Presstek Declares IPEX a Success

HUDSON, NH | Presstek, Inc., a leading supplier of digital offset printing solutions to the printing and communications industries, has announced that IPEX 2010 was its most successful trade show since drupa 2008. Presstek's IPEX presence was highlighted by the worldwide debut of the Presstek 75DI digital offset press. The Presstek 52DI-AC and Aeon, a no preheat thermal CTP plate, were also both demonstrated for the first time at a European trade show during IPEX.

Presstek's theme for IPEX was "Bridge the Gap for Greater Profitability," highlighting the fact that Presstek DI solutions are the optimum solution for bridging the gap between short run digital and conventional offset printing. The theme also builds on a September 2008 InfoTrends study which states, "The sweet spot for DI printing is the range of 500 to 20,000 finished press sheets, making DI printing services the ideal solution to profitably fill the gap between toner-based and conventional offset printing."

"When speaking with visitors during the show, it was clearly evident that the volume of short run digital color work is increasing, and that this volume is still largely static or versioned, not variable,” adds Jacobson. “To remain competitive, print manufacturers must adjust their production platforms to accommodate these market requirements. With the addition of the 75DI and 52DI-AC to our portfolio, Presstek is now able to offer the most productive and profitable solution to printers of all sizes to enable them to achieve these important objectives. We have seen a number of cases where the payback to the customer after purchasing our DI Digital Offset press is less than one year."

The company demonstrated both Presstek DI and CTP products during the show. Key product demonstrations included:

  • Compass, a family of highly automated, open platform 4- and 8-page platesetters, supports up to 450 lpi printing with production speeds up to 40 plates per hour. Compass platesetters image Presstek's Aurora Pro and Aeon thermal plates in addition to other third-party thermal plates.
  • Dimension Pro provides high performance, ease of use, and low cost of operation to make printing businesses more capable, profitable and competitive. A Dimension Pro system is available to fit any existing prepress environment.    
  • DPM Pro 400 brings new technology features and environmental advancements to Presstek's polyester CTP portfolio. The DPM 400 images plates for both portrait and landscape format presses and supports screen rulings up to 175 lpi.
  • The Vector FL52 with autoloader, is an updated version of Presstek's easy-to-use small format chemistry-free platemaking solution engineered to deliver excellent dot quality and high reliability. The Vector FL52 images Presstek's chemistry-free Freedom Pro plates, which are automatically water rinsed in the Vector's integrated plate washer.

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