Test Your Knowledge of Computer to Plate (CtP)

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Laurel Brunner

The oil that greases many a wheel in the printing industry is a heady blend of workflow, production control and Computer-to-Plate output. How clued up are you when it comes to the latest CtP technology?

1. What’s the biggest benefit of CtP production?
(a) Complements digital printing.
(b) Cost savings and productivity improvements.
(c) Broader range of output options.
(d) Workflow efficiency.

2. Which manufacturers dominate CtP plate supply?
(a) The Chinese.
(b) None.
(c) Ipagsa and Toray.
(d) Agfa, Fujifilm and Kodak.

3. How much is the cheapest metal CtP system?
(a) Around €25,000.
(b) Around €35,000.
(c) Over €45,000.
(d) Over €50,000.

4. When should a printer invest in CtP?
(a) When his press is running full for a single shift.
(b) When work is intermittent.
(c) When he’s buying a new stitcher.
(d) None of the above.

5. What is a direct imaging press?
(a) One that has a CtP device built in.
(b) A press with image capabilities.
(c) Data is printed straight from the RIP to the substrate.
(d) Image printing takes place before text to preserve colour accuracy.

6. What is a processless plate?
(a) One that uses processing chemicals and water.
(b) One that use processing chemicals and no water.
(c) One where there are processing chemicals, but not many.
(d) One that’s imaged without processing chemicals.

7. How does CtP production help improve output quality?
(a) It’s faster than a film based workflow.
(b) First generation dots.
(c) Enhanced dot gain.
(d) Improved preflight checking procedures.

8. What is the biggest problem for printers wanting to get into CTP?
(a) The cost of investing.
(b) The cost of plates.
(c) The cost of training.
(d) All those lunches with suppliers.

9. What is the difference between thermal and violet imaging?
(a) They aren’t spelt the same.
(b) One uses thermal energy and the other light to image a plate.
(c) The thermal fans are rude about violet imaging and vice versa.
(d) All of the above.

10. Why should you invest in CTP?
(a) Colour quality.
(b) Improved production speed.
(c) Improved press utilisation.
(d) All of the above.

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