy operation and maintenance – as easy to use as an inkjet printer; no special maintenance or cleaning required
  • Flexible – accepts multiple formats & plate thicknesses without changing settings; suitable for printers with multiple presses
  • Daylight operation - simply writes the image onto the metal plate; no special lighting conditions are required as there are no light-sensitive coating on the plates
  • Chemisty-free - no processing chemicals or need for chemical disposal; the printed image is fixed to the plate with heat
  • Environmentally friendly – has the lowest energy usage and heat output in its class; requires no processing chemistry or water supply and uses minimal electricity
  • All inclusive - everything you need to start making plates is included, from the imaging engine to finishing unit, without extra cost or space requirements

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