Arkitex PowerWedge Adds Advanced Digital Calibration to Newspaper Plate Production.
Vienna, Austria, Ifra 07 - Stand B620 October 09, 2007 18:00
Agfa Graphics (Stand B620), a worldwide leader in Newspaper CtP engines, announces today that it has sold its 2000th newspaper CtP system worldwide. In addition, all Agfa Newspaper CtP engines being sold today will include :Arkitex PowerWedge, which provides a digital calibration to ensure proper violet plate production. :Arkitex PowerWedge was developed and patented by Agfa Graphics to make an analysis possible on every plate produced during a newspaper's plate processing session.
:Arkitex PowerWedge brings digital inspection in an easy way. The :Arkitex PowerWedge is exposed on every plate using variable laser power. In conjunction with the visual judgement of the operator, or with an additional automated camera system, :Arkitex PowerWedge can help determine if any modifications or adjustments need to be made to obtain maximum plate quality.
"Before :Arkitex PowerWedge, CtP operators had to do most of their plate quality control manually, using an analogue wedge to check on the laser power and the processor variables. We developed and patented :Arkitex PowerWedge to directly address that issue, and it has subsequently become an important component of our CtP solution," said Agfa Graphics' Andy Grant, worldwide newspaper segment manager. ":Arkitex PowerWedge can be placed on every production plate, assuring the fastest and most accurate digital calibration."
All Agfa Newspaper CtP devices shipped since the end of 2006 are :Arkitex PowerWedge-enabled and it is included in all new installations. The new system can also be used with :Arkitex Afirma, Agfa's process control solution for newspaper production. When :Arkitex PowerWedge identifies a bad plate, :Arkitex Afirma can help operators specifically identify the problem. From that point it can be determined if an adjustment is required or if additional remote diagnosis needs to be made.
Included among Agfa Graphics' recent sales successes in the Far East is Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Berhad, one of Malaysia's most prominent newspaper publishers and printers, which recently purchased four :Polaris CtP systems and :Arkitex workflow. The switch from film to CtP will help the publisher - responsible for two dailies and two weeklies with a combined circulation of more than one million - save production costs amounting to approximately $300,000 (U.S.) annually. Also, Jagati Publications, a newspaper publisher based in India, has purchased 11 :Advantage systems from Agfa Graphics, half the number of systems sold in all of India thus far in 2007.
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