At a time when many printers are deferring capital expenditures, Tribune Publishing Co. in Columbia, MO, is making an investment to improve print quality and grow its business.
Tribune Publishing recently added two Krause LS-Jet 250 platesetters with two Glunz & Jensen Interplater 85HDX processors to the company’s plate processing line. FUJIFILM North America Corp. provided the equipment.
“When we began to plan to replace our existing platesetters, we had three goals,” says Andy Waters, Tribune Publishing’s President and General Manager. “We wanted to increase productivity, improve quality, and grow our business.”
The upgrade replaced equipment that was reaching the end of its life cycle and nearly doubled plate throughput for each line. The increased throughput has enabled Tribune Publishing’s prepress operators to save time in the production cycle for each job. The new equipment also has resulted in lower maintenance costs. Additional cost savings have come from switching from YAG technology to modern violet lasers and plates. “We’re getting more impressions from each plate before it starts to wear and has to be replaced,” Waters says. “That results in lower production costs for us and our customers.”
At the same time, the new technology has improved print quality. “With the addition of the Krause LS-Jet Platesetters and Fujifilm (Booth 627) LP-NNV violet plates, we have better control over dot gain resulting from the plate being near linear,” Waters notes. The design of the LS-Jet and the repeatability of image placement on plate also has reduced plate remakes and press downtime for quality issues.
“The investment in our plateroom has kept us ahead of our competition in terms of quality and cost control,” Publisher Vicki Russell adds, “and that’s never been more important for our customers than it is now.”