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Kentucky Printer Increases Output and Productivity with KODAK MAGNUS VLF QUANTUM Platesetter


Chicago, IL.- Continental Web, a $100 million heatset web offset printer of high end catalogs, magazines and commercial printing, is doubling output and increasing productivity and plate throughput with its new KODAK MAGNUS VLF QUANTUM Platesetter with Multi-Cassette Unit.

“We have been a Kodak customer for more than 30 years,” said Bill Scarpaci, Chief Operating Officer, Continental Web. “When we needed a platesetter for our new press in our Kentucky facility, we knew Kodak would be able to provide us the solutions we needed. The ability to image more plates per hour will enhance our bottom line and improve our ability to meet increasing customer demands.”

The KODAK MAGNUS QUANTUM VLF Platesetter with Multi-Cassette Unit is one of the fastest fully automated VLF platesetters on the market, offering a 300 plate capacity in four cassettes and automatic slip sheet removal. Delivering a maximum resolution of 2,540 dpi and line screens up to 450 lpi, the MAGNUS VLF QUANTUM Platesetter, Model 5183, images from 13 to 58 plates per hour, depending on configuration. Plate sizes range from 19 in. x 15.5 in. to 51 in. x 82 in., and the device offers repeatability of 15 microns. Continental Web also uses KODAK STACCATO Screening for high quality color reproduction.

Founded in 1973 with just a single press, Continental Web has expanded to serve a wide variety of customers. After 35 years of growth, Continental Web today employs 500 people and runs eight large web offset presses six days a week in its two plants in Itasca, Ill., and Walton, Ky.

Continental Web also uses KODAK PRINERGY EVO Workflow System and KODAK UPFRONT Production Planning Software to increase efficiency and productivity, and reduce the cost of production. Continental Web images on KODAK THERMAL PLATINUM Digital Plates, which are rated for 500,000 impressions unbaked and more than1 million impressions baked, and has FM screening capabilities of 10 micron stochastic and processing speeds up to 6.5 feet per minute.

PRINERGY EVO Software is an affordable PDF workflow system for controlling prepress, plate and film production and digital print output. Based on proven PRINERGY PDF processing and the JDF standard, PRINERGY EVO Software is a powerful system featuring advanced normalizing, color management, trapping and screening options. PRINERGY EVO Software features flexible, customizable configurations to support commercial, publishing, newspaper, and packaging solutions.

Designed to increase productivity and decrease costly production planning errors, UPFRONT Software enables users to automatically produce accurate job layouts, create imposition ready digital templates for prepress, and send JDF/CIP3 information to bindery equipment.

KODAK Products are backed by KODAK Service and Support. KODAK Service and Support is made up of more than 3,000 professionals reaching more than 120 countries. It is a leading multi-vendor integrated services provider, delivering consulting, installation, maintenance and support services for the commercial printing, graphic communications, document imaging and data storage industries. KODAK Service and Support professionals are uniquely qualified to provide services that control costs, maximize productivity, and minimize business risk.


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